I didn't know what to expect of Gizo and was pleasantly suprised to have struck lucky with the Gizo Hotel. I will admit to not having seen any other lodgings in town, but from what I heard, they do not compare to this hotel, the exception being an unknown smaller lodging up on the hill overlooking Gizo (as descibed by a fellow traveller).
The Gizo Hotel is the situated on the main street opposite the wharf which operates the airport ferry. I was in an upstairs sea view room which was basic but confortable. Despite being right in centre of town and more or less opposite the daily market, it was nicely quiet for this light sleeper. The balcony view of the water was somewhat obscured by high palm trees but this just meant that it was the perfect private location to sit and enjoy an early evening drink with a friend and observe the world passing by on the main street beneath.
The hotel restaurant is top notch, best in town with a good menu changing daily. Beers are average priced, wines are all aussie, over priced...but you are in the middle of nowhere. The restaurant/bar is also the place where the local personalities, NGO reps and other travellers congregate. If you're a lone traveller, this is the best place in town to meet people and there is always a bit of buzz.
Staff were good fun and really on the ball, especially when compared to the sister hotel in Honiara (King Solomons).
My reason to visit was personal, a dive holiday with Dive Gizo (which I can also recommend). The shop will either pick you up from the front of the Hotel or you can walk for 8 mins..no big deal, especially as the main street was due to be tarmacadamed in September 09 which would only make the otherwise mud/dust main street more passable.
In summary, I like this hotel and the local area, underwater included. It was a terrific trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gizo Hotel is a Holiday Resort catering for tourists, families and people doing business in or around Gizo Island. We have modern facilities including free WIFI for patrons, Internet Cafe, outdoor swimming pool, massage house, Fishing Charter, Hire boats for guided day tours, Restaurant/Bar, full laundry and house keeping service and of course 45 modern rooms with Air-conditioning, Cable TV Flat screens 32" or 42", toilet/shower, balcony, fridge, room safe, ceiling fan. We have a team of highly trained staff that will make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. A team of ten security guards patrol the hotel 24/7, security cameras are fitted outside entrance doors for added peace of mind making the Gizo Hotel the safest accommodation available in Gizo. The Gizo Hotel is the perfect place to stay to experience the beauty that this Island and its surroundings has to offer. We are an Australian family owned hotel. ... more less
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