Maison D’Hôtes Tutehau – The best budget-priced option in the city, but inconvenient.
For anyone wishing to avoid impersonal and overpriced hotels, this is the finest of the many family-run homestays around the capital. The heavy security gates (an indication of the insalubrious neighbourhood) open to an enchanting garden of palms and chairs. The affable hostess provides a handful of rooms clustered around the communal kitchen, dining room and lounge area. 2 rooms have shared bathrooms, which are clean, spacious and modern, while a couple feature private facilities as impressive as a 3-star hotel double the price. But it is inconvenient: about 1.5km from downtown via a suburban area that could become unsavoury at night (so take a bus or taxi after dark). Otherwise, value is guaranteed and the vibe is very agreeable.
Maison D’Hôtes Tutehau – The Basics
- Location: 186 Avenue du Chef Vaira’atoa in the Fari’ipiti suburb of Pape’ete, the Tahitian capital. About 1km from the ferry terminal for services to Moorea; 1.5km from downtown; and 8km from the airport.
- Guests: Ideal for anyone travelling on a budget and wishing to avoid overpriced hotels.
- Beach: No beach in downtown Pape’ete. The nearest is at Pīra’e, another suburb about 2km away. Ask reception about local buses, or organise a taxi (unmetered).
- Views: The cheaper rooms look straight into a wall, while the better ones feature views of the garden.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free for all guests throughout the rooms and grounds.
- Parking: Enough free parking spots in a secured area behind the gates.
- Nice perks: Free rental of bicycles.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 82 65 56
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: faredhotestutehau.com/
Maison D’Hôtes Tutehau – Amenities
- Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this type of budget-priced lodge.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Maison D’Hôtes Tutehau – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: A budget-priced lodge like this will not have a restaurant or bar.
- Breakfast: Unusually, breakfast is included in all rates. A communal kitchen is also available for guests.
- Room Service: Not expected or provided.
Maison D’Hôtes Tutehau – Rooms
- Room Types: 1 Double Room with private bathroom; 2 Double Rooms with shared facilities; and 1 Family Room for up to 5 people, with a private bathroom. Using the air-conditioning (rather than just the ceiling fan) costs extra.
- Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms, but guests can smoke away in the gardens.
- Best Room: The Family Room is the best position: spacious, lovingly decorated and a little distant from the shared bathroom and lounge area.
Maison D’Hôtes Tutehau – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
A poor choice because of its suburban location, but from about 5pm every afternoon a few roulottes (food carts) are set up in nearby streets.
- Henriette Molinaro (40 42 36 56) – Patisserie and bistro with fine-dining almost next to the lodge. 1-minute walk.
- Le Jasmin (40 82 42 42) – Authentic and casual Chinese café. On a corner about 600m down the road. 8-minute walk.
- Tahiti Nui hotel – Home to Le Velvet Restaurant, for fine-dining, silver service, and French cuisine; and the Chocco Latte Lounge Bar, for imported beers and unique cocktails. On Avenue du Prince Hīnoi, about 850m towards the esplanade. 11-minute walk.
- Les 3 Brasseurs – Microbrewery, street-side seating and pub-style meals. Very popular for sports on TV, tapas, burgers and pizzas. On other side of the roundabout from the Bora Bora. 3-minute drive.
- Bora Bora Lounge (40 45 03 00) – At the start of a delightful alley of Parisienne-style bistros and bars almost opposite the ferry terminal, about 1.2km away. Happy hours, daily specials and pleasingly affordable considering the perfect setting. 4-minute drive.
- Le Rétro (40 42 86 83) – Likable bistro midway along the esplanade, 1.5km from the lodge. Very French and très popular for coffee, shakes and light meals. Ideal for people-watching, and live music late into the night. 4-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: 2 huge supermarkets are along Avenue du Prince Hīnoi, 1 block south of the lodge.
Ask the amiable hostess about buses to downtown. Don’t walk along the suburban streets near the lodge at night. Take a taxi or perhaps, try a rented bicycle from the lodge.
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