We are your typical, unassuming, happy-go-lucky couple, who, having visited Goa before, expected very little by way of our accommodation. When we arrived at Sun City at 1.30am, tired and weary after our 10-hour flight and 1-hour taxi ride, we were given keys to what can only be described as an outbuilding, a shack, or maybe more accurately a stable reminiscent of Mary and Joseph's ultimate destination having trekked the desert plains on a donkey. It was separate from the main hotel buildings and was right next to the main road, which, with tooting horns literally every five seconds, was a massive blow to our de-stressing, relaxing holiday. Entering the room tentatively, we were greeted by three large black pubic hairs on our uncleaned toilet (maybe a customary complimentary welcome gift?), the last guest's dirty towels, what appeared to be a large dark red hand-print dragging along the wall, some unexplained dark brown (blood?!?!) stains on the moth-eaten curtains and a mysterious door; behind which was a bricked-up plasterboard wall. The bed sheets were dirty, the bed was at best a wooden frame with a blanket on it and the bathroom was not fit to wash a dog in. Stupidly, being English, we accepted our lot, thinking that all the rooms were all the same (they weren't - some people were enjoying the rooms as shown in the brochure, whilst we were squatting in the secret hovel). Our room was not cleaned once during our stay; we were provided with no towels or clean bedding and despite asking for something to be done, our requests fell on deaf ears.We ended up cleaning our own room with baby wipes, finding our own towels and changing our own bed, as well as having to clean the toilet (whilst physically retching) after the previous guests. We were really gutted, but stiffened our British upper lip, in a bid to focus optimistically on the gorgeous weather.
Unfortunately, the food was also distinctly below par and we ate out pretty much all the time. We ordered drinks from the bar and waiters would take our order only to never bring anything - in the end we took to buying our water elsewhere too (there was none provided).
The photo of the gym attracted us (sad, I know), but when we got there, the room was literally a concrete outbuilding with loose electrical wires hanging all over the joint, a single bench with a bar and an old table tennis table. It was, frankly, like someone's disused garage with a load of old junk in it.
I could go on, but suffice to say - stay in Candolim instead. Don't stay here unless you are Bear Grylls and like using survival skills best reserved for extreme secret forces missions...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 106 room 5 Star standard Resort, spread over 4 acres, overlooking lush green fields and only 5 minutes walk to the beach. Located right in the middle of Baga, the most vibrant location of Goa. The Resort boasts of amenities such as a large pool, a Retro and karaoke pub, 3 bars, 2 restaurants, conference halls, tennis court, mini golf, 2 pool tables etc. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sun City Hotel Saunta Vaddo
- Sun City Resort Goa