“Patnem is beautiful... Papayas pretty good”
This was our first time in Goa and we were so glad we chose to go to Patnem. It is a really beautiful little place, just outside Palolem (less than 100RS in tuk-tuk). The beach was idyllic, there's even a security guard there to keep the cows away!
You just couldnt ask for a nicer place in Goa.
We stayed in Papayas for 7 nights and paid 2000RS per night. This was a lot more than we had paid the week previously in Candolim, but it was probably worth it to be on such a beautiful beach. We requested a sea view and were allocated a front-facing shack, so you could see the sea every morning. This did mean that we were right beside the bar, but it wasn't that noisy as most things in Patnem close around 11pm (you go to Palolem if you want later bars).
The food in Papayas was very good, and the staff friendly. As some of the other reviewers said, we did find some cockroaches and one very persistent frog in the bathroom. I guess you should expect this with a beach shack but this definitely detracted from Papayas for me.
Also, the shack was very very dark, some more lights definitely needed!
That aside, we would definitely go back to Patnem, though perhaps try one of the cheaper shacks as you probably get the same experience as Papayas for 1000-1500RS.
There is no 'good' rating so I am giving this 'very good' as it is definitely above average. But if there was a good I would have chosen that :)
ask for a room facing the beach if you can...
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