The weekend of the Goroka Festival is a busy one. The hotel was fully booked, and very busy. The rooms were very clean, good size and met my expectations based on what they offer on their website.
The food was very slow coming, and expensive, but bearing in mind that a lot of the western ingredients are imported it is perhaps not surprising. As a base for the festival it is great. However Goroka, like other centres leaves a lot to be desired. Security is a real issue, and there is little, perhaps no inferstructure. The rubbish is thrown on the streets, many roads are unpaved and the paved ones appear to have had no work since being sealed thirty odd years ago.
If you are thinking of hiring a car be warned - the roads are shocking - so full of potholes that drivers veer all across the road to avoid (if they can) the holes. Travel as a result is very slow.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come & Relax in a Beautiful Tropical Garden Setting Pacific Gardens Hotel is located in the beautiful Pacific Gardens Estate. A gated, secure, park like setting on over 20 acres of land with walking trails, barbecue area, playground and a meandering mountain stream giving the hotel a quiet peaceful atmosphere. The hotel offers visitors the newest and best accommodation in Goroka, ranging from standard to newly built premier rooms and self contained apartments. The Al La Carte /Chinese Restaurant is now complimented by a bar area for those wishing to relax after a busy day. A new conference room has been added making it the most modern and biggest in Goroka town. For your next visit to Goroka consider the Pacific Gardens Hotel. "The Pride of Goroka". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pacific Gardens Hotel Goroka, Papua New Guinea, South Pacific