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Sela's Guest House

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Longoteme Road Pahu, Tongatapu, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island Tonga
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Longoteme Road Pahu, Tongatapu, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island Tonga
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Zen from So Cal wrote a review Jan 2021
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The year was 1980. My bf and I said we were married so we could room together. No idea if that is a thing still. It was 12 USD a day and that included breakfast and dinner. Everyone was friendly. If you wanted a shower you asked for hot water and about 30 minutes you could get a 5 min shower. The food was home cooked. The room was big. 3 beds and 2 armoires. The view! Look out and see the best unobstructed ocean view. The meals were shared and our stay had Japan, Australia, Germany, Britain, Canada, France, and the US at the table. We shared stories and must sees and must avoids with one another. We met a lady on the plane from Wesrern Samoa and she took us under her wing. She was a US ex-pat and then lived in Fiji. She had visited here so often she now stayed with Sela, the owner at her home. She made a call and we were given the royal welcome. We were assigned an ocean view room. I have the fondest memories of Tonga. I stayed in contact with many guests and we swapped addresses to meet up if we made it to one another’s country. The gentleman from Japan did come stay a few years later and we found each other on FB recently. When we made our way to Fiji we stayed with the lady that we met and when we got to Australia we spent 9 months and the gentleman we met here was lovely and put us up. This guesthouse was a gem. Nothing luxurious but comfortable, clean, and super friendly. The Tongans were very generous with an easy attitude. The wood carvings were the best we saw. We were told in Samoa to wait to buy in Tonga and we were not disappointed. I bought wood carvings for friends and was so glad I did. The Tongans were about 50% in native dress and I remember thinking if I came back in 20 years I bet they would be more westernized. Now, 40 years later, I see videos and I was right. We befriended a wood carving family and when we left she had made me a shopping basket with tapa cloth and hand sewed me a wrap around skirts. That family was delightful. All the locals were. This was the best island as we hopped our way across the South Pacific. We were embraced like family and looked after. I have nothing but lovely memories from Tonga. Sela’s was an awesome place for living cheaply at the time. Food was fresh, plentiful, and varied daily. I hated leaving. Tonga, with a soft g, is a slice of heaven. Laid back, beautiful, with a rich and generous heart. This didn’t offer me 1980 as a visit date but it was November 1980.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Heather P wrote a review Mar 2017
Caloundra, Queensland, Australia44 contributions33 helpful votes
I stayed here for about 5 days as part of a group. And as a group booking was not able to leave. This is very, very basic accommodation. No hot water, rooms old and tacky and barely clean. No soap or towel provided - had to ask for those. No internet provided. Food provided for breakfast was fine but only instant coffee. The beds were old and mattress had 'dip' in the middle. Lots of noisy dogs and cats around. Rarely saw the owners during my whole stay. Certainly no one seemed to be bothered if there were any issues or anything needed. Quite a long walk into town.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Jandalsistah wrote a review Mar 2015
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This was a last minute resort for accomodation as our cultural night show was cancelled so had to stay on the mainland until we could go back to our booked accomodation on one of the nearby islands. We rang Sela's to book then told them we were coming. The front office was not attended. We walked through the whole complex calling out for anyone but to no avail. We eventually spotted some people next door who came to our aid and got to meet Sela herself. Communal kitchen facilities available and fresh bananas hanging outside our room for free picking. Our rooms were okay, beds were comfortable. The fan initially did not work but with some good ol kiwi ingeunity we got that started, very dusty though, mosquito coils available. We were shown how to turn on the hot water so that was nice. We were handed a bunch of towels to use but it turned out to be 1 bath towel and 4 bath mats for 2 of us. Nice place,
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Date of stay: March 2015
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Jenny D wrote a review Feb 2015
Perth, Australia161 contributions67 helpful votes
Our group of 8 stayed here for one week and it was our first time traveling to Tonga. We shared double rooms, which each had a shower and toilet, however there were quite a few mosquitoes (especially while showering) and other bugs, which wasn't great. We arrived during winter (the dry season) and found the accommodation to be a bit damp, so I'm not sure what it would be like during the wet season. The staff were very friendly and breakfast was made fresh each morning and included eggs, pancakes, toast, fruit and cereal plus tea and coffee. The area is a bit noisy (dogs, cats and other animals nearby) but that's quite common in Tonga anyway, so most of us got used to it. It's a short walk to the corner stores, small restaurants and the waterfront, and we felt safe walking at night in our group. After seeing other accommodation around Tonga, I probably wouldn't stay here again, but if you're on a budget, I think Sela's would be alright.
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Date of stay: July 2014
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mamanmaya2014 wrote a review Dec 2014
Marseille, France22 contributions11 helpful votes
Comment décrire cet endroit? C'est une petite guest house familiale proposant des chambres modestes, sans clim ni grande literie, mais vraiment charmante et "Faka Tongan" ! ! ! On est accueilli par la maîtresse des lieux qui y vie en famille et où tous sont la pour faire que votre passage au royaume de Tongan soit plus qu'un simple séjour touristique! Vous y trouverez de l'humanité et de la chaleur, en toute simplicité. A recommander si vous aimez l'authenticité, le partage et la découverte d'autre culture
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Date of stay: February 2014
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Room Tip: c'est une guest house, idéal pour les longs séjours et peu cher, donc idéal pour un étidiant...
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TongaTongatapu IslandNuku'alofa
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