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During the weekend of the Mt Hagen Show, rooms are scarcer than tree kangaroos in Port Moresby. Be sure to book at least three months ahead.
4 star hotel
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
Rooms here are large, tired and hungover - much like the clientele.
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...
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...
Surrounded by lush jungles and a patchwork of vegetable plots, the traditionally built cottages manage to provide all the essential comforts while retaining a genuine ecofriendly vibe...
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...
Rondon Ridge is the newest of Trans Niugini Tours’ luxury lodges, located at 2164m on Kum Mountain, 13km southeast from Hagen...
Central and popular with drunks, the shared showers are filthy and the mattresses thin and tired.
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