Advice on Choosing a Hotel in Fiji
When finding a place to stay in some faraway place, an obvious go-to is hotels. However, Fiji’s selection of hotels is restricted to the islands’ main towns, favouring resorts as the main type of accommodation the country has to offer. Nevertheless, if a hotel is what you’re looking for, whether it’s for business, exploring the towns or staying somewhere in between flights, this guide on how to choose the right hotel in Fiji will help you set the right expectations for a hotel stay in Fiji.
Tips for Staying in a Hotel in Fiji
- Hotels can mainly be found in Fiji’s towns
- If you’re looking for hotel-like accommodation in Fiji’s holiday destinations and islands, search for resorts instead
- Staying in a hotel in Nadi? Inquire about free airport transfers which many Nadi hotels offer
- Check out some examples of Fiji’s hotels in the 50 Best Hotels in Fiji.
What are the Hotels Like in Fiji?
Fiji has a range of budget, mid-range and luxury hotels, which follow international standards in terms of amenities and facilities.
Hotel rooms typically have a bed with linen, tea/coffee-making facilities, a TV and an ensuite bathroom with a shower and toilet. Communal facilities usually include a restaurant and a swimming pool, while some may also have a spa and function rooms.
Breakfast is typically included in Fiji’s hotels, usually in the form of a buffet breakfast. WiFi is also a typical inclusion in the rooms of major hotels, while small locally-run hotels are more likely to have WiFi available in the common areas, such as the restaurant.
You will find hotels from international brands, like Novotel, Mercure, Holiday Inn and Tanoa particularly across Nadi and Suva. Locally run hotels can also be found in these cities as well as small towns across Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
Location, What is Nearby and How to Get There?
As mentioned, most of Fiji’s hotels can be found in Nadi and Suva. A smaller selection of hotels can also be found in Lautoka, Rakiraki and Sigatoka in Viti Levu and Labasa and Savusavu in Vanua Levu. The island of Ovalau also has a hotel in the historical town of Levuka.
Compare some of these destinations and their attractions in the following guides:
- The Complete Guide to Nadi
- The Complete Guide to Suva
- The Complete Guide to the Suncoast (Lautoka and Rakiraki)
- The Complete Guide to Vanua Levu
- The Complete Guide to the Lomaiviti Islands (Ovalau).
Once you have decided on a destination for your hotel stay in Fiji, next you need to consider the location in relation to nearby shops, services, restaurants and attractions. Those who are not hiring a car may want to consider staying somewhere within walking distance of shops and restaurants, while those with a car or with access to taxi services can afford to be a little more flexible on location.
Price and Inclusions
Finally, you need to make sure that your hotel is within your budget while providing value by having the facilities that you need/want. Any savvy traveller knows that a slightly more expensive hotel might be worth the extra cost if there is, for instance, free breakfast, laundry machines, kitchen facilities or a restaurant, etc.
The Cost of Hotel Rooms in Fiji
How much will you pay for a hotel room in Fiji? Typical prices are as follows:
- Budget hotel room/night – FJ$80-$140
- Three/four-star hotel room/night – FJ$160-$250
- 4.5/five-star hotel room/night – FJ$280-$2,200.
Hotel Facilities and Inclusions
Hotels in Fiji typically offer the amenities and facilities expected in international hotels. Some facilities to expect and compare, if needed, include:
- Airport transfers
- Restaurant and bar
- Free breakfast
- Fans or air-conditioning
- Interconnecting rooms
- Family rooms
- Ocean views
- Private patio or balcony
- Free WiFi
- Car parking
- Insect screens or mosquito nets
- Laundry service or facilities
- Tea/coffee-making facilities
- In-room safe
- Swimming pool
- Sports courts.