Hotel Name: Paradise Guest House.
Address: Anjuna Mapusa Rd, Anjuna, Goa, India.
Initially I was looking for a place closer to the beach, but as I was booking only a few weeks before travel most of the cheap beach places were booked. It turned out to be a good choice to be a little bit inland. The Paradise Guest House is a 15-minute walk to the beach sand, and it’s in a little shopping strip with cafes, restaurants, and general stores.
I arrived here from Goa Airport via a prepaid taxi that cost 1515 INR ($21.20 USD). If you were to arrive by bus you would have to get the bus to Calangute, then a bus to Arpora, and then another bus to Anjuna.
The guesthouse rooms are in a family compound, with the family house at the front and bungalow rooms in a big yard. The owner was friendly and I liked the vibe of the property and area in general.
Each room has its own outdoor area with a hammock. There are also dogs and cats roaming around the property.
My room was spacious with a comfortable double bed. The room had a fan, and windows at the front and in the bathroom ensured air circulation.
The room was clean and tidy, and just the minimal furnishing. There is free wifi here, though on my first day it wasn’t working. They were able to connect me to another signal while someone came and fixed it up.
A clean and spacious bathroom, with a cold water shower. The bathroom could have used a towel rack and more space to place toiletries.
Being a family house in a village means there are going to be roosters. This one woke me up early one day.
The guesthouse has some great places to eat nearby, including a dosa restaurant and a Cafe Coffee Day chain across the road.
It’s also opposite Urban Burger, which makes for a great change if you want to have a break from Indian food.
The guesthouse is on the road of the Mapusa bus route, so you can get around to other places easily. There is a bus stop a few minutes walk away, or you can just flag the bus down in front of the guesthouse. From here I walked to Vagator beach (about 40 minutes away), and I got the bus to Calangute/Baga via a change of bus at Arpora. I don’t spend all my time on the beach, so this was a good place to be based to explore North Goa.
Overall this was a good place to stay in Anjuna. It turned out to be better that I wasn’t on the beach, as Anjuna Beach has some loud party bars.