Great location, nice food including an excellent breakfast and a lovely room made our stay at Fidalgo a very happy one.
On the negative side, the hotel is very expensive. Reception needs to learn to smile.
The hotel is located in the heart of the shopping district of Panjim. If you don’t care about the shops but prefer to just contemplate life, the Mandovi river which is a ten minute slow walk down quiet streets is the ideal place. The Panjim Municipal Market, another interesting place, is on the way to the river.
There is a taxi stand in front of the hotel and a rickshaw stand at the other end of the hotel.
The Privilege Premium room was very spacious and beautifully furnished. It didn’t have much of a view but that wasn’t much of a negative considering the beauty of the room itself. The beds were comfortable and the hot water in the shower was probably the best I’ve experienced in my many hotel stays so far - the water remained uniformly hot throughout without becoming too hot. The bathroom is quite small. The air-conditioning was a little uneven in different parts of the room but not enough to complain about. The breakfast is outstanding. Great variety, tasty food.
The price of the room reflects all the positives and is probably much more than I would want to or could pay in normal circumstances. There are cheaper hotels if you look around although they are not in the same class as Fidalgo, of course.
The hotel has around 4 restaurants, each serving different cuisines including street food of Bombay, Goan cuisine, Gujarati food and a multi-cuisine one. We tried the Goan restaurant – O Goa. The food was par excellence, service however was very slow, which is actually probably a problem all through Goa. There was a live music show at the restaurant and most of the patrons had come for a drink and to watch the girls in the show, so they probably didn’t even notice the service!
‘Reception’ was definitely cold but largely efficient. Check out could have been smoother.
If some friends of mine had not been accused of taking away a box of tissues and had their bags checked at an earlier visit (for a plastic box of tissues!!!!), I would have rated the hotel much higher than I have.
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- Also Known As:
- Fidalgo Hotel Panaji
- Fidalgo Hotel Goa
- Hotel Fidalgo Goa/Panjim