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“Super strange Chinese hotel!” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Manhao Hotel
Ranked #21 of 26 Hotels in Nadi
New Zealand
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Super strange Chinese hotel!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

I have a list soooo long of things wrong with this hotel! And I never post reviews (this is my first ever) & I'm pretty easy to please after many nights in backpacker accommodation. But this is a special case, I only hope the owners care enough to read these.
We arrived at the hotel after a weird taxi ride down a gravel back road, not sure if the taxi was taking us to the hotel or kidnapping us. Google maps says it takes 8mins to get there from Nadi, but by 8 they actually mean 18 (not exaggerating in the slightest). The hotel is beautiful, very Chinese but beautiful, as long as you're not expecting anything Fijian. Absolutely everything is Chinese. This makes finding the right button on the air-con remote a little difficult, but you get there eventually. The lobby is so lovely it has you thinking you got a real bargain (along with the relief of not actually being kidnapped by the taxi driver, we were stoked).
So the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farms, which is really exciting for 10 minutes. This could be awesome if they provided some sort of entertainment or activities; trips to local villages/mountains/beaches, more tv channels, anything really. But you feel stuck there, not even wanting to go to Nadi because the taxi's cost $20 one way, or $30 to Denarau Island. This made me really annoyed, because the hotel calls a taxi for you, & it just so happens they're the taxi's without meters, the ones you should avoid. If you call a metered taxi yourself (we met a nice taxi driver in town & took his number), & they start the meter at $1.50 like they're supposed to, you can actually get to Denarau Island for $18, not $30. The hotel should really be helping guests out with this & not helping the taxis rip you off, and for this reason alone I will never go back there. I've never had this problem anywhere else in Fiji. Other hotels will call a good honest taxi for you (or have their own shuttle) & advise you about making sure you ask taxis to use the meters, that the meters should start at $1.50, & the approximate cost of getting places. Manhoa Hotel staff are either working with the taxis to rip off guests, or they just don't care. Absolutely appalling.
We got to our room which was really nice at first glance, but wow, it was SO dirty! They surely hadn't swept in there for months, there were dead bugs, dirt & dust all along the edges of the room. The shower was filthy. There was a half alive worm in our bathroom which they still didn't remove even after doing our housekeeping the next morning (the term "housekeeping" is used very loosely, but we got new towels & they made our bed at least). For a new hotel it was all pretty disgusting. The bed was like concrete. The chairs were dirty & stained. There were fingerprints on the walls & the roof. The smoke alarm was gone. There was no compendium, and when you're stuck in an odd hotel in the middle of nowhere with everything written in Chinese, a compendium would come in really handy. There's no wifi. You get only 2 tv channels. We asked if there was a DVD player we could borrow, but there wasn't one. No mini bar. No teaspoons to stir the coffee (I'm surprised we even had sachets of coffee in our room actually). Fridge was really warm.
We ordered cocktails when we first arrived, & these were really nice, & so was the local guy working at the bar. Then we wanted beer. There were 3 or 4 different beers on the menu, but they only had one type in stock. And by in stock, I mean they were sitting in the fridge but they were warm. Not sure if the fridge wasn't turned on or they just like warm fridges (like the one in our room), because they also only had warm water.
We went for a swim in the pool (which is really nice, I'll give them that) & went over to the pool bar... nobody came & served us, they just watched us from afar, & the fridge there was also empty. Wanting a cold beer on a hot day should not be that difficult. And I thought pool bars were for drinking at, but this one's just for decoration/somewhere to sit when swimming gets too tiring.
Oh & they also have pool towels so you don't have to use your shower towel, but you only get one if you go & ask for one. A compendium could have helped with this.
They serve only Chinese food. No dessert. No breakfast menu. Just Chinese food. There is a continental breakfast buffet which is a joke. You want toast? Ok but you can only have raspberry jam on it, no other options. You want cereal? Ok but only cornflakes. You want coffee? No sorry, only water or orange juice. Or warm beer. You can order Chinese off the menu for dinner, or they have a buffet. But first you wander around like an idiot wondering if you should just grab a plate & go for it, or if there is actually a menu with a few more options, because nobody actually explains that to you. Again, a compendium could have helped with this.
The Fijian staff are lovely (like all Fijians) but the Chinese owners are the most unfriendly hospitality staff I've ever ever come across. Can't even get a smile out of them. They just sit at the bar & watch you wait to be served, & then do nothing when you're not served. Well ok, thought you'd want an extra $50 out of us for a round of drinks but obviously not.
Apart from one other couple, we were the only people at the hotel (3 of us). It was really weird for such a big place. It's like the owners are literally just sitting there waiting for it to go out of business.
Honestly, I will never even consider going back here (I am an expat living in Fiji so it would have been very likely if the hotel wasn't so insanely weird & annoying, as I stay at hotels in Nadi or Denarau Island every month or 2). This hotel has so much potential! But the owners just have no clue, or no desire to make it great, & to make sure their guests are happy.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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15 Thank Lysh H
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Level Contributor
28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

We recently stayed at the Manhao overnight to catch a connecting flight.
The Hotel yes is in the middle of what looks like a paddy field or something! There is literally nothing else around which if you want peace and relaxation is good.
The WIFI is great there and worked in my room even though they said it only works in reception so I was happy about that.
The front reception staff were very friendly and polite.
The food is well...Chinese. This is something they really need to improve on. If you are staying overnight it's okay, but if you were staying longer than that I think you would get quite sick of the food. AND THERE IS NO DESSERT!!! I was quite upset about that :( What hotel doesn't serve dessert! However the Fijian guy that was serving us was LOVELY wish I could have remembered his name :) There is also a great gym too!
The rooms are quite modern and clean. The view is nice if you are up the top levels.
The mattresses in the rooms need to be changed..it's like sleeping on a rock!
This Hotel HAS potential to be a great place but I would only recommend it if you were staying overnight as it is super cheap.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 2212 had a lovely view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lily C
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Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We just had the misfortune to have to stay at this hotel in the middle of nowhere.. Our flight to Samoa was cancelled and the airline put us up at this hotel saying it was the only one that had any vacancies... after driving along a bumpy winding dirt rd from the airport we finally reached what looked like a decent resort but there was nothing around even though we were told there were shops...

when checking in at reception we gave them the name of the hotel in Samoa where we were expected to arrive before the flight was cancelled and asked them to call them & notify them why we hadn't turned up for our stay. They told us they would. We were taken to our room and told it was on the 3rd floor but there was NO lift & I had a knee problem so couldn't walk up the stairs. We asked for a ground floor room, they told us they were all booked out. We saw a man from the same flight, going into a ground floor room & we asked him if he would swap rooms. lucky for us he agreed as staff wouldn't help us... When we got into our room we saw the room next to us was empty but was not even made up..
when we went to dinner (which is downstairs & no lift) there only seemed to be the people from our cancelled flight staying there - no other guests...
The meals were all buffet style served in warmers which were not even lit to keep the meals warm. The meals were good if you only ate fried rice and noodles........choice was very limited.. the second night the meals were again cold as warmers weren't lit. So we asked if they had a microwave to heat our plate up. we were told to sit down and about 10 mins later they finally bought our meals back a little warmer....

There was nothing to do only swim in the pool. (My friend wasn't interested so had to spend the entire stay reading her book as there were No shops or activities available!) Even the flash looking pool bar didn't look like it had been used for ages and the bar fridge was' nt even working or stocked...
The room looked decent and was clean, however when you sat on the bed you thought you were sitting on a board. I folded up a doona to sleep on top of &then had to call reception & ask for another doona to fold up and tried to rest on top of both of them but it was still very uncomfortable and so got little sleep..
When showering noticed the water was building up in bottom of shower and I turned the water off had to wait ages before I could open the door or else the bathroom would have flooded. when I returned later to the bathroom the water was still laying in the bottom of the shower....TV reception was very poor and only 2 channels ...

The next night when we were flying out the hotel drove us to the airport and we left the hotel at 9.45pm for our flight which wasn't scheduled to leave till 1.45 am.. so we had to sit at Nadi airport all that time. It was like they just wanted to get rid of us as soon as possible...
(When we arrived at our hotel in Samoa they didn't have our room - or any room - for us as they didn't think we were coming as they hadn't heard any thing from us so thought we weren't coming as the hotel never called them as they said they would...

The airline gave us vouchers & told us it would cover all meals and drinks (excluding alcohol). when we went to check out the hotel tried to charge us for several coca cola we had and told us the voucher was only for 1 drink (we were there for a day and a 1/2)....

We wouldn't recommend this hotel to any one...

Room Tip: "take your own air bed" as the beds are hard as a rock and we couldn't sleep on them e...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lyn J
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Amsterdam
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

This very odd Chinese-developed and -owned hotel seems to be awaiting hoards of Chinese tourists who have yet to come. It is located in the foothills above Nadi, amongst beautiful rural landscapes of cane fields, at the end of a partially paved road 6km from Queen’s Road. There is one single, ambiguously placed, sign along the way, so getting to it can be hard work –beware if you are driving your own car, and watch out for the potholes (Google Maps places the hotel in an erroneous location). Alternatively, there is a helipad, optimistically awaiting helicopter landings. The decor can be described as “post-socialist Chinese nouveau riche,” with no concession whatsoever made to the local context and everything imported from China, down to the light bulbs and toilet paper (apparently the laborers that built the hotel were also imported from the PRC). So the hotel’s contribution to the local economy is virtually nil. I booked into this hotel because of the reports that it is quiet, and I needed quiet to recover from a 30-hour flight and get some work done – but I had not bargained on the loud reggae music blaring from the poolside bar all day long, for no one in particular other than the workers, since there are virtually no guests, even in high season. The satellite TV announced that the website boasts about consists of two local channels. The hotel seems very new, but signs of decay are already obvious. The small gym sports latest-model Chinese fitness equipment, but anything that requires electric power seems to be stopped working a while back. Upon arrival, it took me about 10 minutes to find signs of life in the lobby. I did not try the restaurant, preferring patronizing Nadi Town’s cafés to sitting in a large empty mess hall. But, for the rate that I paid, this is a bargain, particularly if you have sense of humour. The hotel allowed me to check in in the morning, a promise they made ahead of time after numerous attempts to contact them via email (the threat to cancel the reservation finally got me an answer). The large pool is beautiful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank uttanu
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Brisbane
Level Contributor
29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

This place is good if you don't mind being away from town lovely country views.
Food very poor would bring our own next time and get rental car to go out for meal etc
Rooms very nice some thing not quite finished off properly but overall for the price you pay good.
If you want a quiet place to relax, sit by pool, read book for a couple of days this is it.
Note to hotel fix up breakfasts very poor
Better restaurant cook and menu
Get barman around pool this is where you make the money. Anytime we wanted a drink we had to go looking for barman.
Staff very friendly
Maybe its more management and money issues
Would I go again . Yes for relaxation.
Internet worked in our room was very happy

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank mickykev
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

While it's difficult to find, the price for what you get is tough to beat and the views are great. We arrived in Nadi one night before my parents and stayed here before picking them up at the airport the following day, and found the hotel clean and lovely and really very impressive for the price. It's not perfect, but for the price it was great. We stayed at Sofitel later during the trip and our room at Manhao was nicer and cleaner than what we payed far more for at Sofitel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank rktdno
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

• wifi sucked you can only use it in the lobby area
• ethernet cable was a bit short -.-
• service was average it depended on whether or not you were V.I.P or not

Everyone should be treated the same way famous or not .

• food wasn't exactly all that great
• BEST SWIMMING POOLS THAT YOU CAN SWIM IN AT ANY HOUR OF THE DAY


Overall it's a great place to stay but , although its cheap getting out to town costs a lot like 15 - 20 bucks

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank mainasunset
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Additional Information about Manhao Hotel

Property: Manhao Hotel
Address: Lot 14 Nasau | Nadi Back Road, Nadi, Viti Levu 679, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Viti Levu > Nadi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Nadi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Manhao Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 51
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