Vanuatu Golden Port

Updated: July 22, 2018

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

Featuring mustard-coloured walls and ostentatious columns and balustrades, this Chinese-run hotel is functional, well-priced and nicely-located, just an easy stroll from the centre of town and its fascinating suburbs. Views of the sea from the substantial balconies are impressive, and even the cheaper rooms offer agreeable ocean vistas. (Those facing the front would however, suffer from traffic noise, although the soundproofing is effective.) Furnishings are a little kitsch, e.g. wrought-iron table 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 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 centre 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 4km south along the peninsula.
  • Views: Almost all rooms have views of the sea, either directly or partially.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free and unlimited for guests throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking at the entrance.
  • Phone: (678) 22375
  • 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: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

Golden Port 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 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, i.e. about 10am to 10pm.

Golden Port Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Queen Size Rooms • Single Rooms • Twin Rooms (some with Harbour Views) • Apartment Rooms (with 1 or 2 bedrooms); and Superior Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking 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 Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • The Blue Marlin Club (530 6299) – 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:

  • Au Péché Mignon – French-style deli, patisserie and café for ice cream, crêpes, baguettes and people-watching. 4-minute walk.
  • Le Café du Village (27789) – Mediterranean-style bistro for coffee, breakfast and tasty snacks. Idyllic harbour-side setting, with an interesting changeable menu. Daily specials. 6-minute walk.
  • Brewery Bar & Restaurant (28328) – tapas, burgers, pizzas and locally-brewed beers in a dominant street-side setting. 7-minute walk.
  • Lava Lounge (26671) – remarkably classy for Port Vila. Happy hours, trendy DJs, do-it-yourself pizzas and swimming in the harbour. 7-minute walk.
  • 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 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 harbour views.

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

Iririki Island can be seen from the hotel.

The hotel also overlooks Iririki Island across the harbour.

Rooms facing the harbour offer the best views.

The best rooms face the harbour, with wonderful views from the extensive balcony.

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 sizeable 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 harbour views.

The bar and restaurant at The Blue Marlin Club offers extraordinary harbour 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 offers 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 harbourside-setting.

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

Au Péché Mignon is an excellent French bakery and cafe.

Au Péché Mignon is the best in Port Vila for patisseries, baguettes and crêpes.

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.

Most 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 a wander around the produce market.

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