How to Pick the Best Hotel in Tonga for You
How to Pick the Best Hotel in Tonga for You

How to Pick the Best Hotel in Tonga for You

(c) Tanoa International Dateline Hotel

Advice on Choosing a Hotel in Tonga

When looking for a place to stay in a foreign land, the obvious go-to is a hotel. If you’re looking for an urban experience in Tonga, then hotels provide an excellent option for accommodation, with Tonga offering budget, three- and four-star hotels. However, their standards and facilities greatly differ, so check out our advice on how to choose the right hotel in Tonga for you in this guide.

Quick Tips for Staying in a Hotel in Tonga

  • Hotels can only be found in Tonga’s two largest towns, Nuku’alofa (Tongatapu) and Neiafu (Vava’u)
  • The Tanoa Hotel is the largest in Tonga, with all of Tonga’s other hotels being “boutique”
  • Note that some hotels in Tonga do not update listings on websites and brochures, so some facilities and amenities advertised no longer exist – be sure to inquire about any essentials you might need before booking
  • To see examples of hotels, take a look at the 10 Best Hotels in Tonga A203
  • If you are looking for accommodation outside of Tonga’s towns, take a look at some of the resorts in Tonga.
How to Pick the Best Hotel in Tonga for You(c) JeZami Hotel Tonga

What are the Hotels Like in Tonga?

Tonga has a mix of four-star, three-star and budget hotels. The largest hotel that follows a more international standard is the Tanoa Hotel. It offers guests a buffet breakfast each morning, has a restaurant, interconnecting rooms, laundry service, swimming pool, etc. Other hotels, which are smaller but follow similar standards are the Little Italy Hotel, Tungi Colonnade Hotel, Puataukanave International Hotel, the Emerald Hotel and JeZami Hotel.

Some hotels, like the House of Tonga, Coastline Hotel and Elim Hotel offer international-standard hotel rooms but have limited extra facilities.

Finally, there are budget hotels like the Hilltop Hotel and The Paradise International Hotel that offer affordable guest rooms to the standards of a backpacker hostel. Some have additional facilities like a communal kitchen.

How to Pick the Best Hotel in Tonga for You(c)

Location, What is Nearby and How to Get There?

Hotels can only be found in the two largest towns in Tonga, Nuku’alofa on the island of Tongatapu and Neiafu on the island of ‘Utu Vava’u. With that in mind, if you want to stay in a hotel, it’s best to compare these two towns, which you can do using the following guides:

One major difference between the destinations is that Tongatapu is generally much cheaper to travel to than Vava’u. Wherever you decide to visit, make sure you know how you’re going to get to your accommodation and get around to visit the nearby attractions. See the following articles for advice:

Finally on the subject of location, when choosing a hotel, make sure it is in a convenient location especially if you won’t be hiring a car during your stay. You might want to be close to restaurants, be able to access tours and be within walking distance of a few attractions.

How to Pick the Best Hotel in Tonga for You(c)

Price and Inclusions

Finally, you need to make sure that your hotel is within your budget while providing value by having the facilities that you need/want. Any savvy traveller knows that a slightly more expensive hotel might be worth the extra cost if there is, for instance, free breakfast, laundry machines, kitchen facilities or a restaurant, etc.

The Cost of Hotel Rooms in Tonga

How much will you pay for a hotel room in Tonga? Typical prices are as follows:

  • Budget hotel room/night – TOP$75-$110
  • Three-star hotel room/night – TOP$140-$250
  • Four-star hotel room/night – TOP$290-$520

Hotel Facilities and Inclusions

The hotels in Tonga don’t all offer the same facilities, services and inclusions, so it’s best to compare what’s on offer to help choose the best-value hotel. Some facilities and service to compare include:

  • Airport transfers
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Free breakfast
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • In-house tours and activities
  • Fans or air-conditioning
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Ocean views
  • Private patio or balcony
  • Free WiFi
  • Hot water
  • Car parking
  • Insect screens or mosquito nets
  • Garden
  • TV
  • Laundry service or facilities
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities
  • In-room safe
  • Iron.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Tonga Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Tonga. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Tonga’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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