I worried about choosing this hotel after reading other reviews but was surprised to see the hotel had new management. We were greeted by the hotel's new manager Mr. Marsters. He and his new wife and baby had just settled in the prior week. He gave us a quick tour of the grounds as we waited for housekeeping to get our loft ready. Apparently it was the new manager's apartment but he gave it to us for our stay since we'd bookded that room specifically. The loft was by far the best room in the house! We had a small apartment with a balcony over the common area with a perfect view of the reef. We saw whales swim by on November 12th, they are usually gone from the area at this time but it was AMAZING to see them swim so close. I loved the proximity of this hotel to town and great bars and places to eat. We were easily able to walk to the market on Saturday morning and avoided the cost of a rental car for our 2 day stay. There was an honesty phone and bar, I did not take advantage of the bar because there are 2 stores very close to this hotel. Of the staff I met, the housekeeper, the hotel manager and his wife, they were all such lovely people. If you are looking for a place close to the nightlife and action but not a place for swimming, snorkeling or romance, this is a nice place to stay. The only thing I can say bad about it is that the roosters might interupt your sleep!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradise Inn, Rarotonga is the perfect place for travelers looking for value for money. We have 16 serviced units nestled in a peaceful location between the mountains and the sea, yet only a few minutes walk to downtown Avarua. The terrace, bar and lounge have breathtaking lagoon and ocean views and are yours for relaxing, whale watching, meeting people or enjoying a meal al fresco. A beach before the reef offers our visitors the prospect of sunbathing, a stroll along the beach, low tide reef walking and spotting starfish, coral and the small colourful reef fish that populate the lagoon. As the sun sets, enjoy a sundowner on the terrace with a drink from the last "Honesty Bar" in the South Pacific where cocktails and tall tales are the order of the evening. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Hotel Avarua
- Paradise Inn Rarotonga, Cook Islands