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Royal Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Ovalau Island
Reviewed 12 January 2017

The Royal Hotel is the exact opposite of the little island where it stands. While everyone else in Levuka greets you with a smile, service is non-existent here.

At first the bar is “for resident guests only” but after one of the nicer ladies remembered seeing us around town earlier, they let us order beer and soft drinks (no food, not even snacks, available). We then roamed around the common area to discover how huge it is. How amazing this shabby-chic place must have been in the good old days when those sailors frequented the billiard room! Parts of the building look un-used … but wait, why are there so many computers in the “business centre”? The hotel also serves as a school or something?

We spent almost an hour in the lounge sipping Fiji Gold and Fanta Mango. The cleaning ladies mobbed the floor around us yet didn’t say a word. It’s downright eerie as if the staff were transported from another planet to colonial Levuka. But they weren’t. Why did the management make them so paranoid about outside guests? (When we visited, the toilets and fridge at the bar were both locked up. The other day we met the hotel’s own emloyee who couldn’t get in as the “manager” was out of town. Strange, isn’t it?) Or is there any management at all? The license above the reception shows a Japanese name.

Hopefully the oldest hotel in the South Pacific won’t end up suffering the same fate as the nearby Ovalau Club.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

We didn’t stay in the Royal Hotel : when we arrived, the hotel was full and the lady at the reception was pretty unfriendly, not ready to help us to find another place. We went to the very close Clara’s Holiday Lodge… that I recommend a lot !! It’s cheaper (50 $ double room with breakfast) and clean, the family owner is friendly.

We come back there the day after to arrange a tour : the lady (another one) was even more unfriendly. She didn’t want to do anything : she just said us to call Epi’s Tour and she refused to call on behalf of us : “we don’t have phone”… This is a lie ! A man finally accepted to phone and we paid 2 $ for this call !

By the way, Internet here is much more expensive than in the Internet Café in town (2 $/hr).

Just run way !

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

The photos give the hotel much more credit than the actual place which needs some signficant restorative work - the hot water heaters barely produced any hot water.

The staff however, are incredibly friendly and helpful and are always willing to help.

Room Tip: Just remember - there is a tuna factory nearby. The whole area smells like tuna.
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  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

I stayed in a garden bungalow. It was cheap but run down and not even very clean. I had to clean the bedside cabinet before I wanted to put anything on it - it was filthy. The coffee table in the sitting room is a hazard. The corners of the glass looked really sharp and I tried hard to avoid them but failed on my last night - I cut my leg. Breakfast poor.

On a more positive note, the staff were friendly and helpful, I had aircon in my bedroom and the inside of the actual hotel was quaint.

Room Tip: Can't comment on the bedrooms in the hotel itself but avoid the garden bungalows.
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  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 October 2015

The Royal is Fiji's oldest working hotel. Like stepping back in time, it reflects the old world charm of yesteryear. The staff were all courteous and helpful as well as a great source of information about Levuka. My daughter and I stayed four nights, enjoyed the people and heritage and would the Royal to anyone who likes unique experiences when travelling.

Room Tip: Ed bure is across the road from the water but gets some road noise. The rooms in the hotel may be qu...
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Royal Hotel

Address: Langham Street, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Lomaiviti Islands > Ovalau Island
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Ovalau Island
Number of rooms: 105
Also Known As:
Royal Hotel Ovalau Island

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