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Guesthouses and B&Bs
The ‘Mello’ has four-star aspirations, three-star amenities and a five-star price tag. On weekends rooms are slightly discounted from the rack rates.
Huon Gulf Hotel
Offering a swimming pool, a restaurant and 2 bars, Huon Gulf Hotel is 4 minutes’ drive from the Kamkumu Market. The private rooms and apartments offer garden or pool views and satellite TV...
Summer Institute Of Linguistics Guesthouse
This a great option for groups and families, with self-contained rooms that have several beds and a clean bathroom and kitchen. Budget rooms are similarly clean and share a communal lounge, kitchen and bathroom. Book well in advance as it is often full.
Close to town and tight security; the rooms here are largely airless boxes although the upstairs rooms have larger windows. The self-contained rooms have air-con, the budget rooms, a fan.
Huon Gulf Motel
Not the jewel in the Coral Sea Hotels' crown. Rooms in the newer wing are better (and more expensive). The 'wantok's pizza' - the super supreme of Papuan pizza - is the in-house speciality of the restaurant here.
Everything about Klinkii is pretty basic, but it's cheap and cheery. Rooms have shared bathroom, except two that also have air-con. Local-style meals available.
Lae International Hotel
Self-described as ‘an oasis of luxury’, the International is easily the smartest digs in town – not that the competition is particularly steep...
Lae Travellers Inn
Clean, quiet, professional and centrally located, this is the pick of Lae’s midrange options. Standard rooms have satellite TV and a kettle, while the ‘budget’ rooms have a fan and shared bathroom...
Set in lush, tropical grounds on the outskirts of town, this homey, sky-blue guesthouse is 200m off the main road. It’s a great budget option, and while rooms are shared you can often end up with a room to yourself...
The rooms are fairly small and very average. The manager however has contacts in the Siassi Islands and is planning a guesthouse there.
Formerly a nightclub; there's still a bar with pokies in the members bar upstairs. There isn't a significant difference between the cheaper standard rooms and the overpriced deluxe rooms; both sleep up to three...
Pilgrim Village Guesthouse
Set around a courtyard, this place has a few rooms that specialise in well-worn decor and a strict adherence to 1960s style. The rooms are small but there is a communal lounge.
Salvation Army Guesthouse
Set in sprawling grounds near the shops and PMVs at Eriku, each of the self-contained, motel-style units sleeps two and comes with kitchenettes that were at their best 20 years ago. The staff are very friendly.
The cheapest place around in a town where you get what you pay for. It's noisy and run down and thankfully no longer takes many foreigners as most of the rooms are full with long-term residents. Try asking for a transit room.