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Ambo Village, Republic of Kiribati
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Utirerei Motel
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hamlyn Terrace, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I worked in Tarawa 2 years, first staying at Utirerei (pronounced oo-see-rer-ray) a couple of nights and then being a frequent visitor to their restaurant after I found permanent housing nearby. Tarawa can be a bit confronting to a first timer but there are smiles everywhere and even more smiles from the staff at Utirerei. The first night I stayed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Well-managed, cheery hotel that is best you will find in Kiribati. Rooms are bright and clean, though walls are a little thin. Service is very good and the staff are very helpful. Keep expectations low for this atoll island though, especially when it comes to food. Food at Utirerei is alright. Decent cappuccinos and lattes served up if you ask.... More 

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Apia, Samoa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Over the last 10 years I've stayed at a few places in Kiribati and Utirerei is by far the easiest. The rooms are clean (no mold is a nice touch) the fans in the deluxe rooms are perfect for sleeping- but if you are an A/C proponent they have that as well- in all the rooms. The restaurant has quite... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Stayed at the Utirerei Motel (pronounced U C ray ray) for 10 days while running a training workshop in Tarawa. The hotel exceeded my expectations by having both hot water and a working air-conditioner! The room was pleasantly functional with a small fridge, TV (never turned it on but some else mentioned that it showed movies), balcony and separate bathroom.... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

I have stayed at this hotel twice now and the second time all the staff remembered me, it's not 5star but it is clean and comfortable with what you need. The restaurant is good and meals are huge, best range of drinks and beer. Can get a rental car from hotel and they will have it at the airport waiting... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

Possibly the best hotel to stay in Tarawa generally. Clean, convenient, and staff very friendly and helpful. The food and drinks were good too. Not a luxury hotel but better than several others around. Air conditioning worked well, this is Very Important! There is a shop nearby (out the front) although I did not use it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Options on Tarawa are extremely limited, and this establishment currently has the market cornered as the other establishments on the Island are half star standard whereas Utirerei is about two star. The owners have discovered the art of charging 'tourist price' for anything extra, in a place where the wages for staff average between $1-$3 per hour. Admittedly, the rooms... More 

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State of Sao Paulo
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4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

During my second time in Kiribati, with friends, we stayed in this great hotel. After a big ham radio expedition to Banaba Island, we returned to Tarawa And this place was amazing! Thanks all And Jonh And Retaati.

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This was my first stay at Kiribati so I did not know what to expect. Landing at the airport and travelling to Utirerei made me a little nervous about staying there for a few days. But I found that given the conditions, staying at the Utirerei Model was excellent. The rooms are basic, but they were quite comfortable. The room... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Most places in Tarawa to stay are below average in general travellers standards and this one stands out as the best of the bunch, the rooms are clean the food is average though. It can get boring at times so bring lots of movies with you on the laptop. Wifi is available and cheap so this is good.

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Address: Ambo Village, Republic of Kiribati
Location: Republic of Kiribati > Gilbert Islands > Tarawa Atoll > Ambo Village
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23

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