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Castle House 2.0

Calangute, Goa, India

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Pros

  • On a quiet side street, within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants
  • 10-minute walk to the beach 
  • Standard Rooms feature air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges
  • Six-bed hostel dorm for guests on tight budgets
  • Small semi-shaded swimming pool area with lounge chairs
  • Restaurant with free hot breakfast buffet and Lavazza espresso
  • Live music and karaoke every Friday during high season
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and free on-site parking
  • Safe-deposit box in the lobby  
  • Early check-in and late check-out available (for a small fee)
  • Book exchange has good selection of paperbacks

Cons

  • 10-minute walk to the beach
  • Early check-out time by local standards
  • No elevator and three flights of stairs 

Bottom Line

Castle House is a modest two-pearl hotel that occupies a gorgeous yellow Portuguese colonial-style structure, giving it a grand appearance. The 24 rooms all have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges, and those on the ground floor can accommodate extra beds. There's also a six-bed hostel room for travelers on super-tight budgets. Amenities include a lovely outdoor courtyard with a swimming pool and a covered open-air restaurant with a pool table where a free breakfast buffet is served daily -- the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner and cocktails. Lavazza coffee and snacks are available throughout the day. Karaoke is organized during high season. While Castle House offers a great value, travelers looking for sleeker rooms could consider Calangute Grande just a few blocks away. 

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Scene

Budget hotel housed in a beautiful Portuguese colonial-style building with terra-cotta roofs

Castle House occupies a gorgeous, three-story Portuguese colonial-style building painted in hues of soft yellow with white and navy trim and terra-cotta roofs. Guests pass through a large lobby with red tile floors and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV into a central courtyard with a pool and a covered outdoor restaurant, where the majority of the activity at this hotel takes place. Rooms are spread across all three floors of the hotel, accessible only by stairs (though staff can help travelers schlep luggage up to higher-floor units). Most guests are budget travelers, and the value property gets its fair share of international backpackers as well as a few domestic tourists.

Location

On a quiet back road in Calangute, near shops and restaurants, and a 10-minute walk from the beach

Castle House is located on a quiet side street in otherwise busy Calangute, about a 10-minute walk from the beach. It's a two-minute walk from the Aguada-Siolim Road that cuts through town (north to south), and there are tons of restaurants, shops, and other hotels within a five-minute walk of the property. The Saturday Night Market in Arpora is around a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Anjuna Beach and its weekly flea market are about 20 minutes away by car. The Goan capital city of Panaji and Old Goa are around 35 minutes away by car. The international airport in Vasco de Gama can take anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes to reach by taxi, depending on traffic.

Rooms

Bright, well-maintained rooms with flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, and mini-fridges

Rooms are simple but bright and well-maintained, with white walls paired with tan tile floors, a mix of black- and dark-wood finish furniture, and simple framed art pieces featuring cartoon art inspired by famous Goan artist Mario Miranda. Standard amenities include free Wi-Fi (free throughout the hotel), mini-fridges, wall-mounted split air-conditioning units, small flat-screen TVs, and free bottled water that's replenished daily. Bathrooms are large, with a blue-and-white mini-tile design and hot water is available around the clock. Free toothpaste is provided and there are wall-mounted soap dispensers in the showers. Ground-floor rooms have small sit-out terraces and extra beds can be added in these rooms for a fee. Note that the hotel also offers beds in a six-bed, mixed-gender hostel-style room that can be rented out in its entirety. 

Features

Pool, outdoor restaurant serving free buffet breakfast and Lavazza coffee, and book exchange 

While amenities at Castle House are simple, they aren't bad for a budget hotel. At the heart of the hotel's small courtyard is a compact swimming pool that's just big enough for lap swimming, flanked by a few plastic lounge chairs. Next to the pool is the hotel's covered open-air restaurant and bar, which serves Indian fare along with fresh juices and Lavazza espresso drinks. Breakfast is included in room rates and served buffet- style, with a selection of hot Indian items plus made-to-order eggs, toast, tea, and coffee. A pool table sits off to one side. Live music and karaoke sessions are held here every Friday during high season. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property and there's free parking just out front. The lobby features a large lending library with plenty of paperbacks. Bicycle and motorbike rentals, plus airport transfers can be arranged through the front desk. There's also a lockbox here where guests can store valuables, convenient given the lack of in-room safes. Check-out time is a little earlier than standard in Goa, but early check-in and late check-out are available for a small fee. 

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Address

Lavina Street Opp. Calangute Panchayat, Naikka Vado, Calangute, Goa 403516, India

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