With its gorgeous graffiti on the exterior, Old Quarter by the Hostel Crowd can easily beguile you to be one of the many colourful structures of Fontainhas. Located in the Latin quarter of Panjim and surrounded by structures which showcase the influence of Portuguese architecture, Old Quarter is the place to be in, if you are looking for budget accommodation. They have dormitories for girls only and mixed ones too. With an in house café, shuttle services and frequently conducted tours, this hostel is well recommended for backpackers and solo travellers.
What I loved:
Free Breakfast: One can either opt for a Goan breakfast or a continental one. It isn’t a huge spread, but definitely satiates.
Free Wifi: All inmates have an access to free wifi during their stay.
Excellent Vibe: With likeminded souls and travellers as inmates, one can listen to interesting travel stories from world over.
Café: Though it functions from 8AM TO 8PM only, Bombay Coffee Roasters is a lovely café which serves some nice thirst quenchers and is popular with non- residents too.
Comfortable Beds: A neat and comfortable bed is what is required after an exhaustive day of roaming. The bunk beds which come in 4 nos. and 6 nos. per room give a good night’s sleep.
Clean Bathrooms: This becomes an important criteria when staying in hostels and they have made sure it remains clean.
Tariff: For budget travellers, this is right up on the list. At Rs. 500 with all the above facilities, this is a steal.
What I did not like:
Upper Bunks: The fans are in such a location that the person on the upper bunk would hardly get any air. Opt for the lower berths always.
Verdict: Go for it!