Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel in Vanuatu

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Updated: January 7, 2021

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Review of Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel in Vanuatu

Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel – Modern but garish, with convenience to the suburbs and downtown.

Featuring mustard-colored walls and ostentatious columns and balustrades, this Chinese-run hotel is functional, well-priced, and nicely-located, an easy stroll from the center of town and its fascinating suburbs. Views of the sea from the substantial balconies are impressive, and even the cheaper rooms offer agreeable ocean views. Furnishings are a little kitsch, e.g. wrought-iron tables and chairs inside, and the décor is a tad unrefined, but it’s mostly about the locality and affordability. Substantial discounts are offered for longer stays, and unusually, there are single rooms at single rates. Other benefits include easy access by public transport, the excellent Chinese restaurant downstairs, and the casino opposite; not so, the lack of pool.

Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel – The Basics

  • Location: Along Kumul (aka Lini) Highway, the road into Port Vila on the main island of Efate. About 800m up from the center of Port Vila and 15 minutes’ drive from the airport.
  • Guests: Welcomes anyone, but guests are likely to be business people and others looking for a longer stay.
  • Beach: There is no public beach anywhere in or around Port Vila. The nearest beaches are along Pango Road, around the Breakas Beach Resort, about 4 km south along the peninsula.
  • Views: Almost all rooms have views of the sea, either directly or partially.
  • Wi-Fi: Free and unlimited for guests throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking at the entrance.
  • How to Book: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (678) 22375
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  • Website: n/a

Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool, which is a little surprising, but there’s simply no space.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The Golden Port Restaurant on the ground floor is typically huge and charmless, but the views are spectacular and the choice extraordinary, including live crabs and other seafood to choose from.
  • Breakfast: Breakfast is included, but not for heavily-discounted longer stays.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 10 am to 10 pm.

Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Room • Queen Size Room • Single Room • Twin Room (some with Harbour Views) • Apartment Room (with 1 or 2 bedrooms) • Superior Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in any rooms or the restaurant. Permitted elsewhere, but there isn’t a garden or beach to escape to.
  • Best Room: Oversized and under-furnished, the Superior Suites do provide the finest views from the largest balconies.

Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

  • The Blue Marlin Club – Spectacular views, sunset cocktails, and silver service. Tapas all day. Bookings advisable for dinner. Swimming pool for patrons. Only 150m up the main road.

Otherwise walk or catch a minibus to these places along the more convenient southern end of the main street through Port Vila:

  • Le Café du Village – Mediterranean-style bistro for coffee, breakfast, and tasty snacks. Idyllic harbor-side setting, with an interesting changeable menu. Daily specials.
  • Brewery Bar & Restaurant – Tapas, burgers, pizzas, and locally-brewed beers in a dominant street-side setting.
  • Lava Lounge – Remarkably classy for Port Vila. Happy hours, trendy DJs, do-it-yourself pizzas, and swimming in the harbor.

Nearby Market or Grocery

    Several supermarkets and grocery shops are dotted along the main road into and around Port Vila.

Local Transport

    Every few seconds, minibuses head to Port Vila and beyond. Hail one down from outside the entrance to the hotel carpark.

Golden Port Restaurant & Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel design is very distinctive.

The ostentatious design is quite distinctive, so the hotel is easy to find along the main road into Port Vila.

Rooms are set a little away from the road.

Rooms are spread across three levels in a building set back a little from the road.

Rooms have 2 windows that let in a lot of light.

Some rooms face the sea and back onto the carpark, with windows along two walls adding to the light and feeling of space inside.

Room balconies offer excellent harbor views.

Views from the balconies to the front include the harbor and undeveloped land alongside.

Iririki Island can be seen from the hotel.

The hotel also overlooks Iririki Island across the harbor.

Rooms facing the harbor offer the best views.

The best rooms face the harbor, with wonderful views from the extensive balconies.

Ornate furnishing in rooms can be garish.

The ornate furniture is probably not to everyone’s taste.

Suites are nice but feature garish furniture.

The suites are nicer than the standard rooms, but the furniture is still rather garish.

Guests at The Club can use its stunning pool.

Guests eating/drinking at The Club can also use the stunning pool.

The onsite Chinese restaurant is popular for its views and food.

On the ground floor, the sizable Chinese restaurant offers superb views and authentic meals.

The Blue Marlin Club offers world-class dining within walking distance.

One advantage of staying at the Golden Port is the proximity (only 150m) to The Blue Marlin Club, which offers world-class dining.

The Blue Marlin Club features amazing harbor views.

The bar and restaurant at The Blue Marlin Club offers extraordinary harbor views.

Brewery Bar & Restaurant is close by on the main road.

About 600m down the main road from the hotel is the Brewery Bar & Restaurant.

Brewery Bar & Restaurant is popular for its locally-brewed beers.

The Brewery Bar & Restaurant serves tapas, burgers, pizzas, and locally-brewed beers.

Le Café du Village has a new menu daily.

The menu at Le Café du Village in central Port Vila changes daily.

Le Café du Village has a fantastic harborside-setting.

It’s hard to leave the harbor-side setting at the Le Café du Village.

Nambawan Café serves excellent food in Port Vila.

One of the nicest places in Port Vila for the waterside setting and yummy food is the Nambawan Café.

Nambawan Cafe offers good variety of meals and drinks.

The Nambawan offers a range of meals and drinks, including fresh coconut juice.

Port Vila has a decent choice of shops.

Much of Port Vila is squeezed along one main street, with enough places to shop for most.

Port Vila has a lot of casual cafes.

Plenty of casual cafés are dotted along the main street of Port Vila.

Produce market in Port Vila is a must-visit.

A must-do when visiting Port Vila is to wander around the produce market.

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