Pension de la Plage Hotel in Puna’auia, Tahiti

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Updated: January 20, 2021
By Santorini Dave

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The budget and family-friendly Pension de la Plage is located close to a beach.

Pension de la Plage – Humble, affable, affordable, and convenient to a public beach.

This endearing collection of rooms resembles a motel, but offers so much more: e.g. a quaint tropical garden, congenial lounge/library, and barbecue area. Some rooms and a couple of suites feature kitchens and sleep up to five, so they’re a great option for budget-minded families, especially with the discounts for longer stays. All accommodations feature patios facing the inviting pool, but the hotel is alongside the main road (although a brick wall does block out some traffic noise). Not on la plage (the beach), a public beach is accessible via a short path across the road. Although rocky in parts, the beach is more appealing than the one at Sofitel, just up the coast.

Pension de la Plage – The Basics

  • Location: In an area called Puna’auia, midway along the west coast of Tahiti Nui. About 10 km from the airport, 15 km from downtown Pape’ete, and a little farther from the ferry terminal for services to Moorea.
  • Guests: Caters primarily to those on a budget, including families.
  • Beach: Quite a decent public beach, Plage de Toaroto, is easy to access via a 150m-long path starting across the road from the hotel. With white sand, it’s wide and clean, but lacks shade.
  • Views: All rooms face the gardens and pool.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free and unlimited throughout the hotel.
  • Parking: Free secure parking inside the grounds, sometimes within meters of the room.
  • How to Book: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (689) 40 45 56 12
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Pension de la Plage – Amenities

  • Pool: Surprisingly, there is a pool. It’s a decent size and shady, with a barbecue alongside.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.

Pension de la Plage – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: There is no restaurant, but breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner are available to guests as part of reasonable rates that include half/full board.
  • Bar: A small bar faces the pool and is for guests only.
  • Breakfast: Not included unless a room with half/full board has been booked. Some rooms and suites have kitchens.
  • Room Service: Not expected or provided at this small hotel with no restaurant.

Pension de la Plage – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Room • Studio (with kitchen) • Suite (with/without kitchen)
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but okay around the pool and gardens.
  • Best Room: The Suites are more spacious, accommodating up to 5 people in separate rooms. Some Suites have a kitchen and 2 bathrooms.

Pension de la Plage – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    A few roulettes (food carts) are set up in the evenings at the carpark for the public beach right across the road. And adjacent to the public beach, the Beach Snack café is a top spot for all-day casual meals right on the sand, including affordable plats du jour.

  • About 600m up the road, Sofitel offers Le Carré Restaurant – Intimate, with an extensive wine list and impressive menu of French and Polynesian flavors • La Plantation Restaurant – Among tropical gardens for themed buffet nights and breakfast.
  • Next to the entrance of Sofitel, a shopping center features several eateries: Le Nemo – Refined décor for grills, baguettes, seafood, and chicken • La Pâte à Crêpes – For crêpes, waffles, and salads • Le Fournil Hautbois – Bakery with seating • Restaurant Chez Rémy – Classy bistro with Arabic influences.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Very basic supplies at the Mobil petrol station next to the hotel entrance. The large Super U supermarket is in the shopping center alongside the entrance to Sofitel, about 500m up the road.

Local Transport

    Buses hurtle along the main road to Pape’ete about every hour – more in the morning, far fewer in the afternoon, and none on Sundays. Otherwise to go to the capital, hitch a ride or organize a taxi (unmetered) from the friendly staff.

Pension de la Plage – The Hotel

The brick wall around the hotel alleviates the traffic noise.

The hotel is hidden behind a brick wall which does help alleviate the traffic noise.

The hotel is about 14km from the centre of Pape'ete.

It is located along the main road, about 15 km from the center of Pape’ete.

Rooms have patios with good shade.

Rooms are on one level, often with shady trees alongside the patios.

Rooms open up to lush tropical gardens.

Rooms overlook vibrant tropical gardens.

The lounge/library by the reception is welcoming.

The lounge/library at the reception area is a congenial place to meet other guests.

The blue pool is appealing.

Dominating the hotel grounds is a sparkling blue pool.

The pool is adequate.

The pool is a satisfying size for a small hotel, so there’s always space for guests.

The suite kitchens are large.

Suites feature generous kitchen areas.

The spacious suites have tropical-style furnishings.

Suites are spacious and have tropical-style rattan furniture.

Some suites feature an extra bed and have space for 1 more.

Some suites have an extra single bed, and room for another, so they are ideal for families.

The kitchens are well-equipped and adequate for long stays.

The kitchen facilities are generous and perfect for those staying a week or more.

Room patios overlook the gardens and pool.

All accommodations feature patios overlooking the gardens and pool.

A hut by the pool has a barbeque area and a bar.

Alongside the pool is a thatched hut with a barbecue area and bar.

The hotel is connected to the public beach by a short path.

A 150m-long path starts from across the road to the hotel and leads to a public beach.

The white-sand public beach nearby is appealing.

The white-sand public beach only 150m from the hotel entrance is pleasingly broad and clean, but lacks shade.

Le Carré Restaurant at Sofitel nearby has excellent sea views.

At Sofitel resort, about 600m up the road, Le Carré Restaurant offers superb views of the sea.

Le Pune Bar at Sofitel has outdoor seating.

Also at Sofitel, Le Puna Bar extends outdoor alongside the sea.

The capital Pape'ete is located on the harbour.

About 15 km by bus or taxi from the hotel, the capital Pape’ete is pleasantly located alongside the harbor.

The Pape'ete coastline is dotted with marinas.

Much of the coastline in the center of Pape’ete is lined with marinas.

Downtown Pape'ete has many pedestrian malls.

There are several shady pedestrian malls in downtown Pape’ete.

The city centre has several eateries.

The city center is packed with places to eat and drink.

The daily market in the capital is worth a visit.

One reason to visit the capital is the massive daily market which sells fresh produce as well as food and souvenirs.

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