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Aldeia Santa Rita
Ranked #18 of 66 Hotels in Candolim
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Stayed at Aldeia Santa Rita for 3 weeks, all inclusive.

Location
Hotel is at the far end of Candolim and area is safe and quite quiet compared to the rest of the resort. There is a foot path to the beach, too.
Beach has a lot of shacks to choose from. There were several still to open when we left. Try Calamari or Dom's, both good value and they look after you.

Accommodation
We stayed in L4 which is at the rear of the property, in a block were there are residents.
Had asked for a room near the pool with a sunny balcony, however did not request a room change as we only used it to shower and sleep in.
L4 is more like an apartment, with a large lounge/kitchenette, large wet room and bedroom with an enormous bed, bigger than a king-size. Plenty of storage.
Had heard that beds and pillows could be very hard, but ours were fine.
Kettle and fridge, with weekly refills.
Air con in bedroom, noisy. Ceiling fans in bedroom and lounge.
Linen changed every other day, fresh towels daily.
Pool is quite shady from the early afternoon. Clean pool towels provided, daily.
Grounds are well kept, with a wide variety of vegetation.

All inclusive
We had intended to eat out, but food was so good we didn't need to. Many nights were Al a carte, others buffet with a special twist. Try the biryani, you won't regret it!
Kingfisher beer and local spirits always available. Bar men will make cocktails if requested. Lime sodas were a favourite after a walk back from the beach.

Staff
What can I say, staff were excellent and couldn't do enough for you.
Special mention for Sukumar and Ramesh, the bar men, who would have your drink ready at the drop of a hat.
The waiters, under the guidance of Sanjay (YMCA) and Morris minor were very professional. So thanks Sunil, Joseph, Vincent, Raj, Sanjay and all of you.
Chefs were evident and would give a go at making naan bread. Ravi on morning duty always greeted you with a smile.
Room boys made interesting towel art and kept the rooms spotless.
Garden girls wore lovely green saris and spoke good English.
Staff very friendly and really went out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.

General
Mixed clientele of English, Indian,Russian and other Eastern Europeans.
Aldeia Santa Rita is a small hotel, which makes it very easy to get to know the other guests. Most would meet for a drink at the pool bar. We made many new friends, who we will keep in touch with.

We ate out, just a few times. Would recommend Bomras for Burmese/Thai fusion food in a lovely setting. Try Bob's Inn... Quirky decor and an interesting link to Lord Lucan. Do not go to Foxes, had the worst meal ever, steak so tough it could not be cut!

Weather was very hot, even locals said it was the hottest November. Humid, too.

All in all a great place to stay. Enjoy.

Room Tip: Chose a top floor room, more private.
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

We had a fantastic time. Food was good so we ate at the hotel quite a few times. The staff were friendly and always smiling. The beach was nice and quiet at this end but it is a lovely beach walk to the busy part. Lots of nice shacks on the beach to eat at. My husband and our friend and a guy we met at the hotel went fishing 1 large fish was caught and the guys at the beach shack cooked it for 6 of us for lunch. One bit of advice is to go for a room upgrade block D as this is looking over the pool. 3 eating places we were impressed with was wok & roll, mermaid, and top nosh. On the beach for lunch eating the calamari shack is good food and lovely cold beer and the sunbeds always get a good breeze.

Room Tip: upgrade/ block D is good with a pool view
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Just back from a 2 week holiday. Did not se a drop of rain and temperature just right i.e. not too hot. Hotel location perfect for us at the quiet end of Candolim beach and the main Fort Aquada road. Just seconds from the road where you go North for all the shops ,restaurants etc and just a 5 minute walk along a straight path to the beach.I've uploaded the walk on to youtube if you're interested because I know I didn't really know what to expect before the holiday.
We had an upstairs room just 2 blocks from the main road but did not notice any noise. You get a bedroom with massive double bed (2 large singles pushed together) a small kitchen area and large sitiing room where the television is. We were warned about the Indian hard beds but ours was just firm and perfect. The air con located in the bedroom is either on or off with no thermostat and is far too noisy to leave on through the night. We used to leave the ceiling fan going through the night which was sufficient. The fridge was well stocked with Kingfisher beer and soft drinks and was topped up at the end of the week.
Food pretty good with a mixture of a la carte nights,buffet style nights with menu on a board and a strange combination of both i.e. starter is buffet and the main is chosen from the board. The a la carte menu is international offering English,Chinese,Italian and of course Indian. There's even chicken tikka masala on there to please the Brits. Must say though a few nights an unwelcome smell ,you know the one I mean, used to waft across. Certainly took the edge of what should have been a tasty meal.
With such low food and drink prices out and about it's certainly worth exploring. We were told about "The Bistro" about 15 min walk and had a fantastic fillet steak and giant prawn 4 course meal. Total price inc drinks just under £20. The Italian directly next door to the hotel is also worth a visit.
The plug sockets are dual both euro 2 pin and India 3 round pin.
I've added a few photos giving examples of the hotel food,room etc
Plenty of sunbeds to choose from on the beach. We paid £3 for 2 beds and umbrella plus free towels. The guy also supplied us with chilled drinks - bottle Pepsi and Kingfisher 80p !
Our first time in India and difficult to rate the hotel but we both agree its good value for money

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank yoUKaygreen
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Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely stay at this hotel but the BEST was the visit to Mr. Abdul Ghani at Raj jeweller shop which is located at the hotel. Not only did he advise us with expert expertise about the various stones but gave us a very good deal on the various items my wife and me purchased. This was FIRST CLASS service.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
4  Thank mini m
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Stayed at ASR from 31/10/2013 for a period of 3 nights. Being a frequent visitor to goa and having stayed most of the times at 5* hotels, this was a very different experience. They provided me a hassle free early check in. The best thing bout the place is that the staff let you be. They hardly bother you with fake courtesies as you experience with bigger hotels. Most of the complaints arising is because we indians generally like to be treated with royalty at affordable prices. This is the place to be if you are expecting a stress free, quiet break, away from the maddening crowd. rooms are basic, quite adequate. beach is a 5 min stroll away. Head to calamari shack during the day time..am a regular there for years...believe me...its fantastic. Nights try out jazz corner, fishermans cove, stone house...and if u wanna go clubbing...sinq(better avoided). If you want a busy hustly bustly evening head to baga...though i always avoid it. clubbing scene is way better in pune and mumbai..thumbs up to ASR..keep up the good work..will see you again..

Room Tip: choose rooms in the first floor closer to the pool..g3 or g4
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank SumAvid
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Visited this resort in the last month of October with family. The specious and well designed room is speciality of this resort. Food is excellent. Staff is cooperative .

Only bad thing abt this resort is they do not have pool for children and also not providing spl floats for kids. Pls carry mosquito repellant as resort is not providing.

Overall one must stay in this resort for excellent vacation experience.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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4  Thank cra2719
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

It is not a star property.

Pros:
1. Location is on the main road.
2. Other shops and bars nearby.
3. Beach is quiet and no rush.
4. They provided the services what was committed in the package.

Cons:
1. Food variety not available and food is absolutely not tasty.
2. Food quantity and price are disproportionate.
3. Air conditioners are set at a fixed 16 degC and do not have any control.
4. Nothing comes by default, you have to ask and chase.
5. This hotel requires make over. Electric points, AC, interiors and room color are not up to date.
6. The music they play at the hotel is very loud and disturbing.
7. Beach is far but at walkable distance from the hotel; the route to beach is very scary and lonely.

This hotel is absolutely not suitable for family. Not made for visit/ re-visit.

Room Tip: Choose a room away from Swimming Pool
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank PetroleumEngineer
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Address: | Dando, Candolim, Bardez 403515, India
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Bardez > Candolim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Candolim
Price Range: $42 - $161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aldeia Santa Rita 3*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in the style of a Portuguese village, Aldeia Santa Rita provides a delightful escape with its multi-hued, well-manicured appeal. A swimming pool with sun loungers, spacious rooms, each with a private balcony, and a multi-cuisine restaurant (Cravo do India) make Aldeia an irresistible choice for the discerning tourist. The hotel also has a rustic ayurvedic massage and treatment centre. ... more   less 
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