Aldeia Santa Rita
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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 …
- Great resort (the Aldeia Santa Rita), we could have stayed another week!
- Very friendly people
- Still too many cows on the roads!
- Driving is sedate compared to rest of India
- The great trip to visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls (with the incredibly bumpy 4x4 journey to get there - watch your head!) and the spice plantation - …
... 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 ...
... left Mumbai. It looked like if I left the country and the phone was searching for a roaming connection. I was hoping that my suspicions (that maybe you have to register your sim card in different parts of the country separately) were wrong. I started to keep checking my phone every 10 minutes to see if I can log on to any mobile network but with no luck! ****, I thought. And said out loud. Then, as if somebody was actually listening to me, I got a text message from my guest ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aldeia Santa Rita Candolim
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.
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.
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.