February 12, 2014

My TripAdvisor Review No.4: Old Goa Residency

“A good base to explore Heritage Goa”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 10 November 2010
Located at Old Goa this Hotel is a good stay option if you are interested in the historical and religious places of Goa. It is in the interiors of Goa and away from the more crowded beach resorts. The hotel is operated by the state run Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). The room tariff is reasonable and available on the website of GTDC.

We checked into an ordinary room without ac and it was quite clean and comfortable. Since it was the rainy season it was humid but not hot. There was a nice balcony to sit out and have our morning cuppa tea. The surroundings were green and peaceful.

We had dinner at the in house restaurant which offered local Goan cuisine. It was run by a private contractor and the prices were a bit high for a restaurant of average standards. The service at the hotel was average.

For breakfast next morning we walked down to a small cafe in the market nearby and had idli dosa and sweet pao with coffee. There are numerous stalls which sell wada pao also.

However this hotel is a good base to explore the magnificent churches of Old Goa. The Hindu temples at Ponda are also nearby, but would require a half day tour by car or taxi. Another fascinating excursion is to take a ferry and explore the Divar and Chorao islands, just across the Mandovi River. The St. Catherine ferry point is a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

If one wants to take a break from the beach circuit and explore the heritage sites of Goa at reasonable rates, then this is the place to stay.
Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple

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