Fiji Gateway Hotel

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Updated: December 8, 2020

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Review of Fiji Gateway Hotel in Fiji

Fiji Gateway Hotel – Spacious and comfy with fabulous facilities.

Recently refurbished, this hotel is a pleasant surprise. From the welcoming lobby, covered terraces lead to two-level gray-brown blocks distant from the main road. The Executive Rooms have separate sofas (that convert to extra single beds), plenty of luggage space, some Fijian art, and large windows that add to the feeling of space and light. The Deluxe Rooms are spacious enough for two double beds and are ideal for families. The main pool is substantial, surrounded by grass, and features a decent water slide. A second, smaller pool is by the lobby. Other attractions are the floodlit tennis court, pool tables, and, of course, proximity to the airport, which is easily within walking distance, although rooms are rarely affected by plane noise.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – The Basics

    (Formerly the Raffles Gateway Hotel.)

  • Location: At the far end of Queens Road, the main thoroughfare through Nadi, on the main island of Viti Levu. Opposite to (and within walking distance of) Nadi Airport and 9 km from the town center.
  • Guests: Caters well to couples, families, and anyone on leisure or business. And, given the proximity to the airport, it’s particularly good for those waiting for flights.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is at Wailoaloa, accessible by bus along Queens Road – possibly with a connection at the junction (with traffic lights) leading to the beach. The beach is gray and gritty, with debris washed ashore at high tide, but the general area is popular for walks, views, and sunsets, and there’s a tropical holiday vibe along the main drag in Wailoaloa that’s absent elsewhere in Nadi.
  • Views: All rooms overlook the substantial gardens and lawns.
  • WiFi: Free and unlimited at the bar, lobby, and restaurants area. Small charge for use in the rooms.
  • Parking: Enough secure and free parking at the entrance.
  • Nice Perks: Complimentary shuttle bus to/from the airport.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (679) 673 4755
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: fijigateway.com

Fiji Gateway Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: There are 2 pools. The one at the lobby is usually empty because guests can’t dive, jump, or make noise, and there’s no privacy. The main pool is large, surrounded by grass, and has a water slide.
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Center: A small gym overlooks the main pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this midrange family resort.
  • Activities: Flood-lit tennis court.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Palm Court Restaurant – At the lobby alongside the smaller pool. Undercover and open-air with Fijian décor. Specialties include kokoda grilled fish and spicy curries. All-day dining. • Cafe – Classier, with a street entrance and stylish décor.
  • Bar: The usual assortment of drinks as well as light meals. Also, a pool table. Open until midnight.
  • Breakfast: Is often included, but depends on the type of booking. Otherwise, costs extra and worth paying for.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Executive Room • Pool View Deluxe Room • Deluxe Family Room • Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Permitted outside the rooms.
  • Best Room: The Suites are magnificent, with huge bedrooms, wooden décor (so much nicer than most hotels), separate living areas (with overly-chic furniture), and corner bars.
  • For families: Plenty of options available for families to share the same room, and children under 16 stay free when sharing the room with parents.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • The choice of places within walking distance is limited to cheap eateries at the airport across the road and the restaurant at the neighboring Tokatoka Resort, which is fairly similar to the Gateway.
  • It’s worth taking a taxi or bus down Queens Road to the major shopping center with the RB Patel Jetpoint supermarket and try: Wishbone & Pizza King, more than just another takeaway, with Chinese food and a bar and Raju’s Khana Khazana for excellent Indian food, especially the set-priced meals.
  • Otherwise, at the traffic lights about 200m towards Nadi from the shopping center are 3 places on a corner: Sitar (tasty Indian and Thai food and a beer garden), Hai Yang Restaurant (Chinese banquets and takeaway, including live seafood), and Burger King (no description needed).

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • There are overpriced minimarts at the airport directly across the road, or get a taxi or bus to the huge RB Patel Jetpoint supermarket (see above).

Local Transport

  • Plenty of buses and minibuses head down Queens Road to the center of Nadi. Can easily walk to/from the airport.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – The Hotel

Fiji Gateway Hotel is located on Queens Road.

The hotel is set a fair way back from Queens Road, the main thoroughfare through Nadi.

Resort features some colonoial design aspects.

The resort has hints of a colonial design, with bay windows and colorful flowers.

Charming locomotive on front lawn of the resort.

Why this locomotive is on the front lawn of the resort is not apparent, but it does add to the overall charm.

Large but unshaded main pool.

The main pool is substantial and lagoon-style.

Smaller pool by the cafe lacks privacy.

The second smaller pool at the lobby is rarely used because of strict rules about jumping, and is also overlooked by the busy café.

Spacious hotel cafe offers good dishes.

The spacious Palm Court Restaurant features some Fijian décor. Specialities include a spicy grilled fish dish called kokoda.

Hotel bar has large screens for international sports.

The bar offers draft beer, cocktail specials, and international sports on large screens.

Gardens are well laid out and colourful.

The grounds are nicely laid out with a variety of tropical and non-native plants.

Stylish room blocks away from the road.

The rooms are set back nicely from the road and in stylish two-level blocks.

Executive Rooms are comparatively better furnished.

The Executive Rooms feature separate living areas and far more Fijian arts and crafts than most hotels.

Compact but stylish Executive Rooms.

Although compact, the décor in the Executive Rooms is particularly likable.

Large windows in rooms make them feel spacious.

Each room has large windows which add to the light and feeling of space.

Spacious and well-furnished Deluxe Rooms.

The Deluxe Rooms are comfortable and well-furnished.

Rooms feature pleasant balconies with seating.

The balconies and patios are a decent size, and come with wicker furniture.

Shopping centre features Jetpoint supermarket.

Easily accessible by bus or taxi along the main road is the shopping center with the huge RB Patel Jetpoint supermarket.

Jetpoint supermarket features cafes and a cinema.

A row of alluring cafés along the shopping center leads to a cinema at the back.

Best cafe at Jetpoint shopping centre.

One of the best cafés at the shopping center is Raju’s Khana Khazana, with excellent Indian food. The set-priced meals are great value.

Sitar Restaurant serves good Indian and Thai food.

About 200m down (towards Nadi) from the shopping center, the elegant Sitar restaurant serves Indian and Thai food.

Nearest beach at Wailoaloa is not clean but good for kayaking.

Taxis and buses (probably changing at the traffic lights), lead to Wailoaloa, the nearest beach to the hotel. Although popular, the sand is gray and sometimes dirty, but the waters are calm for kayaking.

Wailoaloa beach is popular with good sunsets.

Despite the drawbacks, Wailoaloa is popular, especially at sunset.

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