Her­itage Park Ho­tel, Ho­niara

Paradise - - Contents - —GREG CLARKE


This wa­ter­front ho­tel is 12 kilo­me­tres from Ho­niara In­ter­na­tional Air­port, close to the city’s main port and yacht club. The ho­tel is in Ho­niara’s small CBD and is just a short walk to a mar­ket, bank and shops.


On a ver­dant site that was once home to the coun­try’s gover­nor gen­eral, the Her­itage Park Ho­tel is one of just five premier ho­tels in the city. De­spite be­ing part of the CBD, the ho­tel was quiet dur­ing the nights I stayed. Ho­tel guests come for the clean­li­ness and safety as­pects, ac­cord­ing to the man­ager.


There are four styles. My room was im­pec­ca­bly clean and per­fectly cool – the tiled floors helped in this re­gard. The hot wa­ter can take a while to come through in the shower. Wil­liam and Kate stayed in room 312. There were no com­plaints from them about the hot wa­ter.


There are three eater­ies. The fine din­ing res­tau­rant is in a part of the gover­nor gen­eral’s for­mer res­i­dence. The re­splen­dent and aged tim­ber floors re­main. The res­tau­rant – it serves Solomon Is­land dishes, In­dian, West­ern and Ital­ian (pizza) – is known lo­cally as GG’s, but more for­mally as The Re­nais­sance Res­tau­rant.

A buf­fet break­fast is served from 7–10am, lunch from 11am–3pm and din­ner from 6–10.30pm. Splash is the pool­side bar/cafe, The Ter­race is a cof­fee shop. A night­club is open un­til 2am. Room ser­vice is 24 hours.


Mostly busi­ness trav­ellers. The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge (Wil­liam and Kate) stayed in 2013. HOW BIG?

66 keys (39 ho­tel rooms and 27 apart­ments). COST

Stan­dard rooms from $S1980 (about PGK800); suites from $S3025 (about PGK1230). The ex­ec­u­tive and deluxe rooms fall be­tween the two price ranges. CHECK IN and out

1pm/12pm HIGH­LIGHTS

Ev­ery room has a wa­ter view with a pri­vate bal­cony. There is also a swim­ming pool, five con­fer­ence rooms for groups be­tween 10 and 250, three restau­rants and beau­ti­ful gar­dens and lawns. NEAR BY

The Na­tional Mu­seum is a few min­utes’ walk from the ho­tel. WHAT GUES TS LIKE I vis­ited the ho­tel as a prospec­tive site for our an­nual busi­ness con­fer­ence. The ho­tel is a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion for a con­fer­ence or a get­away. The staff are be­yond hos­pitable, noth­ing is too much trou­ble. The re­sort has a very trop­i­cal oa­sis feel with the most in­cred­i­ble view from the pool bar, perfect for a sun­set din­ner and cock­tail. I can’t wait to get back to Her­itage Park Ho­tel for our con­fer­ence. – Tri­pAd­vi­sor

Mod­ern, good qual­ity room fit­tings. By far the best ho­tel in the Solomons. Staff al­ways help­ful. Free Wi-Fi which ac­tu­ally worked well! – Book­

The ho­tel over­all was nice, the staff in the res­tau­rant were lovely, the rooms were clean and the sea view rooms had a great view – Tri­pAd­vi­sor

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