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“Well designed boutique hotel on a budget.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Banyan Soul
2.5 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   No. 962(1) Behind German Bakery, Anjuna, Bardez 403509, India   |  
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Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Anjuna
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Well designed boutique hotel on a budget.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

A well designed 14 room hotel in Anjuna right next to German Bakery was our pad for the Anjuna leg of Goa tour. Owner Sumit Yardi is a passionate hotelier and that shows the way he has mounted the layout and have used mood lighting. And since he personally manages his property he is almost there with tips and recommendations on places of interest and restaurants. Eager to share his experience, he really makes you feel comfortable and at home. I have been in Goa many times previously, but I think here is a winning USP for a budget property in a place which has a large number of such options. Also his idea of a open library and using the banyan tree as a highlight comes out well.
All rooms are self contained, with breakfast options. A 5 minute walk will take you to Liliput Cafe and Elephant Art Cafe. A bike rent is provided at the gate of this hotel so you are basically set up the moment you land here. And great restaurants like La Franza, Orange Bloom and boutiques like Artjuna are all within walk able distance. As also Curlie's though I thought of late it has become very noisy and commercial as a beach shack.
All stars from us to Banyan Soul.

Room Tip: Get a room at the back side. I thought they are quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Well if you are looking for star rated boutique rooms with no extra frills , then this is the palce for u. 5 mins from Curlies shack and the beach, its a great place to come back to after a hard day at partying:). We loved this place due to the well maintained deluxe rooms with a decent bathrooms. After being on Goa 10 times before, found this place a great value for money

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

After a difficult and long journey from London...held up in Mumbai for 12 hours due to a scam by Air India...lost a lot of money and time..arrived to Anjuna tired and confused but relieved when I found my room at Banyan Soul, clean, simple design...all that u need for ur stay in Goa..It was monsoon so unfortunately the famous flea market and all the surrounding restaurants etc were closed...:( but somehow I stumbled upon Curlies on the beach...the only shack opened at this time of year...it was Independence Day and Eid that weekend so the place was buzzing with Domestic tourists, cool young crowd ....enjoying the monsoon breeze and free
dom of Goa...after some much needed food I made way back to Banyan Soul and met
Sumit the owner whom I found extremely helpful and informative...its very peaceful and green location, but as I am a non motorbike driver...I was pretty isolated..I did walk a lot
which was fine in the daylight, and luckily was able to get lifts back...but it definitely helps to have one's own transport...especially in off season. ...but its probably one of the best places you will find in Anjuna...only suggestion I would like to make is to make a bit more effort breakfast wise ...especially in this time when there is nothing open nearby...oh yeh and great to have decent wi -fi in the rooms thanks for that I realised on the rest of my trip what a luxury that was...will deffo go back...:)

Room Tip: I think all the rooms are fine...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We went in August. Even though its off season for Goa there was a major rush in due to long weekend. This place is difficult to find. They should add more signboards. I wonder how will anyone find it at night. Keep torches with you. Most of the hotels near this has dogs so if you are walking around be careful.Apart from the glitches about food , the manager is a very helpful person. The rooms are beautiful and clean. This place is good if you want to be holed
up in one place.

Negatives:
The staff which comprises 2 boys are inefficient and rude. The dont know anything about the place and will talk as if they are doing you a favor by cooking or cleaning your room. By the time we reached we were tired and hungry. Apparently they dont stock simple things like lemons or eggs. The staff took our order and after half an hour asked whether we really wanted pancakes because they had to shop for it. The manager said that because its off season they dont keep much food. How does it matter to your guests ? If you have a menu you cannot say something like this. I dont think asking for lemon juice is a big request.Not that the places around your hotel serve food during this season. Our savior was Domino's who promptly delivered food to our room. Because of the odd location its hard to navigate around. We stayed there for just one night and then moved to a different place.

Make sure you visit Curlies at night for food and drinks.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good!!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

Have booked three no of rooms for six of us. Reached there on Sunday Morning around 11:30, allottted our rooms around 1 pm after we had breakfast at Curlies Restaurant on Anjuna Beach. Loved the room design. One double bed in the middle with the front side having glass doors, with option to keep it completely open by sliding the three glass doors. Two wooden chairs kept outside the room in open veranda can be used for- drying your cloths in the sun/ have a drink etc. I find this arrangement quite enchanting. Overall nice room, good owner(Sumit- who himself attended to our queries). But getting there may be but problematic if you don't have a Google enabled map. However it should not be that headache given that everyone has smartphones these days. 2 min walk from Anjuna, some 10 min by two wheeler from Calangutte/Baga, 5 min drive from Chapora fort. Landmark- German Bakery.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

We had a great time at "The Banyan Soul Tree". Staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and spacious and the management was very professional. It is a quiet, charming place and we are planning to go there again for sure. Highly recommendable!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

What a great find, this friendly, value for money hotel was exactly what we needed after touring around India. It was recommended by a friend, I am always wary about recommendations, but this turned out better than expectation.

From first arriving, Sumit, the owner, welcomed us like friends, not usual guests, he was interested in us, our journey, and offered us any help we needed as this was our first stay in Goa.
He told us that anything we needed, any information we needed he would do his best to help us, and did he turn out to be a mine of information.

The hotel is lovely, quietly situated off the main drag. but near to all the amenities that Anjuna offers. The rooms are large, spotlessly clean and modern , as are the bathrooms, the standard is more like the better 4 star hotels in India , but not at the price.
Linen and towels are spotless, cannot fault anything. Wanted to stay longer, but could not as hotel fully booked.
Thanks Sumit and Doobie( sumit's four legged friend) for a great stay and your hospitality.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No. 962(1) Behind German Bakery, Anjuna, Bardez 403509, India
Location: India > Goa > Bardez > Anjuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Anjuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Banyan Soul 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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