33 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"I have just returned from holiday in India. We stayed at the Riverside Regency Resort, wont be doing that again ?. My party all got food poisoning whilst we stayed here. Ask the tour company to carry out a Health and Safety inspection. Only to find that they informed the owner of the hotel of my complaint about the cleanliness (lack of).His response was SHUT UP or GET OUT. This was not or 1st visit to this hotel but will be our last. Dont stay here It is very dirty now piles of rubbish everywhere, Kitchen Filthy also rats present"
- Travel date: 26th April 2010
"Having read several bad reports about this hotel I was slightly worried before leaving england for our three weeks holiday. I need not have been. Having been to India several times I know the hotels are basic, the riverside is the same, a basic hotel, clean very riendly staff who do all they can to help. It is set in a lovely position, near enough to baga if you want more entertainment and quiet and peaceful arpora with all the wonderful birds and wildlife. We only ate in the hotel once the food was ok but there are so many lovely restaurants you dont need to eat in the same place. All Spice, Kim Faa,Cafe lazydays,Fire and Ice all lovely food at very reasonable prices. Two things to be aware of at the riverside, deposit boxes are locked away between 6pm and 8am which can be very inconvenient and fridges cost 200 rupees per night, cheaper to buy one! A basic hotel at a basic price."
- Travel date: 6th February 2010
brilliant 3 weeks at riverside regency
"steve and sue our 3rd visit to goa stayed at riverside regency in baga this year it is basic but the hotel is fantastic very clean rooms done every other day with clean towels and bedding we arrived at 4 in the morning and was greeted by the brilliant tito who was so friendly and funny and nothing was too much trouble for him he even got us some postcards for free what a great guy the bar staff were fantastic always smiling and happy to help we took our own mugs and they were there every day for us at breakfast patil was great again nothing was too much trouble the pool was lovely and clean with the sun on it all day a refreshing dip after a hard day on the beach the restaurant was good but we rarely ate there because we liked to go out and try the other restaurants especially the sqeeze shack and all its brilliant staff especially kamal our great friend of 3 years ask for him if you visit this shack in baga the second from the end he cant do enough for you good places to eat are brittos try the mixed grill it is amazing take 5 the chinese up the road from brittos is excellent and the cavala at the top of baga road another excellent eating place we travelled to candolim also a lot of days go to whispering palms then take the road up to the beach and visit ganesh shack this guy is something else the shack is wonderful food fantastic raj will give you the best massage in goa for only 400 rupees if you like fishing try this part of the beach at ganesh shack he will cook what you catch also the fishing at the hotel is great just a step outside the gate and you are in fishing paradise cathing loads from catfish small mackerel eels and ladyfinger would recommend this hotel and squeeze shack for a perfect holiday excellent excellent brill fab cant wait to go back "
- Travel date: 1st April 2009
Could Be A Lot better
"We have just returned from 4 weeks at the Riverside,Baga Goa. I am 56 and my wife 53. It is our second visit to this hotel and we should have known better. We had an air-con room in the new block at the back behind the pool. We requested the same room as two years ago overlooking the river, what we got was a room overlooking a overgrown run down garden with a bonfire most days and a tv which you had to pay for channels!!! Just about everybody who stayed at the hotel caught a bad tummy bug,my wife stayed in the room for 3 days ill. The rooms are not cleaned to a high standard. The quality of decoration is very poor. When the rooms near us became empty the painters arrived and the paint they used was highly toxic and very powerful in odors. My wife had symptoms of flu for 5 days before we realized the cause. We were moved to another room and given 4 large foster beers as compensation (and I had to fight for them) The waiters could do with learning how to smile more. Their are many mosquitoes in the dining area morning and evening. The poolside tiles were filthy . The cloth used to wipe the pool tables before I complained was black. Their are power cuts every day sometimes for 8 hours and I had paid for air-con at Â£16 per day extra!!!!! The rep Atif from Thomas Cooke was Great and gave me Â£30 refund for the lack of air-con. I kept being told this is INDIA but with better management this hotel could be a lot better. The security man at night was great and also the gardener Mr copra. I will go to Goa again as the weather is perfect everyday, but I WILL NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL EVER AGAIN. The best Chinese is KIM FAR...great and the lucky star shack does a great chicken korma and cashew nut fried rice (1 portion enough for 2 peope). East meets west restaurant is good but the Fiesta near Titos is VERY expensive,they add on two lots of tax adding 18% to the bill..beware. The sunset cliff bar is great with lovely waiters...Peter,Sukant and Peter. the Red Lion bar in Calagute does lovely toasted cheese tomato and onion sandwiches for 57p. Krish holiday Inn looks like a great place to stay with David Silversands. too many sellers on the beach can drive you potty .A walk along the beach from Baga to Calagute at 8am is GREAT and takes 35 mins. Well I hope thie review helps somebody."
- Travel date: 25th February 2009
"we stayed in riverside regency hotel last xmas. The hotel is very very basic rooms ok but very disappointed with food quality is very poor and very pricey compare with other hotels. bar staff mr patil is a very rud person if anyone going there plz stay away from him.xmas dinner was very poor I wan't go again breakfast is rubbish "
- Travel date: 19th January 2009
Not as bad as we thought...
"Upon arrival at this hotel we were pleasently suprised, we read some reviews before we went and were a little scared at what we we'd booked. We were shown to our room after a welcome drink and what we found was a clean but basic room (with air con and a fan), but how much time do you want to spend in your room on holiday anyway? The rooms were cleaned everyday and the towels and bedding changed every other day. The towels are little sandpaper-ish so if you've got a bit of weight going spare in your suitcase you might want to bring some old ones from home and leave them there when you go home. Weight of suitcases coming home are very strict, for every kilo over you are charged money, some friends we met were charged Â£50 for their cases, plasic ties are put around your cases upon entering the airport so they can't be opened and things removed to avoid paying the charge. The pool at the hotel loses the sun quite early on in the day (about 2.30pm) but the beach is only a 5 min walk away. Baga beach is very busy especially on fri, sat and sun. It's a local holiday destination (a bit like the goan version of blackpool!) the best thing to do is jump in a taxi and go to a quiet beach about a 30 min drive away this should cost about 700 rupees (approx Â£9). The driver will take you, wait and drive you home whenever you are ready. In the evening you can walk to the beach shacks or the main 'strip'. The walk to the beachshacks is on a really dusty path so this isn't a place for expensive shoes or high heels. (A torch is a good idea). The food in the beachshacks is really nice but the toilets are a bit gross, some liquid handwash that you can use without water was a godsend on this holiday. The walk into town hasn't got any paths so you'll be walking on the road with the cars or in the ditches beside. As you come out of the hotel and turn left there is a resturant called Mayonna and the food there was amazing, the best we had. Don't buy insect repellent here buy it in any shop when you get there, it's called odimoss and costs about 50 ruppees (approx 75p) a lot better then the Â£6.50 per bottle I paid in boots! Overall this hotel and holiday were great, for the little amount of time we spent in the room it was a perfect base."
- Travel date: 27th November 2008
Avoid this hotel
"Booked with a large travel agent, along with flights. On arrival in Goa, the rep slightly tried to fob us off with a spiel about how India 'wasn't like the UK', and that the living conditions were not as good. Maybe so, but not for the price we had paid. Having been to Goa before, we knew this is not true in regards to tourist accommodation. On first impressions, the hotel buildings are pretty nasty. Sort of like a dirty version of the purpose-built concrete hotels in the south coast of Spain. Extremely depressing. The rooms are equally depressing, sticky, damp, and very smelly. You'll be greeted by the most uncomfortable bed in existence, which is also completely soaked through with damp. Expect brown and red stains on your linen and towels. The room is extremely basic, no draws, just a cupboard and a table. Luckily you do get a ceiling fan, which works effectively apart from that it will still be damp whatever you do. And that's about it, no TV, nothing. We did have a balcony which had a view of trees. The shower room is basic again, no hot water in the basin, and you'll be lucky to get any from the shower either - as it seems to run on solar power so if you want a shower in the morning or evening, forget it. You do get a free 'breakfast', consisting of toast and tea, although you can purchase additional items. The bar/restaurant closes at 10pm which is too early. Food in the restaurant was ok from what we had. It works on a strange system where you pay for your food/drink at breakfast the next morning. According to the in room notice, you're not allowed to bring food or drinks in the room, or do your own washing. See the attached picture for this list of ridiculous 'rules'. There is a small pool, which isn't chlorinated, along with a few sun beds. Location is ok, but its a fair walk in the heat to an localities, such as Baga beach or the main shopping areas. If you have a bike its only a few minutes drive, although be prepared to park your bike on the river bank right next to the edge! Ultimately we had enough and left after 3 days for better cheaper accommodation (apartment) with everything we needed. For the price you'll pay the tour operator, this place is appalling and clearly a complete rip off. Stay somewhere else."
- Travel date: 2nd July 2008
"This was our 7th visit to Goa, previously we had stayed at the Marinha Dourada and Sun Village resorts, but as we just wanted B&B somewhere smaller in the same area we chose the Riverside. Big mistake. We expected the accommodation to be basic but it wasn't really clean. the first room they gave us wasn't ready when we arrived, then when we went through the door the overwhelming impression was of extreme dampness, the smell was overpowering even though it had air-conditioning. Ground floor in Block D and with no view at all. We insisted on being moved but had to put up with this room for 3 days..... The boys in the bar/restaurant were very helpful, happy chaps - though they did make mistakes on our bill which had to be pointed out. The food seemed fairly basic but then we only had a couple of lunches so can't really comment. To sumarise - the hotel was very basic - would only give it one star at best and thats by Goan standards not UK/European ones. The cleanliness around the hotel grounds was tardy, they never seemed to sweep up the leaves etc. something that was always on-going at the MD and SV. We even saw a large plump rat running across the floor outside the bar area one evening. The pool is a joke - Sun beds all at one end you had to walk around the other side of the pool to go down the steps, very small for the amount of rooms, they obviously don't want people to hang around the hotel. Would not recommend this hotel to anyone, and will not be going back."
- Travel date: 26th March 2008
just afew comments for anyone staying at...
"just afew comments for anyone staying at the regency. having just returned from goa,we had a great time in goa. only the one problem...the riverside regency.the hotel its self is not to bad,the problems are the rooms are cleaned,but the bedding & towels are only charged 2 to 3 days.the food well at least 6 people were taken ill & needed the doctor.the staff just hang around & was not helpful at all....well untill your booking out there they looking for tips.theres dogs at the back of the hotel who bark the complete night. anyway the holiday was good.if anyone looking for really good food do try:bernards place great food.the lucky star beach shack and kc's bar will be going back in january but not the regency."
- Travel date: 10th March 2008
We've just back fro Baga and found the R...
"We've just back fro Baga and found the Riverside Regency to be as most of the reviews have said, basic put fairly clean. When we got there, we were put in a room with just a ceiling fan. We had booked a room with air conditioning. We slept the first night on the top floor of one of the blocks of rooms and found it to be too hot. The next day we were given a room at the back of the reception biulding that had air conditioning and a ceiling fan. This was much better and i can highly recommend doing so. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. The pool is a bit on the small side but very clean. The hotel is in a good location, away from the noise and traffic of baga town and is just a 5 minute walk from the beach. The food was very good and there is a good selection of drinks available although i'm not sure were they got the water from to make the coffe at breakfast, because it tasted strange. The included breakfast is just tea, coffee and toast with butter and marmalade or jam But there is a menu that you can choose from if you want fruit juices (the mango is nice) eggs, bacon or even a full breakfast which were all good and reasonable at about 200 rupees (Â£2.50) for a full english breakfast. There are security boxes and fridges available with the rooms but at an extra charge of 40 rupees (50p) per day for the safe. My only complaint was that the bar closed to early(11pm ish), the mattresses on the beds are about 2 inches thick (okay if you like to sleep on a hard bed) and there aren't enough sunloungers for the amount of rooms (80 rooms = approx. 160 people and only about 22 sunloungers). This tended to make people think they were German and put their towels down early while they went for breafast."
- Travel date: 5th March 2008
"I agree with the other comments that Riverside Regency is extremely basic but it's in a good position by the river, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Try to get a room in the old part in the building where the reception is as the new block(D) at the back is horrible and smelly. We were in room 206. Some tips - on the first day the touts on the beach home in on you like locusts, don't pay more than 500 rupees for a massage, we were stung at 1500 each! The local beer is Kingfisher, it costs around 75rp for a 650ml bottle, thats about Â£1 but wine is fairly expensive. If you want to rent a scooter, ask for Pauli at the Mayonna Creekside Bar and Restaurant next door, he is really nice and we got one for 200rp per day. Most of the shops sell petrol in 2 litre plastic water bottles (looks like Irn Bru) so don't worry about running out. Don't forget to carry your driving licence as we were pulled over by a nice motorcycle cop who fined us 950rp (which went straight into his pocket) for not having a licence, he then asked us where we were going and gave us directions to a gorgeous beach! We had a fabulous 2 days on that scooter. Pauli also drives a taxi at night and knows all the good restaurants too. For the first 2 days Goa was a bit of a shock, after that we just fell in love with the place and the people. We can't wait to go back. One more thing, if you need glasses, get them in Baga, the opticians can give you a free eye test and supply all the designer brands for around Â£50 within 1 week. Enjoy!"
- Travel date: 25th February 2008
I agree with the other comments that Riv...
"I agree with the other comments that Riverside Regency is extremely basic but it's in a good position by the river, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Try to get a room in the old part in the building where the reception is as the new block(D) at the back is horrible and smelly. We were in room 206. Some tips - on the first day the touts on the beach home in on you like locusts, don't pay more than 500 rupees for a massage, we were stung at 1500 each! The local beer is Kingfisher, it costs around 75rp for a 650ml bottle, thats about Â£1 but wine is fairly expensive. If you want to rent a scooter, ask for Pauli at the Mayonna Creekside Bar and Restaurant next door, he is really nice and we got one for 200rp per day. Most of the shops sell petrol in 2 litre plastic water bottles (looks like Irn Bru) so don't worry about running out. Don't forget to carry your driving licence as we were pulled over by a nice motorcycle cop who fined us 950rp (which went straight into his pocket) for not having a licence, he then asked us where we were going and gave us directions to a gorgeous beach! We had a fabulous 2 days on that scooter. Pauli also drives a taxi at night and knows all the good restaurants too. For the first 2 days Goa was a bit of a shock, after that we just fell in love with the place and the people. We can't wait to go back. One more thing, if you need glasses, get them in Baga, the opticians can give you a free eye test and supply all the name brands for around Â£50 within 1 week. Enjoy!"
- Travel date: 24th February 2008
Top traveller tips for Riverside Regency Resort
"Dont expect 5 star luxury, its India"
"brittos take 5 cavala squeeze visit the waterfalls and spice plantation and go on the sunset cruise"
"brilliant beach visit squeeze shack to be well looked after and joe the guard keeps sellers away"
"dont stay at the Riverside Regency"
"very dirty and smelly"
Riverside Regency Resort is also called
- Riverside Regency Resort Hotel