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Guesthouses and B&Bs
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...
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...
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...
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...
This church-run guesthouse is safe and well located, but the bunkrooms are dark, the mattresses old and the rooms smell funny.
This lovely place, about 1km from Kegsugl and near the start of the trail, is situated on a ridge with superb views over the valley. A generator provides electricity and it’s surprisingly comfortable with hot showers and amazing surrounds...
Camp Jehovah Jireh
Just up the road from Betty’s Place, this newly established camp has a series of interconnected bunkrooms made from split bamboo and local materials...
If you follow the road that runs beside the airport runway out of town for about 10 minutes, you’ll come across this little gem...
Diwai Hut Lodge
The Diwai has a pleasant outlook within earshot of the Zokozoi River (you can’t actually see it) but it’s a good 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre. Rooms are comfortable, if plain, have tea- and coffee-making facilities and a small fridge...
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...
Emmanuel Lodge & Guesthouse
This place has two locations and two faces. The Ikani pad has a series of self-contained units, each with two rooms – a double bed in one, two singles in the other – and a kitchen...
This place hasn’t been redecorated since independence, but the rooms are large and homey. The rate for solo travellers is a bit steep, but it’s fair value for couples. Oddly, you can’t check-in on Sundays.
On the way to the airport. This hotel has a restaurant and bar with pokies. The more expensive self-contained rooms are comfortable, with TV and minibar.
Should everything be booked out during the Goroka show, book Goroka Lodge. This place hasn't been redecorated since independence. Meals available.
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’...
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...
Inu Sawmill Guesthouse
Lake Kutubu & Around
If you are forced to overnight in Inu, this is your only option. It also helps with boats across to Tubo.
Rooms here are large, tired and hungover - much like the clientele.
The whole place is bright and breezy; from the lemon and lime colour scheme on the outside to the large, airy rooms (each with a double and single bed)...
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...
Run by a local landowner group, Kimininga Lodge is comfortable, if a little plain. In addition to the 37 self-contained rooms there is an apartment capable of sleeping four...
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.
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.