Arambol Beach Hostels Goa

Arambol Hostel Guide – An Insight into Backpackers’ Haven

Arambol is a traditional fisherman village, located approximately a one-hour drive from the Dabolim Airport within the Pernem administrative region of northern Goa, India. Arambol is North Goa’s most developed beach resorts and is still considered the beach of choice for many long-term, budget-minded travellers.

Arambol first emerged in the 1960s as a mellow paradise for long-haired, long term holiday makers escaping the scene at Calangute. The main beach is gently curved and safe for swimming but often crowded – head south towards Mandrem for a quieter beach scene. A short walk around the northern headland brings to you the little Kalacha Beach, another popular place thanks to the ‘Sweetwater Lake’ back from the beach. The headland above here is the best place in Goa for paragliding. Popular activities in Arambol beach includes the usual beach sports, water sports along with some wind surfing, para-sailing, etc for the adrenaline rush.

With more and more budget minded travellers flocking to Goa, the need for hostels have multiplied in the last few years. Hostels have always been popular with travellers in Goa where like-minded people can congregate to enjoy and have fun. Unless, you want to carry your own inflatable tents and pitch on the beach, check out these other budget sleeps you can consider 🙂

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Popular Hostels in Arambol

Happy Panda Hostel

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Sitting pretty about 12 minutes walk from the vibrant Arambol Beach, Happy Panda Hostel is rated as one of the best hostels in Arambol.

The hostels features shared rooms with bunk beds that can accommodate up to 4 people while private rooms are fitted with double beds and can accommodate a maximum of 6 at a time. Every room whether shared or private has an en suite bathroom for occupants use only. Happy Panda Hostel provides safety deposit boxes for guests and includes free WiFi throughout the property.

The common areas include a kitchen with an oven and a refrigerator while the lounge is a great place to enjoy drinks from the on site bar. The library at the Happy Panda Hostel is stocked with varied selection of books in different languages for guests to enjoy and relax. The hostel also has a 24-hour front desk to help guests gather their bearings.

The hostel can provide guests with equipments such as bikes, cars, sports gear, etc so that guests can have their peace of mind.

Distances from Happy Panda Hostel: Arambol Beach – 1.2 kms, Airport – 36 kms, Thivim station – 30 kms, Tiracol Fort – 5 kms, Panjim – 35 kms.

Hippy Trippy Arambol Beach Hostels

Arambol Hostel

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Arambol Hostel is situated perfectly just 50 metres off the beautiful and crowded Arambol Beach. It is the quintessential beach hostel that is scenic, lively and vibrant in its approach with some amazing staff. Backpackers and travellers looking for an affordable, friendly and convenient accommodation in the area, Arambol Hostel is probably the best choice. With a 24 hours front desk facility, guests are more comfortable with their stay knowing that they do not have to check out early for a late night flight, etc.

Each room at Arambol Hostel include a balcony and a terrace along with private bathroom with shower facility. There are no shared rooms in the hostel which means that privacy is maintained however the communal areas are shared. The view of the garden from the rooms are actually quite scenic especially during sunset. Extra amenities in the rooms include a desk, bed linen and an outdoor seating area. Free WiFi access is available all through the property. The communal kitchen is open to guests for cooking while the on site restaurant and bar keeps the guests well fed and high-spirited. The property also provide guests with luggage storage and laundry facilities whenever required.

Arambol Hostel also help guests with arranging sight-seeing tours, activities, etc. The staff here goes well and beyond to make sure that guests can have a comfortable stay.

Distances from Arambol Hostel: Arambol Beach – 50 metres, Anjuna Beach – 20 kms, Calangute Beach – 25 kms, Mapusa – 22 kms.

Namahstay Hostel

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With 700 metres of sand, shacks, cafes, shops, restaurants and bars separating the Arambol Beach from Namahstay Hostel, it is no wonder that backpackers and travellers throng to this place. Being the only pet-friendly hostel accommodation in Arambol, it is quite popular with people travelling with pets.

Namahstay Hostel offers dorms, shared rooms as well as private rooms with private bathrooms and shower facilities. Certain rooms in the hostel include a seating area – perfect place to chill. The seating area can either be a terrace or a balcony depending upon the direction of the rooms.

Wi-Fi can be accessed all over the property without any hassles. The communal areas include a restaurant with bar where guests can enjoy a hearty breakfast every morning and light snacks all through the day.

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property to help guide guests with their requirements from sporting equiments to bike/car rental, etc.

Distances from Namahstay Hostel: Arambol Beach – 700 metres, Querim Beach – 9 kms, Vasco Da Gama – 60 kms, Dabolim Airport – 56 kms.

Roadhouse Hostels Arambol

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A minutes’ walk from the scenic Arambol Beach, Roadhouse Hostels Arambol is a party hostel in its own sense. With music blaring from different genres of music from pop to raggae to rock and Goan country songs, it is not hard to imagine the voracity and enthusiasm of this place. With free Wi-Fi all through the property, guests are encouraged to play music through their phones, iPods, etc just to mix up the vibe.

With basic private rooms that are equipped with bathrooms and showers, Roadhouse Hostels Arambol emphasize on harmony among its guests. The communal kitchen springs up some amazing fusion cuisine when guests from different parts of the world come together to prepare a meal. The hostel regularly hosts barbecue parties on the sun kissed terrace where people just enjoy the music and moment.

Activities around the area involves hiking, exploring nearby areas, para-sailing, para-gliding, etc. The hostel also provide bike and car rental services.

Distances from Roadhouse Hostels Arambol: Arambol Beach – 60  metres, Roadhouse Hostels Anjuna – 21 kms, Candolim Beach – 27 kms, Fort Aguada – 25 kms.

Unbelievable – Free Hostel in Arambol

NO NAME Free Hostel

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Beautifully set amidst the green near Querim Beach, an amazingly quirky place is what can define NO NAME Free Hostel. This place makes people realize that it is still possible to stay in a place where money is not involved; rather completing a few errands or chores is highly appreciated.

With no creature comforts like air-conditioning or spring mattresses and other luxuries, NO NAME Free Hostel is essentially for backpackers and rugged travelers. Although the approach is very basic, the aura of the place is so positive and energetic that it feels like a home away from home. Though the beds in the dorms are free of charge, the only way for the hosts to earn money to develop the place is through the restaurant on site.

People usually spend their days by lending a helping hand to develop the areas within the property which has given way to some awesome art in various forms. You actually need to see it to believe it! Pictures just doesn’t do justice to them.

The restaurant without a fixed menu serves up some delectable cuisines that are quite often prepared by the guests living in the dorms as a gesture of good will. Wi-Fi is free and is accessible throughout the property.

NO NAME Free Hostel provides free private parking as well as offers car hire services through their 24 hour front desk.

Distances from NO NAME Free Hostel – Querim Beach – 2 kms, Arambol Beach – 9 kms, Panjim – 42 kms, Dabolim Airport – 63 kms.

Peaceful & Tranquil Arambol Hostel

Wanderers Hostel Morjim

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Amidst the swaying palms and paddy fields featuring an infinity pool and a tropical garden, Wanderers Hostel Morjim is just 5 minutes’ walk from Morjim Beach. Since the hostel is located off the road and away from crowded area, the only sound that one can hear are the sea waves crashing into the shore. The perfect activity to do at the Wanderers Hostel Morjim is to just pick up a nice book and relax on the beach while listening to beautiful and soothing music the waves make.

The rooms and tents all come with a seating area and safety deposit box. Each private bathroom includes complimentary toiletries. With a bar, luggage storage and 24-hour front desk, the property epitomizes the necessity of peace and serenity in life. The only mode of transport which the hostel provide for daily rentals are bicycles.

Distances from Wanderers Hostel Morjim – Morjim Beach – 300 metres, Arambol Beach – 4 kms, Thivim Station – 18 kms, Dabolim Airport – 50 kms


  • Travel Pockets September 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    All these hostels sound pretty neat! I have never stayed in a shared hostel, so I would probably go with Arambol Hostel as you can have privacy with a balcony. I love rooms with balconies 🙂

    • Ozzy September 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Hey, most of the hostels in Goa have private rooms apart from shared ones. Privacy is paramount! 🙂

  • Jo Castro September 12, 2017 at 1:31 am

    The No Name Free Hostel sounds great. I wouldn’t have thought there would be anywhere FREE to stay in the world 😉 even for the more rugged traveller. I do love the idea though of ‘music blaring from different genres of music from pop to raggae to rock and Goan country songs’ so Roadhouse Hostels Arambol might be my pick.

    • Ozzy September 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

      That’s a great pick Jo!

  • Gem of Travels with a Hobo September 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I love how colorful these hostels are! And I love staying at hostels – they’re cheap and can provide everything you need to survive. I’m a big fan of staying in hostels because I can budget my trip to as tight as I want it to be. But I haven’t stayed in a free hostel before! I’d love to go check out No Name when I go to Arambol.

    • Ozzy September 13, 2017 at 9:14 am

      The No Name Free Hostel is one place that I can recommend wholeheartedly.

  • Danielle Desir September 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I find myself looking for hostels that aren’t 100% party vibes only but are still lively and fun. Roadhouse Hostels Arambol sounds like a good fit and I love the music theme near the beach.

  • Carmy @ September 12, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Great breakdown of the hostels! I like how No Name has parking and car hire services. Definitely something I like having!

  • Victoria September 13, 2017 at 1:10 am

    I have never stayed in a hostel but some of these look comfortable! I can’t believe the word free and accommodation can be together! Very good list!

  • Donna Meyer September 13, 2017 at 3:55 am

    What a useful post. This list of hostels in Arambol will be saved for future reference. Thanks especially for including the distance from the beach and other landmarks. So helpful!

  • Jane M September 13, 2017 at 4:21 am

    I love staying in private rooms in hostels. You get the social atmosphere (and sometimes the use of a kitchen) while getting to maintain your private space! I can’t believe how many cute hostels there are to choose from in Arambol! Great roundup.

  • Carola September 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The Wanderers’ Hostel looks fantastic! How much is it?
    Before I book, I would love to know, though, whether life (and sleeping!) in summer in Goa is possible at all without A/C? I’ve tried a few times since I arrived in SEA and I just cannot sleep in the heat…

    • Ozzy September 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Hey Carola, ideally Goa like any other beach city gets extremely hot during summer months (May-Sep). Although most hotels (not hostels) do have optional air-con, Wanderers in Morjim have tented accommodation without A/C. However, they do have the tents right next to the pool ;). And to answer your question about cost – its around $15-18/night depending on availability.
      Please do not hesitate to contact for further info. Cheers

  • Carol September 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I like the collegiality of a hostel but much prefer a private room. It’s nice to see that Arambol has several hostels with that option.

  • Tami September 14, 2017 at 4:48 am

    What a great list of hostels. I have not yet stayed in a hostel on any of my travels, but these are attractive and would certainly meet our needs, especially the one with private bathrooms! And a free hostel? That is an amazing thing for backpackers!

  • sophie September 14, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Arambol looks amazing and also the hotels. I will be going there soon for sure! thanks for sharing this list! It’s awesome!

  • Rishabh & Nirali September 14, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Goa is our favourite goto destination for R&R and we’re always on a hunt for new places to stay at. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Punita Malhotra September 15, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Hostels, hostels and more hostels. No wonder Goa has turned into a paradise for backpackers and budget travellers. What an interesting concept of ‘no-pay’ for accommodation. For people who travel full-time, this could so perfect.

  • Paul (@luxury__travel) September 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    It’s been a long time since I last stayed in a hostel but they certainly seem to have improved hugely over the years – that last picture you wouldn’t think was a hostel at all!

    • Ozzy September 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Goa has changed leaps and bounds over the last few years Paul! You must visit for an update 🙂


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