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Nukualofa Accommodations

US$50-100

The two-story Friendly Islander Hotel, also known as Papiloa's Place, on Vuna Road 500 meters beyond the oil storage tanks three km east of town, has 12 rooms with fridge and 14 fale. A restaurant and swimming pool are on the premises. The hotel is easily accessible on the Va'epopua bus from opposite the Tonga Visitors Bureau.

The three-story Janful International Dateline Hotel on Vuna Road was originally built in 1967 to accommodate guests at the coronation of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. In 2007 the Dateline was completely refurbished by Chinese investors and the lobby now looks like the main hall of a railway station. The Fa'onelua Convention Center next to the hotel opened at this time.

There are 125 rooms with private bath, fridge, TV, and noisy air conditioning. The Dateline has a pleasant resort atmosphere and the location is excellent. Their restaurant is one of the few open to the public on Sunday (breakfast and dinner only). Despite the flip-flop-shod waiters, persons dressed in shorts, T-shirts, or sandals are not admitted to the dining room. A cold beer by the Dateline's pool is the perfect way to top off an afternoon and nonguests are allowed to swim upon payment of a small fee (remember this if you're stuck in town on Sunday). Excursions to the islands just off Nuku'alofa can be booked at the hotel's helpful tours desk.

The German-owned Hotel Nuku'alofa, above the MBf Bank on Taufa'ahua Road, has 12 spacious air-conditioned rooms with private bath and fridge, plus a family room with four single beds. There's a restaurant and bar.

Alibaba's Guest House, off Tupoulahi Road, is a pleasant two-story building with seven shared-bath rooms. A light breakfast is included in the price.

Winnies Guesthouse, on Vaka'akolo Road near Vaiola hospital, two km south of the center, tries to recapture the atmosphere of an old South Seas guesthouse. The five rooms with shared bath include a fruit and toast breakfast, and good communal cooking facilities are available. The supply of solar hot water is limited and early showers are recommended. It's comfortable, with a plush sitting room where videos are shown nightly. Foreign medical interns working at the hospital often stay here. The Vaiola bus stops at their door.

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