Where to stay in Port Moresby used to be a tough question as the options were quite limited and very expensive.
But there has been a significant improvement in accommodation options in recent years, largely as a result of ExxonMobil’s decision to proceed with the PNG LNG project. However… you won’t find any bargains and generally all accommodation is expensive – sometimes unbelievably so!
So where to stay in Port Moresby?
A nice thing about both these hotels is that if you arrive in to Port Moresby early on your way home, you can get the shuttle bus and spend a few hours at either of them, have a nice lunch and relax before your onward flight.
I have stayed at the Crowne Plaza a few years ago and it was OK, but on a recent business trip to Port Moresby I stayed at the Grand Papua which I was quite impressed with as it is brand new and seems to be operated quite well.
I have stayed at the Ela Beach a few times and found it reasonably priced at the time, however since then it has undergone a major upgrade and I would imagine the prices have gone up accordingly…
Another mid-priced hotel suggested by the Lonely Planet is the Shady Rest in the Boroko area, which is described as having clean and adequately equipped rooms plus there are decent dining options with a pizza stand and a restaurant.
A budget option also suggested by the Lonely Planet is the Jessie Wyatt House guest house run by the Country Women’s Association.
Described as a “churchy place” that is popular with Papua New Guineans and is clean, quiet and homely with a communal kitchen, free tea and coffee plus a fridge in each room.
The rooms are apparently few and in high demand. No website, but the local phone number is 325.3646 and it is located on Taurama Rd in Boroko.
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