Before travelling to Pohnpei I attempted to review the hotel choices online, with little success. I decided on the Ocean View Plaza Hotel based on their website, location, and proximity to downtown.
The hotel is divided into East and West Wings, owned by the same family but managed by different members. I stayed in the West Wing, so this review is just for that wing. The hotels in Pohnpei are all 30 to 40 years old, but this one has been remodeled in the last 5 years or so.
The hotel is clean and well-kept, if a trifle "lived in", and the staff is very friendly and eager to help. Rooms are available on the mountain side and the sea side, but there isn't really any mountain view, just a busy highway. The ocean view side has a terrific view of the harbor from several hundred feet up the mountain, with your own private balcony to enjoy it from.
After spending one night on the mountain side we moved to the ocean side, from a double (2 bedrooms and living room/kitchen) to a single (living room/bedroom/kitchen). Both had full size refrigerator, electric range, and sink. Standard ~25" color TV with 25 or so cable channels, tile floors, high slanted ceilling, and large sliding glass doors to the balcony. The baths were large with new sinks and toilets, and large (3'x5') tiled shower. While the water pressure was not great, it proved adequate. Each room has it's own water heater which was good for almost two average showers. Don't dally about if you're 2nd in line.
The queen size beds are the only disappointing part, being a few years past their prime. If you're a finicky sleeper you may have trouble here, but I'm not sure you'd fare any better at the other hotels. Be sure to ask before making reservations!
The hotel has a small bar and an excellent restaurant in the lobby, with a large veranda overlooking the harbor that makes for a wonderful dining experience. The menu is varied, and I never had a bad meal there (more than I can say for the much more expensive Village). The fish spring rolls are a delight! The service is good, although the food can be a trifle slow arriving. This IS the islands, after all.
The hotel is an easy walk from downtown Kolonia, with gift shops and such all along the way. Cars can be rented at the hotel for $45 to $75 a day (econobox to SUV), but taxi's are just $1 a head to anywhere in the city or $2 each to outlying areas. The taxi drivers will also give you day-long island tours for $60 to $80.
There are bars and entertainment nearby, but the hotel-owned nightclub, Rumors, has closed again.
All in all, I had a good time at this hotel and would gladly stay there again.