On my first trip to Nauru I needed to stay at the Hotel Budapest, as it was the only hotel in Nauru to offer visa invitation letters (which citizens of Australia and New Zealand need to get a visa into Nauru). Second time lucky, though: the Hotel Menen, the government monolith, managed to secure my invitation letters, so it was here I was to come on the Least Visited Countries tour.
Why Hotel Menen Nauru?
There are 3 hotels in Nauru, and now even a few places that offer AirBnB. In reality, the Hotel Menen is the best of a fairly piss-poor bunch, with the Od’n Aiwo not replying to e-mails and the Hotel Budapest being far less entertaining than its movie namesake.
What are Hotel Menen Nauru rooms like?
You sleep in converted shipping containers where the walls are THIN – very thin. Sex is not to be contemplated if you are near any other humans, unless you’re of the showboating persuasion. The rooms are actually pretty decent though, and as they are essentially designed for refugees and have washing machines and fridges.
The Hotel Menen Nauru Location
It’s the best of the three hotels, being in walking distance of Anabare Harbour, and thus the beach as well as being the closest the airport and Bayview – the best restobar in Nauru.
The Hotel Menen Nauru – Facilities
There’s a restaurant, a nightclub, a shop, a liquor store, a saltwater swimming pool, and transport provided by the hotel at an extra charge. It might not seem like much, but in comparison to the other hotels in Nauru it is immense.
Conclusion on the Hotel Menen Nauru
Nauru is the least visited country on Earth for a number of reasons, one of which being its prohibitively high cost to get and stay here, so if you do decide to travel to Nauru you should at least do it right. The Hotel Menen is without doubt the best hotel to stay in when you visit Nauru, and it is not worth going somewhere else just to shave off a few bucks from what will inevitably already be an expensive trip.
If you like dreary communist-style state run affairs, the Menen will certainly give you your jollies. OK – it’s a weird hotel, but it’s a weird hotel in a weird country, and the ends justify the means by staying here.
Check out our guide to Nauru here.