This hotel is struggling against the effects of the volcanic fall out but despite this the staff remain friendly and helpfull. The food is excellent and is worth a visit for the food if you are in the area.
Given the attitude of the owner and staff they deserve to be supported by the traveller in order that this hotel can keep providing a service in this area.
The area is really quite safe if you want to wander about and soak in the PNG experience. The locals all want to say hello and there is nobody hustling you. Take a local bus ride (every 10 mins) to any place and the driver will drop you at the door and arrange pick up when you want. Rabaul has an amazing history there is plenty to see. The beach is only 5 mins walk away. The hotel staff will help all they can to make your stay a real adventure and a pleasure.
Aircon is available in most rooms which are clean and spacious. Anything you want just ask and they will do their best to provide or arrange it. Good range of TV channels for those waiting there on buisness.
Of all the hotels i have stayed in PNG this has to be the best overall. There is a range of accommodation to suit all pockets from back packer to business.
Close to the Digicell mast a good phone signal is available and is currently being upgraded to 3G so good choice for those on business or addicted to Facebook.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rabaul Hotel, on famous Mango Avenue, is the longest established Hotel in the New Guinea Islands region. Witnessing post WWII reconstruction, Papua New Guinea's Independence, and surviving earthquakes and the Twin Volcanic Eruption of 1994, it really is the "Spirit of Volcano Town"! A must see for the adventurer, scuba diver or trekker, Rabaul Hotel is so close to the Volcano, you can smell it and within walking distances of the most significant historical landmarks such as the Montevideo Maru & Peace Memorial! Rabaul Town, described in its halcyon days as the "Pearl of the Pacific", is now sometimes described as the "Pompeii of the Pacific". Rabaul Hotel is committed to promoting sustainable eco-tours with locals guides. Whether you prefer plush tour coaches or a car with Driver, or a local guide, the Hotel will organise "When in Rome" Tours to suit all budgets. We also have a Rabaul Town Shuttle Bus that circumnavigates the Town area for a small fee. Bus No#7a from the Rabaul Market or they will stop and pick you up anywhere along the Malaguna Road and can take you to Rabaul Hotel Rabaul Town locals are friendly, enthusiastic with an intimate knowledge of their surrounds. For a small fee we can arrange visitors to be escorted on "paths less travelled". These include treks to the top of Kabui Mountain (Mt. Mother - 2000 feet), Canoe trips Mt. Tavurvur Volcano, with visits to the Mega-pode Farm & Hot Springs along the way. Rabaul Hotel will also organise scuba diving on the many wrecks in Simpson Harbour or snorkelling/fishing around the Beehives. The Hotel Restaurant, "Phoenix Room", boasts an extensive Western, Asian & Vegetarian Menu, catering to all tastes. All rooms are air conditioned with en-suite. The swimming pool is easily accessible & the Hotel Lounge Bar, with its giant billiards table & memorabilia, is always fully stocked ready for the 'apres adventures' de-brief, back at the hotel. HERE FOR A DAY ON A CRUISE SHIP - Rabaul Hotel is within walking distance of the wharf. Let us organise a Historical Rabaul Town Tour or a Walking Tour of the Town with local guides, or perhaps you would just like to sit by the Rabaul Hotel 23m swimming pool and enjoy a local "South Pacific Lager"? Why not stay with us on ANZAC Day where the echo's of the past are re-lived at the famous Rabaul Dawn Service at the RSL Cenotaph within walking distance of the Hotel. If you are visiting Papua New Guinea, make sure you set aside a few days to visit one of the most amazing places in the South Pacific - Rabaul Town, & the RABAUL HOTEL - "WHERE THE ROAD ENDS & THE ADVENTURE BEGINS." ... more less
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