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Kaiviti Motel
Ranked #35 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Reviewed 31 October 2013

Thanks for a great stay, the rooms although basic are spotlessly clean, and newly renovated rooms are great. The price is good in comparison to other motels in Vanuatu and is just so handy to all amenities that you need such as shopping and town. All rooms have their own cooking facilities which helps with the budget. The staff are very friendly and always approachable, and the manager always went out of her way to help if required. The pool and little restaurant are a great place to hang out in the afternoon and they have the best steak sandwich in town!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Kaiviti Motel Thank you for a wonderful stay. The boys from Liverpool Rotary appreciated your fabulous hospitality and can only sing the praises of the staff and the gracious hostess. We wish you all the best and when we return we will certainly be staying with you

Peter

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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kaivitimotel, Manager at Kaiviti Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2013

Hi Peter, thank you for your feedback. It was a pleasure having you stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best wishes for future Rotary projects – you guys do amazing work.

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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Lovely clean place to stay near the supermarket. The second floor is good for lovely sea breezes at night and we had a good view of the sea also. The pool was beautiful and refreshing after a long flight.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We stayed in Port Villa for a few days before visiting the other Islands. Kaiviti was nice and close to town it took us around 10 mins to walk there at a slow pace. We especially liked the service from the manager and the staff. It is being renovated but we had no issues with noise or discomfort while we were there. When I read other people's posts I think they expected a lot more and newer facilities, to be honest we were too but overall we enjoyed our stay. If you do plan to go to Vanuatu make sure you visit the volcanoes in Tanna and the blue holes in Santos.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

If you book online and pay - be wary. We booked and paid online only to find out upon arrival that the room had been double booked. They told us that the Kaiviti is often overbooked and that guests are moved next door. They put us up at a neighboring establishment, however the room was certainly well below the standard that we had booked and paid for at Kaiviti. This also meant that we were separated from the rest of the group we were travelling with. Whilst we were offered complimentary breakfast with our group at the Kaiviti, we found it totally inconvenient. They were able to move us back with our group for the second night but still not in the room we had originally booked.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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kaivitimotel, Manager at Kaiviti Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2013

Dear Paul, Thank you for taking the time to post on TripAdvisor. Kaiviti Motel does not make the practice of overbooking as indicated in your posting. Yes, there was an error with the on-line inventory on those nights and unfortunately we did not have another room that could accommodate 4 persons. As the booking was made on-line we did not know the age of the children and therefore sourced a 2 bedroom apartment at the motel next door in case the children were small. We apologise for the inconvience and will keep a better handle on the on-line inventory in the future so these sorts of issues are minimised.

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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Stayed at Kaiviti for 2 weeks as part of a large group. I was in room 15 (1 dbl, 1 sgl) which has apparently been done up relatively recently. Kaiviti is host to many groups staying for more than a week and for good reason...it offers everything that is needed, is well located and at a reasonable price. It has a nice pool, a BBQ area guests can use free of charge, a laundry (500vt for washing, same for dryer), kitchenettes in all rooms (although not all have ovens) daily room cleaning and pleasant staff. It's not particularly resort- like, but doesn't pretend to be. With a 100metre walk to Leader Price or Au Bon Marche and about a 5 or 6 minute walk down hill to the central markets it is a great choice for those looking to stretch the budget by self catering. The main road can be a bit noisy at night but it didn't bother me, more that I noticed it and went back to sleep.

Room Tip: Beds in the recently redone rooms are, by all accounts, a significant mprovement.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

We have travelled to Vanuatu several times and took the opportunity to try out a different Port Vila accommodation on this occassion wanting to find a place that would be suitable to return to with the children. We booked a basic room, through booking.com (NZD$252 for 2 nights). On check in the staff indicated that our room wasn't ready but that they would give us a 2 bedroom apartment instead (we assumed it was an upgrade). Although spacious and with a small kitchette suitable for self catering if you wished, the apartment was VERY dated (appeared as if nothing had been done since it was built, at a guess some time in the early 1970's). We decided against discussing the issue of our disappointment in the rooms standard as we had meetings all that day and the following day, and didn't have time to spare re-packing and all that it entails - as we were only there for 2 nights.

Examples of aged appearance: fold out sofa in lounge area had no seat support, so you sat on the springs and it was difficult to get out of. Candlewick bedspreads on the beds. Smelt of cat pee (or worse perhaps). Internal bathroom had no fan in it and there was mould in the paintwork. Carpet tiles upstairs were lifting and there were none under the double bed.

The pool / cafe / bar area (near the entrance) looked delightful but we didn't get to use it due to our busy schedule. The investment in building this area is where the owner has spent $ rather than renovating rooms.

Having said all this - the newly renovated executive rooms would be the only rooms that would be recommended at Kaiviti.

You will see from all our other reviews, that we are always positive about places we've stayed even when the facilities have been basic, however this time we have felt compelled to say it like it really is. I don't believe there is any excuse for this level of lack of quality - even at the budget end.

We have decided not to return to Kaiviti opting to go to other Port Vila establishments on our return later this year.

Room Tip: Make sure you get the room you booked. Some of the rooms back onto Club 21 - casino next door and t...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Kaiviti Motel

Address: PO Box 152, Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #35 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Price Range: £52 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kaiviti Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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Also Known As:
Kaiviti Village Hotel
Kaiviti Motel Vanuatu/Port Vila

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