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The Lae In­ter­na­tional

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LO­CA­TION

The Lae In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel’s lo­ca­tion has the virtue of be­ing both cen­tral and se­cluded.

THE PLACE

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).

ROOMS

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

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