Hôtel Sarah Nui in Pape’ete, Tahiti

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Updated: August 29, 2019

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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.

Local Transport

    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

The hotel is located in a less popular area.

The hotel is easy to find, but in a less exciting area of Pape’ete.

Most rooms do not offer worthwhile views.

Most rooms don’t feature a balcony, which is not that disadvantageous because many views are not worthwhile anyway.

The hotel is affordable and nice.

The hotel is affordable, welcoming and nicer inside than the outside suggests.

Breakfast is served in the simple onsite cafe.

A simple café on the ground floor serves breakfast for guests who have paid for it as part of their rates.

Each floor has a charming guests' lounge.

On each floor is a charming guests’ lounge.

Rooms are big and colourful.

All rooms are spacious and colourful.

Rooms offer mountain, street and factory views.

Rooms without balconies face the city streets and distant mountains, and are more interesting than rooms with a balcony that overlook a busy road and factory.

Rooms have unique decor and layouts.

Each room is decorated slightly differently, and some layouts vary because of the design of the hotel.

Room furnishings are modern and likeable.

Furnishings in the rooms are modern and likeable, with a kitchenette alongside the desk.

Some rooms contain an extended leather sofa.

Le Velvet Restaurant nearby is very nice.

One of the closest and nicest places to eat is Le Velvet Restaurant, at the Tahiti Nui hotel, about 650m down Rue des Remparts street.

Le Retro cafe on the esplanade is very impressive.

One of the most impressive and popular cafés along the esplanade is Le Rétro, about 1km away.

Bora Bora Lounge is known for its meals and drinks.

Excellent value for meals and drinks, and great for people watching, is Bora Bora Lounge, about 750m away.

Downtown Pape'ete has several pleasant eateries.

In downtown Pape’ete, a few shady pedestrian malls provide pleasant places to eat and drink.

The esplanade nearby is full of shops.

The streets just off the esplanade, about 1km from the hotel, are lined with shops.

Downtown Pape'ete has several cafes and shops.

Most corners in downtown Pape’ete are packed with cafés and shops selling takeaway food.

A shady path leads to the ferry terminal.

A shady pathway through central Pape’ete stretches a few kilometers from the ferry terminal.

The esplanade has many parks, including one with a bandstand.

Much of the esplanade is lined with parks, including one with a bandstand.

The capital's coastline is dotted with boats.

The coastline in the center of the capital is lined with boats.

Pape'ete has a few shady gardens.

There are a few shady gardens around Pape’ete.

The capital is attractive in parts.

Parts of the capital are attractive, although only two blocks away the streets can be less pleasant.

The daily market sells food and souvenirs also.

The hotel is about 900m from the massive daily market, which also sells food and souvenirs.

Notre-Dame Cathedral is opposite the market.

Almost opposite the market is the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

The ferry terminal is close by.

One attraction of staying at the Sarah Nui is proximity to the ferry terminal, only 400m away.

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