12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Superb location, great hotel!
"I was traveling with my friends and being a group of 6 girls we required a decent and a safe hotel. The hotel turned out to be much more than what I had expected! Cavala is a hidden gem...one doesn't expect such standards at a budget hotel! The rooms we booked were Non-Ac ground floor rooms. The rooms were spacious, bright and pretty. Each room has a private sit-out. There is a mini-bar which stocks beer and drinks at cheap rates. The bathroom was clean and decent. No bath-tubs though. There were no room-phones or tvs though. The hotel has a nice swimming pool with a sunset cafe just across the road...The bar is well-stocked and the atmosphere is very lively in the night. There are live performances every Saturday night. The staff is very friendly. Overall, the stay at Cavala was a nice experience. Its location is superb as in the market is a stone's throw away from the property, the beach is 5 mins away and so are the night clubs- Tito's and Mambo's, yet it is quiet. I would suggest stay here if you intend to stay in Goa for long, want to explore the city and are looking for something great within budget."
- Travel date: 18th February 2009
pretty pretty place
"cavala is a cosy hotel with pretty rooms. This place has a popular restaurant frequented by many goans too. fridays has a good band playing. But all visiting better be careful to reserve a table or else u ll ve to wait for hours."
- Travel date: 16th January 2009
Never say never but!!!!!
"Stayed at Cavala many times. Rooms very basic and would recommend getting some bleach and toilet cleaner from little shop on arrival and clean the room before you unpack. The staff are brilliant which has alway's made me want to return. This is a very noisy hotel, horns beeping till early hours and the bus horns very early in the mornings outside the hotel. The dogs are now a real problem and run aound at night in packs and bark nearly all night every night, so do not expect much sleep here. The food is good at the hotel and the kitchen has just had a re-fit and they ar making improvements to the pool bar and restuarant areas, I hope they extend these to the guest rooms. Even though I bleached and used disinfectant every day the cockroach family just would not stop visting my room, so I recommend a spray called HIT, spray and leave the room for at leaset two hours before returning. Unfortunatly, I will not be retuning soon to Baga. The police chucked us all off the sunbeds outside the shacks more than once, the hygeine has never been great but you do not expect it, instead of upping thier game they have got complacent and it is dirtier than I have seen it in the last 5yrs. Most of us at the Cavala suffered sickness on more than one occasion, which was a first for me. I would not put that down to the hotel, as speaking to people from other hotels who have been going for years, also suffered very bad stomachs. There did seem to be alot of people with the same opinion that north Goa has had its day for the British holiday maker, which is sad, as me, my family and friends have had great memorable times there. I would not advise not to visit as it is worth the once, but you can get much better holidays for your pound."
- Travel date: 4th December 2008
"November 6th 2008 My wife and I have just returned from a week in the Cavala Hotel, Baga, Goa. Anyone considering staying at the Cavala may be interested in our opinions:.... and they are only our opinions. The hotel is only 5 mins walk to the top end of Baga beach, so it is very convenient for the beach. Its location is ideal for us. It is on the main road, but as our bedroom was situated at the rear of the block, road noise did not disturb our sleep...despite the Divali celebrations lasting till 5 am!! However the bathroom was at the front of the block and was therefore noisy. Our standard room was air conditioned...(an old and fairly noisy unit... but effective), and together with a ceiling fan our nights were very comfortable..despite the heat outside!! There was a useful fridge mini bar, and a TV with satellite stations. The beds were adequate and the nice thing was that the maids changed the sheets every other day!! One important fault with the bedroom was that there were no drawer units. There was a large wardrobe but it only contained one shelf....nowhere near enough for two adults. Consequently we had to live out of suitcases for the week. The rear balcony overlooked a wild area and paddyfields which was lovely. Excellent for wildlife spotting!! And the dawn chorus was amazing!! Unfortunately the balcony was far too small. It was just about large enough to squeeze in one chair! The bathroom was adequate with a good shower...it was fairly old but it worked well. The lavatory and washbasin were also adequate and well cleaned. Not luxurious but OK. Downstairs, the bar area is good, and the dining area is very pretty with plenty of character. However, it is covered with jungle plants that block out all the daylight so if you like to enjoy the sunshine with your breakfast you will be disappointed. There is however one 'kitchen' type table you can use next to the back of the bar which does get some sunshine in the mornings. We opted for that one every morning. The breakfasts were adequate...fruit juice, tea or coffee, two eggs, either poached, scrambled or fried, with toast and jam. You could purchase other foods at an extra charge. The choice of evening meals is rather limited, I felt. Especially compared with some of the other Baga hotels of a similar star rating that we have stayed in. However, what I had, I enjoyed. We only had one evening meal there. One point to beware of is that the hotel puts on regular public music events...rock and roll evenings, kariaoki, etc. and they are extremely popular, so on those evenings you need to reserve your table in advance, otherwise you won't get in!! Because the restaurant was packed out on the occasion we ate there...the service was understandably slow!! The shared swimming pool is located across the road in the grounds of the 'Banana Republic' Hotel. It looked very good although we never used it....preferring the beach instead!! The staff were extremely helpful, cheerful and friendly. They couldn't do enough for you!! Even first thing in the morning! The garden area in front of the hotel...though very narrow - is really delightful and very well cared for. Summing up.... the hotel is extremely good value for money. It is extremely friendly and welcoming. The location is very good. The facilities are quite good, but if you are looking for luxury you will be disappointed! Try a 5 star hotel instead!! Would we go back again?? Definately yes!!"
- Travel date: 8th November 2008
let us down inspite of all the hype
"Had booked the cavala thru the net after being advised by a few friends who said this place was good. As I was traveling with my dad, I called and rechecked to ensure whether the rooms were good but they were far from bad. They were disastrous. Rooms which seemed like they were located in the outhouse were allotted to us. The door was short at the bottom as as it opened into the open spaces in the back part of the resort the room had insects, lizard and small frogs. It was a total disaster. Maybe the standard room that was allotted was a bad one and located at a horrible part of the resort, but that does not take away the agony of staying in that room. Repeated request to the reception of the room resulted in the room phone being fixed. For the cost that we paid this was a really bad room considering for about 250 rupees more we were informed that the suites in this place was available. Least we expected the hotel to be honest about the quality of the room and inform us that this was back in some corner. Having said that, the place is very popular and maybe the other rooms were indeed good. But the effort from the hotel was very bad and they made no effort to at least help the situation or help in anyway. That was the last nail in the coffin as we decided to move out. We were made to feel we were not too wanted and that was surprising as we did ot seem or look or were a backpacking cost saving travelers. All we wanted was a room which was big enough to accommodate us. That apart the place has a nice bar and plays retro live music and seems to be very popular with the guests. However, considering my dad was old I expect a bit more sensitive and caring approach. The desire to help was lacking."
- Travel date: 8th November 2008
Near a world famous beach but stingy with towels
"This was our second stay at Cavala. It was practical for us to be near Baga so we chose Cavala again. We also knew what to expect and the stay was going to be short. Its pluses are : its quaint charm, its breakfast that is served nicely even if it offers a limited choice, view of Baga fields and some bird life if one can get a Field facing room and friendly staff. Its biggest negative is the management's stinginess over providing fresh towels every day - their arguement that they're helping the environment by forcing guests to reuse their damp towels is baffling when the bedsheets are changed every day! Being in a beach town, one bathes multiple times a day and being made to use wet towels for 2 consequtive days is more than just irritating. Their tariff isn't low in comparison to its neighbours but the hotel has somehow got away with this policy. Then, while the beds/floors in the rooms are clean, something or other is broken in the rooms. Our airconditioner took a long while to settle on the second stay. Door locks on bathrooms didn't work (both the times) and even the main door lock gave much trouble. The hotel's restaurant menu is limited and items overpriced. Even though there are many restaurants on the Baga road, Cavala's limited menu almost pushes its guests to eat outside instead of inhouse. Generally, it is an overly used hotel and even though clean, it doesn't offer good value for one's money."
- Travel date: 5th November 2008
Great Location and Laidback Goan Feel but Bad Rooms.
"Cavala has a very homey and cozy atmosphere. The place was referred by some close family friends of ours and we decided to stay here for our Summer/Monsoon Break. Here is some quick feedback about our 4day experience: Location: The location of the resort is very central to the most happening district in Baga, North of Goa. Very close to clubs and pubs and beaches. Brittos is a two minute walk and so it to Titos and Mambos etc. On that note, we strongly feel that Mambos is highly overrated. Nothing much happening out there and the place is a total ripoff. Price: The price of the rooms is very economical and is fixed for every season. We were told that the rooms which cost Rs.1500 in monsoon go for Rs4800 during XMas. This is very steep cause the rooms are pretty basic, but that's Goa for you during 'the season'. Rooms: We stayed at their best rooms called the Samui and Bali which are right next to the pool. The rooms are very rustic and unique with a Jungle and 'Close to Nature' sort of way. High wooded ceilings and large Bathroom is kind of nice. However, there were some problems. The place has too many insects due to the thick foliage around. Problems with the TV. Nothing is clear and very old TVs. Bathrooms didn't have enough Hot water The Lights in the room are very diffused and not bright when needed. And the worse part is the neighbourhood of the La Calypso Blue Bar which is right next door and the realy bad and jarring Music kept us awake until the wee hours of the night. Definitely Avoid these rooms if you are looking for peace and tranqulity during the night times. The other rooms in the main building are very very basic and nothing much to write home about. I think they need to renovate and refurbish. The Bar/Restaurant: The serve very good authentic food. The Bar is very well stocked and inexpensive. The best part is the Live Band playing on Saturday Nightds. This is pure bliss. We loved the Band and the way the guys were jamming into the late hours. a Fabulous Trio and guys were totally into their music. Overall if you are not going to to stay too long in the resort rooms and wanting to do sight seeing and stuff, Cavala is the place to be. Great place, great location and great price for a good holiday in Goa."
- Travel date: 6th June 2008
Convenient and nice
"We have stayed at Cavala twice.. both times with a bunch of friends. The location is perfect really really close to Baga beach and all the action.The rooms are comfortable, spacious and come with all the mod cons.. tv,fridge, A/C (there are rooms without AC as well). The propety is spread across 2 locations opposite one another, they have a nice pool, where you can lounge around. All the rooms have a balcony that opens up to the paddy fields which is quiet an amazing site to see when you wake up in the morning (If you manage to wake up before noon ;)). For the price that they charge and the location I would say this is a steal. They serve breakfast complimentary, and they keep serving it till noon !! The breafast is fantastic and not a buffet and you can chosse from a set menu which includes fruits, toast, omlettes or an Indian special along with coffee or tea. The restuarant attached to this place is pretty good if not fantastic.They have entertainment here twice a week usually and can be quiet entertaining if a good band is playing. This is not the place for you, if you are looking for a relaxing getaway kind of vacation. But if you want to be in the middle of all the action and you dnt have to look further. Great little place to stay for the price you pay !!"
- Travel date: 4th March 2008
"Great place to stay at in Goa if you want to be near where the action is, especially during the season. Breakfast is good, the best part of which is that its not time-bound and you can ask for it whenever you get up, which is fantastic after those late nights! Evenings at the bar is entertaining, with the friendly owner & his friends keeping you company, while the band performs. A word of caution- the non-ac rooms are very basic, but the AC rooms are quite charming. All in all would definitely recommend."
- Travel date: 17th April 2006
Disappointing service, good location
"Stayed with a huge bunch of friends at the Cavala in Apr 2006. The place has a location advantage 5 mts from Baga beach and the rooms are decent (enough to park your bags and come back only to sleep). However, service was a HUGE disappointment. Meals are served late by ONE hour or even more from the time of ordering. Staff is curt and not responsive. In fact, like some other places in Goa, this place loves foreigners and doesnt think too highly of Indians. We could see the differential service to us as compared with the foreign guests - their meals, etc were prompt and served with a smile. Ours were LATE and served with curtness. Cancellations were not handled well too. Stay here if you want to keep your bags safe and want to be close to the beach. But do not expect much from the service staff."
- Travel date: 9th April 2006
My partner 4 friends and I stayed at The...
"My partner 4 friends and I stayed at The Cavala for 2 weeks in late November early December. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay so much so that we have all booked to return for three weeks this year. The hotel is built of traditional Goan brick and is very charming with beautiful gardens and pool area. The rooms are simply furnished but very clean and the staff are very friendly and courteous. The food is also excellent and the breakfast is wonderful. The bar has genuine character and is well frequented by other people in the area who enjoy the very good live music and jazz nights. On the whole TOP MARKS We cannot fault the place at all! "
- Travel date: 25th March 2006
We like the Cavala
"I have stayed here twice. I think it is a good hotel...the staff is friendly, service efficient and the food is excellent. It is about a 5 minutes walk from the Baga beach and ofcourse has an swimming pool. The beach has some of Goa's best known shacks. The only drawback is that the hotel rooms though large and with balconies need considerable improvement. All in all I would recommend the hotel."
- Travel date: 29th January 2005
Top traveller tips for Cavala Seaside Resort
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Cavala Seaside Resort is also called
- Cavala Seaside Resort Hotel
- cavala hotel baga
- cavala resort baga