Did you know? Goa is a state in India, and not the name of a city or township. It’s typically divided between North Goa and South Goa.
It sits along the beautiful western coastline, boasting beaches that will make your heart pound faster.
In this guide, we’re going to visit Arpora, Anjuna and Arambol – all areas near the beach in North Goa, close by to each other.
- Woke Hostel Arpora – top pick for couples
- Craft Hostels – great for older travellers
- Dreams Hostel – one for backpackers
This collection includes a party hostel and super cool female only hostel – keep scrolling!
If you’re backpacking Goa or on a Goa solo trip, this guide is for you.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
What about 5 Star Hostels in India? So far there isn’t one, but we’ll keep looking.
If you’re heading to the capital, have a look at the best hostels in New Delhi.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Goa
- best hostels in Goa for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Goa
- female ONLY hostel in Goa
- more hostels worth a mention
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Goa
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Goa cost 2€ – 6€ per night for a bed in a dorm. Private rooms start from 14€ up to 40€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
North or South Goa: Basically, the beaches in the far South and the farthest North are the best in Goa. Anjuna is popular with often crowded beaches, whereas Arambol is quieter with clean, pretty beaches.
Palolem Beach in South Goa is well worth a visit.
South Goa is more relaxing, where as North Goa is where you’ll find the party scene.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Goa
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Goa.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Woke Hostel Arpora
First up is a home-from-home experience ideal for a first stop in India to settle you in.
Step in to an old Goan-Portuguese residence and meet the super friendly staff at Woke Hostel Arpora.
Seriously, they go out of their way to make their guests welcome.
Join in the evening drinks and settle your nerves with a delicious meal shared with the hostel family.
Let’s set the scene a little bit more. This hostel has…
- Curated garden w/ palm trees
- Blissful swimming pool
- Antique furniture
- On-site library
- Yoga sessions on offer
Ok wait just a minute, there is more.
If you’re willing to spend a few extra coins, which we suggest you do, you can enjoy a breakfast from a menu selection. Indian food = seriously yum.
Note: reception hours are from 8:30am-8:30pm.
Rooms include mixed and female dorm with 10-beds, plus single and double privates.
Travelling solo? Choose the single room with pool view at a reasonable price.
Quite frankly it’s amazing the level of comfort that’s on offer here. You may forget you’re in India.
When you’re not swinging in a hammock, feel free to use the kitchen and help yourself to tea.
Location: Situated in Arpora, less than 2km from Baga beach and night market.
This is one of the best hostels in Goa for
- Solo travellers
2. Craft Hostels
Following on with a relaxed and chic theme is the welcoming Craft Hostels in Anjuna.
The way it has been designed and decorated gives it a real Indian home feel that we know you’ll love.
Once again, it’s home to some seriously special staff – Indian hospitality is second to none.
If you’ve got queries or problems, don’t hesitate to ask at reception.
It’s open 24 hours a day, too. This is also great if you’re checking in late or happen to arrive very early.
Note: there is no free breakfast, but food (including dinner) can be ordered.
Moving on to the rooms, all of which have access to free Wi-Fi.
There’s a good selection, including:
- 6-bed mixed dorm
- 10-bed female dorm
- Standard, superior & king double rooms
- Triple room w/ balcony
It’s the slanted thatched roofs that really bring a unique element to these rooms.
Though the rooms are spacious, you may prefer hanging out in the garden area.
See if you can spot the resident cats from your comfy outdoor rocking chair. Read a book and let the day escape you.
Either that or wander down and have a look at the nearby and popular Anjuna flea market. It’s on every Wednesday.
Oh and there is free parking and free internet onsite.
Location: Just a few minutes walk from Anjuna beach and flea market. Baga beach is less than 1.5km away. That’s one impressive address – the best hostel in Goa near beach and fun.
This is one of the best hostels in Goa for
- Older travellers
- Beach lovers
3. Dreams Hostel
Calling all international backpackers that crave a fabulous social space; welcome to Dreams Hostel.
The lovely staff here have created
“…an atmosphere of fun, relaxation, creativity and adventure.”
Looking for great backpacker hostels? This is the best backpackers Goa India has to offer!
Whether you want to meet people, create art, practise yoga, play games or cook, it’s impossible to be disappointed here.
It’s the huge lounge area that carries a welcoming energy for all – the true centrepiece of Dream.
The building itself resembles the Portuguese influence, redesigned as a garden hostel.
Amenities are vast, including:
- Garden w/ hammocks
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Rustic common area
To top it off, filter water is free and the free WiFi is fast. In case you have questions, reception is open 24/7.
Important: groups of more than 4 are not accepted here. There is also an age restriction of 18-39 years.
This makes it a good choice if you’re seeking youth hostels in Goa.
There also happens to be a great selection of rooms.
From 6 and 8-bed mixed dorms, to a 6-bed female room. If you prefer, there is also a single and double private option.
We just love the wooden design. The black bed frames really compliment and add personality.
Though the bunks are pretty simple in the dorms, each bed does come with a charging point.
Anyway, there’s so much more to be doing than lounging in bed!
Location: Looking for the best hostels in Vagator Goa? This is it, just 500m from Big Vagator beach. Shops and everything you might need is within walking distance.
This is one of the best hostels in Goa for
What about cheapest hostels in Goa?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels – forget hotels and looking for a guest house.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Goa.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Goa
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Goa for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Goa for solo-travellers?
Quite honestly, ALL hostels in Goa are great for solo travellers of all types.
Whether you’re sociable, introverted, a party animal or like to chat and have a room to yourself – all is possible at Goa hostels.
Most of them come with female only dorms, too.
Skip ahead and discover The Yuppi Hippi Hideout – a female-only hostel.
So yes, take some time and figure out which hostel best suits your personality.
Top tip: why not spend a night or two in a few different hostels?
We’d suggest starting with Woke Hostel Arpora to experience true Indian hospitality and chilled vibes.
Party Hostels in Goa
Partying in Goa? For many travellers, this is the main reason to visit this part of India.
It’s quite well-known for great nightlife, festivals and live music. So how could we not include some fun party hostels in Goa.
In fact, we’ve got 4 we’d like to share with you!
Quickly: for a full-on party hostel choose The Bucket List Hostel Goa. They specialise in offering a Beer Challenge that consists of drinking 9 beers and 3 shots. Good luck!
Happy Panda Hostel Goa
Happy Panda is not a business, it’s a home that wants to be shared with friendly travellers.
Get involved in drum circles, jam sessions and cheap drinks at the bar.
There’s a really cool neon room for partying and plenty of outdoor space to chill.
The bookshelf is loaded, the kitchen is open and guitars are waiting to be played.
Location: In Arambol, 10-minutes from the beach.
Red Door Hostel
Set in a colourful outdoor setting, there is much fun to be had at Red Door Hostel.
Get ready for:
- Beers & cocktails in the bar
- Happy Hour all night
- Beer pong tournaments
- Karaoke & free shots
There’s a shared kitchen and a cafe that sells breakfast and coffee to sooth your hangover.
Location: 5-minutes from Anjuna beach and 20-minutes to Vagator beach.
Pappi Chulo Hostel
Inside the colourful walls of Pappi Chulo is a collection of fun loving, crazy family souls.
Its another bright space boasting a bar, graffiti arts, hostel pets and parteeey.
Perhaps it’s the design that gives this place a really good vibe. Perhaps it’s the people. You won’t know unless you go!
Location: Minutes walk from the beach, shops and restaurants.
Female Only Hostel – UNIQUE hostel Goa
Alright lovely ladies, how about a purely female hostel?
This isn’t a common occurrence around the world. Yet, it is a great option if you’re new to hostelling and/or prefer female company on your travels.
The Yuppi Hippi Hideout is a stunning recommendation in South Anjuna.
It happens to overlook the beach and represents relaxing village life.
No doubt all of the little homely details will be appreciated: cushions, hammocks, memory foam mattress.
Good to know: there are no dorms here, only private doubles with ensuite.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
More Hostels Worth a Mention
Seeing as Goa offers up so many cool hostels, we thought we’d include a few more.
Just in case you’re still not sure…here’s some more!
The Funky Monkey Hostel
This hostel has been designed with harmony and peace in mind. Alongside good times and yoga!
The Funky Monkey wants you to join them for partying, relaxing in a hammock and chilling by the beach.
It’s a top choice for sociable solo travellers.
Location: 5-minutes from Anjuna beach and all of the major activities in the area.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Castle House is a beautiful budget option with a swimming pool, and 25 spacious rooms with their own balcony.
It’s within walking distance to the world famous trio Calangute-Baga-Candolim beach.
Take advantage of the FREE buffet breakfast between 8am and 11am everyday.
JUNGLE Hostel Goa
Stay at JUNGLE by thehostelcrowd if you fancy experiencing
- Shisha nights
- Sunset beach yoga
- Huge garden & terraces
- Chilled outdoor bar
There’s usually some fun activity or event happening everyday, so get involved!
Also: another cool hostel by thehostelcrowd is Old Quarter in Panjim.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Woke Hostel Arpora: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Craft Hostels Goa: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Dreams Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Goa best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Goa. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Goa hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Aguada Fort
- Basilica of Bom Jesus
- Chapora Fort
- Anjuna Flea Market
The main beach list in Goa is included on the map. We deem these the best beaches of Goa for foreigners:
- Baga Beach
- Arambol Beach
- Calangute Beach
- Palolem Beach
Flights to Goa?
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
What is the best beach for foreigners in Goa?
Check the handy map for a list of the best beaches.
If you’re looking for a beach party at Goa, you’ll find clubs, bars and shacks in many of the main tourist spots for a good time.
Are there any private parties in Goa?
No doubt you can find a private party in Goa. My suggestion would be to seek them out once you’re there.
Ask locals, speak with other travellers and enquire about Goa nightlife tips with hostels. Good luck!
Where can I find a beach party in Goa?
If you’re looking for a beach party Goa style, head to one of the beach shacks or clubs that line some of the main beaches in Anjuna area.
Which is the best and cheapest hostel in Goa?
The best hostel in Goa is Woke Hostel Arpora – skip back to the beginning and have a read.
As for the cheapest? Check out our cheapest hostels section for more information.
Which is the best hostel in North Goa?
What are some of the good backpacking hostels in Goa India?
If you’re setting out to enjoy a Goa backpacking trip, book your stay with Dreams Hostel.
The common garden, lounge area and hammocks make for a great place to chill.
Are there any good paying guest or hostel accommodation in Goa for women?
Oh yes! There is in fact an ladies-only hostel called The Yuppi Hippi Hideout. It’s right by the beach and offers luxurious private rooms with added social spaces.
What are the best places to stay in Goa for couples?
The #1 hostel in Goa, Woke Hostel Arpora, is ideal for couples.
It’s a really cute space, with family dinners and a swimming pool for socialising. Private rooms are cosy and offer some alone time when wanted.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Goa.
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Over to you
When you landed here, you were probably thinking; I want to know about Goa. Now you know!
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We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries