Palau has a variety of guest house-style boutique lodging options. Some are near or inside Koror, while others are not. These may be booked internationally via diving shops that provide vacation packages (such as Sam’s Tours). Prices start at $50 per night and go higher from there.
- Guest Lodge Motel (Free airport transport. ), (680) 488-6320/21/22, fax: (680) 488-5616, e-mail: [email protected] If you simply need a place to sleep and unwind between days of outdoor activities, the Guest Lodge Motel is a pleasant and clean location to stay. Because the top level is unfinished, the building seems shabby from the outside. AC, refrigerator, Cable TV, 130 V and 230 V power outlets, shower/bath, towels, and other amenities are provided in the rooms.
In Palau, there are also a lot of excellent basic hotels.
- Airai Water Paradise Hotel & Spa, +680-587-3530. The hotel has three of Palau’s biggest features: the largest storyboard depicting Palau’s history, the largest water park with two water slides, and the largest olympic-sized swimming pool. There are standard accommodations, honeymoon suites, and freshly refurbished ocean view suites.
- West Plaza by the Sea, +680-488-2133. There are 36 accommodations with views of the ocean lagoon and surrounding islands. The rooms vary from basic class to deluxe suites with kitchenettes, as well as a penthouse suite on the roof deck with a big private veranda, whirpool bath, kitchenette, and lots of living space. The Red Rooster Cafe is also located in West Plaza By the Sea. The café serves a broad variety of Japanese cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Red Rooster Draft, Palau’s sole locally produced beer, is available on tap during the evening happy hour.
- West Plaza Desekel, +680-488-2133. It’s close to museums, restaurants, and banking. The West Plaza Desekel has 30 rooms ranging from premium to basic. The Deskel Market, located on the ground level of the hotel, is a full-service grocery shop with ice cold drinks, fresh local and international vegetables, and a wide selection of Western and Asian cuisine.
- The Caroline’s Resort, +680-488-3754. This lovely alternative, located a few minutes outside of downtown Koror, provides lodging in various bungalows hidden in the hills amid the forest. The bungalows are well-equipped, with air conditioning, satellite TV, connected bathrooms, and bar fridges. Each unit also includes an outside terrace with views of the beach. Breakfast may be provided on your terrace, and guests have access to the Palau Pacific Resort’s facilities throughout the day, so you can enjoy the beach and pool.
On Palau, there are many moderately priced resorts, the majority of which cater to scuba divers.
- Palau Pacific Resort. Is a world-class resort in Koror’s outskirts. PPR, as it is known locally, is extremely lovely (great beach, fantastic restaurant, vaulted ceilings), however it is also very far from Koror (10-15 minute drive). Most nights, they operate an hourly shuttle into Koror, or you can take a taxi for approximately $5 each way.
- Palau Royal Resort. One of Palau’s newest hotels, catered mostly to Japanese visitors. Conveniently situated in Malakal, just a few minutes’ walk from Sam’s Dive Shop and Neco Marine.