Hôtel Sarah Nui – Spacious, inexpensive and convenient, but in an unexciting area.
A more stylish hotel than the outside suggests, the rooms are also far larger and nicer than expected: modern, with a kitchenette and breakfast counter, but also elegant (e.g. with a leather sofa and chic lamps). The downside is the location in a light-industrial port area, which is considerably less noisy at night. But the hotel is reasonably convenient: less than a 5-minute walk to the ferry terminal for Moorea Island, and another 5 on foot to downtown. Half the rooms feature a balcony with views of the canal and Heineken factory, while the remainder have no balcony or worthwhile vistas, but are quieter.
Hôtel Sarah Nui – The Basics
- Location: In Fare ‘Ute, a northern suburb of Pape’ete, the Tahitian capital. About 400m from the ferry terminal for services to Moorea; 900m from the market in downtown; and 7.5km from the airport.
- Guests: Caters for anyone, but perhaps more focused on business people.
- 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: Faces busy streets, with 1 set of windows offering distant mountain views above the Heineken factory.
- Wi-Fi Internet: Free and unlimited for all guests throughout the hotel.
- Parking: Enough free and secure off-street parking outside the main entrance.
- Nice Perks: Shuttlebus pick up from the airport.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (689) 40 50 35 30
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: n/a
Hôtel Sarah Nui – Amenities
- Pool, Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key city hotel.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided.
Hôtel Sarah Nui – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: A simple café on the ground floor serves breakfast (if included in the rates), but nothing much else.
- Breakfast: Not included. An à la carte or buffet breakfast is available at the hotel café for a reasonable cost.
- Room Service: Not available.
Hôtel Sarah Nui – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard and Superior Rooms.
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms, but permitted on the balconies.
- Best Room: Rooms are fairly similar, although the décor and layout does differ a little. The best rooms will be on the top floor, for the finest possible views and distance from the road.
Hôtel Sarah Nui – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
From about 5pm every day a few roulottes (food carts) are set up in nearby streets. The café at the ferry terminal is handy, and provides a fascinating look at arrivals/departures, but is overpriced. The Tahiti Nui Hotel, 650m south along Rue des Remparts, is 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. Within a 15-minute walk along the esplanade 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. 9-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. 10-minute walk.
- 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 great for people-watching and live music late into the night. 13-minute walk.
- Market or Grocery: Handy minimart just across the road from the hotel entrance.
Not on any useful bus route, and very little public transport around Pape’ete anyway. Taxis can be arranged at the hotel, but they’re unmetered, so rates are extortionate.
Hôtel Sarah Nui – The Hotel
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