Hôtel Tahiti Nui – Attractive, convenient and far better than most city hotels, but a little too chic?
In this contrastingly modern building, all rooms feature a balcony facing the noisy road or quieter backstreets, while the suites also have a kitchen. But they all lack colour – everything is brown, black and white, and the furniture is overwhelmingly squarish. Despite the blandness, 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 breezes, but lacks shade and privacy from neighbouring buildings. 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.
Hôtel 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; about 500m north of the market in downtown; and 7km from the airport.
- Guests: Caters for all types, 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 3km away. Ask reception about local buses or organise 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 Internet: 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
Hôtel 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 sizeable and well-equipped.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: A jacuzzi is attached to the spa, but nothing in the rooms.
Hôtel Tahiti Nui – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Le Velvet Restaurant – Classier than expected. 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 from about 7am to 9pm.
Hôtel Tahiti Nui – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Junior Suites • Executive Suites
- 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 a kitchen, dining area, living room and 2 bedrooms, with a bathroom attached to both.
- For families: The Executive Suites have a kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Connecting doors are available between some Junior Suites and Standard Rooms.
Hôtel Tahiti Nui – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bar
A few decent choices within 300m down the main road before it joins the esplanade.
- Rapido’s Pizza – Casual eat-in, or takeaway (87 78 13 99). 2-minute walk.
- La Villa (40 42 23 42) – Adorable outdoor and indoor setting with yellow décor and haute cuisine. Turns into a ritzy nightclub later. On a quiet side-street (Rue des Remparts). 2-minute walk.
- Bogato La Pâtisserie (40 42 85 00) – Hugely popular takeaway, for baguettes, cakes and all sorts of French-style goodies. 4-minute walk.
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. 4-minute walk.
- Bora Bora Lounge (40 45 03 00) – At the start of a delightful alley of Parisienne-style bistros and bars. Happy hours, daily specials and pleasingly affordable considering the perfect setting. 5-minute walk.
- Le Rétro (40 42 86 83) – Very French and très popular for coffee, shakes and light meals. Also great for people-watching, with live music later. 9-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: 2 large supermarkets are less than 400m up the main road.
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.
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