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My review is about the hotel chain, "Ginger". Being a marketing professional and wild life admirer, travel is part and parcel of my life and career. Three decades of travel have taken me to exotic star hotels to make-shift places for a night's rest. Modern technology provides ample information on the net to hunt and select a place of interest and yet this information is misleading at times making it a challenge to find the right information.
Last week on business trip I had an opportunity to visit Goa, a place everyone aspires to visit, to admire the palatial churches, immaculate clean picturesque beaches, sea food, liquor and of course the great Goan culture.
When the opportunity knocked to visit Goa, with out a wink I booked a hotel room with Ginger Chain of Hotels. The reason for the selection was my earlier positive experiences with Ginger at Trivandarum, Indore and Agartala. However, Ginger Goa was a first time visit for me. The feeling was good as Ginger operates on standard operational guide lines and this relieves the anxiety of the first time traveler. What to expect and what not to expect with a standard chain of hotels, is well defined.
Despite these set expectation, my stay at Ginger Goa was a great experience by itself and full of surprises. We arrived by car when we realized that my foot was bleeding from a leech bite, something I noticed while walking to porch of the hotel. The security staff at the entrance, ran inside to fetch a first aid kit and rushed the office staff to my aid. I was moved as it was without a request from me. The office staff arranged a vehicle and fixed an appointment with the doctor. I later thanked security person Mr Surdas and Ms Suvrana. Such a welcome and reception demonstrate the non mechanical aspects of running a hotel that is supposedly a "chain", something that is supposed to be standard. It was the culture of showing concern towards guest from the bottom of the heart that moved me. The staff at Ginger exhibits real warmth, and the atmosphere encourages one to visit over and over again.
After this initial adventure, I was made to feel very homely when I finally checked in. The primary reason is the anxiety as to how the hotel property would be disappeared, as the interior, color choice, service levels, what to expect and what not to expect was right in front of my eyes, and were not just a photo on a website.
The hotel is furnished with a decent in-house restaurant named AULI - "As U Like It". One can expect decent vegetarian and non vegetarian food which is simple and nice. The bar is not attached. All my stays with Ginger, has provided for complementary breakfast, which is very simple and which fulfills a basic need when you are on the job and one cannot eat too much. The hotel is also fully smoke free. The cleaning staff are seen at work which results in mirror polished floors.
The hotel also provides ample parking space, a travel desk to take care of your travel needs and a small curio shop. One can enjoy the Tata SKY in the room or workout in the gym on the ground floor. You can also conduct more serious business as the hotel provides a conference room for meetings. Cafe Coffee Day can serve you with Cappuccinos all day long.
One can expect a good feeling of returning to home after a hectic days work or pleasure when you stay at Ginger. I have no hesitation to recommend the same.
Good location, close by to happening place of Panjim.
Corridor and rooms were little smelly. Staff was very helpful and helped us move into better room. Thanks to the staff team.
Dining area was too crowded, could be bigger (Hotel was sold out, so I guess regular day this would not be an issue).
On our checkout day, we had requested for packed Breakfast instead of we dining in Dining hall, as we had to leave early, there was lots of resistance but finally they helped. Hope the food management team, becomes more customer oriented.
Overall felt that we could have got more value for our money.
Located at Panjim, two minutes walk to Miramar beach and a 30 minutes drive to beaches of North and South Goa I found this property's location actually better than others for me. I am not a big fan of staying in North Goa considering the traffic, the rush and bad roads at Baga. I always have my car with me. The drive to North and South is nice from Panjim. Do Mar as a hotel is corporate traveller friendly.
Room was super clean and breakfast very good. Balcony super spacious and nice to sit in the mornings or evenings. Staff is polite and efficient. Miramar beach being 2 minutes away is not a big deal since it's a boring beach. But I like running on the beach in the morning and for that this beach is great. The hotel itself has zero indoor activities. For the tariff the hotel charged on deals and for the short drives everywhere, I found it an incredible bang for the buck. Without a vehicle I would recommend staying where you are gonna be north or south. If you plan to explore or prefer staying in a nice and quiet clean place, go for it. I will stay there again.
Don't decide with images they provided on the website. I have booked by trusting book my trip reviews but getting worst experience.
Location is very cheap far away from Panjim city and market, close to Miramar and Dona Paula which are worst beaches.
The rooms are too worst, lot of things to complaint about. Rooms are small in area. Mirror and fans colour faded. AC is bit okay. I don't like tiles of room these are from 18th century, when I asked about it to manager he just argued that they purposefully fitted for antique look, it is the most disappointing part of room. When I asked to service boy, he told me that all tourist faces same problem.
Rent is too high, I have booked it for Rs. 3800. With this rent you can stay in any 3 star hotel.
Appearance is very poor. Most of the rooms are vacant.
Service is too bad. Things provided in bath (shampoo, soap, towel, etc. ) are very cheap. Bathroom lacks in space.
Chair colors are faded. Table are like in govt office.
This was my first trip to goa and what could have been better than Taj for a holiday ,Good food, personal beach,good people ,compete privacy this all made it great experience.I am so touched by their hospitality, staff makes you feel like home they take care of all your needs
Best Experience: This is one of the best hospitality hotels you will ever visit!
Had visited this place during my marriage anniversary. When we booked this hotel in advance, around 2 weeks in advance, we got an email from the Site manager about accommodating special requests, like kind of room needed, type of bed, pillows etc.
When we reached we were surprised to see our room decorated and also big Chocolate Cake in the room as it was our anniversary. Was truly a memorable experience!
The food was exquisite as expected! Huge property where you can walk, relax and have the best time. You can also visit the adjacent property Fort Aguada by Taj, where there is a constant service by Hotel Cars. Truly a memorable stay! I would say the rates of certain things were way too high but other than they made my trip as one of my wonderful memories. Hope to come again