by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019
Fortune Acron Regina – Spacious and tranquil, with good rooms at great rates and an edge-of-town feel.
With brightly-colored walls synonymous with Goa, this hotel exudes charm and serenity sadly lacking among overbuilt rivals along the main road. It’s located on the edge of Candolim, away from the traffic, and provides a rural feel – many windows overlook farmland dotted with buffalos. Due to its location, it’s distant from the beautiful and uncrowded beach, but regular free shuttle buses offset this isolation. Amenities vary – from the large and sparkling-blue pool (with children’s area attached) to the small games area – but rooms and suites are more colorful and spacious than most, and all feature balconies/verandas. The main attractions are the peaceful setting, vast views, elegant design, and inexpensive rates – and with a kids club, it does try harder than most to attract families.
Fortune Acron Regina – The Location
- Address: About 300m from the main road midway along Candolim, a major tourist region in a southern part of North Goa. (Most places in Goa don’t have an address.) Inexplicably, not signposted from the main road.
- Area: Less developed, and therefore, less traffic, yet more nightclubs and bars with live music than elsewhere along the main road. About 1km from the uncrowded beach.
- How to Get There: From the airport (36km, 60 to 70-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The nearest major train station is at Vasco da Gama, 37km away (70 to 80-minute drive).
- Handy to: Facilities and beaches at Candolim.
Fortune Acron Regina – The Basics
- Guests: Interesting mix of Indian and foreign tourists, including many with children. Some business people, too.
- Kids Club: Small, indoors, and colorful. Separate areas for toddlers and teenagers. Not great, but better than anything offered at most resorts.
- Views: As the only high-rise on the edge of town, views are far better than most resorts nearby (except at ground level, of course). Many rooms and suites overlook farmland; others face empty blocks of land.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None, but these are very rarely offered by any resort in Goa.
- Extra: Regular shuttle bus to the beach.
- Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Not available on-site. Public carpark very close by, but safety can’t be guaranteed.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +91 (0)832 663 8444
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: hotelfortunegoa.com
Fortune Acron Regina – Amenities
- Pool: Good size and inviting, but only a few sunbeds and minimal shade. Alongside a fence, with views of farmland with buffalos. A section for children fenced off from the main pool.
- Spa: Not provided.
- Fitness Center: Surprisingly large and well-equipped.
- For Families: Very modest games area at the front with ping pong and a couple of board games.
Fortune Acron Regina – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Orchid Restaurant – At the lobby level with expansive seating inside and out. Breakfast buffets and vast menu all day. Also, an open-plan kitchen where chefs can cook meals not on the menu. • Bar-be-que & Grill – Attached to the restaurant with tables in a courtyard near the pool. Delectable steaks, ribs, and seafood. Live entertainment on most nights. • Neptune Lounge – Interesting location above the lobby. Bit dingy, but snooker table and live music on some nights.
- Breakfast: Can be included, but this depends on how the room was booked.
- Room Service: Available 24/7, but limited menu overnight.
Fortune Acron Regina – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Luxury Rooms • Suites • Some rooms for the differently-abled
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed in some rooms.
- Best Room: The suites are twice the size of the rooms. Elegant furnishings, especially in the extended living areas.
- For Families: Rooms are too small for an extra single bed, so book a suite which can easily accommodate a family of 4.
Fortune Acron Regina – Local Transport
- Walking: The main road (300m away) is decent for walking, and even has a few sidewalks (mainly used for illegal parking, however). Strolling is nicer along the side streets to the beach.
- Public Transport: Local buses are convenient and frequent. They travel up and down – and stop anywhere along – the main road through Candolim and Calangute. Some detour to Panaji (Panjim), the state capital and regional transport hub, via a stop opposite the Acacia hotel (500m north, 7-minute walk). No metro or any local trains of use to tourists.
- Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: No auto-rickshaws or metered taxis in the immediate area. Uber/Ola don’t operate anywhere in Goa, but app-based rides can be arranged through Goa Miles. The only option for longer trips are unmetered private ‘taxis’ which can be arranged at the hotel or with drivers hanging about the streets.
- Cars & Motorbikes: Goa is the only place in India where renting a car or motorbike is feasible. No internationally-recognized agencies are present, so renting at a local shop presents obvious risks. Best to organize through the hotel. Rides on the back of a motorbike (called a ‘pilot’) are possible; ask around.
Fortune Acron Regina – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
These places are along the main road:
- Ruffles – Finest restaurant in the immediate area for western meals. Live music, karaoke, or DJs every evening. 5-minute walk (350m).
- Foodland Multi Cuisine & Bar +91 98229 15352 – Always popular for its inexpensive menu that includes non-Indian meals such as steaks, kebabs, and prawns. Next to Ruffles. 5-minute walk (350m).
- Karlton’s Horizon Grill – Mouth-watering steaks, ribs, and seafood, as well as happy hours and great-value specials. Opposite the turn-off to the resort. Useful landmark, too, at the corner of the side street to the beach. 50m south of Foodland. 5-minute walk (400m).
- Café Chocolattii +91 93261 12006 – Fabulous garden setting and always busy with expats and well-heeled locals. Also, takeaway pastries and world-class coffee. 5-minute walk (400m).
- Bom Sucesso – Lively bistro/bar with casual seating and live entertainment. Extra-long menu and daily specials are very appealing; perhaps less so, the karaoke. About 200m north of the turnoff to the resort. 6-minute walk (500m).
At the end of the side street to the beach (see below) are a few cafés on the sand. Casual, cheap, cheerful, and competitive, some offer free use of sunbeds and umbrellas.
- At the main road 300m away, turn left (south) and immediately right at the signposted turn-off to ‘Whispering Palms’ resort. Plenty of casual cafés that also rent out sunbeds and umbrellas. Always swim between the flags. Lifeguards are on duty between about 10 am and sunset. 9-minute walk (900m).
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