I stayed at the King Sol from mid June to early August 2012. I lived there for 8 weeks as I was employed by a company working for RAMSI.
I found the King Sol to have a lovely tropical, friendly atmosphere. The multiple buildings are surrounded by lush gardens - it is either a scenic trip on the funicular (when it works which is most of the time) or a meandering hike up the hill. I ended up using the staircases as a part of my cardio training.
My room was right at the very top of the hotel along with a few of my work colleagues. This meant it was very quiet with good views over the sea from my window. Every second room gets a balcony - I didn't have one, but it would have been lovely to have a drink while watching the sun set. The air-conditioning wasn't the best (and it was winter) even after I got them to service it. The room was quite spacious, but a little dated (especially the bathroom). Alice, one of the cleaning ladies kept it beautifully clean. The rooms are not self-contained and do not have a washing machine.
The pool area is well kept and has a indoor gym overlooking it. They have a sausage sizzle every Sunday afternoon - got to try some delicious coconut flavoured sausages.
The hotel hosts a few events regularly each week -fun for those attending, noisy for those on the lower levels - some parties go until 1-2am on a Saturday night. There is a bar as well as a restaurant.
Breakfast was included for us - generally a choice of okay hot food, cereals and tropical fruits. I got addicted to having a fresh coconut every morning. I only had one or two dinners there - seemed expensive and I wasn't impressive with the quality. However I went for lunch a couple of times in the cafe next door - the meals on offer seemed to be tastier.
The location is back one street from the main road - I felt safe walking there during the day, but only walked with friends at night. Lots of other local and hotel restaurants within about 10 minutes walk. There is also a bakery and supermarket nearby.
Honiara is an expensive place to stay and eat - the King Sol is not means the most expensive or luxurious establishment in town. However it is close to the other more expensive hotels if you want to go out for a meal or pay to use their resort facilities. There are also much cheaper options for food if you eat where the local do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The King Solomon Hotel specialises in long term accommodation, with a selection of self contained rooms and apartments available in the heart of Honiara.You will find the 'King Sol' nestled amidst lush green gardens, within easy walking distance of the Solomon Island's Cultural Museum, banks, business houses, shopping centers and cafes.The King Solomon Hotel offers fast wireless internet connection, Honiara's top chefs and friendliest staff, a beautiful waterfall swimming pool, a gym and nightly entertainment. Conference facilities are also available for up to 200 people.Many rooms have views across Iron Bottom Sound to Savo Island and beyond. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and fast service at the hotel's popular Bamboo Bar Cafe. The King Solomon Hotel is your ideal corporate stopover or holiday base. ... more less
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