I organised a conference of about 35 people at the Melanesian in early November 2009. While it is not a luxury hotel, I found it clean and the service good, and the conference participants were all satisfied with the venue and accommodation. The hotel had charm and a local feel, and the participants loved the music and dance - though it was a bit noisy in the rooms for anyone wanting to sleep off their jet-lag before 8pm.
The staff were very friendly as well as being helpful, flexible and quick to respond to requests. The larger conference room was a bit dark and also served as a restaurant in the evenings, which I found a bit strange at first, but actually didn't pose a problem. They said the internet was unreliable, but we all had free wireless working in our rooms (as well as in reception and the poolside area) the whole time we were there. There was also an internet cafe, the only inconvenience being the lack of printing facilities.
A couple of groups of high school students came and went while I was there, and they were naturally a bit rowdy sometimes during the day, but again this caused us no trouble.
Overall I would recommend this hotel if you are organising a small conference and you would prefer local charm over 5-star luxury (or if you are on a tight budget!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 10min walk from the heart of Port Vila town. Reasonable rates with quiet and comfortable atmosphere. A welcoming smile, friendly hospitality and good service are part of the culture at The Melanesian. Offering a number of guest room styles which satisfies everyone's needs. Our culture entertainment night with "All You Can Eat BBQ" at our Oasis Pool side is a must see! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Melanesian Port Vila Hotel Port Vila
- Melanesian Port Vila
- Melanesian Hotel Port Vila
- The Melanesian Port Vila Vanuatu