Located on 31st January Road in old Panjim, the airport is 45 km from Panjim Pousada, the railway station is 12 km while the bus stand is only a kilometres away, across the road.
This alternative retreat shares space with an art Gallery. Needles to say, it is unconventional and beautiful, funky and arty. Housing 9 rooms, the property is a part of the Panjim Inn, Panjim Peoples and Panjim Pousada trinity, all run by the same management, who like to call Panjim Pousada a 'vintage hostelry'. Unlike Panjim Inn and Panjim Peoples, this one is has a distinct 'Hindu' architecture with a central courtyard compete with a tulsi (basil) plant around which the rooms are set, and which is the site for many prayers too. Rebuilt in the 1930's, this was the ancestral home of a Ghanekar family.
Original artwork adorns the walls and a beautiful Bread fruit tree grows outside in the backyard.
The 9 rooms are categorised into Standard (2) and Deluxe rooms (7). The only difference between the two lies in their size. The Deluxe rooms have a balcony and bigger beds. Antique cupboards, four poster beds and old Lamps unobtrusively merge with modern plumbing and air conditioning to create this quiet and serene retreat. One of the Deluxe rooms has an extra dressing room and a beautiful antique wardrobe. The upstairs rooms open to a large, common balcony with vintage chairs and tables, all surrounded by trees. Charming.
The rooms at Panjim Pousada are painted pristine white and set off by colourful cotton bedspreads and curtains. Old style red stone floor with faded patterns is charming. Amenities include cable television and mini refrigerator. The washrooms are clean and pretty with little tiles splayed on all surfaces. Amenities here include hot and cold running water and soap. The property does not offer room service as the food can damage the delicate art work and the antiques.
Dining and Facilities
Since there is no room service, meals are to be had at the restaurant at Panjim Inn, which lies across the road and is a part of the same establishment, the main one in fact. Most facilities therefore are common between the two properties. The reception is at Panjim Inn and that's where the staff stays. Facilities offered include doctor on call and laundry service.
Across all the rooms, old liquor bottles have been used to create lamps. Very quaint and funky!