This was my 7th visit to Port Vila, but my first as a single traveller. I wanted somewhere budget, but pleasant to stay while I got my Scuba Certificate and generally just enjoy the local area. I chose the Sportsmens for lots of reasons, but the mains ones were the easy access to town and Au Bon Marche Nambatu and having Emily's Cafe on site for when I didn't feel like venturing far for food or a drink and having wi fi Internet access is now high on my want list.
After booking into the Sportsmens for my first night I wasn't sure how long I would stay, but after Bob moved me into the large and airy downstairs ensuite room with separate bedroom, I soon became very comfortable and stayed for 9 of my 13 nights. The room is actually a 2 bedroom unit with a kitchenette (sink, benches and fridge, but no cooking/cutlery or crockery), separate lounge/dining area, shower room and separate toilet. The 2nd bedroom was locked for the duration of my stay as I had no need for it, but the other areas were so roomy, comfortable and clean that I really felt at home and was able to keep my belongings neat during my stay. This is something that's so hard if you don't have a bit a storage and room to move. My bedroom had a comfortable double bed with crisp, clean sheets and pillows, a ceiling fan, bedside table and storage shelf. The storage shelf was my favourite piece of furniture during my stay. It allowed me to unpack and have my belongings out of my bag so I could find things easily. It might sound like a small thing, but it's not common to be able to do this.
I thoroughly enjoyed the meals I had at Emily's and there's so much to choose from. I like the local style and flavours and sometimes that means a few more bones or different cuts than you might be used to. I loved the chicken curry, followed by ice cream served in a glass for dessert.
The staff at Emily's and the Sportsmens are all lovely to deal with and generally happy to have a chat if time permits.
Access to town is easy if you walk to the right and then turn left when you get to the roundabout. Follow that road until you reach a steep staircase and you will come out opposite The Grand. Quick and easy, if you don't mind "a few" steps.
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thank you so much for your extensive review, it was a pleasure having you here - the staff also enjoyed your company. We strive for perfection - as a budget accommodation, and seems like we have done that for you. Emily's is a great addition to the accommodation as the inexpensive meals bring you the entire accommodation/meals experience.
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Thank you again for your review and we'd love to have you back - maybe 'both' of you next time
Bob & Emily
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