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Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

On my second stay at Maria Paulo guest house, I have come away more fond of the place and even more of the people who help run the place.

The guest house has various rooms at multiple price points and while some have a beautiful view and comfort (like the one on the 2nd floor), the rooms with a balcony on the first floor are good value for money. The ones on the lower side of the tariff spectrum are also comfortable.

The best aspect of the place is the smiling service that is on offer. The boys (Suraj, Prajjay and Varun) were all helpful and the owner (Kendrik) a warm host.

The food at the restaurant on the premises is delicious and the drinks at the bar reasonably priced.

The beach is a 100 metres away and one can walk across the sand right next to the boundary wall of the property.

This is a property you will find perfect if you are a traveller who seeks a comfortable stay within a budget.
Also, this is one of the few places at Agonda that accept a card for payment -which turned out to be very helpful during the cash crunch that India is currently facing.

Date of stay: December 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
5  Thank 162sandeepp
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Mathew76, Owner at Maria Paulo Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2016

Thank you for your review, we are at you always with our best service.

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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Stayed in this guest house in Agonda for 2 days with family in first week of October.
Since we had a 3 year old with us cleanliness, hygiene was our priority . Initially we wanted to stay in Palolem but did not find a suitable place , also most of the beach huts were not operational in first half of October and we were not sure if beach huts would be spacious . Also we were looking for some place very close to the beach.So chose this place in Agonda. Location of this place is excellent , there is a direct path to the beach . Agonda is generally very less crowded so most of the time you have the entire beach to yourself.

This guest house is run by the family who stay in ground floor . The staffs are very helpful and make you feel at home . It has AC rooms on first floor and non ac rooms on 2nd floor. We took two rooms on 2nd floor since it was spacious, had very big balconies and direct view to the sea. The rooms were clean . Our rooms had very basic facilities , did not have tv or phone . The bathroom was average , was not provided any toiletries, just had towels and toilet papers (no soap etc) . We did not have very high expectation so overall it was decent .

The guest house has parking place for only 2 cars , however the staffs are very helpful and they will find you a safe parking . It was not an issue for us since we were the only guest with car at that moment.

This place also have a small bar and restaurant , food was average but lot of varieties .

This place is kind of a budget home stay , overall it was pleasant stay . Would definitely recommend this place and come back again.

Room tip: Choose rooms on 2nd floor if A/C is not required .
Date of stay: October 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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4  Thank Aniruddha_H
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We were in Goa for 5 nights, in the middle of August. As far as we knew, there are two hotels open during off-season: the Dunhill and Maria Paulo. Dunhill couldnt host us straight away, so we stayed at Maria Paulo for one night.

Agonda beach, and South Goa in general, is great, even during off-season. Not a lot of open businesses, but just rent a scooter (250rupees a day, pay for some gas), and go wherever you want. The beaches are beautiful and often very quiet. During our stay the weather was sunny, some short rains once in a while. Go to Cafe Inn close in Palolem Beach for some real coffee.

We were not super impressed with Maria Paulo, and for 2000 rupees a night we expected a little bit more. There was no dustbin, and the wi-fi reception was pretty weak. The AC wasnt working, while we did pay for an AC room. The bed was alright. That being said, the room and bathroom were clean, the people are pretty nice, and its very close to the beach. There was no food in the hotel, but that was due to the off-season.

Chances are that during the right season this hotel might rock your world, but during off-season adjust your expectations a bit.

Date of stay: August 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
9  Thank PieterRobin
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

Within its price range this property is excellent, I can not fault it although there is not the wow factor to really justify 5 points. The water is hot , the wifi works, it is clean,tidy and comfortable. The restaurant is very good and the staff helpful. The rooms facing the sea get a constant breeze. We enjoyed the community noises mentioned in previous reviews and the singer at the local beach bar stops at a reasonable time on his occassional performances.All in all an update of visuals and decor and a restoration of the upstairs veranda area and this place would be extra extra special.

Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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12  Thank cacaj
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Reviewed 5 December 2015

Have stayed at Mario Paulo twice, run by Hendrik and his wife, would highly recommend staying there. It's not the cheapest but I do think it's worth it, particularly if you are knackered after a ten-hour flight from Europe and want some home style comforts. Hendrik does airport transfers - I paid 1700Rupees for a drop-off at 2am in the morning, I think the daytime fare was 1500Rupees
The rooms are clean, airy - some with a sea view through the palm trees - and the mattress are sprung and are clean and comfortable. The hot water was continuous throughout my stay. Free wifi in the room. The staff are friendly and helpful.
It doesn't have direct beach access but guests can walk through the neighbouring of set of bungalows to get onto the beach - its about 60 metres or so.
The guesthouse is in a central position, facing the road, so handy for the taxi/motorbike/autorickshaw rank, ATM machine and a handful of small shops and eateries - all about 40 meters north.
The rooms on the north side stay cool ( I went in november ) but are in earshot of the church and main ground - 100 meters away - so the bell rang several times a day plus there was a little noise from occasional community activities on the main ground. All quiet from about 9pm.
The rooms on the south side are warmer but quieter.

On Agonda generally….
Agonda is very beautiful, chilled and very likely to remain so for a few more years but there is development happening all over as land get turned into bungalows so be aware that there could be nail-banging/drilling nearby wherever you stay - even if it was quiet when you moved in.

A great and cheap place to eat is the Plantain Leaf - 100m north of the church.on the right - basic in appearance not the most scenic location right by the road and insect repellant is needed on the legs - but excellent food and friendly staff - the greek salad awesome ( 180Rupees ) and two chicken in spinach, mint and coriander curries that I can't remember the names of ( about 230rupees each ) that were absolutely flippin magic.

Pai Chemist in Chaudi - about 15 mins in a autorickshaw changes travellers cheques and cash at a very good rate - open Monday to Saturday 9am to 9pm

Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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18  Thank sharon_underscore
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