We had the same room and stayed for 4 days.
Lawrence and Chaz were as welcoming as ever and we enjoyed our stay here.
We chose non AC and the room was much the same clean and nice towels and bedding. Excellent showers and plenty of space but no TV this time. They are in the process of adding some extra rooms at the loss of the garden restaurant which was a shame but we realize that places have to change to keep going in today's economic climate and demand.
The target clientele has altered and there is only the option of room only. It seems to be catering for the back packers and Indian tourists offering bunk rooms from 300rps a night and the room we had was 2200 rps per night based on 2 sharing.
The 'Bistro' offers a good wide range of foods but mostly caters for Indian tourist and is run independently of the hotel itself. We had the best Dosa's ever and the staff there were lovely. The food was excellent.
Although we were slightly disappointed at the changes .. our happy memories of our last visits will stay with us forever and wish Palm Grove all the best for the future and hope it carries on as well as it seems to be.
Thanks Lawrence and Chaz for all your other help too.
The Palm Grove is set in the heart of Cavelossim Village a little away from the more recently built tourist stretch of the village and is what it says on the tin and a lot more. A small hotel that is ...
We stayed in The Palm Grove Hotel. Which was the first Goan hotel 20 years ago and is owned by Lourencinho Rodrigues Known to us and others as Lawrence.
He arranged for his taxi to collect us from the airport and we were met by a happy smiling lad with a sign saying my name on it. His cheery greeting made the flight with MyTravel (which was no better than Monarch) and the security chaos in Dabolim airport disappear.
About an hour later we arrived at the hotel, all the sights and smells along the way were wonderful and we felt a relaxing wave wash over us. We were met by Lawrence and Brabhat (Hindi for morning) and a cool drink. Brabhat was a laugh, Peter called him Manuel!
Our bags were whisked away to our room as we chatted and melted into Goa.
Our room was simple and clean with a cooling aircon system There was a shower/toilet room and a sitting room area with a TV to the front of the apartment/suite. We had a balcony from our bedroom which is to the rear of the hotel. Clean towels and room cleaned every day. A laundry service is offered to which we used and my two huge beach towels came back fluffy and clean the next day.
Good choice of breakfasts and I worked my way through the choices every day from Goan breakfast to tea and toast. Lawrence got me a huge supply of fruit in when he found out I had a funny tummy for a day or so but nothing too bad, thank goodness.
All the staff were really nice and could not do enough for us it was a great place to stay and use as a base we had all we needed and more. Taxis to the markets and loads of useful info.
Lawrence also organised a sim card for my phone and a scooter for us and we whizzed off on it to explore and compare notes from our last visit.
When we left to come home the same taxi driver was waiting and its was like leaving friends or family behind, hugs all round and a wave off at the steps.
We will be going back back there again.
We stayed in this hotel over Easter 2007. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Lawrence the owner collected us from the airport on arrival. The hotel is situated in the village of Cavelossim and is a good 10 minute walk into the tourist area of Cavelossim and Mobor. The hotel has a brilliant restaurant which alot of indians eat at. The menu is extensive and serves Indian, Goan and
Our room cost 2,000 ruppees per night and was situated on the 1st floor with air conditioning. We had a large balcony which was ideal for our washing line. The rooms were cleaned every day and towels and linen were changed every other day.
The two lads behind the bar were excellent and we made great friends with them. The hotel also provides room service.
If you want a real Indian hotel this is brilliant as the area around it is all residential. We have stayed in many hotels in India some of them large but this is just the same, alot cheaper and customer service is excellent.
We hired a scooter from outside Dona Sylvia.
If you want a good jewellers we found that the Asian Dowery was excellent. I took some jewellery to be made and it was copied exactly to our requirements.
The restaurants we visited were Royal Goan, Fishermans Wharf, Palm Grove, Mikes Place, Bettys, Samanthas, Get Down, River View, Martins Corner (Betalbatim).
Beaches - we preferred going to the beach at Leela Palace, Pearls is excellent perhaps a tad more expensive but Bettys is also good. Cavelossim beach shacks we visited Doms and Edwins. Also visited the beaches at Carmona (next village) and Benaulim.
We booked a bird watching tour with Bettys for 4pm one day and thoroughly enjoyed it. It lasted for 2 hours but was lovely boating up and down the River Sal.
If you want an excellent taxi for your stay in Cavelossim try Sanjay on 0091