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Paradise Inn

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Another beautiful sunset
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4.0
#4 of 4 villas in Avarua
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
Paradise Inn, Rarotonga is the perfect place for travelers looking for value for money. We have 16 serviced units nestled in a peaceful location between the mountains and the sea, yet only a few minutes walk to downtown Avarua. The terrace, bar and lounge have breathtaking lagoon and ocean views and are yours for relaxing, whale watching, meeting people or enjoying a meal al fresco. A beach before the reef offers our visitors the prospect of sunbathing, a stroll along the beach, low tide reef walking and spotting starfish, coral and the small colourful reef fish that populate the lagoon. As the sun sets, enjoy a sundowner on the terrace with a drink from the last "Honesty Bar" in the South Pacific where cocktails and tall tales are the order of the evening.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid wifi
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
Massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Parking
Golf course
Fishing
Car hire
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Private beach
Desk
Safe
Seating area
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English
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Hat_Professor wrote a review Oct 2005
London31 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is great. Stayed there for almost a month in Nov 2004. The units have everything you need, including free tea and coffee which, when your on a budget, really is a nice touch.
The owners Marc and Pam couldn't have been nicer. They even shared birthday cake with us on Marc's birthday!
There is a lovely sun deck to sit on and watch the sea. If this sounds boring to you wait till you see it. The view over the reef is unbelievable. Truly magical. We saw humpback whales 3 or 4 days running without haveing to leave our seats or put our books down. The sound of the sea crashing over the reef lulls you to sleep at night and is the first thing you hear when you wake up in the morning as you fix yourself a cup of tea and wonder what you'll do for the rest of the day........
I can't recommend this place enough.
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Date of stay: November 2004
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Kelea2014 wrote a review Apr 2015
Zurich, Switzerland156 contributions141 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sure, it's simple, no hightech, no fancy furniture - it's not a Hilton! BUT for people who are still adventurers inside, who have outgrown youth hostels but don't want generic hotel chains, it IS paradise. So friendly, so laid-back, the building is an old South Pacific dance hall, lots of history and charm, I even saw humpback whales pass before the hotel one early morning. All that and very central with a short walking distance to "downtown" Avarua. Just feels like home to me!
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Date of stay: September 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: There are smaller rooms (just one level) for single travellers.
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Sheila W wrote a review Dec 2014
London84 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at the Paradise Inn for 3 nights in November 2014.

I had a split level room with the bedroom on the upper level. The room had everything I needed with a little kitchen, shower/loo and plenty of shelf and hanging space.

Everyone is very friendly and in the evening it was a delight to meet fellow residents on the terrace overlooking the beach and which had great sea views. When I asked about breakfast I was supplied with a basket of food (milk, bread, cereal, butter, jam) that can only be described as abundant.

I missed it as soon as I left and would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: November 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I stayed on the ground floor in room 7 which I found spacious and airy.
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Sarah C wrote a review Jan 2015
Ferndown, United Kingdom55 contributions53 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed there for only one night thankfully, as we had an early flight the next day. Otherwise we would definitely have sought alternative accommodation.
No one at reception as it was a Sunday, but that was ok as it was clear which room we were to have. No air conditioning, and only a rickety ceiling fan and an electric fan. No kettle in room. Some dirty cooking appliance. Generally very dated and needing a massive update, or better still re building. The door handle fell off each time i used it. Tv on a continuous loop with only one channel.
We hardly slept due to the intolerable heat.
I am not overly picky but do expect some value for money. We paid 135 nz $. Far too much for the shoddy room.
Didnt like the dated lounge area or the sea view.
Paradise is certainly the wrong name for this place.
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JohnFowles wrote a review Feb 2014
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions17 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Paradise Inn has a lot of potential. It's a beautiful old building, with a wonderful terrace. The common area is very spacious and comfortable. It's also just minutes away from the heart of the capital town of Avarua (not that there is much to do or see there, but still..) and lies right on a pretty beach (which is not good for swimming as the water is very shallow at all times).

The rooms are spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. They might be a bit loud due to the roosters and guests talking loud on the corridor/passage, but one can get used to it.

The problem with the hostel is that the owners/managers do not seem to care too much about it. While the place is clean thanks to their Fijian cleaners, much of the equipment/amenities is in a bad state. The cooking facilities inside the rooms are old and borderline dangerous to use. The mosquito screenings are old and even broken in some places, etc, etc. The managers/owners are almost never there and in any case do not seem at all interested in their guests wellbeing or satisfaction. We heard that the place was for sale, so that perhaps explains their attitude.

The poor state of the facilities and the management's attitude means that the place appeared overpriced to us. While it is arguably among the cheapest places to stay in Rarotonga, charging people over 100$ for a night in a very basic studio is objectively excessive, even if the managers insist that it is cheap by the local standards. For this amount, one could easily get a nice room or even a batch in places like New Zealand or Australia, not to mention cheaper South Pacific islands.

In sum, it's a good, clean and basic option for those that need to be in town. Those who value good service, good beaches for swimming and proper facilities should look elsewhere.
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Date of stay: December 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Perhaps try to get a room facing the sea - they seemed much more quiet.
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JonHarmonie wrote a review May 2006
Gloucestershire, UK20 contributions34 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at Rarotonga airport expecting to be met by the owner of the beach cottage we had booked. By 1am there was still no-one to meet us, so asking around a local guy, Malc by name, said he'd take us to the Paradise Inn. Not only did he take us there for no charge, he secured a good rate for us. That first night I was in a foul mood and was ready to leave the island on the next available flight. After meeting Pam, the owner, that all changed. The inn is charming, quirky, the honesty bar is fantastic, the deck great for hanging out withn agreat view, but best of all the place is really, really friendly. Many people there seem to be returning guests and it's not hard to see why. If you want to stay in a plush beachside resort then give this place a miss, but as nowhere on the island is more than 25 mins away by bus that wasn't important to us. We stayed in one of the two cheaper rooms which are probably more suited to budget travellers, but if we had wished we could have had one of the rooms with the bed on a mezzanine, they are a special concept for couples or families. The greatest thing about this place though is the owners and the way they run it. They make the place what it is, and that is a fun place to stay.
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Date of stay: May 2006
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Teatuanui wrote a review Nov 2017
Kamloops, Canada68 contributions35 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Love the quiet Away of this property! Very reasonable with rooms having a kitchen area and a loft for the main sleeping space. Lots of light and an open deck for All Guests to enjoy overlooking the water. Everything you want from the beach sand to a large indoor lounge area and of course that wonderful sitting area or tanning deck. Even when full I was still almost alone in this quiet getaway. Great staff all with that Cook Island appeal! Anything I wanted was truly a few steps away from my room. SAFE! Resort also has a special suite atop the main building which walks out on to the deck and lounge area and it also has an ocean view from it's private deck. Older-Yes, very casual -Yes but I loved the privacy with lots of parking and a short walk to town. Could have stayed anywhere but this tiny resort met my needs in every way. TRY IT!
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Date of stay: October 2017
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EKLynch wrote a review Oct 2017
Ipswich, Australia46 contributions31 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Chantelle the office manager was delightful and helpful. It was overlooking the beach. It is run by one of the resorts apparently.
Paradise Inn is very tired and not even a bar of soap supplied in the bathroom. We stayed in room 7 on our first 3 nights and returned to stay in room 13, which in itself should have given us a hint.
There were towels covering tiles at the entrance to our room, very festive towels I might add, with Christmas trees embroidered on them. We commented that it was probably because there were cracked tiles underfoot. During the night the heavens opened and in the morning woke to the real reason the towels were there. The room leaked! But on a positive note, not anywhere else but at the door.
In spite of this we liked the location as it was close to the centre of town, however we thought it overpriced for what it was.
If you are getting a taxi from the airport or anywhere, be aware that taxi’s charge from $15.00 per person.
There is a local bus that charges $5.00 around the island.
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Camel1161 wrote a review Jun 2015
Toronto, Canada37 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a very economical, convenient, and friendly place to stay in Avarua. It is not fancy and is even getting on in years but is an excellent choice for a basic hotel. It is right on the beach and the location is within easy walking distance of a number of cafes and restaurants as well as the centre of town. Some reviewers complained about nothing being open on the weekend but that is the situation all over Avarua where almost everything (except a few restaurants) shuts down from Saturday afternoon to Monday morning. My room was clean and comfortable and the management were very accommodating about storing baggage as I had a late night flight following my stay. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: May 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Rooms near the beach would be quieter.
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nicholas p wrote a review Aug 2014
Perth, Australia4 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
For the money inpaid for my 11 day stay it was worth every penny.being in raro you hardly spend time in your room so a shower, bed,cooking facilities was all I needed and it catered to my needs quiet nicely.freindly and helpful staff.easy walking distance to town and many dars and restaurants. Buss stop is out the front but u must wave the busses down or they will drive straight past as I observed it happen to a few tourists.
Bad points.you can hear your neighbour's through the walls as they are very thin and when people fly inn on the 12am or 2am flights and arrive at the hotel there noise wakes u up.other than that I enjoyed it.
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
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potblak wrote a tip Nov 2016
Melbourne, Australia244 contributions83 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"don't go there!"
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sullivanwhiting wrote a tip Sept 2016
Porirua, New Zealand12 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just check everything before you book"
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Saricie_Q wrote a tip Feb 2016
Taipei, Taiwan1,515 contribution237 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Most restaurants in Avarua close on Sunday, so remember to stock your food and drink on Saturday."
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Camel1161 wrote a tip Jun 2015
Toronto, Canada37 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms near the beach would be quieter."
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Kelea2014 wrote a tip Apr 2015
Zurich, Switzerland156 contributions141 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are smaller rooms (just one level) for single travellers."
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LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaAvarua
NUMBER OF ROOMS
16
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Which popular attractions are close to Paradise Inn?
Nearby attractions include Rehab Nightclub (0.5 km), Wreck of the Matai (0.6 km), and Beachcomber Pearl Market (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Paradise Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and a golf course.
Which room amenities are available at Paradise Inn?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Paradise Inn?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Paradise Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Paradise Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tamarind House Restaurant & Ukulele Bar, The Lucky Rooster Eatery, and The Lazy Trout Rarotonga.
Does Paradise Inn have airport transportation?
Yes, Paradise Inn offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Paradise Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (0.6 km).
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