We stayed at this hotel last year for 5 days during the New Year Eve.Well this hotel is located in the heart of the Candolim surrounded by an agglomeration of hotels and a bevy of restaurants in each nook and corner of the Candolim. Although this hotel is not on the beach but the beauty of the hotel makes up for it. It is a popular hotel and is hardly a minute walk from the main road of Candolim so you will not have a problem in searching it. After landing at the Dabolim airport we hired a taxi to the hotel. When i first reached this hotel , what impressed me the most was its grand facade on an elevated platform. The first impression definitely leaves an impact after all.
As you enter the reception and lobby area you feel it's an old property with a colonial feel but very well maintained. Although the lobby was very simple, you get those strong vibes of the Goan culture. There is a bar also in the lobby area in case you want to get into the full Goan spirits...!! Feni is the local Goan liquor that is not to be missed.
From lobby you can a clear view of the entire hotel. A light yellow colored building built that gives you a strong feel of Portuguese influence. A beautiful swimming pool in the middle surrounded by the hotel building on three sides , a beautiful well manicured garden with plenty of tall coconut trees. Now this is a view to die for. Ok even if you don't get a view of the beach here but that blue pool and those coconut trees fill the void.
Our check in was fast and smooth and we got a room on the ground floor. Although we tried to get a room on an upper floor but upper floor rooms were all occupied since it was a peak time for tourists. So we could not get a good view of the pool and garden which I really cringed. However the room was very neat and clean and so was the bathroom.
Now coming to food. We had breakfast buffet there which was good but number of food items in buffet was limited. I especially loved the garden sitting area of the restaurant.
On two nights we also had dinner buffet in the hotel restaurant which was also good. At night there used to be a live music performance by local artists which really made the candle lit dinner in the garden so romantic. There is a live barbeque and a bar in the garden along with the live music for those who want to enjoy their dinner in the garden.
What is best about this hotel
My overall score card for this hotel
Infrastructure and interiors: 4.0/5
Food in the In-house restaurants: 4.0/5
Value for money: 4.0/5
Some Important tips
Location of hotel
Country Inn and Suites by Carlson is located in Candolim area of the North Goa. The hotel is at a distance of roughly 35 kilometres from the Dabolim international airport of Goa. Goa is a small state on the western coastline of India.