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“Tahiti stopover”
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Hotel Tahiti Nui
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Papeete
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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“Tahiti stopover”
Reviewed 1 March 2012

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 )

Room Tip: ask for moutain view.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

We booked this hotel through an internet travel agency and had requested a mountain view room given the TripAdvisor reviews about noise in the rooms facing the street. To our amazement, we were given the Executive Suite which had two bedrooms (one king and one queen), three bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 televisions and a very large balcony facing the mountain on one of the upper floors. It was simply amazing and, of course, very quiet. What a wonderful treat if you are splurging!! The hotel is very modern, sleek and clean. One bathroom had a tub while the other had a shower. We were there in the "rainy season", so the hotel itself did not appear to be too busy. The beds were wonderfully comfortable. The staff was pleasant and friendly and our check-in late at night was efficient.

We didn't have dinner at the restaurant, but we did have breakfast one morning. It was quite good, but pricey which we found was common in most Polynesian hotels. The location is great if you are taking the ferry as it is a quick 4-block walk to the dock. We enjoyed walking around the town and wished we had had an extra day to see a little more and soak in the pool.

For a less expensive dinner, try "les roulettes", the food trucks that appear evenings on the dock next to the ferry. The food trucks set up tables and serve some very good stir fry meals that are more reasonably priced than the restaurants. After dinner you can sit in the small park/bandstand area and watch families relaxing with the children after dinner.

Room Tip: The mountain view rooms are quieter than those facing the street.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

If you arrive in Papeete (Tahiti island) at night, you'd probably have to stay on the main island over night as ferry to most islands finish around 5 or 6 pm. This hotel is perfect for staying 1 or 2 nights before heading off to other islands. Very close to the port & city center.... has free internet (computer in the business center as well). Convenient location...

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 December 2011

Generally we liked our stay at this hotel. There were some issues:
- Aircon not on in hotel lobby
- Check-in took too long, normally I won't mind too much but when you arrive at mid night with a child, you want the check-in to be as fast as possible
- Design flaw with the shower over bathtub. There is no drainage so when you shower it floods the bathroom.
- Our bathroom had water leakingfrom one of the downlights.
- No safe in the room.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

Interesting place. Looks modern in the lobby. Free wifi so that was a pro for it. The showers are interesting.somewhat nice with pebble flooring. The first floor of the hotel turns into a club at night fyi so you will hear the noise depending on where your staying. The hotel is walking distance to some of the more populated streets but to be honest, the area isn't all that great. We were not impressed...and we certainly wouldn't walk around here at night. The advantage is that it's close to the ferry which goes to the other island Moorea. One thing to point out: They won't hold your luggage if you come back after you've checked out..although they will tell you otherwise. Additionally, we were only going to be there a few hours...we asked for a half rate and they said no even though we had been there previously. Customer service is so so.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Tahiti Nui
Address: Avenue du Prince Hinoi, Papeete, French Polynesia
Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Papeete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Papeete
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Tahiti Nui 4*
Number of rooms: 91
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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