Best Hostels In Goa, India

Best Hostels In Goa, India

How to find the best hostels in Goa for your trip

Every person that is travelling to India, has to stop in Goa… especially if you are a beach lover! It’s considered the “beach capital” of India, a true paradise for those who want to connect with nature and be adventurous. Goa definitely has a laid-back vibe but it’s also perfect for the party-obsessed. It’s considered to be the ultimate party destination in the backpacker community and we are here to help you find the best hostels in Goa and make sure you make the most out of your adventure!

There are so many things to do in Goa if you are travelling on a budget with its incredible beaches like Baga, where you can sunbathe during the day and dance all night long – definitely two birds with one stone! If you don’t leave a place before exploring its markets, then you cannot miss the Anjuna Beach Flea Market every Wednesday where you’ll find almost everything at a bargain.

Goa is full of history as well! Something you may not know is that 450 years ago, the Portuguese came here to trade spices and you can clearly see their influence on the culture of Goa – you’ll see it on its food, art, music and architecture. If you want to know more about Goa’s history, make sure you visit the Goa State Museum, or the Ancestral Goa Museum where you’ll find more of the Goan villagers’ lives over the centuries. There are many temples too like the 400-year-old Shri Manugueshi Temple in Ponda, dedicated to Shiva, or the Shanta Durga Temple which is a mixture of Goan and Portuguese styles.

We at Hostelworld, want you to make the best of your trips and here we are, once again with the list of the best hostels in Goa – because, you know that there’s no better place than hostels when you want to #MeetTheWorld! There are plenty of hostels in Goa, so it won’t be hard to find something that suits your needs. Most of them are located on the coast and they are super cool but also VERY cheap.

Here is our pick of the best hostels in Goa:

Jump straight to:

  1. Best hostels in Goa for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Goa for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Goa
  4. Best hostels in Goa with private rooms

Best hostels in Goa for solo travellers

Happy Panda Hostel

Best Hostels In Goa -Happy Panda Hostel

This is one of those hostels that will make you feel like you’re at a home away from home. Happy Panda Hostel has everything a backpacker needs and most of all, great vibes! It’s located in Arambol, where you’ll find incredible beaches and a lot of like-minded travellers to share your adventures with. The hostel owners are very friendly and helpful making you feel part of the family from the second you step inside. If you are looking for the perfect atmosphere and want to talk about the meaning of life with people from all over the world in front of a bonfire and with a cold beer in your hands, then you should definitely book this hostel!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Cool neon room for parties
  • Fully equipped kitchen

🏠 Address: Querim Arambol Road, Arambol , Goa, India

🏘 Neighbourhood: Arambol

🚊 Nearest station: Pernem

Book your stay at Happy Panda Hostel now

The Bucket List Goa

Best Hostels In Goa -The Bucket List Goa

“Turn moments into memories” is the motto in this incredible and colourful hostel in Vagator, Goa. The hostel offers a lot of cool activities and meetups and many backpackers that book this hostel, end up staying for longer than planned. This is a review from one of the backpackers that recently stayed at The Bucket List: “Everyone was so welcoming from the moment we arrived, we met lots of great people and the staff was fantastic. The atmosphere at the bar is brilliant, really good music and plenty of drinking games to keep you busy! You can rent scooters from the hostel and we got lots of recommendations for places to visit. Big thank you to Ashwin for such a great experience!” – We’re not sure about you, but we are sold.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Free yoga classes
  • Free walking tours

🏠 Address:  562/1, Coutinho Vaddo, Vagator, Goa (next to Baskin Robbins)

🏘 Neighbourhood: Vagator

🚊 Nearest station: Vagator

Book your stay at The Bucket List hostel now

JUNGLE By TheHostelCrowd

Best Hostels In Goa - Jungle By TheHostelCrowd

In the list of the best hostels in Goa, JUNGLE couldn’t be skipped. This old Portuguese house has been redesigned and renovated to give the best of the best in a hostel: a cosy common area, huge garden and many activities to fully enjoy Goa. This is the perfect place if you are solo travelling around India – here you’ll find the best backpacker vibe ever with yoga classes in the morning, hostel dinners and events. JUNGLE values sustainability and they work very closely with local communities, how awesome is this?

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Morning yoga
  • Fully equipped kitchen

🏠 Address: 486(2) Vagator Beach Road, Goa, India (next to Mango Tree Restaurant)

🏘 Neighbourhood: Vagator

🚊 Nearest station: Vagator

Book your stay at JUNGLE by TheHostelCrowd now

Bunkker Container Hostel

Best Hostels In Goa -Bunkker Container Hostel

If you are all about the eco-friendly, we’d like to welcome you to the first hostel in Goa made from recycled containers! Bunkker Containter Hostel is walking distance from Small Vagator Beach and it’s completely immersed in nature. This is definitely the perfect place if you are looking for peaceful moments with fellow travellers. But if you are feeling recharged enough to go partying, no worries because this hostel is very close to the famous Goa nightlife. Make sure you have a chat with Manish, the hostel owner, for the best tips ever!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Rooftop chillout area
  • Linen included

🏠 Address: 593, Small Vagator, Anjuna, Bardez (near Maxen Guest House)

🏘 Neighbourhood: Vagator

🚊 Nearest station: Vagator

Book your stay at Bunkker Container Hostel now

Old Quarter By TheHostelCrowd

Best Hostels In Goa - Old Quarter By TheHostelCrowd

If you want to get a real taste of the local culture, you need to stop by this hostel located in the heart of the Portuguese heritage area. This hostel is great value for money, with loads of freebies and cool activities, that will not only allow you to learn about the Goan culture, but also meet international backpackers! The staff are friendly and helpful with the best insider tips on places to eat and things to see in Goa.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi and free breakfast
  • Boat rides
  • Linen included

🏠 Address: 165, Rua 31 de Janeiro, Fontainhas, Panjim , Goa, India

🏘 Neighbourhood: Panjim

🚊 Nearest station: Panjim bus stop

Book your stay at Old Quarter by TheHostelCrowd now

Best hostels in Goa for couples

Woke Hostel Arpora

Best Hostels In Goa - Woke Hostel Arpora

Backpackers that travel together stay together. This is one of the best hostels in Goa for many reasons and some of them are: 1) It’s simply beautiful; 2) It has a swimming pool; 3) It’s super close to beaches. The Woke Hostel Arpora has amazing private rooms with comfy matrasses and pillows where you can rest with your soulmate after a day spent exploring! Definitely a place you wouldn’t want to leave!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Cool swimming pool
  • Yoga classes

🏠 Address: 154 Diwan bhati, Arpora , Goa, India

🏘 Neighbourhood: Arpora

🚊 Nearest station: Arpora Junction

Book your stay at Woke Hostel Arpora now

Castle House

Best Hostels In Goa - Castle House

It’s pretty obvious why we decided to include Castle House in the list of the best hostels in Goa… I mean…. look at that sexy swimming pool! This hostel is walking distance to the famous beaches of Calangute, Baga, and Candolim where you’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants. Castle House will also provide you with an amazing free breakfast surrounded by a peaceful and relaxing vibe!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Swimming Pool
  • Rooms cleaned every day

🏠 Address: Lavina Street, Naikka Vado, Calangute, Bardez, Goa, India

🏘 Neighbourhood: Calangute

🚊 Nearest station: Thivim

Book your bed at Castle House now

Best party hostels in Goa

Pappi Chulo

Best Hostels In Goa - Pappi Chulo

Goa is well known for its crazy parties, so if you are coming here to have the time of your life, here you have on of the best hostels in Goa for partying! As soon as you step in to Pappi Chulo hostel, you’ll immediately feel the great community vibes as the loving staff welcome you. The hostel has cool graffiti everywhere, they have pets and they host LOADS of events at their bar.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Parties every week
  • Graffitis

🏠 Address: Ozran Beach Road, Goa, India

🏘 Neighbourhood: Vagator

🚊 Nearest station: Vagator

Book your stay at Pappi Chulo now

That Crazy Hostel

Best Hostels In Goa - That Crazy Hostel

If the name doesn’t convince you enough, maybe the rooms’ name will: Shandy “It feels mighty dandy, to be drunk on shandy”, Booze and Snooze “If you booze and snooze, you lose!”, Hangover “Shh! Get your voices lower, I’m on a hangover”… and there are more! That Crazy Hostel also serves food 24h that you can enjoy on one of the hammocks in the common area and as one of our backpackers says: “This hostel has the best common area of any hostel I’ve stayed at in India, and even has a pool!” – mind blown.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Pick up service

🏠 Address: 1049/1-A,B & C, Peddem 

🏘 Neighbourhood: Anjuna

Book your stay at That Crazy Hostel now

Rasta Mansion Arambol

Best Hostels In Goa - Rasta Mansion Arambol

This brand new hostel is all about the vibez! Located on a famous hippie village in Arambol, it’s one minute walking distance to some incredible beaches where you’ll find surf clubs and live music! This hostel also has its very own flea market with hemp products and jewellery! Pub crawls happen every day and some of the best staff ever are ready to help you and give you the best tips!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • BBQ
  • In-house flea market

🏠 AddressDanda – Girkarwada (Behind Daily Grind Cafe)

🏘 Neighbourhood: Arambol

🚊 Nearest station: Mapusa bus stop

Book your stay at Rasta Mansion Arambol now

Best hostels in Goa with private rooms

Dreams Hostel

Best Hostels In Goa - Dreams Hostel

If dreams were made of colourful mandalas, this would be a dream come true! Great atmosphere, relax, adventure and creativity… this is definitely one of those places you’ll want to stay forever! Dreams Hostel has some lovely (and very cheap) private rooms: doubles, singles and twins – and dorms obvs! The common areas are beautiful and with the perfect backpacker vibe where you’ll meet some very awesome people!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor terrace

🏠 Address: 500(1), Vagator Beach Road, Vagator

🏘 Neighbourhood: Vagator

🚊 Nearest station: Vagator

Book your stay at Dreams Hostel now

The Funky Monkey Hostel

Best Hostels In Goa - The Funky Monkey Hostel

Are you the kind of person that likes beer-yoga but also privacy? Well, this might be the right hostel for you! Great vibes, parties, yoga classes, and nearby beaches make this hostel one of the best hostels in Goa. Located 5 minutes walk to Anjuna beach, really helpful staff, awesome fellow backpackers to meet and great adventures to live!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Linen included

🏠 Address: 773 San Minguel Vaddo

🏘 Neighbourhood: Anjuna

Book your stay at The Funky Monkey Hostel now

SUMMER by TheHostelCrowd

Best Hostels In Goa - SUMMER by TheHostelCrowd

If you are looking for the perfect beach holiday, Summer by TheHostelCrowd is definitely one of the best hostels in Goa! They organise some cool activities such as sunset kayaking, trips to the waterfalls and quiz nights – definitely the best place to make new friends but still have your own space and privacy with its awesome private rooms! One of the most recent reviews says: “Best hostel in India and the best way to finish my travels here! Everything was clean and the manager B was incredibly helpful!”

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast and WiFi
  • Cool weekly events and tours
  • BBQ

🏠 Address: House Numbe 99/1, Ourem Road, Palolem

🏘 Neighbourhood: Palolem

Book your stay at SUMMER by TheHostelCrowd now

We hope this guide helps you to discover the best hostels for your trip to Goa. Let us know in the comments if you’ve stayed in one of our recommended hostels, or if you’d like to share a hostel that you think other backpackers shouldn’t miss!

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Giulia Salerno (Hostelworld)

I'm Giulia, Italian, and I'm an insatiable traveller obsessed with sunsets, photography, and marketing. Social Media & Content Executive and #HostelworldInsider at Hostelworld. 🌍 Favourite place on earth: Nubian Village - Aswan, Egypt 🏠 Favourite hostel: Bet El Kerem Hostel - Aswan, Egypt Follow my adventures on Instagram @giuliciu ✨

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