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The final leg of our trip promised rest and relaxation. Despite the inevitable intermittent showers we looked forward to spending time relaxing around the pool and enjoying the slower pace in Goa.
It may have been the rain which dampened our spirits but they were not raised by the first impressions when we checked into the Aldeia Santa …
We did get moved to a much nicer room, eventually. This one has a sitting room &bigger kitchenette & a full size wardrobe. Shower pressure not so great but you can't have everything. Once someone finally checked out, so we stayed around the pool waiting. I repacked the bags we had rummaged through for various things. Then we realised the last time …
Aldei Santa Rita is quite small with 55 rooms& is set out as villas with 4 rooms amongst the gardens I a Portuguese village style. So by the time we arrived there was only 1 room left, J3. They must always leavet it till last. It was very dark in the bedroom& bathroom & the wardrobe was only half length with doors that wouldn't shut as hangers were …
... you can queue to check in. Our flight wasnt there but they just changed us on to the next flight, which was delayed to 14.50, not too bad. So through security, the men & women have to go into separate queues to be scanned & frisked & you get your hand luggage scanned & tagged (so they can stamp your tags & check for the stamps before you get to take it on the plane. I assume its strict like this in usa ...
... April the following year. He most likely lives on tips only which on a good day will be around 100 rupees (£1.20). He is on duty from 0700 to 2300, most of that time sitting around hoping that someone will come and order something. The restaurant has a huge menu but you never see anyone eating here, aside from serving breakfast (two pieces of toast with jam and tea) they serve only the occasional beer. Bappi and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aldeia Santa Rita Candolim
Great place with the experience of time
We stayed here for a week and first impressions were not especially great. Firstly we had been unable to secure one of the superior rooms and had to take one at the back of the complex. It was pretty basic and not particularly clean.
Secondly, whilst the hotel attracts a range of age groups, intially - as a couple in our late twenties/early thirties - we found it generally to be oriented toward an older age bracket and were unsure if it was going to be the place for us.
With the benefit of hindsight, these are fairly minor issues, and overall we came away having thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
As am sure has been written about a number of times, what really makes the hotel is not the facilities, which are average-to-good, but the friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the staff. We found that a number of couples/families we spoke to had stayed here previously for precisely this reason and it fits well with the location; Candolim being a quieter and slightly more up market place than the crowded Calangute and Baga.
The restaurant deserves particular mention for being well organised, with very attentive and friendly staff. By the end of our stay we felt that we had made new friends amongst some of the staff and because of it, it is hard to imagine not visiting again.
It also deserves credit - as it is generally an all inclusive place - for changing the menu on each night of the week and not going for the easy buffet option all the time, although some nights fair better than others. We ate some excellent Indian food on both the ala carte and buffet nights but were not so keen on the 'Sizzler' and 'Oriental' nights - stick to what you're good at!
There's entertainment most nights which is variable and it has to be said we found some of the attempts at Western style music a little cringe-worthy. Given this, it is just as well that the staff are postively proactive at allowing guests access to copious amounts of alcohol - there's seemingly an unlimited supply of the excellent local lager Kings on site.
There is a good pool, a massage parlour which is also good but we felt a tad expensive, yoga in the mornings, easy access to the beach and a Creperie (not inclusive).
A nice place in a good area if you give it a chance, and are willing to put up with some of the foibles common with a lot of Indian hotels at this level, i.e. frequent cold showers and slightly unclean surrounds. That said, experience in the more expensive rooms may be different. If you are in your twenties and thirties and want to be at a lively place nearby to the nightlife and beaches at Baga it is not the place for you.
As a final, light hearted comment: check out the hotel literature in the rooms for an excellent typo pertaining to the Creperie (which they seem very proud of but we didn't see used once during our stay) it expounds on the "excellent, paid for, craps".
Needless to say, we - like a lot of others - decided not to give them a whirl.
A big no for Veggies....I had the worst ever Veg food here in my life.They did not change my room even after my consistent persuation for the same.A very down market kinda hotel..
Friiendly Basic Hotel
When we first arrived at the hotel it was quite a culture shock, but it was our first time in goa and we was prepared to give the hotel a chance. The rooms are very basic and the room we was given was not what we saw on the website (this was down to the travel agent) I would recommend to upgrade to the superior room for a more comfortable stay and the extra luxurys!
The hotel staff were very friendly and my partner & I felt they actually made the holiday and the hotel.
The only downfall for me was the food, too spicy and not much variety so we did eat out most nites.
All in all lovley hotel, cheap and cheerful for a low budget holiday or as they say (cheap as chips).
I was loathed to recommend this place as I want to keep it a secret for as long as possible.
We've been twice and are going back again this year. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and the food is simply the best I've had in India (and I've been 5 times). Yes, the hotel is a little 'basic' but it's always been spotless. All the rooms have satellite TV - which can pick up Premiership football! The rooms all have a separate living room and (tiny) kitchen with fridge which is pretty amazing in what is billed as a 2/3 star hotel.
If you're looking for nightlife though, this probably isn't the place to come as it's geared towards couples and locals.
I can't praise this hotel highly enough. If others don't like it - great, more space for us!
Lovely little hotel
We'd been to Goa and other parts of India before, so we weren't expecting the Hilton and our first impression of the hotel didn't disappoint! However we asked to move rooms to a less shabby looking one and by the time we had our first beer and bite to eat we felt right at home.
Yes, its very basic and rough around the edges but it was cheap and as cheerful as they come and we loved it there.
The staff were amongst the friendliest and most diligent I can remember and it was a shame to say goodbye.
It only has 55 rooms, so almost everyone there got to know each other and it had a much more personal feel to the place than more upmarket places.
Lots of people we spoke to had stayed there before and come back for more. We certainly will.
Disagree with "don't go"!!
Have just returned from the Santa Rita and can't believe it was the same hotel as the previous reviewer who said don't go.
The food was always clean and lacking in flies, the pool had the odd leaf in it as there was a tree poolside, the pool is cleaned every morning by 9am.
All electrics in our and our friends rooms were fine and the rooms kept clean.
Add to this the very friendly and helpful staff and you have a good well run small-ish hotel.
Bottom line: it's a small, fairly cheap hotel and worth the money, we'll return if we have chance.
There were 4 of us who went to Goa. We read the reviews of the Aldeia Santa Rita and we were really looking forward to it.
When we arrive we were shown to our rooms, which were in Portuguese style houses. The room was filthy, smelly, with damp coming through the walls. Our bedroom had a curtain over one bit of the wall and when we looked behind it we found a boarded up window which had not been decorated. The pool looked dirty and how anyone could have swam in it I dont know. The food was fowl with flies swarming around it. The electrics were hanging off the wall and I thought that the wall fan would decapitate us during the night. The staff (as the previous reviews said) were the best. Friendly accomodating and helpful. We complained to our rep who upgraded us to the Sun Village in Bagga. This was heaven. Clean, bright rooms furnished well, lovely food (and a selection of restaurants), lovely health/beauty bit and just a breath of fresh air. It only cost us £45 to upgrade and it was a must.
We named the Aldeia Santa Rita the Bangkok Hilton. Dont go
This is a wonderful hotel. We met people who had returned time and time again to this hotel. The staff are polite and friendly. The pool has a beautiful flowering tree near it very picturesque. The rooms are ample and cleaned well. It is a bit of a walk to the beach but we didn't mind as it was the only exercise we did. The rooms are two storey apartments very prettily painted portugese colours. We rented the staffs mopeds while they were are work for a few pounds a day. It is quite a small hotel and the manger was very elpful. I really recommend air con in the rooms, it gets extremely hot but we did go the month before monsoon season! I've been to many holiday dest, this is the only place I would visit again.
First time in Goa wont be the last.
Aldeia Santa Rita Candolim, what a wonderfull place, Orlando and staff are superb.
3* Hotel with 5* service
A gem ina golden coast
We have stayed in this small friendly hotel for the last four seasons and can say without fear it is like a good wine, gets better every year. Designed as an old Portugese village with a number of separate villas each brightly painted and containing four well decorated small suites which are well appointed.
The staff are always helpful and friendly, and nothing is too much trouble.
The food is Goan with a good mix of European and oriental cuisine and will suit all pallets.
Situated at the quieter end of Candolim it is definately the place to go to relax in the sun during the cold English winters.