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Curla Vainguinim Beach, Vainguinim, Goa
Situated on a private stretch of Vainguinim Beach in North Goa, Cidade de Goa is a 10-minute drive from Miramar and Bambolim beaches, and about 4 miles away from Panaji, Goa’s capital city. read more
Cidade de Goa is located on one of the few "private" beaches in the capital city of Panaji. There was a complimentary airport shuttle (takes about 30-40 minutes). The hote is really a full-service resort - which has its advantages and disadvantages. You can spend all your time at Cidade and never leave to see Goa itself. The pool and beach are definite highlights. It's private, quiet, and relaxing to lay out without concern for being disturbed by peddlers All the restaurants you likely will need (nice breakfast buffet, local cuisine, continental) are on-site, and they have a very nice spa facility as well. The main problem we encountered was the extremely slow service at the restaurants. It was as if there was no interest on the part of the servers to take our order, deliver us food within a reasonable time frame (often took 30+ minutes for a sandwich), or bring the bill. This could be interepreted as a "relaxed" approach - but became frustrating when it just appeared as laziness or unprofessional. Apart from that we had a great visit. The treatments at the Ayurvedic Spa are top-notch at a reasonable price. The food itself was pretty good quality (clean, tasty) - but you definitely pay higher prices for the convenience and quality. If you want to save money then stay at a "public" hotel and visit the local restaurants. If you want a full-service resort-like atmosphere (they have "theme nights" and sports on the beach) - then Cidade is very nice.
Dec 1st, 2005