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“Fine for a stopover” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fua'amotu Transit Lodge

Fua'amotu Transit Lodge
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Fua'amotu Transit Lodge
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Fine for a stopover”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2011

This lodge was a great introduction to Tonga. It has a homely feel (Tongan style - don't expect a hotel). It was clean and there was fresh food (fruit, tea, coffee) on arrival and breakfast in the morning (fruit, cereal, tea, coffee). We stayed overnight, arriving late and leaving early the next morning to go on to Va'vau Island in the north. The airport pick up and drop off was part of the service, and for us as a group of seven (teenagers and friends) it worked well. It is what it says - a transit lodge.

Room Tip: Very basic by Western standards. Typically Tongan.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2010

Our flight arrived at 1050pm from Sydney and our flight to Vava'u was at 0830am the next morning so we thought that we would get an extra hours sleep by staying close to the airport. The pick-up went fine and when we arrived at the lodge there was one person who pointed us to our "room" and then disappeared never to be seen again.

The place was filthy with cockroaches everywhere, mosquitoes and no flyscreen, smelly toilets and a cold shower that looked like you'd come out more dirty than when you went in. The beds were terrible and I hate to think when the last time the sheets were washed, our room didn't even have a working light.

I've stayed in similar hovels in India, which is fine when paying a couple of dollars a night, not US$50 which is what my girlfriend and I were charged.

In the future I would take the extra time to go into town to somewhere nicer seeing as we got almost no sleep anyway, or just crash in the terminal and spend my $50 on a bottle of duty free instead.

Oh and the free "breakfast"........dry crackers from an open container in the roach infested kitchen......

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2010

We arrived into Tonga on a flight at 2am, and were due to fly out on a domestic flight at 10am the same day. We needed somewhere to stay near the airport for a few hours sleep. The Transit Lodge is just a 5 minute drive. It is very basic, but clean and the beds are comfortable. Breakfast was included in the rate. The showers had sporadic hot water. There is no airconditioning, but fans are OK. I'd stay there again under similar circumstances. The Lodge is well named, it is a place to transit through only.
As it happened, our domestic flight was cancelled, and the owner of FTL did a great job providing us with transport into Nuku'alofa, and then out to a resort where we stayed for a few days while waiting for a new domestic flight.
As a place to transit, this is fine. Phone the lodge to make your booking, you will probably get a better rate than over the web. Free pickup at the airport was great too - especially given the time of the night we arrived.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Fua'amotu Transit Lodge

Property: Fua'amotu Transit Lodge
Address: Fua'amotu, Tongatapu Island, Tonga
Location: Tonga > Tongatapu Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Tongatapu Island
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Fua'Amotu Transit Lodge Tonga/Tongatapu Island

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