New Caledonia Gondwana Hotel

Updated: July 31, 2018

Gondwana Hotel – New, chic, family-friendly, inner-city and eco-aware.

The lobby sets the scene, with Melanesian crafts along the walls and a funky lounge/library area bursting with colourful sofas. Noumea’s newest certainly brightens up the drab city streets, and has won awards for use of sustainable materials. Rooms are a little undersized, although 1 or 2 extra single beds can be squeezed in, if required. They’re modern, but often dark inside, and many are crowded around a communal and potentially-noisy courtyard. Those higher up are quieter, but views from most facing the front are inexplicably blocked by wooden cladding, so get a room at the back. The quiet streets host a better-than-average array of facilities, and it’s close to the museums, markets and bus station for services around the island.

Gondwana Hotel – The Basics

  • Location: 19 Rue Auguste Brun, in the so-called ‘Latin Quarter’ (which is indistinguishable from the rest of central Noumea) on the main island. About 40 minutes from the international airport and 12 minutes from the domestic airport.
  • Guests: The design and vibe would appeal more to younger travellers but all are welcome, especially families.
  • Beach: There are no beaches in the inner city. The nearest is at Baie des Citrons, about 15 minutes south by bus (quicker by taxi).
  • Views: Many rooms face the inner courtyard, while others overlook the quiet backstreets. Views from most rooms facing the front are, however, blocked by cladding.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all guests throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: Secure off-street parking available for a fairly hefty rate.
  • Phone: (687) 26 97 99
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.hotelgondwana.nc/
  • 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.

Gondwana Hotel – Amenities

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

Gondwana Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Not large enough to provide anywhere to eat or drink. Plenty of options along the city streets nearby (see below).
  • Breakfast: May include a continental breakfast, but double-check when booking.
  • Room Service: Not provided because there is no restaurant or bar onsite.

Gondwana Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Queen Rooms, some with 1 or 2 extra single beds • Gondwana Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in any rooms or anywhere else in the building.
  • Best Room: On the top floor, the spacious Gondwana Suites provide the hotel’s finest views of the city, and glimpses of the sea, from the balcony.
  • For families: Some Queen Rooms already have 1 or 2 extra single beds, but are cramped.

Gondwana Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Pause Café (46 52 46) – opposite the hotel entrance. Great for coffee, cakes, light lunches and people-watching. Open early for breakfast. Also, lunchtime specials.
  • New Caledonia Cafeteria – great-value breakfasts and Thai meals. Asian décor, cocktails and happy hours. In the hotel of the same name, 150m west along Rue Auguste Brun.
  • La Chaumière (27 24 62) – classy French, but also Asian food and bulging burgers. Check out the daily specials. Just around the corner, 150m northwest of the hotel.
  • Le Best Café (25 10 10) – next to Hôtel Le Paris, 500m up Rue de Sebastopol. Grills, pasta, homemade pastries, salads and huge breakfasts. 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, about 1km to the north. Always busy for light meals, coffee and ice cream.
  • Market or Grocery: Plenty of convenience stores and minimarts around the streets in the city centre.

Local Transport

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

Gondwana Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel has a quiet suburban location.

The hotel is along a quiet suburban street in the centre of the capital.

The hotel design is funky and actually hampers the views unnecessarily.

The design and décor is funky – even to the point where most views at the front are blocked by unnecessary wooden beams.

Rooms at the back look onto the backstreets and courtyard.

Rooms to the back offer unobstructed views of the backstreets and communal courtyard below.

The welcoming reception is filled with traditional arts.

The reception is chockfull of traditional arts and affable staff.

There is a small lounge-cum-library next to the lobby.

Alongside the lobby is a funky lounge/library area.

Queen Rooms are small but comfortable.

The Queen Rooms are comfortable, if a little undersized.

Room decor and furniture is modern and colourful.

The décor and furniture in the rooms are modern and colourful.

Rooms facing the courtyard have no privacy.

Rooms facing the communal courtyard are dark inside, because windows are small and would have to be closed at least partially to ensure privacy.

Ground floor rooms are noisy while those on the upper floor offer some privacy.

Rooms facing the communal courtyard would be noisy, while those on the second floor offer more privacy.

The hotel courtyard is a nice place to meet and greet.

The courtyard area at the hotel is a congenial place to meet other guests.

L'Annexe Cafe in Place des Cocotiers is delightful.

In the huge city park, Place des Cocotiers, L’Annexe café is a delightful place for coffee or lunch.

Pause Café opposite the hotel serves excellent meals.

Opposite the hotel entrance, Pause Café is perfect for breakfast, coffee, lunch and watching people.

Hôtel New Caledonia's cafeteria serves good Thai meals.

Very close to the Gondwana, the cafeteria in the Hôtel New Caledonia provides an interesting Asian décor and tasty Thai meals.

Le Best Café is a hip and affordable hangout.

Le Best Café, about 500m north of the Gondwana, is a hip hangout offering affordable meals.

The hotel is located in The Latin Quarter.

The hotel is in what’s called The Latin Quarter, but the surrounding area is more residential than commercial.

Noumea streets are fun to explore.

The streets of Noumea are fun and easy to walk around.

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

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

The downtown walking path has views of the naval dockyard and ferry terminal.

A walking path through downtown offers views of the naval dockyard and ferry terminal.

The capital's coastline is dotted with marinas and boats.

Much of the coastline along the city centre and suburbs are lined with boats and marinas.

Place des Cocotiers dominates the city centre.

Dominating the centre of the capital is the Place des Cocotiers (Place of Coconut Trees).

Baie des Citrons beach is reachable by public bus.

Only 15 minutes from the hotel by public bus is the beach at Baie des Citrons.

Moselle Markets in the city centre is a fascinating experience.

The fascinating Moselle Markets in the city centre is open from 5am to midday every day (except Monday).

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

St Joseph’s Cathedral dominates the top eastern edge of the city centre.

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