Travel Blogs from Nadi
I touched down in Nadi at midday. The hostel is more like a hotel- pool, surf shop, sun loungers, beach and good company. Within the first few minutes we have a group for some drinks on the first night and some planning for island hopping in the next couple of days. First stop- Robinson Crusoe Island; the most beautiful beaches I've seen. Spent the …
... were enjoying our last look at the view. As we sat there, the heavens opened up with thunder and lightening and an extremely heavy down pour of rain. Still we had some sun today, not as much as we may have liked but there we are we should have done our shopping later rather than sooner. As we completed dinner tonight, all the staff gathered round our table and sang a Fijian farewell song, beautifully sang and ...
A lazy day on an Island paradise! A slow stroll through the gardens to sit on the outside terrace of the restaurant overlooking the white sandy beach, palm trees being visited by singing tropical birds and the sound of the azure blue ocean lapping the shores. We managed to get prime position loungers overlooking the beach, so spent the next few hours dozing, reading and sipping tropical juice. OK that is about as much r and r as we can do then ...
... rubbing a leaf on the wound or making a tea from a root for an antibiotic. I took some fantastic photos of the views but my favorite shots were with the families we met along the way. The children were precious. The international hand shake for kids is "high 5". Offering it brings smiles and removes the look of fear and uncertainty. It is rude to take photos in peoples homes. I was able to look through the open doorways and windows. It looked ...
... some new friends Linda from Germany, Isabella from Austria and Sabina from Switzland, Lunch time came round pretty quick and I had a beef burger and chips which was lovely! After lunch it started to rain a lot but luckily we was making rings out of coconuts so we sat in the shelterd cabin whilst making them, I'm very impressed with mine, it fits perfectly once the rain had cleared up we went out on the kayaks, kayaked over to a little beach, had a swim and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Nadi
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Nadi
Try to avoid
We were only here for one night initially, but plane was delayed to a 4.30am departure so extra short night. This place gets people regularly who are delayed and gives them poor food and charges airlines large amounts of money. Delayed passengers get a 'set menu' most of which wasn't available and charges the airline $20 for lunch and $30 for dinner. We were offered lunch because we were delayed, then told at reception we weren't delayed enough to have the lunch and they demanded payment. Very rude management. While I waited in reception to sort out the cost of lunch there were a string of people complaining.
Most of the things offered in the Hotel directory were not still available.
Rooms very tired, although reasonably clean.
To cap it off they told us they would give us a wake up call at 2am. No wake up call.
Only redeeming feature was the Fijian waiting and reception staff who were apologetic but powerless to change anything.
If possible, avoid it.
We spent only one night in Fiji Mocambo, as our flight arrived very late and we had to wait until the next morning for moving to our final destination (Tokoriki Island).
What we can say is that Fiji Mocambo was not the welcome we expected, in spite of its closeness to the airport and unfortunately we have to confirm the negative reviews we read about it.
The room was lit with a cold neon light, and the bed looked not to be fresh, and everything gave the feeling of oldness and dirtiness, as the room had not been opened for weeks.
A positive note is about the powerful air-conditioning.
And the dinner was not too bad either.
Again the advice we can give is to stay there only if really forced by transfers to/from other islands timetable, we will personally try to avoid an overnight stay in Nadi, had we to come back to Fiji.
Great for a day room but nothing else
Its an old hotel like everyone has said and not totally clean, but its adequate if you need a day room before your flight leaves, or if you need an overnight the day your flight comes in while you are waiting for your island flight. The hotel is small and doesn't really have anything to offer other than location. The food wasn't very good, the rooms were about like what you'd find at Motel 6, and the staff wasn't as friendly as other hotels, but it's adequate. While we were there they finalized the purchace of the hotel and it is going to become a Novetel soon so hopefully they will renovate the property because it badly needs it, but we used it as a day room before our flight left and it was perfecly servicable for that reason.
I stayed here for the first and last nights of my trip to fiji. The rooms are large airy and the air con is great - it is getting a little old but if your flights mean you can't get out to the island you're staying on, it is a good place to freshen up / watch forty winks. The pool is tiny and doesn't look 100% clean, but the food and service is great. I have to say though that I wouldn't want to stay there for longer than a night......
Nice price, but a little run down
I stayed here for one night in August, 2005. The rooms are large, clean, quiet and comfortable, but the hotel is showing its age. There was a small amount of mold on the grout in the bathroom and the leather-covered end-table was beginning to peel. The in-room coffee was instant powdered coffee. The hotel is close to the airport, but there's no ocean view. It appears to be more of a motel than a hotel, but unless you're on your honeymoon, it's quite acceptable for the price.
Good airport hotel
Ok, so we had been spoilt before we spent our last night in Fiji at the Mocambo so it was bound to colour our judgement. After a few days at the Sheraton Fiji Resort and a trip out to the the Mamanuca Islands, Fiji had lived up to its reputation as a tropical paradise. However, if the Mocambo is going to be your only place to stay, you'll leave with a very different impression. It's clean, comfortable with decent facilities and friendly staff, but nothing more than a good airport hotel. Highly recommended if you want to save some money on your first or last night, but otherwise look further afield.
Only use as a stop off
Whilst we could not fault the hotel for location to the airport or indeed for the friendliness of the staff we wouldn't recommend for more than an overnight stay.
The hotel is huge but whilst we were there is seemed as if we were virtually the only people stopping. It is only when we went for dinner that you notice that thankfully there were others!
The rooms are worn and not very well cleaned. The fridge was grubby and the TV reception was not clear.
The restaurant was quite good and the service was quick and friendly.
Go to one of the islands - don't even consider the mainland for anything other than an overnight stay.
The best hotel in Nadi
July 2005 - The Mocambo Hotel is the nicest hotel in Nadi. Although it is a bit older, it is situated on a hill so it has a nice view of the golf course and surrounding mountains. The pool is lovely and has mature lanscaping all around and great access to an open-air bar and restaurant (shaded). The rooms are large and well air conditioned and even come with a small refrigerator you can fill with water and snacks. The staff was very friendly and accomodating and the restaurant was adequate, although not fancy. They also have a free shuttle back and forth to the airport. This hotel is not on the beach, but because of its location, would serve well as a base for someone wanting to take day trips to other islands. The Sheraton Fiji on Denarau Island is about 30 min. from the airport and is more of a resort hotel and on the beach. It is very nice. But if you are going to Fiji for a beach experience you should continue on to another island. I was there for business and just had a little extra time for day trips to Beach Comber and Treasure Island.
Great hotel, great food and very friendly staff
We stayed here for a night on the way to our honeymoon destination, Castaway Island.
It is a friendly hotel with a welcoming atmsophere. The rooms are huge, comfortable and each has a balconey. The restaurant staff were very kind to us, and our meals served in good time and were very tasty. An after-dinner swim in the pool, under the sparkling night sky was a luxury we have savoured to this day - so nice and warm.
We also stayed at the Sheraton - on the way home - and for cosy atmosphere and friendly staff this place was better. All the same, if you have travelled so far as Fiji, don't stop in Nadi, but go to an Island, and use the Morcambo as your overnight stopping place. Highly recommended!
Like a Ghost Town
This hotel was like a ghost town when i stayed and although the facilities were fine there was nobody there and nothing going on pool looked dirty so did not venture in hotel is very close to airport so can be noisy too not the best choice for a long stay (i was only there for one night and that was enough!)
better off heading out towards islands for good accomodation
this wasn't cheap either about £80 per night wouldn't go back.