Paradise Inn has a lot of potential. It's a beautiful old building, with a wonderful terrace. The common area is very spacious and comfortable. It's also just minutes away from the heart of the capital town of Avarua (not that there is much to do or see there, but still..) and lies right on a pretty beach (which is not good for swimming as the water is very shallow at all times).
The rooms are spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. They might be a bit loud due to the roosters and guests talking loud on the corridor/passage, but one can get used to it.
The problem with the hostel is that the owners/managers do not seem to care too much about it. While the place is clean thanks to their Fijian cleaners, much of the equipment/amenities is in a bad state. The cooking facilities inside the rooms are old and borderline dangerous to use. The mosquito screenings are old and even broken in some places, etc, etc. The managers/owners are almost never there and in any case do not seem at all interested in their guests wellbeing or satisfaction. We heard that the place was for sale, so that perhaps explains their attitude.
The poor state of the facilities and the management's attitude means that the place appeared overpriced to us. While it is arguably among the cheapest places to stay in Rarotonga, charging people over 100$ for a night in a very basic studio is objectively excessive, even if the managers insist that it is cheap by the local standards. For this amount, one could easily get a nice room or even a batch in places like New Zealand or Australia, not to mention cheaper South Pacific islands.
In sum, it's a good, clean and basic option for those that need to be in town. Those who value good service, good beaches for swimming and proper facilities should look elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradise Inn, Rarotonga is the perfect place for travelers looking for value for money. We have 16 serviced units nestled in a peaceful location between the mountains and the sea, yet only a few minutes walk to downtown Avarua. The terrace, bar and lounge have breathtaking lagoon and ocean views and are yours for relaxing, whale watching, meeting people or enjoying a meal al fresco. A beach before the reef offers our visitors the prospect of sunbathing, a stroll along the beach, low tide reef walking and spotting starfish, coral and the small colourful reef fish that populate the lagoon. As the sun sets, enjoy a sundowner on the terrace with a drink from the last "Honesty Bar" in the South Pacific where cocktails and tall tales are the order of the evening. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradise Hotel Avarua
- Paradise Inn Rarotonga, Cook Islands