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“Hangin' Out at Traveller's Budget Motel” 4 of 5 stars
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Avenue Du Stade, PO Box 3164, Port Vila, Efate 678, Vanuatu   |  
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Ranked #5 of 46 Hotels in Port Vila
Sydney
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“Hangin' Out at Traveller's Budget Motel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Travelling from Australia on Air Vanuatu I was told there were no connecting flights on the day of travel to Tanna Island so I made a reservation with Jack & Janelle. The arrangements they made for me were detailed and I arrived at their motel after midnight July 12th. Lights were ablaze but no one to be found. Finally Regina one of the staff woke and went to find Jack who was terribly apologetic! We sat and talked in their open kitchen/dining room until I retired.

Jack and Janelle are a perfect couple to run this type of accommodation. They seem to know everyone in Vanuatu! Stay still long enough and Jack will sell you property while Janelle will have you booked on multiple tours!

I've stayed in places with open kitchens and they are a bit of a gamble - everything is on display! Regina has every surface spotless and every implement gleaming!

I only stayed about 12 hours at T.B.Motel but it was enough to know this place is a kind of hidden oasis.

Now one thing about being old and travelling by myself is that my memory is a little dodgy. I get to the airport and discover I have the room key in my pocket! I'm not carrying a mobile but a young lady contacts Janelle for me and I take key to a tour desk for eventual return. The next day I discover that I've left my insulin injecting pen in the fridge at T.B.Motel. The people I'm staying with at Rocky Ridge Bungalows on Tanna Island contact Janelle and as Jack was supposedly going to the airport he put the insulin in an envelope and it was delivered a couple of hours later. I felt like a real goose!

I'm not a fan of Port Vila but once you're inside T.B.Motel you are insulated and could easily make this your base.

Room was simple and spotless. Food was great. Staff were super friendly and efficient and the wonderful owners couldn't do enough. Highly recommended

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Nice hostel, clean rooms, good price (by Vila standards), good central location, Jack and Janelle were friendly and helpful, lovely local staff, nice breakfasts and friendly atmosphere.

I would definitely recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights. Rooms were clean and compact. The whole motel is pretty compact in fact. 

The owners are indeed very nice and helpful. Might be a little too helpful for the independent travellers, but for most people, they would be seen as genuinely helpful.

Location was fine. 10 min walk to town and there were restaurant options nearby.

While we were there there were several interesting expats that popped in. It appears to be have a very open door policy, but all nice people. The owners love a drink.

Overall, I think it does what it says it does, and is a good option for the budget conscious. 

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The Travellers Budget Motel is perfect for the budget traveller. As a single traveller I thought Jack and Janelle did a brilliant job of looking after me and making me feel at home. The rooms are clean and comfortable, close to town and the communal area is great. I will back often to visit my family and this is the perfect place to stay. Highly recommended to all travellers looking for a safe, clean and friendly hotel. Travellers Budget Motel really sums up the Vanuatu experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Jack and Janelle are the perfect people to run a tourist resort. The accommodation and service is far better than recorded on the brochure while their staff are well trained and happy to make your holiday a treasured experience. They arrange any tours or activities - nothing is too difficult. For the traveller on a budget who wants to have a great time without the pocket suffering, then this is the place to go. Thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Launceston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Travellers is good if you want cheap, friendly, clean, basic accommodation relatively close to town. (Bring a torch if you are planning on walking home in the evening - very dark and rough unsurfaced footpaths.)

Does have toaster, microwave and jug in room and coffee and tea etc. Has a communal cooking space and room to sit by the pool to eat. Unfortunately this area is only metres from all bedrooms so any late night/early morning conversations and cooking and TV watching are heard by everyone. Bring ear plugs if you don't want to hear the guy next door snoring!

Lovely clean pool, clean rooms, free Wi-Fi, friendly hosts.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I've been on the road for almost a year, went to Vanuatu for a week over my birthday and stayed just one night at Traveller's Budget Motel (wish I had time to stay longer). I've never actually written on trip advisor before but the quality of stay and hosts has persuaded me to write my first comment.

Jack and Janelle make this place along with all their friendly staff. They will go out their way to make your stay better and easier. They said when you come to Traveller's you become part of the family - this is so true, never felt more welcome anywhere I've travelled yet! I sat up chewin' the fat (Scottish slang for chatting) to Jack, who has amazing stories and the best advice for Vanuatu and life! Aside from the hosting the rooms are very clean - to the highest standard.

I really wish I could have stayed longer but headed down to Tanna (which all the accommodation was sorted by Janelle) to round off my Vanuatu trip.

Thanks guys

Adam

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenue Du Stade, PO Box 3164, Port Vila, Efate 678, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Port Vila
#5 Family Hotel in Port Vila
#5 Romantic Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traveller's Budget Motel is Port Vila's best value for money accommodation. Despite our budget category, the owner-managers have meticulously attended to every detail inside and out, to ensure your stay is relaxing and comfortable. The difference is apparent as soon as you step foot onto the property. The gardens are beautifully landscaped, rooms are tastefully decorated and well lit, showers are clean, sheets are crisp and rooms serviced daily. We believe everyone who visits Vanuatu is entitled to five-star hospitality. All rooms have cold remote controlled air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans, en-suite with shower, kitchenette, bar fridge, microwave and TV. Each room has free data and wireless internet connection. An outside nakamal with full cooking facilities overlooks a sparkling blue 8.5 Metre pool. This is a relaxing place to sit and read. Located just 10 minutes walk from the shopping and restaurant precinct of Port Vila, the beautiful lagoons, beaches and attractions are either a short walk or drive away. ... more   less 
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