I decided to stay at the Od-n Aiwo hotel as a slightly cheaper choice than the Menen. It's true it's in town vs. the Menen, but ...... it's not like being in town means there is a lot to do anyway. There was no power half the day, while the Menen had a generator to keep lights and a/c on. Also there was no hot water. It is the tropics so the water isn't too cold anyway. The staff was friendly and helpful and provided me with transportation when I needed to get to the airport or a couple of other places during my two day stay.
All in all, I'd recommend it as it added a little more character to the stay than I would have received in the nicer accommodations offered by Menen Hotel.
The Od-N Aiwo Hotel is the budget alternative of the 2 hotels on Nauru. It was basic, but ok, aside from the very large cockroaches in my room. It had air conditioning, and not very many guests. It was near a small shopping mall (and I mean small), whereas the Menen Hotel is not near anything at all.
There are only two hotels in all of Nauru. The Od-N-Aiwo is the cheaper of the two, although by all accounts it has taken over its more celebrated rival, The Menen Hotel, in the quality stakes. The Menen was once a world-class destination visited by international dignitaries during Nauru's heyday but is now suffering from a lack of maintenance, although still charges a premium rate. I haven't stayed there, so I'm only going off hearsay, but the guests there have complained to me about a few things. I, on the other hand, had no complaints with the Od-N-Aiwo. I was very pleased with it, in fact.
The hotel is in a better location than the Menen, too, as it is in Nauru's sole urban district, Aiwo. The Menen has better sea views, a restaurant and the country's ONLY bar (!), but outside of the hotel complex, there are no facilities in Menen district.
At the Od-N-Aiwo, I had a top-floor room facing the sea with a three-sided balcony fringing the room. The room itself had two single beds, a fridge, air con, TV, telephone, desk and chairs, kettle and bathroom. From the balcony I watched gorgeous sunsets over the ocean every day.
The rooms are very clean, spacious and comfortable but the hotel otherwise has no facilities, so no restaurant, bar, pool etc, although there is a poorly-stocked mini mart next door. Still, this is Nauru, so to expect more would be a folly. All in all, a decent place to relax in comfort and for a decent price. You definitely get more for your money here than at the Menen, according to those who know.
The only gripe is that the reception is almost never staffed. This is on account of there only being two flights per week going in and out of Nauru, so in between there's not much for the check-in staff to do!
PS The Od-N-Aiwo is NOT a youth hostel, as sometimes reported.
The views from the top floor are really nice. Some people say the cantilevers spoil the ocean view but for me they gave it more character, especially at sunset when you got good sillhouettes from them. It would be a largely featureless sea view otherwise. In the other direction, you can see up the hill to the phosphate factory and Aiwo district itself actually looks quite pretty from high up.
I stayed here for 3 months. The average room will consist of either two single beds or a double bed, a fridge, maybe a TV (If you're lucky), a balcony, a shower and bathroom. It's ok! Don't expect the Hilton. It's average but you've got what you need plus the balcony is a bonus! Most rooms have aircon and if the generators are still working and maintaining the entire hotel, then you'll hopefully have power and aircon, 24/7.
If you have food in your room, you may get some cockroaches hang out with you, plus ants will appear from no where!
There's a pool, but no water. It was filled about knee deep last time I was there and the water was green and full of rubbish. Maintainance is below average at the Menon.
WARNING. Don't lean against the balcony rails. They're made of wood. Some are fragile and you could fall through. Unfortunatly this has already happened.
It's not a hotel I'd recommend usually, but we're talking Nauru and you'll be lucky to find better.
My employer paid for my accomodation so I have no idea how much it costs, but it wouldn't be cheap!
Ask for a room overlooking the ocean!
Every morning there is an amazing sunrise!
The employees are friendly!
Good bar! There is an 8 ball table in the bar.
O'DN AIWO a NICE CLEAN HOTEL. THE Family who own it are very friendly and caring. Staff very helpful. Close to most things that are happening on the island.Food in the restuarant is very tasy and healthy.
About $100.00 FOR A TWIN ROOM GIVE OR TAKE A LIITLE DEPENDING ON THE SEASON
The family who own it very caring. The inside looks a lot better than the outside.
Menen Hotel, is the best hotel we have on the island, and its quite good, Casino, Bar, and restaurants available onsite. Maybe the only drawback would be water, but at the moment I think that problem has been dealt with. The other Hotel is ODN Aiwo Hotel, this is a privately owned hotel more like a Motel, and its not very good as it has a major problem with its water supply, and sometimes Power supply as well. But you get discounts because of this if you ask for it. But I think the best thing you can do when visiting Nauru is bring your own camping equipment and sleep out, you don't have to worry about killers or gang realated problems as that won't happen here.
Approx. $70 - $200 a day (Australian Dollars)
Menen Hotel - Well if you like Oceanview, you are situated just about 10 metres from the sea, and just about 1 mile from the nearest Phosphate mining area.
ODN Aiwo Hotel - Also next to the beach, situated closer to the island town center, and also close to Mining area and Phosphate preparing area.
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