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“very friendly and great location” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Afonso Guest House
Ranked #3 of 48 Hotels in Panjim
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Brussels
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“very friendly and great location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

a very good experience - small but clean and comfortable room, warm shower, a very nice roof terrace with good breakfast, perfect location in the middle of Fonteinhas and a friendly owner to assist with anything. came there after a not so good experience at Casa Paradiso: for almost the same price, this is definitely the much better choice. Only disadvantage: as my room was on the ground floor, it got noisy quite early in the morning.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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5 Thank hez2
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

I spent two nights with a friend at the guesthouse in oktober, and it was a very good experience. Yes, rooms are very basic, but it is not a hotel, it is really a guesthouse, and a very nice one!

Good atmosphere, friendly owner (+son), rooms nicely decorated, clean, everything is there. Breakfast on rooftop, so relaxing. The owner arranged a taxi for us to see some of the places around, well arranged, fair price, and again to go to the airport.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Orangetraveller_11
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Pune
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

They claim it to be authentic Portuguese Inn. In simple words, this is just an old building like we have in any other small town narrow lanes. Might be embarrassing if you're going on honeymoon.
For tight budget, it can be considered provided you plan to spend most of the time outside the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Pranav3
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

This guest house is located in a charming section of Panaji and is situated in an old house on an old lane. It is very clean and nice-looking.

It's a fine enough place to stay but you sure get much - not even soap in the bath!

The rooms are small but functional although rather bare. There's no phone, no tv, no a/c (you can pay extra for it), no blankets (a couple of sheets instead), no room service, no concierge, no lobby, no staffed reception, no internet, breakfast is not included, not even hot water!

(You have to ring a bell whence they turn on the hot water heater (if they are around) and then you have to wait for that water to heat...)

It's a short walk to downtown. The bus station is easy walking distance.

All in all, it's a fine place to stay for very basic, clean accommodation but at these prices you could get a whole lot more, and I'm not talking just about a bar of soap.

Room Tip: It's oddly popular with foreigners so you may want to book ahead. All the rooms are about the s...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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6 Thank Nombre D
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Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2011

No TV, what a relief.... Clean well maintained room with AC if required at an extra charge. Super breakfasts served on the roof with views of St. Sebastian Church. Friendly and helpful staff. Competitive pricing and awareness of ecological issues... what more can one ask for?

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lvanveen
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2011

Clean, friendly, charming, and sweet--I would definitely recommend Afonso Guest House to anyone traveling in Goa. The prorpietress was extremely helpful with answering my questions about how to book a train ticket, where to eat (real Goan food, bot tourist food), how to get from here to there, etc. Breakfast on the rooftop terrace was lovely, and the place is adorable and perfectly located.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank EmmaNatalya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2011

For a laied back recovery after adventurfull x-indian travels this guesthouse and its management makes a highly welcome difference in customer service.
Wi-Fi, Washing and breakfast on the roottop available - if the Wi-Fi signal would be expanded to the roof top it would really be rated as first class from me ;-)
felix

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank feelxy
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Additional Information about Afonso Guest House

Property: Afonso Guest House
Address: Near Saint Sebastian Chapel | Fontainhas, Mala, Panjim 403001, India
Region: India > Goa > Panjim
Amenities:
Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Panjim
#3 Business Hotel in Panjim
#3 Family Hotel in Panjim
#3 Romantic Hotel in Panjim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
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 two 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 traveller 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 
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Also Known As:
Afonso Gues House Hotel Panaji
Afonso Guest House Goa/Panjim

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