Holiday Inn Suva in Fiji

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Updated: December 9, 2020

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Review of Holiday Inn Suva hotel in Fiji

Holiday Inn Suva – Functional, spacious, convenient, motel-style, and family-friendly.

Along the more enticing end of the main road through the capital, the Holiday Inn is spread across only two levels. Most rooms are angled, so very few have direct sea views from the tiny balcony/veranda. Instead, they face the impeccable lawns and swaying palms, with interesting views of the harbor or the street. Rooms are fairly similar inside: spacious and practical, with colorful photos. Aimed more at business people, the Executive Rooms are almost the same, while the one and two-bedroom suites with separate living areas are ideal for families. The pool is reasonably large, surrounded by grass, palms, and a deck, and has a children’s area. Only five minutes on foot from the city center, it’s convenient to the Fiji Museum and Thurston Gardens.

Holiday Inn Suva – The Basics

  • Location: In Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu. Along the southern end of Victoria Parade, the main road through the city, facing the harbor and surrounded by colonial-era buildings and parks. About 1.5 km from the bus station in the city center and 35 minutes by taxi from the airport.
  • Guests: Caters for all: groups, couples, and families on holidays, as well as business people.
  • Beach: It faces Suva Bay, but there is no beach in the city. The nearest beach is at Pacific Harbour, about 50 km to the west, and not too far for a day trip by bus.
  • Views: Most rooms in the South Wing have views of the sea, but only up to 50m away, while those in the North Wing mostly overlook the gardens and lawns. Views of the street are interesting.
  • WiFi: Free for all guests throughout the hotel if they become an IHG member, which is free. Otherwise, negotiate internet charges.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (679) 330 1600
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: facebook.com/HolidayInnSuva/

Holiday Inn Suva – Amenities

  • Pool: Largish, with plenty of decking and facing the sea.
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Center: Guests have free access to the gym at the neighboring Grand Pacific Hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Holiday Inn Suva – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Bati ni Wai (‘Water’s Edge’) – Alongside the pool. Wood-fired pizzas in alfresco or undercover settings, with sea breeze and views. • Sirocco – All-day dining, with a focus on Mediterranean food. Especially popular for coffee, pastries, and buffets at lunch and breakfast (available to the public). • Tapa Lounge Bar – Live music, happy hours, and tasty meals, including salads, burgers, and pasta. Vegetarian options also available.
  • Breakfast: Hotel rates include a vast and varied buffet breakfast.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Holiday Inn Suva – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Room • Executive Room • 1-Bedroom Suite • 2-Bedroom Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms or public areas, but is okay in the gardens.
  • Best Room: The 2-Bedroom Suites are spacious and come with separate living areas, making them perfect for families. A few offer sea views.
  • For families: Some rooms have connecting doors while others are large enough for 2 double beds, but the management is reluctant to allow a double and 2 singles. Children under 12 can stay and eat free. Babysitting services available.

Holiday Inn Suva – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • Prince Albert – One of several options in the neighboring Grand Pacific Hotel. Exquisite, with a colonial-style setting and silver service. Check out the weekly specials and desserts. Dress up. Dinner only.
  • Daikoku – Doesn’t look much from the outside, but serves superior Japanese cuisine. Busy and renowned, a 3-minute walk up Victoria Parade.
  • Maya Dhaba – A popular and cavernous Indian eatery, with daily specials. Only 400m to the north along Victoria Parade.
  • Ginger Kitchen – Open-air garden setting at the Fiji Museum, with juices, quiches, and pancakes. Also, light lunches and breakfast. Back of Thurston Gardens, on the other side of the road.
  • Mad House BBQ & Grill – DIY Korean-style grills on the table, with outdoor seats and a colonial-era building. On Gordon Street, an 8-minute walk north of the hotel.
  • Tiko’s Floating Restaurant – In a boat attached to Ratu Sukuna Park in the city center, 1 km up Victoria Parade. For seafood, steaks, live music, and a unique setting.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • The main road is dotted with minimarts for basic supplies. About 1 km up Victoria Parade to the city center for malls and markets.

Local Transport

  • Local buses right outside the front door head to the city center and main bus station for services all over the island. Otherwise, there are plenty of metered taxis.

Holiday Inn Suva – The Hotel

Hotel has a horizontal layout which minimizes sea views.

Perhaps surprisingly, the hotel is on only 2 levels, thereby not maximizing the number of rooms with sea views.

Views from room blocks include the pool and gardens.

The blocks of rooms overlook the pool and lawns, while a few also face the sea.

Large pool has excellent sea views.

Large and alongside the sea, the pool has plenty of lounge chairs and shade.

There is a tropical vibe in the beautiful gardens.

The grounds are very tidy, with numerous palms providing a tropical vibe.

Suva is located by the ocean but has no beaches.

There is no beach in front of the hotel or anywhere else in Suva.

Buffet breakfast at the hotel is substantial.

Unusually, and pleasingly, hotel rates include a substantial buffet breakfast.

Sporty Tapa Lounge Bar shows rugby matches permanently on TV.

The Tapa Lounge Bar offers seats inside and out, with rugby permanently on the TV screens.

The patisserie in the lobby is very popular.

The patisserie near the lobby is very popular among locals for tasty treats rarely available elsewhere.

Motel-style room blocks optimize sea views.

Rooms are in standard motel-style blocks and angled to optimize possible sea views.

Spacious Superior Rooms are very family-friendly.

The Superior Rooms are spacious enough for 2 double beds, making them a decent option for families.

Superior Rooms are colourful and have traditional touches.

Superior Rooms offer some color and Fijian touches in the linen and art.

Smallish room balconies offer decent sea views.

The balconies and verandas are small, but most offer decent sea views, although not direct or unobstructed.

Elegant Prince Albert restaurant is located in the historic Grand Pacific Hotel.

In the neighboring Grand Pacific Hotel, probably the most graceful and historic hotel in the South Pacific, is the sophisticated Prince Albert restaurant.

Levuka Restaurant is located next door in the Grand Pacific Hotel.

Among several options for eating and drinking in the Grand Pacific Hotel next door is the Levuka Restaurant.

Daily specials at Maya Dhaba Indian restaurant.

The Indian restaurant, Maya Dhaba, a few minutes’ walk up Victoria Parade, offers daily specials.

Unique dining experience at Tiko's Floating Restaurant.

One of the more unique places to eat is Tiko’s Floating Restaurant, attached to the city park, about 1 km north up Victoria Parade.

Ginger Kitchen across the hotel offers breakfast and lunch.

Ginger Kitchen is a serene place for breakfast or lunch. In the grounds of the Fiji Museum, directly across the road from the hotel.

Modest collection of artifacts in the Fiji Museum.

The Fiji Museum, opposite the hotel, contains a modest but fascinating collection of artifacts from across the country and South Pacific region.

Museum and ill-maintained Thurston Gardens are opposite the hotel.

The museum is at the back of the Thurston Gardens, directly opposite the hotel.

Albert Park across the road is popular for rugby games.

Also across the road from the hotel is Albert Park, a new sports ground used by rugby-crazy Fijians.

Southern Suva around the hotel is pleasant.

The southern area of Suva, where the hotel is located, is pleasant, with wide tree-lined streets.

Hotel is near the city centre and Walu Bay inlet.

The hotel is about 1 km south of the city center which is based around the inlet to Walu Bay.

City centre architecture is mixed.

The city center is a mix of the old and new.

Sacred Heart Cathedral is within walking distance of the hotel.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of several churches in the capital of this religious country. It is 1 km north of the hotel, along Pratt Street.

Local connectivity is good with buses stopping right outside the hotel.

Local buses link the hotel with the main bus station, only 1.5 km away, with services across the city and rest of the island.

Souvenir shopping at Suva Handicraft Centre.

One of the few attractions in the city is the Suva Handicraft Centre, a good collection of stalls selling (mostly) authentic souvenirs.

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