Pension de la Plage – Humble, affable, affordable and convenient to public beach, but noisy.
This endearing collection of rooms resembles a motel, but offers so much more: e.g. a quaint tropical garden, congenial lounge/library, and barbeque area. Some rooms and a couple of suites contain a kitchen and sleep up to 5, so they’re a great option for budget-minded families, especially with discounts for longer stays. All accommodation features a patio 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 150m-long 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 10km from the airport; 14.5km from downtown Pape’ete; and a little further from the ferry terminal for services to Moorea.
- Guests: Caters primarily for 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 over 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 metres of the room.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 45 56 12
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: pensiondelaplage.pf
Pension de la Plage – Amenities
- Pool: Surprisingly, there is a pool. It’s a decent size and shady, with a barbeque 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, but for guests only.
- Breakfast: Not included unless a room with half/full board has been booked. Some rooms and suites contain a kitchen.
- Room Service: Not expected or provided at this small hotel with no restaurant.
Pension de la Plage – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Studios (with a kitchen) • Suites (some with a kitchen)
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but tolerated around the pool and gardens.
- Best Room: The Suites are more spacious, accommodating up to 5 people in separate rooms; some with a kitchen and 2 bathrooms.
Pension de la Plage – What’s 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, which is intimate, with an extensive wine list and impressive menu of French and Polynesian flavours; and La Plantation Restaurant, among tropical gardens for themed buffet nights and breakfast. 8-minute walk.
- Next to the entrance of Sofitel, a shopping centre offers several eateries: e.g. Le Nemo, with a refined décor for grills, baguettes, seafood and chicken; La Pâte à Crêpes, for crêpes, waffles and salads; Le Fournil Hautbois, a bakery with seating; and Restaurant Chez Rémy, a classy bistro with Arabic influences. 6-minute walk.
- 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 centre alongside the entrance to Sofitel, about 500m up the road.
Buses hurtle along the main road to Pape’ete about every hour – but more in the morning; far fewer in the afternoon; and none on Sundays. Otherwise to the capital, hitch a ride or organise a taxi (unmetered) from the friendly staff.
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