Updated: July 11, 2018
Emerald Hotel – Convenient, popular, spacious and seaside.
Boasting a prime esplanade setting, the Emerald is the closest to the town centre – barely 500m away – of the several hotels along the eastern esplanade. Although it doesn’t seem much from the outside, all rooms are pleasingly spacious. The suites feature a rather plush and oversized sofa that’s way too close to the TV, but are otherwise comfortable in a typically unstated Tongan way. The Deluxe Rooms face the side of the building, but the views, while still decent, are thwarted by undersized windows. Other benefits are the Chinese restaurant downstairs and proximity to a bus terminal just across the road for services to the eastern part of the island.
Emerald Hotel – The Basics
- Location: Along the eastern end of Vuna Road, the esplanade, in the capital, Nuku’alofa, on the main island. About 500m from downtown and 40 minutes from the airport.
- Guests: Focuses on business people, but all welcome and catered for.
- Beach: There is no beach in or around Nuku’alofa. The closest serviceable beach is at Ha’atafu, on the far western tip, about 21km away.
- Views: Rooms facing the front have uninterrupted sea views, but also overlook the main road, which is fairly quiet. However, most have views of neighbouring buildings and gardens to the side.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Ask management about free access when booking.
- Parking: Plenty of onsite parking for free.
- Phone: (676) 22888
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: n/a
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UK • USA • Français • Deutsch • Nederlands.
Emerald Hotel – Amenities
- Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this range of hotel in Tonga.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Emerald Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The Emerald Chinese restaurant (24619) is on the ground floor. Typically cavernous, its authentic cuisine attracts large groups of Chinese. (Always a good sign.) Importantly, it’s open on Sundays, when most of Tonga closes down. Takeaway also available.
- Breakfast: A modest continental breakfast is included in the rates.
- Room Service: Available during normal restaurant hours of about 12pm to 9pm.
Emerald Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is permitted in a selected number of rooms, although this is not generally advertised or known.
- Best Room: Facing the front and offering direct sea views from the balcony, the Suites are very spacious and feature an inviting leather sofa.
Emerald Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Fresh Bar and Grill – decent but fairly soulless restaurant with a bar specialising in seafood and imported steaks. At the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, almost next to the Emerald. 1-minute walk.
- Friends Café – very popular, if only for the free and reliable Wi-Fi. Claims to have the ‘best coffee in town’, but also offers delicious meals, gifts and tours. Easy to find at a corner on the main street, Taufa’ahau Road, in downtown about 600m away. 8-minute walk.
- Marco’s Pizza Pasta (22144) – only 650m away, but hard to find in a side-street (Unga Road) 2 blocks back from (southeast of) Friends. Relaxed, with garden seats and live music on weekends. Also, fish, grills, salads and tasty desserts. 8-minute walk.
- Ngutulei Bar & Restaurant (22 666) – always popular with expats for fascinating portside setting, steaks, seafood and gossip. About 1.3km along the esplanade away from town. 16-minute walk.
- Billfish Bar & Restaurant (24084) – expat hangout, with live music, endless rugby on TV and pub meals. Also popular for draft beer, quiz nights and happy hours. Nearly 2km further along the esplanade from the Emerald. Take a taxi. 4-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: There are a couple of basic supermarkets along the esplanade, but a better selection, and the produce and handicraft markets, are in the town centre, about 500m away.
Walkable to the town centre. The bus terminal over the road has services to places of little interest to tourists in the eastern part of the island.