Hotels in Goa
From the busy bars and nightclubs of the north, to the tranquil beaches of the south, Goa has that special something for everyone. From bustling backpacker hideaways to eco-lodges and top-end resorts, Goa caters for all tastes and budgets. Here we sum some of the best hotels in Goa that will add to your pleasure when you are in Goa.
FIVE STAR Hotels
Money matters!! But for those who can spend carelessly, there can’t be better choice than the five star hotels, villas and resorts in Goa. These hotels provide you a larger than life experience and you will cherish each and every moment spend here forever. These are ranked as the top hotels in Goa and sure to make your stay blissful.
Cidade de Goa
The Cidade de Goa resort is conveniently located right on the serene Vainguinim beach and it is here that the phrase 'room with a view' takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the affordable deluxe suites. The views are spectacular and one awakes to a symphony of palm trees, sand and sea, enhanced by a sumptuous breakfast. The resort is clean and well maintained and the service is excellent, with the words 'no place like home' springing to mind as one is catered to by friendly staff sporting 24/7 smiles. The opulent restaurants in the hotel cater to a variety of tastes and palettes, such as the “Barbeque" and the luxurious La Ranche. Spend your free time with some exhilarating sports such as jet skiing, parasailing and banana rides). Finally, after a languid day of sunning yourself around one of the three pools surrounding the coffee bars, pamper yourself with a sauna or massage at the day spa. More about Cidade De Goa
Nestled on the banks of the scenic Baga River, near the quaint village of Arpora, the palatial Resort Rio is a 5-star luxury deluxe spa resort. A stone’s throw from the famous Baga and Anjuna beaches, the resort is sought after both for its superb contemporary architecture and impeccable hospitality. Choose from five types of luxury suites, whether it’s the Royal Suite, Luxury Deluxe Room, 3-Bedroom Luxury Villa, 1-Bedroom Luxury Apartment or homely Cozy Room, each suite is artfully furnished and boasts a spacious balcony for guests to enjoy the spectacular views. Guests can indulge their taste buds at the in-house vegetarian restaurant, the Jalsa, for sumptuous delicacies and traditional dishes. Mamma Mia, Pickled Mango and Rio Cafe Bar are other choices for fine dining and drink.
North 16 Goa
Set amongst the palms in the North Goan town of Calangute, the 3-storey North 16 hotel is a designer’s dream, and has established itself as an emergent promoter of arts and entertainment in Goa. Whether it’s a restful stay, romantic getaway or family vacation you’re after, North 16 is the ideal getaway spot for any traveller.
The hotel boasts no less than 135 bright and airy guestrooms and suites of varying sizes, each equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, and coffee machine. After a power workout in the fitness centre, while away the afternoon around the outdoor swimming pool. Then it’s your choice of 3 superb dining options, including a selection of European, Indian and local ethnic specialties. Hang out at the Grab & Go Deli. Or indulge in some mocktails and snacks at the poolside bar. Room service is available.
The Leela Goa
Hugging the tranquil coastline of south Goa, this lavish 5-star resort boasts 75-acres of lush, manicured gardens, blue lagoons and riverside bliss. The focus at this majestic Portuguese-style hotel is on breath-taking views, tantalising stretches of beach and the impeccable, welcoming service, with butlers’ on hand throughout the day or night. A stone’s throw from Cavalossim beach, each day brings forth a symphony of surf, sea, golfing, day spas and yoga. The Leela also provides a tennis court and pottery making classes.
Many of the hotel’s opulent suites are perched on the edge of the lagoon and boast sensational views of the sea, pools or golf course. Each is equipped with a satellite TV, CD player and minibar. En suite bathrooms come with a deluxe bathtub and hairdryer. Wake up to a sumptuous buffet breakfast at The Restaurant, or amble down to the Italian Riverside restaurant for a lazy lunch. Other fine dining options include the Jamavar, which serves up a range of exotic Indian dishes.
The resort is located 40km from Goa Dabolim Airport. Panjim, while the capital city, is around 50 km from the hotel. End your day at the Leela with a romantic sunset cruise or a romantic walk along the sparkling beach sands.
Vivanta by Taj - Fort Aguada
If you want to find Goa at its romantic best, Vivanta by Taj –Fort Aguada will greet you with its luxuries and the Sinquerium beach. The Portuguese fort sees frequent visits from the biggest celebrities. The rooms, cottages and villas offer recreation at its best with a total of more than ten categories of rooms to choose from. The nouvelle restaurant is packed with cuisines from all over the world. If the waves at the beach are not enough for you to relax, step into the Jiva spa and you’ll go Ah. Vivanta by Taj is at a 45 kms drive from the airport and the popular beaches are almost in a straight line from there.
FOUR STAR Hotels
When you do not get lucky enough to get a room in some of the five star hotels of Goa, don’t be disappointed as options are many. You can always head straight to the four star hotels that offer similar luxuries and comfort.
Golden Tulip Goa
Looking for a peaceful place in Goa that is near to all beaches and actions? Golden Tulip Goa can be bset for you. This 4 star deluxe property is located near the Candolim Beach off the main road. It’s a 55 minutes’ drive from the international airport and the beaches of North Goa is at a five minutes’ walk. You can choose from the 52 available rooms carry a contemporary décor and they are equipped with all modern amenities and sincere staff members working 24X7 to make your stay comfortable. The restaurant ‘Aquatico’ offers exotic food and the outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by an eye pleasing ambience. Those who are visiting Goa for business purposes can also choose Golden Tulip Goa as it is equipped with conference facilities. The hotel is clean and hygienic and you’ll surely love spending some time in the gym and the spa.
Ocean palms is located ideally between Candolim and Calangute- both at walking distance from the hotel. Your visit becomes pleasurable the very moment their courteous staff gives you a warm welcome on the airport. 45 kms from the airport and 16 kms from the nearest railway station, the four star deluxe property is in hands of a great team that offer you everything -great cleanliness, mouth-watering food, comfy beds to sleep like a baby and a beach with some great beach shacks. And the days when you just don’t feel like stepping out, sit back and enjoy the sun by the swimming pool.
Fortune Select Regina,Goa
Fortune Select Regina offers tastefully adorned 102 rooms including a room for people who are differently abled. You can enjoy the pool or the landscape view from the private balcony attached to all rooms. The hotel is also perfect for business and social events like wedding and sangeet ceremonies with its large banquet hall of 2200sq ft. The best thing about the banquet hall is that it runs into separate halls equipped with all necessary amenities to accommodate and entertain 200 guests at a time. The team of chefs prepare exotic cuisines at the restaurant Orchid. They offer you ‘catch of the day’ where they sell seafood at a good price. The hotel also has a special Kids zone where your kids will have a blast. The swimming pool is good and they have a sea-food stall by the pool. The pool is safe for the toddlers too. So, this hotel is a good choice for all your needs, a holiday, elegant wedding or business meetings.
Resort De Alturas
Resort De Alturas is just a walk away from the scenic Candolim beach. You can choose from 73 rooms in different categories. The rooms are well furnished and equipped with luxuries like king size bed, minibar, TV, coffee/tea maker, Jacuzzi, 24X7 hot and cold water and the hotel provides great relaxation at the pool side and the in-house spa. The showers from the elephant statue into the pool, good lounge chairs and the pool bar make the pool a good place for some relief from hustle-bustle. They also offer free Wi-fi connection and complementary breakfast. The hotel area is always clean, fresh, and well-groomed. The staffs are courteous and always ready to lend hand when required. The gym is sure to be loved by all fitness freaks. The hotel’s meeting rooms can also be a good choice for small conferences and meetings. The resorts close proximity to the beach and the market with many shopping choices makes it a favourable proposition.
DoubleTree by Hilton– Arpora
Just an hour drive from Dabolim airport, DoubleTree by Hilton– Arpora is situated ideally in close proximity of popular Baga beach and Arpora’s scenic countryside. The hotel is spread over four acres. While you are in this luxurious hotel, there is no end to excitement and entertainment as the hotel is only a two minutes walks from Arpora Saturday night market and the Anjuna hippie market is also at a walking distance. This market serves a rocking nightlife in Goa with the two most famous nightclubs Cabana and Tito’s. The hotel gives the perfect opportunity to explore North Goa’s breathtaking coatline. The room sin the hotels are clean and equipped with all facilities to make your stay comfortable and luxurious. Its close proximity to some very popular beaches –Baga, Anjuna and Calangute will let you set your spirits free with sun bathing and some exciting water sports. The hotel is also perfect choice for meetings, conferences, wedding and other personal ceremonies. The three in-house restaurants offer wide variety of mouth-watering cuisines.
Goa is known for its beaches and the best way to discover it would be staying at a beach resort. This saves you from the hassle of travelling long distances to breathe the sea and feel the waves. See the waves roll up and down anytime while staying in some of the best beach resorts in Goa.
Alila Diwa - 5 star
Nestled alongside the sparkling sands of Gonsua Beach, the 4-star Alila Diwa Goa ensures relaxation and down-time is the order of the day. The sweeping views and colourful bougainvillea render the Alila Diwa a veritable sanctuary of hotel heaven. Contemporary elegance, inspired by authentic Goan design offers guests the ultimate in exotic breakaway experiences. Each spacious suite boasts breezy private terraces with access to the outdoor infinity pool with its shallow lounging area. Along with the comfortable designer furnishings, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and en-suite bathrooms, the attentive staff aspire to cater to your every whim.
cuisine at the Alila Diwa harks back to its colonial heritage and
chefs create a symphonic dining experience of east-meets-west, with
combinations of Portuguese and traditional Indian flavours. Adding to
the ambience, the lilting strains of fado music still waft in the
scented breezes, giving diners a taste of that which Goans themselves
call ‘susegard’. Goa Alila Diwa is a 20-minute drive from Dabolim
International Airport. For a more intimate experience, the
crescent-shaped Diwa Club offers guests the luxury of 24-hour
check-in, all day breakfasts and a private pool with open-air
More about Alila Diwa Resort
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort - 4 star
Just 250 meters from Candolim beach and hugging the North Goan coastline, the breezy Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort is designed to evoke the poetry and ambience of old-world Goa. This beautiful 4-star property is embued with medieval oil paintings, artifacts and stained glass placed amidst soothing green environs and calm water bodies; intensify the beauty of the entire property. The hotel is thus perfect for leisure, romance, and art lovers and for the business traveller to boot.
Elegant air-conditioned rooms are offered by Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort. From de-luxe to family, the tasteful suites are categorized as Plaza, Pavilion, Garden and Heritage and feature color television, mini bar, refrigerator, safe, internet access, telephone and private bathroom. Every room is pristine and promises a romantic getaway in the Land of Golden Sands.
Equipped with a state-of-the art fitness centre, spa and swimming pool, the Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort is dedicated to pampering its patrons. At the spa, rejuvenating Balinese body massages and Thai foot massages are available for weary guests. Spend the day sunning around the luxurious outdoor pool, or feast your appetite at the in-house restaurant which has an exciting selection of traditional and cuisine options.
Estrela Do Mar - 4 star
If it’s sunkissed beaches and pulsing nightlife you’re after, the affordable 3-star Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort is the place to be. Estrela Do Mar is a chic, eco-friendly resort, located at Khobra Vaddo in Bardez, 21km from Dabolim Airport and easily accessible from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station. The hotel blends great location with excellent hospitality for a rewarding getaway experience. The resort boasts 75 tastefully decorated rooms, divided into five categories- Standard, Luxury, Family, Executive and AC Eco Friendly Beach Villas. Each spacious room is impeccably furnished with ‘comfort’ written all over it, equipped with air-conditioning, coffee bar and Wi-Fi.
Other services include live entertainment; an on-call doctor, safety lockers, movies on demand; valet car parking and call taxi service. The dining options in the resort include Patio Restaurant, a gourmet delight, offering a tantalising selection of delicacies. Vegetarian and traditional Indian foods are also available. After a sumptuous breakfast, dip into the outdoor swimming pool and lounge under a parasol on the sea-facing sun deck, or if it’s adventure you’re after, why not book a tour through the efficient travel desk.
Toss off your travel shoes and indulge in an evening stroll along the beach, to the romantic strains of live music. Beach Side Shack is the ideal place to chillax in the refreshing air while relishing the sumptuous Goan seafood. Room and laundry service are available and staff are on hand to cater to your needs.
SinQ Beach Resort – 4 star
Hugging the golden sands of popular Calangute beach, SinQ Beach Resort, formerly known as Jewel Inn & Spa Resort, offers a hip hideaway to those travellers seeking value for money. Without compromising quality or comfort, this gracious lifestyle hotel marries chic with affordable luxury and offers three categories of accommodation, catering to individual tastes. From the intimate Classic- to the air-conditioned Deluxe suites - either way its value for money. Staffs are available 24X7 and are friendly and helpful. Each room at SinQ Beach Resort includes a mini-bar, Wi-Fi, cable TV and complimentary coffee facilities, while the bathrooms boast showers and fluffy bathrobes.
On your way for some downtime at the outdoor pool, grab some mojitos at the poolside bar, or rejuvenate at the spa and wellness centre. Dining at the multi-cuisine restaurant is yet another value-for-money experience at the Sinq Resort, with the on-site restaurant, the Pearl, offering an extravagant blend of traditional and international dishes. Kick back at the trendy Sapphire bar for some after-dinner cocktails. For those guests who prefer to eat out, the surrounding area boasts a range of hip bars and restaurants, serving a selection of food and liquor.
Toss off your tennis shoes and take an evening stroll down to Calangute beach to watch the sun go down, or why not explore some of the heritage sites, such as nearby Fort Aguada.
Ginger Tree - 3 star
The picturesque 3-star Ginger Tree Village Resort is amongst the most sought-after hotels in Goa. Close to Goa’s notorious Calangute and Baga beaches, ‘home-from-home’is a phrase that springs to mind as this boutique resort blends personalised comfort and service, wrapped in a kaleidoscope of lush surroundings. The Ginger Tree Resort features 15 tastefully designed guest rooms, all equipped with upmarket facilities, and en-suite bathrooms, catering to the needs of discerning guests. Let your hair down around the outdoor pool, or kick back for some pampering at the spa and fitness centre. Close to the airport and station, you won’t have to look far to find tasty local cuisine at cafes like the Cafe Coffee Day across the road, and for the adventurous there is an assortment of trendy bars.
OTHER GOOD HOTELS
Here, I introduce to you some other very good hotels – heritage, beach resort and villa that are one of its kinds. All of these are located in close proximity to famous beaches and markets and stuffed with modern facilities and some special features to provide much more than only luxury.
The Golden Palms Hotel & SPA Colva
The Golden Palms Hotel & SPA Colva is one of the best three star resorts in South Goa, located in close proximity to the Colva beach, twenty kilometres from Dabolim airport and six kilometres from Margao railway station. The hotel offers 50 pool facing deluxe rooms. The ground floor rooms open in a beautiful lawn that leads to the pool and the rooms on the first floor have attached balcony’s that give view of the pool. The rooms have nice décor, comfy beds, well maintained clean bathrooms with bathtubs and shower and all other facilities as LCD TV, hair dryer, workstation desk, 2 telephones – one in the bathroom, mini refrigerator, tea/coffee maker, morning newspaper and more.
The Bamboo Top restaurant offers 24 hours dining services and you can taste exotic dishes such as Goan, Indian, Continental, Chinese and Tandoori. The Coper Bar lets you enjoy the best of Cognac and flavoured Hukkas. The swimming poolside is surrounded by snack corner that serves sumptuous snacks and you can also drench in Cocktails and Mock tails. The Hall is good for wedding, conferences and other such purposes.
Siolim House – Heritage hotel
It’s ‘home-from-home ‘at this splendid olde-worlde manor tucked away in a quaint north Goan village, off the beaten tourist trail. This impressive 300-year-old colonial villa once belonged to the Governor of Macau, and has since been lovingly restored, with impeccable attention to detail. The spacious luxury suites are airy and elegant with tiled floors and high-beamed ceilings. Located on the first floor, each exudes its own elegance with four-poster beds, antique furniture and en-suite bathrooms. The standard rooms namely Damao, Surat, Cambay and Bahia are set around the courtyard area. Some of these are twin-bedded while some have four-poster bed. Three of the rooms are air-conditioned.
The atmosphere at Siolim is relaxed, laid-back and homely - the ideal place to chillax and destress away from the crowds. Take a short drive down to bustling Anjuna beach or stroll along the picturesque Chapora River. Kick back with a cocktail on a deck chair around the slated pool and pavilion, or indulge in a sundowner in the lush gardens. Nothing like a hearty home-cooked meal after a day of sun and spas - speaking of which, the spa is the place to be if it’s a soothing Ayurvedic massage you’re after. The staffs, overseen by the friendly house manager Alex, are efficient and attentive and will cater to your every whim.
Surla Mer resort
Flanked by the exotic landscape of Morjim Beach in the north of Goa, and perched around an expansive outdoor pool, this resort achieves an intricate balance between comfort and convenience, whether it’s business or pleasure you’re seeking. The atmosphere is upbeat and the hospitality warm and friendly, while the service and standards are impeccable. Your towel will literally appear within seconds of choosing a sun bed, your drink within two minutes of ordering it, and the contemporary designs of the comfortable rooms are serviced to the highest standards. To enhance your stay, the hotel offers recreational facilities such as sauna, massage, steam-room, outdoor pool, spa. Sur La Mer Resort blends warm hospitality with a great ambiance to ensure that your stay in North Goa is truly memorable. This idyllic oasis is helmed by its convivial chef/owner who sets the tone by welcoming and warming to each guest. His accomplishments include his fine cuisine, a delicate fusion of French, Indian and Italian. With all this going on – seclusion, impeccable service and ambience – it is no wonder that Sur La Mer draws international celebrities.
Coco Shambhala -villa
If it’s rustic and unspoilt that lures you to Goa, then melt your cares away at the picturesque Coco Shambhala. A stone’s throw from the tranquil Coco beach, this tropical slice of paradise blends shabby chic with contemporary sophistication. Its four luxury villas, each with lovingly furbished suites and self-catering facilities, lie nestled within a lush garden setting of spa pools, outdoor showers and banana palms.
Each suite has its own private airy living room/veranda with plump cushions and a picturesque view of the gardens- so it’s a perfect getaway for honeymoon couples.
A bevy of cordon-bleu chefs are always close at hand, to whip up a sumptuous breakfast or a traditional curry for lunch. The congenial owner Giles is committed to helping the local community, and is never too busy to stop for a chat. The staffs are friendly and helpful and each villa has a dedicated car and driver to whisk you off to the local destination of your choice. For that added touch of indulgence why not pamper yourself each day with a treatment or relaxation massage? In a quiet corner deep in the lush exotic garden is secreted a private therapy area where by appointment a therapist from Sitara Spa can provide full treatments, a massage in the comfort of your own villa or a consultation for a tailored detoxification.
Searching for some cheap/budget hotels in Goa? Go through my favourite picks. Cheap/Budget hotels do not mean paying a less price for no comfort. These affordable, low price hotels are well-maintained, tastefully decorated, equipped with necessary in-house dining and recreation facilities and run by hard-working, polite team members working 24X7 to help you create good memories.
Prices: Please note that prices here are in Indian National Rupees, INR. One U.S. dollar is about 60 INR, British pound about 90 INR, Euro about 70 INR (as of beginning of year 2015.
Starting price - Standard rooms – INR 2500, Deluxe rooms – INR 3500
This beautiful 3 star hotel of North Goa is located in Porvorim. The capital city Panaji is just at a distance of 4 kms and the famous beach Calangute is at 7 kms from the resort. Though the resort offers rooms and food in the multi cuisine restaurant at the most affordable price, it does not lack in amenities for a comfortable stay. The resort has cottage style vibrant rooms surrounded by landscaped lawns. The resort also has 12 air conditioned suites that include living cum dining area, a minibar, bedroom and attached toilet. Its alluring swimming pool and indoor games area makes you stress free. You can enjoy table tennis and carom in the game room or flex your muscles at the Gymnasium when you are in the resort. You can also stay in the resort for conference or meetings. The Conference Hall accommodates two hundred fifty pax (theatre style) and one hundred fifty pax (sitdown style). * Prices include Breakfast for two, daily two drops to the Beach and to the Capital Panjim & all Taxes.
Jasminn by Mango
Starting price - INR 2500
This quintessential village resort showcases the best of Goa. The Hotel offers low price, simple yet thoughtful luxurious stay. If you are looking for an affordable stay in Goa, Jasminn by Mango can be your choice. You can choose from various types of dwellings in the hotel. There are18 standard rooms, 2 large and 4 extra-large apartments with one 4 bedroom villa. The hotel provides modern amenities amidst rustic local surroundings. The hotel is set in quiet place yet not very far away from beaches so that discovering Goa is easy for you. The swimming pool will be liked by even the toddlers as they have their own space. The XO Café serves a long list of cuisines- local and international. In peak seasons some chef special menu is also offered. The Xcuse bar serves a variety of Spirits, Liquors and Cocktails. You can also chill in the Xcite Lounge by the pool when the sun sets and enjoy the grills and specials with live music. If you are searching a hotel for business meetings or conferences, Jasminn by Mango will not disappoint you. It has two conference halls – Mogra and Melati – 910 sq ft and 1120 sq ft respectively. One added advantage to this hotel is the 1200 sq ft terrace that is perfect for open air functions and when you are not in the mood to go out, have some fun in the activity centre with various games and books to choose from.
Hotel Colva Kinara
Starting price - INR 2500
This budget hotel has 65 Air conditioned deluxe rooms, specially designed for maximizing your comfort. The rooms are meticulously furnished with attached balcony for breezy and bright ambience. The thoughtfully fitted rooms include everything to make your stay cherished. The multi cuisine restaurant and bar ‘Brazilla’ is one of its kind. It has been given a soccer theme for a sporty look. Lip smacking food- Goan, Indian, Chinese and Tandoor is what they boast of. The display kitchen enables you to watch the kitchen staffs as they work and you can even talk to the chef, if you want to order any item off-the menu. ‘Green & Grapes’ salad and wine bar provides the perfect mood for enjoying succulent kebabs, best wines from across the world and tempting tandoori. If you enjoy more when you breathe in open air, head straight to the eating area of the hotel that is open-air. Taste some great barbeque and tandoor grilled stuff and enjoy hookah and wine. Want more? Experience pool side shack fun in ‘Aqua’ that too serves delicious food. And when you want some real relaxation inside out, step into ‘Lotus’ the in house spa that offers a range of herbal treatments and massages through authentic and trained therapists. For business meetings, the hotel has a well-equipped hall that can accommodate 120 people.
Starting price – INR 2700
Hugging the honeyed sands of popular Calangute beach, this tranquil getaway is inspired by the Portuguese word for 'Swaying Palms' and is an ideal marriage of comfort and luxury - with value for money.
Guests are ushered into the lobby and after checking-in can unwind with an chilled mojito at the Coco bar. The Palmarinha Resort and Suites is one of the finest 3 star properties in Bardez. Guests have an expansive selection of well-designed, spacious rooms that include deluxe, 1 and 2 bedroom suites with king-size double beds. In-room facilities include satellite TV, mini bar, telephone, air-conditioner and private terrace. The en-suite bathrooms are provided with 24-hour running hot and cold water. Room and laundry services are available for a small fee. Other facilities include a relaxation centre, jewellery shop, boutique, games room and conference hall.
For Goa’s young and restless, the resort is within a 10-minute walk of an assortment of vibey night clubs.
Starting Price – INR 3240
If you wish a home like experience Meilleur Resort Goa, can be a good choice. This is an elegant Resort with well-appointed rooms and staffs that provide heart-warming hospitality and privacy. The amenities have been designed thoughtfully to provide great comfort. The pool and games room are sure to provide relaxation and enjoyment. The in-house restaurant serves delicious menus and refreshing drinks. There are two types of rooms to choose from – deluxe and super deluxe. Both types of rooms include facilities like air conditioning, telephone, newspaper, minibar, colour television, private bathroom, hair dryer, internet access and iron.
Author: Vineeta Sinha.
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