Tonga Tungi Colonnade Hotel

Updated: July 13, 2018

Tungi Colonnade Hotel – Simple but comfortable, affordable and central.

Most hotels in the rather scruffy capital are along the waterfront, which is scenic, but they are between 500m and 2.5km from the town centre, which offers a better (albeit still limited) range of places to eat, drink and shop. Back a little to ensure distance from any traffic noise, the Tungi is the best of a poor choice in downtown. All rooms, each with a sizeable balcony, face the main street or overlook the cyclone-ravaged church to the back. All rooms are more spacious than expected, with a sofa, sink, fridge and overhead fan adding to the appeal. The staff are amiable and the position is unbeatable: halfway down the main street and only 300m from the waterfront.

Tungi Colonnade Hotel – The Basics

  • Location: In the town centre, halfway along the main street, Taufa’ahau Road in the capital Nuku’alofa on the main island. About 40 minutes from the airport.
  • Guests: Caters for budget-minded business people, but ideal for anyone searching for something central and affordable.
  • Beach: There is no beach anywhere in or around Nuku’alofa. The closest serviceable beach is at Ha’atafu, on the far western tip, about 21km away.
  • Views: Rooms to the front face the carpark along the main street, which is a lot less noisy at night. Those at the back overlook local homes and gardens, which are more interesting.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Not free, but charges are a lot less than other hotels.
  • Parking: Free parking in the courtyard at the front, but it’s really a public space and not that secure.
  • Nice Perks: Free laundry if staying a few days.
  • Phone: (676) 23528
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://tungicolonnade.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.

Tungi Colonnade Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in this low-key city hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Tungi Colonnade Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: None, but there are several decent places to eat around town (see below).
  • Breakfast: A basic do-it-yourself continental breakfast in the common room.
  • Room Service: Not available.

Tungi Colonnade Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Double Rooms • Standard Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere in the hotel building.
  • Best Room: The Double Rooms are larger and more modern, with space for a family of 4. The sofa faces the TV and the full-length windows face the street-front balcony.

Tungi Colonnade Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Friends Café – very popular, if only for the Wi-Fi. Claims to have the ‘best coffee in town’, but also serves delicious meals. About 300m up the main street. 3-minute walk.
  • Reload Bar Tonga (862 2383) – virtually the only bar in town, with happy hours, locally-brewed beers, DJs and adequate meals. Opposite the Friends Café. 3-minute walk.
  • Coffee Post (788 6250) – popular for coffee, muffins and light meals, and perfect for people-watching. In the post office building at the top of the main street, 300m away. 3-minute walk.
  • Enjoy Café (887 8098) – friendly, with street-side tables. Offers cakes, coffee, all-day breakfast and substantial meals. On Railway Road, one block south of the main street.
  • Seaview Lodge Restaurant and Deck (23709) – a delightful 1km walk along the eastern esplanade for sea views, a romantic setting and haute cuisine with a Polynesian flare. Also open for breakfast, and reservations recommended in the evenings. 14-minute walk.
  • Market or Grocery: The streets around town are sprinkled with minimarts and supermarkets.

Local Transport

    Walkable to anything in or around Nuku’alofa. Private unmetered taxis can be arranged through the hotel lobby.

Tungi Colonnade Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located on the main street.

The hotel is located along the main street through the Tongan capital.

The hotel is located within a government building.

The hotel is almost lost among government buildings in the town centre.

Hotel is located in the 3rd floor of the building facing the main street.

Rooms are on the third (top) floor of the building, with those at the front facing the carpark along the main street.

A long corridor connects the rooms.

Corridors lead to rooms that face the main street to the front or the town streets and houses to the back.

All rooms feature a small kitchenette.

Each room contains a small kitchen area, with a sink and fridge.

Rooms are very spacious and comfortable.

Rooms are surprisingly spacious, and more comfortable than the hotel exterior would suggest.

All rooms feature a small comfortable sofa.

All rooms also contain a small sofa.

All rooms have a balcony with city views.

Rooms feature a balcony that overlooks the main street, or the gardens, homes and streets.

Coffee Post nearby is popular for coffee and light meals.

Perfect for drinks and light meals, Coffee Post, just up the main street from the hotel, is also great for people-watching.

Coffee Post is popular for its delicious light meals.

The Coffee Post serves tasty shakes, sandwiches and other light meals.

Enjoy Cafe downtown is best know for its coffees, cakes and meals.

Arguably the best place in downtown is Enjoy Café, one block from the main street. It serves full meals, as well as coffee and cakes all day and evening.

Friends Cafe nearby is delightful and extremely popular.

A few minutes up the main street from the hotel is Friends Café, a delightful and popular place in a colonial-era building.

The town centre has a very limited choice of eateries.

The advantage of staying in the town centre is the range (albeit limited) of places to eat and drink.

Reload Bar is the best bar in the capital.

Claiming to be ‘probably the best bar in Tonga’, Reload is certainly the best in the capital.

Reload Bar is extremely popular with foreigners.

Only 300m up the main street, and opposite Friends Café, Reload is always popular with tourists and expats.

The hotel is located in the centre of the small capital city.

The hotel is in the dead centre of the Tongan capital, which is surprisingly small.

Langafonua Handicraft Centre is popular for souvenir shopping.

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

Langafonua Handicraft Centre has a good collection of arts and carvings.

The range of carvings and art in the Handicraft Centre is impressive.

The hotel has shops right outside its entrance.

Staying somewhere so central means there are shops just outside the hotel entrance.

The city's largest church is Basilica of Saint Antony of Padua.

Just 100m down the main street is the Basilica of Saint Antony of Padua, the largest of several religious buildings in the town centre.

Talamahu Market nearby is popular for souvenirs and fresh produce.

The Talamahu Market is a huge complex selling fresh produce, as well as souvenirs, one block back from the main street.

Walking down the esplanade is always a pleasant experience.

The hotel is only 300m from the esplanade, a pleasant place for walking.

The beach is too narrow and patchy for swimming or walking.

The beach in and around the capital is no good for swimming or even walking.

Nuku’alofa has colourful buildings and some greenery.

The scruffy capital, Nuku’alofa, has a few patches of greenery and some colourful buildings.

Cyclone preparedness is the norm in Tonga.

Tongans are always well prepared for possible damage from cyclones.

There is a severely damaged church behind the hotel.

This church behind the hotel was severely damaged by a cyclone and remains unrepaired.

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