Royal Tahitien Hôtel – Midrange, spacious and only beach resort in Pape’ete, but peculiar ‘60s vibe.
Only 3km from downtown, the layout resembles a beach resort (with a pool and huge grounds) and motel (with rooms in 2-level blocks, where guests can park outside). But from the bathmat to the telephone, and the internal brick wall and cylindrical lampshades, it screams 1965 – but not in a likeably retro Parisienne pension way. Although promoting its apparent ‘1960s ambience’, the hotel seems to need a complete overhaul – from the taps to the plastic lounge chairs on the balcony/veranda, from which sea views are substantially blocked by trees. Nonetheless, it does face a lovely beach – albeit with black sand – overlooking the alluring Moorea Island, and is in a tranquil suburban location.
Royal Tahitien Hôtel – The Basics
- Location: In the northeast suburbs of Pape’ete, the Tahitian capital. In a beach area known as Pīra’e, about 3km from downtown and the ferry terminal for services to Moorea Island; and about 9.5km from the airport.
- Guests: With a definite resort feel, it attracts packaged tours and families looking for a midrange option.
- Beach: It faces the only real beach in Pape’ete. Although the sand is grey, bordering on black, it’s still quite attractive. Ideal for walks and sunsets, but sometimes too narrow for sunbathing.
- Views: All rooms face the gardens, but possible glimpses of the sea are mostly blocked by trees.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free around the restaurant (but not the lobby). Guests are charged high rates for access in the rooms.
- Parking: One bonus is the chance to park outside the room, motel-style.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 50 40 40
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: royalpolynesiahotel.com
Royal Tahitien Hôtel – Amenities
- Pool: An adequate size, but looks outdated and in need of modernization like the rest of the hotel.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not really expected (nor provided) at this sort of midrange hotel.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Royal Tahitien Hôtel – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Underneath a 75-year-old roof of pandanus leaves, Le Royal Tahitien is renowned across the city. With some tables seemingly perched above the sand, the chef offers an eclectic range of international cuisine. Particularly popular among expats for the congenial bar and live music and/or traditional dancing on weekends.
- Breakfast: Included in some rates, depending on how and where the booking was made.
- Room Service: Only at meal times, i.e. about 12-2pm and 6-9pm.
Royal Tahitien Hôtel – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms and Studios.
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but permitted on the verandas/balconies and elsewhere.
- Best Room: The Studios are marginally better than the Standard Rooms, if only because they have kitchens, which are useful as there are no restaurants nearby. Ask for 1 on the second (top) floor and closest to the sea for the best possible views.
- For Families: Standard Rooms allow an extra single bed, while the Studios can accommodate families of 4, and feature well-quipped kitchens.
Royal Tahitien Hôtel – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
There is nothing within walking distance, which is a problem. 2 petrol stations on the main road, 300m away, sell baguettes, sandwiches and pastries. Otherwise, organise a taxi (unmetered) or bus into town and try:
- La Villa (40 42 23 42) – Adorable outdoor setting with yellow décor and haute cuisine. Turns into a ritzy nightclub later. On a quiet side-street (Rue des Remparts), about 200m up Ave de Prince Hīnoi from the Bora Bora. 6-minute drive.
- 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. 7-minute drive.
- Bora Bora Lounge (40 45 03 00) – At the roundabout where Ave de Prince Hīnoi meets the esplanade, almost opposite the ferry terminal. At the start of a delightful alley of Parisienne-style bistros and bars. Happy hours, daily specials and pleasingly inexpensive considering the perfect setting. 8-minute drive.
- Star Studio (40 45 30 13) – Worth finding inside an arcade alongside Hôtel Tiare from the esplanade. No views, but solid meals at affordable prices. Plats du jour and fascinating movie-themed décor. 8-minute drive.
- Le Rétro (40 42 86 83) – Easy-to-find bistro midway along the esplanade. Very French and très popular for coffee, shakes and light meals. Also people-watching and live music at night. 8-minute drive.
- Market or Grocery: About 300m away, 2 petrol stations along the main road, at the junction with the laneway to the hotel, sell basic supplies.
Ask reception about buses along the main road to downtown. Otherwise, they can arrange a taxi, but rates are extortionate.
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