Just got back from 2 weeks at the Osborne 31/3/12 to 14/4/12.We had originally been going to the Senhor Angelo but had changed last minute due to bad reviews and we were so glad we did.We arrived mid morning after a very uncomfortable flight with Monarch they have reaiiy gone downhill ,we were squashed ,the food was awful and the toilets stank.However as soon as we got to the hotel we knew we were going to have a great time.
The reception staff were friendly and competant, we were given rooms B2 and B3which were ground floor in phase 2.The rooms were large very clean and lovely and cool as we'd elected to pay the £72 for air con which at this time of year was essential. At first I was a bit disappointed that what we thought was our balcony/terrace door did infact lead out on to a little street with motor bikes parked, but this was never a problem as we could walk out of our front door and we were in the pool bar with many tables, chairs and a waiter on hand to provide for your every need.
All the staff at the Osborne were brilliant our room boys ,the tall one with the book and the small one with the keys, kept our room clean every day with fresh towels and bed linen.Francis the restaurant manager was pleasant and helpful at all times and the bar staff especially Sandy ,Martin and Hilary were just lovely, they seemed to know what we needed before we did and nothing was too much trouble.I drove them mad with my requests for proper tea bags and seperate water(I like my tea really weak) .We had a great laugh with them .
The food at the hotel was also good, we got 2 free buffets per person per week and the quality and choice of food was fantastic, we also had a special Easter buffet on Easter Sunday which also had starters and puddings all for 300rupees(about 4pounds) and all the ladies got a hand made easter egg with sweets in the middle it was a really nice touch(I managed to bring mine home still in one piece it now has pride of place in my cabinet)
One of the best things about the Osborne is its location. It is far enough away from the busy main Calangute road to feel like a peaceful oasis,but near enough to get to many amazing restaurants ,shops and beaches.We befriended Kishor a taxi driver and he took us all over ,came back for us and then took us out later and the most we paid was ten pounds and thats for four.
We went to Ashwen ,Baga,Candolim and Calangute beaches , Baga as our favourite it was cleaner and had nicer shacks like Wetherspoons where we were very well looked after. We also did the spice plantation where our friends bathed and rode an elephant(we had done this last visit),we went to Mapusa market and to Panjim (which we werent too impressed with, ther wasnt a lot to see) My favourite trip was to Khola beach where we stayed overnight in a beautiful tent on the beach.Our friends went to Hampi which dspite the lengthy train journey they said was amazing.We also went dolphin spotting and saw quite a few.
The restaurants around the Osborne were all great places like I95 ,Chef Soueymans,Lazy Days, theSouza Lobo , Babutes (which was just next door) We had some unbelievable meals well worthy of Mitchelin stars, and the prices were unbelievable too.
we had such a good time and couldnt fault the hotel at all,Goa is a wonderful place with wonderful people and we cant wait to go again.
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