May 7, 2015

My TripAdvisor Review No.79: Cidade de Goa, Dona Paula, Panjim.

“The Essence of Goa in a Resort.”
5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterdayNEW
We were here for three days to attend a destination wedding in the family, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The security checks were stringent and it took us about half an hour to be shown in to our rooms, due to many of the guests arriving at the same time. They had a separate counter in the lobby for the wedding guests.

The resort has unique Portuguese style architecture, with bright red and peach coloured walls. Our room was well furnished with centralised AC, satellite TV, a coffee table, a writing table, a large built-in cupboard with a digital safe, tea/coffee maker, and a mini fridge. The twin beds had very soft mattresses. The bathroom had a hairdryer, shower cubicle, as well as a bath-tub. There was a tiny balcony to sit out with your cup of morning tea to enjoy the humid coastal breeze.

We freshened up and went down to the lawns to meet our relatives and the wedding couple. The arrangements for serving the guests were very well organised. The buffet lunches and dinners for the wedding guests were served in separate areas, while a buffet breakfast was served in their restaurant ‘Laranja’. Besides, the resort has 3 more restaurants and an open air barbeque area, and two bars. There is a casino in the premises as well.

The location of the Resort is excellent, abutting the Vainguinim Beach near Dona Paula, about 5 km south of Panjim. This beach is almost like a private beach for Cidade de Goa, and you don’t have the usual crowds that you would usually find on the more popular Goan beaches. There are shaded deck chairs on the beach as well as along the promenade in the hotel premises along the boundary wall. You get a sweeping view of the serene Mormugao Bay and harbour in the distance. Being away from the city there is no noise of traffic and parties, besides the ones arranged at the resort itself. Of course, the resort tries its best to see that the ceremonies are conducted in separate areas and lawns a little away from the residences.

There is a nice swimming pool, and many lawns in the resort. One can take a walk along the promenade along the seashore which is about half a km long or go down to the beach for a swim or walk on the sands. There is a fitness centre and spa as well. The Activity Centre can arrange for indoor and outdoor games.

The famous Dona Paula monument is about a 2 km walk from the gates of the resort.

We enjoyed the wedding ceremonies held at Cidade de Goa in a truly Goan atmosphere.
Room Tip: Ask for sea facing rooms.
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  • Stayed March 2015, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 starsValue
    • 5 of 5 starsRooms
    • 5 of 5 starsService
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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