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Although Goa isn't the super cheap destination that it once was, it's still possible to stay in decent accommodations on a budget. There's a wide variety of hostels (most of which have private rooms as well as dorms), guest houses and cheap hotels in Goa to choose from. The ones listed in this article range from lively backpacker hostels near happening beaches, to quaint guest houses in village surroundings -- something for everyone!
Rates vary according to the season. You can expect substantial discounts during the low season from April to September, and inflated rates during the peak season in December.
To find out more about each beach, and which one will suit you best, have a read of this Goa Beach Guide.
Zostel Goa, Calangute
Want to be right in the heart of the action at Calangute beach? Look no further than this Zostel hostel, which is undoubtedly one of the chain's best hostels in India. The property occupies a beautifully refurbished Indo-Portuguese mansion and its interior is bright and eclectic. The common room buzzes with energy. Plus, there's an alfresco cafe next to the garden with hammocks and beanbags for chilling out. Free Wi-Fi is available. Rates range from 450 rupees per night for a bed in a mixed dorm (female only dorms are also available) to 1,800 rupees for private double.
Cap's Corner, Calangute
This small, homely family-run hotel is conveniently located between Calangute and Baga beaches. It's been popular with guests that want clean and comfortable budget accommodations since it opened in 1995. The atmosphere is peaceful and welcoming. The property has an ambient rooftop restaurant decorated with mosaic tiles and a range of rooms from non air-conditioned to deluxe. Rates start from around 2,000 rupees per night, including breakfast, during the tourist season but drop to almost half this during the off-season.
Tropicano Beach Resort, Candolim
A resort it is not but Tropicano Beach Resort is definitely a very decent budget hotel, with an enviable location just a few minutes walk from Candolim beach and its restaurants. The hotel has a very quiet garden setting and 13 rooms, some with air conditioning. It's particularly popular with Indian guests. Other amenities include refrigerators, free Wi-Fi and a common library. No TVs though! Rates start from around 1,000 rupees per night for a double room.
Quarto de Casa Tipri, Saligao
If you want to be near busy Baga and Calangute beaches, but just far away enough to have some solitude, then head to Quarto de Casa Tipri. Located ten minutes drive away, at Saligao, this newly renovated 150 year old heritage bungalow blends rustic Goan charm with modern fittings. The property has eight guest rooms and a lovely garden. Expect to pay around 1,000 rupees per night for a standard double room. Deluxe rooms/suites cost around 1,900 rupees per night and have their own private terrace.
Roadhouse Hostel, Anjuna
You'll definitely feel Anjuna's hippy vibe at this groovy hostel, which will take you back to the 1970s and the heyday of The Doors with its colorful artwork. The hostel has an iconic location next to the famous German Bakery in Anjuna, and not far from Curlie's beach shack. Its staff keep the atmosphere social by organizing regular barbecues and other activities. Expect to pay 400-800 rupees for a bed in a dorm room, depending on whether you want air-conditioning. There are female only dorms but no private rooms.
Prison Hostel, Anjuna
Address940, Flea Market Road, Mazal Waddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509, India
A novel concept in hostels, the Prison Hostel takes fun mug shots of it's inmates...err, guests! However, the prison concept stops there. This hostel is an extremely laid back and social place that labels itself as India's first and only party hostel (don't expect to go to bed early there). It's located ten minutes from Anjuna beach, on the road to the flea market. The beer is cheap and the fridge is stacked full and an awesome hangover breakfast is included in the tariff. Weekly pub crawls are arranged too. Free Wi-Fi is available. Rates start from 400 rupees per night for a dorm and 1,200 rupees per night for an air-conditioned private double.
Red Door Hostel, Anjuna
Opened in early 2014, Red Door is located less than five minutes from Anjuna beach in north Goa. Newly built in traditional Goan style, it offers dorms as well as private rooms with all necessary, albeit shared, amenities. The hostel aims to foster an intimate, fun, friendly and warm atmosphere. It has large communal lounge area, terrace, huge garden with hammocks, fully equipped communal kitchen and fully functional bar offering reasonably priced drinks. A restaurant is in the process of being added. Rates for beds in a dorm room start from 450 rupees per night. Expect to pay around 2,000 rupees per night for a private double room.
Jungle Hostel, Vagator
Jungle Hostel occupies a restored Portuguese style house amidst a lush jungle (as you'd guess from its name) on the road to Vagator beach. It has a chilled out party vibe with an awesome communal area and its friendly Goan owner has traveled all over the world and makes sure the hostel lives up to international standards. There are dorm rooms and single and double rooms with private bathrooms, to choose from. Guests who are into music will appreciate the guitars and drums that are available for use. Breakfast is free. Rates for dorm rooms start from 450 rupees per night. Expect to pay 900 rupees per night for a single room and 1,800 rupees per night for a double with air conditioning.
Wanderers Hostel, Morjim
Situated close to Morjim beach in north Goa, Wanderers is a new hostel in a revamped Goan bungalow. Along with dorm rooms, the hostel offers fabulous private tents with attached western bathrooms in the back garden. They're excellent value! There's also a common room, room with a pool table, library, free breakfast, wireless Internet and communal kitchen. Expect to pay 400-600 rupees per night for a bed in a dorm room and 600-900 rupees for a tent.
Old Quarter Hostel, Panjim
As its name suggests, this hostel is situated in the heart of Goa's historic Latin Quarter, full of colorful old Portuguese homes. It's perfect for anyone who's planning on exploring the cultural side of Goa. Panjim is home to India's only floating casinos. The property has been stylishly designed with distinctive tiled exterior, murals and healthy cafe. In addition to dorm rooms, there are also private rooms in a separate 200 year old house. Rates for these rooms start from 1,200 rupees per night with a shared bathroom and go up to 2,500 rupees per night for the best room with city view. Expect to pay 450 rupees per night for a bed in a mixed or female-only dorm room. Breakfast is included.
Afonso Guest House, Latin Quarter, Panjim
Afonso Guest House offers an economical and intimate stay in the atmospheric Latin Quarter.. The guest house prides itself on being simplistic and practical, with a welcoming homely environment. A highlight is the plant-filled terrace, where traditional Goan breakfasts are served to guests every morning. It has a lovely outlook over the whitewashed Saint Sebastian Chapel. Rooms are priced at 1,800 rupees per night. Breakfast is additional.
Om Sai Guest House, Palolem
The very popular Om Sai Guest House is a sweet and intimate place with eight rooms, situated near the bus stand towards the northern end of the Palolem market, a short walk from Palolem beach in south Goa. The owner is kind and genuine, the guest house is well operated and has free Wi-Fi. It's great value for money. Expect to pay 700-800 rupees per night for a room without air-conditioning and 1,200-1,600 rupees for air-conditioning. Some rooms also have refrigerators.
Wavelet Beach Resort, Palolem
Wavelet Beach Resort is as colorful inside as what it looks on the outside. This budget hotel is located in the same area as Om Sai Guest House. Its 18 rooms are brightly painted and cheerful and the Goan couple that run it are very welcoming and accommodating. Everything is kept clean, there's plenty of hot water and a garden to relax in as well. Expect to pay 1,500 rupees per night for a non air-conditioned double, including tax. Air-conditioned rooms cost around 2,000 rupees per night. All rooms have refrigerators.
Cupid's Heaven, Agonda
Cupid's Heaven is a friendly guesthouse with 30 rooms, just steps from laid back Agonda beach in south Goa. Its knowledgeable local Goan owner has a tourism background working on luxury cruise liners and he also arranges insightful Inside Goa tours. The guesthouse has a restaurant that serves tasty food and drinks at backpacker prices. Expect to pay 850-1,850 per night for a double room. The rooms on the upper floor have sea views.
Veeniola Holiday Home, Cavelossim
If you're looking for an inexpensive stay near a quiet stretch of beach in south Goa, it's likely that you'll find Veeniola Holiday Home appealing. The property is a new building with rural charm, set in surroundings similar to north Goa a decade ago. The beach is approximately 20 minutes walk away. However, there is a restaurant and bar on the premises, called "Lenny's Kitchen". It serves tasty, fresh Goan food and is a popular place to hang out. Guests can choose from 14 spacious double rooms, most with balconies, and some with air conditioning, TVs and refrigerators. Room rates as of April 2019 start from around 1,050 rupees per night including tax.