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Afonso Guest House
Ranked #3 of 48 Hotels in Panjim
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“nice building”
Reviewed 20 December 2012

Was at Alfonsos in Nov 12, they gave me room in the side building which was facing towards the little street. The room was compared to other guest houses in Panaji quite small, additionally I was a bit irritated by the managers/ son of owners question if I really would want to use the A/C.
Well, if there are 35 degrees outside and sticky night temp, yes I want to use the AC without justification
For its price I ve expected a bigger room, not street facing. Panajis noisy main road is next to it and in India traffic starts quite early. So I decided not to stay and dealt out half of the price for one night. Not a good deal obviously I should have paid nothing, cause later I saw other guys checking in into my former room, so there has not been any loss for the highly frequented guest house.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

We wished we had come straight to this guest house on arrival in Panaji, rather than staying for a couple of nights at a 'dive' in the centre of town. The heritage building is situated in a lovely leafy quarter of Portuguese houses and shops - walking around the block is great; there are nearby eating places and a bar down the road. The owners (mother and son) were very gracious hosts who run a very well organised business; they are able to offer good local advice. The delightful rooms are spic and span, and are serviced everyday by wonderful friendly staff. We ate breakfast each morning on the upstairs roof garden - a great place to mingle and meet other guests, read a book, or play guitar! Wifi was accessible and the need to ring a bell 10 minutes before you wanted hot water for a shower was never a problem. Books left behind by other guests can be swapped or taken for free - a lovely touch! It cost a little bit more than some places, but was really worth it to us; it was one of the nicest and atmospheric places we stayed in our two months travel through India. The only down sides were the (strange) rule of no clothes washing to be dried in your room (what long term traveller doesn't!) and not being able to book ahead. But hey! The guest house was full the entire time we were there, so they can call the shots.

Room Tip: We had an upstairs room facing the street - large, good view and quiet. Being by the modem, wifi was...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

I stumbled upon this guesthouse during the tail end of monsoon season in Goa. Needing a break from the torrential downpour on the beaches, I head inland for a relaxing couple of days. The staff at Afonso was very welcoming upon arrival, and despite not having made a reservation, they worked very quickly to accomodate me. As I was travelling solo, the very friendly woman in charge went above and beyond in recommending activities in the area, gave me perfect directions to all the best restaurants and helped to arrange transport. The rooms were immaculate and cozy, the breakfast delicious, and the staff all-smiles, wonderful and caring. I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

My wife and I loved everything about this place. Goa was our last stop on a two month trip to India, and Afonso Guest House provided the perfect, tranquil coda to our journey. The staff were exceptionally helpful, and the area was peaceful and lovely to explore by foot. It is located near a number of good restaurants and cafes, and within 5 minute's walk to the main city bus line. If you are stopping through Panaji, we highly recommend a stay here. Nearby places we enjoyed: Hotel Venite Restaurant (eat on their balcony), Tea Cafe Goa (restful, hidden gem), and Viva Panjim (excellent Goan fare).

Room Tip: Ask for the upper floor rooms. They are generally quieter.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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West Bengal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2012

Location:
Panaji is the capital city of Goa and situated at the heart of Goa and from here you can travel all of Goa with ease. This guest house is close to (walking distance) the bus stand and major attractions of the city. The market is also nearby.

Looks and ambiance:
A heritage Portuguese house surrounded by trees and orchids. This guest house is situated in a quiet alley (really quiet!!) and decorated with trees and flowering plants. You get the view of a nice chapel from here. Squirrels and birds welcome you to this nice neighborhood.

Staff:
Mrs. Afonso and his Son runs this place with the help of few nice ladies. The staff are very helping and friendly, the lady with her wise advices (follow them! I ran into trouble whenever I ignored! Always feel free to discuss about your plans) and the boy with his charming smile and fluency in a number of foreign languages surely make your trip a memorable one.

Rooms:
Nice, big and clean. Beautifully decorated. Bathroom is clean and you get tissue paper and soap as contrary to one previous misleading review. The rooms are fitted with AC but that comes with an extra charge of Rs. 350 a day. In the bathroom there is an electric water heater/geyser which is switched on by the stuff on the ring of a bell and that's not a problem. You get a nice view from the room. No TV, but who wants a TV when you are in GOA. You get to read a lot of books for free.

Wifi:
Free

Laundry:
Very nicely done.

Breakfast:
Do try the Goan bread with butter and honey. The bread is very nice with crunchy crust and soft inside. they serve breakfast at the rooftop which has a nice orchid garden. A nice way to start the day.
They don't serve launch and dinner but a nice heritage restaurant is just round the corner named "Viva Panjim" which is one of the best places to eat in Panaji. Check the local Goan food (a bit spicy though) along with some continental dish also.

Transport:
Centrally located. Tourist cabs are arranged by the host. Drivers are good and have nice comfortable cars. Always take the advices of Mrs. Afonso, its worth it.

Conclusion: Best place to stay at Panaji. I was very satisfied with this place in my 3 days visit to Goa. This place is popular with foreign tourists.

Room Tip: Rooms on the front side is a bit bigger and on the back side the are a bit quieter (Front ones are q...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Viena, Austria
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

Very well located in Panaji but still in a very quiet street, wonderful breakfast. Rooms were big and confortable, wireless internet was available and working. Close to major attractions and bus station. A special recognition for the staff, always friendly and helpful and willing to do that little extra step to make you feel at home.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We stayed recently for two nights. Very clean place. The proprietor runs a very tight ship. Among a lot of places, this is definitely value for money, located centrally in a quiet square (almost feels like rural Europe) and a great restaurant (Vive Panjim) just round the corner. Breakfast (mostly continental)is available on request and is quite decent quality. The proprietor definitely will help with all requests such as bike, tours etc. There are a few house rules though - towels changed once in three days, hot water controls are not in room and need to be requested (not a problem), AC costs extra. The place is quite old (probably heritage) and hence some of the fittings definitely are dated - will therefore need to handled delicately.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Property: Afonso Guest House
Address: Near Saint Sebastian Chapel | Fontainhas, Mala, Panjim 403001, India
Region: India > Goa > North Goa District > Panjim
Amenities:
Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Panjim
#3 Romantic Hotel in Panjim
#3 Business Hotel in Panjim
#3 Family 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 three 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 traveler 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 
Also Known As:
Afonso Gues House Hotel Panaji
Afonso Guest House Goa/Panjim

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