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“Best place to stay on Efate!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Motel   |   Avenue Du Stade, PO Box 3164, Port Vila, Efate +678, Vanuatu   |  
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Ranked #4 of 46 Hotels in Port Vila
Wanaka, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best place to stay on Efate!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

We picked this place because of "TOP Choice" recommendation in Lonely Planet, and we didn't regret it. Actually, we couldn't do better. It is really true what is written there and much more. The place is very nice and very clean, everything is working, there is sink, toaster and microwave and fridge in the room, but you can also use perfect outdoor kitchen (under the roof) to cook your own meals. But possible to buy a delicious breakfast and dinner prepared by Ni Van cook John. There is free wifi too. But the most valuable asset are the owners of this place - Jack and Janelle, who are always there (actually they live in the motel) ready to help you with whatever pops out (not only advice on your travels but can help with air tickets etc). They are really special, and we would not enjoy Vanuatu as much as we did without them. Very good place to meet other travelers (Jack always make sure that everybody is introduced to each other). Very nice and clean pool. You can buy local crafts from Jack (produced directly by Ni Va people around Vanuatu, not only Efate). One of the best accommodations we have stayed ever.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Launceston, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

The hosts of Travellers, Jack and Janelle are easy going, with a wealth of local knowledge. They are very friendly people, running a clean and neat motel. Because of unexpected medical problems, we had to stay extra nights. Jack and Janelle were very attentive to our needs, assisting with transport to the Doctor and, under the circumstances, making our stay as comfortable as possible. The pre-prepared microwaved food was good. Freshly prepared breakfasts were also good, as was the opportunity to talk with other guests at the table, sharing travel experiences. Altogether a very nice place to stay. Can be highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Close to town, great atmosphere, good food available & value for money, clean rooms, internet access available. If your looking for things to do and see just ask Jack & Janelle for some friendly unbiased information.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Great, fun place to stay. The set up (centralized meeting table, pool, and kitchen facilities) encouraged interactions among the guests. Jack (owner) was extremely accommodating and took the time to answer all our questions. He also helped us to have the best sailing/SCUBA and horseback riding experiences of all our travels. Regina’s (staff member) calm demeanor and sunny personality made breakfast time enjoyable. Owners are on premises and ensure a respectful environment.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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San Diego
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is the perfect base for all your Vanuatu travels. Janelle and Jack are warm and helpful, with great ideas, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness. They've created an inviting space where you will feel welcomed but not smothered, cared about but not doted on. There's a great atmosphere of adventure and comity, where travelers swap stories and ideas over coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night. The rooms are super clean, with hot walk-in showers and comfortable beds (I can use the plural because I stayed in two different rooms). I really can't say enough good things about Traveller's Budget Motel!

Room Tip: Rooms 9 and 10 are furthest away from the common areas, so are the quietest.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anglet, France
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Small (9 rooms + dorm), unpretentious B&B made "special" by the warmth and character of the owners, Jack and Janelle. I spent almost 4 weeks here on a business trip and would love to return for a vacation. 10 minutes walk from the town center, each room has a kitchenette and the main kitchen is available for use by all who wish. Small but welcoming pool to cool down after a day of business, or back from a trip to the dive centres, 18 holes at the golf club or just wandering around town. Excellent breakfasts tailored to your wishes, with a newly-introduced ready-meal option (selection of frozen dishes prepared by the cook or Jack ... with a beef strogonoff to die for). The place is usually close to fully occupied so book in advance if you want to be part of the family, albeit briefly.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

We did plenty of research before booking our stopover in Vila, and this place was a great option. It's not flash, but its clean, tidy and the guys are really friendly and helpful. They also do a mean home cooked breakfast, so do that!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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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 Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites 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): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Traveller's Budget Motel 2*
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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