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“Noisy & basic at best” 2 of 5 bubbles
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The Banyan Soul
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Anjuna
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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57 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Noisy & basic at best”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2011

The good news: the staff is friendly and helpful.
The bad news: due to poor design, the rooms are very liable to intimate (think bedroom- and bathroom) noises from your neighboring guests.
More bad news: there is no pool, there is no bar, no restaurant, no minibar in your room, even no reception area (unless you want to call the makeshift laundry tent on the roof a reception).
The location is not good either: the nearest supermarket is a 20-minute walk, the beach equally so.

If you are going to stay in Anjuna, stay at Spazio Leisure Resort, which is much better, more central, and costs about the same.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

With much being spoken about Goa losing its charm and blah...BANYAN SOUL@Anjuna in North Goa (they are situated right behind the German Bakery and a 10 min walk from the famous Flea market) is just the place that defies all of that.
A charming place with 12 rooms, situated in between what feels like an oasis (yes you can spot peacocks around the place if u lucky), Banyan Soul makes it the place if you are looking to live like a goan in Goa...a la 'susegad'.
Situated close to all the places in Anjuna that one has heard of and would like to visit,
it is the perfect place for a laid back holiday packed with party/shopping/chilling/eating/drink options all around.
Its been 10 years since I have been going to Goa and stayed at all kinds of places all over. But since the time I have discovered the Soul, I haven't looked at any other option in North Goa. I have actually lost count of my trips to the place that is run ever so smoothly by Sumit & his team and well guarded by the lil friendly dog Doobie. See you guys soon once again.
PS. have stayed there alone, as a couple, with family and even with friends. And each time has only been more pleasant than the previous.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank schmek
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Rome, Italy
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32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2011

Reading the previous four reviews there is not much more to add than say : THE BANYAN SOUL is the place to stay at Anjuna!
Sumit the owner is wonderful and so is his property. I will return soon :)

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank otizrobi
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Spain
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

.Situated just a walk from the beaches of Anjuna ,it is a perfect chill out place.It is rare to find such a clean and comfortable hotel where service is with a smile and everything is done to make your stay memorable.I dont know why they charge so little.Other hotels charge the same for poky , dirty rooms.
I will cetainly return to this hotel where the staff do their utmost to keep their guests happy.

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same.Bright and clean
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank steveajSpain
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2011

Staying at The Banyan Soul at Anjuna, North Goa, had been a wonderful and amazing experience for me and my hubby. We visited at the end of the tourist season and the prices of the room offered to us had been quite reasonable. An unconditional retreat from the daily discord and uproar of present life. Stayed there for 6 days. The place had been a perfect blend of beauty and magnificence with superb hospitality of the owner - Mr. Sumit Yardi and his manager - Mr. Gyaneshwar. Even Doobie the dog had been a great host to us. It has well-kept rooms with strong air-conditioning & 24 hours hot & cold water suppy. It served delicious breakfast & snax with adequate beverages as well as soft drinks except lunch and dinner as it never had a so-called formal kitchen. But was never a constraint for us neither should have been for any of the tourists as one can explore the scruptious lip-smacking dishes of German Bakery which is a minute distance from the hotel. You can find another eatery suggested by Sumit - 'The Mischelle's Cafe' - 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel where one can gobble succulent and very fresh French Recipes prepared by Mischelle herself - with amiable and unforgetable hospitality.

The Banyan Soul had been our base point. The Anjuna beach is popularly known as "Topless Beach" though never proved so in its definite sense was also 10 minutes walking distance from our hotel. The very interesting Wednesday's Flea Market was flocked in by a major number of Spanish & Dutch origin which too was approximately 10 minutes from our hotel. Except the locals, Indian tourists are less in number particularly in this part of North Goa. Interestingly, one can quench his/her thirst with either through beer, daab water(green-coconut) or cocum(a red-color fruit even more sour than tamarind serves as a very refreshing cold-drink to every tourist visiting this coastal area) found in every stop-point in abundance. One can reach any part of Goa through easy availability of cabs, two-wheelers, rickshaws etc.

It had been a serendipity to us and The Banyan Soul would yet again be the base-point whenever we visit this seventh heaven. Would suggest and advice widely to choose this particular hotel for anyone visiting Goa.

Room Tip: There are 12 rooms altogether and all of them are of same quality.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jaggoseni
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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

There is not much to add to these reviews other than to repeat the praise.

In Lonely Planet The Banyan Soul was described as a 'slinky new property' and it is almost a perfect summing up of this natty little hotel. I stayed for 10 days initially and have returned twice. It's a gem. It is clean. It is quiet. It has large beds with thick mattresses (often hard to find in small Indian hotels).The 10-12 rooms are stylish and private with individual balconies, fully functional plumbing and air conditioning. It is tucked away but handy to everything. There is basic but adequate room service, but as The Banyan Soul is right next door to German Bakery - one of the coolest chill-out bar/restaurants landmarks in North Goa - this is pretty much all that is needed. The beach & Anjuna (Wednesday) Flea Market are a few minutes walk away through a well trodden rustic path. This place ticks all the boxes, has location, location, location, with great staff - which includes Doobie, one of the happiest dogs you'll ever meet.

Also, you'll go a long way before you find a host/owner as hands-on, helpful and knowledgeable as Sumit. If there was a downside to this 'Slinky' property it was not obvious during my three visits.

Hey! - I LOVE this slinky place. Thank you Lonely Planet. Oh, and the Banyan tree from which the place takes its name is awesome.

Room Tip: I've stayed in 3 rooms - all are identical. Some have more sun than others.
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 300Trade_up
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

Staying at The Banyan Soul in Goa was one of the most amazing holiday experiences in my life. A true retreat from the strife and conflict of modern life, it is a paradise within a paradise. Wonderfully friendly and helpful hosts, clean and well-kept rooms, a beautiful garden and great fellow guests. For those of you who want to visit Goa, I would not hesitate to recommend The Banyan Soul as the one place you should stay. After spending a week there, I am a total convert to Goa - and will be returning to warmth and comfort of The Banyan Soul soon!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Banyan Soul
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
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Ranked #4 of 15 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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