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Rabaul Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rabaul
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We spent @ a full week over 2 periods in the Rabaul Hotel. Dispite lack of town development since the last volcanic eruption they have continued to provide good hotel services. Staff always friendly and helpful; food by the resident chef excellent- especially his chinese style dishes.Rooms large and cleaned daily. It is possible to arrange someone to drive you around the places of interest relating to the WWII period and the northern part of the island.
We were there for the celebration of national independence which was very interesting; a float parade followed by singing and dancing. This was followed by a boat race in the harbour the following day where good fun was had by all. We also spent a morning on a boat tour around the impressively large bay.
Airport transfer takes @ 1 hour from Kokopo.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

I have stayed here a few times in the past few years. The hotel has quite a history, and a lot of nice stuff in the bar. Owner is friendly, and let me park my helicopter in the back yard! Nice food in the restaurant, and they provided a bodyguard for the trip to the airport in the morning.

Room Tip: Pay the extra and get a nice room.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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5  Thank leestream
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

I spent a whole weekend up in Rabaul to get away from POM and it was well worth it.
The hotel is in the old town which was destroyed during the eruption and you can walk from there to both the old ruins and the new town. The team offer a lot of excursions (defintitely recommended the early morning volcano trip as well as diving off the Duke of York islands) which are around 50 PGK. ask them and they'll take you wherever. The food was delicious and they organize takeaways for your trips. A little dear perhaps - it is a bit of an old complex - but definitely recommended.

Room Tip: Ask the boys to take you to see the sunset from the other side of the town. Well worth it!
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank Luca G
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

Wow, what a great place. Was born in Rabaul in 1970 and first visit back in 36 years. Rabaul Hotel was a great place to stay with great food and very friendly and helpful staff. The rooms were more than comfortable. Rabaul was devastated in 1994 by volcano's but is still very much a great place for tourist's to visit. With the help of Suzie and her staff we were able to find all of Rabaul's hidden treasures. I would recommend Rabaul and the Rabaul Hotel for the tourist who is looking for the "real local PNG experience". Thank you Suzie (and Charlie) for making my visit back to Rabaul the experience that will remain with me for ever. Peter Farland, Auckland, NZ.

Room Tip: Book a deluxe room for extra comfort and space.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Peter F
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

Bruce and his wife couldn't be more amazing and more helpful in this far off land. Unreal experience. Must be the only place for miles you can get some decent Chinese food too.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled solo
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5  Thank SpotHero
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  • Stayed: November 2014, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Rabaul Hotel

Address: 1 Mango Avenue, Rabaul, New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea
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Location: Papua New Guinea > Islands Region > New Britain Island > Rabaul
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rabaul
Price Range: $59 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rabaul Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rabaul Hotel, on famous Mango Avenue, is the longest established Hotel in the New Guinea Islands region. Witnessing post WWII reconstruction, Papua New Guinea's Independence, and surviving earthquakes and the Twin Volcanic Eruption of 1994, it really is the "Spirit of Volcano Town"! A must see for the adventurer, scuba diver or trekker, Rabaul Hotel is so close to the Volcano, you can smell it and within walking distances of the most significant historical landmarks such as the Montevideo Maru & Peace Memorial! Rabaul Town, described in its halcyon days as the "Pearl of the Pacific", is now sometimes described as the "Pompeii of the Pacific". Rabaul Hotel is committed to promoting sustainable eco-tours with locals guides. Whether you prefer plush tour coaches or a car with Driver, or a local guide, the Hotel will organise "When in Rome" Tours to suit all budgets. We also have a Rabaul Town Shuttle Bus that circumnavigates the Town area for a small fee. Bus No#7a from the Rabaul Market or they will stop and pick you up anywhere along the Malaguna Road and can take you to Rabaul Hotel Rabaul Town locals are friendly, enthusiastic with an intimate knowledge of their surrounds. For a small fee we can arrange visitors to be escorted on "paths less travelled". These include treks to the top of Kabui Mountain (Mt. Mother - 2000 feet), Canoe trips Mt. Tavurvur Volcano, with visits to the Mega-pode Farm & Hot Springs along the way. Rabaul Hotel will also organise scuba diving on the many wrecks in Simpson Harbour or snorkelling/fishing around the Beehives. The Hotel Restaurant, "Phoenix Room", boasts an extensive Western, Asian & Vegetarian Menu, catering to all tastes. All rooms are air conditioned with en-suite. The swimming pool is easily accessible & the Hotel Lounge Bar, with its giant billiards table & memorabilia, is always fully stocked ready for the 'apres adventures' de-brief, back at the hotel. HERE FOR A DAY ON A CRUISE SHIP - Rabaul Hotel is within walking distance of the wharf. Let us organise a Historical Rabaul Town Tour or a Walking Tour of the Town with local guides, or perhaps you would just like to sit by the Rabaul Hotel 23m swimming pool and enjoy a local "South Pacific Lager"? Why not stay with us on ANZAC Day where the echo's of the past are re-lived at the famous Rabaul Dawn Service at the RSL Cenotaph within walking distance of the Hotel. If you are visiting Papua New Guinea, make sure you set aside a few days to visit one of the most amazing places in the South Pacific - Rabaul Town, & the RABAUL HOTEL - "WHERE THE ROAD ENDS & THE ADVENTURE BEGINS." ... more   less 
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