Villa Rivercat

Villa Rivercat

438/1 Junas Waddo 438/1 Junasawaddo, Mandrem, Mandrem 403527 India
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4.5
#1 of 7 hostels in Mandrem
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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Villa rivercat is a unique guesthouse situated beside the beautiful long mandrem beach. The rooms are artistically decorated some with private bathrooms on the top floor and first floor and also a few with shared bathroom. There is a terrace overlooking the riverside gardens where there are tables for breakfast and other meals. The house is suitable for families, single travellers, couples of all ages and also for group retreats. Rinoo and Anne-Maria are the managers, your hosts and owners of the house who will be happy to welcome you to this corner of Goa!
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Property amenities
Public wifi
Breakfast available
Beach
Massage
Room features
Air conditioning
Tile / marble floor
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438/1 Junas Waddo 438/1 Junasawaddo, Mandrem, Mandrem 403527 India
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Somewhat walkable
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Sightsee626271 wrote a review Jan 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have travelled the world and keep coming back to this place year after year! I missed it so much these past 2 years so I am very happy to say I am still in love with Villa Rivercat! The owner Rinoo is a slightly eccentric character and very entertaining, his knowledge of the area is extensive and he can suggest many things for you to do during your stay. Staff are friendly and the resturant offers a simple and affordable light menu. You can even have a massage! Perfect when you arrive after your journey or yoga! The house is riverside to the rear and seaside to the front which makes it an ideal location. You can eat breakfast or practice yoga overlooking the river in the morning and spend your days enjoying the beach and perhaps even go kitesurfing or paddle boarding with a lovely chap called Robin during the day. The beaches from Arambol to Morjim are all within walking distance! Rooms are unique and boutique, decorated with traditional Indian furnature and artefacts repurposed in a comfortable and contemporary way. The whole place feels like home and I have met several guests over the years that also return around a similar time and are now firm friends. As a lone traveller this is a bonus for me! Thank you Rinoo for creating such a wonderful space, I look forward to my next visit, see you soon!
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Dreamer38326116118 wrote a review Feb 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I vacationed in this villa for a whole month and this was not the first time! this is an amazing and magical place. There is a river flowing through the villa and 20 meters away the sea. delicious breakfasts from the master chef, linen and towels are constantly changed and the house is very clean. The villa is designed in a beautiful Indian style and has many Indian symbols inside. there is a beautiful garden and veranda, as well as a place where you can go for a massage and meditate. best holiday destination in Goa and India. Thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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Charlott S wrote a review Feb 2024
Copenhagen, Denmark
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I love everything about this place

I have stayed at Villa Rivercat all three times I have been in Mandrem⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This time I stayed for 23 days.

Many gests who stay at Rivercat comes back year after year. It is ofte exciting, creative and artistic people who choose to stay there.

The villa is so beautiful and perfectly situated and in an undisturbed location.

The atmosphere is fantastic, warm and relaxed.

The rooms are unique and tastefully furnished.

There are several terraceareas and a beautiful shady garden where you can hang out.

One end of property gives direct access to Mandrem beach and in the backyard the river flows quietly by.

There is a cordial and warm atmosphere between the guests and the host Rinno, who is so very nice and helpfull.

It is possible to get a very nice breakfast and other meals.

The villa is clean and well maintained.

I can highly recommend Villa Rivercat
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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Rohit R wrote a review Feb 2024
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The Owner of this place is only after your money. This place is pathetic, smelly, full of rats in his kitchen, damp and full of insects and mosquitoes. In case, if you would like to die from dengue then do go there. You might find a lot of good places to stay in Mandrem. He will try to charge extra for everything. I know how he has looted so many people. Even the water you drink over there is from his well, full of mosquitoes and dirty water. You can go and check out his well. The honeymoon suite which he sells in a premium price has rats on the terrace, they might jump on you in the middle of the night and the washroom condition is pathetic. Save your money, and stay somewhere else.
Look at the condition of this place, doors and rotten furniture full of pests. Also, don't eat anything from their kitchen, it is pathetic.
All of their reviews are paid or either by friends. The owner of this place should be behind the bars. He tortures people who work for him. He doesn't pay them money and harasses them.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Nomad552691 wrote a review Feb 2024
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The villa is beautiful and the owner very welcoming. It was like staying in a private villa . The room in the villa was very comfortable, clean and quiet.
The situation is perfect , just a few minutes walk to the beach and restaurants?
It is the perfect place to relax , practice yoga with Gee, and meditate.
I would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with friends
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mindegaard wrote a review Feb 2011
Copenhagen, Denmark
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The house is charming but the rooms are very used and not very clean - bathrooms are dirty and in a very bad shape. Topfloor rooms are very cold at night - we had a cold wind in our faces for 14 days!
The owner is not polite if you ask for cleaning and fixing ex. wc - he always tries to put the problem back to yourselves. The woman working in the house is very busy doing her very best - the owner is just relaxing and smoking in his dirty cave!
The rates are totally overpriced and paying for your stay is a farce. You have to show e mails, banktransfers mm .to prove your deposit - and still the owner tries to make you pay tax, tranfer and so on. He is totally unfriendly and only focused on money!
Mandrem is a lovely place and you can find several very good accommodations less than half the price.
Will go back next year but never ever Rivercat!
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Date of stay: February 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Justine D wrote a review Jul 2014
Berlin, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The paradise for us!
After travelling through Goa, exhausted and stressed, we found this beautyfull, beautyfull Place!!
The rooms are very unique, charming, all the rooms overviewing hughe palms or the River .... You only hear: silence, the birds and the very nearby sea, which is only a few meters from the Villa!, passing the private path of the house. The Beach ist wide, clean, empty!!!!!!!!
Rinoo, the owner, is very polite, Loves to help you, and is allways relaxed. His rooms are very different, and he allways knows, which room is the best for especially you.
Sometimes he lets his sweet crew Cook a delicoious dinner. His crew is very warmhearted and friendly. Breakfast is excellent! Our children loved loved loved it! Rinoo gave them professional painting equipment and told them.: everybody can be an Artist! And Rinoo knows a lotbof artists, because They Love to stay in his house.
We wanted to stay 3 days.... They Turner out to become 3 weeks!
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Date of stay: January 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: ASK the owner!
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ELABILL wrote a review Jan 2009
SCOTLAND
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Could not agree more with the other review. Have been to Goa many times and in Mandrem and this was only part (thank goodness) of a long stay in Goa in January 2009.

Dinner was enough to put anyone off. Food is 4 times the price of anywhere else in the whole of Goa including Goan top restautants. Tasteless overrated garbage. Worst meal ever in Goa and is defo. top 5 worst meals anywhere else in the world. Cold, bland a real letdown for Goa as Goa has the most wonderful food of every cuisine and tastes and was astonished at how bad this overpriced food was, utter garbage. MacDonalds is far superior and we hate MacDonalds.

Agree totally about the Management. Man who runs the place is so far up his own, you know what!! Pontificates constantly about himself and his place but cannot deliver on what he says and 'barage' is the word, never meet such an unlikeable person who drones on constantly about his 'superiority' on everything, an absolute bore!!

Staff look totally miserable and that is very unusual for Goa, as Goan people are very happy relaxed people, if he 'grates' on the customers, goodness knows what he must be like to work for. Seemingly he has factory also and believes he spreads his to quote "Magic" to everyone so they then can pass on to others, HUH!! am sure he does..... NOT!!!!!!!!

Villa itself is nice enough but not worth the extreme rates they charge, it better to get less fancy place in Mandrem for less than half the price and have the usual nice people looking after you with far superior food too.

Mandrem is most beautiful beach in Goa, go anywhere to stay in Mandrem other than the Rivercat, honest!!
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Date of stay: January 2009Trip type: Traveled with family
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DFffffff wrote a review Jul 2017
London
2.0 of 5 bubbles
A friend and I came to Villa Rivercat on the earnest recommendation of an artist friend. We stayed in the winter of 2011. We were asked to prepay 50% at booking time, by bank transfer.
We found Rinoo appearing to build up a spiritual ambiance about the visit by talking and talking a lot, about himself and about India. In time we found he is pointedly focused on getting the money - which quickly becomes exhausting for the visitor. The staff seemed stressed and terrified. After the first night we rearranged our plans to leave early, and decided to slip a staff member an enormous cash tip, away from the house as he toiled in the garden. And, just like in a horror movie, we got caught by Rinoo. It was a very creepy moment.
Of course our last minute change in plans became a negotiation. I don't remember what additional money we needed to pay; but we did not enjoy the experience of negotiating with the proprietor. His technique is to first describe the goal as impossible, and then to change positions it seems dozens of times, and then finally to come to an agreement while we were paralyzed with exhaustion.
He used this technique not only to negotiate the final payment, but also with the simple matter of providing advice on purchasing train tickets.
It was an interesting place; he was a very interesting man; but I would not choose to do business with him again.
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Date of stay: August 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Gerostathopolou wrote a review Oct 2010
Bengaluru, India
1.0 of 5 bubbles
A friend of us recommended Villa River Cat, so we had high expectations which were not met. It is very close to the beach which was dirty (although there were people that did some kind of "cleaning"). The rooms we have seen are nice, but not that well maintained. The first room we got had several leaks in the roof, unfortunately above the bed. The second room had a disturbing smell due to lack of fresh air for several months. The third room had also a leaking roof, luckily not over the bed, unfortunately the mosquito nets where missing in the bath room. The "restaurant" was not prepared for visitors, resulting in a very, very limit choice, and it is not worth the money. Breakfast is not included in the room price. Prices on their homepage are not updated. The owner mentioned that he would like to work only 6 months a year, which makes me wonder why he does not close the hotel during off season instead of offering a poor service. He did not apologize for the inconveniences regarding the rooms or food, but for his hangover and smell when we wanted to check out. If you need to go to this place, better do not go during off season.
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Date of stay: October 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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scubii wrote a tip Mar 2017
london4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"top floor very romantic"
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milskibags wrote a tip Feb 2016
Paris, France4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Tents are great"
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Langar H wrote a tip Nov 2015
Nottingham, United Kingdom11 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Top floor honey moon room and room 4"
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Justine D wrote a tip Jul 2014
Berlin, Germany5 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"ASK the owner!"
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holiday10001 wrote a tip Mar 2014
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"top floor rooms are the best if you want to pay a little more but first floor was also nice all rooms have a balcony"
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Nearby attractions include Chintamani Alchemistry (0.3 km).
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Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Chique Shanti, Cafe Nu, and Chia Lounge.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort Terekhol (6.7 km).
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