Updated: July 1, 2018
Grand Pacific Hotel – Unparalleled colonial charm and convenient seaside location.
Built in 1914, then abandoned, renovated and reopened 100 years later, the GPH (as it’s affectionately known) is such a Fijian landmark that it features on the $10 note. Such luminaries as Noel Coward, W Somerset Maugham and James Michener have stayed in the handful of Heritage Rooms in the original building. They feature dark soothing colours, plush curtains, photos of old Suva and push-open double doors leading to the broad (shared) balcony facing the sports ground across the road. Even more opulent is the Queen Elizabeth Suite named after the royal guest who visited in 1953. Most rooms, however, are in the new wings, which don’t maintain the same historical character, but are still very stylish. And all this luxury and grace is only 10 minutes on foot from the city centre, with several stylish cafés nearby.
Grand Pacific Hotel – The Basics
- Location: On Victoria Parade in Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu. In the southern part of the city centre, facing the harbour and surrounded by colonial-era buildings and parklands. About 1.5km from the bus station in the city centre, and 35 minutes by taxi from the airport.
- Guests: Particularly good for families, and suitable for anyone who enjoys history. Probably not the best for younger groups on holidays.
- Beach: Although it faces Suva Bay, there is no beach in the city. The nearest is at Pacific Harbour, about 50km to the west, and not too far for a daytrip by bus.
- Views: The Club Rooms offer direct sea views, while others in the newer wings are angled for harbour views. Other rooms face the gardens or street (with very good sound-proofing).
- Wi-Fi Internet: Complimentary throughout the hotel.
- Parking: Free onsite parking, with valet service also available for a fee.
- Nice Perks: Welcome drink and (maybe) a free 10-minute foot massage.
- Phone: (679) 322 2000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: www.grandpacifichotel.com.fj
- How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
Grand Pacific Hotel – Amenities
- Pool: Long, inviting and facing the sea, but lacks shade.
- Spa: Bliss Spa offers massages, with soothing music and a romantic setting, sauna room and Jacuzzi.
- Fitness Center: Large, indoors and fully-equipped.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None in the rooms, but there’s a Jacuzzi in the Bliss Spa.
Grand Pacific Hotel – Food and Drink
- Prince Albert – so sophisticated, with a colonial-style setting and silver service. To avoid eyebrow-raising prices, check out the weekly specials. Famous for its desserts. Dress up, for dinner only.
- Levuka Restaurant – more affordable all-day dining with a Pacific flavour and buffet breakfast (open to the public) inside or along the terrace. Live entertainment on weekends.
- Na Toba Pool Bar – facing the sea for delicious cocktails and superb sunsets. Snacks and meals available.
- Victoria Lounge – in the Heritage Building for special hotel guests. Old-world charm and drinks with canapés.
- Steamship Bar – elegant cocktail bar with seats inside or on the breezy terrace for sea views.
- Grand High Tea – on the balcony of the old building, with serenading musicians. Sundays only, and bookings essential.
- GPH Bakery – cute Parisienne-style café. Street-side at the entrance. Pastries, juices and coffee on wrought-iron tables.
- Breakfast: Buffet breakfast included if booked directly with the hotel. Otherwise, the cost is not exorbitant. Served in the old-world Victoria Lounge for those staying in the Heritage Building.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours, including breakfast delivered to rooms if ordered the night before.
Grand Pacific Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Old building: Heritage Rooms • Royal Suites • 1 Queen Elizabeth Suite Newer wings: Grand Pacific Park View Rooms • Grand Pacific Superior Rooms • Grand Pacific Premier Rooms • Grand Pacific Club Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms, but permitted on the balconies.
- Best Room: The Queen Elizabeth Suite, named after the former guest who visited in 1953, shortly after becoming queen, is opulent, spacious and historic. It features a dining/conference table and corner location for double the sea views.
- For families: Babysitting services available. Many rooms and suites have connecting doors, and management are happy to configure rooms so families can stay as cheaply as possible.
Grand Pacific Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Sirocco – classy airy bistro at the Holiday Inn, next door. Great for buffet lunches. 2-minute walk.
- Daikoku – unimpressive from the outside, it serves scintillating Japanese. Renowned and popular, a 5-minute walk up Victoria Parade.
- Ginger Kitchen (918 8310) – open-air garden setting at the Fiji Museum, with juices, quiches, pancakes and light lunches. Also, breakfast. Back of Thurston Gardens, on the other side of the road from the hotel. 5-minute walk.
- Yellow Chilli (331 0063) – perennially busy for delicious Indian food. Small and unassuming. On Carnarvon Street, 400m north of the hotel. 5-minute walk.
- Café Noir (310 0071) – comparatively classy Mediterranean-style bistro for wraps, baguettes and light meals. About 600m up Victoria Parade. 8-minute walk.
- Tiko’s Floating Restaurant (331 3626) – in a boat attached to Ratu Sukuna Park in the city centre, 1km up Victoria Parade. For seafood, steaks, live music and unique setting. 11-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: Several minimarts along Victoria Parade are within a short walk. About 1km up Victoria Parade to the city centre for malls and markets.
Local buses leave outside the hotel entrance every few minutes to the city centre and main bus station for services all over the island. Otherwise, plenty of metered taxis.
Grand Pacific Hotel – The Hotel
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