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Waterfront Lodge

Vuna Rd | Ma'ufanga, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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Ranked #1 of 14 hotels in Nuku'alofa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent 7 nights at the Waterfront Hotel and it exceeded my expectations. The people were friendly and very helpful in whatever you need. I stayed in a twin room with a family member and the room was spacious for the both of us to relax from the hot days and to cool down in the very nice balcony's during... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have stayed at the Waterfront a couple of times when in Tonga and never been disappointed. The rooms are very well appointed and the shower is great (something you really appreciate in Tonga). Added to this is one of the best restaurants on the island is downstairs for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Coming from beautiful Ha'apai and having to overnight in Nuku'alofa has never been a better experience...THIS HOTEL HAS IT ALL...very nice rooms, great family management, super friendly staff and a fantastic restaurant. On top of it everything you need to see in "downtown" is in walking distance Should you need to stay in Nuku'alofa, this is the place ! Nothing... More

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Little River, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Lovely hotel with everything you need and the bonus of a wonderful restaurant downstairs. Large rooms, tasteful decor, comfy bed. Loved the oversized shower - could fit a whole family in there! All very clean. Housekeeping staff take their job seriously! Staff were friendly and helpful. The included continental breakfast was ample and the verandah where this was served was... More

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We stayed one night on our way to Atata island. From the first enquiry the contact was fast and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. Room is beautiful and the continental breakfast was impressive (can't imagine how big the cooked is!). The staff are lovely and go out of their way to help. If you are looking for something central... More

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Bere Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Waterfront Lodge. Very good welcome by all of the staff and the room was very comfortable and spacious. With the added bonus of the outside balcony we were able to chill out and relax. The food was always excellent with plenty of choice from a very varied menu. We stayed for five nights... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

This lovely boutique guesthouse could not have been a better choice for us returning to Tonga on a 'trip down memory lane' after living here 38yrs ago. Welcoming, spotlessly clean, affordable, spacious rooms, excellent food in restaurant, professional & attentive staff, ideal location - everything we needed and/or wanted. Stayed initially 2 nights, returning after 2 nights on FaFa Island... More

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

My room was spacious, pleasantly furnished and had a nice view over the harbour.There was a nice terrace for evening drinks. The restaurant service was fine and the food and wine very enjoyable. The staff at reception were always very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately what would have been a most enjoyable stayat the Waterfront was marred by two scarves, presents... More

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Waterfront-Lodge, Owner at Waterfront Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Brian, thanks for your nice review...we received your Email about the missing scarf but we do not find anything when you left the Lodge and we set up the room, we already have a lot of stuff (umbrella, bags, clots, books, glasses etc.) forgot in the rooms in the past by the guests, but any scarfs...are you sure to... More

Yekaterinburg, Russia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

When the taxi delivered me to the hotel, I was shocked. The two-storeyed building, looks, as a shed. It is located opposite to the market. The personnel on a reception was friendly, our suitcases were delivered to the room on the 2nd floor. The room and the equipment correspond 4 stars to hotel. Everything is in working state. There is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The Waterfront Lodge is in a great location right on the harbour. It has an old colonial feeling & there is a safe, fridge & TV. The décor is lovely & we really enjoyed our waterfront room. Unfortunately the restaurant was not open as we were there between Christmas & New Year but we did go there to eat our... More

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Address: Vuna Rd | Ma'ufanga, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Tongatapu Island > Nuku'alofa
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Waterfront Hotel Nuku Alofa
Waterfront Lodge Tonga/Tongatapu Island

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The Waterfront Cafe and Lodge, the best private Tonga hotel, is located opposite Queen Salote Wharf, with the Nuku’alofa waterfront unfolding right before you. Just a 20 minute stroll to downtown Nuku'alofa and you will soon find yourself immersed in the sights, shops and markets of the Kingdom of Tonga capital city. The colonial-style lodge is packed with character and boasts a beautiful sea view, excellent services, high quality accommodation and arguably the most popular restaurant in the capital. The charming property is under Italian management and believes in paying special attention to each and every guest. The Waterfront Cafe and Lodge’s atmosphere is welcoming and homely, our staff is warm and friendly and every guest is treated with special attention which makes their holiday in Tonga even more memorable and their vacation so comfortable to make them feel at home. The Waterfront Lodge is internationally renowned not only to be the perfect hotel for your stay in Tongatapu but also to be a place of art where artists from Polynesia and the South Pacific often meet to expose their masterpieces. From our reception we can also organize tours of Tongatapu and packages to some of the top island hotels and attractions to ensure your Tonga holiday will be remembered as one of the best of your lifetime. If you are looking for your personal getaway to the friendly islands of the Kingdom of Tonga, welcome to the Waterfront Cafe' and Lodge, the best private owned accommodation you can find on our shore.World Class Tourism gives us 4 stars We have the pleasure to announce that the World Class Tourism for Tonga has recently judged the Waterfront Lodge & Cafe' as a 4 Stars hotel. This is indeed a great news for us and for all our new and returning guests. The unique accommodation, the casual atmosphere, the popularity of our restaurant and the smiles of our staff make the Waterfront Lodge & Cafe' the perfect stop over if you are visiting the capital or if your holiday takes you to one of the marvellous islands of the Kingdom of Tonga. Hope to see you soon. ... more   less 
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