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“Charming but dated and tired”

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South Seas Private Hotel
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“Charming but dated and tired”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stayed one night in the "deluxe" room, which has a double bed and an ensuite bathroom.

Good points:

- The hotel itself is truly charming, with its shiny wooden floors, lovely little garden and lots of character.

- I enjoyed the location, a little bit out of town but still within 5 to 20 minutes walking distance, depending on where you want to go (and you can always catch a taxi for a very cheap fare if you don't feel like walking), in a nice, safe, quiet place.

Bad points:

- Our room had carpet on the floor, which was very worn and dirty. I woke up with swollen eyes due to the dust. I guess our room had not been cleaned before our arrival, as we found hair on the carpet and in the bathtub. The room was very basic. I don't mind as long as it is clean, but it was not. Also, no toilet paper (we asked the receptionist, who replied that we had to bring our own) and no hot water in the shower.

- Unfriendly and unhelpful staff on the day of our arrival.

- Since the hotel is known for its cheap dorms, expect groups of noisy teenagers (who tend to occupy both the shared kitchen facilities and the shared lounge area).

Overall I didn't find the deluxe room to be good value for money. It may be different if you stay in dorms though. I wouldn't (and didn't, on our way back) stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

It is cheap but for a reason. You have to pay a deposit for everything - even $1 for a knife and $1 for a fork to use in the kitchen. Don't stay in Room 31 as it backs on to the toilet block and you can hear everything! And I mean everything! There is a window above the room's door with no curtain so the hallway light blazes in all night. Showers were cold. Unfortunately the hotel was very busy the night we stayed so the toilet paper had run out - reported the situation to staff. Unfortunately the staff are not empowered to make even the smallest decisions which meant those guests who were not searching for a power point were searching for somewhere with toilet paper! Really noisy with lots of people clomping around the wooden floors or talking really loudly in the cute looking little lounge areas. The poor receptionist it seems, is not allowed to do anything to help guests except check them in.....

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Toney, Alabama
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Stayed there in 1994 and again in June 2014: excellent stay both times. Both times I stayed in the "deluxe" room with the double bed (this time with a rollaway bed added) and en suite bath. Good value, vintage charm.
The good:
- clean
- very close to the Fiji Museum in Thurston Park, Albert Park (to catch a local rugby game), and the newly re-opened Grand Pacific Hotel (to see how the other half travels)
- nice shared kitchen facilities
- nice shared lounge area with TV and collection of dozens of donated "swords" (google "fijian sword" for more info)
- several electrical outlets in the Deluxe room

The other:
- 25 to 30 minute walk to "downtown" (handicraft market by the harbor, floating restaurant area)
- quite a few ants in the bathroom
- Solar (If any) hot water (during neither stay did I have any)
- you have to buy your own soap (but you can keep it!)

Room Tip: Go Deluxe!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Montreal
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Set on a leafy back street one block above Albert Park, the long running South Seas Private Hotel is a peculiar establishment. Austere, sleepy, more like a no frills boarding school than a hotel, it appears frozen in time. It is! The reception is behind bars. But the wooden hotel is clean, functional and well managed. In the evening guests hang out in the TV lounge which has sofas and overhead fans. The communal kitchen is functional with modern appliances, including four guest fridges. Some rooms and dorms still lack power outlets. Guests wander about, looking for somewhere to plug in their devices. Forget about the internet. Upstairs rooms facing the street can get very, very hot by late afternoon. There are many rooms to choose from so have a look before you accept. The owners are obsessive about rules and regulations, down to the tea towels in the kitchen but the staff are kind and keep the hardwood floors shiny. Quiet garden in the back has the only en-suite room in the house. Rates are below those posted. Budget. Memorable place. Bit of a walk to downtown Suva when it's blazing hot or raining but taxis are cheap.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

I stayed 3nights in a door, the hotel is good looking but the common bathroom is only one toilet and one shower upstairs (which are locking with great difficulty!) and 2 downstairs but because we were real few in the hotel it was fine. The real problem is there is no electrical plug in the room and just one bathroom is having one, the staff is not allowed to charge anything behind the desk so I was supposed to use one plug at the entrance staying four hours near it for my camera to charge... Really annoying!! Cheap and clean place to stay but except the minimum!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Oregon
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86 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013 via mobile

The building is amazingly well-maintained for its age, and everything was spotlessly clean. We enjoyed walking into town and to the museum from this convenient location, and our room (#38) was very quiet, well-ventilated, and had a nice view of trees and shrubs. The bed was a bit hard. The front office charges a refundable deposit for items like towels and cutlery. They were out of soap, so we had to go outside to buy our own. Other than that, we were happy with our stay, and would stay here again. Its a good value, and left us more money for dining out.

Stayed August 2013
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Suva
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2013

I was only in Suva for one week and had to stay within a tight budget. I opted for a private room which gave me separate toilet and bath. The room was clean, sheets were changed daily, there was no aircon but the overhead fan worked fine though it could be hot closer to the summer season.
The Staff are friendly and willing to assist.
This is an old Hotel, wooden, with lots of character. Down side the steps up to reception are challenging especially with luggage and its the only way in.
I would echo Jayne n 's comments Suva is a difficult town with a dark side you need to be wary of.
Women should not go out at night unless escorted and men need to also stay alert.

Room Tip: Get a private room $FJ64 against 55 for the dorm.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Property: South Seas Private Hotel
Address: 6 Williamson Rd, Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Viti Levu > Suva
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Suva
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 42

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