I use the Highlander in Mt Hagen frequently as I am based at Mendi and fly to and from Kagamuga Airport/Port Moresby Airport regularly. The Highlander is a convenient stop over during the journey, and a welcome bit of comfort after a number of weeks 'enjoying' the rigours of the Southern Highlands Province.
The food served up in the dining room I have found to be perfectly adequate, breakfast, lunch and evening meal, and have so far had no reason to complain.
The staff are all courteous and attentive, with very good memories. I'm always assured of a big wide smile when I check in.
The rooms are comfortable, and as I tend to just use the room as a place to sleep, I'm not too fussed about room amenities. There are tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms which I appreciate.
Sleep quality is good, with minimal noise from outside. The bar is comfortable and the bar staff very friendly....no Irish whiskey though!
I've noted a couple of reviewers have mentioned the insect life, yep, can't dispute that. However, with something like 3 metres of rainfall during the wet season, you can't be suprised that there will be a an active insect population. personally I don't find it a problem. Just keep the bags closed and zipped, and check the boots before putting them on. I usually travel with my own can of insect spray for anything particularly unpleasant.
Overall, I enjoy my short stays at the Highlander. It's a secure and comfortable place in what can be quite a rough town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the western end of town the Highlander is a secure property. The Hotel has undergone renovations which opened in August 2011 adding the new Palmuri Restaurant, the Nu Ming Cocktail Lounge, Business Centre, Boardroom and 20 new Executive rooms. The existing rooms are continuually being improved and updated. Within the new foyer there is a gift shop, hairdresser, beautician and spa treatments.The swimming pool has been retiled and the new gymnasium is adjecent to this area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Highlander Hotel & Apartments Papua New Guinea/Mount Hagen