Fiji Gateway Hotel

Updated: June 29, 2018

Fiji Gateway Hotel – Spacious, comfy, with fabulous facilities, so more than a transit hotel.

Far nicer than the outside suggests, recent substantial refurbishment has improved this place out of sight. From the welcoming lobby, covered terraces lead to 2-level grey-brown blocks distant from the main road. The Executive is a grand name for a compact room. These have a separate sofa (that could convert to an extra single bed), plenty of luggage space, some Fijian art, and back windows that add to the feeling of space and light. The Deluxe Rooms are spacious enough for 2 double beds and ideal for families. The pool at the lobby isn’t that appealing, but the main one is substantial, surrounded by grass, and features a decent water slide. Other attractions are the floodlit tennis court, billiard tables and of course, proximity to the airport, which is easily within walking distance, although rooms are somehow rarely affected by plane noise.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – The Basics

(formerly 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 9km from the town centre.
  • Guests: Caters well for 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 disappointing, however: grey 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.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: 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.
  • Phone: (679) 673 4755
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.fijigateway.com
  • 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.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: There are 2 pools. The 1 at the lobby is rarely used because guests can’t run, dive, jump or make noise – and there’s no privacy. The main pool is large, surrounded by grass, and has a water slide, but lacks shade.
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Center: A small gym overlooks the main pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this mid-range family resort.
  • Activities: Flood-lit tennis court.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Palm Court Al Fresco Café – 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. • Bure Restaurant – classier, with a street entrance and stylish décor. Dinner only.
  • Bars: The Pool Bar – the usual assortment of drinks, as well as light meals. Also, a snooker table. Open until midnight. • The Cocohut – more about coffee than cocktails.
  • 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 Rooms • Pool View Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Family Rooms • Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Permitted outside the rooms.
  • Best Room: The Suites are magnificent, with a huge bedroom, wooden décor (so much nicer than most hotels), a separate lounge area (with overly-chic furniture), and a corner bar.
  • For families: Plenty of options available for families to share the same room, and children under 16 stay free when sharing with parents.

Fiji Gateway Hotel – What’s 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 neighbouring Tokatoka Resort, which is fairly similar to the Gateway. 6-minute walk.
  • It’s worth taking a taxi or bus down Queens Road to the major shopping centre with the Jetpoint supermarket and try: Wishbone & Pizza King, more than just another takeaway, with Chinese food and a bar that isn’t seedy; and Raju’s Khana Khazana (946 3288), for excellent Indian food, especially the set-priced meals. 8-minute drive.
  • Otherwise at the traffic lights, about 200m towards Nadi from the shopping centre, are 3 places on a corner: Sitar (tasty Indian and Thai food, and a beer garden); Hai Ying Restaurant (Chinese banquets and takeaway, including live seafood); and Burger King (no description needed). 9-minute drive.
  • Market or Grocery: There are overpriced minimarts at the airport directly across the road, or get a taxi or bus to the huge Jetpoint supermarket (see above).

Local Transport

    Plenty of buses and minibuses head down Queens Road to the centre 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 colourful 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, but lacks shade.

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 Al Fresco Café 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 a separate lounge area 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 likeable.

Large windows in rooms make them feel spacious.

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

Spacious and well-furnished Deluxe Rooms.

The Deluxe Rooms are less appealing but still comfortable and well-furnished.

Rooms feature pleasant balconies with seating.

The balconies and verandas are a decent size, and contain some wicker furniture.

Shopping centre features Jetpoint supermarket.

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

Jetpoint supermarket features cafes and a cinema.

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

Best cafe at Jetpoint shopping centre.

One of the best cafés at the shopping centre 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 centre, 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 grey 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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