Of the Honiara hotels I think this one has the best location and possibly nicest rooms. Although I am always one to judge for myself, I had heard it compared to the heritage (where I have stayed also), but I was determined to view the Mendana with an open mind. And I found it to be really great. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the rooms are clean and well maintained. The internet was wi-fi and not that crappy bumblebee they have everywhere else. Big plus.They have cold brew and several cuisines to choose from. The a la carte is alright, sort of the usual westernised fare that characterises many restaurants in Honiara: which is to say, kind of generic, unimaginative and hotel-ish, or in other words, what I expected.
For something a bit different, try the Japanese restaurant. The service is kind of surly but the food is pretty nice. If, like me, you thought there would be more fish on Honiara menus, then the Japanese will hit the spot. Also, I love organised/compartmentalised food, so Bento is an all time favourite. Note that you can also order the Bento of the day in the main restaurant - worth noting if you are sick of frozen veg.
Breakfast is just okay. I have a pathological wariness about lukewarm buffets and meat, so you might want to order the fresh cooked omelette. But also, hotel breakfast is just not to my taste anyway. I prefer just a strong coffee and some grainy toast with real butter. But what is always available is drip filter 'joe,' and bread so white it is practically a cake.
Now to the disclaimer part of the review. I stayed here on business. I didn't pay for anything except my own booze. And I am a fortunate person by many world standards, so feel like a bit of an ingrate saying anything critical. However, if you are paying for your stay, or are deciding between the Mendana and the heritage and aren't planning on spending a lot of time at the pool, choose this one. Its kind of half a dozen of one and 6 Of the other. But I think the staff, the layout and the Japanese just tip it in the Mendana direction.
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