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Budget hotels & hostels
Pacific Gardens Hotel
In the grounds of a vast, hilly expats’ residential estate with lovely lawns, jungle backdrop and adjacent river, this hotel’s premier rooms (K495) are the nicest in town and cheaper than what is on offer at The Bird...
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Highlander Hotel offers a heated outdoor swimming pool, 2 bars and a restaurant. All accommodation features cable TV and a desk. Guests also enjoy a fitness centre and 24/7 reception...
Bird Of Paradise Hotel
Overlooking the surrounding mountain ranges, Bird Of Paradise Hotel features 3 bars, a bistro and a swimming pool. All rooms offer garden views and cable TV. On-site facilities include a squash court and a fitness centre...
Mt Hagen Missionary Home
The pick of the budget bunch. Each room sleeps four in two bunk beds and has its own bathroom. It’s friendly, secure, very clean and central...
Tari Women's Guesthouse
Near the airport, this locally run guesthouse offers spartan rooms, each with four bunk beds. Men are welcome and while meals aren't provided, there are shared cooking facilities...
Salvation Army Motel Units
Another option where the grounds are prettier than the accommodation. Good for self-caterers because the units come with a kitchenette including a stove and fridge. The bigger rooms sleep four.
East Kegsugl Guesthouse
Across the road from the airstrip and next to the high school, this guesthouse is a great option. The hosts, Josephine and Arnold (Rambo to his friends), make guests feel welcome with small touches such as strawberries from their garden...
National Sports Institute
If you don’t mind being this far from the town centre, this is a good budget option. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared and it’s a lot like a university dorm with segregated buildings for men and women...
Right in the centre of town behind the post office. Clean and straight, the two-storey house has tidy shared rooms and facilities.
The United Church Women's Fellowship has a guesthouse 30 minutes' walk from town. The twin room has an attached bathroom...
Kiburu, the province’s only tourist-quality hotel, is a few kilometres south of town on the Highlands Hwy, just beyond the turn-off into Mendi...
The Highlander, part of the Coral Sea chain, has all the amenities you’d expect from a 1st-class hotel, including pool-side restaurants, bars, tennis and volleyball courts, and a 24-hour foreign-exchange desk...
Kundiawa Hotel doesn't have much competition. It's a bit run-down, although the tariff includes breakfast and dinner, free laundry and airport transfers.
Rondon Ridge is the newest of Trans Niugini Tours’ luxury lodges, located at 2164m on Kum Mountain, 13km southeast from Hagen. There are magnificent views of the Hagen Range and the Wahgi Valley from each of the 12 units...
Bird Of Paradise Hotel
‘The Bird’ is getting a bit tatty round the edges but otherwise ageing gracefully. The rooms are large, comfortable and decorated with an odd assortment of mismatched furniture...
Hagen Airport Motel
This motel, near the airport, has 20 rooms that sleep three in a double and single bed. It’s clean and friendly, although nothing out of the ordinary. The restaurant (meals K30 to K70) and hotel are ‘alcohol-free zones’...
Opposite the post office and up the stairs behind a small trade store, this place is rather dirty. The bed sheets are close to getting up and walking around on their own, but the staff and local guests are genuinely friendly.
National Parks Board Huts
Halfway up Mt Wilhelm from Kegsugl are two fairly basic huts that are used for overnighting. Bring your own sleeping bag and food. There is no electricity, but you can cook over the bottled-gas stove provided...
Also recommended should everything be booked out during the Goroka show: YWCA Guesthouse women only. Shared facilities and a communal kitchen.
Mendikwae Guest House
Run by the same crowd as the Mendikwae Lodge, this place is little more than a bed in a box. It's in West Goroka.
Right in the middle of town, this is a rather noisy option and the rooms are no longer kept as clean as they once were. Nonetheless, of the town cheapies, this is a safe bet with good security...
New Town Lodge
Slightly out of town towards Mendi; about 1km past the Highlander Hotel. There are large, self-contained rooms, shared kitchen facilities (additional charge) and the pretty grounds have pleasant views...
The showpiece of the Trans Niugini Tours operation, Ambua offers commanding views across the Tari Basin and Huli homelands. In 2001 it was listed as one of the 10 best ecotourism facilities worldwide by National Geographic Adventure magazine...
A great midrange option, the Poroman may have fairly basic rooms but the staff are super friendly and the gardens are an excellent place to unwind after the crowds on Mt Hagen’s streets...