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Casa Britona
3.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   217 Near Charmanos Badem, Bardez 403101, India   |  
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Ranked #41 of 90 Hotels in Bardez
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“wow!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

casa britona is oneof the few hotels that can in word be defined as wow !!!. i arrived for a 12 day stay on 21 of dec but ended up staying till 18 th of jan. kind courtesy the ambience and the marvellous decor and an extremlly hospitable host (the owner harself!!!). she took out time to guide me to the best possible places in goa and fine tuned even my "restaurants to be visited itenerary". i am extremelly thankful for the time and effort she took out !!!. keep the good work going shiela dhody !!!.

on the location front the hotel is extremelly well located and central, with north and the action packed nights just 10 minutes drive, panjim is a stone throw away, north beaches are about 1/2 hour drive and south is about 45 minutes drive. the hotel provides good a/c cars with knowledgeable drivers to take you to the best places from shortest cuts.

the decor and the interiors are classisally portugese and it gives a feeling of old world charm, the furniture again is a selected and handpicked old pieces. the colors and scapes of the walls are extremelly interesting and (as i was informed by the owner) done by famous artist PRADEEP NAIR (KUDOS FOR THAT)

OVERALL THE PLACE IS EXCELLENT VALUE FORMONEY AND A MUST TAKE EXPERIENCE WHILE IN GOA !!!
CHEERS !!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2010

We stayed at Casa Britona between Christmas and New Year (as the people below).
To start with the bottomline: We had a fantastic and memorable stay there
It's a small property, rooms are nicely decorated and by now I think there's wireless (..at least the owner promised ...). View on the river is relaxing, although with the tides sometimes the river can be quite dirty. Also, it's close to a bird-reserve which - for our 2 sons 8&9 - resulted in birdwatching from the terrace.
Chef went out of his way to please us, as did the servants etc etc

But the best was that in the end between a few other guests and ourselves we ended up having a great time together, went to the beaches together and ended up being invited for dinner all together with 10-15 people a few nights in a row. People from India, US, Italy and Netherlands (us): there was a click and a few nights of lots of fun in a row.
So for us it became like a homestay where we encountered new friends.
Probably this was also the result of the time of the year (Xmas) btw.

However, I think that if you are looking for an anonymous stay in a hotel, a 7 room boutique hotel is always a riskier bet then a stay in a 500 room Hilton....but also more unique and certainly more rewarding.
...We'll be back ...

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  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2010

Unfortunately we may have chosen the wrong time of year to stay at this hotel...or was it a home stay..who knows? Its a very confused place...romantic but intrusive, quiet but noisy what with the shouting, charming but contrived...A homestay we feel is a fair representation. My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights (bit long we think) in what we hoped would have been a romantic and quiet backwater getaway given we were travelling the length of India on Honeymoon. We were looking forward to the idyllic surroundings.
The location was pretty, the buildings and accommodation were equally charming and I couldn't find fault with the chef, who constantly surpassed our culinary expectations. The place was designed with the owners expectations in mind, and not necessarily the international traveller...e.g. no tv's in room for those who may just want privacy, towels weren't changed daily etc...
We were here over Christmas, and little did we know that the owner, her two children and a selection of her friends would be staying round too or visiting...
Despite them all being charming and hospitable, we were somewhat uncomfortable and constantly felt like we were intruding on family life e.g. the kids watching TV in the communal space with feet up on the table, swimming in the pool, the owner calling out across the grounds for one of the over-worked 'servants' for her afternoon tea sometimes at the expense of better customer attention/service etc, etc...Casa Britona, for the 5 long days that we spent there gave us the uncomfortable feeling that we were clearly subsidising a lifestyle and not paying for a high quality service which is what we fully expected - we paid for a boutique hotel...we got Family Fortunes...even one of the staff had a good old moan about the way things ran...he was sacked the following day...Despite being included in the 'family life' that was not what we were looking for.

The surroundings are beautiful but that wore off after a few hours...as long as you don't ask where the rubbish is taken in the wee hours of the morning, just sit back and enjoy the view of Kingfishers and Eagles nestling into the bushes...but not for too long. The staff were very attentive, polite and frankly the saving grace of the overall experience along with the Rayon beach shirt that came under the Christmas tree...classy. It didn't spoil our honeymoon though, as the best was yet to come in Kerala...head south!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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jaipur,India
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

Casa Britona is a small property, (8 rooms), quite secluded, charming and a better than average ambience. However we were shocked by the treatment meted out by the owner, a lady supposedly owning several resorts. When we had already made up our mind that this was a good place to come again to for a quiet and laid back holiday and relaxation, the owner came to us (We were sitting outside the room and having Vodka ) and said in a very shrill manner "You are not supposed to consume outside --read not served by her--liqour in this hotel. She went on to ask "Have you never stayed in any elegant hotel before?" After 18 years of worldwide travel experience, this was the first crazy experience where someone objected to our consuming personal liqour.
After some time (At 8.35 pm) she threatened to close the kitchen if we did not order dinner immediately. As a result we drove some 10KM for our dinner, (Earlier night we were served food till 10 pm).

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Delhi
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2009

We had a comfortable, pleasant and a memorable stay at Casa Britona. Our kid had a blast. We stayed in the luxury cottage which was nicely decorated. No bath tub, though.

Nothing is a NO at this hotel. The staff will do to any length to please the guests. They will play cricket with your child, the chef will make what ever you ask for dinner - its almost like a home away from home.
The hotel and the rooms are maintained properly and a high standard is maintained for cleanliness and overall housekeeping. The pool is awesome.
The location is by the river side with nice sitouts and well done up rooms. We pan to stay with them again. Experience this as it certainly has to be part of the total Goa experience.

Pool: There is no partition in the pool for small kids, but pool itself is lovely

Food: The chef will pretty much make whatever you ask for. Nothing is a NO. Most of what we ate was excellent.

Pricing: Overall, good value for money despite being a little pricey.

Bottom line : This resort is really nice and staff very co-operative and cheerful. We will defintely consider and recommend Casa Britone for any future stay in Goa for a non-beach experience.

  • Liked — The Location and the ambience
  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Basel
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2009

Casa Britona is a lovely cute hotel with very friendly and helpful staff. The setting right by a river is romantic, the rooms are big and lovely designed. We would definetely recommend spending a few nights there if you are looking for a more special experience in Goa and prefer small places with atomosphere to big chains.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2008

The place is an old portugese mansion with a view of the river Mandovi. The river is brown so nothing much to offer on that. The hotel premises is small -quite a disappointment on that front. The rooms however are done up well with anitque furniture and a sit out. The staff are courteous and sometimes you dont get a feeling you are in a hotel. However menu is very limited for the price/package you take. Housekeeping could be done much better as we had a water tank leak once and took quite a while for the staff to get it repaired. We couldnt use the bathrooms for a while that day.

Overall -its quite ok if you are expecting something different in Goa-not the run of the mill types.

  • Liked — The rooms and furniture, the fact the hotel is a300 year old Portugese warehouse
  • Disliked — overrrated place
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 217 Near Charmanos Badem, Bardez 403101, India
Location: India > Goa > Bardez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Bardez
#15 Spa Hotel in Bardez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Britona 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Britona was once a 300 year old Private Heritage Warehouse now converted into a charming riverside villa, nestled in the heart of the pretty fishing village Britona. An ideal spot for the discerning traveller. A short drive from the villa, one can visit the quaint city Panjim. ... more   less 
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