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Hilton early arrival

Mesa, Arizona
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Hilton early arrival

We will be arriving at 0700 to the Hilton and we’re wondering what options we might have for early check in or if they have a day room available?

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Reno, Nv
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for Matangi Island, Fiji
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1. Re: Hilton early arrival

Hi Tara, and welcome to the forum.

You might contact the Hilton in regards to day rooms. Resorts typically will allow guests to use the pool and other facilities while they wait to check-in. Reviews mention guests having drinks while waiting by the pool. One from July, 2022 mentions being offered guest lounge access to change into bathers to use the pools etc.

Being you are from the U.S., and this is looks to be your first vacation to Fiji, here are some tips/thoughts to assist you with your travel planning.

1. The voltage in Fiji is 240V, and the frequency is 50Hz. Coming from the states, you will need a three-pronged plug adapter angled for Australia/New Zealand for charging camera, phone, laptop, batteries etc. Be sure to check the label on your device. If the power input label ranges from 100V-240V, 50/60Hz, the adapter is all that is needed. I recommend taking an adapter with you as the resort you are staying at may not have them available. To be on the safe side, and for peace of mind, we take an adapter with built in power converter with us. There is a chance the resort might not have them should you need one. For charging more than one battery at the same time, we also took a small power strip. Again, be sure to check the input label range.

2. If taking a taxi or private transfer from the airport to the Hilton, ask your driver to stop at a market on the way for snacks, sodas, bottled water, etc. It will be cheaper than purchasing them at the resort. You could also purchase items you want at markets at Denarau, but it will be more expensive. Recommend comparing prices with the below companies as to which is best. They can also arrange for any tours you might want to do.

https://www.micksfijitours.com/

https://uniquelyfijitransfers.com/

https://bulataxi.com/ Epic Transfers

https://www.tewaka.com.fj/

https://www.nadiairporttaxis.com/

3. You will need FJD for taxis, as the drivers don't take credit cards. Be sure to get some bills in small dominations as your driver may not be able to make change. Money can be exchanged at the currency exchange booths or ATMS at the airport in Nadi. They are open for all arriving/departing flights, and have a much better exchange rate than at LAX or SFO.

4. To help keep the price down, and for having drinks in your room/bure, recommend purchasing alcohol at the duty free shop at the airport in Nadi. We can't purchase our brand of alcohol in Fiji, so take the amount of alcohol allowed by customs in our checked luggage.

5. For other suggestions of what to take with you, as well as helpful information, have a look at the following compiled by current and past forum posters. Though the link is old and can no longer be edited it is still relevant.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g294331-c134773/Fiji:Faq.Wh

Hope this helps. Have a wonderful stay at the Hilton, and enjoy your countdown until you arrive in paradise.

Edited: 1 year ago
Mesa, Arizona
3 posts
2. Re: Hilton early arrival

Thanks for the info. I have actually been to Fiji but it was many years ago and did not stay at this resort. I had totally forgotten about a few things that you mentioned… and appreciate the reminder!

Reno, Nv
Destination Expert
for Matangi Island, Fiji
Level Contributor
9,725 posts
9 reviews
43 helpful votes
3. Re: Hilton early arrival

You're very welcome Tara, pleased to hear the information was helpful since it has been years since you have been to Fiji.

As the resorts at Denarau are built on a reclaimed mangrove swamp, the beaches don't compare with the outer islands. The following day trips to the outer islands departing from Port Denarau are very popular, have very good reviews, and will give you the opportunity to experience the soft, white, sand beaches, crystal clear blue water, and snorkeling Fiji is known for.

https://whalestale.com.fj/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g612490-d1856955-Reviews-Whale_s_Tale_Cruises_Fiji-Denarau_Island_Viti_Levu.html

https://cruisinfiji.com/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g612490-d11766981-Reviews-Cruisin_Fiji-Denarau_Island_Viti_Levu.html

https://www.southseacruisesfiji.com/

Taking taxis has probably changed since your last visit. The yellow taxis in front of the airport, are allowed to take people to Denarau. Recent forum posts mention the cost as being $35-40FJD. However, they are not permitted to transfer tourists from back to the airport as Denarau has their own taxis. They are more expensive costing 45FJD-55FJD.

Edited: 1 year ago
Sydney, Australia
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for Fiji, New Zealand, Tasmania
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440 reviews
245 helpful votes
4. Re: Hilton early arrival

I would suggest you contact the resort directly as things may have changed post Covid.

Not sure how long before you arrive in Fiji but some resorts do take a little while to respond so I would enquire ASAP.

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