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Hotel Bougainvillea - Granpa's Inn
Ranked #2 of 66 Anjuna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Having stayed at Grandpa's in the past I was curious about the new modifications. The original house was as inviting as ever and the staff as pleasant and helpful as I I remembered. The renovated swimming pool and open air dining area has been tastefully done to a high standard. The new rooms overlooking the pool are of the same high standard. If you are looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating place to stay then Grandpa's is for you whether you are on your own,a couple or a family group. The only downside is that the yoga has moved up the road and given the pedestrian unfriendly Goa roads,this is a drawback if yoga is your thing.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

A place to come if you want to escape from the crowds in Anjuna and you are looking for a splendid swimming pool. The drawback of the location is that it is not within walking distance of the village and beach; you must take taxis or hire a scooter (but think twice as there is so much traffic and we saw some nasty injuries). The pool is the big advantage, set in a garden of tropical trees. A lot of small children splashing around when we were there, which was not always welcome. We stayed in a pool-side room, which came with a/c, tv and a fridge but was strangely lacking in comfort - the outside space had stone benches to sit on and no cushions.
The restaurant was disappointing, with the best dishes only available at lunch or as extras to be ordered at breakfast. The free continental breakfast was poor. In addition, a second cup of weak Nescafe cost an extra 45 rupees plus tax. The waiters from the far north-east of India were friendly. The management were not. Be sure to put valuables in the hotel safe, as we later discovered to our cost. It is a lovely Portuguese villa but much of its charm is lost from the way the place is operated. Admittedly we were there at the busiest time of year and that could have been a factor. It might work as a mid-way option between Goa's backpacker hostels and package holiday hotels but if we went to North Goa again we would choose one of these two rather than Granpa's.

Room Tip: Poolside rooms for views and space but cheaper inside rooms for character
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

I came here because of the onsite yoga place and was disappointed to hear that it was no longer there and the owners have decided to use the premises for a 'party room'. we had a standard room which was clean and well maintained with very good showers. I wouldn't opt for the pool side rooms as they are over-priced. The continental breakfast included in the price was disappointing, only eggs and canned juice/coffee/tea and even a masala tea was charged extra. We also had to pay extra for the safe. The pool area is nice and the restaurant staff friendly, though we didn't feel that welcome as we walked in with our backpacks and traveller's gear. The place seems to aim for more middle class tourists and families, don't come here if you want to meet fellow laid back travelers or experience the special Anjuna vibe. We had food at the restaurant twice and did not like it at all, but then again that's a matter of taste. You definitely need a bike here as the location is a bit out of town.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We were staying by the beach during our last trip to Goa; and spent many days in the sea-side shacks. We wanted to get away from the crowd, and Granpa's Inn turned out to be the perfect option! The moment you walk in, you know you would want to sit there with a book and a drink for hours. Outdoor seating, with trees all around - the entire place has a very Goan feel to it.

To top it, the food was so good! Especially the shrimp benedicte. Absolutely finger lickin' good. The drinks were so refreshing. We tried chilli martini and cactus martini. Both were brilliant! There is a pool table too which can be used for a very nominal amount. I would definitely like to stay here for a few days next time I am in Goa. Even though it is a little away from the beaches, it is a lovely place to go to in Goa.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

Loved our stay at Grandpa's Inn. If you are looking for Goa sans the crowd, the touts and the boozey-boys, this is the place to be. I was here with my wife for 3 nights and loved the warmth and hospitality of the place. Betina played a perfect hostess. The rooms don't have the wow factor but then again, one doesn't visit Goa to be in the rooms right? The pool is fantastic with prompt service. The restaurant Kenny's is fabulous - our favorite being the amuse bouche and the deconstructed prawns vindaloo. Location wise, its a li'l further in from Anjuna beach but you are a short bike ride to the sea-front. The inn also offers bike rentals. All in all, I would highly recommend this BnB for the warmth that you don't find in Goa otherwise....

  • Stayed March 2012
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Cologne
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Great place to stay. Very relaxed, clean and although the restaurant renovations were ongoing while I stayed in the Hotel for 9 nights, it was nice to stay there because they gave me an upgrade for a pool side suite in return for the price of a standard room. Great rooms and very clean!
All of the staff is very very friendly and helpful. They try to support you as much as they can to make your stay nice and relaxed. The hotel manager has very good recommendations for restaurants and massage centers etc.
The beach is about 6-10min by bicycle.

I had a great relaxing time in Anjuna and would stay in Grandpa´s Inn again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

I have stayed here a few times. It is pretty tatty around the edges but has a gorgeous swimming pool which is exceptionlly clean in a lovely tropical garden with lots of birds and monkeys. It is very laid back and I do really like the atmosphere but it is a pity they do not make a little bit more effort as it has such potential. They have recently upgraded the rooms around the pool which are fine but it is a pity a little more thought had not gone into it and had paid more attention to detail.
I would still come back though so they must be doing something right!

Room Tip: You really need transport as it is quite a walk to the beach and any restaurants
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Bougainvillea - Granpa's Inn
Address: Gaunwaddi, Anjuna, Bardez 403509, India
Location: India > Goa > North Goa District > Bardez > Anjuna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 66 B&Bs / Inns in Anjuna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Bougainvillea - Granpa's Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Granpa's Inn, also known as Hotel Bougainvillea, was renovated from a 200 year old Portuguese - styled Goan mansion, with a pleasant blend of old world charm & modern comforts. You will enjoy the expanse of our quiet & cool natural age old gardens which conveys an aura of serenity & tranquility. It's a perfect place for a Goan holiday not too far away from the beaches but an oasis of calm from the busy nightlife of Goa. Granpa’s Inn is a family run business since 1988. ... more   less 
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