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“Rooms a little tired but Staff lovely” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Dona Terezinha

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Hotel Dona Terezinha
Ranked #84 of 107 Hotels in Calangute
Surrey
Level Contributor
101 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Rooms a little tired but Staff lovely”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2009

We stayed at this hotel over Christmas and New Year 2008/9. Reading the reviews on Trip Advisor after we had booked we did think that we might have made a terrible mistake but it was fine. The rooms are big, try to get one overlooking the pool though. We started off overlooking the back yard of the bar next door but were moved when we asked. The food was of a good quality although there wasn't must choice especially at breakfast. The bar staff were very attentive and looked after us extremely well. The swimming pool area was clean and the pool although cold very good. At Chrstmas and New Year the staff made a fabulous effort and treated us to two great gala dinners. If you are in Calangute at New Year make sure you spend it on the beach the atmosphere and fireworks were fantastic.
The location of this hotel is great. Just outsaide the busiest part of Calangute but easy to walk into. There are lots of shops and restaurants locally if you want a change from the hotel food, we particularly liked "Kebabs and Curries". There is also the most fantastic Spa and Beauty Centre about five minutes walk away. Treat yourself to an Indonesian massage you won't regret it.
All in all we enjoyed our Chrstmas here, yes the rooms are a bit tired and dated but the staff and the location are both good. You get what you pay for and this hotel is good value for money. We did try to come back in March but there were no rooms available but we did pop in for a drink on our way back from Anjuna (we ended up staying in South Goa) and the staff seemed pleased to see us and all came to say hello.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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sheffield
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2009

Arriving in Goa was definetly a culture shock,we weren't quite ready for the cows and the stray dogs walking down the middle of the road.We decided to relax and just go with the flow and after a couple of hours began to blend in with the hustle and bustle and started to enjoy the madness.We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by the porters who showed us to our rooms.The rooms do feel a little dated and could do with a bit of a paint job and the mattress could do with being a little thicker but if your tired you'd sleep through an earthquake. The grounds and the pool area are quite clean and tidy and the staff in the main were very friendly.The waiters at the poolside were very good and friendly and the Goan food was excellent I can honestly say that out of our party of six not one of us had any complaints about the quality of the food.If you want to do any of the trips see the taxi drivers outside the front gate you can barter with them and get a good deal a lot cheaper than the tour reps can offer.If you want to see a little of real India go out of the back gate turn right then left and take some writing books and pens the kids love it and I can honestly say that me never once felt in danger.We will definetly go back.

  • Liked — the friendly poolside staff
  • Disliked — the dated decor and furnishings
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank gary1303
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barnsley
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2008

When we arrived we nearly died, the shock was bad, we were told about the culture shock, we were still not as prepared for it.
but once the shock wore off, what a fabulous holiday we had.
Dona Terezhina was very basic, but were told most hotels were just the same, the staff, waiters, manager, reception and room cleaners were all great and made our stay fantastic, they more than made up for the basic hotel. Shopkeepers taxi drivers and everyone made us very welcome to their country.
Lots of stray dogs but they are all harmless and even come in handy, as we adopted one and she followed us around we tried bartering with her with the beach sellers so they did not pester us when they knew we were selling "our dog" for 50 rupees, what a laugh.
Dont be put off by first impressions, and enjoy the culture and the people, this was our best holiday to date and we have booked to go back same time same place and meet all our Goan friends again.
Ray and Liz Barnsley

  • Liked — friendly staff
  • Disliked — basic rooms
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank raggyray
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Tamworth, Staffordshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2008

We went to Dona Terezinha in Feb 2006. As it was our first time in Goa I wasn't sure what to expect but first impression thought it was lovely.

Yes the room was very basic but as we were in a very poor country I wasn't expecting the Ritz!

As we like to to go out exploring we didn't really eat much in the hotel but the meals we did have were really nice.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Our room was on the ground floor at the back of the building where the security guard patrolled every night. One night he had a sore throat so we gave him some throat lozenges. The next morning he stayed in the hotel after his shift had finished just to thank us as they worked for him! Can't think of many places where someone would do that!

We did have a problem in the room when he had some ant 'friends' treking through our bathroom, but we informed reception and they had someone come straight away to get rid of them!

Also during our stay I did end up with Gastroenteritis (which i didn't get from the hotel). We informed reception and within an hour they had a doctor out who gave me some antibiotics!

I would recomend this hotel to anyone who is looking for something cheap and chearful.

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — The very cold pool!
  • Stayed February 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Sarah23Luke
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Manchester, uk
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2008

This trip was our first to Goa. I had been told to expect very basic accomodation but having done the 18 - 30 circuit 10 years ago, I thought I had seen it all, lol. We arrived at the Dona Terezinah, recieved a very warm welcome from the reception staff, we were checked in quickly and efficiently with no problems. We were given a room at the back of the hotel, it was extremely shabby and in desperate need of modernisation but we had come to Goa planning on doing a bit of exploring, a lot of eating out and spending our days on the beach. Our hotel was only ever going to be a base so we unpacked and planned to make the most of it.

All of the aforementioned went out of the window when I came to take a shower, only to find the was a party of mosquitos in the cubical juping from the windows to the walls and to the shower curtain, literally 100 +. My hubby went to reception, there was someone there in a matter of minutes, they sprayed and burt these coil things which are supposed to repell them to no avail.

We eventually had to pack and were offered a choice of rooms, the reception guy was so lovely and helpful and couldnt do enough to assist us, we were shown 3 rooms and took the best we could. The best entailed, both ceiling lights hanging out with the wires showing, the ceiling fan hanging out and also one of the plug sockets half out of the wall. The rooms are liveable though and we just made the most out of it. You just need to be prepared and the beds are just as uncomfortable as everyone says. Someone told us on the last night that they slipped the cleaners a couple of hundred rps and got an extra mattress each so try that if you are going to this hotel.

The bad bits for us were as follows - pool area desperately needs a good mopping, it is full of spills and with the mosquito problem, this should be made a priority. There is no dining area so you eat around one side of the pool which is very odd and not comfortable. The rooms are terrible and need to be sorted out.

Good Bits - Good location - not too busy but near enough to the action. The staff are the biggest bonus - 90% of them deserve to be in a 5* hotel as they try so hard to make you comfortable and meet all your needs. The food is very good for a 2*, basic and at times a bit samey but I enjoyed everything that I had.

If you try this hotel and go with an open mind you may well enjoy it, a hotel is a base when all is said and done and a holiday is what you make it. I would rather pay a few hundred extra and stay somewhere better when I return to Goa but this hotel in no way ruined my holiday so if you have already booked, dont be too disheartened, ask for an extra mattress, get the fans on full and use it as the base for exploring some of the best places I have ever visited.

Couple of pointers too - taxi driver outside the hotel, use Andy, young lad, very safe driver, very reasonable and consistent prices. Restaurants to try - le Jardin (amazing food), over the flames on wednesday ( entertainment and curries second to none), After 7 ( best steak I have ever had). Tried au reverie, over rated and over priced, east meets west - ok - entertainment was so dull but the food and cocktails and the desserts are well worth a try. If heading to the beach, use Aggis Beach Shack, it has a toilet that flushes and a sink to wash your hands - believe me, this is rare on the beach. The food, drinks and service from Joseph and Carlos is amazing.
If you hire a bike or moped be very careful, the roads are crazy and there are a lot of accidents, we hired a bike though and just took out time.

Hope some of this helps.xx

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Rooms
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Dona Terezinha
Address: Gaura Vaddo, Calangute 403516, India
Region: India > Goa > Calangute
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #84 of 107 Hotels in Calangute
Price range (per night): RM133 - RM372
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Dona Terezinha 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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