Hotel Tahiti Nui in Pape’ete

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Updated: January 19, 2021

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Review of Hotel Tahiti Nui

Hotel Tahiti Nui – Attractive, convenient, and far better than most city hotels.

In this contrastingly modern building, all rooms feature balconies facing the road or quieter backstreets, while the suites also have kitchens. But they all lack color – everything is brown, black, and white, and the furniture is overwhelmingly squarish. However, rooms are spacious and functional, with effectively soundproofed windows, and those with connecting doors are useful for families. The outdoor pool is substantial, offering views and a breeze. Bonuses are the secure parking, proximity to the ferry terminal and downtown, and the sort of general facilities expected of a far more expensive resort.

Hotel Tahiti Nui – The Basics

  • Location: Avenue du Prince Hīnoi in the suburbs of Pape’ete, the Tahitian capital. About 500m southeast of the ferry terminal, 500m north of the market in downtown, and 7 km from the airport.
  • Guests: Caters to all, but focuses on business people and those on packaged tours.
  • Beach: No beach in downtown Pape’ete. The nearest is at Pīra’e, another suburb nearly 3 km away. Ask reception about local buses or organize a taxi (unmetered).
  • Views: Rooms provide ‘city views’, which means they face the main road (but traffic noise is blocked by soundproofed windows), or ‘mountain views’, i.e. overlooking the quieter backstreets with distant mountains.
  • Wi-Fi: Free for guests in the lobby/bar/restaurant areas, but charged in the rooms.
  • Parking: Undercover parking for a minimal cost.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (689) 46 38 99
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hoteltahitinui.com

Hotel Tahiti Nui – Amenities

  • Pool: Large and bright-blue, but no shade. And privacy is not guaranteed with other buildings looming very close by.
  • Spa: Dhana Spa is elegant and alluring. As well as the usual massages and facials, all guests of the spa can use the hotel pool, gym, and sauna.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly sizable and well-equipped.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: A jacuzzi is attached to the spa.

Hotel Tahiti Nui – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Le Velvet Restaurant – Very classy. For fine-dining, intimate setting, and silver service, but don’t expect anything much apart from French cuisine • Chocco Latte Lounge Bar – On the mezzanine level, almost hanging above the lobby. Popular with locals for imported beers and signature cocktails.
  • Breakfast: Not included in the rates, but available for an extra cost at the classy ground floor restaurant.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 7 am to 9 pm.

Hotel Tahiti Nui – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Room • Junior Suite • Executive Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in any rooms or public areas, which pretty much means the whole hotel (because there are no gardens or beach).
  • Best Room: The massive Executive Suites feature kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, and 2 bedrooms, with a bathroom attached to each.
  • For families: The Executive Suites have kitchens, living rooms, 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms. Connecting doors are available between some Junior Suites and Standard Rooms.

Hotel Tahiti Nui – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bar

    A few decent choices are within 300m down the main road before it joins the esplanade:

  • Rapido’s Pizza – Casual eat-in or takeaway.
  • Bogato La Pâtisserie – Hugely popular takeaway for baguettes, cakes, and all sorts of French-style goodies.

Along the esplanade and within 700m of the hotel are:

  • Les 3 Brasseurs – Microbrewery, street-side seating, and pub-style meals. Very popular for sports on TV, tapas, burgers, and pizzas. Other side of roundabout from the Bora Bora.
  • Bora Bora Lounge – At the start of a delightful alley of Parisienne-style bistros and bars. Happy hours, daily specials, and pleasingly affordable considering the perfect setting.
  • Le Rétro – Very French and très popular for coffee, shakes, and light meals. Also great for people-watching, with live music later.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • 2 large supermarkets are less than 400m up the main road.

Local Transport

    An easy walk to the esplanade and downtown. Buses are an option, but services are unreliable. Ask reception for details. Taxis can be arranged, but are unmetered, so rates are extortionate.

Hotel Tahiti Nui – The Hotel

The hotel's contemporary design stands out in the neighbourhood.

The contemporary design of the hotel stands out among older low-level shops and residences in the general area.

All rooms have a small balcony.

All rooms feature balconies, whether facing the busy road to the front or the quieter backstreets.

The hotel is located in a busy commercial area.

The hotel is located in a busyish commercial area with plenty of shops, cafés, and bars in the vicinity.

The hotel is located along Avenue du Prince Hīnoi.

The hotel is along Avenue du Prince Hīnoi, which links the outer suburbs with the esplanade only 300m away.

The hotel is very stylish and chic.

The hotel is surprisingly stylish and chic.

The large pool lacks shade.

The pool is sizable and sparkling, but lacks shade.

Le Velvet restaurant offers haute cuisine and silver service.

On the ground floor of the hotel is the elegant restaurant, Le Velvet, which offers haute cuisine and silver service.

The hotel has impressive resort-style facilities.

The general facilities, including the gym, are quite impressive – the sort expected at more expensive resorts.

The centre of the hotel features a small courtyard.

All rooms back onto a courtyard, but face outwards to offer maximum possible views.

Standard Rooms feature very bland decor.

The décor in the Standard Rooms is quite simple.

Stylish suites have a lounge area and big windows.

Suites are more stylish, with living areas and full-length windows.

Small room balconies give excellent views from higher floors.

Balconies are semi-circular and small, but those on the higher floors offer excellent views of downtown.

Rooms at the back are quieter.

Rooms facing away from the main road are usually quieter, with views of the backstreets that are still interesting.

Executive Suites are spacious but bland.

Executive Suites feature kitchens and dining areas, but also lack much color and warmth.

The Executive Suites have large kitchens.

The kitchens in the Executive Suites are large and functional.

Le Retro Cafe on the esplanade is very popular.

One of the most popular cafés along the esplanade is Le Rétro, within 700m of the hotel.

Bora Bora Lounge on the esplanade is very popular.

Perfect for people-watching and affordable meals is Bora Bora Lounge along the esplanade.

Dowtown Pape'ete features many eateries.

Many streets in downtown Pape’ete are lined with great places to eat and drink.

The huge daily market is within walking distance.

The hotel is only 500m north of the massive daily market, which sells a wide range of fresh produce, food, and souvenirs.

A shady footpath stretch right across downtown.

A shady sidewalk stretches the length of downtown, starting from the ferry terminal.

The capital's coastline is dotted with marinas.

Much of the coastline along the center of the capital is lined with marinas and boats.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral dominates the city centre.

Dominating the city center is the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The ferry terminal is close to the hotel.

One advantage of staying at the hotel is that it’s only 500m from the ferry terminal for services to Moorea and other islands.

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