Panaji is the capital city of Goa and situated at the heart of Goa and from here you can travel all of Goa with ease. This guest house is close to (walking distance) the bus stand and major attractions of the city. The market is also nearby.
Looks and ambiance:
A heritage Portuguese house surrounded by trees and orchids. This guest house is situated in a quiet alley (really quiet!!) and decorated with trees and flowering plants. You get the view of a nice chapel from here. Squirrels and birds welcome you to this nice neighborhood.
Mrs. Afonso and his Son runs this place with the help of few nice ladies. The staff are very helping and friendly, the lady with her wise advices (follow them! I ran into trouble whenever I ignored! Always feel free to discuss about your plans) and the boy with his charming smile and fluency in a number of foreign languages surely make your trip a memorable one.
Nice, big and clean. Beautifully decorated. Bathroom is clean and you get tissue paper and soap as contrary to one previous misleading review. The rooms are fitted with AC but that comes with an extra charge of Rs. 350 a day. In the bathroom there is an electric water heater/geyser which is switched on by the stuff on the ring of a bell and that's not a problem. You get a nice view from the room. No TV, but who wants a TV when you are in GOA. You get to read a lot of books for free.
Very nicely done.
Do try the Goan bread with butter and honey. The bread is very nice with crunchy crust and soft inside. they serve breakfast at the rooftop which has a nice orchid garden. A nice way to start the day.
They don't serve launch and dinner but a nice heritage restaurant is just round the corner named "Viva Panjim" which is one of the best places to eat in Panaji. Check the local Goan food (a bit spicy though) along with some continental dish also.
Centrally located. Tourist cabs are arranged by the host. Drivers are good and have nice comfortable cars. Always take the advices of Mrs. Afonso, its worth it.
Conclusion: Best place to stay at Panaji. I was very satisfied with this place in my 3 days visit to Goa. This place is popular with foreign tourists.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Afonso Guest House, run by Panaji's reputed Afonso family, is more than just a guest house to its many patrons. Nestled in the capital city's quaint Latin quarter of Fontainhas, it is a veritable bridge between Goa's Portuguese past and Indian present. A favoured haunt for many an adventurous traveller for over three decades, its hospitality and peppy spirit show no sign of aging and are still as fresh as they were back then. It makes no pretense of being luxurious; instead, Afonso Guest House prides itself in being simplistic and practical. With its friendly and welcoming hosts, it's truly your home away from home-clean and functional, the rooms are airy, and equipped with everything a traveler might need. However, the clincher is its lovely terrace graced with potted plants where traditional Goan breakfasts are served to guests every morning, overlooking the whitewashed St Sebastian Chapel. So, if you seek home in a foreign land, come over! Really! You won't regret it. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Afonso Gues House Hotel Panaji
- Afonso Guest House Goa/Panjim