Aldeia Santa Rita Hotel

, Bardez, India
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Aldeia Santa Rita Hotel

, Bardez
2 star

Rooms: 55

Dando, Candolim, Bardez - Goa - Bardez - 403 516 - India | 0832 - 2479868
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Reviews - Aldeia Santa Rita Hotel

10/10
Fantastic friendly hotel
Submitted by: MB in 14/06/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
This hotel can only be described as excellent. The rooms were as previously reviewed pretty basic but no more than you would expect from similar type of accommodation in Spain. Our room was on the first floor and consisted of a large balcony, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. There was also a living room with swing doors to a kitchen area. We also had ceiling fans, air conditioning and cable TV. The rooms were spotlessly clean and the bedding and towels changed on a daily basis. The hotel is set in tropical gardens and is located in a quieter and more upmarket part of Candolim. Because of the relatively small size of this hotel it makes it feel more personnel. The staff can only be described as excellent. We were treated like Royalty throughout our stay and were on first name terms with the waiters. The food was excellent catering for most tastes with a different theme every night including curries, kebabs, continental and veggie dishes etc. The swimming pool was small but never appeared crowded despite the hotel being full. The closest beach was located at the back of the hotel. This is more Sinquerim than Candolim and is at the quieter end. Go to Victor and Godfeys shack (first on right). The Kingfisher is ice cold and the chips are like your grandmother used to make. This was quite simply the best holiday we have ever had. Once you get over the culture shock including some terrible poverty India is a fascinating place to visit. We have already booked to return to the Aldeia Santa Rita for next December.

9/10
Amalgamation of Great Service, Food and Bevarage
Submitted by: Arun Sripathi in 23/05/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: India
  • Traveller type: Outdoor/Sports Adventurer
One of the finest places in Goa . It is calm, neat and cosy hotel. The thing which is outstanding is the great service and the greater food. The glasses are never empty and if you are in for a relaxation you have found THE PLACE. Great Hotel!
4/10
Very poor accommodation and breakfast
Submitted by: Elsie in 09/04/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
The exterior of building and pool area are very attractive with lovely plants and shady trees. However the room was very sub standard with stained bed linen and towels and the stained toilet seat was most off-putting. There was a small wardrobe but no other storage space whatsoever or even a dressing table. The power of the shower was poor and intermittent. The staff are very friendly and helpful as indeed the Goan people are in general.The lunches and evening meals were good but unlesss you like a cooked breakfast every day the selection was poor; orange squash rather than fresh juice, bitter instant coffee to be made yourself and apart from a banana or orange no selection of the delicious exotic fruits that Goan is known for or yoghurts or pastries etc etc. I have been to Greece on many an occasion and am used to basic accommodation but I found this to be truly dreadful. We were also there when the Bollywood crew turned up and I can only hope that this encourages the hotel management to upgrade the interiors to match the picturesque exterior.
10/10
Wonderful Holiday
Submitted by: Pauline in 12/04/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We were a little apprehensive with regard to accommodation prior to arriving in Goa and the journey from the airport did not help, but we were very pleasantly surprised upon reaching the Santa Rita. First impressions - it was a haven of peace and tranquillity. Accommodation is in 9 small blocks, we were a party of 6 adults and each couple were in a different block giving us access to a 3rd of the accommodation. Each room was described as basic but had all the amenities you would need. The en-suite was very clean – the shower was easy to work and the pressure good. The bed linen and towels were changed daily. The mini bar was re-stocked twice a week but you could also use it for your own purchases. The staff was very friendly every one was on first name terms and they went out of their way to ensure you had a good time.
The choice of food at each meal was good and especially at breakfast and lunch if you wanted something different they were more than happy to prepare it for you.
The hotel was full the whole time we were there but you could always find space around the pool. A couple of members from our party enjoyed the massarges and thought they were well worth the cost. All of our took advantage of the on complex tailor and went home with more clothes than we came with. The walk from the rear of the hotel to the beach is a short stroll but it is over deep hot sand so footwear is required. Our first impression turned out to be spot on. We all enjoyed our stay at this hotel; some have already booked to go back next year.
1/10
Great hotel but terrible managment
Submitted by: David Puxley in 27/03/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
Lovely hotel, great staff and food. Had considered returning next year until, on the last day they allowed a film crew of around 40 people to take over the poolside, bar and restaurant, (to promote the resort!) telling guests to get out of the pool, moving the sunbeds and actually calling in security guards to keep people off the facilities when we complained! We counted seven guards, who would physically push guests off the 'set'!
Apparently this was going to go on for two days! The management response? If you dont like it, just go! In other words, all the hard work done by the staff means nothing to the manager, to him we were just cattle and his hotel is much more important than your holiday. He refused any compensation and shouted at us for getting in the way. I short, he ruined our holiday .If you really want to enjoy Goa, please do, but don't stay at Stalag Santa Rita.
10/10
Great Hotel and Staff
Submitted by: Linden in 21/03/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
This hotel was brillant, always very clean and the staff were brillaint, always made sure you had what you wanted and very friendly. There was always something everyone could eat even if you are the fussiest eater and the drinks are free flowing.Even though the hotel was full while we were there the swimming pool was always empty, great for cooling off as the weather was HOT (pool is quite cold though). Our room was pretty basic but bed was comfortable and the fridge was great for keeping the drinks cold and for the masses of fruit we seem to buy!.The sheets were changed when we went out and we had lovely planes, animals, kites etc made from the towels left on the bed. The road outside the hotel was fairly quiet but if you walked into Candolim it became busier, the cars do like to hoot as they pass to let you know they are there, and it seemed very funny when you saw a lonely cow wandering down the street with you, but hey, this is Goa and everthing is laid back.
10/10
Fantastic hotel
Submitted by: MB in 14/02/06
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We have just returned from a fantastic two-week holiday to the Aldeia Santa Rita. The hotel can only be described as excellent. The rooms were as previously reviewed pretty basic but no more than you would expect from similar type of accommodation in Spain. Our room was on the first floor and consisted of a large balcony, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. There was also a living room with swing doors to a kitchen area. We also had ceiling fans, air conditioning and cable TV. The rooms were spotlessly clean and the bedding and towels changed on a daily basis. The hotel is set in tropical gardens and is located in a quieter and more upmarket part of Candolim. Because of the relatively small size of this hotel it makes it feel more personnel. The staff can only be described as excellent. We were treated like Royalty throughout our stay and were on first name terms with the waiters. The food was excellent catering for most tastes with a different theme every night including curries, kebabs, continental and veggie dishes etc. The swimming pool was small but never appeared crowded despite the hotel being full. The closest beach was located at the back of the hotel. This is more Sinquerim than Candolim and is at the quieter end. Go to Victor and Godfeys shack (first on right). The Kingfisher is ice cold and the chips are like your grandmother used to make. This was quite simply the best holiday we have ever had. Once you get over the culture shock including some terrible poverty India is a fascinating place to visit. We have already booked to return to the Aldeia Santa Rita for next December.
10/10
Brilliant Holiday!
Submitted by: Eddie in 01/01/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
If you are going to the Aldeia Santa Rita, or thinking about it, are you in for a treat! It is excellent value for money and what it lacks in star rating it more than makes up for it with the staff. We were treated like royalty. Every member of staff went out of their way to make our holiday a brilliant one, and the food is excellent.

No need to take any towels as beach towels and towels in room are provided daily. No hair dryer though. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean, although a little lived in.

If you need a guide and taxi for the day, call Jerom on 9822587362, he is brilliant!

This hotel is well worth revisiting.
10/10
Brilliant Hotel - Aldeia Santa Rita
Submitted by: Hazel in 24/11/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I've been to Goa with family and friends for the last 3 years - couldn't get in to Santa Rita last year but been twice before. Going this year and already booked again for next Chritsmas. It is so friendly and welcoming that anywhere else does noy compare. The staff especially Orlando cannot do enough for you. It has a good easy accessible position- near a lovely beach and some lively bars and restaurants. The rooms are comfortable and the room boys keep them spotless for you. I would receommend this hotel to people who enjoy being looked after, good food and excellent service - although not posh like the Taj (next door) it provides an excellent base for your stay in Goa.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Aldeia Santa Rita Hotel

Fantastic Food and Service

from lrawcliffe
We stayed at this hotel for a weeks all inclusive and it was brilliant. The staff in the hotel were excellent, so attentive and your glass was never empty. The management were also very helpful. Its a shame they had the TV crew there a few weeks ago as it sounds like it spoilt a great holiday for a lot of people. Luckily we missed it by a couple of days. I cannot fault the hotel staff. The rooms were basic, but we didn't go to Goa to live in our hotel room so we didn't mind. The food was great but there are some good restaurants just on the main road - the Stone House being one of them - reasonably priced and great food.
The one thing I CAN DEFINITELY COMPLAIN ABOUT was the Monarch flight. It was a horrendous experience, boiling hot plane with people feling faint cause the refused to turn on any air conditioning. There was no leg room, the service was slow and staff looked bored. The seats were the most uncomfortable plane seats I have ever been in - worse than easyjet! And that is not good for a 10 hour flight!
We went with Odyssey who were very good and our rep Anthony was knowledgable and helpful. We did the famous Jungle Book tour which is well worth doing. However you need to understand just how basic this tour is. The mud huts are just that, the shower is a drizzle, you hear every animal in the jungle and be prepared for a lot of creatures in the hut. We had a frog, 2 lizards and a huge spider in there. Someone near us had the room fumigated twice to get rid of what was described as the floor and walls being covered in huge ants. As long as you are aware of what to expect and do not expect a romantic camp trip out in the jungle its well worth doing. I would do it again just for the experience of washing and playing with the elephants - they were amazing. But be prepared for a lot of hanging around waiting to go to the next "thing". Do it - but be aware!
All in all I cannot wait to go back to Goa and would definitely return to this hotel for the service alone. The pool has a lot of shade which is needed, and the air conditioning in the room is proper air conditioning, not just a crappy fan. Sure the pool needs updating and the rooms could do with a lick of paint, but the people and the atmosphere more than make up for it.
Get it booked - you will not regret it.

Great hotel in need of TLC

from A TripAdvisor Member
Before we booked our stay at the Aldeia Santa Rita Hotel, my wife and I read reports from other travellers on a number of web-sites. Without exception, the reviews we found were full of praise and without serious criticism for both accommodation and staff. Sadly, I am about to add a little realism to those misty-eyed recollections. It’s true that the hotel is in a lovely setting, complete with attractive foliage and flowers. It’s true that members of staff, including the manager, are extremely helpful, friendly and courteous. It is also true that the room layout is excellent and that the pool area is quiet, shaded and never too busy. Unfortunately, it is also true that the place is in urgent need of refurbishment. Our room, in particular, which was a standard, upper floor, was in a very poor state. I understand that this is not the most expensive or highly graded hotel, but let’s not confuse basic with run down. Bed linen and towels, whilst clean, was stained and faded from years of use; the toilet seat was stained and cheap; the tiled floor was unevenly faded and lifting in places; the A/C was ancient, very noisy and uncontrollable; the one tiny ply-wood wardrobe was old, rickety and partially undercoated; all room doors, including the external one, were ill-fitting; and the walls were so poorly painted that the plasterboard manufacturer’s name was clearly visible in a repeating pattern (maybe this was deliberately shabby chic). Outside, there were never enough pool towels, and those that were available, were tired and faded.
In terms of the food, the Goan dishes were plentiful and excellent. At breakfast, however, despite the local production of exotic fruits such as mango, pineapple, jackfruit, watermelon and papaya, only occasionally was there just a single bowl of pineapple or melon. There were no pastries or cakes, only the standard British-style breakfast. Coffee came in the form of a D.I.Y. sachet of instant bitterness, and the orange juice appeared to be diluted squash. The toasting machine, when functioning at all, required the bread to be passed through it at least twice before anything approaching toasted bread was obtained. By the second morning, we were so annoyed by this lack of quality that we went out in search of a decent breakfast. The place we found was a gem. Just a 15 minute stroll south down the main road, lies “Chocolatti”, run by a local family. Set in beautiful gardens, this is an oasis of tranquillity and good food. They make their own organically produced cakes and chocolates, which go down a treat with the superb fresh coffee. The hot breakfast meals and snacks were excellent too.
Back to the hotel, I know many people will think these points to petty and even unfair, but it’s precisely the fact that they are only minor problems, that make it such a shame that they have not been addressed. This is a great little hotel which could be so much better with a little investment and care. Despite the current defects, however, I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing time in pleasant surroundings. Just don’t expect anything approaching a high standard of facilities.
Incidentally, with reference to the recent “Bollywood” filming which upset one recent contributor, we were there throughout this period and had no difficulty at all. I agree, there was some significant disruption around the pool area for part of the first day, but guests were offered the facilities of a nearby hotel with the same board arrangements. Given my earlier comments, the management will do well to spend the extra income on improvements.
On the subject of local trips, we tried out dolphin watching, which our fellow trippers agreed was more like dolphin harassment. We spent a couple of hours in open water at the mouth of the Mandovi River, attempting to corner a few of the hapless creatures with the aid of a couple of other boats on the same mission. We also signed up for the trip to the Dudhsagar waterfalls, which entailed a gruelling 3 hours each way, by minibus and jeep, for a 40 minute swim in the lagoon at the falls. Generally, as others have advised, I would steer clear of the organised trips and hire a taxi driver for the day.

great hotel..terrible management

from LondonPaul
Lovely hotel, great staff and food. Had considered returning next year until, on the last day they allowed a film crew of around 40 people to take over the poolside, bar and restaurant, (to promote the resort!) telling guests to get out of the pool, moving the sunbeds and actually calling in security guards to keep people off the facilities when we complained! We counted seven guards, who would physically push guests off the 'set'!
Apparently this was going to go on for two days! The management response? If you dont like it, just go! In other words, all the hard work done by the staff means nothing to the manager, to him we were just cattle and his hotel is much more important than your holiday. He refused any compensation and shouted at us for getting in the way. I short, he ruined our holiday .If you really want to enjoy Goa, please do, but don't stay at Stalag Santa Rita.

Nice hotel and staff

from Julianna123
I stayed at this hotel with a group of people ten in total. The rooms are comfortable I would recommend an upgrade to a superior room. The staff are fantastic they go out of their way to make sure you have don't have to wait for a drink anytime at all. Generally the food was good but it is very cheap to eat out in Goa so don't worry if you want to go out from time to time. Good breakfasts plenty of variety I got really into the freshly made omelette's each day. Fresh fruit in the rooms each day plus biscuits. The swimming pool was very nice plenty of shade if required. Did have a bit of an issue with people reserving sunbeds and then disappearing for hours on end. Loved the massage at the hotel would recommend this to anyone. All in all great holiday and would go back sometime in the future.

Fantasic hotel

from Scousemat
We have just returned from a fantastic two-week holiday to the Aldeia Santa Rita. The hotel can only be described as excellent. The rooms were as previously reviewed pretty basic but no more than you would expect from similar type of accommodation in Spain. Our room was on the first floor and consisted of a large balcony, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. There was also a living room with swing doors to a kitchen area. We also had ceiling fans, air conditioning and cable TV. The rooms were spotlessly clean and the bedding and towels changed on a daily basis. The hotel is set in tropical gardens and is located in a quieter and more upmarket part of Candolim. Because of the relatively small size of this hotel it makes it feel more personnel. The staff can only be described as excellent. We were treated like Royalty throughout our stay and were on first name terms with the waiters. The food was excellent catering for most tastes with a different theme every night including curries, kebabs, continental and veggie dishes etc. The swimming pool was small but never appeared crowded despite the hotel being full. The closest beach was located at the back of the hotel. This is more Sinquerim than Candolim and is at the quieter end. Go to Victor and Godfeys shack (first on right). The Kingfisher is ice cold and the chips are like your grandmother used to make. This was quite simply the best holiday we have ever had. Once you get over the culture shock including some terrible poverty India is a fascinating place to visit. We have already booked to return to the Aldeia Santa Rita for next December.

Would go back again and again and again

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have used Trip Advisor a few times now prior to booking a holiday and have found it to be invaluable. On my return from Goa I vowed to write a review to let people know how fantastic the Aldeia Santa Rita was.... so here goes! The hotel is given a 3 star rating. The rooms are furnished simply but this did not detract from the quality of the accomodation. It was spotlessly clean, friendly and very well looked after.The food was fantastic and the location ideal if you want to be out of it a bit, but in walking distance to calangute.
Every member of staff was great and not too intrusive. Fresh pineapple every morning and a well stocked fridge.
i have recommended this hotal to friends who have had similar experiences. Trust me - it's the best hotel in North Goa (for it's price range). i really would go angain and again.......

Small but perfectly formed

from sipunch
Excellent small hotel located near enough to the bright lights but far enough away for a bit of peace and quiet.

Rooms are a decent size and clean, they are basically furnished and storage room is at a premium, especially drawer space and full length hanging room. aircon works well as a rule, shower temperature and pressure varies with the number of people using them at any one time, I believe downstairs rooms are better than upstairs. Try to ensure you get a "Main Street" room as these are newer and better finished. Colonial Rooms are better still and come with extras such as fruit and bath robes in the rooms there is a supplement for these rooms and they need to be prebooked.

The food and service is the highspot of this hotel, the waiters are the best and most attentive I've ever come across. the food is excellent and varied there is always a european option alongside the local cuisine which is always fresh and healthy, it is possible to lose weight whilst there just because of the lack of fat, oil and processed ingredients.

Pool is great and cooling, maybe a little small but whilst we were there it never felt crowded since most people go to the beach. sunbeds and clean towels are provided by the pool which is shaded by a couple of large trees, towels can also be taken to the beach where the shacks also have sunbeds available (free if you have a drink or food at (or from)the shack concerned. There are plenty of hawkers but in the main they go away if you say no, beware they have good memories, if you say maybe tomorrow they will remember and find you again!

The beach is clean, there are dogs that belong to the shack owners but these are friendly and there was no sign of mess. The shacks sit about 10 feet higher than the sea with a large drop between, the sea is swimmable and the washed up oil tanker is in full view, however it acts as a kind of breakwater. there are jetski's, paracending, banana boats etc nearby if that's your thing.

Locally there is loads of cheap shopping, barter hard aim to pay about 1/3rd of the amount asked for, 1/2 is just about OK, if they accept your offer straight away - you've been had!! There are a number of tailors dotted around, prices are very cheap, i.e. £6 for a made-to-measure cotton shirt. I recommend Mac who has a shop in the foyer of Nizmar Hotel, he makes exquisite tailored suits and trousers for very little cost. a fully lined cashmere suit costs about £100-125 in best fabric. slight beware here - they will show you the best first and then work down when you ask for cheaper, the best fabrics are fantastic so you will pay the higher price!!

Flight from Manchester was 10 hours with a stop in Bahrain for up to 1 hour. Avoid Monarch at all costs, seatsd are cramped and the aircraft are ancient A300's, I understand First Choice longhaul cabins are much better, we will be seeking them out next time.

Would we go again? - Yes, Feb 23rd!!

Unforgetable holiday

from globetrotters021
If you are going to the Aldeia Santa Rita, or thinking about it, are you in for a treat! It is excellent value for money and what it lacks in star rating it more than makes up for it with the friendly staff. We were treated like royalty. Every member of staff went out of their way to make our holiday a brilliant one, and the food is excellent.

No need to take any towels as beach towels and towels in room are provided daily. No hair dryer though. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean, although a little lived in.

This hotel is well worth revisiting.

Loved the Aldeia Santa Rita

from Georgiarose
We stayed at this hotel for two weeks in November and while the room facilities were basic,they were clean and we were given clean bed linen and towels every day. Water pressure wasa problem in the upper rooms. The food was excellent and varied. The trek to the beach was quite hard going but that information ought to be provided by the tour operator.
The staff at the hotel were excellent, friendly and very helpful. A lovely small hotel in a very pretty setting. Excllent value for money. Definately worth booking the First Choice flight - not for the charistmatic flight attendants but for the spacious seats and generous leg room- and food that was edible- a rarity on charter flights.

what a fantastic find

from barrywhitford
we did not know what to expect as we had read a few negative reviews.we arrived to a very warm welcome and a very clean but basic accomadation with fridge,tv,aircon,ceiling fans and a small lounge and bathroom.the food was very good to extremely good,the bar was very friendly and they will never allow your glass to be empty.the local beer was great as were the wines and spirits.the staff are 5 star and cannot do enough for you.the pool area was lovely with a clean and well maintained pool and rest area.you also have a path to the beach t the rear of the hotel and some lovely little shops along the way.we know where we will be going back to next year and would reccomend you do too.

Top Local Tips for Bardez

do not use the coaches supplied. Get some local currency as soon as you get to the airport and once you have your hotel info tell the rep you are going by the registered white taxis.if you wait for the coach you can be a couple of hours getting to your hotel instead of 40 mins by taxi.

taxi's Bata them down, they will always start off with the highest price !

Dudhsagar Water Falls Don't book the trip through the tour operater. They charge approx £25 per person to go on a coach. We got our own taxi driver - which can be found on the main street or ask you hotel to recommend one. We went the day before and agreed a price for the trip in advance. He picked us up and took us and we had a fabulous day - it cost around £20 for both of us and the driver arranged our admission/jeep ride up to the falls and tour guide at the falls. He even found me an elephant to ride on the way home!

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  • Address: Dando, Candolim, Bardez - Goa - Bardez - 403 516 - India
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