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The Banyan Soul
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Anjuna
Certificate of Excellence
Raipur, India
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102 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable, calm, caring, clean”
Reviewed December 25, 2010

While a lot of places in Goa take a lot from you to give you peace of mind, this place gives you a serene environment, clean rooms with well equipped bathrooms in a place close to where the party is, at a cost that further broadens your smile!
The rooms (Just 12) are well maintained, with modern furniture and a full length glass door to one side giving it a classy feel. The sit outs are made in such a way that you don’t get a view of your neighbours. The bathrooms are well maintained with hot and cold water available even at mid night! I would have preferred them to be a little larger though!

Food is available throughout the day but it’s basically breakfast and snack stuff. Me and my wife loved the masala tea and juices. Though the rest of the food is a bit bland the chicken roll is good for a heavy and spicy breakfast.

Bikes are a necessity when staying here. During nights the surrounding gets dark and lonely. At night we preferred going to German bakery, which is a stone’s throw away, on our bike!

Overall, the place delivers what it promises. It’s a great place for couples looking for privacy in a calm environment and also for couples in groups. We know where we would be staying for our next visit..here!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank you!
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Reviewed December 3, 2010

We arrived at the Banyan Soul early hours of October 25th to be greeted by Sumit the owner and Nyaneshwar his assistant and not forgetting Dobie, Sumit's dog, our stay was for 1 month, we can honestly say that we could not have picked a better place, the grounds to the hotel are pleasant and very relaxing, each room has it's own balcony and grassed area in front making it very private.

The location of the Banyan is set back from any main roads making it very quiet and peaceful, but close enough to walk to shops, bars and the beach, although if walking at night it is advisable to carry a torch.

The rooms at the Banyan we found to be very clean and tastefully decorated in neutral colours making them very relaxing after a hot day, our room was kept clean and fresh towels plus water were always available for the duration of our stay, if we needed anything the staff was always willing to accommodate, especially Dodie who was always there ready to greet us on our return from the day out, she greets everyone in the same manner, Sumit and Nyaneshwar could not have been more helpful always ready to advise and help in anyway they can, my husband fell ill unfortunately and Nyaneshwar didn't hesitate in taking me to a night chemist on his motorbike of which we are very greatful for, our stay at the Banyan Soul was a delightful experience and if we manage to get to Goa again we would certainly reside there, we would recommend this establishment to anyone wishing to stay in the Adjuna area of Goa.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

My friend & I went for a short holiday to Goa and stayed at the Banyan Soul. One of the prime reasons was that I was wanted to take my dogs with me on holiday. Sumit kindly agreed - and we had a blast, especially as the Banyan soul has the sweetest dog in the world, aptly called Doobie:)
I love the rooms - amazingly clean and very very pretty. We were amazingly well looked after by the staff.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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mumbai
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Reviewed August 17, 2010

I went to the banyan soul with my boyfriend and a group of friends. my boyfriend and i had arrived a day earlier and were joined by our friends the next day. the minute we arrived we were greeted by sumit ( the owner ) and nyaneshwar ( the caretaker ) ... we felt at home... we were already so comfortable! we needed to book our return tickets and sumit was kind enough to come early the next morning and book it for us...our friends arrived little later than noon and it was like we were chilling in our own backyard....nyaneshwar was just awesome from bringing us nutella and choco's when we were craving chocolate to cleaning our rooms without even asking him to!! the place was just awesome! the rooms were great and it was soo romantic!!! the place was so green and i didn't wanna leave ... i would absolutely recommend to everyone...its gorgeous and sooo worth it !!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

I stayed here for 2 nights in Nov 09 then my daughter returned with her friend in March 10 as we liked the place very much.
It is a stylish guest house with lovely rooms of a high standard and very clean. There was a TV, hot showers and a/c. Each room has a veranda but is private from the other rooms. Food was room service only which was fine as the place is next door to the German Bakery - a huge, interesting, 'cool' place for great food and where you are welcome to laze around all day.
The beach is about a 20 minute walk away - but a pleasant winding road and you can find rickshaws. Anjuna market is on the way - about 15 mins from the guest house and we were glad we were staying out of earshot of the hustle and bustle of market days.
The guy in charge (Sumit) of Banyan Soul was really helpful and you felt he really wanted you to enjoy your stay there.

  • Stayed November 2009
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mumbai
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56 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2010

Finding accommodation in Goa in high season is quite a task. Our first priority was a price factor. Not willing to spend a foreign trip airfare per day on well known high-end establishments, we decided to look for an equally tasteful option.

As I narrowed down on options in mid-price range, it was highly difficult to choose between hotels done up in 1980's to heritage hotels with bedposts. Some of them complete with batik prints, duppattas, wooden elephants, wrought iron furniture n carved Indian furniture- obviously shouting the cliche'd India.

So if you do want to escape all of this and want a cool, contemporary, calm place to stay and have a relaxing time, Banyan Soul is just the option. And if you do want to check the more lively part, all you need to do is step out of the property and you can have the best of both the worlds, right in Anjuna.

The property comprises of 12 well-designed compact, yet efficient rooms. The rooms are extremely well lit with natural light during the day and so is the well-equipped bathroom. Basic needs addressed, with good, modern and functional decor. The small sit-outs are lovely to spend evenings and early mornings.

Apart from accommodation, the only extra service on campus is room service- which is great. Food is good, healthy, reasonable and has variable options.The place is run by the enterprising and helpful Sumit and is backed by a very efficient care taker. No loopholes in service at all even if the staff is limited. It is warm, friendly and trust worthy.

Basically it took care of everything we needed- Just right!

The hotel in itself has no flaws and stays true to it's purpose. Ofcourse, additions like pool, playground, more services can be drawbacks. The access to the sea is not direct, but it is hardly a 5 minute drive to the beach or most of the places there.

Overall, a good experience. No qualms about recommending to anyone.

  • Liked — Modern Decor, Naturally lit rooms+ bathroom, Service, Overall high satisfaction
  • Disliked — No drawbacks as such in itself, if compared to others then more facilities.
  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Dubai
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Reviewed September 8, 2009

Not many visitors visit Goa in the rains... but Goa actually transforms from a party zone to a serene tropical paradise during the monsoon months. I picked The Banyan Soul on the recommendation of a friend and it turned our to be one of the most relaxing trips I'd been on. The Banyan Soul is surrounded by greenery which added a lot of character to the place.
The rooms were nice and clean, the airconditioning and the TV worked fine, and the general noise level was pure silence. My favourite part was sitting on the porch while it rained and sipping on the Masala Tea ordered from the room service menu. I was able to get a lot of thinking done, away from the distractions of the market crash and the recession.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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Property: The Banyan Soul
Address: No 962 1 Behind German Bakery, Anjuna, Bardez 403509, India
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Bardez > Anjuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Anjuna
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Banyan Soul 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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