Best Hotels in Goa
From bamboo shacks with only a mattress and mosquito net to luxury apartments with all the modern conveniences, Goa has accommodation to suit all budgets and styles. While there is a large concentration of upmarket hotels around Varca, Cavelossim and Morbor, there are budget beach shacks at most of the beaches and a few good midrange options in between. The beach huts are a popular alternative to hotels, allowing you to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean and step straight onto the sand when you awake. While most are basic you do pay for the location and if you want comfort on a budget it is best to head inland where you can find spacious rooms with en suite and hot water for a similar price. The inflated rental of the huts is also due to the fact that they are pulled down each year during the monsoon season and reconstructed during October when the tourists return. Agonda, Palolem and Patnem have the biggest concentration of beach huts if you want to experience this Goan tradition or more luxurious options can be found at most of the beaches.
Here is an alphabetical list of the accommodation on offer at some of Goa’s most popular beaches.
Agonda is lined with coco huts on the beach with prices starting around $10 USD a night for a basic room with a mattress and mosquito net. What they lack in amenities they make up for in location as you can step right from your hut onto the white sands of Agonda. Duck n Chill Agonda is a good budget option right on the beach while Cupid’s Heaven Beach Resort is set a little back from the beach but with clean rooms, free wifi and parking available.
At the northern end of the beach Monsoon is a family run guest house with both huts and rooms and always receives good recommendations from travelers. If you’re looking for something a bit more upmarket the Agonda Palace Resort has well equipped rooms overlooking the Agonda River while Chattai has lovely, airy huts right on the sands. Hangout is a new guesthouse at the northern end of the beach and has received good reviews since opening.
Agonda White Sands huts and villas are one of the more pricey options, as is H20 with both garden and seaview cottages on the beach. Turtle Lounge is another luxury option with just 2 swank boutique-style huts right on the sands.
Shanti Village is one of the top choices on Agonda with eight attractive huts located right on the beach. This is an upmarket option at the southern end of the beach with rates starting around $55 USD and some of the huts have a beautiful open air bathroom. If you prefer to be closer to the center, they also offer alternative accommodation at Shanti Restaurant and Beach Huts further down the beach which are a little bit more basic. Both locations offer great food and the staff are ever-friendly.
Also in the center of the beach is Simrose that has three different types of beach huts depending on your budget. Rates vary from $35 USD to $100 USD in one of their new luxury sea view huts. The grounds are dotted with sun loungers and hammocks and the atmosphere is tranquil. The hotel also has a restaurant on-site that sources as much organic produce as possible, as well as a yoga shala under some shady palm trees.
With the same owners as Agonda White Sands, the Agonda Cottages are another highly recommended luxury option that opened in 2013. Located at the southern end of the beach they offer 14 cottages with beautiful tiled floors, spring mattresses, solar heated hot water, open air bathrooms and quality furnishings. Prices start at around $70 USD per night.
Anjuna has a few hostel options that provide back-to-basics value. Try the Red Door Hostel with free wifi and air conditioning or Villa Esperance, a self-catering option 500 meters from the beach. There are plenty of private room budget options also in and around the town with Poonam Village Resort offering an outdoor pool, terrace and beautiful gardens to relax in. Zenobia Leisure is another recommended budget option, as is the intriguingly named Village Villa ‘Sunny Cow’ that offers self-catering around 1 kilometer from Anjuna Beach.
Nirvana Hermitage is a mid-range option set on a hill overlooking the beach and holds yoga and meditation classes on site, while the Spazio Leisure Resort has modern rooms around a swimming pool about 600 meters from the beach. The Laguna Anjuna offers Portuguese-style bungalows within tropical gardens and has a spa on site if you feel the urge to indulge, while Vista Praia has well-appointed huts right on the beach.
Luxury options include Casa Anjuna, a top-end boutique hotel with exquisite, light and airy rooms that offer all the modern conveniences and a price tag to match!
The Lotus Sutra is a good budget option not far from Arambol Beach with free wifi access, while the Israeli-run La Muella is a popular cheap sleep with yoga classes held on the rooftop daily. Ludu Guest House receives good reviews and is perched on a cliff side with clean rooms and cold water showers, while Chilli’s is one of the best options away from the beach with hot water showers and fans.
The Fort Tiracol Heritage Resort is one of Arambol’s most upmarket options and is a small fort that has been converted into a boutique hotel. It offers 7 rooms, each named after a day of the week, and features beautiful views across the coastline.
BAGA and CALANGUTE
Not so well known for their beach huts, Baga and Calangute have a plethora of mid-range options in the $20-30 USD per night price range set back from the beach. Most offer clean, although sometimes a bit characterless rooms, with en-suite bathrooms and optional air conditioning.
Hotel Mira and Hotel Manvin’s Inn are both good options in this price range and a short walk from the beach. Renzo’s Inn and Calangute Grande also offer well-priced rooms and both have swimming pools if you need a break from the beach.
Emmanuel Beach Resort in Baga is a great mid-range option with a massage parlor, spa and wellness center all on site, while the Sunkissed Plaza is another good Baga choice offering rooms with en-suite and balconies and a spacious pool.
Sodder’s Svelton Manor Hotel is a bit more upmarket with a fresh water pool and sundeck to laze on, while the Ronil Beach Resort is centrally located five minutes from the beach and has spacious rooms with nice furnishings.
For luxury options try Colonia Santa Maria that has beautiful cottages with paths leading to the beach or the new boutique 16 Degrees North that has a peaceful location on the river, as does the similarly priced Baia Do Sol.
If you are on a real budget then Castello’s Tourist Nest offers some of the cheapest rooms in Goa set back from Benaulim Beach. Other budget options include Anthy’s Guesthouse and Blue Corner, both of which are situated right on the beach. D’Souza Guesthouse comes highly recommended, run by a lovely family and oozing lots of homely charm while O’Palmar Beach Cottages are another good beachside option boasting friendly management.
There are plenty of mid-range options, including Furtados Beach House, Lotus Resort, and Star of the Sea Resort centered around a nice swimming pool. The Royal Palms Hotel offers clean, elegant rooms while the Fern Beira Mar Resort is set within a beautifully landscaped garden with a swimming pool.
The Taj Exotica is one of the most luxurious options on this stretch of coast and located just 2 kilometers south of Benaulim Beach. This plush resort offers everything you could possibly need for a dream holiday, although it comes with a high price tag.
The Dwarka Eco Beach Resort is one of the top picks in Benaulim with ten stylishly design cottages set within a palm grove adjacent a lagoon, right next to the ocean. It is actually situated a little out of Benaulim at little-known Cola Beach, a short but picturesque drive through villages and the stunning Goan countryside. The whole atmosphere is tranquil and secluded.
CANDOLIM AND SINQUERIM
The Albuquerque Holiday Villas are a nice budget option set within lovely gardens and offer free wifi while the slightly more expensive Prazeres Resort has a fitness center and swimming pool on-site for the active traveler.
There are plenty of mid-range options at these twin beaches with Casa Praia and Villa Sol Areia both capturing the Portuguese colonial history of the area. The O Resort and Spa offers beautiful rooms and spacious suites while the 4-star Clematis is a bit more upmarket, 200 meters from the beachfront. Other mid-range options that come with good recommendations include Acacia Goa, with a spa and wellness center attached, and Lemon Tree Amarante, a boutique-style hotel that uniquely mixes Thai-spa style with medieval motifs.
If you want to splurge then the Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village and the Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada are luxurious options with cottages and villas set in sprawling grounds. With all the perks you would expect from 5-star accommodation and service to match, these are the areas most exclusive choices.
The Aguiar Guest House is one of Colva’s cheaper options with fan-rooms and cable TV, while the Ocean Crest Hotel is another good budget option with clean, spacious rooms, although a short walk from the beach. La Ben hotel also receives great reviews from budget travelers, as does the bright orange painted Sam’s cottages.
In the mid-range category the Baywatch Resort has tidy rooms set around an outdoor pool and features a fitness center, spa and wellness center on site for all your therapeutic needs. The Goa Vacation Home has 2-bedroom apartments that sleep up to 4 about 1 kilometer from the beach, while the Hotel Colva Kinara is a modern hotel housing an Ayurvedic spa and football-themed restaurant to dine in.
The Beach House Goa is one of Colva’s more upmarket options with elegantly appointed rooms offering ocean views and all the modern conveniences. The 4-star Golden Palms Hotel & Spa Colva, Acacia Palms Resort, and Soul Vacation Resort and Spa are all other luxury options that come with excellent recommendations.
MANDREM, MORJIM AND ASHWEM
If you are looking for a budget option, then Villa River Cat in Mandrem is a unique circular guesthouse filled with antiques and a charismatic owner. Morjim Hermitage is a cheap option just back from the beach with its own massage parlor, or Wanderer’s Hostel has some of the areas cheapest beds with dormitory style accommodation.
In the mid-range bracket Hotel Casablanca in Morjim offers colorful accommodation while Naga Cottages, just back from the beach, have nice gardens and a swimming pool. Oasis on the Beach have stylish huts right on the sand and an excellent ayurvedic massage parlor that receives good reviews.
The Pirache Village Eco-resort offers a low-impact, sustainable option near Morim Beach and an upmarket, luxury option, Pam Pirache Resort featuring ‘tentalow’ safari-style accommodation.
One of Ashvem Beach’s top picks is Palm Grove, six uniquely named huts with king size beds, hammocks and private porches. These stylish and comfortable huts have a sister property two minutes walk down the beach, Little Palm Grove, and the renowned Yab Yum restaurant is located right next door. Prices start at around $130 USD, including breakfast.
Village Susegat is Morjim Beach’s top choice with the name meaning to ‘totally relax and take it easy’ in the local Goan language of Konkani. It offers sixteen solid beach huts that have been meticulously built and designed by the British owners, including handcrafted furniture and fittings. There is also a beach café and bar on site, Café Bar Susegat, that serves excellent food and a sister property, Villa Susegat.
Palolem is lined with coco huts that are erected for the tourist season from October until May and then taken day during the monsoon season. If you are after a basic bungalow, it is best to check out a few options to see what is good in the current season or Camp San Francisco is one of the cheaper options if you want to be right on the beach.
As you move inland you tend to get more for your money with Om Sai Guest House, at the northern end of the Palolem market, and Palolem Guest House, with rooms situated around a leafy courtyard, both offering cheap but clean rooms. Sun ‘n’ Moon Guest House is another cheap option away from the beach with large rooms and spacious bathrooms surprisingly good value.
Mid-range options that come with good recommendations include Neptune Point Beach Cottages, situated right on the beach and with excellent Nepalese and Chinese food available.
For a luxury option Cirians is located in the middle of Palolem Beach and has beautiful huts with all the modern conveniences situated within leafy gardens.
In addition, the Turiya Villa and Spa is just a short drive away in Chaudi and one of the more exclusive options in the area.
Ordo Sounsar is one of Palolem’s top picks, situated on the riverside to the north of the beach. Accessed via a bamboo footbridge this is a good option for those who want to be away from the crowds, but close enough to be a part of the action. Basic huts are available, either with attached or shared bathrooms, and there are plenty of hammocks and cushioned areas that create a relaxed vibe. There are often birds and monkeys in the surrounding trees and their on-site restaurant dishes up traditional Goan cuisine.
During peak seasons in Palolem the better options tend to book out so if you want to stay somewhere in particular or in one of the more upmarket options it is wise to book well ahead. If you are not fussed about where you end up sleeping at night you can just turn up and find a beach hut relatively easily.
Another excellent choice is the ever-popular Cuba Beach Bungalows offering 16 colorful huts in a semicircle, all with views of the beach. The central location, lively bar and friendly staff have made Cuba a traveler favorite and they also have alternative accommodation available at Cuba Premium that is a bit more upmarket with 4-poster beds and wooden furnishings.
At the southern end of the beach the Art Resort is one of the best options with rates starting at $100 USD. It has eight new cottages painted in vibrant colors and each with its own patio and hot water. There is a non-profit art gallery on site featuring the work of local artists and they often have live music in the Chill Out Bar. The restaurant also serves excellent Indian and European cuisine, as well as fresh daily juices.
The quietness of Patnem comes with a price tag as rooms are slightly more expensive than its rowdy neighbor, Palolem. The cheaper options tend to be at the southern end of the beach with a number of beach huts offering rooms from around $12 USD a night.
Roundcube Beach Cottages are a good budget choice, all offering beach views while Micky Huts and Rooms get rave reviews as a bargain option with a friendly family, situated beneath a large stand of shady bamboos. Although set around 100 meters from the beach, Sea View Resort is another good budget option with immaculate rooms, each with their own terrace set in a large house, as is the Secret Garden, another homely option.
At the far northern end of the beach, Hidden Gourmet is a mid-range option that receives good reviews while Cuba Bungalows are one of the more upmarket options available, although a bit of a walk to the beach.
For upmarket luxury opt for the Turiya Villa & Spa in nearby Chaudi/Canacona village, a meticulously renovated 100 year old Goan house. Today it is not only a beautifully appointed accommodation but also a wellness haven with an on-site Ayurvedic Spa. Even if you don’t stay here it is worth visiting for a treatment session and to marvel at the villa’s design.
Situated in a palm grove behind a restaurant of the same name, Papaya’s is one of the top picks in Patnem. It offers rustic eco-friendly huts constructed from natural materials such as rice hay, bamboo and wood, with two huts facing towards the sea and seven located in a beautifully landscaped garden behind. They feature solar heated hot water and tiled showers, making them a step above the usual basic beach hut options. In addition, they serve up a great selection of food right on the beach. If you decide to stay here book well ahead as its popularity means that it books up extremely fast, both in and out of season.
VAGATOR AND CHAPORA
Vagator and Chapora are home to some excellent budget options, including the Leoney Resort, a mix of mock Portuguese villas and cottages within beautiful gardens and with a great swimming pool. For the real budget travelers the Jungle Hostel is a lively basic option that has dormitory accommodation, free wifi and breakfast, a kitchen to use and security lockers to keep your valuables safe.
Mid-range choices include the recommended Yo Yo Goa hotel, the aptly named Yellow House, and the Goan Clove Apartment Hotel with spacious apartments to fit the whole family.
For beachfront settings the Ocean Bliss Beach Resort receives good recommendations with a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the ocean, while the Ozran Heights Beach Resort has exclusive cottages within tropical gardens that overlook a private stretch of beach.
A great boutique option is the Casa Vagator with stylishly appointed rooms offering superb views out to the ocean.
VARCA, CAVELOSSIM AND MORBOR
Veeniola Holiday Home offers some of the cheapest accommodation in this area that is predominantly known for its luxury options. Rooms are basic with twin beds and attached bathrooms, but you can enjoy all the perks offered at the nearby luxury resorts.
In the mid-range, Byke Old Goa receives good reviews a short distance from Cavelossim Beach while the Byke Old Anchor offers the unique opportunity to sleep in a boat-shaped house. The Bamboo House Goa, overlooking the River Sal is decked out beautifully with bamboo furnishings and the Zuri White Sands Resort and Casino allows you to stay and play at their on-site gambling tables and machines. The Holiday Inn Goa in Cavelossim is another reliable mid-range option from this global chain.
If you want to splurge the Radisson Blu Resort offers Portuguese-inspired architecture and bright colors, or the opulent Leela Goa is THE place to indulge with exquisite rooms and service. The Ramada Caravela is also an exclusive option on Varca Beach complete with a 9-hole golf course.