Port Moresby hostelry infamous for having about as bad a value for cost as anywhere on the planet. $170 usd gets you an absolutely wretched experience at the Shady Rest. Be prepared when their airport pick-up fails to materialize despite e-mail confirmation. Phone from arrivals, appearance of their beat-up van gives a preview of what you're in for. Pre-payment demanded at check-in, with very bad foreign exchange rate. Hotel compound location is near nothing walkable; cab to anywhere a minimum 20$. Three room sizes. Smallest are miniscular and are not an option, unless you are there for a by-the-hour assignation, and can tolerate the impermeated smell stench. The medium sized-rooms also claustrophopic. This one had no window, except bathroom open air grate onto outdoor corridor. Air in room is fetid, with the smell. Need AC on constantly. Flimsy door and lock, big gap on bottom for insect access. No internet here, TV volume kept cutting out, or picture, unusable. The tepid stream of hot water a long time in coming. Bathroom, small, shabby, poor lighting. (this room is not 24 sq.meters, despite what the Indian ownership says.) Overall a cheaply constructed, motel-like building, nearly decrepit. Bar bottles are loaded into a truck parked below rooms, glass slamming either after bar closing or else first thing in the morning, the sound to wake up to. Restaurant over-priced, but at least the 20$ sandwich was not inedible. Large Indian menu, as ownership is Indian Hindoo.Half-litre of water, they sell for three usd. Nothing complementary, no water. In bath, a cheap small soap, and small packet cheap shampoo. And lastly, a required key deposit is 100 kina. Pay for your room by credit card, they add on the key deposit and refuse to refund it. Instead they try to make you take a hundred kina in cash. Papua staff is nice, but stressed and inflexible, apparently from Indian Hindoo ownership management. Free shuttle to airport took off 20 minutes late. A brand new hotel not yet on tripadvior-- pretty nice priced at 400 kina with gym -- has just opened across the street from this mess which has absolutely nothing to recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shady Rest Hotel, one of Port Moresby's top hotels, is conveniently located 7 minutes from the International and Domestic airports and 5 minutes from the business district. Entertainment and other options include the Cellar Steak House featuring the best steaks in town, PNG's only authentic Indian Restaurant and the all you can eat buffets showcasing the vast talents of our chefs every Tuesday and Friday nights. The Hotel also features prepaid wi-fi access, a well-stocked wine cellar, a gaming lounge, the Tapas cocktail lounge, a big screen karaoke lounge and a beauty salon with a souvenir shop. Also onsite is Mike's Pizza Company Take away Pizza featuring PNG's best Pizzas. ... more less
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