Goa has been a tourist favourite since the 60s, when hippies would fly in, seeking nirvana in this land of mystics. Visitors of these Goa hotels might find it too, since not only are they cheap, they're also of great value.
“There are no strangers but only friends” at Villa Fatima, where one can expect a kind welcome in a colourful setting. An inexpensive, family-run accommodation with attention-grabbing crocodile and turtle statues, one can socialise with other backpackers in the courtyard bar and canteen. The Ayurvedic Massage offered is deeply soothing, and is just as inviting as the outdoor swimming pool.
Goa’s “first and only heritage hotel,” Panjim Inn, is another interesting place to stay in. Situated in Asia’s only Latin Quarter, it features remnants of 450 years of Portuguese colonisation. This Goa hotel is situated in a 19th century mansion -- a stone, clay, and teakwood structure that evokes romance and nostalgia. The same ambience is reflected in the rooms, with four-poster beds, period furnishing, and balconies. Visitors can take in the view while dining at the veranda restaurant.
Another Goa hotel with Portuguese influences is the Tamarind, a lovely stone house surrounded by fruit trees and a waterfall. Guests can absorb themselves in a book from the library, lay on the terrace and bask in the sun, or play a game of pool. There is also a weekly exhibit of Indian jewellery. At the tropical garden restaurant, gourmet cuisine awaits the visitors, ranging from Goan delicacies to international favourites. This Goa hotel also offers, without charge, a bus service to the nearby beaches.
Shangrila Beach Hotel is certainly a paradise for budget travellers, inviting tourists to “come and relax… where [the] fun never sets.” Located near Majorda beach, this Goa hotel is a great bargain, with clean rooms and friendly staff. If the food at the nearby beach shacks isn’t enough, Shangrila has its own pub and restaurant, where you can enjoy a barbecue in the garden. Or ponder nirvana near the crab pond, and when you get the urge, pick a crab and have it served, cooked!