Fiji Five Princes Hotel

Updated: June 29, 2018

Five Princes Hotel – Boutique allure and serenity, swapping convenience for colonial charm.

With Fijian crafts, a library and commodious lounge under shuttered windows, the lobby is immediately welcoming at this delightful 100-year-old lodge. The handful of inviting rooms contain old-style furniture, highly-polished floorboards and garden views, while the clunky overhead fans add to the genuine colonial feel. Steps through tropical gardens lead to the stylish bures (bungalows). Separate, secluded and spacious, they feature a kitchenette and wood-floor porch, and can accommodate a family of 4. All this loveliness comes at a cost to convenience, however. With nothing worthwhile within walking distance, Suva’s premier boutique hotel is only 5 minutes by very regular buses from downtown.

Five Princes Hotel – The Basics

  • Location: At 5 Princess Road, in the suburbs of Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu. About 100m up from where Edinburgh Drive (the main road from Suva) ends. About 3km from central Suva, and 30km from the airport.
  • Guests: Probably more for older couples who enjoy history, serenity, and gardens.
  • Beach: There is no beach anywhere in or around Suva. The nearest is at Pacific Harbour, about 50km to the west, and not too far for a daytrip by bus.
  • Views: All rooms face the gardens and/or lawns.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Not included for guests. A pre-paid system is available through the hotel.
  • Parking: Available free for guests (but beware of the narrow entrance lane from the road).
  • Phone: (679) 338 1575
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.fiveprinceshotel.com/index.html
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Five Princes Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool is apparently the first ever built in Suva, but has been modernised since, of course.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in this mid-range historical building.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Five Princess Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The laidback café-cum-bar on the wooden terrace is a delight. With some distant sea views, it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a flexible menu which changes daily. According to the website: ‘We don’t believe in menus.’
  • Breakfast: Free if guests book 5 or more nights. Otherwise, breakfast is offered in the wonderful open-air café for a reasonable cost.
  • Room Service: Meals from the café can be delivered to the rooms.

Five Princes Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Boutique Rooms • Garden Bures (bungalows) • The Villa (only one)
  • Smoking Rooms: Unusually, smoking is allowed in several ground floor rooms.
  • Best Room: The Villa is huge, with a colonial-style bedroom, modern luxurious bathroom and walls lined with local art. With 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge/dining area and private terrace packed with plants (but with no views).

Five Princes Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Not in a tourist area, so there’s nothing worthwhile within walking distance. Therefore, catch a bus or taxi to the city centre, and try:
  • Contain Yourself Café (939 5473) – friendly, with sea views and wooden decking for wraps, pastas and vegetarian meals. Edward Street, behind the Post Office. 7-minute drive.
  • Tiko’s Floating Restaurant (331 3626) – in a boat attached to Ratu Sukuna Park in the city centre. For seafood, steaks, live music and unique setting. 9-minute drive.
  • Prince Albert – in the fabulous Grand Pacific Hotel, along the southern end of the main road, Victoria Parade. Stylish, with a colonial-style setting, silver service and eyebrow-raising prices. 10-minute drive.
  • Yellow Chilli (331 0063) – perennially busy for very tasty Indian food, so come early for a table. On Carnarvon Street, one block up from the main road at the Mobil petrol station. 11-minute drive.
  • Market or Grocery: A couple of basic shops at the crossroads, 200m down the street. Otherwise, catch a bus or taxi into the city centre.

Local Transport

    Buses travel down the hill every few minutes along Edinburgh Drive to the city centre and main bus station with services all over the island.

Five Princes Hotel – The Hotel

Extended terrace between the parking area and the lobby.

The parking area is linked to the lobby by an extended terrace.

Colonial-era building houses the hotel.

The hotel is based in a delightfully converted colonial-era lodge.

Welcoming colonial-era lobby.

The lobby, with its polished floorboards and extended windows, is very welcoming.

Lobby has a tasteful Fijian decor.

There are plenty of seats and Fijian crafts in the lobby area.

Guests' lounge features a comfortable veranda setting also.

The guests’ lounge extends to the veranda with a leather lounge suite.

Wooden deck of cafe offers some views of Suva Bay.

The café has wooden decking with distant views of Suva Bay.

Cafe offers a flexible menu.

The café doesn’t have a menu: guests choose what they want in the morning, or leave it to the chef.

Serene Garden Bures amongst the gardens.

The Garden Bures (bungalows) are serenely set among the grounds.

Bungalow porches are surrounded by greenery.

A small porch at the entrance of the bures (bungalows) faces lush tropical plants.

Boutique Rooms are lovely and tasteful.

The lovely Boutique Rooms feature tasteful furniture.

Spacious bungalows with sofa and kitchenette.

The bungalows contain a kitchen area and sofa.

Modern and tastefully decorated bungalows.

The bungalows have some Melanesian touches in the décor as well as modern facilities.

Contain Yourself Cafe serves good healthy meals.

In downtown Suva, the Contain Yourself Café, behind the Post Office, is great for wraps, salads and healthy meals.

Yellow Chilli Indian restaurant is very popular.

Carnarvon Street, one block up from the main road (Victoria Parade) in Suva, has several great restaurants, including the very popular Yellow Chilli Indian restaurant.

Daily special at Maya Dhaba Indian restaurant.

The Maya Dhaba Indian restaurant on Victoria Parade offers daily specials.

Classy and charming Prince Albert restaurant.

The Prince Albert in the historic Grand Pacific Hotel on Victoria Parade oozes class and charm.

Unique experience at Tiko’s Floating Restaurant.

Eating at Tiko’s Floating Restaurant, attached to the Ratu Sukuna Park in the city centre, is an experience.

Suva Handicraft Centre is in the city centre.

Worth visiting alongside the Ratu Sukuna Park in the city centre is the Suva Handicraft Centre.

Central Suva has good mix of old and new.

Parts of central Suva are a pleasant mix of the old and new.

Lovely old architecture of south Victoria Parade.

The southern part of Victoria Parade is lined with some lovely old buildings.

Fiji Museum features a decent collection of artefacts.

At the back of Thurston Gardens along Victoria Parade, the Fiji Museum offers a modest but fascinating array of artefacts and displays.

Walking paths along the water across Suva.

Suva is based along a harbour, and parts are lined with paths.

Central Suva has modernized.

Central Suva is fairly modern.

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