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“Good for a long term stay”
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King Solomon Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Honiara
Brisbane, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
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“Good for a long term stay”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

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.

Room Tip: For quietness - Try to get as high up as you can. Avoid the rooms just above the restaurant or pool...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Suva, Fiji
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43 hotel reviews
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

At first sight, King Solomon Hotel clearly looks like it has seen better days. And it has. I stayed here several years ago. On the positive side, the rooms are kept very clean, the service is helpful (except perhaps the restaurant where you have to order your meal to someone sitting at the cash register), and there's a refreshing, clean swimming pool. But the rooms are crying out for refurbishment. And the price is too high for what you get. Yes, there's a fridge and a microwave, but the bedding, paint, bathroom and room feeling is a bit run down and tired. And watch out too for the Friday night nightclub scene in the bar/restaurant. It will be hard to sleep through the noise until nearly 1am.

Room Tip: Rooms further up the hill are quieter, but a long trip from the front desk.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Suva, Fiji
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148 reviews
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

The rooms are very basic; but they are clean and well-maintained. The room comes with a small refrigerator, microwave and electric tea kettle. The tea kettle in my room had so much hard water build up in that I could not use it. The help is very friendly. The pizza is good for the South Pacific, so give it a try. However, almost everything else for dinner is sub-par. The roast beef on Sunday night was so tough I could not chew it. The breakfast buffet is average; you can pay for the whole buffet, or just the cold buffet. I recommend the cold buffet: toast, cereal, fruit, etc. Keep an eye on the fruit, as some have bugs in them. The cable car is fun, if a bit slow. The music and entertainment at night is very, very, very loud! So if you have to be up and about the next morning, it can be hard to sleep.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Suva
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37 reviews
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Rooms are basic but have all you really need, given Honiara is usually either a business destination or a transit stop for tourists. Very good breakfast buffet, cafe next door great for lunch, hotel dinner is a bit hit and miss (best choice is pizza...).

Lively bar scene Friday night, cultural shows on other random evenings - if you are noise sensitive and staying over the weekend, take a room higher up the hill, or even facing the hillside instead of the balcony rooms with sea views. For an after dinner tipple try the tiny (but air-conditioned) Mojito bar - and even the Mojitos themselves if they have mint that day....

Funicular railway up and down the hill to the wooden rooms set on pilings, and all the carved pillars make the place stand out. In rooms: air-conditioners rattle but work, fridges and TVs work, beds are clean and reasonably comfy. It's not 5 star Hilton standards, but if you want more standardised comfort, the sea front hotels and restaurants are a short walk away.

Room Tip: Upstairs and facing the hill doesn't give you views, but is quieter over the weekend.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Murray Bridge, Australia
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed in a downstairs room on our arrival in Honiara as we were transferring the next day to Gizo. The room was accessed from outside along a rough pavement and had poor security. In fact the door looked as though it had seem quite a number of lock repairs! There was a big flat screen TV, air con which did work, clean sheets and hot water. The room itself was tired with old furniture but after all this is a fairly poor country! We left very early in the morning for a 7:30am flight so that was our first brief experience.

Returning from Gizo twelve days later we again checked in but had booked a sea view "upstairs" room. Not having been upstairs before we had no idea of room numbers but found our room on level four (lift level 2) faced the framework of the underneath of the next level of rooms, not even a garden view! We were tired. Our flight was late and we were in no mood to start complaining. Again the room was clean. Sheets spotless but only one towel for two of us plus a hand towel. Working safe. Tea and coffee facilities but with a big sign on the mirror saying don't drink the water, but not bottled water supplied. Also the coffee was old or subject to moisture in storage so the granules were more like bricks!

Next morning we were woken up at 7:30am by the "night" staff telling us we were checking out! News to us, we'd booked four months previously for four nights! We were awake now so took our time to get ready and go downstairs to sort out the room booking. First off the staff didn't really care that we were in the wrong room, or not in the room we'd wanted and then proceeded to tell us that we could stay on! Kind of them. I stewed on this for an hour over breakfast (another story) and then thought no this isn't good enough, the two hotels on the front had room if they booted us out so we complained. We got a nice "manager" I think who apologised that we'd been woken up, and apologised, after I showed her their confirming email for our original booking, that we were in the wrong room. We asked for a reduction in the rate but said we were happy to stay put. She listened and nodded and then went off to the office. When she came back she had changed our room to a level 7 room which was indeed ocean view (barely ocean view as the ocean is really quite far away over a LOT of rooftops). Then she reduced the price. So we were to be charged 1050 per night instead. We were quite happy with that and took the new and old keys to repack our cases and move rooms.

At this point the funicular railway which runs from ground floor to level 7 broke down! There are wooden stairs which run between the levels when the lift breaks down, which is frequently!

This was the end of our average experience, it was downhill after this.

Our room again was clean, old and tired in decoration but had working air con, lots of hot water, a working quality TV, a microwave and a working fridge. Again the coffee sachets were moisture damaged and dispensed bricks. Milk was in a carton but OK. We assumed that if we boiled the water we'd be OK. We bought two bottles of water and then refilled them throughout the day with boiled kettle water. We had NO tummy bugs at all.

We had a single breakfast in the buffet style breakfast room. It was 100 each. It was all you could eat but we were put off by the flies on the fruit and in the bread bin! The sausages were OK but fatty and the egg had been cooked quite some time before, it was dry. We got no service at all from the single girl at the desk, she must ignored us when we asked how breakfast "worked"! But she did run after us when she thought we were leaving without paying! Later that morning while we sat and watched the rain we asked if we could get two coffees. They looked at us as if we were insane! This is a hotel isn't it? Coffee, no, we don't do coffee, the kitchen is closed. It was midday. A fellow guest told us that the Bamboo Bar was open for breakfast and lunch and does excellent coffee. The next three mornings we went there for breakfast. Lots of choice, freshly cooked, great coffee and excellent, and I mean excellent customer service! Get this though, the Bamboo Bar is part of the same hotel and it right next door!

We ate in the hotel in the evenings as it rained most nights and we didn't have rain clothing or umbrellas (hint, take small folding umbrellas). The food was hit and miss. One night we had roast pork, it was stone cold. Another night we had a huge crayfish but it was overlooked. Another night pizza which was excellent. Last night was white fish in butter sauce which was outstanding. Service though was appalling. One night the woman behind the desk had her head on her hands and appeared to be asleep. She sat there for ten minutes before another member of staff came from reception to take our order! To say these people need training is an understatement!!!

It clearly says above the bar entrance, diners and guests only. Sadly it's full of locals who usually end up drunk and falling over in the toilets. I only used the public toilet once. Someone had been violently sick in one of the cubicles and it was everywhere. Not nice to see. Another had no toilet seat, another no paper!

We were told by another guest that this place is less of a hotel now and more filled with Australiian aid workers, firemen, police, nurses and doctors who take up most of the top three floors. Of course if the owner is getting this kind of money on a regular basis then he/she doesn't have to work so hard on keeping ordinary once only guests too happy! This is reflected in the quality of the service, what service! Having said that the room maids were excellent. The room was kept very clean with fresh towels, we asked for two or each, bins emptied, fresh soaps.

We would not stay again. They charge Australian premium prices for rooms, food and beer but can't offer Australian levels of customer service.

The lift is a quirky feature but doesn't work more than it works! The pool is clean and pleasant on a mild day otherwise you'll get eaten alive by mozzies. Disappointing.

Room Tip: Ask for level one or two so that it's not too many stairs if the lift is out of order. The ocean...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Granted I only stayed here because the Mendana and Heritage were full, I hope I don't have to stay there again. The staff need a whole lot of customer service training and hospitality training for the hotel to feel more like a hotel. There was no parking and we were told to park across the street (because we asked, no one offered this information or asked if we had a car to park). We were not greeted at the front desk, we had to actively manage our check-in process to get it done. I cannot say anything positive about the rooms. The bathrooms have a window that basically is open to passers by in the hallway and the showers have curtains that stick to you and the floors, tiles, etc were dirty. The quality of the beds were poor. The towels were stained. The air conditioning unit has to be turned on and off manually and it's so high, you have to go on top of a chair or desk to adjust it. There is limited cable channels on the TV. There is no closet, the hangers are not high quality. The housekeeping staff barely knocks before storming into your room. The cable car is slow and often does not stop on your level -- the hotel is not accessible for handicapped people-- there are a lot of steps even when you use the cable car. The buffet for breakfast is not replenished and poor quality. There are no bell boys, instead guards are told to help and they are clueless about doing so. Never saw anyone that resembled a manager. If you have trouble sleeping with noise, do not stay over a friday night as there is loud kareoke.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Noosa, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

It's not a hotel for the 5 star residents. It's a hotel with Honiara character. It's built along the slope of a mountain so the view from the balconies are great.

The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful. Hotel rooms look a bit tired but well maintained. My daughter loves the cable-car elevator - so uniquely King sol!

Will go back again!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: King Solomon Hotel
Address: Hibiscus Ave, Honiara, Guadalcanal Island, Solomon Islands
Location: Solomon Islands > Guadalcanal Island > Honiara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Honiara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — King Solomon Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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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