We decided to stay at the Panjim Inn because it came recommended in our Timeout and lonely planet guidebooks.
On arriving we were surprised by the cost of the room. Given it was monsoon season you could get rooms for as little as 400 rupees, this hotel were still asking nearly 2000 with plenty of vacancies. After a quick look around the area we decided to pay it with a little negotiated discount.
The hotel is quaint and has a nice antiquey feel and charm but the room was not especially clean by Indian standards. We stayed in over 20 hotels all over India and frequently came across marked sheets and towels, something you just get used to, but the sheets were filthy here so we had to request new ones which were also very old and worn. You only want the antique theme to go so far! I also had to wear my flip flops after showering as the floor was filthy. Unfortunately the bed was rock hard, another common feature in India and the air con noisey so I didn't sleep a wink.
On the positive side, the room was nicely furnished with dark wood antique looking furniture that fitted the old Portuguese style of the building and area. We also had plenty of windows featuring lovely large wooden shutters. The beer on the terrace was pleasant although slow in arriving.
We hired a moped and drove to Old Goa which was about 10km away and we also drove south to explore the beaches and coastline or the nearby towns. I would recommend getting a moped it as there is a lot to see near Panjim but it doesn't take that long. We only stayed 1 night and it was definitely enough for me. We didn't go to Goa to stay in a town so we headed south to Colva and back to the beach.
I can only think there is not much in the way of mid-range hotels in this area if this was what our guide books were recommending. Maybe the hotels other property across the road is more comfortable, its certainly more expensive. We stayed in much better heritage hotels up North in Rajasthan so this didn't really feel as special. If you are going to stay here don't expect too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Goa's first Heritage hotel in a 130 year old family home owned and managed by the same family for over 5 generations.Located In Asia's only Latin quarter of Fontainhas with its windling alleys and quain byelanes.Each room is full of character with period furniture including four poster beds,carved almirahs and contemporary art.To experience the charm and nostalgia of a era long gone in a gracious Heritage mansion, come stay with us at the Panjim Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Panjim Hotel Panaji
- WelcomHeritage Panjim Inn Goa