Hotel review PNG
The Lae International
The Lae International Hotel’s location has the virtue of being both central and secluded.
Lae’s largest and most upmarket hotel, ‘the Lae Inter’ as it is commonly known, is a destination in itself. Spread over several hectares of lush tropical gardens (featuring two resident tree kangaroos), facilities include a large pool, small gym and several bars and restaurants. The hotel is also popular with the local expat community and is the city’s principal conference venue. Since we last visited in 2013, Wi-Fi has been installed and a new block of superior rooms constructed (the Huon Suites wing).
There are three room categories (plus apartments and villas for longer stays). They range from deluxe rooms, to premium and superior. While the former have all recently been renovated, the latter were only built three years ago. All rooms offer a wide range of cable TV channels and air conditioning.
FOOD AND DRINK
The main restaurant is Kokomo (named after the Papuan hornbill bird), where breakfast is served. Later in the day diners can choose between a buffet and an expansive a la carte menu (including some tasty Asian dishes and vegetarian options). Adjacent is the popular Luluai’s Pizzeria. The hotel also offers a fine dining restaurant, Vanda, overlooking the lobby. There are also two bars including the convivial Sportsman’s Bar.
WHAT GUES TS LIKE
“I love the pizzas in this hotel and highly recommend to order one. Overall stay was very good. Food was outstanding. Thanks to wonderful smiling staff and management.” – TripAdvisor “Had a one night stay here for business. Very welcoming and friendly staff. Lovely food. I stayed in a recently updated room overlooking the pool, it was clean and comfortable.” – TripAdvisor