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“Did anyone mention the airport noise?” 4 of 5 stars
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InterContinental Resort Tahiti
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 6014 | Pointe Tahiti, Faa'a 98702, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Faa'a
Long Beach, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Did anyone mention the airport noise?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This hotel is mostly a transit hotel for visitors to the islands having flown into, or are preparing to fly out of Tahiti. It is well run, clean, and faces a pretty lagoon. The resort accommodations vary widely, from small motel style rooms to lovely over-the-water bungalows. Part of the resort used to be a Travelodge, so I assume the smaller rooms are artifacts of that history. Location is everything here....book a room closer to the Sand Pool and the Lotus Room areas. Avoid the other end of the resort, which is startlingly near the airport runway (as we discovered at 1 am when a jumbo jet took off about 300 yards from our accommodations). The rooms in this area are generally noisy, as they abut a parking lot inhabited by idling tour buses, and other service activities. Book a meal at the Lotus Room restaurant on site if you can get in. Its a gastronomic experience.

Room Tip: Ask to be situated near the Sand Pool.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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v_roniquey, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Guest,
ia Orana and thank you for your review.
Thank you also for bringing to our next visitors attention the fact that our hotel is about 1 mile from the airport. We would like to add that Faa'a International airport is a relatively small airport and the most activity will be when 2 or more international flights are coming and going to Papeete at the same time.
In reference to the noise, it depends on where people's views line up. In most cases we receive very positive comments about the airport proximity and if you are wondering if noise from that facility is much a factor for our guests, the answer would be "No", of course, but this is all a question of appreciation.
Sincerely,
Guest Relation Manager
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We arrived 3 days prior to our cruise and decided on staying in the InterContinental Resort Tahiti. We had a standard room for the first night since we arrived so late - room was quite nice. Our other two nights were in an overwater bungalow. This was lovely - very private and well appointed room. My only criticisms - with the airport being so close, Saturday night (late) was a bit frightening when you start hearing jets land/take-off - started to think they were in our room!! Also, the cost of food at this resort is a bit out of control. We attended the Polynesian dinner/show - the show was great, the SEAFOOD buffet was good, but very pricey. All-in-all, a nice pre-stay, had I have to do it again, I'd choose Moorea (less commercial/busy).

Room Tip: Can't go to the South Pacific without staying in an overwater bungalow!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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v_roniquey, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Guest,
ia Orana from Tahiti and thank you for your review and for choosing our resort before your cruise. We hope to welcome you again in the future,
Sincerely.
Guest Relation Manager
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Delray Beach, Florida
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

I arrived 3 days early alone as my husband was meeting me later. The airport shuttle was prompt , check in at midnight a tad slow , but why complain instead look out upon the majestic deck and wait for the Polynesian bag men in traditional garb and real tattoos show you to the room ! Felt guilty being in such a great place alone .. Lol. The room was a standard but I had a super view of sunrise over Moorea . The property is nicely manicured. The waterfront units are all well spread our w wonderful views. Swim up bar at the lotus scenic and overly tropical. Took a dive from the dive shop and tht was great. A perfect way to start or end a vacation .

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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v_roniquey, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Dear Guest ;
Greetings from Intercontinental Tahiti and thank you for your nice review. By reading your comments we understand that you fell under the charm of our authentic Polynesian resort ! We hope to have the pleasure to be of service to you in the future.
Warm regards from Tahiti.
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dundee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This hotel is minutes away from the air port and the Paul Gauguin Cruise line. We were able to walk across the road and catch a bus downtown to the "Market". Although the hotel is slightly on the older side from some of the other resorts it served it's purpose. The only thing we found most annoying was that you had to leave the room card in the holder by the door or the lights to the bathroom wouldn't work. The Tahitian show was more of a Las Vegas Show then we saw at the Moorea, Intercontinental Hotel, not that it wasn't nice, I was surprised. HINT: eat a late dinner and you can enjoy for free. We sat in the same area as the buffet people and had a great view. The property is pretty and well taken care of. Food was really good, we are Italian so would think they would make a decent pizza and big enough for two (the waiter was nice enough to tell us this). would recommend. The desserts are good also, just don't get the banana's flambe. The breakfast (which you should get in your package) otherwise you might be looking at a $78 bill, was good. I was sad that they didn't have my espresso, which I got spoiled while staying in Moorea at their sister hotel. Would I recommend the hotel YES!

Room Tip: Get the breakfast with your package. Look in to the Ambassador's Club on line. For $200 dollars...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Dear M S,

Thank you for your review and being so detailed in the good, the bad and the opportunities to improve. Whilst I am pleased with the good comment, we truly value the negative comments as this gives us the opportunity of improving what we can offer. Please accept my apology for the shortcomings you have experienced during your stay. We are continually reviewing the products and service we provide, therefore guest feedback is very important to us.

Again, I wish to thank you for your input and hope to see you the next time you travel to our area.

Sincerely,

Krysllin G.
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Twin Cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed her one night on our way back from Moorea and before an early morning flight.
The pools are beautiful, as are the grounds. The location is a short cab ride to the airport.
Our one complaint is that the front desk was exceedingly busy. There was a line to check in (10-15 minutes), and they were busy enough that they did not offer to help with our bags (it was a bit of a trek to our room)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mexico City, Mexico
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Having stayed a week at the St Regis Bora Bora, the Intercontinental was average at best. I longed to go back to the St Regis!
The rooms try to look tropical, but really they just seem outdated to me, I guess it's a different style since I prefer more modern accommodations. Needless to say, we stayed there overnight because we had an early morning international flight. For this purpose, the hotel was fine, but I wouldn't stay there for more than a night and much less for a honeymoon. The overwater bungalows didn't look so awesome either, then again, I was comparing them to St Regis bungalows.
The food was average and service was not outstanding, since it was such a drag having to stand up in order to get a menu and call a waiter. No service training at all...
If you need to stay overnight at Papeete between traveling plans, this hotel will work just fine, but don't expect something extraordinary.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at InterContinental Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Dear MargaritaDelC,

Thank you for your recent stay with us and reviewing our property. We certainly do our utmost to make your stay comfortable and pleasant, so we are very pleased to note that you were satisfied with the level of service, facilities and the location of the hotel. While we understand that your stay was not 100% satisfactory, we would hope that you would give us another chance to make your stay as best as it can be.

Sincerely,

Janice A
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Safety Harbor, Florida
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306 reviews 306 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 105 cities Reviews in 105 cities
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Lynn & I spent 3 nights at this wonderful hotel prior to a 7 day cruise on the Paul Gauguin. This hotel is immaculate. Views of cocoanut palm trees, sandy beach, over the water bungalows, the island of Moorea and the Pacific Ocean are all directly behind the hotel. Their is even a lagoon with thousands of tropical fish where you can practice your snorkeling before those opportunities arise on the cruise. Our standard room was not large with its queen size bed and desk, but it was quite comfortable and you could see all of the views that I mentioned earlier from our balcony. Our American breakfasts were included in our room package. I would recommend this since the buffet breakfasts are quite expensive otherwise! Service can be island slow, but the local servers are friendly. You will eventually get exactly what you ordered. Hey, you are on vacation. There is also nightly entertainment at the hotel as well. We enjoyed a great Polynesian show for the price of a drink. The concierge desk was great. They were helpful in helping us plan a drive around the island and arranging pickup from the cruise upon our return as well as airport transportation. Though we were looking forward to the cruise we were sad leaving this wonderful hotel.

Room Tip: Water view rooms are great. Or, if you want to really go fancy get an over-the-water bungalow
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 6014 | Pointe Tahiti, Faa'a 98702, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Faa'a
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Faa'a
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — InterContinental Resort Tahiti 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort has a total of 253 rooms and bungalows, comprising 172 fully renovated garden and lagoon view rooms, a separate wing with 60 panoramic view rooms for the top achievers and VIPs, a suite, and 32 over-water bungalows. All units are air-conditioned, with international facilities and amenities. Located in 32 acres of gardens, the Polynesian style resort offers views of unforgettable sunsets and volcanic peaks of the sister island Moorea, just 12 miles across the sea of moons. The resort offers 2 restaurants including gourmet over water restaurant and an all day dining restaurant featuring the best Tahitian shows on the island, 2 bars, 2 crystal clear, fresh Water overflow swimming pools, and a host of activities to entertain just about everyone. The property features an activity center including tennis, water sports and the largest scuba-diving center Special mention about the huge lagoonarium where guests can swim in a protected area and enjoy Polynesian exceptional sea-life. The Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm is open since the end of 2008" is also equipped with a great gym ... more   less 
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Intercontinental Resort Tahiti Hotel Faa`a
Intercontinental Hotel Tahiti
Intercontinental Hotel Faaa
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InterContinental Resort Tahiti French Polynesia

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