MAssidious beaches, unique colonial-era architecture, a variety of delicious food, entertaining festivals and carnivals, rich history – there are many reasons, and more, to go to Goa. But your vacation could get quite expensive in this popular tourist destination without proper planning and research. So to ease your troubles, we’ve done some of the work for you – here’s a list of hostels, lodges and other budget accommodations you can choose from when planning your next trip.
1. The Bucket List
This hostel is a colorful space that welcomes tourists at any time of the year. They have both dorms and private rooms, as well as a bar and an exclusive restaurant-café that serves dishes from a menu prepared by a chef.
Location: The Bucket List is located in Coutinho Vaddo, next to Baskin Robbins, Vagator. This makes it the perfect environment to relax, create or party.
What perks you’ll find here: There’s a mini library with over 100 books, a coworking space, and a variety of events, from parties to tattoo workshops and karaoke nights.
Average cost per night: Rs 580 and more
2. Hold container
This beautiful place is made from recycled shipping containers and includes both dorms and private rooms. If you are looking for tranquility, you will find it here, because this place is surrounded by the ocean on one side and the forest on the other.
Location: Just 200m from the small Vagator Beach.
What advantages you will find here: they occasionally organize yoga/fitness workshops, which are free for customers. There is an open-air courtyard and a rooftop space to admire the serene sunsets. Equipment for several indoor games is also available.
Average cost per night: Rs 700 and more
3. Old Quarter
In addition to dormitories and private rooms, this hostel has a shared lounge and offers on-site activities including cycling.
Location: Located on Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas, Panaji, the hostel is just 600m from Panjim Church.
What advantages you will find here: It is a unique and clean place, away from noisy places. They offer a wide range of indoor and on-site activities to keep guests entertained throughout their stay. There is also an on-site restaurant exclusively for guests.
“It’s the perfect budget destination in Panjim for the International Film Festival which takes place every year. It is well maintained and in the heart of Fontinhas. I will be back forever,” wrote Aditya, a guest on Booking.com.
Average cost per night: Rs 700 and more
4. Woke Hostel
This hostel is a moderately luxurious yet affordable stay in the heart of Goa. It has a shared lounge, a garden and private rooms and dormitories, all well maintained. The area is popular for cyclists and bike rentals.
Location: Located at Diwan Bhati, behind HDFC Bank in Arpora, Woke Hostel is just 1.7 km from Baga Beach, Goa’s most popular destination.
What advantages you will find here: The outdoor swimming pool and a communal kitchen are the biggest attractions of this place. Popular sites such as Anjuna Beach, Baga Night Market, Calangute Beach and Candolim Football Ground are located within a 2 km radius.
“I’m a solo traveler, but I’ve always done [my] trips outside India. However, due to COVID-19, that seemed unlikely. I decided to come to Goa and thank my stars for booking Woke Hostel for my first solo trip to India. The property, ambience, food and decor are simply excellent; the Greek blue doors and open shower are definitely the cherry,” Unnati wrote on her Instagram profile.
Average cost per night: Rs 680 and more
5. Castle House
Located inside a small alley, this hidden but popular stay is known for its resto-bar and swimming pool. There is an open and wide dining area. Tibetan Market and Calangute Beach Road Shopping Center are within 500 metres.
Location: Located in Calangute, very close to the beach.
What benefits you will find here: In addition to the outdoor swimming pool, Castle House also has an exclusive pizza-making area, where guests can experience the art of making traditional wood-fired pizzas up close. Several other indoor games and activities are also available.
Average cost per night: Rs 2,500 (for two) and more
6. Summer Hostel
Clean and beautiful private rooms, as well as dorms with attached bathrooms, are available at The Hostel Crowd. As it is located between Palolem and Patnem beaches, you are sure to have the best view from your room. The group also owns properties in Panjim and Vagator.
Location: On Ourem Road, Palolem, Canacona, with nearby markets, bars and beaches.
What benefits you will find here: The place offers yoga classes on the beach and free breakfast. They have a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities to engage guests.
“I have been traveling to Goa for 15 years and have been staying in hostels for at least five years. My experience at Summer was simply amazing! The rooms/dorms are super comfortable, [and] the staff are super polite, helpful and amazing human beings! I don’t think I’ve ever been so sad as leaving the summer, compared to previous experiences,” Bhushan Bhavsar wrote on Tripadvisor.
Average cost per night: Contact directly for prices
7. Dream Inn
This hostel has the most trippy shared lounge ever! In addition, there are dorms, private rooms, a bar and a restaurant. The place is about 450m from Vagator beach.
Location: Located on Vagator Beach Road, opposite Garden Villa Restaurant, the property is just 800 m from Chapora Fort.
What advantages you will find here: The hostel has a calm and pleasant atmosphere, with many artistic and aesthetic corners. Several indoor and outdoor activities such as cycling and art workshops take place here.
“How I miss this place and its adventures,” Sultan Shawi commented under an Instagram post from the property.
Average cost per night: Rs 500 (dormitory) and more
8. Craft Inns
As their Instagram bio says, this is a “very very nice hostel in Goa”. They have exclusive and peaceful work spaces inside the property. The area is about 100m from Anjuna Beach and 1.2km from Baga Beach.
Location: The place is located at St. Michael’s Vaddo South, Anjuna.
What advantages you will find here: A major advantage of this property is the availability of a communal kitchen. The Saturday evening market and the Saint-Michel church are less than 5 km away.
“The rooms were super clean and the way they greeted us by writing my name in front of our room was super sweet,” Upasana wrote on Booking.com.
Average cost per night: Rs 1,000 and more
9. Jungle Inn
Known for its parties and concerts, this establishment has a restaurant, a bar, a shared lounge and a garden. The area is less than 1 km from Ozran Beach and 2 km from Morjim Beach.
Location: Located on Vagator Beach Road, Mendonca Vaddo.
What benefits you will find here: The accommodation has a terrace with stunning views at dusk and dawn. The evenings at the Jungle are reserved for parties with music, dancing and other entertainment.
“The best thing about the hostel is its working den. In many places they will only have a common room and some people will play loud music. Here everyone can work freely without any disturbance day and night,” Rifas wrote on Booking.com.
Average cost per night: Rs 650 and more
10. Wanderers Inn
If you want to enjoy rooftop movies, authentic local flavors and the vastness of the ocean, this is the place for you. It also has an indoor swimming pool and other activities to spend some quality time.
Location: Located in Morjim, just five minutes walk from the beach.
What advantages you will find here: Offers a swimming pool and a tropical garden for the relaxation of the guests. The hostel has a restaurant and a snack bar with an outdoor fireplace.
Average price per night: Variable pricing depending on the season, from Rs 300.
Edited by Divya Sethu