We arrived late in the evening and had requested the hotel to arrange for transport.
Knowing from earlier experience that late at night, on Tahiti airport, there are not many taxis I was a little anxious as to whether the hotel had sent transport. It took some time to find it but the transport van was there.
The hotel is modern and when we were there ( early part of January ) not crowded.
When booking this hotel via internet, we had requested a mountain view room / suite as the reviews claimed these rooms were more quiet, True they are, but given the low level of traffic at night in Tahiti it does not matter too much. The staff is friendly and speaks english but you have to carry your lugguage to your room yourself. There are elevators.
The junor type of suite was ok, clean and the beds were fine.
The restaurant is very good. Pity it is modern and located in the hotel (not very romantic) but still very good.
We rented a car ( about 10 minutes walk from the hotel ) and traveled the only road around the island. Visited the Gauguin museum ( only copies of his paintings ) but they have a list where in the world to find the originals. Annex the museum is a restaurant with reasonable food. You can easily do this trip ( incl. lunch ) in 5 hours. Bring the car back to the rental location but do not fill up the petrol tank. A person from the rental company will then do this for you and drop you off at the hotel. ( It can be hot in Tahiti in the afternoon ). We stayed in the hotel for 2 nites as stopover for Moorea. Yes the distance to the harbour is not very far, but with 2 big suitcases and the temperature rising in the morning we decided to take a taxi to the harbour. The hotel arranged this and 6 minutes later we were dropped off at the ticketing booth of the ferry. Having your tickets, they will let you into a covered corall type place waiting for the ferry. Have some water with you as you might have to wait for a while. Your suitcases are taken into a room and you do not get a ticket for this. By the way it always amuses me to see people running and pushing to enter the boat as if there is not sufficient space.
The ferry boat to Moorea is big and comfortable. You can eat and drink on board.
Arriving on Moorea ( it takes about 45 minutes ) you can find your suitcases in an open metal container and everybody also jumps on this. So while waiting for your suitcases tell a taxi driver which hotel you want to go and he or she will help you pull out your suitcases.
Overall a good modern stopover hotel before you go on to explore French Polynesia.
There is a motel at the airport but eventhough it looks like you can walk overthere it is hell to get there. ( steep hill, crossing a motorway )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of downtown Papeete, right by shops and restaurants, Hotel Tahiti Nui offers 44 rooms and 47 most comfortable and modern suites.Hotel Tahiti Nui strives to you any service you may expect from an international hotel with competitive rates.Nearby the Market, shops, movie theatres and other Papeete downtown attractions. A few walk from the shorefront and the pier, this hotel is just the ideal stop between two islands.Enjoy the open-sky pool, relax at the fitness center or eventually let yourself go for a delightful massage at the Dhana Spa. ... more less
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