Grand Pacific Hotel to regain lost glory
One of the Pacific Islands region’s most iconic hotel properties and one that has some legendary literary history is finally set to get a facelift after lying moribund and disused for a decade and a half.<!--more-->
Fiji has announced plans to revive plans to refurbish the once most sought after hotel of the region, the Grand Pacific Hotel, which stands at one of the Suva waterfront’s most prized locations. Though there have been several attempts to revive the majestic hotel, none gained traction for one reason or another. But this week, an all-new regional attempt at its revival has been announced.
A partnership between Fiji and Papua New Guinea entities will now restore the “Grand Lady of Suva” to her former glory. The Fiji National Provident Fund, the National Superannuation Fund of Papua New Guinea and the Lamana Group, also of PNG, have come together to collaborate on the project. The collaboration also indicates growing ties between the two Melanesian Spearhead Group countries.
The re-development of the hotel, which will begin in November, will be completed toward the end of 2013, according to the announcement. It will have a total of 113 rooms with a 5-star standard including a 600-seat state of art conference facility.
Built in 1914 just as World War-I started, the hotel has hosted some of the greatest names in its long history. One of the most famous was renowned author English author W. Somerset Maugham, who is believed to have written while staying there and has set some of his Pacific novels around the hotel.