Tahiti Airport Motel

PO Box 60113, Papeete, 98702, French Polynesia

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  • petwouters's Profile Photo

    Great for a short stay!

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    I stayed at this motel/hotel for 2 nights, after coming off a flight from Auckland. The flight arrived late at night, and this hotel is literally across the road from the airport, so that's pretty handy.

    Despite some pretty terrible reviews on Tripadvisor and the likes, we stayed there anyway, and I couldn't have been happier.

    OK, it's not the Sofitel, but you also don't pay that much. This one is conveniently located. It's a bit out of town, but there's a bus stop right in front with buses going every 15 minutes in either direction. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the centre of Papeete on the bus.

    The hotel is exceptionally clean, rooms are just beautiful, and they are air conditioned. What more can you ask for? Breakfast is included in the room price and consists of French baguette with jam, a pastry (croissant or chocolate bread), cereal and coffee/tea/juice. More than enough to feel satisfied, I think. Again if you are after a huge cooked breakfast, this is not the place to stay.

    The rooms are spacious (I stayed in a family room). Our room had a bathroom bigger than any bathroom I have ever seen in similar accommodation. It had 2 showers (!), 3 basins and a toilet, all very clean. There was also a separate toilet on the other side of the room; very handy if the bathroom is busy.

    There are coffee/tea making facilities, a small fridge, a small tv, and air conditioning - which is great in the Polynesian climate!

    One minor point about this hotel is the lack of elevators. It's pretty annoying if you are staying on the 3rd floor (which some people in my group did) and having to lug your suitcase up the narrow staircase. Then again, the reception staff was exceptionally obliging to help out.

    Another minor point is that, despite the short distance to the airport, you really cannot walk to or from there if you have luggage to cart around as well. It's kind of uphill, which isn't that simple in those temperatures if you have to cart luggage with you. In our case we also had 2 young children, not a great idea to walk that distance with them at 10pm... (this was after coming off the flight). If you contact the hotel beforehand, they are very happy to organise a shuttle for you. Ask for "Sylvie", she's the cheapest taxi driver around and offers great service! Other taxis charge you a heck of a lot more for the 2-3 minute trip from the airport to the hotel.

    Despite this hotel being so close to the airport, there is really only minimal noise in the rooms. There are not that many flights arriving and departing Papeete (it's hardly comparable to Sydney or Los Angeles!), and the noise levels are low most of the time. In fact, a few nights later I stayed in a hotel in the centre of Papeete, and the noise there was incredible, despite the hotel being a lot more expensive!

    Lastly one more thing: if you rely on public transport, forget about it at night. There's no buses after about 5pm, which is annoying. A taxi from Papeete centre to the hotel costs about 2000 francs, which isn't terribly expensive but not cheap either. It's the only way to get back from town at night nevertheless, unless of course you have your own car.

    Overall, I would highly recommend it!

    Unique Quality: The views are quite ok. You see straight onto the airport, but if you ignore that, you actually have a wonderful view over the island of Moorea - which is beautiful in the mornings and at night.

    The rooms are fantastic, clean and comfortable and the staff is incredibly helpful.

    Directions: Near Faa'a airport, and not far from Carrefour (big supermarket).
    Approx. 15 minute bus trip into Papeete centre.

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by AGHIOS

BIG PADLOCKS ON YOUR SUITCASE, PAPEETE AIRPORT HAS A BIT OF A REPUTATION OF STAFF RIFLING THROUGH YOUR BAGS AND HELPING THEMSELVES DURING THE SUMMER, IT IS ALWAYS WARM, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHTIME, HOWEVER IN BORA BORA OR MOOREA THEY DO HAVE QUITE A FEW SHOWERS, AND THESE SHOWERS REALLY GET YOU WET. CONDOMS, INSECT STUFF AND LOTS OF AFTERSUN AS MOST THINGS ARE IMPORTED IN BATTERIES AND FILMS CAN BE A BIT PRICEY.

Air Tahiti Nui

by ATXtraveler

There are a few carriers that service French Polynesia's Papeete Airport, but few provide the service and smile of Air Tahiti Nui. This is the official airline of the islands, and their crew is a mixture of Tahitians and French flight attendants. On both our trip there and way home, the crew was extremely friendly!

Also, because it was our honeymoon (or as Sarah believes it to be my schmoozing ability), we did receive an upgrade of sorts. We were able to obtain the exit row on both occassions which made it very comfortable since I am 6'3.

Make sure you are ready to pay if you are looking for an upgrade. Since everyone is on their honeymoon on that flight to Papeete, they charge 600 USD each way for an upgrade... and are pretty stiff on this. Book into business class or better if you want to be eating fresh pineapple on this flight!

Air Tahiti Nui to French Polynesia

by ATXtraveler

There are a few carriers that service French Polynesia's Papeete Airport, but few provide the service and smile of Air Tahiti Nui. This is the official airline of the islands, and their crew is a mixture of Tahitians and French flight attendants. On both our trip there and way home, the crew was extremely friendly!

Also, because it was our honeymoon (or as Sarah believes it to be my schmoozing ability), we did receive an upgrade of sorts. We were able to obtain the exit row on both occassions which made it very comfortable since I am 6'3.

Make sure you are ready to pay if you are looking for an upgrade. Since everyone is on their honeymoon on that flight to Papeete, they charge 600 USD each way for an upgrade... and are pretty stiff on this. Book into business class or better if you want to be eating fresh pineapple on this flight!

Air Tahiti Nui serves French Polynesia from France, the US, Chile, Australia, China and Japan.

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Airport sleepover

by flyingkiwis

Unfortunately we only have a few hours in Papeete in the middle of the night in August - arriving 11.20pm and leaving again 7am - wondered if anyone could please recommend some accommodation close and readily accessible to the airport to try to catch up on a few hours sleep before flying out again. Would prefer budget, but avoiding sleep deprived crankiness may be worth paying more if need be.
Your help much appreciated
The Flying Kiwis

Re: Airport sleepover

by cgf

if you are going to leave for an international destination you'd better stay at airport. When I've been there I'd read about lines and airport control, but I did not think how they really were!! It take time and also stress all the lines (plural) you have to do if something did not changed lately. I suggest to be one of the first on the line, so for a 7am flight try to be there at 3am not much later. After first control you can rest again otherwise you have to stand up for a long line.

Just outside the airport there is an hotel, nothing special, it's up a little hill, not too expensive (polynesian way) but now I do not remember the name, but you're flight it's international, paying a night for three hours sleep thinking you have to wake up so maybe you won't sleep, imho it's a waste of money.

For domestic fights you could sleep more, 1 hour before flight if enough.

Re: Airport sleepover

by flyingkiwis

great website, thanks
thanks to everyone for your suggestions

Re: Airport sleepover

by Odinnthor

Just want to emphezise that "cgf" is right on the money regarding Papeete Airport. Take his advise.

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 Tahiti Airport Motel

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Address: PO Box 60113, Papeete, 98702, French Polynesia