In summary: this is one of the top one or two places to stay in Port Moresby if you are a business traveller who cares about safety.
As people keep commenting here, the Grand Papua is not cheap - but Port Moresby is a town where people value their security and the GP does that very well. It hasn't had the kind of problems that many of the other hotels keep having. It's not cheap to have two separate rings of guards and a fortress-like building. It can't be cheap, either, to maintain large numbers of staff on site 24 by 7 who you are duty bound to ensure have safe transport to and from the hotel.
The hotel's building suffers a little from having had a change of purpose during its construction. The apartment building it was going to be didn't need an extensive lobby, or, it would seem, a realistically sized swimming pool. That said, management have done a lot with what they have. The hotel has got a great bar, a middlin' restaurant and a very nice executive lounge on the 15th floor. This lounge is the place to meet people in POM if you are there on business.
The hotel gym is also on the 15th - if you get up there early in the morning you can appear to run into the dawn above Bootless Bay.
The rooms are modern with comfortable beds, and the apartments - which are even more pricey - are very good indeed. If you need to spend a few weeks in Moresby as an expat an apartment in the GP is hard to beat. You can cook for yourself and live semi-independently in the fortress of the hotel, choosing how and when you engage with the world outside.
There aren't a lot of choices for safety-conscious business travellers in Port Moresby. The Grand is definitely high on the list as is the Airways, but they are in different locations. I suggest you figure out where in town you need to be and choose between them accordingly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the city centre of Port Moresby, the Grand Papua Hotel is the newest deluxe hotel to open in PNG. Comprising 161 rooms and suites, the hotel caters to both the corporate and leisure traveller. ... more less
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