Vanuatu Grand Hotel

Updated: July 23, 2018

Grand Hotel and Casino – Central, high-rise and business-oriented, but needs updating.

Grand in size and location, Vanuatu’s tallest building dominates the harbour skyline. All facing the water and enticing resort on Iririki Island, the standard rooms are a little undersized and seem stuck in the 1970s. Far better, the Panorama Suites on the higher floors feature extensive floor-to-ceiling windows, a sizeable balcony and some strange modern art. The resort-style pool is first-rate (despite the artificial grass) and also offers outstanding harbour views. Popular among some guests just for the in-house casino, the only multi-star hotel in the capital has been around a while – and looks it – but is very convenient.

Grand Hotel and Casino – The Basics

  • Location: In the centre of Port Vila, on the main island of Efate. Along Kumul (aka Lini) Highway, the main road through town. About 15 minutes from the airport.
  • Guests: Seems to cater mostly for business people.
  • Beach: There is no public beach in or around Port Vila. The nearest serviceable beaches are around the Breakas Beach Resort, about 5km along the peninsula from the town centre.
  • Views: All rooms offer magnificent views of the harbour and island.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Available for free to all guests throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: In one word: terrible. The downtown location means almost no off-street parking.
  • Phone: (678) 28882
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.grandvanuatu.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.

Grand Hotel and Casino – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool is a decent size; the sort expected at a resort not a city hotel.
  • Spa: The Arom’essence Spa (22443), alongside the pool, offers extensive treatments at reasonable prices. Serene and classy layout, with some rooms providing harbour views.
  • Fitness Center: None, perhaps surprisingly.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this outdated city-style hotel.

Grand Hotel and Casino – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Crystals Restaurant – relaxed setting for breakfast and all-day dining. Excellent service, daily specials, buffet nights and superb views. Hard to ignore the stir-fries, steaks or seafood • Cabana Pool Bar – faces the harbour. For drinks, snacks, light lunches and all-day tapas. Live music on weekends • Lobby Lounge Bar – for high-rollers from the casino. Snacks and pastries, as well as coffee, cocktails and cakes.
  • Breakfast: Some rates include a substantial continental buffet breakfast.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Grand Hotel and Casino – Rooms

  • Room Types: Harbour View Rooms • Deluxe Harbour View Rooms • Panorama Suites • Harbour Suites • Penthouse Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: All rooms are non-smoking, but permitted on the balconies.
  • Best Room: On the top floor, the Penthouse Suites feature extensive full-length windows across several walls, so the views are arguably the best on the island. With 2 bedrooms, a bar counter and elongated balcony, the décor is likeably funky and brightly-coloured.
  • For families: Some rooms have connecting doors, while others can squeeze in an extra single bed.

Grand Hotel and Casino – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    There’s a great choice within a short stroll along the main road through Port Vila:

  • Brewery Bar & Restaurant (28328) – imposing street-side location directly opposite the hotel. For tapas, burgers, wraps and local beers. 1-minute walk.
  • Le Café du Village (27789) – idyllic Mediterranean-style bistro alongside the harbour. Coffee, breakfast, tasty snacks and an interesting changeable menu, with daily specials. Virtually next door to the Grand. 1-minute walk.
  • Lava Lounge (26671) – on the other side of the hotel. Gorgeous waterside setting, with gourmet pizzas, happy hours, tapas, signature cocktails and super-cool DJs on weekends. Step into the water from the private jetty. 1-minute walk.
  • Chill (22578) – upstairs at the market for views and tasty food. Pricey, with more affordable lunchtime specials. Family-friendly and popular for pizzas, pasta and steaks. Children’s menu available. 2-minute walk.
  • Au Péché Mignon – French-style deli, patisserie and café. Street-side tables for ice cream, crêpes, baguettes and people-watching. About 200m south. 3-minute walk.
  • The Rossi Restaurant (29661) – elegant Italian-style bistro, with a garden setting, sea views and tiny playground. About 800m to the north. 10-minute walk.
  • Market or Grocery: There are plenty of shops along the main road through the town centre.

Local Transport

    Everything in Port Vila is within an easy walk, while every second vehicle seems to be a public minibus.

Grand Hotel and Casino – The Hotel

The hotel building is the tallest in Vanuatu.

Although only eight floors, the Grand Hotel is the tallest building in Vanuatu.

The hotel is located on the main road and also features a casino.

Also housing a casino, the hotel is located along the main road through central Port Vila.

The hotel features a beach resort style design.

The hotel is designed like a beach resort, with all rooms offering a balcony and views.

Hotel is located right on the harbour.

The hotel is superbly located facing the harbour in the Vanuatu capital.

There is even a piano in the elegant lobby.

The elegant lobby area features a piano and tour desk.

Crystals Restaurant onsite serves buffet breakfast.

Crystals, the main restaurant in the hotel, serves a buffet breakfast.

Crystals is popular for Chinese food, steaks and seafood.

Crystals also offers Chinese food, steaks and seafood in a pleasant setting.

The patio of Crystals restaurant is right by the harbour.

Crystals provides seating along a patio with wonderful harbour views.

Seating area by the pool provides excellent harbour views.

Alongside the pool is a stretch of umbrellas on artificial grass facing the harbour.

The Lobby Lounge Bar is very popular.

The Lobby Lounge Bar is a convivial place to meet.

The bar has appealing colourful seating arrangements.

The bar provides colourful seating for guests, business people and gamblers from the casino.

The casino in the hotel is a big attraction.

For some, the attraction of the Grand Hotel is the casino, the only one in central Port Vila.

The swimming pool is very inviting and faces the sea.

The bright-blue pool faces the sea and is similar to the sort found at a beach resort.

Iririki Island is right across the harbour from the hotel.

The hotel faces Iririki Island across the harbour.

All rooms face the harbour.

Rooms are spread over six levels, all facing the harbour.

Standard Rooms are colourful but outdated.

The standard rooms are colourful, but the décor seems outdated.

Standard rooms are small but comfortable.

Standard rooms are comfortable but a little undersized.

Room balconies offer great views of the harbour and Iririki Island.

All rooms feature a balcony with views of the harbour and Iririki Island.

Panorama Suites are spacious and feature full-length windows.

Far better than the standard rooms, the Panorama Suites offer more space and extra full-length windows.

Lounge area in suites need to be updated.

The suites contain a lounge area, but the furniture needs some updating.

Room balconies are small but offer amazing views.

Most balconies are standing-room only, but the views are among the best in Vanuatu.

Brewery Bar & Restaurant is right opposite the hotel.

Directly opposite the Grand Hotel, the Brewery Bar & Restaurant offers pub meals and locally-brewed beer.

Au Péché Mignon french-style deli is within walking distance.

Only 200m down the main road, Au Péché Mignon is a French-style deli selling baguettes, crêpes and pastries.

Le Café du Village has the best location in the capital.

Almost next to the hotel, Le Café du Village probably boasts the nicest setting in Port Vila.

The main road outside the hotel is always very busy.

The main road through Port Vila is always fairly busy, so there is almost no parking in front of the hotel.

The produce market in the town centre is a must-visit.

One advantage of staying in the town centre is visiting the produce market nearby.

The produce market also has souvenir and clothes stalls.

A small part of the produce market has stalls selling souvenirs and clothes.

Port Vila is encircled by a harbourside path.

A pleasant harbourside path stretches along most of central Port Vila.

Port Vila is located right on the harbour.

The likeable capital of Port Vila is nicely located alongside the harbour.

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