Probably best to start with the positives. The vast majority of the staff were friendly and helpful. Particularly high marks go to Busy Bee who organised a fantastic tour up and down the Madang coastline which took in a huge amount of stuff in a single day. The location is great - Madang is much prettier than some other towns in PNG. The local 9 hole golf course is good fun for a day, and obviously there is lots of snorkelling and diving close by - the hotel has a good dive centre attached.
As for the hotel itself, the lower priced rooms are pretty basic. Aircon yes, but crumbling tiles in the bathrooms, basic shower, straggly curtains and generally dimly lit. A few more pictures on the walls could do a world of good. The food in the restaurant was fine, but a bit old fashioned. The main restaurant feels very 80s, which may appeal to some, but could be so much better with some modernisation, as the shoreside location is beautiful.
Overall, the hotel clearly is better than everything else in Madang, and is priced much more competitively than Moresby or the Highlands. And obviously as a tourist travelling around PNG, you set your expectations differently to other countries in Asia. But if PNG wants to attract more tourists as a travel/dive destination, then the hotels like this need a bit more smartening up and modernising.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Madang Resort is PNG's top rated resort and conference centre. 200 rooms, bungalows, townhouses, apartments & cottages set on 20 acres of landscaped gardens facing Dallman passage and Yamilon Lagoon. All rooms offer ensuite, air con, TV, Radio, Coffee/Tea facilities, 4 pools, gift shop, conference rooms, gymnasium, PADI Dive shop, marina, kayaks, catamarans, tennis, golf, game fishing, tour desk & concierge. The new Kalibobo Haus Kibung provides an air conditioned function room overlooking the pool and harbour and rebuilt Haus Win Restaurant are now both open for business. Located near centre of Madang, 200m from markets, 5kms from airport in a safe gated environment. Complimentary breakfast and transfers between airport and resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Madang Hotel Madang