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'A slice of Panjim hospitality' - 17 Sep 2011

Panjim Inn is a delightful hotel located within the chromatically and architecturally stunning Panjim city! It's the dramatic colour that envelopes a visitor to Panjim and creates the exuberant atmosphere. Nestled within this environment are other Goan villas that have been converted into small hotels and bed and breakfast inns. Yet the Panjim Inn stands out in the landscape of decaying heritage homes as a well preserved and comfortable hotel. Panjim Inn was among the earliest large homes of the Fontainhas and was built in the 1800's by Francis Assis D'Silveira. His descendant Jack Ajit Sukhija is the partner of the hotel and is a pleasant person who manages the Panjim Inn today.

     
 

Panjim Inn amongst World's 50 best-budget-boutique-hotels - 22 Jan 2011

Hidden among the narrow lanes of the Latin Quarter in Panaji, the capital of Goa, this grand colonial townhouse dates from the early 1800s and is still owned by the original Goan family. Each of its 24 rooms has a wonderful old-world charm, with period furniture, sepia family photos and (in some) carved four-poster beds. The same family runs the beautiful Panjim Pousada across the road, an old Hindu house with nine rooms.
+91 832 222 6523, panjiminn.com; doubles from £35 B&B. Monarch (monarch.co.uk) flies from Gatwick or Manchester to Goa from £371 return

     
 

Rough Guides Review

The Rough Guides lists the Panjim Inn as a ”Must See“ Heritage House on a Goa visit for its Period Furniture & the Quality of the Restoration Rough Guides, 5th Edition, Goa Guide

We list a lot of places, of course, but only a few qualify for a special recommendation of this kind, which highlights your establishment as one of the author's favouries. In order to draw attention to the fact, I'm enclosing a "Rough Guide recommends " sticker ..........Martin Dunsford, Publishing Director


Grand 300-year - old townhouse, now managed as a homely heritage hotel, with period furniture, sepia family photos, balconies and a common veranda where meals and drinks are served to guests. The same family runs the even more beautiful Panjim Pousada, across the road, an old Hindu house which gives you the chance sample what Panjim must have.


Panjim Peoples : The Panjims Inn's latest "heritage" venture, opposite the original house (see above) occupies a former high school. It's more upmarket than their other two wings, but no less appealing for that. The rooms are huge, fitted with antique rosewood furniture, gilded pelmets and lace curtains, and the bathrooms feature the Sukhija family's hallmark crazy-mosaic tiling. Tariffs mid-season start at around Rs5000 per night.

     
 

The Independent, The Information Guide

A grand colonial town house conversion, the Panjim Inn is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Panaji, the capital of Goa. Hidden among the narrow lanes, the building dates back more than 150 years. Still owned by the original Goan family, each room has been individually designed with carved four-poster beds, antique furniture and old sepia family photographs. Meals are served on the veranda.

     
 

Lonely Planet Guide on Goa

Panjim Inn, Goa - One of the reasons Fountainhas is a highlight of Goa.

Review by author Marika McAdam
One of the most charming places to stay in Panaji, this beautiful mansion from the 1800s has a large 1st-floor veranda and the fragile elegance of a Chinese pavilion. The spacious rooms, some with four-poster beds feature colonial furniture and are brimming with individual character. The Panjim Inn proudly and fittingly wields the distinction of being Goa's oldest Heritage hotel, a status that the passage of time can only enhance. Built in the late 1800s by Francis Assis D'Silveira and still managed by his ancestors, the 14 rooms of the Panjim Inn all evoke the type of nostalgia that comes from reading hardback editions of the classics. The large suite rooms have small semi-enclosed balconies, and even the standard rooms (well, as standard as a heritage hotel room can be) have an old-style charm that make this sleeping experience a travel experience. The small details of the Panjim Inn stir your imagination as to who traversed the hallways and make you wish you had packed something so you could elegantly dress to do the same.


Panjim Pousada, Goa -A well-renowned place that still feels like a hidden gem


Review by author Marika McAdam
In an old area of Panjim was an old Hindu house. In the Hindu house was a courtyard. In the courtyard was an art gallery. In the art gallery was a spiral staircase. Up the spiral staircase was a room. In the room was one lucky bastard. Lifestyle magazine journalists and art couture photographers would do well to visit Panjim Pousada. The many angles of this multifarious building would grace the pages of any glossy. Your first impression is created at the mosaic entry, and the experience just gets better and better. The spiral staircases and solid wooden doors that lead to the rooms hint at the quality and class that lies therein. Colonial furniture graces each room and tastefully minimalist touches like shelves carved into the solid white walls also add character. The appropriation of this resplendent home from the well-to-do Hindu family was seemingly done without any of its former grace falling by the wayside.


Panjim Peoples, Goa - Heritage hotel heaven.


Review by author Marika McAdam
From the people who brought the Panjim Inn to the Old Quarter comes Panjim People's, the most decadent of them all. With the same intention of old-world revival, the People's is a step up in elegance from the other options in the area. If you're lucky enough to get one of the four bright and airy rooms in this landmark of Fountainhas, you're in for a travel treat. Rooms truly do justice to the proud exterior of this converted heritage building. Decadent four-poster beds, colonial-era furniture and tiled mosaic bathrooms allow you to immerse yourself away from the entire modern world, despite modern amenities like fridge and TV. The larger room at the back of the building has an ornately carved antique rosewood bedhead which is an elegant centerpiece. Each of the four rooms has slightly different character, though all have private balconies overlooking picturesque fragments of the Old Quarter.

     
 

Frommer's Review

Situated in Panjim's historic Fontainhas district, these are the only authentically Goan guesthouses in Panjim. Retired engineer Ajit Sukhija and his son Jack provide warm Goan hospitality, regaling you with local history while proudly pointing out family photographs. The best option is the recently opened Panjim People's, a four-room heritage hotel (until recently a prominent local school) with spacious rooms and modern bathrooms; ask for the room in which Ajit's mother's lovely rosewood four-poster bed is the centerpiece. There's nothing particularly luxurious about the restored colonial-era Hindu Pousada, but it offers a taste of Panjim's 19th-century upper-class lifestyle (along with hot water). The simple rooms are furnished with antiques (including four-poster beds) arranged around an empty courtyard. Windows and balconies look onto the back streets and backyards of Panjim's old "Latin Quarter." The Pousada's older Catholic sister, Panjim Inn, is located on an old family property dating back to 1880; as with the Pousada, rooms vary in size and price, so it's best to look around before deciding. You can also browse the latest offering, Gallery Geetanjali, which showcases up-and-coming artists.

     
 

Let’s Go, India & Nepal

Panjim Inn A beautiful 18th-century mansion with a vine-coloured veranda and large rooms, all with gorgeous antique furniture. Internet service and A/C available. Hot showers in all attached baths. Flexible check-out, generally 9.00 am. Rooms at the equally lovely adjacent annex, Pousada

     
 

Foot Prints - Hand Book

Old character house kept in traditional style colonial furniture - Four poster beds, friendly, relaxed.

     
 

Guide Du Routard

Panjim Inn: Dans une ancienne maison portugaise, absolument superbe, 12 chambres meublees a I’ancienne et vraiment a croquer (on s’y sent comme chez grand-mere). Toutes avec salle de bains et ventilo. Tres calme et proprete de riguer. Petite galerie d’art au ler etage : on aime ou n’ame pas ce qui est expose, mais I’idee est sympa. Pas de telephone ni de TV, une paix royale. Personnel aussi charmant que le lieu! Un autre batiment, appele, dans un style tres different, plus aere, entoure d’un patio resemble egalement a un veritable bijou. A vous de choisir votre style. C’est une de nos meilleures adresses car le rapport qualite-prix y est excellent, quoiqu’un peucher.




Guest Comments

For six months the Panjim Inn has been my home - and a wonderfully welcoming and comforting home. It has been, as a refuge from distressing circumstances outside. People say "You won't ever want to come to Goa, again after what you've been through". But my answer is that I could happily retire here, thanks to my experience of the Panjim Inn.
- Philip Stewart, Oxford, England

Having arrived feeling tired and fairly fed up with travel in India, we leave after a week with only one regret - that we can't stay longer. Lovely building, beautifully maintained and very clean - a real delight. We found staff and management helpful, friendly. Knowledgeable without even being pushy. Keep up the good work, we look forward to visiting again during the dry season too!
- Steve & Susi Lemlin, London, England

We will be missing Goa many times in the future.Thank you for all your hospitality and kindness. As you said, your place felt more like home than a hotel.
- Marku, Finland

Absolutely beautiful, I would come back to Goa just to stay at Panjim Inn again. This experience shall reach the far away realms of New York City and Mexico through our (my) telling. Keep it as it is. Thank you!
- Rafael Tajer, Mexico City, Mexico

What a beautiful little place. We feel lucky to have found the Panjim Inn. Thank you! The service is among the best and most entertaining we have ever found.
- Elise Traftan, Topshan, ME, USA

Lovely room, beautiful building and friendly service.
- Peter Reeve, London, UK

A surprising, wonderful and entertaining establishment. Encouraging to see preservation rather than modernisation. Best wishes for the future and thanks to the friendly staff. I hope to return again.
- Colin Russell, Dublin, Ireland

I had very nice days here, but everything in life has an end, so also my happy days here.
- Horst Kurek Deichelwijz, Germening, Germany

A great place to stay, especially when you're feeling ill. The staff are friendly and willing to help. The rooms are clean and well maintained.
- Judith, Nigel & Lee, Manchester, England

A most enjoyable stay in this historic house. Looking forward to our next visit.
- Dr & Mrs T E Jeffeys, Wrexhem, UK

A great place to relax and recover from the rigours of a good holiday.
- Jo Smith, Scotland

This place is like a paradise oasis with a lot of love for every little detail. We enjoyed our stay a lot. Thank you very much.
- Nancy Bontsahev, Berlin, Germany

I really enjoyed myself and I am making this hotel or inn 8 Star. I hope I can come again soon and please visit me in Delhi.
- Ruchira, New Delhi

It has been an amazing trip!
- Gabriela, Mexico City, Mexico