We stayed here for a couple of nights at end of December 2013 and couldn't have been happier . The price was very reasonable for the quality of the accommodation. and the place was absolutely charming. A beautiful period house with simple rooms but lots of character and spotlessly clean, crisp white cotton sheets on the beds and lovely carved wood bedstead, comfortable too. We had room with en suite shower and toilet and though we didn't have air con we did have a ceiling fan. There is also a lovely roof garden with plants and beautiful pieces of sculpture and pottery that is very calm and relaxing.
The location was perfect, in the heart of picturesque old town near a lovely old church and with Panjim's best restaurant right behind it. It has a welcoming family feel but without being intrusive. They could not have been more easy-going, accepting my phone booking at a busy time on my 'word of honour' and allowing us and all the other guests to leave our luggage in tiny hallway without charge on our check out day.
I would happily recommend this guest house to anyone travelling to Panjim and definitely go back there if I have the chance. Don't waste your money on the Panjim Inn ( its on the corner of a busy road, noisy dual carriageway anyway). Slip round a much quieter corner to the Afonso.
A miracle and an oasis.
- 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