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.
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.
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.
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
- Free breakfast
- Swimming pool
- 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
- Laundry service or facilities
- Tea/coffee-making facilities
- In-room safe