All of you looking at making that Goan holiday on a budget a reality (especially the accommodation bit) can now breathe a sigh of relief. We’ve found hostels, ranging from basic ones to slightly fancier versions with key-cards and air-conditioning that'll let you crash for the night without forcing you to break the bank. Woot woot. You can now spend more on beers and less on beds.
Hostels That Love You For Your Small Budget
That Crazy Hostel
That Crazy Hostel is a very apt name for this kooky cubbyhole that's located in Anjuna. Right from their inflatable dip pool, a bonfire set up, a bar with over 100 cocktails (at a great price), a library that uses old refrigerators to hold the books, a wash basin made out of an old scooter or bar stools made out of tyres, the whole vibe of the hostel is very quirky.
Their dorms are priced between INR 399 and 1k. The only downside here would be that they insist on even Indians carrying their passport for identification.
The B2B or Back2Basics Hostel in Morjim, is for those who want to be away from the madness and just get back to a simpler way of life. Made of mats and bamboos, this all-natural elements' hostel is loved by solo backpackers and nature enthusiasts. They've got a small café (the coffee is wonderful), live music, separate girls dorms and attached loos with each dorm.
Their rates start at INR 500 upwards, and did we mention that they are just a 5-minute walk from the Morjim beach? The host, Clint, will also point you to all the party places around, or maybe even accompany you there.
The Old Quarter hostel is located in the oldest Latin Quarter of Asia called Fontainhas in Panjim. So not only do you get to stay in a beautiful area, with quaint and colourful buildings, but live in a property that is 200-years-old itself. You can hang out at their cafe that doubles up as a co-working space, in the process helping you meet a lot of fellow travellers, as well as peeps from Goa who work out of here. And mostly, they are all happy to share a coffee/beer over conversations.
Old Quarter has dorms, as well as private rooms with wi-fi, hot water, breakfast and even bicycles on rent and with rates starting at INR 400 and upwards for a bed.
Started by a Mumbai girl, Diksha, who moved here with her folks, furniture and fun vibe, Aerostel’s in Calangute and literally plonked in the middle of all activity. Cafes, shops, bars and tourist hangouts are close by and to keep things interesting, Diksha intends on hosting terrace movie nights, pub crawls, workshops and such. Her mum’s an artist and will organise macrame, dreamcatcher, terrarium and other classes once the guests start pouring in. Plus, the family’s been very careful about safety and security here (just parent things, ya know).
The charges start at INR 499 for a bunk bed in the 10-bed mixed dorm and go up to INR 599 for the female and mixed dorms with 6 beds each.
This Greece-themed hostel in Arpora has AC dorms starting at INR 499 including two private rooms that are priced between 2k and 2.9k depending on the season. We love the vibe here, the general cleanliness and pretty decor with its teal furniture, a slackline, hammocks and swings.
They offer affordable thalis for lunch and dinner (INR 150) and breakfast for INR 80 every day. Oh, and you can sign up for pub crawls, heritage walks, beer brewing trips, night food walks, flea market tours and other workshops with them.
This hostel in Arambol is intended as a chill pad for artists. Musicians, painters, theatre folks, writers, or any type of creative peeps looking to get inspired are welcome here. The owners have chosen an idyllic hill location for ImagiNation where sunrise and sunsets are gorgeous and uninterrupted by any concrete structures. The idea is to create a close-knit community of artists, all of whom can interact and hone their creative pursuits without being rushed. This is why, they won’t have more than 10 creative folks at any given time.
You can bunk here in clean dorms for as low as INR 200 a night while the rates can spike to INR 700 when the peak season begins.
Tucked away in one of the bylanes of Vagator, this hostel’s a good mix of quiet and buzzing. While the campus is green, full of artworks and totally secluded, you’re only a few minutes’ walk away from the beach and bars. It’s also a place with a young, hip vibe and they keep the hostel fun by hosting gigs, barbecue evenings, pub crawls, jam sessions and other activities.
The beds in the mixed dorm start at INR 349 here.
Another one in Vagator, this one is by the Hostel Crowd folks who also run Summer in Palolem and Old Quarter in Fontainhas. Enveloped by a forest and with lots of terraces, this one gives a feeling of openness at all times. They offer fast wifi and free brekkie as well.
The rates in the dorm start at INR 450 but can go up to INR 1.3–1.6k in the last week of Dec. You can sign up for morning yoga, BBQ get-togethers, rooftop movies or kick back at the Bombay Roasters Cafe with fellow Jungle dwellers. Have privacy issues? They’ve got rooms as well.
One of the quirkiest looking backpacker hostels, Pappi Chulo is your best bet if you’re travelling solo. When the demand is high (read Dec-Jan), their beds in the dorms can go up to 2–2.5k but during lean season, you could be lucky to find great deals at INR 4–500 a night on the same bunk beds. They have cuddly doggies, a bar, a garden, tennis and believe in celebrating festivals with great gusto. A great time with fellow road trippers/solo birds is almost guaranteed here.
In Arambol, lies this compact backpacker hostel that’s India’s first Rasta-themed mansion in India. Like most places on the list, this one’s also about community living, live jamming, pani-puri eating, beer chugging, communal cooking (and eating), terrace yoga and beach bumming. It wins for its quiet location (naah, it’s not on the beach but a few minutes walk away) and the hosts’ warm hospitality. The best part: The bunk beds start at INR 300 a night in the dorm (come Christmas and New Years and and it goes up to INR 550 for the female dorm and INR 1.5K for the mixed dorm).
P.S. The Rasta Bar is just where you’d find us chilling.
A hostel carved entirely out of shipping containers, this one is hip, affordable and has air-conditioning. A lovely terrace, colourful picnic benches, scooters for rent, a bar, wifi, yoga on the beach, live music and the hosts’ local knowledge about cool places to hang makes this one a hit with broke travellers. The bunk beds in the dorms (with or without AC and mixed and women only) are priced between INR 300 and 700 while the rooms are about INR 2k.