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“Great for divers and location but basic” 4 of 5 stars
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The Espiritu
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road, Luganville, Espiritu Santo P.O Box 133, Vanuatu (Formerly Apex Garden Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Luganville
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great for divers and location but basic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

We stayed here during the Easter break and were in Luganville for the primary purpose of diving the Coolidge.

Accommodation:
The hotel is centrally located on the main street of Luganville, with most places a quick walk around from the hotel. The rooms are basic but clean, have a safe and TV (with dvd player). The toilet is a bit tiny. The room we had was overlooking the front main street of Luganville and had a big balcony, which was great for sitting in the evenings and also drying our wet clothes from diving :). Downstairs reception also has a good selection of DVD's - most were very recent movies (1-2 months recent) - we were happily surprised.

Diving:
Alan Powers is just 50m up the road from this hotel and was very convenient as we could head home to have hot showers in between our morning and afternoon dives, without needing to wait for a drop-off or pick-up. Simon (owner) at the front desk is also very helpful and can organise tours for you to champagne beach and the blue holes.

Food:
There is a great asian restaurant just downstairs - Ocean King (different owners) that does very good seafood. Le Jardins (french restaurant) is also just 50m down the road and there are plenty of supermarkets just around the corner for any food and other supplies. Deco Stop is also a short walk up the hill - so there are plenty of food options all around. We

Amenities:
There is free wireless available at the hotel!

Bottom-line: This is no resort facility but the location from Alan Powers dive store and food options around make this a decent and cheap option in Luganville for divers.

Room Tip: Top floor - double bedroom with a balcony
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

We stayed 8 nights at the Apex Hotel in the centre of Luganville and were very happy with our choice.

The Apex hotel is a new modern built hotel right in the centre of town, so easy to find. It has a restaurant attached to it, particularly handy for breakfast.

The rooms were clean and simple and well priced. We went for Deluxe on the top floor which had a balcony. This over looked the road which was noisy first thing in the morning. I checked out the Superior rooms on the first floor, these had no balcony, but overlooked the back of the hotel, so i’m sure they would be quieter. Slightly smaller in room size, but other than that not much difference to Deluxe (except the balcony).

Also checked out the single rooms (very spacious) and the family rooms (not bad size but might be a struggle with lots of suitcases)

We got a great deal on Wotif, which included free airport transfers, so worth checking out.

The beds were very comfortable, the air-conditioning was quiet and effective, and there was also a fan.

The free wi-fi internet (if you have your own laptop) was reasonably fast and reliable.

There was also a TV (with one channel only, channel 9 i think from Australia), fridge and a kettle.

Room was simply furnished, with just a bed side cabinet, and a small table, above which was a hanging rail for clothes.

Bathroom was small ish but totally workable, clean, powerful and hot shower.

Rooms were cleaned everyday. Clean towels provided when asked for (to preserve water usage)

Simon the manager, was very helpful and so easy to get information from as he is Australian so obviously fluent English, but also knows the area well.

The Apex is close to the small choice of restaurants in Luganville. We would rather have this, then stuck on a posh resort with no choice but to pay their very high prices in the same restaurant every night.

Restaurants were excellent, have reviewed Deco Stop, Le Jardin des Saveurs, and Beach Front as separate reviews.

The Apex hotel is also one of the few places (maybe only??!!) that does car hire.

Do not expect Avis / Hertz.

We paid 8500 vatu, (then 10% off i think for being a customer at the hotel) for a fairly old, creaky car with a tape deck (!) which would be considered a good quality car on the island, but barely road worthy to us. It did somehow manage to get us around the island with no troubles, but we were a bit shocked at the price of car hire and what you got for your money.

Santo in general was much more expensive then we ever thought.

Luxury hi-end priced resorts for a developing country.

We are so glad that we stayed in the clean, cheap, modern, air-con basic comfort of Apex, and then spent the days going to all the over-priced posh resorts and using all their facilities. Something openly welcomed by the resorts, so a great way of doing a holiday in Santo!

Room Tip: Restaurant is closed on Wednesdays
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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waltalini, Manager at The Espiritu, responded to this review, May 8, 2011
Thanks for the positive review Claire! Im glad Stuart and youself enjoyed your stay with us. It was definitely a pleasure having you guys.

I promise I will phase out our vehicles that have reached their 3 year rental period and will be introducing a new vehicle range that is a lot more suitable, but rest assured all our vehicles are no older than 3 years.

Thanks again guys.

Simon
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Northland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2011

Well you dont go back if you dont like it!...I came back again 6 months later to find that it is still best value and friendliest accom in Santo....although Simon the manager was not there, his brother raymond clearly can run the hotel as well.

Your're still doing a great job guys!..I will be back again..great value for a business traveller, Internet aceess ( wireless) , lean , quiet rooms.

Cheers!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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waltalini, Manager at The Espiritu, responded to this review, April 27, 2011
Thanks for the positive feedback Paul! Glad you enjoyed yourself again mate.

I was a little embarrassed about the tusker incident though haha! Hopefully I'll see you next time you come in.

Cheers

Simon
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Northland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

I had the pleasure of once again staying at the Apex Hotel in Santo, Vanuatu and am convinced it is the best value hotel for business travellers..clean rooms, wireless internet, central to all businesses in Santo, great staff and excellent food from the chinese restaurant attached ( but run as a seperate owner restaurant )...Well what more could you want!..Simon and his staff were absolutely brilliant and I very very much appreciated a no charge, late check out ..( not always availble your room is needed!) If you dont stay at the Apex, you are doing something wrong!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Road, Luganville, Espiritu Santo P.O Box 133, Vanuatu (Formerly Apex Garden Hotel)
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Location: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo > Luganville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Luganville
#5 Romantic Hotel in Luganville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Espiritu 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Espiritu is a boutique hotel and car hire business in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. We are conveniently located in the heart of town and is only minutes away from cafes, shops and dive operators. Here at The Espiritu, we offer modern and contemporary rooms that reflect a home away from home. We provide accommodation with rooms to suit all travelers – divers, families, couples, groups and even long term stays. Your second home has never been easier to find! ... more   less 
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