Tonga Seaview Lodge

by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 26, 2018

Review of Seaview Tonga Hotel

Seaview Lodge – Petite, elegant, friendly, with old-style charm.

The most convenient place to stay along the western esplanade, and only 800m from downtown, is spread over 2 whitewashed colonial-era buildings. Most rooms are along the side, with limited views of anything, but comfortable and spacious enough, with a subtle Fijian décor. Better are those on the second floor that face the sea and abandoned jetty from the substantial balcony. Adding to the appeal in all rooms are the king-sized bed and overhead fan. There is no beach nearby, but a walking path parallels the sea to the town centre, and the English-style garden is particularly quaint.

Seaview Lodge – The Basics

  • Location: Along Vuna Road, the western esplanade, in Nuku’alofa on the main island. About 800 from the town centre and 40 minutes from the airport.
  • Guests: All welcome, but it doesn’t cater that well for families, e.g. extra single beds are not allowed in any rooms.
  • Beach: It faces the sea but there is no beach anywhere in or around Nuku’alofa. The closest serviceable beach is at Ha’atafu, on the far western tip, about 19km away.
  • Views: Good direct sea views from rooms at the front, but nothing worthwhile from those along the sides.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free for guests throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: No onsite parking. Guests would have to park along the road outside or in a public car park opposite.
  • Phone: (676) 26903
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • How to Book: will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Seaview Lodge – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in this small boutique hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Seaview Lodge – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The Seaview Lodge Restaurant and Deck (23709) offers seating inside and out, with white tablecloths, sea views and a romantic setting. Expect haute cuisine with a Polynesian flare from the European chef, as well as classy service and happy hours. Also open for breakfast (and to the public). Reservations recommended in the evenings.
  • Breakfast: Not included in the normal rates but certainly worth paying for at the classy café.
  • Room Service: Not provided.

Seaview Lodge – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms • Seaview Rooms • Garden View Rooms • 1 Garden Bungalow
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking is allowed within the rooms, but permitted in the gardens.
  • Best Room: The single Garden Bungalow is ideal for a small group or family staying for a while. The private kitchen offsets the need to walk to the cafés in town.

Seaview Lodge – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Little Italy Restaurant – the closest café is about 700m further up the esplanade from town. Justifiably popular for pasta, steaks and seafood, as well as the extensive wine list and delicious desserts. 8-minute walk.
  • And it’s only about 800m to the town centre:
  • Friends Café – very popular, if only for the free Wi-Fi. Claims to have the ‘best coffee in town’, but also an impressive range of meals. Easy to find at a corner on the main street, Taufa’ahau Road. 10-minute walk.
  • Reload Bar Tonga (862 2383) – virtually the only bar in town, with happy hours, locally-brewed beers, DJs and meals. Opposite the Friends Café. 10-minute walk.
  • Marco’s Pizza Pasta (22144) – hard to find in a side-street (Unga Road) 2 blocks back southeast of Friends Café. Also, fish, grills, salads and tasty desserts with a relaxed garden seating and live music on weekends. 14-minute walk.
  • Enjoy Café (887 8098) – convivial, with street-side seats. Serves cakes, coffee, all-day breakfast and substantial meals. In the backstreets, on Railway Road, 1 block south of the main thoroughfare, Taufa’ahau Road.
  • Market or Grocery: Nothing within walking distance. The town centre, 800m away, has a few supermarkets and a produce and souvenir market.

Local Transport

    ‘Taxis’ (actually shared minibuses) ply the esplanade. Wave one down and negotiate a fare.

Seaview Lodge – The Hotel

The hotel is located on the esplanade towards the western end.

The lodge is nicely located along the western part of the esplanade.

Whitewashed walls and picket fence give the hotel a colonial charm.

There is some genuine colonial charm, with whitewashed walls and a picket fence.

The town centre can be reached via a seaside path.

A seaside path across the road leads about 800m to the town centre.

The hotel is located on the quiet esplanade.

The hotel is easy to find along the quiet esplanade.

One can see the abandoned jetty from the front-facing rooms.

Views from the rooms facing the front include the abandoned jetty.

The extended wooden decking is appealing.

The extended wooden decking at the front of the hotel adds to the appeal.

The gardens are English-style and quaint.

The English-style gardens are quaint.

The hotel has been repaired after the cyclone.

The lodge was damaged during recent cyclones but is now open for business.

Seaview Rooms have small windows but good views.

Windows in the Seaview Rooms aren’t as large as they could be, but still offer lovely views.

Garden View Rooms feature tasteful furniture.

The Garden View Rooms are elegant, with tasteful furniture.

The small windows hamper the fantastic views and light in the rooms.

The windows are not large, so the views are not as good as they could be, and they are a little dark inside.

Little Italy restaurant is within walking distance.

The closest place to eat, about 700m further away from town, is the Little Italy Restaurant.

Little Italy restaurant offers excellent food and ambience.

The Little Italy Restaurant and Bar offers fantastic pasta, steaks and seafood in a lovely Mediterranean-style setting.

Enjoy Cafe within walking distance serves good coffee and meals.

One of the best places for a meal or coffee is the Enjoy Café, among the backstreets of the town centre about 800m from the hotel.

Friends Cafe is extremely popular in downtown.

One of the most popular eateries for meals, drinks and Wi-Fi is the Friends Café in downtown.

Nuku’alofa features very few eateries.

There are a few (but not that many) casual places for a bite to eat in Nuku’alofa.

Reload Bar serves meals and is also a nightclub.

Reload is the main bar in town. Also serving meals, it turns into a nightclub later in the evening.

Hotel is withing walking distance of the city centre.

The hotel is about 800m from the centre of Nuku’alofa, a surprisingly modest capital city.

One of many churches is St Pauls’ Anglican Church.

St Pauls’ Anglican Church is one of many in the capital of this religious country.

Langafonua Handicrafts Centre is popular for authentic souvenirs.

Alongside the Friends Café, the Langafonua Handicrafts Centre is the best place to buy authentic souvenirs.

Talamahu Market is popular for souvenir shopping.

Between the eastern esplanade and main road in town, the massive Talamahu Market also has a few souvenir stalls.

Talamahu Market is also popular for its fresh produce.

Talamahu Market is, however, more popular and renowned for fresh produce.

Tourists are not allowed in the Royal Palace.

Off-limits to tourists, the Royal Palace is located at the top of the main street in the town centre and splits the esplanade into two.

Pigs roam freely on the esplanade.

Don’t be surprised if a pig or two shares the park along the esplanade.

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