10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Ronil Beach Resort - The Best
"I have just returned after a two week holiday staying at The Ronil Beach Resort, Baga, North Goa. Well it was our 14th visit to Goa and as normal the hotel was perfect. People think that we are mad returning to the same place each year, but not knock it until you have tried it. Flew with First Choice with the upgrade to Star Class Premier. Excellent flight and loads of inflight entertainment. (movies, music and plenty of games) Would recommend this to anyone. Arrived in Goa and as per previous visits opted to get a taxi from the airport rather than the Tour bus. It's alot quicker! (we have used the same driver for years) Hotel was excellent as usual no problems - rooms ready when we arrived. All staff are the friendly people you will meet. Infact you would never meet freindler people then the people you meet in Goa. Food excellent - try the Fish Curry Rice or the Fish Portugese. We also got 3 free meal vouchers per week (from first Choice) you up to the value of 800Rupees. (try spending that on a meal it's impossible) Goa has many beautifull places to see to suit all. Im glad I will be returning in March 2007. Contact me if you would like any details on Goa."
- Travel date: 17th December 2006
"we have just returned from a two week holiday, staying at the ronil beach resort, we just have to say what a fantastic holiday we had. the room was cleaned every day as well as new bed linen and clean towels and all the staff could not do enough for you. you are given three vouchers per week for evening meals or lunch we found the food to be excellent if not better than some of the local restaraunts. the only thing we found was there not enough sun loungers for the amount of people so we headed down to the beach most days (only 200 yds away) we had heard about the beach shaks but didn't expect them to be anything like they was they are out of this world the staff can't do enough for you (ashok & chrishna) at the lucky star it also has fantastic food. we would also recomend the tigers & tuskers 3 day trip its alot of traveling but well worth it also book it localy its far much cheeper (day dripper tours) overall we had a brilliant time and looking forward to returning in 2007"
- Travel date: 3rd December 2006
Ronil Beach - Good bet of your staying in Baga
"Just returned from a two week stay at the Ronil in Baga and after listening to fellow tourists, I am convinced that it is the best hotel of this calibre in the resort centre. We were allocated a room in V block, which smelt a little damp on arrival, although with airing and air con, this was not really noticeable after a couple of days. Rooms are basic but clean, with satelliteTV and minimal warbrodbe/storage space. Rooms were cleaned on a daily basis and fresh towels were provided daily. Soap and toilet tissue were replaced when needed. It was a little noisy at times when the pool was in use and it is true that the number of sunbeds is insufficient....you need to be an early riser to secure one. However, the beach is only 2 mins walk away and for very little money, a local taxi driver will take you to one of the many beaches (Coco Beach was lovely especially if you like a dip in the sea). The staff could not be faulted...... helpful, friendly, welcoming, honest and the service received was excellent....you are in Goa and things are a little laid back....theres no real sense of urgency wherever you go (try an internal flight if you don't believe me!!). We asked them about beaches, jewellers, opticians etc and they always recommended good, cheap places - no complaints. The food was generally good especially the stuffed Nan breads and I think there was only one meal which was not to our liking....cheap and cheerful with nightly entertainment (of a fashion haha) Loved the hotel, the staff and the location and we would definitely return"
- Travel date: 1st May 2006
Fawlty Towers in Baga
""The best hotel in Baga". Wow I'd like to see the worst. Our party of 10 chose Baga as there were 6 young adults who wanted some night life. We chose the Ronil for the above statement. All that was missing was Basil & Sybil! On arrival 6 of us were located in the dreaded "V" block. The management were happy to re-loacte us once a room was available but we had to move at 4am and wait 2 days. The smell has to be experienced but we are told it is to be refurbished. I would suggest demolished would be more appropriate. The First Choice rep said that there was nothing wrong with the accommodation. Obviously we were expecting too much (no mould, no sewerage smell, secure light fitting, curtains on fixings and a wardrobe that opened). Service was non existent and it was not uncommon for your ordered drink not to arrive or arrive in duplicate when you reminded the staff that you were still waiting. Personally we found the staff rude. A bar man said to my partner "you, what do you want?" whilst remaining seated and pointing at him. We have been informed that there is no Goan or Hindi words for please and thank you. Its very apparant. There is only 1 toilet in the lobby, under some stairs its unisex and disgusting. The same towel was there for the fortnight. All other reports about beds but the pool are accurate. Outside the hotel the taxi drivers were a pain. It was very difficult to get them to take you where YOU wanted to go. They always wanted to take you somewhere they knew better. One day we wanted to go to Dunes at Morbar beach to spend a night in a beach shack. Off we went, to be dropped at Asvem beach at a shack that appeared to be connected to the taxi driver. On refusing to stay the shack owner became quite hostile. The youngsters went to Titos and Mambos only once. Titos was full of Indian men who intimidated & hastled the girls. It was also very seedy. Mambos full of middle aged Europeans enjoying Goas liberal attitude to drugs. So the resort we went to for the kids didn't meet our expectations. It comes to something when a 16yr old male said I wish we'd gone somewhere quiet. Baga is VERY busy, commercialised and ... Good bits: Shooters Bar, KCs Bar, Kim Faa (chinese restaurant), East Meets West, the Chippy in Calangute. They all had toilets that you would use. If you go compare them to the toilets in Bharats, where one of the men vomited due to the smell and state(opposite the Ronil). Spice plantation, trips to Panjim. The water sports. Ingos market. How cheap prescription medication and decent jeans are. Finally don't think we had a good time. We had a great time and laughed throughout (you had to). Would we go back... we are told the South is very nice. Perhaps Kenya has spoilt us. Now thats great."
- Travel date: 13th April 2006
Ronil's resort in baga beach: an average resort..
"We spent 6 nights last month at Ronil's and the place is generally quite nice. The receptionists were really nice and the formalities were completed in record time. We were shown our rooms and thats when my wife got a bit upset. We were expecting a real 3 * property after having stayed at other 3* hotels in Thailand and what we saw shocked us. The rooms were quite cramped and the bathrooms were the asian style. I shall explain this further. The shower and loo are only separated by a shower curtain. This in essence means that you have to get you feet wet when using the toilet especially after one of you has had a shower. I was later made to understand that this was a luxury as most other properties would not even have a shower curtain so the loo would be sprayed with water when one is having a shower. The other big dissapointment was the fact that you either wake up early and secure a pool bed or you would have to sit on chairs and tables.This being the end of the peak season i was shocked as i could not understand how they would have coped when the season was at its peak and the hotel full.How can a hotel have less pool beds than the guests they can accomodate? The food was okay and thus we had to eat out every other meal besides breakfast.I am not complaining about that as we had chosen Bed and breakfast precisely for that reason as we like visiting other restaurants and sampling food from the region. My overall opinion is that people should know that a 3* in this part of the world is not really the same as you would expect in other parts of the world. We also visited Thailand during the same holiday and will review the hotels in another review but suffice to say the quality of 3* hotels in both these countries vaires by a huge margin. I suggest a 4* as minimum if you are aiming for a normal 3* in other counties. We then spent another week at the Royal Goan beach club at Monterio and will post a review on it later."
- Travel date: 8th March 2006
fab time at the Ronil
"We arrived at the Ronil at about 5 am, this was our only problem as they had yet to vacate the rooms for our coach load and we were told that the rooms wouldn't be ready till midday, laying around the pool with all of our baggage, tired from a nine hour flight wasn't great fun, this however is our only complaint. We found the staff so freindly as in all Goa and the hotel was constantly being cleaned and serviced, the rooms were basic but lovely. We were lucky enough to be there for new year and the staff laid on a great free meal and entertainment, it got us ready for celabrations on the beach at midnight. As said before Baga beach is not the best so for a more relaxed atmosphere try Ashvem. We hired a bike for a few days and it is a must if you feel capable, you should also visit Anguna market on a Wednesday its real fun for haggling with the locals or the hippies selling some great things (always half at least their first price) Restuarant wise you cant lose out really, its so cheap!! Little Italy in candolim is great for Pizza and Pasta and Fiesta is a wonderful place even though more expensive then others. We also visted Palolem beach for three nights, its gorgeous and gets you away from the madness of Baga, there we would recommend 'Dancing shiva huts' that we only discovered by accident on our last day there. Anyway yes Ronil is probably the best hotel of its sort in Baga, they give you three tokens that you can use each week for either breakfast, lunch or dinner and the food is good, we would definatly go back. If you are in need of any tailoring whilst in Goa you must go to Naveeds tailor at the far north end of the baga road and ask for 'wahid', I had lots made and loved it all and my husband who only normally buys designer suits for work had one made to measure and its as good as his others for 55 pounds he is a miracle worker."
- Travel date: 22nd January 2006
Go for Ronil
"I have to agree with more or less all of Paul Bryson's comments. The Ronil is one of the best hotels in the Baga/Calangute areas, but right in the heart of the town and just a ten minute walk to the beach - unlike some of the new 5-star developments which have been described as "hermetically sealed"! Staff here are very friendly and will soon get to know your name, sometimes you can share an after-work beer with them in the bar next door. The Ronil restaurant is top class and I seem to remember, dimly!, that good cocktails were around a pound, Kingfisher beer 50p! Get to know a local taxi driver, they will take you anywhere at reasonable fares and even spend a whole day with you if you want. If you like the beach, Calangute and Baga are crowded so take a ride to Ashvem in the north or Coco beach, south of Candolim, which also offers dolphin spotting boat trips (much cheaper to book locally than through the hotels). Finally don't be scared of the local food, there are great restaurants everywhere and the local seafood is terrific, even in the beach shacks - but be very afraid of driving here! Take a cab!"
- Travel date: 19th January 2006
Goa for the twenty somethings
"after being there for a couple of days it was clear that the ronil beach was one of the better hotels in baga/calangute. the staff were really friendly & the food was of a high standard. baga itself was a real culture shock from cows roaming the streets to families living in their stalls but after a couple of days you forget all this as you venture out & about.most of our beach time was spent at little vagator beach due to baga/calangute beaches resembling magaluf, this is about 20 mins in a taxi north, which will cost about Â£1 & if you go on a tuesday you may get a chance to get an elephant ride if you go through anjuna, just tell the driver to stop & wait. on the subject of asking for things...if you tell one of the millions of taxi drivers "later" trust me they'll come knocking on your door 5 hrs later asking were you wanna go! so remember to say no rather than later. Goa is a paradise, nothing else can describe the beauty of this magical place. if you wanna party you party if you wanna chill you chill. there is more than something for everyone here although the entertainment at the ronil is comical at best, picture a indian jazz/lounge band trying to sing barry manilow's mandy but singing carrie! brilliant. most spectactular beach is mandrim beach about 1hr drive north well worth the trek, we hired a bike, which is not for the faint hearted, roads/tracks are madness. nitelife is quieter due to politics but thre is loads of late nite bars like mambos playing surprisingly good music & every other nite there's a "birthday Party" being held at the beach shacks..holding a party is the loophole for all nite parties, there's also day time raves where the freaks really do come out. the food in goa is rather good...tip if the resturant is empty, there's probally a reason for it! if all else fails there's a subway. we bought a shed load of clothes and gifts as things are sooo cheap & we posted it back well worth it as a women at the airport on the way back got stung for Â£250, which brings me last to the airport! this was hell no two ways about secruity check after secruity check, going through several checks before we checked in we were meet by another 2000 checks before we got on the plane. be careful when leaving."
- Travel date: 16th January 2006
"hi Me and my wife had our first holiday in goa this year and stayed in the ronhil, realy enjoyed our stay the staff are freindly thay cant do enough for you rooms are cleaned every day two nice sized pools and a nice restarant cant fault it,plus only about 500yards from the beach.cant wait to go back in nov 2006. stumpy"
- Travel date: 12th December 2005
"when we arrived a culture shock but a few days later found this to be one of the best hotels in Baga, when you see other hotels around that area, its not too bad really, staff are Really friendly and pleasant, but this is Goa so enjoy"
- Travel date: 5th December 2005
Keys Select Ronil Resort is also called
- Ronil Beach Resort
- ronil beach resort
- ronil beach resort calangute