Goa’s accommodation ranges from basic beach huts to opulent five-star resorts. Throughout Goa's coastal belt there are also private rooms and whole houses to let.
Beach Huts From basic bamboo and palm thatch to more sophisticated midrange versions.
Backpacker Hostels Good deal for solo travellers with dorms and some private rooms.
Heritage & Boutique Hotels Often in restored Portuguese homes.
Resorts Four- or five-star beachfront properties with pools, spas, high-end restaurants.
Rooms & Houses to Let Those staying from a week to six months should consider renting a local house or room(s) in a house.
- Beach Huts These range from basic bamboo and palm thatch to more sophisticated midrange and even top-end versions. They're most commonly found at Arambol, Mandrem, Aswem, Agonda, Palolem, Cola, Patnem and Talpona beaches.
- Budget Guesthouses No-frills, fan-cooled rooms set back from the beach, found all along the coast and in cities such as Panaji and Margao. Only the very cheapest places have shared bathroom.
- Hostels A growing part of the accommodation market and a good deal for solo travellers. Clean dorms (some with air-con) with free wi-fi, lockers, bed lights, breakfast, fully-equipped kitchen and a good chance of meeting other travellers. The best are found in Anjuna, Vagator, Panaji, Palolem and Morjim.
- Rooms & Houses to Let Those staying in one place from a week to six months should consider renting a local house or room(s) in a house. These can start at ₹2000 to ₹6000 per week depending on condition, length of rental, location and time of year. Signs (with a phone number) are common around places such as Anjuna, Chapora, Patnem and Benaulim but there are rooms available all along the coastal belt. Get in early (before November) for the best deals. Online sites such as AirBnB are worth checking out.
- Hotels & Guesthouses In the midrange category hotels will come with TV, private bathroom, balcony or verandah, optional air-con, free wi-fi, usually an attached restaurant and services such as travel desk, housekeeping etc.
- Apartments A more upmarket version of local houses to let, modern serviced and unserviced apartments are available for stays from a week to several months. Some include a swimming pool and security. Check sites such as www.airbnb.co.in, www.goaholidayhomes.com or www.goarooms.in.
- Heritage & Boutique Hotels The stand-out accommodation option in Goa is the range of heritage properties, often housed in restored Portuguese homes. In a similar category are boutique hotels and luxury high-class places, often with just a few rooms.
- Resorts These include four- or five-star beachfront properties with swimming pools, spas, high-end restaurants, first-class service and sometimes tennis courts or golf courses.
- Tented Camps & Villas You will also find the occasional luxury tent encampment or fabulously equipped private villa in this price range.
Long-term Rental Accommodation
Renting houses by the month or longer is extremely common in Goa, particularly among those Westerners who live in Goa for six or so months of every year. Ask around, check noticeboards at foreigner hot spots, or look out for ‘for rent’ signs. Obviously the earlier you arrive in the season, the better chance you'll have of finding a house in the location you want. Prices range from ₹12,000 per month for a simple local-style village room/house in an obscure location, to ₹50,000 or more per month for a well-equipped apartment in a good location, with wi-fi, TV and daily cleaning service.
The quintessential Goan accommodation experience is the beach hut, also sometimes known locally as ‘coco-huts’ or 'treehouses' (if on stilts). These were originally simple palm-leaf and bamboo shelters using surrounding coconut trees as support, but the huts have moved far beyond their primitive genesis and many are made of timber or plywood. A variation on the beach huts is the luxury or safari-style tent villages.
- Costs vary widely from ₹800 to ₹10,000 or more a night: the better it looks, the further away from the neighbours it is, and the closer to the beach, the more it costs. Most have a verandah or balcony, fan and private bathroom with sit-down flush toilet and cold-water shower.
- Palolem and Agonda offer a good example of the range; some are two-storey, have giant open-air bathrooms and four-poster beds, while the best have air-con, hot showers and flat-screen TV.
- Though more atmospheric (and, if you’re lucky, with sea-front views) than a hotel or guesthouse in the same price range, the downside to the beach-hut experience can be the proximity to one’s neighbours. Pack earplugs, or pay extra for a more secluded hut.
- Bring a padlock to secure your hut but keep valuables such as your passport in the owner's safe, if there is one.
- Beach huts set up between mid-October and mid-November, and are packed away in late April or May. The widest choice and best deals are in November, March and April.
- To browse and book beach huts in South Goa, see www.beachhutbookings.com.
- Unless otherwise stated, prices are for the high season (mid-October to February) but not the peak (between Christmas and New Year) season.
- Outside high season, count on discounts of between 25% and 60% on hotels and guesthouses that remain open.
- During the peak Christmas season expect high-season prices to double or even triple.
- Introduced by central government in 2017, the GST (goods and services tax) has largely replaced the various hotel taxes. At the time of writing the tax was 12% on rooms between ₹1000 and ₹2500, 18% on rooms between ₹2500 and ₹7500 and 28% on rooms above ₹7500. For most budget places, the quoted prices include this tax, but at midrange and top-end hotels, expect the tax to be added to the quoted rates. We have endeavoured to include taxes with our listed rates.
An Important Note on Costs
With the cost of living and competition for the tourist dollar rising sharply, prices in Goa are increasing rapidly. Accommodation prices in Goa fluctuate with supply and demand but expect them to rise year on year. Food, transport and petrol prices are also subject to inflation.