The Oceania was great all around, from the rooms to the food to the service and to its central location on the island. It is a great place to get away from everything and just relax. No TV in the room lets you disconnect from the world, even if for a while. The owners are amazing and ensured my stay was comfortable. The kitchen has some amazing delicious plates and their menu changes so always something new to try.
Congenial Jennifer and Mark run a small hotel with unique character. The individual structures have a large bedroom, bathroom with shower, closet, storage area, mini fridge. The private balconies have two chairs, a small table and hammock, all overlooking Chamorro Bay. lots of steps on the hillside decking to the rooms, consider that if you have mobility issues.
They offer complimentary airport pick up and drop off. They are close to all the dive operators ($1 taxi ride any where in tiny Colonia). You will not find a better restaurant on Yap, the selection, quality and portions are amazing. Happy hour 4-6 daily except Monday when the restaurant is closed. They provide excellent advice on visiting Yap and will set you up with a taxi driver that can show you a great land tour.
You will enjoy your stay at the Oceania Hotel.
I'll start by saying that I could not think of any shortcoming in this hotel. It starts with Jennifer who owns the place, very responsive by email and extremely helpful to comply with any of my requests. The rooms are great combination between most authentic and high class resort. Each room is designed as a real hut in the wood, with privet balcony and hammock. There is aircon, ceiling fan and landed fan, fridge, hot water and free wifi.
I highly recommend anyone who come to Yap to book only this place. No regrets!!!
Among a dozen or so accommodation options in the island center of Colonia, we chose Oceania Hotel because of its gleaming reviews. The eight bungalows were a hike up from the entrance but were practically hidden from view in the jungle with each room having a view of Chamorro Bay. Each unit was a good distance from one another offering complete serenity. We had three meals at the hotel and they were all excellent. We tried a handful of other places in town and none of them even came close to the quality served up by Oceania. Only complaint was the weak wifi (which was really a problem across the entire island) that was only available at the restaurant. The hotel here was a good investment as two out of our three days in Yap were non-stop pouring rain and we didn’t leave the hotel much.
The room is very pleasant, built of wood and bamboo in the style of a traditional Men’s House, and set amid luxuriant greenery. The room is pleasant and well-appointed, with good air-con, hot water shower, and comfortable enough bed. (It’s up quite a lot of steps, so not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.) It’s also quiet, even when the restaurant downstairs is noisy, and there’s a nice balcony with hammock and chair. The only negative is that the WiFi doesn’t reach there. The restaurant downstairs is also pleasant, though the owner’s dogs are usually in the restaurant, which might not be ideal. The food is indifferent, but that is true of everywhere on Yap. The owner is usually around to help with any questions or requests, and she was helpful, though she doesn’t exactly go the extra mile - (1) a friend phoned the hotel to ask for me, and I was in my room, so she waited till I came down an hour later to tell me, rather than come up to the room to fetch me; 2) When I returned after a visit to the Outer Islands, other hotels had transport waiting for their guests, but Oceania didn't provide this service. Just little things, but still. Note also that, unlike most places in Colonia, they don’t take credit cards. On the day of departure, you can keep the room until you need to go to the airport for an extra $45, which is reasonable.
All in all, recommended.