Stayed seven nights in a reasonable room with nice 4th floor sea views. Recommended if you have bottomless pockets or an expense account. Oh, and a lot of patience. The advantage of the Crowne Plaza is that it is on the edge of the 'town' CBD, which was a couple of blocks safe walking (in daylight, nowhere is safe to walk at night)
That tends to leave you kinda cooped up in the hotel. I found the service pleasant and attentive enough, although many of the staff disn't appear to speak English very well and you needed to be pretty clear about what you wanted.
There were a couple of lift failures but they were rectified fairly quickly - meaning before the end of the day. The security was good but there were lapses when the lifts failed.
Our (standard) room was up to a four star standard, but pretty small. It had furnishings in good condition, and was very clean. It had reasonable lighting which was excellent over the desk, it was a satisfactory hotel for a business stay. Things generally worked. Wifi was available in theory but we found the connection was useless on the 4th floor. There was a tiny business centre where I paid PGK40 to spend 20 mins reading a handful of emails.
When you're sick of your room theres the bar and cafe; we found good service in both. Both dinner in the cafe (can't remember the name but it wasn't the fine dining restaurant), and the breakfast buffet were no more than average but anything seafood was very nice. The fine dining restaurant had a very pleasant atmosphere and good food, but the price was very fine indeeed.
They have a nasty habit of stuffing things up and I wound up being charged - quite a lot of money of course - for breakfast even though the room rate was bed and breakfast. The reason - I ate at the wrong restaurant and was supposed to be eating in the executive lounge. The problem - noone had explained any of this. The solution was spend a lot of time arguing or miss my flight. I caught my flight.
Its things like this that make the room price (PGK725 a night if you please) exorbitant, as others have noted. But then this appears to be par for the course in Moresby in 2009.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience the Crowne Plaza Port Moresby and you'll discover a different perspective on Papua New Guinea. Crowne Plaza Port Moresby is situated on a hilltop in the heart of the business district and commands panoramic views of the Coral Sea and surrounding inland areas.Conveniently located 15 minutes from Jackson's International Airport, it makes visiting Port Moresby a highly comfortable prospect for business traveller. Crowne Plaza Port Moresby's contemporary design is unique, capturing the rich vibrant essence of the indigenous culture. With superior accommodation, an Executive Club Lounge Floor, guest facilities and business services, Crowne Plaza welcomes you to a safe,secure and relaxing haven in Port Moresby. For someone who travels often for business, the Crowne Plaza Port Moresby is a welcoming oasis that sets a new standard in hotel accommodation for Papua New Guinea. ... more less
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