Where To Stay In Goa, India

Goa is a nice place to visit and attractive because every visitor can have a decent accommodation while touring. It may be small by Indian standards but is visited by over 2.5 million tourists each year. The choice of accommodation here range from top-end resorts and eco lodges to budget inn and motels preferred by backpackers.

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From the many options available, here is a delightful selection of carefully picked places to stay in Goa to enhance your visitor experience. Some facilities close during certain times of the year so it helps to call beforehand to find out if they will accommodate you during your intended time of visit.

Where To Stay In Goa

1. Marbella Guest House

This stunning Portuguese villa is a romantic evocative old-world remnant that has an equally peaceful courtyard garden. Despite the outstanding Portuguese design, the building incorporates other creative liberties that outline the outstanding poetic architecture. It has both Indian and colonial antiques as well as comfortable cane furniture all carefully chosen to create a luxurious aura that is characteristically Marbella. It is located next to the Mandovi River, surrounded by the Arabian Sea on one side and a dale on the other as such is perfect for guests looking to enjoy bird watching and nature walks. There is a wide range of transportation options for guests who want to visit Goa's other beautiful attractions. It is open even during the monsoon months.

2. Siolim House

Casa Palacio Siolim House is a beautifully restored home that is also a private heritage boutique hotel with seven rooms. This palatial 300-year-old property was once the personal abode of the Governor of Macau and as characteristic of Goa's colonial relics, was left to ruin. It was however meticulously and lovingly restored. Well enough in fact, that it earned a finalist spot for UNESCO's Heritage Prize in 2001. It is centrally located so that Mandrem, Morjim and Ashwem beaches to its North are easily accessible as are Calangute, Candolim, Baga and Anjuna beaches to the hotel's south.

3. Hotel Seagull

If you love staying close to the beach then Hotel Seagull will appeal to you. This resort situated along Holiday Street in Gaura Vaddo is one of the best places to stay in Goa. It is conveniently close to both Calangute and Candolim Beaches which are just a couple of kilometers away. Hotel Seagull's delicious meals, well-appointed rooms and favorable location are essential ingredients of a peaceful vacation plus the neighboring Calangute Beach is known for its enthusiasm and liveliness. Adventure enthusiasts, shoppers and gourmet lovers all find this beach, a paradise of grand proportions.

4. Goa Marriott Resort & Spa

Goa Marriott Resort and Spa has a wide range of amenities and delightful elegant decor that appeal to all visitors. All the 180 rooms and suites are continuously refurbished and now include improvements like round the clock room service and flat screen TVs. Many of these rooms also have unforgettable sweeping views of either the hotel's gardens or the lovely bay in front. This 5 star hospitality facility is located very close to Goa attractions like Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Se Cathedral, Casino Carnival and Miramar Beach which is located right in front of the hotel. Its fine dining options, excellent business facilities and proximity to Panaji, the cultural and historical capital of Goa makes it one of the best Goa establishments for business, leisure and adventure.

5. Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is set on a 45 acre property that consists of exquisitely landscaped gardens, lagoons and glimmering waterways. The hotel's dramatic architecture, its 250 pousada-style suites and guestrooms and their spa-inspired bathing experience all conspire to hatch what can only be an unforgettable stay. This hotel has several fine dining options, what may easily be India's largest pool and awesome wedding venues. It also is very close to Verna, Goa's industrial belt, Margao City and Old Goa.

6. The Leela Goa

If you want to combine the luxury and grandeur of a 5 star hotel with natural beauty and the charming Portuguese heritage that once characterized Southern Goa and wrap all these in a magical beach holiday then The Leela Goa is your best bet. Its 75 acres of delicately manicured lush lawns, world class dining options and the 12-hole course give guests an easy feeling that comes with high end exotic vacation. The Leela Goa has a business center and boardrooms, banquet and conference facilities all meant to provide you with the best business setting. Mabor Beach also located just a few minutes away so you have several options of blowing off work generated steam.

7. Presa di Goa Country House

Presa di Goa Country House is an elegantly refurbished Portuguese Manor that despite all, has managed to keep its traditional colonial style. This hospitality facility promises you nothing but a chance to relive the magnificence and classiness of yester times. It sits right on the edge of endless paddies of rice and offers privacy, true relaxation and a good dose of romance. It is located in Nagoa Saligao, just a short dash away from the sandy beaches of Baga and Calangute which the country house provides complimentary rides to.

8. Avanilaya, Aldona

Avanilaya is a very private villa hotel in Goa that is best described as a peace and tranquility refuge. The luxurious accommodation located in Corjuem, overlooking River Mandovi's winding tributary, is laid in unique Portuguese architecture with subtle dash of the contemporary Indian charm. The experience inside this 24 acre paradise is very different from what the commercialized beaches of Goa offer. Here, nature has been shielded from wanton destruction. All the villas are therefore covered in thick foliage but are still serene and elegant nonetheless.