This was our fourth visit to Goa and whilst we normally stay in Candolim we decided to have a change this year and try Baga. I have to say that having now experienced Baga our preference would lie with Candolim. For us Baga is geared more for the younger generation especially the bars and clubs on Tito lane which is very lively. In contrast the Ronil provides a very comfortable quieter haven amongst the hustle and bustle of the area.
The hotel location is excellent, Tito's lane is virtually opposite where you can walk down to the beach in 5mins. Turn right out of the hotel and you can walk to the beach at the end of the Baga/Calengute road(15/20mins) or turn left to Calengute, it is walkable but a cab would be a better option for 100Rp.
Prior to travelling out to Goa we emailed a request for a pool view room in Block V and we were not disappointed. (See attached plan of Ronil Block Layout). The only criticism is that we were told that pool view rooms were regarded as an upgrade and we had to pay and extra £5.00 per day.
Also there are Deluxe rooms available that will cost £10.00 per day extra. Whilst the room we had was brilliant we did feel a little aggrieved since we spoke with some residents that had pool views in other blocks and did not have to pay any extra. I suppose if you want to take pot luck then that's your choice.
The room was very spacious and spotless. Our cleaner did a really good job and our towels were changed daily without needing any reminders. The toilet /shower did have a little mildew on the ceiling but a least the shower head was good. Its refreshing to have a shower that didn't fall off the wall as it does in many hotels. Don't forget to take your own sink plugs.
We did read other reviews on tripadvisor about avoiding certain blocks around the main pool due to noise from the entertainment. We found that this was not really a problem since the entertainment was rarely loud and finished around 10.30 to 11.00pm.
The buffet style breakfast caters for all tastes from continental to English to Indian and is very good. Travelling with Thomas Cook we were allowed three meal vouchers per week worth 800Rp each. We reserved a table by the main pool and used the vouchers towards our evening meals which were very good and made even better by the excellent waiter service. The waiter service in general is excellent nothing is too much trouble and everyone is very friendly and accommodating.
We were surprised by the lack of free WiFi. Why the Ronil feel the need to charge its residents for WiFi connection when most bars and beach shacks offer it for free just seems to be a penny pinching exercise.
The bar in reception closes at 11.00pm which we thought was a trifle early. We were told by the barman that it costs more to have the licence extended. Oh dear not another penny pinching exercise. Surely its not unreasonable for residents to expect a later bar than that.
The only major disappointment was on our day of departure. We asked if we could keep our room on for the day since we had a late pick up. We were told that we couldn't because the hotel was fully booked so we had to be out by 11.00am. Furthermore we asked if there would be a courtesy room available later on so that we could shower and change, again we were told no. As things turned out our flight was delayed by 24 hours and somehow the hotel found us a room for the next day in Block B (Pool view) which we didn't have to vacate until 9.00pm. Funny that.
That said our overall experience of the Keys Resort-Ronil was very good and we would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone travelling to Baga.
Just a suggestion to Mr D'Costa: It might be useful to avoid confrontations with residents on arrival if you liaised travel agents and ask them to make it clear in their literature that there are different room rates. That way people could manage their expectations better.
I have pointed out a few little niggles but these do not detract from a most enjoyable stay at the Ronil. Overall we had a great experience and should we return to Baga in the future would definitely be looking to stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ronil is centrally located in Baga and in close proximity to the famous night spots like Tito's Mambos and Kamaki... It is right where the action is. The resort has 2 swimming pools and our refurbished restaurant serves arguably the best Goan food in Baga. One must try the Stuffed Crabs and the Prawn Balchao for sure besides the usual favourites of fish curry and prawn curry... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ronil Beach Hotel Baga
- Ronil Beach Resort Goa
- Ronil Beach Hotel Goa
- Ronil Beach Resort Baga
- Ronil Beach Resort Calangute
- Keys Resort-Ronil Goa/Baga