Tongatapu’s Best Hotels
Tongatapu, translating to the “Sacred South”, is the launching pad for most adventures in Tonga. When looking for a base on the island, a safe bet are the hotels in Tongatapu, providing travellers with a familiar style of accommodation. All of the hotels in Tongatapu are found in the capital, Nuku’alofa, ranging from budget hotels to 4.5-star international-style hotels. Compare your options in the list below!
Note that Tonga is an ever-evolving country, and with that, accommodations change their offerings with little notice. While we try to keep listings up-to-date, feel free to reach out with any updates.
Plus, for more inspiration for planning your trip, see The Complete Guide to Tongatapu.
1. Tanoa International Dateline Hotel
With a restaurant, buffet breakfast, swimming pool, gym and hundreds of rooms, the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel probably has everything you need and more when it comes to a hotel stay in Tongatapu. Tanoa Hotel is Tonga’s largest hotel with a number of room types available. Choose something sleek yet affordable in one of their entry-level Superior Room or go all out with the lavish Ocean View Suite. Layouts are versatile, making the hotel an ideal stay for couples, families and groups of friends. See more hotels like this in the 9 Best Luxury Accommodation on Tongatapu.
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2. House of Tonga Hotel
Modern, boutique and in the centre of Nuku’alofa, the House of Tonga Hotel is well worth considering. The hotel has one type of room, a double room with a queen bed, air-conditioning, an ensuite shower, access to an outside deck and a sofa bed, suitable for kids under 11 years old. Other facilities include on-site parking, airport transfers, luggage storage, island tours, free WiFi and a personal refrigerator.
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3. Little Italy Hotel
Offering a slightly quieter waterfront option than some other hotels in Nuku’alofa, the Little Italy Hotel is the hotel above the popular Little Italy Restaurant. Standard and Ocean View Rooms are available, with the options for a private balcony and interconnecting rooms, making the hotel ideal for all types of travellers. Stays include a continental buffet breakfast served in the restaurant. We also recommend this hotel in the 10 Best Honeymoon Accommodation in Nuku’alofa.
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4. Emerald Hotel
This hotel might have been around for some time but it still boasts some charm and a convenient waterfront location close to town. The Emerald Hotel has a choice of twin and king rooms with a garden or sea view, the latter to enjoy from your balcony. Expect your average hotel amenities, such as cable TV, air conditioning and tea/coffee-making facilities, but an extra bonus of an excellent Chinese restaurant on-site. Check out more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Accommodation in Tongatapu for Foodies.
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5. City Hotel
Stay super-central in the no-nonsense City Hotel. There are nine guest rooms with twin and double layouts available. Rooms are simple yet clean and classically appointed with air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities, a TV and a desk. Breakfast is at an extra cost, as well as car rentals offered to guests at a discounted rate.
6. Tungi Colonnade Hotel
A short walk away from the city centre, Tungi Colonnade Hotel is also worth considering. The hotel has 18 well-appointed rooms kept cool with tiled floors and air-conditioning. Choose from single, double and family rooms, some with their own balcony, ideal for watching the city life. See more accommodation that we recommend for families in the 10 Best Family Accommodation on Tongatapu.
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7. JeZAmi Hotel
This locally-owned hotel is another excellent choice in Nuku’alofa, just one street away from the waterfront and within walking distance of the city centre. Rooms are all standardised with twin double bed layout, including cable TV, free WiFi and air-conditioning. Enjoy the included breakfast served at the on-site restaurant, Momma Tuna’s Kitchen, which also serves local, American and Mexican food for dinner. The hotel owners also run the popular whale swimming and snorkelling tour, Tuna Moana.
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8. Paradise First Hotel
More like a guest house than a hotel, Paradise First Hotel boasts a homely ambience. Each of the eight guest rooms is unique in its layout and decor but they all feature ensuites. Book one of the four rooms on the top floor and you’ll have access to a shared balcony. The hotel also serves breakfast (not always included in the rate so be sure to inquire) and offer secure on-site parking. Paradise First Hotel is located in the Bay of Manumataongo, five minutes from the city centre.
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9. Coastline Hotel
Stay close to the boat tours, as well as the waterfront restaurants and bars, at the Coastline Hotel in Nuku’alofa. The hotel is basic but freshly decorated with a minimalist approach across its range of double and twin rooms. Some amenities include air-conditioning, an ensuite shower and a flatscreen TV in each room. And if you’re hungry, there’s a fried chicken takeaway shop downstairs!
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10. Seaview Lodge & Restaurant
While advertised as a lodge, there are some elements similar to a boutique hotel that hotel frequenters will appreciate. Stay in one of the double guest rooms or premium suite for four guests, with options to upgrade to a sea view and a balcony. Rooms are well-presented with a mix of colonial and Tongan decor. Breakfast and WiFi are included in the stay.