I don't remember too much about the Daru Hotel, even though I spent two nights there. However, I recall that it's accommodations level was a tad below some of the more luxurious places in the more heavily populated regions of the country. Still, I had a bed and roof over my head and with not much else to do, I worked late at the power station one night to get my work cleared up. I never was too upset with a hotel if I could look out my window and see a Palm or Banana Tree of any sort! That looks like the kitchen at the left side of the photo.
As for costs, when travelling on business for the government-run Papua New Guinea Electricity Commission, we simply used travel vouchers that were honoured by the hotels. We never actually forked out any money ourselves, but I remember thinking that the rates would be very expensive if it was coming out of my wallet!
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