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Budget hotels & hostels
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.
Crossroads Transit Hotel
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a fitness centre, Crossroads Transit Hotel is located in Omili. All accommodation offers a flat-screen TV and includes free on-site parking. Guests enjoy mountain and garden views...
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.
Anga Development Authority
Menyamya & Aseki
The Anga Development Authority has a guesthouse but food is not always available. Alternatively, ask around and you'll soon find someone to spend the night with.
Bulolo Vocational Center
Wau & Around
A cheaper option is the Bulolo Vocational Center, but you'll need to bring your own food.
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.
Huon Motors Store
Huon Motors Store also operates a guesthouse that sleeps four, and its car is for rent. Sells a few basic tinned goods but no vegetables.
Huon Peninsula Lodge
Set in a well-kept garden on the coast, fan rooms and air-con rooms share a bathroom and kitchen; there's one self-contained room...
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.
Wau & Around
In Bulolo, Pine Lodge has passable rooms and food. Each room sleeps two and comes with private facilities.
Has bungalows with shared bathrooms plus a couple of larger family rooms. Bring your own food and use the well-equipped kitchen or ask someone to cook you a local meal.
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.
Senior Flierl Seminary Guesthouse
Calling ahead is vital as they need to send a truck to collect you from the wharf - a 20 minute drive from the Seminary. There are cooking facilities but bring your own food. Locals can guide you to nearby Butaweng falls.
St Balmer Guesthouse
It's BYO everything except coconuts and firewood for St Balmer Guesthouse on Tami Island.
On Tami Island ask for Willie Silas who runs the Tami Guesthouse although it's BYO everything except coconuts and firewood.