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The Friendly Islander Hotel

Vuna Rd | PO Box 142, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
The Friendly Islander Hotel
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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St. Paul, Minnesota USA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The worse ever!!Roaches!! No running water!! White phone was almost black with all the dirt on it. Water bottle was refilled, the seal was broken. We could hear the roosters crowing as the walls are paper thin! You would be better off sleeping on the street!

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Papiloa, Manager at The Friendly Islander Hotel, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant stay. Thank you for your valued comment and rest assured we will look into improvement of these issues. malo More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We found the location and accommodation to be friendly, adequate, and comfortable for our intents and purposes during our stay there. Papiloa and staff were friendly and helpful. Anything we needed or had concerns about we could tell them about and it was dealt with promptly.

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Johnston Atoll
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

That unique part of Tongan character that means they don't care about anything, especially hygiene. This place is Cockroach infested heaven, believe me, I don't mind bug or two but when it is actually infested it's hard to sleep. Can you imagine sleeping with a cockroach climbing on your face and under the blankets. Wretch! They told me to keep... More 

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Papiloa, Manager at The Friendly Islander Hotel, responded to this review

We thank you for your valued comment and apologise for delayed response. Sorry for your unpleasant stay and we do note these issues for necessary action going forward. malo More 

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Savusavu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We have stayed at the Friendly Islander, better known locally as "Papiloa's Place" two times. We chose the older less expensive rooms (no AirCon, just a fan) and were quite pleased. While older, they were very clean and very well maintained. The location is right by the sea and close to town. The staff were very nice and made sure... More 

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

On 6/7/13 I didn't spent my 4 days in Tonga with my family because i like to experience the Friendly Islander Hotel to compare what i read and hurt about Papiloa and her services, now i can't regret are single minute but i count every moment that i been with them and how they make me feel like home, because... More 

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Gosford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

After an eventful journey through the Pacific, Papiloa's Place was a relaxing and memorable spot to base myself during my time in Tonga. My room was large and comfortable with a pleasant view over the garden, the pool was nice and the entire hotel was safe and quiet. But the real appeal of the Friendly Islander is the service –... More 

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newcastle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Friendly Islander Hotel Papiloa's Place for the first time in June 2012. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found a great place to stay while in Tonga visiting our family. The fale was very cute, and we loved having our own little place to come to at the end of the day.... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

I visited Tonga for 10 days during May 2012 and was so happy that I stayed at The Friendly Islander!! Papiloa and her crew made my stay enjoyable, and all my needs were met. My bungalow was quaint and perfect for me. The room was immaculate and staff were very attentive. Papiloa was very helpful with directing me around town... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

during my 5 day stay in tonga i was fortunate enough to be a guest at papiloas friendly islander hotel .during this time my every need was catered for - cheap acommodation cost,swimming pool onsite ,delightful gardens,clean relaxing ambiance,efficient & courteous staff ,tours avaliable,sea pool across road ,desirable location,airport transfers,meals on call & having papiloa drive me around to see... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

The F.I.H is probably the best hotel on the main land. We went their for our honeymoon and Papiloa opened her heart and doors to us. We were supposed to stay at another hotel but there was no communication from their end and our hotel arrangements were disarrayed. Papiloa is an amazing host, she basically told us the in/outs of... More 

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