Hotel New Caledonia

Updated: August 1, 2018
By Santorini Dave

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Hôtel New Caledonia – Down-to-earth and affordable, self-catering in prime location.

This is hard to miss with its striking yellow hues and corner position opposite a museum in the so-called Latin Quarter of the city centre. From the plant-filled reception, corridors with corrugated external walls lead to rooms considerably larger than imagined. The décor is bland and the furniture a little hodgepodge, but they do feature a balcony and kitchenette. Other bonuses are the unbeatable position in a more appealing part of Noumea and inclusion of breakfast, served in the charming café at ground level.

Hôtel New Caledonia – The Basics

  • Location: 10 Rue Auguste Brun, in the centre of Noumea, on the main island. About 40 minutes from the international airport and 12 minutes from the domestic airport.
  • Guests: Caters for budget-minded business people and tourists.
  • Beach: There are no beaches in the city centre. The nearest is at Baie des Citrons, about 15 minutes south by bus (quicker by taxi).
  • Views: All rooms face the city streets, many with interesting views.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free, but only at the reception; not in the rooms.
  • Parking: No off-street parking available. Park outside for free along the street, but security, of course, is not guaranteed.
  • Phone: (687) 26 18 26
  • Email:
  • Website:

Hôtel New Caledonia – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in this sort of mid-range city hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Hôtel New Caledonia – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The New Caledonia Cafeteria serves breakfast (also to the public) in a ground floor setting with a pleasing Asian décor. During the day, the menu is French and Thai, and later it also offers cocktails and happy hours.
  • Breakfast: Unusually, rates include breakfast, which is served in the agreeable café on the ground floor.
  • Room Service: Not expected or provided at this standard of hotel.

Hôtel New Caledonia – Rooms

  • Room Types: Double or twin rooms; 1 equipped for a wheelchair.
  • Smoking Rooms: Not allowed in the rooms, but permitted on the balconies.
  • Best Room: All rooms are the same inside, but those on the top floor offer distance from the road and better city views. Quieter still are those along the side-street and back from the noisy junction.

Hôtel New Caledonia – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Pause Café (46 52 46) – super for coffee, cakes, light lunches and people-watching. Lunchtime specials. About 100m east along Rue Auguste Brun.
  • Snack L’Eden (89 80 07) – opposite La Chaumière. Casual corner setting for affordable wraps, kebabs and burgers. 2-minute walk.
  • La Chaumière (27 24 62) – classy French, but also Asian food and bulging burgers. Check out the daily specials. Half a block northeast of the hotel. 2-minute walk.
  • Le Best Café (25 10 10) – next to Hôtel Le Paris, 500m up Rue de Sebastopol. Grills, pasta, homemade pastries and salads. Popular hangout with snooker table, internet lounge and giant TV screens.
  • L’Annexe (25 33 15) – enchanting position alongside a pond in the Place des Cocotiers park, 750m to the north. Always popular for light meals, coffee and ice cream.
  • Market or Grocery: Numerous grocery stores are dotted around the nearby city streets.

Local Transport

    Buses 10 and 11 travel to the beaches at Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. The nearest stop is alongside the amusement rides on Rue Georges Clemenceau street.

Hôtel New Caledonia – The Hotel

The hotel is easy to find due to its prominent design and location.

The design and position of the hotel ensures that it’s easy to find.

The hotel is across the intersection from the back of the Museum of New Caledonia.

The bright hotel lobby is welcoming.

The hotel lobby area is bright and airy.

The hotel cafeteria serves breakfast and other meals.

Also on the ground floor is the cafeteria, where breakfast is served and other meals offered throughout the day and evening.

Rooms are spacious but unappealing.

Rooms are reasonably large, but the décor is fairly bland.

The room furniture is simple and mis-matched.

The furniture is simple and often a potpourri of styles.

Room balconies offer interesting street views.

Rooms feature full-length windows, with a balcony offering interesting street views.

Rooms come with well-equipped kitchens.

All rooms contain a fully-equipped kitchen.

The rooms have spacious bathrooms.

The bathrooms are spacious.

L'Annexe cafe in the main city park is delightful.

In the main city park, Place des Cocotiers, is L’Annexe, a delightful café.

Le Best Café in the city centre serves excellent food.

One of the best places to eat and drink in the city centre is Le Best Café, 400m north of the hotel.

Pause Café

Just along the same street as the hotel, Pause Café provides tasty meals and delicious coffee.

The city centre streets are fun to explore.

It’s fun and easy to wander around the streets of the capital.

The area around the hotel is largely residential.

The hotel is on the edge of the city, with the surrounding streets more residential than commercial.

The city centre has many small parks offering shade.

There are pockets of shady gardens around the city centre.

The flea market at Place des Cocotiers is held every second Sunday.

Twice a month on Sundays a flea market is held in the city park, Place des Cocotiers.

The harbourside pathway in downtown offers good shade and views.

The harbour in downtown Noumea is lined with a shady pathway.

Le Place des Cocotiers in the city centre is very popular.

Le Place des Cocotiers (The Place of Coconut Trees) is a popular area in the city centre.

Moselle Markets near the city centre marina are worth a visit.

Worth visiting alongside the marina in the centre of Noumea is the Moselle Markets, open 5am to 12pm daily (except Monday).

The Place des Cocotiers park is prominent in the city centre.

The extensive Place des Cocotiers park dominates the city centre.

The beach at Anse Vata has a tropical vibe.

Only 15 minutes by bus from the hotel is the tropical beach at Anse Vata.

St Joseph’s Cathedral in the city centre.

St Joseph’s Cathedral is located at the upper eastern edge of the city centre.

The city centre has a lot of marinas.

The centre of Noumea is lined with marinas.

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