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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
Ranked #12 of 64 Hotels in Candolim
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

We stayed for 3 weeks at the Girasol over Christmas and New Year. It was our first time in Goa, so I can't compare with other hotels in the area, but we found the Girasol to be of a good standard for any western hotel.

The hotel is built around a central courtyard and swimming pool, so all rooms have a balcony facing inwards to the pool, with a walkway running around the outside of each floor to access the rooms. There is a lift if required although we never used it.

The room was spacious, with a large VERY comfortable bed - better than our bed at home actually! Bedside cabinets, small couch which we never sat on, coffee table, dressing table and wardrobe complete with electronic safe. Also a small fridge which seemed to work fine for us. The balcony wasn't that large but had space for the 2 chairs and table on it.

Nice bathroom with walk-in shower and enough room for all your toiletries. Towels were nice and thick although they were changed every day it was sometimes a bit random as to what towels you'd get! On one occasion we weren't left any bath towels but a phone call to reception and they were delivered within 10 minutes. No hairdryer so take one if you need one!

We enjoyed the buffet breakfast served from 7.30am - 10.30am. Fresh fruit, cereal, toast, egg chef doing whatever style eggs you want, and a variety of cooked items both western and Indian. Plus fruit juice and tea/coffee. The coffee is just instant put in a jug that looks like it will be filter, so not great if you like a strong coffee! We didn't eat any other meals at the hotel, so can't comment on that.

Pool was kept clean & tidy. Not that many sunbeds and one half of the pool always in the shade so it could get busy. Not much breeze with it being in a courtyard so could get a bit sticky!

The staff were friendly and polite, although to be honest we didn't see that much of them as we were out and about most of the time. The room was kept clean, but not spotless - but I'm guessing that's India!

Good location down a quiet side street but no distance to walk to the main eateries of Candolim, or to the beach. We really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay again if we go back to Candolim and are able to book it!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

This was our first visit to the Girasol, and we didnt really know what to expect, but we were very pleasantly surprised. The rooms were large, well furnished, clean and with an excellent shower room. The fridge was a bit erratic, either not chilling water at all or freezing it solid. A very good feature was the safe in the room- in previous hotels they have been in reception and needed signing for each time you went in. The flat screen TV was also very good.
The pool was good size, but only half was in the sun, which could mean a struggle to get sunbeds, and the pool water was never that warm. If the pool boy was very helpful, but if he wasn't on duty you had to try and get your own towels from house keeping.
The staff were all very friendly, and fairly efficient by Indian standards. Breakfast was nothing to get excited by, but they never are. The location was very good, with Candolim's main drag only a few minutes away, with lots of bars, restuarants and the Chocolati tea garden nearby. We were there for New Year's Eve, and had a really good gala dinner, but only eat there one other time, which was fine but a limited menu.
Some reviews have mentioned noisy Russians, but we didnt have any problems with them.
We liked it so much we wanted to book to go back next season, but because the hotel has new owners you cannot book yet. if it does become available, I would definitely recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

just returned on friday 13/01/2012 what a great hotel the rooms are fantastic pool is excellent bed is big and the walk in shower is great breakfast is great at least you have a choice besides that you need to go out to eat as there is no continental food on sale its down a quiet lane by top nosh which is an excellent resturant a 15 minute stroll to the beach ther is nothing bad i can say about this hotel just go and enjoy and remember you are in goa in what is a fantastic hotel

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

just got back from girosol,rooms are fab ,not far from beach ,we stayed three weeks staff ok night manager very helpful ,never tried food as to much to eat outside topnosh do takeaway and the local shop sell very cheap booze so stock up fridge then u won,t need to order from hotel,they are ok with that.tea coffee are in the room daily they do provide water but i always asked for a seeled bottle.topnosh food well amazing jalfrazywow,staff are cool lucky is the youngest then there is gabby and max what a group ,also bistro near the beach garlic ,spinach,mushroom brushetta ohh my god all the food from there ,all the food .here was fab .well the new inn james shack ann the boss,cash the waiter amazing waiter best u can get and the cooks awsome ask for a sping roll u will never ask for one again in england hope thats enough but book and we might see u all at the girosol happy new year

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Just returned from our second stay at the Sonesta, the good news is that the rooms used by Cosmos have all been updated and are fully refurbished suites. The hospitality, location and standards at this hotel remain first class, hope to return soon

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Country Inn & Suites By Carlson

Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
Address: Bamonvaddo, Candolim, Bardez 403515, India (Formerly Girasol Beach Resort)
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Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Bardez > Candolim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Candolim
#7 Luxury Hotel in Candolim
#8 Family Hotel in Candolim
Price range (per night): ₹ 4,845 - ₹ 10,981
Hotel Class:4 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson 4*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Goa Candolim. One of the most conveniently located hotels in Goa, India, the Country Inn features a pristine setting near Candolim Beach and offers easy access to the best tourist attractions in Goa. Guests at our beach hotel in Goa can enjoy stylish and comfortable rooms with all the amenities needed for an enjoyable stay. The Country Inn & Suites also offers on-site dining, an outdoor swimming pool, well-equipped Fitness Centre, on-site banquet and conference facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access. Reserve your room today and experience one of the best hotels in Goa, India. ... more   less 
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