La Sunila Suites Hotel in Goa, India

by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 5, 2019

Review of La Sunila Suites Hotel in Goa, India.

La Sunila Suites – Spacious and family-friendly, with 5-star facilities at 3-star rates in a riverside location.

Distant from the beachside crowds and relentless traffic, this hotel is just a short stroll from Baga River and two kilometers from Baga Beach. Taking up almost an entire suburban block, it offers rooms and suites more spacious than those costing far more in overbuilt Calangute. Each room is cannily designed to offer three windows, adding to the bright and cheery vibe. Standard rooms are large enough to feature microwaves and sofas which convert to single beds, while the suites have separate living/dining areas and kitchenettes. What’s more, the hotel offers the sort of family-friendly amenities expected at a much more expensive beachside resort: two pools (both with children’s areas), decent playground, and a sizable games room.

La Sunila Suites – The Location

  • Address: Dr. Constancio Maschrans, River View, Arpora-Baga Road, Arpora. This won’t mean anything to any driver, so look for the turn-off about 1km from the Baga Bridge if coming from Calangute/Candolim. The hotel is 200m up a slight hill. The main road runs alongside Baga River (Creek) and is northeast of Baga Beach, which is the northern extension of the main tourist area of Calangute/Candolim in North Goa.
  • Area: In a quiet residential area of upmarket housing and mid-range hotels. About 200m from the riverside road which is dotted with cafés, and 2km from Baga Beach.
  • How to Get There: From the airport (40km, 75-minute drive), there is little choice except overpriced pre-paid taxis. The bus station at Mapusa (for connections across Goa) is 9km away (20-minute drive). The nearest major train station is at Vasco da Gama (42km, 80-minute drive).

La Sunila Suites – The Basics

  • Guests: Mix of Indian and foreign tourists of all ages. Many families.
  • Views: The design ensures that each room has plenty of windows. Rooms either face the pools or the ‘mountain’ (just an empty hillside). Suites overlook the internal gardens.
  • Kitchens: Suites feature kitchenettes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzi: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of mid-range hotel along Baga River.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Nowhere on-site. Dedicated carpark opposite the hotel entrance, but security is not guaranteed.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +91 92256 78118
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: lasunila.com

La Sunila Suites – Amenities

  • Pool: Surprisingly, 2 pools. The one near the lobby is smaller and doesn’t receive much sunshine. The other at the back of the hotel grounds is larger and more inviting. Both feature separate and fenced areas for children, and a bar.
  • Spa: Small, as expected, and offers only massages.
  • Fitness Center: Unexpectedly large and well-equipped.
  • For Families: Games room. Playground. 2 children’s pools.

La Sunila Suites – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Judy’s Café (also called Aqua) is mainly for breakfast, but does serve lunch and dinner for guests in an undersized room. A bar is attached to both pools.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates, but double-check when booking.
  • Room Service: Lengthy choice available from about 7 am to 11 pm.

La Sunila Suites – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Junior Suites • Suites • Presidential Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking may be allowed in some rooms and suites. Check when booking.
  • Best Room: The Presidential Suites are as large as anything offered in a city 5-star hotel. Each features a bar, kitchenette, and separate living/dining area.
  • For Families: The sofa in the rooms converts to an extra single bed, almost large enough for 2 small children. Suites feature separate living/dining areas which can accommodate 2 extra single beds. The Presidential Suites have 2 bedrooms.

La Sunila Suites – Local Transport

  • Walking: Fabulous strolling experience along the residential streets near the hotel and the road alongside the river in both directions. A bridge 1km from the hotel crosses Baga River (Creek) and leads to Baga Beach, another 1km away.
  • Public Transport: The very useful public buses that go along Candolim and Calangute don’t reach here. Also, no metro or any local trains of use to tourists.
  • Taxis & Auto-rickshaws: No auto-rickshaws or metered taxis. App-based rides, Uber and Ola, don’t operate anywhere in Goa, but the local alternative – Goa Miles – is worth trying. However, the only real options are unmetered private ‘taxis’. Rates are overpriced but negotiable. They hang about opposite the hotel.
  • 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 this at the resort. Rides on the back of a motorbike (called a ‘pilot’) are possible; ask around.

La Sunila Suites – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    These places are on the main road heading west alongside the river and within 600m of the hotel.

  • Royal Simha Restaurant & Bar – Almost at the turn-off to the hotel. Simple, inexpensive, and friendly. 3-minute walk (300m).
  • Sea Salt Restaurant & Bar – On both sides of the road for cheap beer, thalis (set meals in steel plates), and river views. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • The Baga Brasserie – In the Karma Royal MonteRio resort. Classy and breezy setting, but not alongside the river. First-class service and the sort of meals expected at a top-end hotel. 6-minute walk (450m).
  • Raddish Bar & Restaurant +91 73505 51115 – Expat-owned and the finest in the area for river views, service, and meals. 7-minute walk (550m).
  • Royal Enfield Garage Café – Inviting bistro but more of a museum and shop dedicated to the iconic motorbikes. Popular for trendy music, western food, and cocktails. 8-minute walk (650m).
  • Meiphung Northeast Bar and Resto +91 95613 12044 – Casual and authentic Thai, next to the Royal Enfield. 8-minute walk (650m).

Shops

  • A few minimarts and souvenir stalls along the riverside road, but nothing else.

La Sunila Suites – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a residential area by the Baga River.

The hotel covers an entire block in a residential area near the Baga River.

The hotel is fairly large and impressive.

The hotel is far larger and more impressive than the entrance might indicate.

The lobby is located on the same level as the pool.

The lobby is downstairs from the street and on the same level as the pool and the rest of the hotel.

Of the 2 pools, the one near the lobby is smaller and quieter.

There are 2 pools. The one near the lobby is smaller and often ignored.

The second pool features a few sunbeds.

The second pool near the lobby also offers a few sunbeds.

The large grounds feature seating areas by the second pool.

The grounds are far larger than expected and feature some places to relax near the second pool.

The bar is located by the second pool.

There is a bar alongside the second pool near the lobby.

The main pool is larger and more popular.

The main pool at the back of the hotel grounds is larger and more popular among guests.

The larger pool has plenty of sunbeds and shade.

The larger pool provides enough sunbeds and shade for guests.

The second pool too has a bar alongside.

Another bar faces the main pool.

The small café serves breakfast and a limited menu.

The café area seems too small. It serves breakfast and offers a limited menu throughout the day.

The hotel surprisingly has a playground as well.

Some facilities are the sort expected at a 5-star resort, such as the playground.

Parents can sit and relax by the playground.

Alongside the playground are some tables and chairs for parents.

The gym is larger than expected.

The fitness center is also larger than imagined.

The large games room is very popular.

The games room is a surprise, too, and more impressive than those offered (if at all) at much more expensive resorts.

Most of the rooms face the pool and gardens.

The rooms (but not suites) are in 3 or 4-level buildings, and most face the pool and gardens.

The abundance of windows makes the rooms very bright.

The canny design ensures that the longer wall has windows, which makes the rooms bright and airy.

The comfortable rooms are colorful and fashionable.

All rooms are comfortable, and the color and fashionable décor adds to the appeal.

Rooms are spacious enough for 3 windows and surprisingly, a microwave.

The design of the rooms ensures that there are usually 3 windows and space for microwaves, which is highly unusual.

Rooms also have sofas and coffee tables.

The rooms also feature sofas and coffee tables.

The bathrooms are large and spacious.

The bathrooms are also spacious – considerably larger than those in some 5-star resorts.

All rooms have long balconies with street or pool/garden views.

Each room has a long balcony facing the street or the pool and gardens inside the hotel grounds.

The suites are located in a separate building.

The suites are in separate twin-level buildings facing the gardens.

The hotel is located in a quiet side street.

The hotel is along a side street and signposted.

The hotel is located in an upmarket area of houses and hotels.

La Sunita Suites is within an upmarket area of houses and hotels.

Royal Simha close by offers river views and thalis.

The closest place to eat from the hotel, Royal Simha offers river views and cheap thalis (set meals in steel plates).

The excellent Sea Salt café offers river-side seating.

Sea Salt is one of the finest cafés in the area, and features a few tables alongside the river.

The classy Baga Brasserie is also close by.

One of many surprisingly classy bistros along the river and close to the hotel is The Baga Brasserie.

Raddish nearby offers an interesting menu and riverside seating.

Another great café within a 5-minute walk of the hotel, Raddish is alongside the river. The menu is more interesting than others in the area.

Royal Enfield Garage Café is a classy place near the hotel.

Particularly appealing is the Royal Enfield Garage Café, also close to the hotel.

Royal Enfield Garage Café features a shop and a museum.

The Royal Enfield Garage Café featuress a shop and museum dedicated to these iconic motorbikes.

Meiphung serves authentic Thai cuisine.

Next to the Royal Enfield Garage Café, and about 600m from the hotel, is the authentic Thai restaurant, Meiphung.

The area near Baga River is serene.

One attraction of staying along the Baga River is the serene setting and lack of traffic.

There are only a few minimarts near the hotel.

There are a few minimarts along the riverside road, but little else to excite shoppers.

The hotel is located close to the Baga River.

The hotel is about 200m up a hill from Baga River, which is often (perhaps more appropriately) called Baga Creek.

There is a whitewashed colonial-era church on the main road nearby.

Along the main road is the sort of whitewashed colonial-era church synonymous with Goa.

Read More

Free Travel Guides

Get free travel guides and maps.

Coming soon: Paris, Santorini, Mykonos, London, Rome, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, Bali, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Tokyo, NYC, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Cancun, Tulum

Get Started Here!