Overall we enjoyed our stay. Accommodations seemed to be just under the bar of our expectations, however. Beach - blaa.
Stayed in the less-desirable OWB No. 812 which is closest to the shoreline. The bungalow was basic and a bit dated though. I would feel very hard pressed to pay 'full prices'. Some of what we noticed immediately within the first hour: toilet needed repair and light did not work (hmmm), doors did not open smoothly, older cushions on couch and holes in mosquito net (tacky), dirty windows and mirror (oh my), only one bottle of complimentary water (really!). Woodwork inside appeared to need revarnishing, deck lounger cushions needed cleaning too...basically, the bungalow overall seemed to need a 'refreshing' touch, and some extra attention to the details (e.g., clean windows) to really give guests that "wow"' feeling when you stay at a '5-star' accommodation. There are just a few OWBs, so choose wisely.
Tip: there was more activity around No. 812 because it is located nearest to the shore line. Children play under this OWB and the bridge, and noisy adults may also linger very closely.. so choose one farther away- the walk to/from is no problem and there is transportation if you really need it. Get one that faces west to enjoy the wonderful sunsets!
Water around and under bungalow was shallow and a bit murky. Sand not pretty white (Tahiti island is not well known for its beaches). Coral had brownish tones, and there were plenty of areas of seaweed. The hotel's beach is nothing to write home about at all, so keep expectations relative given the location of the hotel.
The water in the 'lagoon' was very clam and a breeze blew into the bungalow, especially throughout the night. We did not use the a/c since it was fairly cool. There was a smell of smoke coming from the neighboring property a couple of nights, as well as music from the hotel bar until 11pm...and dogs barking off and on during late hours too...ugh!
There is a 'man-made' beach swimming pool in the center of the property which was nice, especially for smaller children, but the sun is much warmer there as compared to the lagoon beach.
The hotel appears a bit dated, food is ok, service was great, and staff very friendly. I would be hard pressed to recommend it, and I have no plans to return to this island of overly priced everything!
Provided very nice upgrade for Starwood Platinum Members, as available.
Pension te miti is situated to the West coast to tahiti at 3kms of the meridien Hotel
dormitory beds and private rooms
easy access to the white sand beach - nice garden
accessible by bus
with very friendly atmosphere - ideal for backpackers and family too
great views of the mountain
5mns of the beach
inexpensive place for budget traveler !
The service here is very good. On the outside the hotel doesnt look like much but once we were in our hotel rooms it was nice. This hotel is also bigger than it looks.
Very good central situation, on Boulevard Pomare...thus quite noisy, but great view on the harbour and within walking distance of the markets.
We had a room with a view on the harbour and Moorea in the distance. The large corner balcony also overlooked one of the busy side-streets of Papeete. We enjoyed this simple but authentically decorated room, with typical Tahitian objects and furniture.
Breakfast was fairly good : a delicious fruit juice (we could choose from guyava, papaya, mango, pineapple, etc...), a plate of fresh fruits, coffee and "croissants+baguette", reminding us that FP is a French territory ;-) All this was neatly served on the first floor, on a colourful table cloth... A first flavour of the islands :-)
Basic comfort, for low budget travelers. A good hotel for a few days. We stayed there for one night upon arrival, and 2 more nights before leaving French Polynesia.
Not the greatest. 'Hostess' was pretty scattered most of the time. Couldn't have been more unhelpful if she tried. Numerous people seemed to just be 'hanging around' the place 24/7. Just didn't feel right.
I recommend the bungalows when staying at the hotel. They also have a larger building w/ individual rooms for one and more. These rooms are cheaper than the bungalows, but hey, when are you going to get back to Moorea? I say splurge on the memory! The splurge won't cost you too much either...and is well worth it.
Our bungalow included a king-sized and a twin-sized bed. There was also a round mirror and a long low row of cabinets along one side of the room that doubled as a shelf on which to set stuff. There was small, separate section in the back with closet a little fridge and a hotplate to cook on. At one end of this was the bathroom w/ a shower and toilet.
In front, we had an outdoor patio with a table and chairs. Our bungalow was #5 with a view across the garden out to the ocean. There is a photo of our view. It was a great place to enjoy some white wine when we weren't in the restaurant.
Hotel Hibiscus is run by a French family. They also have a restaurant on the water called Sunset. The chef is French trained and the son/brother in the family. The food is great at Sunset. Everything at the hotel and restaurant is pretty low key and casual. It is all very beautiful and fits with the island vibe. Not too manicured like the Sheraton and other resorts. It looks quite natural. The hotel is also at a point on the island just past where the clouds hit the island and dump rain. Lots more sun than at the Sheraton.
The place is perfectly located next to the small town on the island. Not too touristy at all, at least not in January when we were there. You can get to the shops easily.
Hotel Hibiscus also has a swimming pool. It was popular w/ the French families with kids.
The hotel was very basic but was located conveniently across from the Inter-island ferry terminal.
The service was varied. The male at the reception desk was friendly and pointed us in the right direction. However the woman working in the morning was a scowling and unhelpfuly individual.
I doubt there was room service.
The hotel did have airconditioning and the rooms were keep tidy. Despite the carpet being installed in the 1970s.
This hotel is a convienent place only for travellers on a budget or in-transit to the other islands.
If you're planning a romantic getaway to Tahiti/French Polynesia/Society Islands, this cruise is fabulous and highly recommended. Everything was top notch. This cruise was awarded "World's Best Small-Ship Cruise Line in 2003" as well as "World's Best Cruise Ship" from Conde Nast. I loved it! This was a wonderful way to see the exotic, unspoiled beauty of French Polynesia.
The Paul Gaugin has a max capicity of 320 guests, with 1 crew member to every 1.5 guests. The food was incredible - everything you could ever want to eat. Be prepared to gain lots of weight. Every day offered many choices of shore excusions and ship-board entertainment. In our one week cruise, we went exploring, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, water-skiing, para-sailing... Many went scuba diving.
Superior accomodations, food, service and entertainment.
Stayed in an OWB - water was absolutely gorgeous here. The OWB met expectations, bathroom was fantastic - very nice bath.
Staff were friendly. We had a few problems trying to make ourselves understood because we can't speak French & the person we were speaking to had problems understanding us.
Great views. Gardens are magnificent.
This hotel was getting on for £100 (almost $200 USD) for a night for the room, which you would think would get you something pretty nice!
You'd be wrong in this case. The hotel looks nice from the outside, and their website does a pretty good job too. However the rooms are very dirty and badly need decorating, and the bathroom looks seriously ancient too. I was flabbergasted when I saw what we got for our money. We did get to see 2 rooms, as we asked to be moved from our first room, and both were the same.
The one thing this hotel has going for it is the location. it is very close to the ferry for going to Moorea - you can walk there in a few minutes.
The other thing to bear in mind is that Papeete hotels have a reputation for being very bad and very expensive, so this may be a standard hotel!
The rooms are nice and big with a seperate dressing area with mirror wardrobes. An enormous balcony overlooks the sea and Papeete in the distance. Airconditioning, en suite bathroom, mini bar, telephone, TV, hair dryer and all the usual finishing touches.
The Vaimato Fantasy Pool is a dream. Rocks, bridges, waterfalls, tunnels - all very freeform with slides and Jacuzzi. It is the first pool I have seen with a man made white sandy beach one end. Beautiful grounds with luxuriant vegetation. There is a pool restuarant and snack bar which serves the normal light bites such as sandwiches and burgers. Great fruit cocktails.
The hotel is built clinging to the hillside overlooking a black volcanic sand beach. Floor one is on the top, floor ten at the bottom! It is known as the "Upside Down Hotel".
- banquet room
- conference rooms
- cultural show
- information desk
- ocean/beach views
- room service
- swimming pool
- tour desk/travel agency
- volley ball
- water skiing
Hotel Tiare Tahiti is located right on the waterfront of Papeete, only 6.5 km (4 miles) from the Tahiti-Faaa international airport.
It's a good hotel when you want to stay in the capital of Tahiti as it is only a five-minute walk to the park, shopping center, yacht harbor and waterfront promenade.
It's a five-storied building with elevator, breakfast corner, and 38 rooms.
The rooms are fully furnished with a private bathroom, an air-conditioner, a telephone, and a TV with local and free international cable programs. Most of the rooms have a balcony.
We stayed in this little bungalow just a few yards from the beach for only $40 a night. The place has a nice beach and lots of trees for shade.
Be sure to go on the shark tour. You get a discount if you are staying at the campground.
Picture was taken on our balcony in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. You have a magnificent view overlooking Matavai Bay.
When Captain James Cook sailed the Endeavour into this bay in 1769, he sighted a single tree with bright red-orange flowers growing on the promontory above the bay. He used the tree as a navigational landmark and named this reference point "one tree hill". Although the old tree has disappeared, this lookout provides a spectacular panoramic view of the island of Moorea, the Sea of Moons, the coral reef and lagoon, and Tahiti's majestic mountains.
The hotel is situated on top of a hill and your room is located against the slope of the hill. Each room has a large balcony overlooking the Matavai Bay and Moorea.
There is a little black beach with snackbar, which can be reached by a shuttle bus.
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