Went to BagaBeach in Goa in late March with slight trepidation about our accomodation. Mainly because of the phrase "access to beach across football pitch" and the fact that it was on a river and we were worried about mosquitoes finding it a convenient location as well!
We arrived somewhat tired from the uncomfortable/badly run Monarch airlines flight, and had our bags carried across the quirky "Box Bridge" to the guesthouse and from that moment on our holiday couldn't have been any better. Welcomed by the entire staff and immediately offered a much needed refreshing drink, they showed us to our rooms which were spacious and with a sattelite tv, fan and also our requested aircon (much needed in late March as it was starting to get a little humid. Our room was on the swimming pool side of the building but we were swapped as soon as a room on the riverside became available. The river was really tranquil and pretty stunning away from the hussle and bussle of the insane busy traffic in Baga and Calangute. We didn't come across a single mossie and the walk across the pitch wasn't a big deal if you had a torch, we were just 5 mins walk to the beach and across the pitch to town only took ten mins. The swimming pool was large and clean and the staff were always smiling and really really friendly.
Clifford the Habiscus restaurant owner of the chinese/goan establishment on site was one of the nicest, most helpful, charming guys you could hope to encounter on holiday. He was full of suggestions and tips. The food was simply delicious, great value and the setting by the river as the sun set was hard to beat.
The manageress was more than efficent and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and was full of advice about money, taxi fares etc (she told everyone not to use the expensive guy hanging around outside, and by the way also avoid Ramul, self-confessed "cheeky monkey" who also overcharged us in Baga, we used Vishu a young, fantastic driver who's english was perfect and had a great sense of humour who you can ask for near Britos Beach shack, he always asked us how much we wanted to pay at the end of each day!) The only slight complaint we could possibly have was that the beds could perhaps have been a little softer but at the prices they charged we really couldn't grumble at all. We thoroughly recommend it as a place to stay, and a very convenient location for stumbling back late from the beach or to get to and from the peacful northernmost beaches, markets and other sights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riverside Guest House with 24 rooms on two floors, situated on the banks of Baga river, 400 mts from Baga Beach, 50 K.M from Airport, 15 K.M from Panaji, 55 K.M from Margao Railway Station. Reception offers money exchange, doctor on call, travel assistance and safe deposit lockers. Rooms are twin or double bedded, partly air-conditioned, ceiling fan, balcony or terrace, shower, WC, hot and cold water. Restaurant & Bar serves multi-cuisine, Goan, Continental, Chinese & Indian. Swimming pool with sun beds and umbrellas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riverside Guest House Hotel Baga
- Riverside Hotel Baga
- Hotel Riverside Goa/Baga