Best hotels and hostels in Goa

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Panaji

    Panjim Inn

    One of the original heritage hotels in Fontainhas, the Panjim Inn has been a long-standing favourite for its character and charm. Run by the lovely Sukhija family and overseen by helpful staff, this beautiful 19th-century mansion has 12 charismatic rooms in the original house, along with newer rooms with modern touches to complement four-poster beds, colonial-era furniture and artworks.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Panaji

    Panjim Peoples

    The Panjim Peoples is an atmospheric and beautifully restored heritage hotel with just four enormous upstairs rooms in what was formerly the Peoples High School. There are mosaic-covered bathrooms, deep bath tubs, antique furnishings and nautical ship lights.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Palolem

    Ciarans

    Ciarans has some of the most impressive huts on the beachfront. Affable owner John has worked hard over two decades to maintain a high standard and his beautifully designed cottages around a plant-filled garden are top-notch. There’s a popular multicuisine restaurant with nightly live music, tapas restaurant and quality massage and spa centre.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Morjim

    Wanderers Hostel

    About five minutes’ walk back from Morjim Beach, Wanderers is a real find for budget travellers. The main building, decorated with original travellers' murals, has spotless dorms with lockers, bed lights and wi-fi, full kitchen, cosy communal areas and a pool table. In the garden next door is a tent village with swimming pool, yoga retreat centre and outdoor cinema.

  • Lodging in Anjuna

    Yoga Magic

    Solar lighting, compost toilets and local building materials (including cow dung and rammed earth) are some of the worthy initiatives practised in this ultra-luxurious village of Rajasthani tented lodges and bamboo-villa suites. Offers organic gourmet vegetarian food and daily yoga and meditation. Seven-day packages include yoga classes and meals.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siolim

    Siolim House

    Comprising the seven-suite Siolim House hotel and the three-bedroom Little Siolim, Siolim House is one of North Goa’s boutique treats. Situated in an old palácio (palace) that was once home to the Governor of Macau, the hotel is elegant and carefully restored and, though it has a lovely pool and air-con, is devoid of many modern trappings such as TV.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Betalbatim, Majorda & Utorda

    Vivenda Dos Palhacos

    This lovely boutique hotel, run by a well-travelled Indian-born British brother-and-sister team, is a gem of the South Goan coast and strictly for seriously discerning travellers who value quality accommodation and privacy. It’s back from the beach and the road, in an unsignposted cul-de-sac and is an oasis of calm in a heavily touristed world.

  • Lodging in Mandrem

    Elsewhere

    The exact location of this heavenly place, on some 500m of beachfront, is a closely guarded secret. Choose from four beautiful beachfront houses, intriguingly named the Piggery, Bakery, Priest’s House and Captain’s House, or from three luxury tents, and revel in the solitude that comes with a hefty price tag and a 60m walk across a bamboo bridge.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Candolim

    Marbella Guest House

    This beautiful Portuguese villa, filled with antiques and enveloped in a peaceful courtyard garden, is a romantic and sophisticated old-world remnant. Rooms are individually themed, including Moghul, Rajasthani and Bougainvillea. The penthouse suite is a dream of polished tiles, four-poster bed with separate living room, dining room and terrace. The kitchen serves up some imaginative dishes. No kids under 12.

  • Lodging in Candolim

    Aashyana Lakhanpal

    A five-bedroom villa filled with art, another three-bedroom villa, three two-bedroom casinhas (little houses) and other cottages, set amid 1.6 hectares of lush, landscaped grounds spilling down to the beach, make Aashyana one of Candolim’s – if not Goa’s – most exclusive retreats. This is high-society luxe at its best and it puts the nearby Taj hotels in the shade for both style and price.

  • Lodging in Cabo da Rama

    Cape Goa

    Romantic getaways might not come any better than this. With just nine gorgeous thatched cottages – all sea-facing and with jacuzzi on the personal outdoor deck – there's enough privacy and a spectacular clifftop location gazing out over the Arabian Sea to make you forget the outside world. Secluded beach? Check. Sunset cocktails? Check. There's also a top-quality restaurant and bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Vagator & Chapora

    Jungle Hostel

    One of the original backpacker hostels in North Goa, Jungle brought the dorm experience and an international vibe to Vagator and has expanded to three properties. It's still among the best around and offers cheap transfers to its other properties in Panaji and Palolem. There are clean and bright four- to six-bed dorms and private rooms. Lockers, wi-fi, breakfast and communal kitchen.

  • Lodging in Panaji

    Goa Marriott Resort

    Miramar’s plush Goa Marriott Resort is the best in Panaji, with a price tag to match. It's expertly choreographed, with the five-star treatment beginning in the lobby and extending right up to the rooms-with-a-view, fitness centre and extravagant buffet breakfast. The 24-hour Waterfront Terrace & Bar is a great place for a sundowner overlooking the exclusive riverside pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mandrem

    Mandala

    Mandala is a very peaceful and beautifully designed eco-village with a range of huts and a couple of quirky air-con rooms in the ‘Art House'. Pride of place goes to the barn-sized two-storey villas inspired by the design of a Keralan houseboat. The location, overlooking the tidal lagoon, is serene, with a large garden, daily yoga sessions, an organic restaurant and juice bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mandrem

    Dunes Holiday Village

    The pretty huts here are peppered around a palm-filled lane leading to the beach; at night, lamps light up the place like a palm-tree dreamland. Huts range from basic to more sturdy ‘tree houses’ (huts on stilts) and there are some guesthouse rooms with air-con. It’s a friendly, good-value place with a decent beach restaurant, yoga classes and a marked absence of trance.

  • Lodging in Aswem

    Yab Yum

    This top-notch choice has unusual, stylish, dome-shaped huts – some look like giant hairy coconuts – made of a combination of all-natural local materials, including mud, stone and mango wood, as well as more traditional AC cottages. A host of yoga and massage options is available, and it’s set in one of the most secluded beachfront jungle gardens you’ll find in Goa.

  • Lodging in Vagator & Chapora

    Bean Me Up Guest House

    Set around a leafy, shaded courtyard that’s home to Bean Me Up, Vagator’s best vegan restaurant, rooms here look simple but are themed with individual exotic decor, earthy shades, mosquito nets and shared verandahs. The mellow yoga-friendly vibe matches the clientele and the included breakfast is decadent. Morning yoga classes.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Candolim

    Bougainvillea Guest House

    A lush, plant-filled garden leads the way to this gorgeous family-run guesthouse, located off Fort Aguada Rd. The eight light-filled suite rooms are spacious and spotless, with fridge, flat-screen TV and either balcony or private sit-out; the top-floor penthouse has its own rooftop terrace. This is the kind of place guests come back to year after year. Book ahead.

  • Lodging in Panaji

    Afonso Guesthouse

    Run by the friendly Jeanette, this pretty Portuguese townhouse offers eight spacious, well-kept rooms with timber ceilings. The little rooftop terrace makes for sunny breakfasting (not included) with Fontainhas views. It’s a simple, serene stay in the heart of the most atmospheric part of town. Checkout is 9am and bookings are accepted online but not by phone.

  • Lodging in Panaji

    Panjim Pousada

    In an old Hindu mansion, the nine divine, colonial fantasy rooms at Panjim Pousada are set off by a stunning central courtyard, with antique furnishings and lovely art on the walls. Various doorways and spiral staircases lead to the rooms; those on the upper level are the best but all have bags of character with modern conveniences.