Nearly all of Espiritu Santo’s best hotels and motels are based in and around the main town of Luganville. And Luganville isn’t the prettiest of towns in the Pacific, to put it mildly – there are no fancy restaurants or cafes here, no exciting nightlife scene, and only basic shopping at best. But it is a good place to base yourself if you are diving or doing business or need to gather supplies to explore the island farther afield. For more typical island accommodation with beaches and palm trees you need to head to the east coast of Santo (see our recommendation for Turtle bay Beach House below). In general, there are big differences between the quality of the rooms/services/facilities/cleanliness of the top 5 – 6 hotels in Santo verses all the rest. Which is why a local’s guide to the top 10 hotels is so important. We compare price to value for money and take into account cleanliness, safety and security as well as noise and feedback based on local experience and customer reviews.

PS. If you are after more accommodation options why not check out our other blogs on the Best Resorts in Espiritu Santo HERE or the top 10 Holiday Houses in Espiritu Santo HERE or top 12 bungalows and cottages HERE Or the top 10 Cheap Sleeps Espiritu Santo HERE Or the Best AirBnBs Espiritu Santo HERE

1. Hotel Santo

Top 10 Hotels Espiritu Santo Hotel SantoThis classic hotel built in the 70s still retains a little of that Hemmingway old-worldy charm, with retro decor, an island style bar and restaurant and a central courtyard and pool surrounded by tropical gardens and large traditional thatched palm fare. It has a total of 30 rooms, some larger some smaller, some with air-con and some with a balcony view. The cheapest of them starts from only around $80 a night, which is a bargain, as the price also includes breakfast. Hotel Santo is centrally located so its close to everything and the staff are well trained and attentive. Very popular with the locals and business people. Good reviews, great service. My number one choice for my Top 10 Hotels Espiritu Santo. Email them on hotelsanto@vanuatu.com.vu or check out their website HERE or Facebook page HERE and book direct

 

2. Natapoa Motel 

Top 10 Hotels Espiritu Santo natapoa MotelNatapoa is a lovely little oasis in Luganville. It is on Rue Picanon street, a few streets back from the main street.  This isn’t the most prestigious motel in Luganville but the service is great. Reviews are excellent, noting that the motel is clean and meticulously maintained outside and in. The self contained studio rooms have air conditioning. fridge, kitchenette and a ceiling fan, there is also free Wifi and free airport transfers. Water pressure is excellent and water is always hot.  Comfortable beds, large rooms, lovely garden area out the back to relax in and most important of all friendly, efficient staff. Prices start from around $40 pp night twin share. Staff will wash clothes for a reasonable price. All up a great budget choice for our Top 10 Hotels Espiritu Santo. Phone 678 36643 Email: jjlauret974@gmail.com OR Check out their Facebook page HERE

3. The Espiritu Hotel

Top 10 hotels espiritu santo The espiritu hotelThe Espiritu specialises in boutique hotel accommodation, and they make the best of the space they have with clever design. The hotel is based around a central courtyard and pool, and the bar and restaurant serve great drinks and food. There’s also a more casual cafe on the street side of the hotel. The hotel itself is centrally located, right on the main street of Luganville and even has a dive centre and car rental business in house. The rooms are modern, clean, contemporary and vary in size to accommodate couples and families. Staff and management are professional and courteous.  Basic rooms start from around $200 a night while a deluxe family room will set you back around $280 a night. Longer term rates are also available. Breakfast is included in the price. My number two choice for Top 10 Hotels Espiritu Santo. Check out their website HERE 

4. Beachfront Resort

resort accommodation espiritu santoLocated in a tropical beach side setting on 6 acres with 150 metres of absolute waterfront lawns and gardens, Beachfront Resort is close enough to the main town of Luganville (approx. 2 kms away) to be handy to shops and amenities while far enough away to avoid the noise and traffic. Although the beach and ocean out front (actually the Segund Channel) is not particularly inviting, the grounds are spacious and well-maintained and the choice of accommodation options is many and varied. There’s also an excellent on-site restaurant, The Coolidge Bar & Grill, which provides good food in relaxed Melanesian style. There’s even a large swimming pool to relax and sunbake around. All up there’s 27 units and bungalows on offer that are very good value for money, ranging from 2 bedroom self-contained family units to cute studio bungalows, with most featuring tea/coffee making facilities, fridges, air-con, comfortable beds and covered outdoor patios/decks. Basic rooms start at around $150 a night and go up to around $250 for a family room. Breakfast is included in the price. There is also the Starfish Lodge, which has been designed for large groups and can sleep up to 34 people in a variety of rooms and bed configurations. The lodge has its own kitchen, TV room and sitting area as well as BBQ nakamal with an ocean view. Room prices are reasonable for their 2 person bungalows, they also have a Manta family apartment that sleeps 4 people. Ph: + 678 36 911 Mob: + 678 77 74 532  Email: moreinfo@thebeachfrontresort.com

5. Deco Stop Lodge

resort accommodation espiritu santoLocated on the top of a hill overlooking the main town of Luganville and the Segund Channel, Deco Stop is Australian run. It’s great value for money and is popular with divers and sportsfishers due to its close proximity to all the major dive shops. There is a total of 12 hotel-style rooms in all (some with air-con), nothing too fancy but clean and well- appointed with fridges, ensuite bathrooms, screened windows and daily room service. The large pool and restaurant quite possibly has the best views in all of Espiritu Santo and it has good food to match. Other facilities and services include a fully stocked bar, on-site car rental, laundry service, free wifi, diving facilities and push bikes for hire. Room prices start from around $150 twin share for a standard double room and go up to around $200 for a 2 bedroom family suite. The prices include breakfast. Overall, basic but comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting with close access to everything and million dollar views.

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6. Luganvilla Business Hotel

Top 10 hotels espiritu santo luganvillaThis Chinese owned and run hotel is one of the biggest and newest in Luganville and boasts dozens of rooms plus a huge 25m pool (biggest in town) and restaurant. The restaurant is Chinese style and has mixed reviews but Ive personally eaten there and its been great, although it lacks atmosphere. The hotel is ideal for business people as it is centrally located and all rooms feature air-con and wifi but like the restaurant it lacks ambience and feels more like a hospital than a hotel. It also seems to be chronically understaffed and complaints/ about maintenance issues are common. Reviews are mixed as a result of this. The rooms are modern, spacious and partially self-contained (no cookers), most have a balcony with a pool view or a garden view. Prices start from around $160 – $180 per night and include breakfast.  It’s included in my Top 5 because of its convenience close to everything. At the moment you can only book direct through their website HERE  

7. Unity Park Motel – Miggoti Motel

Top 10 Hotel;s Espiritu SantoLocated on the main street of Luganville, opposite unity Park, Unity Park Motel doesn’t look like much from the outside but it is a hidden gem inside. The rooms are basic but cheap and clean, and there’s a great garden area out the back with a traditional nakamal which is peaceful and cool. It’s locally run by a friendly family and is just a 5 minute walk to dive operators, shops, restaurants and the local food market. There is free WIFI, kitchenettes and a laundry on site so you can do your own cooking and laundry if you prefer. The rooms are basic and many have a shared bathroom but at around $30 pp per night they are the best value motel in Luganville. Larger family rooms are also available and include aircon for around $60 a night. check out their website HERE
Generally good reviews. The same family that run Unity Park Motel also run another small motel just outside Luganville on the way to the airport (Miggoty Motel) which is also excellent value for money. it offers 6 great value rooms with amazing views over the Segund Channel and Aore Island as well as backpacker rooms in Ocean View House (just behind the motel). Three of the rooms (Royal Garden Studios) are self contained studios with a kitchenette, air con, fan & ensuite bathroom (sleeps 3-4 people). The other 3 rooms (Garden Studios) are more basic but have a roofed terrace and a little garden area. There’s free wifi at the bar area and a small pool. It’s a little run down but if you’re not fussy it’s bearable, Prices start from around $30 per person per night.  Contact  (+678) 36494. 678 5351028 email  stayatmigotti@gmail.com  or facebook It even has a small pool!

8. Coral Seas Motel – Mateweli Hotel

Coral Seas is a handy budget motel run by a local Chinese family. It’s located on the hill above the town of Luganville (below Deco Stop Lodge on the road to the hospital) and offers half a dozen clean, simple rooms with sea views. Prices start from around 3000vt pp per night ($45 AUD pp). Very clean rooms with optional aircon. Generally fairly quiet place with no roosters to wake you up in the early morning. Amazing views from the upstairs terrace. Breakfast is included in the price.  A fully equipped shared kitchen is upstairs for everyone to use. Wifi is weak but available as are laundry facilities. Ten minute walk to downtown Luganville (although the walk back uphill is a killer in summer). Reviews are generally very good. The Chinese owners also run another small motel called Mateweli just down the road (on the way to the airport about 7 mins out of Luganville) which is basic but clean and comfortable. A great budget option for my Top 10 Hotels Espiritu Santo. Contact Francis on +678 534 4968 Email: coralseamotel.santo@gmail.com or check them out on Facebook

9. Tropicana Motel 

Located only two blocks from the main street and close to the food markets, locally run Tropicana Motel consists of 19 small rooms centred around a communal courtyard – 4 double rooms, 8 single rooms, 5 double bunk rooms, a dormitory and a family unit. All rooms have their own bathroom, ceiling fans and insect screens but the kitchen is shared and communal. There is free wifi in the courtyard. Overall the motel is clean but basic and host/owner  Kenneth Seol is helpful and accommodating, Double rooms start from around $30-40 AUD a night and dormitory accommodation starts from around 1500vt pp per night. Reviews are generally good with only minor complaints about the hot water, cleanliness  and noise from the courtyard. Can be a little hot and lacking in breeze in the summer. As one of our Top 10 Hotels Espiritu Santo, this is a good budget option for a short town stay. Contact +678 779 2943 or check them out on Facebook

10. Motel Le Nemo

Top Htels Espiritu Santo Le Nemo MotelMotel Le Nemo is locally run and features 15 ensuite rooms located directly off the main street of Luganville. It’s included in this list because of its convenience to everything and its rooms are larger than average and often self contained. However its not a pretty motel, there’s not much on offer in terms of decor and ambience. Choice of standard or harbor view rooms overlooking the historical Second channel (choose the harbour view rooms for the breeze). There are fridges in each room and free Wifi and the convenience of an in house restaurant on the ground floor (which is actually very good value!). Reviews are generally pretty good with only noise and the level of cleanliness being an issue. Large family room start from around $120 a night. Otherwise a single bed in a basic backpacker style room is around $30. As long as you’re not to fussy where you sleep this is a good budget option for our Top 10 Hotels Espiritu Santo. Contact +6787737991 or +678 7737991  Email  dtabi12@gmail.com or lenemo@vanuatu.com.vu  WEBSITE

*Special Mention – Turtle Bay Beach House

Turtle Bay Beach House holiday complex is technically not a hotel but it has a range of accommodation options that suit most budgets and groups. Best of all it’s located in Turtle Bay, about 25 minute drive north of Luganville, one of the prettiest locations on the island. If you’re after more typical island style accommodation this is it! All the accommodation is self contained it’s within walking distance of Turtle Bay Lodge (which has a bar, pool and restaurant). So you can have the best of both worlds – a bargain basement range of self-contained beachfront accommodation (ranging from studio cottages to spacious 2 bedroom apartments) within walking distance of a resort. There are two holiday houses in total, catering for up to 20 people in a variety of accommodation styles from as little as $37 pp per night. Turtle Bay Beach House consists of 2 beachfront cottages and a two bedroom beach house while Turtle Bay Tree House features two large apartments. Prices include free satellite wifi, free kayaks and stand up paddleboards and a free on site laundry. Contact Vanuatu 678 7788590 or Australia (WhatsApp) 61 491166194 email info@turtlebaybeachhouse.com  or click HERE to see their website.