Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Fiji

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Updated: December 10, 2020

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Review of Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Fiji

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – Practical, handy, prime views, and good value.

Very appealing, the Tanoa is one of a chain across the South Pacific offering functional motel-style rooms. As a centrally-located high-rise, many rooms offer a lovely combination of views of the city streets as well as glimpses of the harbor. The Executive Suites are spacious, with a pleasant Fijian décor (e.g. bamboo furniture), marble bathrooms, Futon-style beds, and superb views from the tiny balconies and curved full-length windows. And with connecting doors, these are excellent for families. The Deluxe Rooms are compact, but the views are equally alluring. Other attractions are the lobby packed with Fijian art, friendly staff, and inclusion of breakfast. With a leafy suburban feel, it’s only a block from the main road, with several shops, cafés, and bars.

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – The Basics

  • Location: In Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu. Corner of Gordon and Malcolm streets. 1-minute walk up from the main road, Victoria Parade – turn up at the TOTAL Petrol station. About 30 minutes by taxi from the international Nausori Airport.
  • Guests: Mainly caters for business people and those on a budget looking for value rather than resort facilities.
  • Beach: There is no beach anywhere in or around Suva. The nearest is at Pacific Harbour, about 50 km to the west, and not too far for a day trip by bus.
  • Views: Appealing views of the town and distant harbor.
  • WiFi: Free for all guests if booked directly through the hotel. Otherwise, there may be a charge.
  • Parking: Free parking for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (679) 331 2300
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: tanoahotels.com

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Small and lacks shade, but other places of this standard have no pool, so enjoy.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this standard of hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Recently renovated, the Zest Bar & Restaurant provides a likable ground-floor setting. Open all day, it’s renowned locally for buffet lunches, coffee, and desserts.
  • Breakfast: Unusually, breakfast is included in some rates.
  • Room Service: Not available.

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Room • Deluxe Room • Executive Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel has a strict no smoking policy throughout the buildings and gardens.
  • Best Room: The Executive Suites feature king-sized beds and large balconies with views of the city and/or glimpses of the harbor. The marble bathrooms with jacuzzis and separate living areas add to the appeal.

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Mad House BBQ & Grill – DIY Korean-style grills on the table, with outdoor seats and a colonial-era wooden building. About 250m north on Gordon Street.
  • Yellow Chilli – Always busy for delicious Indian food. Small and unassuming, come early for a table. On Carnarvon Street, 1 block towards the sea from the hotel.
  • Sirocco – A classy airy bistro at the Holiday Inn Suva. Great for buffet lunches. About 300m down Victoria Parade.
  • Café Noir – Comparatively classy Mediterranean-style bistro, 200m away. Almost on the corner of Victoria Parade and Macarthur Street.
  • Bad Dog Cafe – Almost alongside Café Noir. Corner setting with views, excellent western food, and nightly specials. Imported beers and wines.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • The main road – Victoria Parade – is lined with minimarts for basic supplies. Otherwise, about 15 minutes on foot north along Victoria Parade is downtown Suva, with supermarkets and malls.

Local Transport

  • Local buses head along Victoria Parade, 1 block towards the sea from the hotel, to central Suva for better shops, and the main bus station for services all over the island. Otherwise, there are plenty of metered taxis.

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – The Hotel

Hotel is located a block from Victoria Parade.

The hotel is easy to find: one block back and up from the main road (Victoria Parade) through the southern part of downtown Suva.

Front rooms offer good views.

The front rooms offer fascinating views of Victoria Parade and the harbor at a distance.

The token small pool offers no shade but is still welcome.

The pool is small and seemingly a token effort, with no shade and few lounge chairs.

The spacious hotel lobby is very welcoming.

With plenty of space and some Fijian art on the walls, the hotel lobby is instantly likable and welcoming.

Onsite Zest Restaurant has a big menu and is very spacious.

The spacious and modern Zest Restaurant on the ground floor offers a vast menu.

Deluxe Rooms have pleasing furnishings.

The Deluxe Rooms feature a low Futon-style bed and some pleasing furniture.

Deluxe-rooms have connecting doors and good views.

Some of the Deluxe Rooms have connecting doors, so they are a good option for families. And full-length windows offer decent views of the city streets and/or glimpses of the harbor.

The Sirocco Cafe in Holiday Inn nearby is good.

Sirocco is a pleasant café on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn Suva, only a few minutes’ walk south of the hotel along Victoria Parade.

Cafe Noir nearby serves delicious light meals.

Just one block down from the hotel, Café Noir is a stylish bistro serving delicious snacks and light meals.

Yellow Chilli restaurant serves excellent Indian food.

Carnarvon Street, just one block down from the hotel, is lined with excellent eateries, including the Yellow Chilli Indian restaurant.

St Andrews Presbyterian Church is within walking distance.

The delightful St Andrews Presbyterian Church is along the same road as the hotel.

The new Holy Trinity Cathedral is nearby.

Larger and newer, but not nearly as quaint, the Holy Trinity Cathedral is also close by, just down from Gordon Street.

Seaside Ratu Sukuna Park is popular with visitors.

About 500m down Gordon Street (on which the hotel is located), the seaside Ratu Sukuna Park offers some welcome shade.

Suva Handicraft Centre is popular for authentic souvenirs.

Just north of Ratu Sukuna Park, the Suva Handicraft Centre is a busy collection of stalls selling (mostly) authentic souvenirs.

Hotel is located in quiet section of Central Suva.

The hotel is in the quieter southern area of central Suva, with more colonial-era buildings and less traffic.

Victoria Parade is full of shops and offices.

About 1 km north up Victoria Parade is the center of Suva, the Fijian capital, with plenty of shops and office blocks.

Modest Fiji Museum is located within Thurston Gardens nearby.

About 400m south of the hotel, along Victoria Parade, the rather unkempt Thurston Gardens house the modest Fiji Museum.

Suva has a mix of colonial-era and modern architecture.

Many colonial-era buildings stand majestically alongside new office blocks.

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