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The Black Pearl Suites
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Nuku'alofa
Reviewed August 21, 2007

This small hotel is about 2.5 miles from the main town. It is probably the best you will find on the island. The restaurant above is good. The restaurant about 4 doors down is probably the best on the island. Furniture in the rooms is nice.

Rather strange set up in my opinion. When we checked in we had to have downstairs room. They are lined up down a dark hallway. They all have sliding glass doors which I found unusual. They are covered with curtains that open in the middle so when you go out the door the curtains are always in the way. The only windows are two small windows in the bathroom. The service is very good. Breakfast is not included. Nice reading area upstairs. Bathroom sink did not drain well. One ceiling light would not work.

Their was a guard outside. The front door is locked when everyone gets in for the night. If there was a fire I do not know how you would get out.

Again, this is Tonga and probably the best choice for accomodations.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 24, 2007

The Black Pearl Suites is a small, very comfortable and well run hotel, with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. The food at the hotel restaurant is excellent, and the service impeccable. Don’t expect a bargain here, however; as other reviewers have noted, it is quite expensive. But it is almost certainly the most comfortable and luxurious hotel in Tongatapu, and I would certainly stay here again.

The hotel is located a quiet and well-to-do neighborhood on the coastline of Tongatapu, about 2.5 km from the center of Nuku’alofa. The hotel faces the ocean (across a road) but none of the rooms has a direct ocean view. In common with much of the island’s coastline, there is no beach to speak of here; just tidal flats and a low, coral coastline.

There are only 16 rooms in the hotel, and at the time of my visit all that was available was an “executive suite.” My room was very large, with a king size four poster bed, sofa, dining room table and chairs, two (!) refrigerators, and heavy and rather severe red drapery. There was a television set in the room, receiving a limited number of satellite channels, and wireless internet access was available in my room (although apparently not in all rooms.) My room had a large bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Unfortunately, the plug in the bathtub didn’t fit properly, making it impossible to fill the tub, so the jacuzzi was useless. This was also the only hotel I have stayed in where bath soap and shampoo are not provided, although they are available for purchase at the reception desk

I made my booking directly with the hotel via e-mail; my numerous questions were answered promptly and patiently. The hotel arranged for me to be met at the airport, and set up a five hour personalized tour of the island.

With taxes, my room cost me the equivalent of about US$180 per night, excluding breakfast, dinner (without drinks) US$20 - $25, the island tour US$60, and airport transfers US$15 each.

Tongatapu island doesn’t have much of a tourist infrastructure. I was pleased to have taken a guided tour on my first day here to give me an overview of the island, and I found the rental car invaluable for the remainder of my stay (roads are mostly good, although there is virtually no signposting, so be sure to take a map.)

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 5, 2006

Traveling, this past august , to Vava'u, another island north of tongatapu, the 40 hour trip from Orlando Florida, had taken it's tole. When the taxi dropped me off at the Pearl, I was very happy to see a new, clean, well stocked,modern style hotel after my ordeal. Curtious staff, and good food. An English style breakfast is included. I do agree with some of the other reviews, that it might be a bit pricey , but there aren't alot of places in that caliber available. Scott Richards ( heymon@mindspring.com ).

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2005

Brand new complex with rooms and suites. Aircon, telephone, TV, balcony, minibar, fridge, iron, laundry, restaurant and lounge area overlooking the ocean. Quiet location on Vuna road on outskirts of Nuku'alofa near royal Tongan palace. Very friendly staff. Rooms start at around US$80. Accept Visa and Mastercard. Organise tours and rental cars.

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Reviewed April 25, 2005

The Black Pearl is the newest hotel in Tonga, and probably the nicest. It's kind of like a ski-area condo, in that there are lofts with no purpose (couch but not a sleeper sofa), and they're rather pricey. Rooms have small fridges.
The attached restaurant is nice, and the food is cooked right in the dining room. It is too far to walk to town, you'll need a cab or a rental car - but it's in the Sopu area, which is right across from the water (not beach) and a lovely area.
Rooms go for about $US200/night.... a little pricey, but considering other options on the island, it's a steal.
Though we didn't go into the rooms of the International Dateline, we met a German couple in the dark lobby who said rooms are very worn down and dated. We looked at Nuku'alofa Hotel and the Pacific Royale, but both were not even 2 star in the states. The pictures looked great, but they're pretty dumpy... right across the street from each other in downtown.
I'm sure there has to be some other properties in the area, but we honestly couldn't find any that were decent enough to stay in. We actually stayed one night at Sela's Guest House (and we saw many such "guest houses"), and couldn't believe it. Let's just say, you don't want to stay there if you want an decent "like home" accomodation. If you want a "native" experience, go for it. That's NOT being snooty, it's just that it's cramped, the shower head points at the wall, there is no soap or towels, no AC (just a portable fan with no screen around the blades) and you can hear everything that everyone else is saying, or you can hear your neighbors snoring at night.

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Reviewed May 19, 2014
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2009
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  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Vuna Road | Sopu, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
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Location: Tonga > Tongatapu Island > Nuku'alofa
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Nuku'alofa
Price Range: $92 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Black Pearl Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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