Fiji Tanoa Plaza Hotel

Updated: July 8, 2018

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

More appealing than the outside suggests, the Tanoa is one of a chain across the South Pacific offering functional motel-style rooms. As a centrally-located high-rise, many rooms boast a lovely combination: views of the city streets as well as glimpses of the harbour. The Executive Suites are spacious, with a pleasant Fijian décor (e.g. bamboo furniture), marble bathroom, Futon-style bed and superb views from the tiny veranda and curved full-length windows. And with connecting doors, these are excellent for families. The Deluxe Rooms are undersized, but the panoramas are equally alluring; less so, those on the lower floors. Other attractions are the lobby packed with Fijian art, amiable staff, and inclusion of breakfast. With a leafy suburban feel, it’s only 1 block from the main road, with enough shops, cafés and bars to satisfy.

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 50km to the west, and not too far for a daytrip by bus.
  • Views: Appealing views of the town and distant harbour.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all guests if booked directly through the hotel. Otherwise, there may be a charge.
  • Parking: Free onsite parking for all guests.
  • Phone: (679) 331 2300
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.tanoaplaza.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.

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 likeable ground-floor setting. Open all day, it’s renowned locally for buffet lunches, coffee and deserts.
  • Breakfast: Unusually, breakfast is included in the rates. But check first, as this may only apply to bookings made directly through the hotel.
  • Room Service: Not available.

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Executive Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel has a strict no smoking policy throughout the buildings and gardens.
  • Best Room: The Executive Suites contain a king-sized bed and substantial balcony with views of the city and/or glimpses of the harbour. The marble bathroom with spa bath and separate lounge area add to the appeal.

Tanoa Plaza Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Mad House BBQ & Grill (800 3444) – DIY Korean-style grills on the table, with outdoor seats and colonial-era wooden building. About 250m up (north) along Gordon Street. 4-minute walk.
  • Yellow Chilli (331 0063) – perennially busy for delicious Indian food. Small and unassuming, come early for a table. On Carnarvon Street, 1 block towards the sea from the hotel. 5-minute walk.
  • Sirocco – a classy airy bistro at the Holiday Inn. Great for buffet lunches. About 300m down Victoria Parade. 6-minute walk.
  • Café Noir (310 0071) – comparatively classy Mediterranean-style bistro, 200m away. Almost on the corner of Victoria Parade and Macarthur Street. 6-minute walk.
  • Bad Dog Cafe (331 2884) – almost alongside Café Noir. Corner setting with views, excellent western food and nightly specials. Imported beers and wines. 6-minute walk.
  • 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 harbour 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 likeable 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 are a good option for families. And full-length windows offer decent views of the city streets and/or glimpses of the harbour.

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 congested 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 1km north up Victoria Parade is the centre 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 remain while new office blocks sprout alongside.

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