Afonso Guesthouse, Panjim, Goa

Doorway, Afonso Guest house, Panjim, Goa
Doorway, Afonso Guest house, Panjim, Goa

 Goa is best known for its beaches with people using the state capital, Panjim, as merely a place to land at the airport and maybe stop for a drink or lunch before heading north or south. This is a great shame, as Panjim has a lot to offer: in particular, it contains perhaps the best collection of remnants of its past as a Portuguese colony. These are best seen in the suburb of Fontainhas, where the streets are lined with beautiful and well-maintained Portuguese colonial buildings.

Room, Afonso Guest house, Panjim, Goa
Room, Afonso Guest house, Panjim, Goa

One of these is Afonso Guest House. As the name suggests, it is a small, family-run guest house. It retains its Portuguese flair, with a warm yellow exterior and plants flanking the entrance. Inside, there are just a handful of guest rooms, which are simple and practical rather than luxurious. But the rooms are clean, tidy, airy and well-maintained, while bathrooms are spotless and functional. The rooms have been maintained in a traditional style, so do not expect televisions or mod cons. There is no in-house restaurant or cafe either, nor are toiletries provided. But Afonso has other charms: in particular, a gorgeous roof terrace overlooking the Fontainhas streets and with a great view of the nearby whitewashed 1818 St Sebastian Chapel. The guesthouse will serve you a simple breakfast of eggs and Goan ‘pao’ bread here, as well as tea and coffee. There are also a few lovely Goan restaurants very close by.

Rooftop, Afonso Guest house, Panjim, Goa
Rooftop, Afonso Guest house, Panjim, Goa

Overall, Afonso is a lovely place to stay and an ideal spot in which to base yourself while visiting Goa. It is not the kind of hotel in which you linger, rather, a spot to lay your head in between exploring, yet its traditional Goan charm, combined with the pleasant hospitality of the mother-son duo who run it, make it a wonderful stop on your holiday agenda.

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