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The Friendly Islander Hotel

Vuna Rd | PO Box 142, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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The Friendly Islander Hotel
Ranked #9 of 14 hotels in Nuku'alofa
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Savusavu
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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
1 review
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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

The Friendly Islander Hotel is one of the best hotel in Tonga,they are so friendly and Papiloa,the owner is so cheerful courtesy and co-operation,she has a real sympathy for those in need,and quick to lend a helping hand when called upon.We found the accommodation is clean and affordable and comfortable,so I recommend this hotel to angone highly.

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Address: Vuna Rd | PO Box 142, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Tongatapu Island > Nuku'alofa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Friendly Islander Hotel
The Friendly Islander Hotel Tonga/Tongatapu Island

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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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The Friendly Islander was built as a destination for culturally-minded travellers from around the world who seek an insight into the "real Tonga" in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Situated on the waterfront, the Friendly Islander is set in tropical gardens with local flora and fauna. 5mins drive to town along the waterfront, we are 10mins walk from 'restaurant row', the Saturday morning fleamarket ('swap meet'), the fish markets and the main interisland wharf. ... more   less 
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