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Cliff

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Cliff is another of Pohnpei’s long-standing hotels, though it has been renovated and had a nice new wing added to it in recent years. The rooms are simply furnished and typical of low to mid-range accommodations. It’s a favorite among Peace Corps workers in town for R ‘n’ R — which probably speaks to its affordability and level of comfort. Cliff also has its own car rental service, conference room facilities for rent, and a restaurant and bar. $50-145 / night. Reservation requests can be made by email.

PCR Hotel

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PCR has been around for a long time. When Pohnpei Surf Club moved in a while back, however, the place improved considerably — possibly because PSC’s high-paying customers expected more bang for their buck. Now that PSC has moved on to the newer Mangrove Bay Hotel, only time will tell if PCR can manage to retain its quality. Rooms are simple, clean, and well-lit with rear views of the gorgeous Dausokele inlet. Two types of rooms are available: Single (1 queen) and Double (2 twins). Staff speak English, Pohnpeian, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. Visa and Mastercard are accepted (5% surcharge). The restaurant (Nahntehlik) on the lower floor is open three meals a day, and there’s a popular night club called Mummy’s that comes alive after hours. PCR Hotel, Pohnpei, FSM - Photo courtesy of Pohnpei Surf Club $85-90 / night. Reservation requests can be made by email.

Joy Hotel

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Joy Hotel is one of the oldest hotels on Pohnpei. Recent renovations have dramatically improved some of the rooms. Over all, Joy is a nice little hotel, centrally-located on Ohmine Street at the north end of Kolonia. Its biggest claim to fame is certainly its restaurant downstairs, open three meals a day. Two types of rooms are available: Single (1 queen) and Double (2 twins). The renovated rooms are certainly the best, but non-smokers will be turned off by the pervasive smell of cigarette smoke. The hotel doesn’t do its own tours or car rental, but they can certainly refer you to someone who can. Staff speak English, Pohnpeian, and Japanese. All major credit cards are accepted. Repeat customers get a 10% discount. $79-100 / night. Reservation requests can be made by email.

Yvonne's Hotel, Pohnpei, FSM

Yvonne’s Hotel

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Yvonne’s Hotel bills itself as a “mid-sized hotel with the atmosphere of a family guesthouse.” That’s a good description. Things are basic, but always spotlessly clean. Unfortunately, (and through no fault of its owners), it just happens to be located between Telecom, which runs its noisy generator off and on at all hours, and a cinderblock plant with loud machinery. Yvonne’s is popular with business travelers, but gets fewer tourists. Single (1 queen), Double (1 queen + 1 twin), and Studio (3 twins + kitchen) are offered. Studios are available at a monthly rate ($600). The hotel has its own car rental service and cafe-style restaurant (Kia’s). $65-95 / night. Reservation requests can be made by email.

Seabreeze Hotel

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Seabreeze, located on the waterfront road at the north end of Kolonia, is the first hotel one passes when leaving the airport, but it sometimes gets overlooked anyway. It’s a no-frills joint to be sure, but the rooms are nice and kept very clean and the staff is friendly and informative. The best rooms are in the new wing, but some of the singles are down-right Lilliputian. Sea Breeze has its own car and kayak rental services. They can also arrange snorkeling, SCUBA diving, sport-fishing, surfing, hiking, and Nan Madol excursions through Paradise Tour Service. The on-site restaurant (Red Snapper) serves an expansive lunch buffet on Wednesdays. $71-93 / night Reservation requests can be made by email.

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Home-Stays

If you’re looking for a more authentic Pohnpeian experience, there’s the option of doing a home-stay, where you live in a local family’s house and get a taste for their everyday routine. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to arrange it if you don’t already know some people on the island. We no longer feel confident referring visitors to the woefully uninformed Pohnpei Visitors Bureau, recently absorbed by an equally clueless State Tourism Office. The best option currently is to ask the owners or managers of the hotel where you’re staying for assistance or suggestions (try Kumer Panuelo at Mangrove Bay Hotel or Dion Neth at Yvonne’s Hotel). If you do find someone who is open to the idea, be very specific about what you’re looking for (private bedroom, meals included, purified water, and so on), and bargain shrewdly on the final price.

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