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Tanoa International Hotel
Ranked #8 of 26 Hotels in Nadi
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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30 reviews
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“Great start to Fiji”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2006

We picked the Tanoa due to the proximity to the airport as we were arriving quite late and wanted an inexpensive decent hotel near the airport. The Tanoa, exceeded our expectations by far.

It was also very reasonable priced compared to the other resorts that we stayed in, but you cant compare the 2 as this is a hotel and not an island resort.

For us, it was a wonderful introduction to Fiji!
As we walked in, there was a band playing in the bar which added to the whole experience, the pool and bar area is also very good.

The room was excellent, very modern, clean and came with a fridge.

The restaurant had a good selection and was reasonably priced.
There was also a shop which sold ice-creams, water, colddrinks etc.

If we have to stay over in Fiji before/after flying, we would stay here again

  • Liked — Close to the airport and the free shuttle from the airport
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2006

Myself and two others stayed at the Tanoa for 3 nights for a quick trip away. We found the room adequate for our needs and the airconditioning quite good. We spent most of our time around the pool which was absolutely lovely - in a beautiful setting near the restaurant and bar.

The staff are all very friendly, we particularly had fun with the bar staff who were so happy and friendly - particularly Josiah the bar manager who always said a loud hi or "bula" whenever we happened to walk past!! Participating in the kava ceremony with the musicians is fun, do it if you are invited to.

We ate most nights at the restaurant, the buffet's are great although there were some comments from my travelling partners about the surprising lack of seafood, I personally preferred the buffet food to what was on offer on the menu and all the food and drink seemed a pretty reasonable price (we went to the Sonaisali for a wedding there and it was quite a bit more expensive).

The biggest gripe we had about the place was that they definitely took their time doing up our rooms - we needed to have a shower in the early afternoon before going to the wedding and found that they hadn't replaced our towels in the rooms, we had to ask a couple of times for them to be replaced and they took their time about it. Something funny also happened when we checked out with regards to the payment from the travel agent - but no biggie, it was all sorted out pretty quickly.

The setting of the place was beautiful and peaceful!! It did get busy some nights - being an airport motel - with travellers who had their flights delayed but that added to the atmosphere.

We were a bit worried after reading some of the more negative reviews, but we are glad we made the choice to stay here anyway as this was a good place to stay for my first trip to Fiji. We were defnitely not disappointed.

Main things to take away - very friendly staff that make you feel welcome, good for a quick getaway, convenient and handy to the airport, nice lush surroundings!

  • Liked — the pool and the friendly staff and the bar
  • Disliked — the late replacement of our towels!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2006

We stayed one night at the Tanoa International Hotel. We purchased a Suite to spoil ourselves on our last night in Fiji. This was not a mistake! The room was wonderful and affordable compared to the other four resorts that we had stayed at on three islands over three weeks. We had always stayed in a bure at the last four resorts and this is more hotel style. We ate dinner at the hotel restaurant and it was delicious and well priced, however the breakfast was expensive for what you received. This hotel is about a 5-minute drive from the airport and makes for an excellent stay to start or end your trip.

  • Liked — The Room
  • Disliked — Breakfest
  • Tips/Secrets — Get the Suite!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2006

I stayed at the Tanoa International in both June and July 2006. On my first stay I got one of the older rooms. Although the room was decent, the bathroom was dissappointing and (athough it was clean) it seemed dirty.

On my second stay I got one of the newer rooms. Wow - what a difference. The room was the same rate but it was a beautiful, modern, hotel room with dark wood furnishing. What you would expect of an upscale hotel in North America.

The staff is helpful and friendly, the grounds are nice. There's a nice pool, tennis courts, and gym.

Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed July 2006
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Brisbane, Australia
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99 reviews
78 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2006

We stayed at the Tanoa near Nadi Airport for three nights, once on arrival in Fiji and two nights before departure. The rooms were clean, quite spacious and air-conditioned. The beds were comfortable and the room serviced daily. Supplies of tea, coffee etc. were plentiful and toiletries provided. There is a guest laundry which we used with tokens which we purchased from reception.

The Hotel is set in tropical gardens in a quiet area about a ten minute drive from the airport. The pool area is pleasant and is beside the bar and dining areas.

We enjoyed dinner there twice, the food being reasonable. The Breakfast Buffet was excellent with a wide selection of tropical fruit, cereal, yoghurt and hot dishes. Eggs are cooked to your liking and the omeletes delicious.

If you are looking for a good, clean, comfortable hotel close to the airport and handy to Nadi, the Tanoa International is ideal.

  • Stayed June 2006
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9 Thank porge
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New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2006

We stayed at this hotel for our final night in Fiji because of it's proximity to the airport. The room we were given was huge as it had a bedroom and a connecting living room. The room's decor was nothing special though. The newly renovated bathroom was great.

The grounds were lush.

The meal we had at the hotel restaurant was much better than the bad food we had at our island resort (mana).

We didn't use the swimming pool but it looked fine, but nothing like the huge amazing pool they have at Raffles Gateway hotel, which is directly opposite the airport (where we stayed at our first night in Fiji). Our room at Tanoa was a better standard than Raffles but the location and pool at Raffles are better if you want an airport hotel.

  • Stayed February 2006
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8 Thank kiwiyankee
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Sydney
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2006

Stayed at the Tanoa for 1 after our Capt Cook Cruise. Staff in the lobby were all lovely. They even remembered our names the next day when we had breakfast.

The rooms are in dire need of refurbishment. They look like they have not been touched or imporved upon since the hotel opened! peeling paint and i wouldn't trust walking around barefoot in the bathroom...the tiles were clean but they had this old grotty look about them - no amount of bleach or cleaning products can hide the fact that the bathroom was old...

The employees were on strike the week we arrived there. We were told by our agent that we were going to be picked up at the airport. After being advised by one of the taxi drivers that the tanoa (along with other hotels in the area) was on strike, we decided to catch a cab. we were reimbursed for the cab fare at chcek-in which i thought was only fair. But i think it was quite rude not to be informed. they should have signs or something at the airport. after all, the staff had already been on strike for a couple of days when we arrived!

on a positive note, had a facial in their spa and it was D-I-V-I-N-E! :) cheap too!

overall, a good transit hotel if you're not fussy...if you're after a good, relaxing holiday, stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2005
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11 Thank Aquarianchick
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Property: Tanoa International Hotel
Address: Votualevu Rd, Nadi, Viti Levu 9203, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Nadi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nadi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Tanoa International Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 135
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