I like small, unique places to stay, one might call them eclectic while others say funky, but if you look at my other reviews, you'll see what I mean - nice, relatively inexpensive, and catering to specific individuals, not the masses. So, I was planning to rent a Royal Enfield motorcycle for a few days in Goa after some work meetings and the shop I found also had a place to stay - Casa Tres Amigos - PERFECT! It is out of way (hard to find) but a couple of kilometers to the nice beaches and a small country inn type of arrangement, with nice outdoor dining area and library, lovely grounds with nice plants and fountain, and a great pool and patio with a view over the rice fields to the nearby hills. Breakfast is not included, but for $330R it is a deal - tasty and more than enough to eat. They also have dinner if you don't venture out to nearby eateries in the village or down to the touristy beach area. It is good if you want to stay, but I'd recommend going out. The rooms are varied, with bamboo-walled ones upstairs, and stucco-walled ones down; I stayed in a single downstairs and it was relatively large, very clean, and comfortable (typical firm Indian bed with mosquito netting, which you need); no A/C on the property, but it's cheap and the ceiling fans make it comfortable. Now, you have to remember that you're in a rural area of India, so there are bugs and critters everywhere, and I know that people react (and review) differently to small, rural inns - each room is different and experiences are different too; keep this in mind as you read the Trip Advisor reviews.
For me, the staff at CTA really sealed the deal: they are very friendly, helpful, and want to make your stay pleasant. Their recommendations for food, sight seeing, MC routes (in my case), pharmacies, cabs, etc were spot on and really appreciated; Ranjita manages the place with grace and professionalism, she's a real asset.
So, if you want an inexpensive place in north central Goa with character/charm and aren't hung up on being at the beach, then CTA is your place. If you're a motorcyclist, then it's even better cuz you can rent a classic Royal Enfield Bullet, or a regular small bike, for 30% discount as a guest - riding in India is an "adventure" that may not be for everyone, but I had a blast.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Tres Amigos Assagao, Goa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bamboo Cottages and Bungalows at a peaceful garden resort with romantic swimming pool, badminton court, yoga and avurveda terrace, bike rental station with classic Royal Enfield 500cc bullets, under German management since 1999... ... more less