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Mix of cor­po­rate guests, tour groups and more ca­sual trav­ellers. 194 keys (130 guest rooms and 64 apart­ments). From PGK531.

12pm/10am Ex­ten­sive con­fer­ence and func­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Plenty to do on-site dur­ing down­time, with Jack­son’s Bar, Restau­rant and Gam­ing a great ad­di­tion to the prop­erty.

The air­port is barely a minute’s drive away, front gate to ter­mi­nal. If you get bored with eat­ing in, Bac­chus — a ter­rific fine diner at­tached to the Air­ways Ho­tel — is just a cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres up the road.

Wi-Fi in rooms/pub­lic ar­eas: Fee for Wi-Fi: TV: Air con­di­tion­ing in room: Ceil­ing fan in room: Busi­ness cen­tre: Gym: Room ser­vice: Swim­ming pool: Free air­port trans­fers: Ho­tel ar­ranges tours: Break­fast in­cluded in room charge: Sit­u­ated about as close as you can get to Jack­sons In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Gate­way’s sprawl­ing na­ture means this is ac­tu­ally a rel­a­tively peace­ful inn, par­tic­u­larly if you take a room on the Jack­sons Pa­rade side of the com­plex.

Sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tions in 2011 have seen Gate­way be­came a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for busi­ness con­fer­ences (there are seven con­fer­ence rooms, in var­i­ous sizes, which can be joined to­gether). Other­wise, it’s an un­der­stated four-star prop­erty that’s per­haps be­gin­ning to show a few signs of age de­spite some fas­tid­i­ous up­keep. This isn’t a lux­ury re­sort, but the es­sen­tials are spot on: crisp ser­vice, clean pub­lic ar­eas – which in­clude tennis courts, a gen­er­ously sized swim­ming pool and fit­ness cen­tre – and an ef­fi­cient 24-hour air­port pick-up and drop-off ser­vice.

KYou cer­tainly won’t go hun­gry. Wild Orchid (6am to 10pm) is the ho­tel’s lynch­pin, which out­side of break­fast hours serves buf­fet and a la carte meals. But 2016 saw Gate­way in­vest heav­ily in food and bev­er­age, with three new restau­rants open­ing on site. Enzo’s (7am to 10pm) of­fers de­cent piz­zas and burg­ers, while the brand new Siz­zler’s (11am to 10pm) is a fam­ily restau­rant fo­cus­ing on steak and seafood. The draw­card, though, is Jack­son’s Bar, Restau­rant and Gam­ing (10am to 11pm) – a slick bolt­hole (pic­tured above) on the high side of the precinct with views straight across the air­field. Also, it has the cold­est beer in town, lo­cals will tell you. De­par­ture Bar (8am to 10pm) is a re­laxed lobby joint to while away the hours be­fore your flight. Room ser­vice is 24 hours. —MATT SHEA

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