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“Wedding Reception”
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Manhao Hotel
Ranked #22 of 25 Hotels in Nadi
Nadi
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wedding Reception”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

This hotel hosted my nephew's wedding recently and they were very accommodating, the management did a lot to ensure it was a success. In Nadi there aren't too many options for a wedding or a large function, this was an excellent choice and highly recommended. For a fee, we were allowed to use their kitchen for some of our dishes which was great - the kitchen staff was so helpful. Our room was upstairs, we didn't hear the noise from the party and it was good except no face towels. We found the staff friendly without being too familiar. Yes it was in the middle of nowhere but it is different and has its own charm.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Its pretty far from the main road .You have to cross this skinny bridges to get there ,but the roads are tar-sealed so ,that's good :) .Although this a quality hotel ,worms fill up the bottom floor rooms and the swimming pool ,don't expect any good views at the bottom floor rooms,though this garden is pretty absorbing to most,you see couple walking on the footpath through the garden and around the hotel. Meals are reasonably horrible ,but you can go out to Nadi town at any time of the hour to compromise that . Rooms are all well spaced and equipped.Best part about this hotel is if you are looking for a affordable place to stay for a day or two or even for sometime and at the same time enjoy your visit ,this is it .
Advice : Always ask for the top floor rooms

Room Tip: Choose top floor rooms ,it has the amazing sunset vie and the night pool view
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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3 Thank Reginal N
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

The view as you walk through the lobby is lovely, the hills and that huge pool is fantastic. Although the swim up bar, had no stock in it at all. You will have the pool to yourself as there seemed to be no one staying in the hotel.
Our room seemed nice enough, spacious and clean. The balcony view was great. The bed however was as hard as a rock, therefore we did not get a good night sleep. The tv had just 2 channels, and the wifi did not reach our room. This was disappointing as we wanted to relax by watching a film, either on the tv or on our laptop, and couldn't.
The restaurant serves only Chinese cuisine, as I am not a big fan of Chinese food I didn't really eat. It's a shame they don't add any other dishes especially some Fijian curries or literally anything else! Also the dining table covers needed washing, there were food stains all over them and bird muck all over the chairs.
Most of the staff were friendly/helpful, just one lady receptionist who didn't seem to know what she was doing.
As people have said it is quite far away from anything else so be prepared to pay taxi fares to get anywhere and everywhere.
This hotel has potential, it's a shame no ones doing anything about it.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Lucy W
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Lautoka
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Well I visited this hotel on the 28th of december and had lots of fun. The only regret is that when we booked we were told that the pool is 24/7 but then when we went in at 3 in the morning, we were told by security to get out! We were pissed! Lounge and dining area is good. Rooms are cheap and awesome. Worth the stay :)

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Bellingen, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2013

This hotel is a real supprise. The location is amazing with wonderful mountain and farmland views, getting there is an experience, along Nadi Back Road you turn off onto a very rough dirt road passing farms;and seeing a very different Fiji to the usual tourist areas. The hotel suddenly appears big and white among the fields. Unbelievable. Our taxi driver asked "why do you want to stay there?" We came because it was recommended by a friend as something different. It is impressive. We pulled into the portico to be greeted and escorted up wide stairs into the huge foyer to reception by a very courteous young man, checked in and were taken to our king size room. Lifts are being installed so some building mess was around. We had a pool view room with amazing views. The room looked good at first glance the furnishings were of good quality. The view from the balcony over the huge pool and surrounding countryside amazing. It was early evening when we arrived and we thought we would have a shower and freshen up before dinner. First problem - while the room looked clean the shower room was not, with extensive mould along the tiles at floor level and in the tracks of the shower screen and in patches in the adjacent toilet area. The vanity is screened from the bedroom by a huge plate glass screen (would hate to get out of bed and walk into that in the dark) with a door from this into the toilet and shower room. The vanity to could have been cleaner and there was more mould around the taps. This was not a good start. We went in search of the dining area on the lower level. We came down the stairs to the bar beyond which was the dining room. At the bar was an Indian family several adults and a small child eating dinner , we don't know if they were staff or guests but sitting at the bar eating dinner wasn't a good look. We would normally have a pre dinner drink at the bar but felt uncomfortable doing so. We were the only people in the dining area and chose an outside table. A courteous , friendly Fijian waiter explained that only Chinese food was available and we said that was OK. Our meal was ok and our water glasses were kept filled by a young waitress. We noticed through the glass into the inside dining area that some of the young female staff lounging around at the tables talking on their mobile phone, not very professional. As we left the Indian people at the bar insisted we try their food cooked by them, very generous but really not appropriate, I declined. The whole atmosphere was unprofessional.. While they were very nice and friendly it was off putting. We just wanted a quiet meal as we were very tired.
We finally got to bed. The bed was the hardest thing I have ever laid on. It was like they forgot to put padding on top of the springs and every time we turned over we hit metal with elbows and hips, we ended up laying the doona on top of the mattress and re made the bed this helped a bit but not much. We awoke after a restless night feeling anything but relaxed with aching backs. Breakfast was included, continental. While there was sufficient food we had to keep asking for another glass only one was available and plates too, not enough laid out. We had a mid afternoon flight home so left late morning. We only were aware of one other room being occupied. What a strange experience. Think they need to address quite a few issues if they want to attract guests. Could be an amazing property we would certainly have considered it again but for the issues we experienced. We gave the reception a card from the taxi driver who brought us out, yes as another reviewer you do get a bit edgy wondering if you are being kidnapped, he had told us he would come just to have the hotel call but he was not the taxi driver we got, he had a nice new taxi and the one we got was dirty and cramped and from his conversation he regularly did that trip with guests. We paid F$30 from Denarau and F$20 to the airport which was what we thought it would be. For the distance thought it fair enough.
They will have to lift their standards before we would go back. Shame it could be so successful.

Room Tip: Cheap it is but it is not worth more. Need to address the basics. No one will ever come back until...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Warburton, A
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2013

Despite some unfavourable reviews, my girlfriend and I spent 10 days staying at this hotel. I can honestly say that I've never been more well cared for by such great staff in all my stays at hotels. There was nothing too much trouble for them and I think they all deserve a raise! Yes the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, but its actually only a short drive to shops, cafes, beach etc and I liked being away from the larger resorts, where you fight for a pool chair., yes I've witnessed fights over spots by the pool, in fact I've been involved in one! If you want so simply chillax then this is the place for you. The pool is amazing and large enough to swim laps. The rooms a really clean and the beds very comfortable. As I dont go on holiday to watch tv the fact there were only two channels did not worry me. The wifi connection was very fast. The taxi ride from the airport is actually only around 10 minutes..
Whilst the food was less than I expected the cocktails made up for it, I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who is tired of large resorts where it is all so informal and and generic.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2013

I have a list soooo long of things wrong with this hotel! And I never post reviews (this is my first ever) & I'm pretty easy to please after many nights in backpacker accommodation. But this is a special case, I only hope the owners care enough to read these.
We arrived at the hotel after a weird taxi ride down a gravel back road, not sure if the taxi was taking us to the hotel or kidnapping us. Google maps says it takes 8mins to get there from Nadi, but by 8 they actually mean 18 (not exaggerating in the slightest). The hotel is beautiful, very Chinese but beautiful, as long as you're not expecting anything Fijian. Absolutely everything is Chinese. This makes finding the right button on the air-con remote a little difficult, but you get there eventually. The lobby is so lovely it has you thinking you got a real bargain (along with the relief of not actually being kidnapped by the taxi driver, we were stoked).
So the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by farms, which is really exciting for 10 minutes. This could be awesome if they provided some sort of entertainment or activities; trips to local villages/mountains/beaches, more tv channels, anything really. But you feel stuck there, not even wanting to go to Nadi because the taxi's cost $20 one way, or $30 to Denarau Island. This made me really annoyed, because the hotel calls a taxi for you, & it just so happens they're the taxi's without meters, the ones you should avoid. If you call a metered taxi yourself (we met a nice taxi driver in town & took his number), & they start the meter at $1.50 like they're supposed to, you can actually get to Denarau Island for $18, not $30. The hotel should really be helping guests out with this & not helping the taxis rip you off, and for this reason alone I will never go back there. I've never had this problem anywhere else in Fiji. Other hotels will call a good honest taxi for you (or have their own shuttle) & advise you about making sure you ask taxis to use the meters, that the meters should start at $1.50, & the approximate cost of getting places. Manhoa Hotel staff are either working with the taxis to rip off guests, or they just don't care. Absolutely appalling.
We got to our room which was really nice at first glance, but wow, it was SO dirty! They surely hadn't swept in there for months, there were dead bugs, dirt & dust all along the edges of the room. The shower was filthy. There was a half alive worm in our bathroom which they still didn't remove even after doing our housekeeping the next morning (the term "housekeeping" is used very loosely, but we got new towels & they made our bed at least). For a new hotel it was all pretty disgusting. The bed was like concrete. The chairs were dirty & stained. There were fingerprints on the walls & the roof. The smoke alarm was gone. There was no compendium, and when you're stuck in an odd hotel in the middle of nowhere with everything written in Chinese, a compendium would come in really handy. There's no wifi. You get only 2 tv channels. We asked if there was a DVD player we could borrow, but there wasn't one. No mini bar. No teaspoons to stir the coffee (I'm surprised we even had sachets of coffee in our room actually). Fridge was really warm.
We ordered cocktails when we first arrived, & these were really nice, & so was the local guy working at the bar. Then we wanted beer. There were 3 or 4 different beers on the menu, but they only had one type in stock. And by in stock, I mean they were sitting in the fridge but they were warm. Not sure if the fridge wasn't turned on or they just like warm fridges (like the one in our room), because they also only had warm water.
We went for a swim in the pool (which is really nice, I'll give them that) & went over to the pool bar... nobody came & served us, they just watched us from afar, & the fridge there was also empty. Wanting a cold beer on a hot day should not be that difficult. And I thought pool bars were for drinking at, but this one's just for decoration/somewhere to sit when swimming gets too tiring.
Oh & they also have pool towels so you don't have to use your shower towel, but you only get one if you go & ask for one. A compendium could have helped with this.
They serve only Chinese food. No dessert. No breakfast menu. Just Chinese food. There is a continental breakfast buffet which is a joke. You want toast? Ok but you can only have raspberry jam on it, no other options. You want cereal? Ok but only cornflakes. You want coffee? No sorry, only water or orange juice. Or warm beer. You can order Chinese off the menu for dinner, or they have a buffet. But first you wander around like an idiot wondering if you should just grab a plate & go for it, or if there is actually a menu with a few more options, because nobody actually explains that to you. Again, a compendium could have helped with this.
The Fijian staff are lovely (like all Fijians) but the Chinese owners are the most unfriendly hospitality staff I've ever ever come across. Can't even get a smile out of them. They just sit at the bar & watch you wait to be served, & then do nothing when you're not served. Well ok, thought you'd want an extra $50 out of us for a round of drinks but obviously not.
Apart from one other couple, we were the only people at the hotel (3 of us). It was really weird for such a big place. It's like the owners are literally just sitting there waiting for it to go out of business.
Honestly, I will never even consider going back here (I am an expat living in Fiji so it would have been very likely if the hotel wasn't so insanely weird & annoying, as I stay at hotels in Nadi or Denarau Island every month or 2). This hotel has so much potential! But the owners just have no clue, or no desire to make it great, & to make sure their guests are happy.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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15 Thank Lysh H
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Property: Manhao Hotel
Address: Lot 14 Nasau | Nadi Back Road, Nadi, Viti Levu 679, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Viti Levu > Nadi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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#10 Spa Hotel in Nadi
Hotel Class:3 star — Manhao Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 51
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