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Valentines  Retreat

Reviews summary

3
Average
176 reviews
Brilliant
47
Good
31
Average
41
Poor
21
Awful
36
  • 3 room
  • 3 pool
  • 4 beach
  • 3 service
  • 2 value
  • 2 food
  • 2 cleanliness
  • 5 location

15 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

gone downhill

2
Poor
by
Reviewed 2nd July 2013

"been going to goa for 6 years and have backpacked around india stayed at the valentine 3 times first time 2008 it was the best hotel i have stayed in the staff were great the regular people which stayed there were great company to be with on your hols the rooms were good and food was ok had some great times there stayed there for a few days last year when backpacking to see some old friends sad to say it as gone downhill poor staff rooms not as clean as they had been before going to goa again this year will be calling to valentines to see old friends hope it as improved becourse i would love to stay there again were best hotel in goa at one time great times"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 29th June 2013
  • 5 Location
  • 4 Beach
  • 3 Room
  • 3 Pool
  • 3 Service
  • 2 Value
  • 2 Food
  • 2 Cleanliness

best hotel in the world ,on par with the...

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 25th March 2008

"best hotel in the world ,on par with them ive stayed in dubai. but the staff were far better.in valetines.ganga was most helpfull with my wifes demands."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 25th March 2008

I normally stay in the Valentines Retre...

4
Good
by
Reviewed 2nd February 2008

"I normally stay in the Valentines Retreat whenever i go to Goa ( 6 times so far ) as i am on the 28th March to 12th April 2008 , Ive never found any thing wrong with the Hotel but reading the other reviews it sounds like its gone down hill , i really hope not cause i really like this Hotel its central 2 all the amenities and the rooms was clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. If you are staying at this hotel let me know what you think of it . Check out moonlight gardens restuarant just down from the Valentines Retreat Trish & Das will make u welcome."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 2nd February 2008

We had been to Goa many times, however, ...

1
Awful
by
Reviewed 1st August 2007

"We had been to Goa many times, however, this hotel we found to be the worst . It was very dirty and although the staff were helpful and friendly. The place needs a good scrub! They at first gave us a cell as a room which we refused to stay in. They then showed us another room which was near reception and where staff parked their motorbikes. We again refused as I had visions of been woken up in the early hours on there arrival to work. Third time luck(dirty but lucky) we got a room in the 2nd building overlooking the pool . The sheets and bed linen are in a poor state and needed a good wash. Please note we have been to Goa Many times, you spend very little time in the hotel , but we have always previously had clean hotels. I could not recommend this hotel to anyone ."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 1st August 2007

helpfull and friendly staff

4
Good
by
Reviewed 18th December 2012

"upon arrival disappointed with the original room but the staff were very helpful and stated that this would be rectified in the next 2 days.they were true to their word and both myself and my wife were very satisfied with the room overlooking the pool and able to sit on the balcolny sipping our gin and tonics.Great staff and extremely courteous and friendly."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 22nd March 2006

We stayed at Valentines Retreat for eigh...

1
Awful
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Reviewed 6th March 2006

"We stayed at Valentines Retreat for eight nights, should have been fourteen but couldn't stand it any longer and moved to another 2** Hotel Casablanca Beach. Wish we had done it sooner as it was lovely. Prior to booking, we read the good reviews of other people and cannot understand how it can be rated as clean etc. There may be better rooms than the two we stayed in, but we saw no evidence of these. Our first room S10 was tiny, dirty and the balcony (about 3 foot square) overlooked a run down building and car park. A metal wardrobe with no shelf which was rusty and filthy inside and out. The bathroom was good size but again dirty, the shower curtain had obviously not been changed or cleaned for many months it was stained and covered in black mould. Not wanting to whinge we set to and cleaned the bathroom any surfaces we might have to have immediate contact with but after a sleepless night caused by barking dogs and motor bikes coming and going, we asked for a move to a quieter room - no vacancies in the other side of the Hotel but we were given room S3 (bigger and larger balcony) and round the side. Again metal wardrobe but this one at least had a shelf, bathroom marginally cleaner but another filthy stained and black mould shower curtain we were promised that it would be changed (it wasn't) Again I set too and cleaned the bathroom but had to accept the sheets and towels that were worn, brown and stained. What we didn't realize that this room was directly above Reception and in full hearing range of the Cafe/bar across the road and still the motor bike/car park and the dogs. It was even noisier! The bar come dining room was more like a very cheap 'greasy spoon cafe' hot and full of smoke. The crockery was a mismatch of odd chipped cups and plates bearing clear evidence of the previous user. We ordered breakfast on two occasions and were served something liquid and warm in a dirty cup and two slices of warm bread that was allegedly toast served in a dirty basket. The Hotel must have been allocated its 2** many years ago and we have to disagree with the people who think that this is a good Hotel. It is neglected, poorly run and needs a good make over. We are well traveled in many Countries and can honestly say that this is the worst Hotel we have ever stayed in."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 6th March 2006

Neglected and poorly managed - The Valentines Retreat does not deserve 2**s

1
Awful
by
Reviewed 25th October 2012

"We stayed at Valentines Retreat for eight nights, should have been fourteen but couldn't stand it any longer and moved to another 2** Hotel Casablanca Beach. Wish we had done it sooner as it was lovely. Prior to booking, we read the good reviews of other people and cannot understand how it can be rated as clean etc. There may be better rooms than the two we stayed in, but we saw no evidence of these. Our first room S10 was tiny, dirty and the balcony (about 3 foot square) overlooked a run down building and car park. A metal wardrobe with no shelf which was rusty and filthy inside and out. The bathroom was good size but again dirty, the shower curtain had obviously not been changed or cleaned for many months it was stained and covered in black mould. Not wanting to winge we set to and cleaned the bathroom any surfaces we might have to have immediate contact with but after a sleepless night caused by barking dogs and motor bikes coming and going, we asked for a move to a quieter room - no vacancies in the other side of the Hotel but we were given room S3 (bigger and larger balcony) and round the side. Again metal wardrobe but this one at least had a shelf, bathroom marginally cleaner but another filthy stained and black mould shower curtain we were promised that it would be changed (it wasn't) Again I set too and cleaned the bathroom but had to accept the sheets and towels that were worn, brown and stained. What we didn't realise that this room was directly above Reception and in full hearing range of the Cafe/bar across the road and still the motor bike/car park and the dogs. It was even noisier! The bar come dining room was more like a very cheap 'greasy spoon cafe' hot and full of smoke. The crockery was a mismatch of odd chipped cups and plates bearing clear evidence of the previous user. We ordered breakfast on two occasions and were served something liquid and warm in a dirty cup and two slices of warm bread that was allegedly toast served in a dirty basket. The Hotel must have been allocated its 2** many years ago and we have to disagree with the people who think that this is a good Hotel. It is neglected, poorly run and needs a good make over. We are well travelled in many Countries and can honestly say that this is the worst Hotel we have ever stayed in."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 6th March 2006

This is no Fawlty Towers

4
Good
by
Reviewed 14th December 2012

"Just spent 2 weeks in the Valentines Retreat, the hotel is small and friendly...an excellent place for couples.... accommodation is clean with cable TV, fan, air conditioning and fridge(just watch out for the dreaded room G8).Beds are like concrete mind you!!!! No complaints about the staff who just like every Goan are the most friendly and helpful people going.Everyone has a smile on their face and will always go the extra mile for you in order to make your holiday special. The pool area is nice and relaxing, the garden by the pool is a great place to relax day and night and drink the local Honey Bee Brandy. Food is ok, but hey there are loads of restuarants to eat at, espcially the Mermaid and Sweet Chilli. See as much of Goa as you can, but dont use the Rep's who will rob you blind.... the Taxi drivers immediately outside the Valentines will take you anywhere you want to go for a fraction of the cost MUNA(Dave) the taxi driver is spot on eventhough he is a Man UTD fan!!!(He's the one with the Blue NY Baseball cap on)"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 13th February 2006

Great staff couldn't do enough for you loved the hotel will be back

3
Average
by
Reviewed 8th December 2012

"I have been coming to this hotel for the last 5 years will not go anywhere else We have the same room every year and come here for 5 months great staff our second family,very clean and comfortable,good food. The hotel seems to improve every year I myself would rate this hotel as 3 star."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 8th February 2006

Lovely Tea - Bad Food

4
Good
by
Reviewed 27th October 2012

"The hotel is located only 10mins from the beach which is really great. The breakfast contains a lovely cup of tea but the toast is a big let down. I wish they used cleaner cups and saucers at times they served in unclean mugs and glasses and old cutlery. Needs to improve their restaurant in terms of decor to enable us to have our meals in the hotel. In a double room, you get seperate beds put together... not a good idea for couples... wanting a cuddle..haa haa. Friendly staff. Not a bad place to spend 1-2 weeks."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 27th December 2005

Small but perfectly formed........

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 23rd October 2012

"The hotel is fifteen mins walk to the beach being situated acros the main road and on the edge of Candolim. The rooms are basic but the air con is great. The shower room is big and the water was hot and plenty. The rooms are cleaned every day and the bedding and towels changed every day. The room I had was close to reception which was a bit noisy but if you want it just to sleep on at night then it was fine. Breakfast was two slices of otast , a small glass of oj and a hot frink which could have been either tea or coffe but no one really knew. Nice pool and small ground with a block at each end. The staff are really friendly and cheerful so go and stay. Promoted by Cosmos so more info on thier web page. I would stay there again but not near the recetion area. Enjoy. Perry - London - England"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 21st December 2005

What a great place 2 stay

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed 14th December 2012

"I stayed in the Valentines Retreat in November 2004, and i found it to be a really good place to make a base for my first ever trip to Goa: The rooms are nice amd spacious and nicely decorated it also had 2 single beds that was pushed together to make a double a seperate bathroom with a w.c a sink and a shower. The service of the staff is very good from the room boys the restuarant and bar staff right up to the office staff they are very curteous at all times which i found pleasing. There is a nice sized swimming pool that is set in the grounds with plenty of sunloungers for you 2 read that book and top up your tan there is also a outside terrace with chairs and tables for you have a drink and to dine."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 29th October 2005
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