Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva

Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva (must see)

The Grand Pacific Hotel, Affectionately known as 'The Grand Old Lady' of Suva, is situated majestically on the main seafront along Victoria Parade. Meticulously crafted in 1914, it became an integral part of Fiji's colonial heritage. This iconic hotel emerged from the need for upscale accommodation in Suva to cater to South Pacific route passengers.

The construction culminated in the grand opening on 23rd May 1914. Characterized by high ceilings, expansive double-louvered doors, and a sweeping veranda, the design aimed to provide cool comfort and tropical style. The Grand Pacific Hotel features a grand entrance adorned with ornate columns, elegant balconies, and intricate details showcasing the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

Swiftly becoming the hub of colonial society in Suva, the hotel attracted not only tourists but also hosted official visits and grand balls commemorating significant events and distinguished visitors. In February 1915, the hotel welcomed former Australian Prime Minister Alfred Deakin.

The hotel played a role in aviation history when, on June 5, 1928, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith landed his plane in Albert Park near the hotel, completing the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. A grand ball held next day celebrated this momentous achievement. In July 1929, the hotel hosted a reception for the crew of the German cruiser Emden and their commander, Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière, as part of their worldwide tour.

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Sight Name: Grand Pacific Hotel
Sight Location: Suva, Fiji (See walking tours in Suva)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Suva, Fiji

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Suva Introduction Walking Tour

Suva Introduction Walking Tour

Located on the southeast coast of Viti Levu, the main island of the Republic of Fiji, Suva is the country's largest metropolitan area and primary port. Serving as the nation's political, economic, and cultural hub, it also holds significance as the economic and cultural capital of the South Pacific.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles