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Alotau Waterfront Lodge

Section 43, Lot 18 Charles Abel Highway, Alotau 121 Papua New Guinea
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#4 of 6 Specialty lodging in Alotau
Alotau Waterfront Lodge is your gateway to Milne Bay Province. A family owned loadge situated only 5 minutes from the Alotau town center. Enclosed away from the busy town life, located right by the waters edge of the bay. We have 17 rooms, including bunk rooms for the easy travelers and also have our suites for those looking for a little more luxury. We have a fully licensed restaurant and bar with our dinning located in a large traditional "hauswin" (Open air House). We aim to provide all our guests with clean and affordable accommodation, and helpful friendly service.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Bottled water
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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courtresort wrote a review Jan 2020
Brisbane Region, Australia111 contributions35 helpful votes
If you walk down the drive by the Waterfront Lodge which is the blue painted building about a 200 metre walk from the cruise ship dock you will find a great spot to sit and have a cold drink and some lovely food. Usually an island band playing on cruise ship days too. It is called a Hauswin which is PNG speak for an open sided thatch roof structure. This one is right on the waterfront. P.S. it is on the left hand side as you walk towards the town.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Wayne R wrote a review Nov 2018
Yeppoon, Australia65 contributions45 helpful votes
Pleasant venue where one has access to their own personal pier , allowing visitors to fish for free. No fish were caught this time but we feel we were too late or too early to fish this very clear water coral environment!
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
2 Helpful votes
capsicum0620 wrote a review Nov 2017
Thailand819 contributions451 helpful votes
An OK place for backpackers and budget aware visitors. The rooms are extremely clean if basic (avoid half of those located on the ground floor- #4, 5 and 6- as you'll feel like you're overnighting in a prison cell) and the bathroom is in good conditions. Most of the staff, especially the housekeeping one, is very nice and helpful. There is a general lack of training however, whick can lead to many...misunderstandings when setting the bill upon check-out. Make sure to verify what is being billed to you on a regular basis... The restaurant area is actually quite pleasant but the food was... a catastrophy. None of the dishes served over our 4 day stay corresponded to the menu descriptions. As soon as more 4 guests shoed up for dinner, the whole thing turned into a complete chaos. An hour waiting time to get a simple salad seemed to be the norm... If the hospitality aspect of the hotel is moee or less under control, its Food & Beverage section is completely lost at sea. As a matter of fact, the whole place seems to be managed by ghosts...
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
Merilyn K wrote a review Sep 2017
Wollongong, Australia132 contributions21 helpful votes
On our walk into town from our cruise ship, we popped into the souvenir shop at Waterfront Lodge, as much for relief from the hot sun as anything. To our surprise, out the back was a lovely, open-air restaurant, right on the water. With cool breezes wafting over us, and a local band playing, we enjoyed excellent fish (mackerel), chips, and cool beers. The toilets were clean and the staff friendly and helpful, even standing out in the hot sun to hail us a taxi. And we did buy some nice wooden souvenirs which later passed through Customs without a problem.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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SydneyBambam wrote a review Jun 2017
Sydney189 contributions89 helpful votes
Behind the Alotau Waterfront Lodge is a beautiful bar and restaurant, called the Hauswin Restaurant and Bar. The perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy the view across the bay. The staff are very friendly and the facilities very clean. We enjoyed cold beers and very flavoursome Tarot, Sweet Potato and Banana chips. There is a good menu of dishes with people making very good comments about the fish. The prices are very reasonable. The bar is located at the rear of the Alotau Waterfront Lodge, look for the Likalili Gift Shop and go through the building to the rear. You won't be disappointed.
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Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Timbervolt wrote a review Jun 2017
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions28 helpful votes
It's a nice enough place to stay. Even though they said they would pick me up from the airport, they didn't. There were taxis outside but I managed to get a lift in with some kind people (and had a great conversation). They apologised but what can you do? They use a local driver, but he was busy or not notified, whatever. The rooms were basic but clean. There was a town wide blackout and the generator that was powering it all was outside my room. A polite request had me moved to the other side of the building and was much quieter. Don't expect the free wifi or internet to be in any way faster than snail pace. I measured the Lodge's wifi speed with speedtest to 0.1Mbps. I got a Digicell sim card and it was 3x faster. The text version of Facebook was free though. It's useful for something like WhatsApp, too slow for emails. The food at the restaurant was average and slow to come but I wasn't going anywhere and just kept reading my book. It's a pretty chilled out place and ok for the price.
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Date of stay: May 2017
Sir Humphrey Blunt wrote a review Dec 2016
Alotau, Papua New Guinea35 contributions20 helpful votes
The big family Xmas lunch by the waterfront . Super buffet complete with the obligatory ham , lobster , Christmas platter , chocolate chiffon cake and PNG Daga coffee . A popular stopping over spot for the regular cruise liners to Alotau for lunch and a cold beer less than 10 minutes walk from the wharf.Try fresh coconut and bowl of root crops chips while serenaded by top local bands. Throw in a chance to take a helicopter ride about scenic Milne Bay and you have a perfect stopover .
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
LaurieJones123 wrote a review Nov 2016
New Westminster, Canada13 contributions8 helpful votes
We arrived from a cruise ship an found this little gem on our walk to town. We were drawn in to the cultural show that they offer ($15) and pleasantly surprised that a drink (beer or coffee) and a plate of vegetable root chips were included in the price. We happened to be the only 2 there as the rest of the boat decided on doing the ship offered tour at a ridiculous cost. The talent was great and ran into a few of the performers on the street later on the way back to the port. Was not well advertised to north american standards but glad we found this!! When described to our fellow passengers they certainly felt that they did the wrong show. Also local artisans were there making jewelry with shells and other local materials at VERY reasonable prices. Thanks for the memories!!
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Saricie_Q wrote a review Nov 2016
Taipei, Taiwan1513 contributions231 helpful votes
I arrived by P&O Cruises and only had a few hours in Alotau. We had a very nice and informative village tour in the morning. In the afternoon I was walking around with a local guide in the town center and had a drink with him. Afterwards, I walked back to the cruise terminal and accidentally found this gem. Since I only had about one and half an hour left (before the cruise ship left the port), I only had a quick drink here and stayed for about half an hour. Even though I did not stay here, I can see it is a nice place to stay. It is not as centrally located as Alotau International Hotel. However, the waterfront area also affords a great view of Milne Bay. They even had a small band playing in the bar/restaurant area. Even though you may arrive by cruise and do not stay in town overnight, this can be a nice place to have a drink or a lunch. Since it is close to the cruise terminal, you can always walk here from the ship (Alotau downtown is further away and may be too far to walk to for some passengers).
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Date of stay: September 2016
Trip type: Travelled solo
CarolinaHellstrom wrote a review Nov 2016
Lidkoping, Sweden16 contributions2 helpful votes
Very friendly staff and great location. The rooms are nice and big. I used this place as a resting place in between my village stays. The restaurant on sight has an amazing view of the sunset. Can highly recommend!
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
Papua New GuineaPapua RegionAlotau
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Frequently Asked Questions about Alotau Waterfront Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Alotau Waterfront Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Massim Museum (0.5 km) and Alotau's best bar (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Alotau Waterfront Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Alotau Waterfront Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Alotau Waterfront Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Does Alotau Waterfront Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Alotau Waterfront Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Alotau Waterfront Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Alotau Waterfront Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.