Arrived at the HILLTOP HOTEL on the 3rd August looking for alternative accommodation being uphappy at my present motel, lucky I was able to get a room after talking to the manager, at first i asked if I could take a look at the room before deciding to stay, the manager kindly offererd me one of the HARBOUR VIEW ROOMS at a discounted rate & asked for TOP 100- per night. My decision to call in to the HILLTOP HOTEL was only because I had called into JONES TRAVEL TOURS office to ask about any local tours in Vava'u & I decided to arrange for a local Taxi guy to take me out for the next day on a full day tour & was quoted TOP 100- [a very resonable fee], later I actually met the same Tour driver named SAIA & I decide to take a short tour around Vava'u for a few hours & he only charged me TOP 60-, during the tour & visiting some great area'a around Vava'u we ended up at MT TALAU NATIONAL PARK, after a stressful steep climb & dripping from the heat we both admired the beautiful views of the harbour & took many great photos, during our conversation the tour guide SAIA asked me where I was staying & I explained to him that I wasn't very happy staying at the TWIN VIEW MOTEL & he suggested the HILLTOP HOTEL & after my short tour had almost ended SAIA kindly offererd to take up to the HILLTOP HOTEL & he waited while i spoke to management & I agreed to stay, SAIA then again kindly offererd to return me to THE TWIN VIEW MOTEL & pack up my gear & inform the owner I had decided not to stay any longer, & then returned to the HILLTOP HOTEL, [ I had also arranged another full day tour around the Island for the following day with SAIA], .......anyway back to the HILLTOP HOTEL & I'm given room 1, with great harbour views, the A/C systen was a relief with the heat, the room was a average size, a comfortable double bed with a mosquito net around the bed [didn't get bitten once]... my only suggestion is about the shower system, it's a strange water system & wasting time sorting out the right TEMP, the shower recess is very slippery especially when you have to continue in walking in & out of the shower to maintain the right WATER TEMP & wasting a lot of water!... The manager & her family who helped support the business were all very friendly & made me feel very welcome, you were allowed to help yourself in the kitchen to make tea & coffee, B/fast wasn't included in the room rate, the morning B/fast was presented well with plenty of fruit toast cereal & a full cooked B/fast if requested [B/fast not expensive], the evenings were very quiet around the hotel & I spend a great deal of time talking to the family talking about my travels etc, I would take a stroll down into NEIAFU town & call into TROPICANA INTERNET CAFE & check my emails with the odd coffee, another place where many tourists ate was at THE SUNSET GRILL run by an american family & made all there customers very welcome, my worst order for a evening meal was at the MARINE CAFE a terrible burger that wasn't even cooked....... my only big regret in VAVA'U was on my first day on arrival I had booked a WHALE WATCHING TOUR with DOLPHIN PACIFIC DIVING & quoted TOP 275- & booked for the Friday 5th August, unfortunately the weather turned & it's hard to believe that on this day it rained very heavy & much cooler in temp....& even many local people & business operators said they hadn't known the weather turn this cool & therefore I just didn't turn up the the WHALE WATCHING TOUR.... with my history of motion sickness I didn't want to spoil my holiday.... I'm not really sure if the company would have cancelled the tour if I had turned up!...... Another place for a good evening meal is at the ITALIAN PIZZA RESTURANT, another interesting place to visit during the day is the local tourist information centre & they also sell local hand made gifts & the local market is worth visiting & getting a discounted price appears to be part of the fun in shopping! When your out at night time & happy to walk back to the HILLTOP HOTEL which will take approx 15-20min's, be warned it's a VERY VERY DARK ROAD & up a steep hill & I had a few problems trying to locate the hotel on my first evening..... I just stared at my hand & hoped! ...... I wish to also express my appreciation to SAIA the tour/taxi guide in making me feel so welcome in VAVA'U & showing me around this beautiful Island & during my day tour I treated SAIA to lunch at the TONGAN BEACH RESORT & very good food....... Sadly due to the turn in the weather during my last 36 hrs in VAVA'U I decided to change my air ticket & rtn to the mainland of TONGATAPU slightly earlier & flying with CHATHAMS PACIFIC..... also due to the heavy rain the management insisted I join her family on my last evening for the evening meal in the hotel, this was a very kind gesture & I will always remember these very kind people, paid my invoice the night before leaving & your able to use your C/Card for payment with a small c/c fee, overall TOP 300- for my 3 nights & I only paid TOP 50.70 for my 3 B/fasts with coffee or tea anytime from the kitchen & the small c/card fee included & I felt this is great value!... On Saturday 6th August SAIA turned up for my transfer to VAVA'U airport & I left the HILLTOP HOTEL at 7:30am for Vava'u airport & charged TOP 30- for my transfer, my flight back the mainland TONGATAPU took approx 45min's........ I would like to re-visit Vava'u again in the future & I'd like to wish everyone who I met in VAVA'U all the very very best & a big thanks for making me so welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched atop Holopeka Hill, Hilltop Hotel offers a panoramic view of the town of Neiafu and harbor below. Each of our eight rooms has one queen bed or two single beds, an outdoor sitting area and a private bath with heated shower. We offer breakfast on site and hotel guests receive a discount for our waterfront restaurant Mana'ia. Holiday packages are also available for sailing and whale watching and swimming aboard our sailing catamaran Cyber. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilltop Hotel Neiafu
- Hilltop Hotel Tonga/Neiafu