We arrived in Goa on a real high after just coming from Mumbai and looking forward to the second installment of our 3 leg trip.
Enjoyed a scenic ride in a little Bedford Rascal type vehicle with a superb taxi driver by the name of Fabio (although the vehicle did smell very strongly of petrol fumes which made us feel rather nausious).
After arriving at the apartments the front of the building looked impressive and welcoming - our joys of happiness were to be very short lived.
Entering the cold, uninviting reception we were asked to pay upfront for the duration of our stay in cash (not in Indian currency, but in British Pounds instead???).
We were unable to give GBP (luckily!) and instead agreed to pay on credit card.
We were then shown to our room. The accomodation was basic, drab, looked old and smelt like an old pair of trainers. The beds were the hardest that I've ever slept on and the shower ran only cold water whilst trying to keep the water flowing due to the broken shower knob.
We decided to take a wander around the rest of the luxury hotel to check out its prestige facilities. OMG! Only then did we truly realise that this hotel would not have been out of place on a hotels from hell holiday programme.
Firstly, the hotel was actually closed for maintenance. The pool was closed. Tables and chairs were stacked in a corner. The poolside and corridor were littered with tins of paint and rags. All the shops in the hotel lobby area were empty as if they had gone out of business. There were no restaurant facilities or bar, infact, nowhere on site could you purchase food or drink. It makes me laugh when you look at the hotel's email address - Paradise in Goa, it should be more like Paradise Lost in Goa.
They must of known that the hotel was closed for business when we arrived and this would explain the reason why they requested us to pay in English money (Cash only upfront).
We decided to curtail our paradise in Goa experience, after enduring just 1 night - the paradise was far too much for us to handle, NOT! Instead we got the best taxi driver in South Goa (our mate Fabio) to take us somewhere with a hotel that has life and other guests. He took us to a very pleasurable hotel called The Falcon, Calangute.
As a last note, make sure you place a rolled up towel at your door to stop the geko's from gaining free access to your luxury room.
To sum this all up, we felt we were lied to, misled, cheated, the hotel was a total disgrace and as we had had the forsight to refuse their request to pay by cash we instead paid by credit card and successfully claimed our money back from them......
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
- Also Known As:
- Mobor Beach Hotel Salcette
- Mobor Beach Resort Goa/Salcette District