Prison Hostel




The Review

Prison Hostel is a nice hostel. The staff are friendly, chatty, and helpful. The location is pretty convenient, but you'll have to do some walking to get to the beach. The prison concept adds a little edge to it. The price is not great, but you do have breakfast included and the building is very modern and well kept, so we forgive them.

The Location

The location of the hostel is pretty convenient, not too far from the center of the village and where the buses stop, and not too far from the beach either. Everything is generally within walking distance (about half an hour), but it's very easy to hop on a motorbike taxi or hire one if you are brave enough). There are many nice restaurants and shops in the area and the area in general seems like it is very welcoming and easygoing. There are ATMs as well.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are white, bright, and tidy. The sheets look clean and the beds are comfortable. The rooms are big and nicely ventilated. There are large lockers under the beds. There could be more electricity plugs, but if the room is not entirely full, you should be alright. There are plenty of showers and they are also neatly kept. There is soap and toilet roll and everything is pretty basic but very satisfying. Towels are for rent.

Common Spaces

The building resembles, as the name of the hostel suggests, a prison. There are bars on the windows, which make the whole thing seem pretty authentic. You can even get your own mugshot at check-in. There is also a lot of cool art on the walls. There is a super cool bus bar in the yard where you can get cocktails and smoothies. At night, it turns into a mini club, with funky lights and music. There is also a kitchen you can use; a basic breakfast is included, which you can have as late as 11 a.m. (though we hope you don't mind the company of ants -- they are everywhere and they are huge, but harmless)! There is good Wi-Fi and a computer you can use. There is also really nice and cozy hang out area that seems like it is a living room, just like back home.


This place resembles a prison, but feels quite like home. It's good for a couple of days' stay, away from the beach and the loud parties. Although, you can party right here if you wish.
by Markovka Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Prison Hostel" at 970/1 Anjuna Flea Market Road, Opposite La Franza Restaurant.)


970/1 Anjuna Flea Market Road, Opposite La Franza Restaurant, Anjuna, Goa, India
15.578845, 73.748028 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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  Prison Hostel is an excellent hostel and well worthy of being a contender as the best hostel in India. Its location is great and there's a great backpacker vibe throughout rather than a Goa holiday/hippie hang out. The entire place is themed as a prison without being tacky at all and there's breakfast included as well snacks and beer available on a trust-and-pay-later scheme. The Location This hostel is a really easy find, as it's located on probably the most well-known road in Anjuna. Asking locals to point you in the direction of particular restaurant or hotels is the best way to navigate around. The hostel is very well known, but if you do come across someone who is unfamiliar, you can ask for the La Franz Restaurant, which is extremely close by, or the football pitch. Walk away from from the football pitch toward the beach, go around the bend and you will soon see the restaurant just mentioned on your right, just after this on your left is the hostel. Rooms and Bathrooms Dorms are a little crowded but are kitted out to a high standard. Each bunk has cages beneath where you can lock your bags up and there are large ceiling fans in the dorms (unfortunately no air conditioning, though). It's extremely clean and comfy and there's twenty-four/seven hot water plus and free purified drinking water available. Wi-Fi is also very strong throughout the property. Common Spaces There's a great little bar area with tables and music. There's also a room next door with one large table and stools, perfect for just sitting down with a beer and meeting people. Breakfast is also eaten here, so you can guarantee a range of people sitting around in the morning who want to chat. If you don't want to head down to the beach, there's a great area out the front for chilling out, with sun loungers and beds. A communal kitchen is also available to use and there's a really nice system of obtaining food and drink here, where the hostel trusts its stayers to write anything they take in a book, then pay for it later. Summary The prison theme goes all through the hostel, from barbed wire around the gate; to bars on the doors; to prison-style cups, plates, and tables. Despite all this, it still manages to be a pretty luxurious hostel and it's all done in a pretty stylish way. Meeting people will be effortless here and although it would come under the category of a party hostel, it's very chilled out and laid back during the day. Breakfast of eggs, toast, cornflakes and tea/coffee is included.

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