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6 Williamson Rd, Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Suva
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“Very tired”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Stayed one night for transit. They had had a very busy week, so when we arrived, apparently they had not been able to keep pace with laundering towels or linen.
While we were out at dinner, they DID get everything installed int he rooms.
DOWNSIDE was getting new towels that hadn't ever been washed, so they still had the residue of spinning oils from the manufacture proces, o they didn't dry you properly. It was mor elike a wipe-down process.

But the downstairs rooms were very nosiy with foot traffic above, it is VERY old, creaky, and really not a place I'd choose to stay again.
I have to say, the bed linen was very clean and crisp.
They take a key deposit as well as the security deposit, and required this in cash only, but as we were checking out early a.m. before reception re-opened, we had to return our keys before 10pm at night, and go to bed, or we would have not got our deposit back. We had to do the same with the towels. They need a bit more flexibility.

Our intrepid group of teenagers had a choice of staying overnight again after 13 hours travelling back from the outer islands where they ahd been living and volunteer working village style, but they opted to endure another 4 hours on a wild run in from Natovi landing, to catch the last Pacific Bus service of the day and a 10pm arrival in Nadi (17 hours all up on the road), so they could stay at Tanoa Skylodge again.

Room Tip: Upstairs would be better.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

We stayed a night at the South Seas Private Hotel in Suva, paying for a private bathroom, their most expensive room at $64. Late at night we found we had no hot water. There was a school group staying at the hotel and we thought because of heavy use, the hot water might just have run out. However, we checked again at 5.30am and at 7.30am - still no hot water. On checking out we asked the staff whether they thought it was fair to pay what we had for a room with no hot water. They merely said that was the room rate, and it did not seem to matter to them that it was supposed to be a room with hot water.
So, fellow travellers, if you are considering staying at the South Seas Private Hotel in Suva, check that the room actually has hot water before accepting it.
Still no Internet or WiFi.
Ian and Stephanie Partridge

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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20 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed here when in Suva for one night after checking out of the uncharacteristic Best western down the road. This was by far nicer, it had a lot more of a rustic theme, yes the rooms were far more basic, but the smiley staff made up for it as well as the rooms being half the price. The location wasn't the best but it was right next to the museum which we planned to visit anyway. I would stay here again if I came back.

Room Tip: I think all rooms are quite basic but clean enough.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vibes
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

I have stayed here several times when in Suva. Its very basic but has some class to it. The rooms have not changed since the place was built. It could do with some more powerful fans, a lick of paint and a power supply. The facilites are clean and the kichen and bathroom system works. Friendly staff nice garden The TV room now has satelite TV small bonus if board!

Room Tip: I advise to sleep on the higher floors, less noise and movements
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

Had some expectations after reading the Lonely Planet guide for Fiji from 2009. I really felt let down when I arrived. The staff was busy with a visitor (I think it was her boyfriend) and barely looked up when we came. She was very unhelpful-- when we asked if she had a map of central Suva, she just said no and turned away, without even asking what we were looking for. The hotel (or hostel, really) lacks many facilities. There is no wifi what so ever. There is, as far as I could see, practically no security at the entrance (I suspect a marching band could have walked in without the receptionist girl noticing). The rooms lacked air-con. There is a roof fan, but the fan in the room we got (#5) was barely working. Paid 51 FJD per night for a double with shared bathroom, which isn't too bad. The room had nothing but a small cupboard and a bed. The bed sheets were a bit stained, but the room was otherwise reasonably clean. A bit dusty. There was no power outlets as far as I could see.

It is okay for a quick night or two in Suva, but I do not think I would spend any more time there. It gets a plus for the location - it really isn't far from the bus stop, and a taxi costs around 4 FJD.

Room Tip: Only saw number 5, and my tip: avoid it.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Apia, Samoa
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

I have stayed there in 2010 and 2011. One of the staff is great, the other are ok. The biggest complain I have about it is there is NO internet. In Fiji, they should offer free or low cost internet. It is a pain in the butt to go down to Connect Fiji to check emails!

Room Tip: Get a back room.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

We stayed in Suva for 3 nights (I don't know why!) and this was one of the nicest things about the city. It is an older-style colonial building.
The hotel is safe and friendly and has a good kitchen for self-catering. There is also a TV lounge with plenty of seating. We found this place also to be very secure at night time.
Some tips on Suva:
EVERYONE is out to make money out of you - even someone you pass in the street! We went to the cinema and it was very good. The handicraft market is good but you have to be patient and be prepared to be hassled if you go in somewhere like this!
Only get in a taxi with a meter. We were told not to wander around Suva after dark -but it's ok if you take a taxi everywhere (very cheap)
We went to the bus-station to catch the local buses around Vita Levu and this was fine.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6 Williamson Rd, Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Suva
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Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Suva
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Number of rooms: 42

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