Waterfront Lodge occupies a two-story colonial-style wooden building on Vuna Road facing Faua Jetty. There are four sizable seaview rooms and four slightly less expensive garden rooms. Breakfast is included but tax is extra. All rooms are air-conditioned with TV, mini-fridge, coffee making facilities, and private bath, plus a private verandah with deck chairs. The stylish Waterfront Cafe is downstairs. Tours and car rentals can be arranged.
The Villa on Vuna Road offers five comfortable rooms with miniature bathrooms in a colonial-style house. Continental breakfast is included but tax is charged extra. The minimum stay is three nights. Dinner can be ordered. On Wednesday and Friday nights from 1830 onwards non-guests can order from their blackboard menu (reserve ahead). Though not cheap, this high-quality B&B is a good alternative to the International Dateline.
Seaview Lodge, on Vuna Road just west of the palace, offers 12 air-conditioned rooms with bath and TV upstairs in a colonial-style house and an adjacent building. Seven standard rooms are in the annex. Though the hotel section is new, the Seaview Restaurant downstairs is a longstanding Nuku'alofa institution.
The Little Italy Hotel has 22 air-conditioned rooms in a three-story Mediterranean-style building above Little Italy Pizzeria on Vuna Road west of the palace. Half the rooms face the lagoon while the others face the swimming pool behind the building. All rooms have balcony, fridge, TV, and wireless internet. Breakfast and tax are included in the rates and Little Italy allows late check-out until 1700 at no additional cost. The thin-crust Italian wood-fired pizza served downstairs is Tonga's best.
Black Pearl Suites west of the palace is similar with eight air-conditioned units in a two-story building across Vuna Road from the lagoon. The upscale Black Pearl Restaurant is on the premises.
Captain Cook Apartments, on Vuna Road facing the lagoon a kilometer west of the Royal Palace, offers six two-bedroom apartments accommodating up to four persons. Each apartment has a kitchen, living room, and private bath. It's a good choice for two couples traveling together, but book ahead.
Loumaile Lodge on Taufa'ahau Road occupies a two-story building opposite the Royal Tombs built in 2009. The 24 air-conditioned rooms have a minibar, TV, and private bathroom. Downstairs are a restaurant, bar, conference room, and other facilities.
Lagoon Lodge is a large three-story building on the Fangakakau Lagoon four kilometers southeast of Nuku'alofa. It offers 15 self-catering apartments with air-conditioning and TV. It's worth checking if you were planning a long stay.