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The Melanesian Port Vila Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is situated central to Port Vila and is close to a good supermarket (Bon Marche) for supplies. It is more suited to business people or those on a budget. Staff were friendly, breakfast was good Port Vila itself is a bit daggy, so don't expect palm tree blessed beaches close by or anything too flash. Its really a hotel to be used as a base to do day trips. No real complaints but don't expect 5 star.

It was wonderful. The bar staff and waitresses were helpful, friendly and accomodating. The cocktails were awesome! Happy hour was great! The food was lovely with a good variety of curries from various countries. The entertainment was enjoyable - especially enjoyed by our 2yr old grand daughter who got right up by the band and danced! We had a great night with our family for our last night in Vila!

I did not stay at Melanesian on my recent trip to Port Vila,but went there on three occasions for dinner.Twice for the barbeque and once for the curry night. Firstly,the food on offer at the barbeque was absolutely exceptional,the best I have had anywhere in Port Vila in all my ten trips.The most incredible salads with every imaginable vegetable,so inventive,and beautiful local dishes. Chicken,beef fish and sausages were great too.Bread,butter and superb deserts on offer also. The string band was sensational,exciting and educational.I find it's difficult to see string bands in Vila now so was very happy to listen to them. Fabulous staff,glorious setting around the pool makes this a wonderful night out. The curry buffet also was exceptional,with a huge array of dishes and very authentic.Delicious! The cultural show once again was brilliant. I loved everything about these three nights,and because of them will try to stay here next time I'm in Vanuatu.

Travelled with my 23 and 16 yr old kids and shared one room (double and two single beds). Hotel staff very friendly and helpful (special thank you to Rabina). Rooms were clean and comfortable. The hotel food was good and we chose to have dinner here three times out of the 7 nights we stayed. Not on the main road so no road noise.Nice relaxing place. Walk into port villa was an easy 10 mins although the loacl minibuses are always passing so you don't need to walk at all. Good base to venture out and explore from. Very pleased with our choice. We deliberately didn't choose a resort as planned to explore and found this an ideal base.The inclusive breakfast buffet was simple, fruit,toast,juices , pancakes, cereals, and Soup ! (which I had on a few occasions). Plenty of it. You can order eggs omelettes etc if you wish but we only did on a few occasions.

Second time we stayed here overnight on our way to Santo. The refurbishment that was going on last time is all finished and has come up nicely. The room was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed our time around the pool bar, drinking cocktails at happy hour and stayed on for dinner, and had the lobster and coconut crab which was magnificent. Definitely stay here again, friendly staff and great service.

It was 5 min walking distance to Port Vila town. The room was reasonably sized with quiet aircon, additional chairs and table and balcony, view to pool area. Breakfast was included and in buffet style including pancakes, muffins, bread, jam, butter, different fresh fruit and cereals, no eggs/bacon/meat/cheese. Nice area to sit and enjoy breakfast. BBQ dinner on Sunday for 2800 VAT including live music and dance performance with a local tribe was very enjoyable. I wouldn't call it a barbecue buffet as the only meats were sausages, chicken drumsticks and tough beef. However, the different salads, rice and desserts were really tasty. So, if you are not a big meat eater, the buffet is to recommend.

Nice and clean room, but breakfast quality can be improved further. Staff is nice and friendly as rest of the people in Vanuatu. Hotel has swimming pool but no gym. WiFi quality is average, but is available free in the lobby. Overall, a good experience.

Spent close to a week here n rooms are nice spacy n clean. Wed n sunday night entertainment is pretty awesome with the local string bands performing. Staff too are very welcoming. Also is a 7minute walk to town so is ideally situated.

This hotel is a Port Vila landmark and is an oldie but a goodie. The rooms are spacious clean and well equipped. The staff are exceptional. One of the reception staff used her own vehicle to transport me around when I had urgent visa issues. Her kindness was incredible. The breakfast was good in lovely surroundings by the pool. The cultural dancing was very entertaining in the evening. It is unbelievably quiet at night because it is out of the hustle and bustle of town but only a short walk to CBD.

We spent a week in this hotel in May 2017, It is a well located, easy access hotel, a short stroll to the city centre. I would recommend second or third level rooms to be away from the pool area, Staff are very friendly and nice. Rooms are very comfortable.

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Hotel highlights

  • Close to Port Vila Market
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking

The Melanesian Port Vila Hotel places you within a leisurely stroll of Parliament House and National Museum. This 75-room, 3-star hotel welcomes business and leisure travelers with a full-service spa, a casino, and free breakfast. Also close to this Port Vila hotel are Port Vila Market and Pango Point.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Le Melanesian, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


The 75 rooms have an array of amenities, including furnished balconies, refrigerators, and minibars. Guests can expect WiFi and 26-inch LCD TVs with cable channels. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other amenities include coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes.

Property features

Guests of The Melanesian Port Vila Hotel have access to a full-service spa, a casino, and an outdoor pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for VUV 2000 per person one way. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Standard Room (Orchid)

Queen 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room (Orchid)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

1 Bedroom Apartment

Queen 1 | Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 300 reviews