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14 Best Budget Hotels in Goa for Backpackers

I know some people are on a very tight budget and don’t really care if the place they stay in nice, but just want the cheapest bed they can possibly sleep in at the cheapest hotel in goa. There may be some online cheaper than this, BUT these are ones I know about personally. Goa does have cute beach huts a little pricier, but these aren’t that… these are just no frills places to stay.

So, I’m going to share the cheap hotels in Goa, the ones that are great for meeting other travelers passing through. Some will be guesthouses, some hotels, and even hostels which are the best place to meet people but funnily enough more expensive than guesthouses because of the Western novelty of it. So, here are some of the best backpacker hotels in Goa- no glitz and glamour just places to save some cash, because in reality you’ll be at the beach not your resort!

Don’t forget to pick up my Insider Guide to Goa and my Guide to India

General Goa Travel Tips

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Best Budget Hotels in Goa

1 Prison Hostel, Anjuna

This is always jammed with travelers and is conveniently located on the way to the road the Anjuna Flea Market is on each Wednesday. It’s possible to walk to the Anjuna Beach from here. There’s a shared kitchen and no A/C. And yes, it looks like a prison inside and out. Click here to book.

2. Roadhouse Hostel, Anjuna

I follow this hostel on Facebook (I can’t remember why) and they are always posting pictures of their guests drinking and partying. This is also near the Flea Market, but a little more inland by the German Bakery. The bakery is another great place to meet people. It looks like a fun lively place to stay. Click here to book.

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3. Evershine Guesthouse, Anjuna

Good location, but doesn’t have great reviews. Budget guesthouses aren’t as “westernized” I guess as hostels as the hostels are really trying to follow international standards. If you get a good price though, I do know 2 girls who stayed here and said it was “decent but loud”. At least you’ll have your own room. Click here to book.

4. Red Door Hostel, Anjuna

Another popular Anjuna hostel that is always packed. The good thing about this hostel is it’s only 500 meters from Anjuna beach so you can walk there each day (save on renting a scooter). I’ve known friends who stayed here and said it was okay. Click here to book.

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5. Bricks and Bamboo, Anjuna

This is just near Artjuna which is my favorite Anjuna Cafe. You’ll meet lots of people! It’s got great reviews but I don’t know anyone who has personally stayed here. Click here to book.

6. The Orange House, Anjuna

I know, another one in Ajuna- but it’s the most popular place for backpackers filled with cheap accomodation. Anna the blogger behind Global Gallivanting has stayed here and loved it and the owners. It’s right next to Orchard Supermarket which means it’s also next to the gelato place! Yum! Click here to book.

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(There are so many more in Anjuna, but I’m moving on because since I live around here I know too many and could list them for days! These are the top ones though in terms of cheapness).

7. Jungle Hostel, Vagator

I recommend this place a lot because I have had a huge amount of friends stay here, including the girls who went on the Kerala and Karnataka trips with me. They all loved it and met lots of friends here. It’s not as cheap as the others but is in a great spot in Vagator. Click here to book.

8. Old Quarter Hostel, Panjim

This is in Panjim and will be good for probably one night only. It’s got great ratings and is in the best area of Panjim called Fountainhas. Click here to book.

9. Noname Guesthouse, Arambol

Top ranked for Arambol. You can walk to the beach, have a private balcony, a nice garden, and WiFi. What else do you need? Click here to book.

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10. Rudra Guesthouse, Arambol

A little further from the beach than Noname but also very highly rated by friends who stayed that side of town and a great backup if Noname is booked. Click here to book.

11. Wanderer’s Hostel, Morjim

This is farther North Goa and is walkable to Morjim beach. Uniquely here you can book a hostel room or a tent! Click here to book. Click here to book.

12. Zostel, Candolim

This is a very popular and successful chain of hostels in India. They are comparable to European standards in North India, although the one in Goa is a little more basic. It has everything you need and you can walk to the beach. I have written about Zostel before. Click here to book.

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13. Gabriel Guesthouse, Calangute

Basic guesthouse near enough to walk to the beach, very cheap but keep in mind Calangute is a more crowded area. It depends what you’re looking for. You’ll have your own room with a TV. Remember because you split cost for a guesthouse room with double bed with a friend, it’s usually cheaper than the hostels. Click here to book.

14. Jes Guesthouse, Majorda (South Goa)

This is near Margao and is 500 km to the beach (so walkable, but a little far). If you’re doing South Goa, this is the best ranked cheap place. The beach is nice but there’s not a lot around. Click here to book.

goa hotel5There are hundreds of cheap places to stay all over Goa even in the peak season. You just need to look online. If you show up in peak season you’ll see people don’t want to negotiate AT ALL because places do feel up. It’s the only time I tell people to book ahead (Nov-Feb).

I hope this helps. There are so many adorable beach shacks, but they are not this cheap. These are really just the bare bones of it. If you want cuter beach shacks I suggest booking a place like this for the first two nights, meet some people, then once you find a friend go look for a beach shack to stay with them and split the room cost with them. It’ll be cuter, probably closer to the beach, and cheaper because you’re splitting it. Read more: ultimate guide to traveling Goa.

For more tips on Goa check out my 170-page e-book, Insider’s Guide to Goa. After five years of living in Goa, I am confident this book is the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide to Goa plus it has all my secrets inside. Click here to buy it now.


About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Betsy December 9, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Great helpful post!
    It’s always nice to know where the decent cheap places are.


  2. Pooja December 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    What about South Goa? Agonda/Palolem? You can get beach huts there at just 500 or 800 ;)

    • Rachel Jones December 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Yes you can. As I said, I have only listed places I have stayed at or know people who have. There are hundreds more.

  3. Rakesh Saha December 11, 2015 at 2:29 am - Reply

    This is near Margao and is 500 km to the beach (so walkable, but a little far).

    If you show up in peak season you’ll see people don’t want to negotiate AT ALL because places do feel up.

    just saying…

  4. Tim UrbanDuniya December 14, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Looks like Anjuna is the place to be! I stayed in Panjim when I was there a few years ago, and it was ok… I liked the cultural side of things, but getting to the beach and so on wasn’t easy…

    • Rachel Jones December 14, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Yeah it is a bitch of a drive for the beach from there. Usually when friends stay with me, I take them on a day trip to Panjim . and I myself go just for the cinema and for errands, but its a very cute city!

  5. Judit December 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I stayed at Roadhouse while i was in Goa this february. I had an amazing stay,i planned to stay 3-4days and ended up staying 9 because the vibe was awesome there. The people who run it always help you but at the same time they are also with you,they are your friends. They took us to parties,beaches or we were just hanging out at the hostel. Had lots of fun! And there is the best breakfast place Mango Shade right next them. Oh,and the artwork is amazing around the place. :)
    Ps: They just opened a new Roadhouse in Jaipur ;)

    • Rachel Jones December 20, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      That’s great to hear! it always looks like they are having fun from the photos on their FB page

  6. Calle December 20, 2015 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    We are in goa right now in Anjuna and are a bit surprised of the lack of people here.we asked the locals as well and nobody seem to know where all the tourists are. Do you have any clue because right now I can count the western tourists I meet on one day to maybe 40 , a little bit weird

    • Rachel Jones December 21, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Hi Calle, I think it depends on where you go – I go to vagator beach and it’s full of western tourists and as for nightlife there are places that are “on” and that’s where everyone will be, you can check wug.com to see where the parties are :)

  7. Sonik March 21, 2017 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel, I have planned a trip to Goa from 29 June to 2 July 2017. Please suggest me best places for nightlife and place to live. Waiting for your reply.

  8. Dinesh Pandey July 1, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Goa is always my favorite destination and no matter how much I travel to this place, I would never get bored. This air in this place is something different and will make you to visit again and again. The white sand beaches and the super comfortable resorts make my day. Visiting Goa with friends has its own charm. The cool part of this amazing place is, you could get great hotels and resorts to stay in a very affordable price. Anyways, thanks for your suggestions and this beautiful blog post.

  9. suganthi October 12, 2017 at 12:40 am - Reply

    GOA! I love every bit of this place and I’ve stayed in Old Quarter Hostel and met a lot of new people. Nice post btw.

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