This hotel is of a rather high standard. I wouldn't go so far as calling it luxurious, but it has made a few decent attempts to provide quality and comfort to its residents. The location of the hotel is very close to the main international airport.
Once you get through the security gates, which are standard for most high end hotels in PNG, you will see a modern hotel with touches of traditional PNG motifs integrated in the decor. The premises are clean, no matter where you go in the hotel. The staff are all very friendly, every single one of them. I was most impressed with the service at the Bacchus Restaurant and the Havanaba cigar lounge.
The room itself was spacious. The decor of the room also shows use of PNG themes. Welcome fruits and bottles of water are available on arrival. The bathroom was a little small. Basic amenities are provided and are not restocked regularly. The bed was a proper double bed, rather than having two single beds pushed together. This made for a comfortable night's sleep everytime.
The hotel facilities had its positives and negatives. Firstly, the internet connection was up and down. They have wireless internet available, but at times, the connection would fail throughout the hotel. I was surprised when I tried to use the gym and found out that only people booked in rooms 68 and above could use the gym. Otherwise, a fee of 53 kina for the entire day was required. Not sure why they needed to charge extra for a gym and a first for me in any hotel with a gym. The gym was quite impressive though, as it was brand new and didn't have many people making use of it. The pool was also under-utilised, even though it was conveniently located next to a bar. I should warn you that the pool is quite close to the bar, with bar patrons able to watch your every move. So bear this in mind if you're self conscious and not keen on lots of people watching you swim.
The restaurants in the hotel are not too bad. The Poolside restaurant is perfect for breakfast. The view overlooks the mountains near Port Moresby, where you can witness the mist blanketing the valleys. You can also watch views of the runway with aircraft coming through periodically. The meals themselves are ok. The poached eggs are overcooked for my liking, so I would recommend ordering them fried, scrambled or maybe an omelette. Dinner at the Poolside Restaurant is not so great, where a menu offering little variation. Bacchus is the fine dining option within the hotel. The service is quite good, although I wouldn't say the meals were outstanding. It is certainly the better place to eat within the entire hotel. If you're interested in drinks, I would highly recommend the Havanaba cigar lounge. They have the finest scotches available.
Overall, with some disappointing aspects of the hotel, this is the highest standard you will find in Port Moresby. So I would highly recommend this as the place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Airways Hotel is nestled into the mountainside in its own botanical gardens with stunning views from crystal clear waters of Bootless Bay to the majestic mountains of the Owen Stanley Ranges. While its surroundings are remarkable, the hotel's international reputation has been built on equally unique interiors, not to mention first-class service and a passionate attention to detail. The hotel offers finely appointed rooms, exquisite decor and world-class facilities in an environment that is calm, secure and spacious. You will also find one of Port Moresby's most popular social hubs, a place for business meetings and networking, and weekend family relaxation. While princes are always welcome, you don't have to be a prince to stay at Airways. From the moment you enter its gates, you'll know you have arrived at a place apart: a unique and unrivalled hotel where your convenience and comfort is our priority. Airways. Always a pleasure ... ... more less
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