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“Black sand beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Lafayette Beach, PK 7, Arue 98 701, French Polynesia   |  
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“Black sand beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This hotel is about 25 minutes from the airport. Taxi ran about 5000 in local money. The hotel provided free wired internet but it did not work the entire time I was there, but the wireless in the lobby did work and was also free. On Thursday nights, the hotel has a free Tahitian drum and dance show. I would make reservations to get a good seat and bring your camera because after the show you can take pictures withe the performers. The hotel was a 2 story villa with 2 bathrooms and balconies. Hotel had trouble with break the local money or helping planning activities. If you do your own research you will be fine. Great black sand beach view from rooms and easy to access.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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tahitiradisson2011, General Manager at Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Ia Orana,

First of all, thank for the time you have spent to write your review.

I regret the inconveniences you were subjected to, your remarks have been taken into account and transmitted to the concerned departments with request for immediate action.
The Radisson Tahiti team will be happy to welcome you again we hope some day if you plan to stay in Tahiti.

Best 2013 Tahitian wishes to you and your loved ones.

Mauru’uru
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

AC did not work and poor staff service made the trip not to enjoyable. We stayed as a family and expected to have a staff that would look to accommodate but very slow and not attentive. The next time we go we will make sure to carefully read all the reviews for each hotel before making a decision on our hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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tahitiradisson2011, General Manager at Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Ia Orana,

I am disappointed to read your feedback on your experience in our resort that I reviewed with care and attention. Nevertheless, thank you for bringing it to my attention and your remarks have been transmitted and debated with the resort team. We are actively working on this in order to minimize this happening again. Please accept my apologies and hope this will not deter from visiting our island again.

Please accept my warmest 2013 Tahitian wishes to you and your family.

Maur’uru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

The room (2501) was fantastic, the restaurant was okay, a little expensive but I think that is normal for food in Tahiti.

It is very upmarket, and the staff are all friendly. Breakfast was excellent, and don't miss the cocktails in happy hour! Makes them very good value.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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tahitiradisson2011, General Manager at Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Ia Orana,

Thank you for this kind review and appreciate the time taken to write it.

It is a pleasure to read that you have enjoyed your stay in our hotel and we look forward to seeing you again one day.

Greatest 2013 Tahitian wishes to you and your close ones.

Mauru’uru
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Sydney, Australia
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58 hotel reviews
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

First of all, this is a wonderful, lovely hotel set beside a black sand beach. This is such a contrast to regular beaches that is almost strange to walk along it, but spectatcular. The hotel sits in a delightful tropical garden with palms and other trees, right on the beach. I think all the rooms look out onto the sea, but anyway, make sure you get one of them! The waves lull one to sleep. The pool is also lovely (I'm using that word a lot!). The gym is great, plenty of equipment and the sauna and steam is great.
We found the whole resort to be in good condition, We found the whole resort to be in good condition, very clean, comfy beds, friendly and efficient staff. It's also very good value, we recently stayed in a run down Rydges in Melbourne for an extra $100 per night.

The lady in the shop arranged a car hire for us from Avis; they come to the hotel and collect you. We did a wonderful drive around the whole island and visited the surf break of Teahapou. We kept the car overnight and the next morning drove up to the Belvedere restaurant, way up on the peak overlooking Papeete, fantasique! We dropped the car and Avis said they would drive us back to the hotel at any time so we could go shopping! Which they did, no charge.

I think that this resort would suit most people, there is plenty for kids to do, including a kids club, the pool and beach are great, there is great surfing around the point at a popular, long beach break. The restaurant is reasonably priced for Tahiti and drinks are half price at happy hour. We stopped on our drive at a supermarket and stocked up on goodies, even wine. We bought a can of peaches but didn't have a can opener (clever,eh?) but I asked the kitchen to open it and they brought it back beautifully presented in a bowl on a tray! The hotel also put on a great Tahitian dance troupe for free one night.

Why to stay in Papeete. We arrived on a cruise ship after visiting 4 other Tahiti islands. I'm sure most of us like to get away from civilisation - just not too far. Well, Papeete has 170,000 people and the next largest is Moorea with 17,000. The other islands have hardly anyone there. Although beautiful there is usually only a resort hotel or local bungalows to stay in. Many of the large resorts are now closed due to a cyclone a couple of years ago, the GFC and other problems. On these islands there is no shopping except for trinkets and black pearls. Even the local shops have only the basics; lots of tinned food! I assume you can do activities arranged by the hotel or lie on the beach; these are your options. Otherwise there are miles of deserted roads to wander along. That's probably enough for some but if you want to be near a larger town with shopping, French fashions, restaurants, car hire and all the things in a small city then Papeete is the only choice. Moorea is only 30 minutes away and ferries run all day so you can still visit a less developed place. Having said that, 10 minutes either side of papeete is uncrowded with huge peaks and valleys for 4wd tours and possesses the only golf course in the islands - very nice it is too! That's just something to consider when planning your trip to Tahiti. Car hire is reasonable, about AUD$90 per day.

The Radisson is about 20 minutes out of Papeete but offers a free shuttle mornings and afternoons into the city. So for us this offered the best of both; a tranquil resort hotel next to a wonderful beach and the ability to zip into a nice, small city to wander about for a while and try all the different foods, drinks and sights.

Plus!! Free wi-fi!! they supply a cable for free in the room, fast internet.
We would love to stay here again

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tahitiradisson2011, General Manager at Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Ia Orana,

Your advise was read and much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to write such a complete review and I am sure that the tips given will be most helpful for our future guests.

The Radisson Tahiti team wishes you our warmest 2013 Tahitian wishes to you and your close ones. It will be a pleasure to see you again one day.

Mauru’uru
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in a Waterfront Suite mid November. The pool is quite large and the room is nicely kept, although our bath towels continuously disappeared despite us not wanting them changed. The free wifi in the lobby is a great utility and the business centre is handy, if not a bit outdated.
The restaurant was ok, but like most food in Tahiti, very expensive. Cocktails were about $20 AUD each so I would recommend purchasing bits and pieces from the supermarket in the city centre to supplement.
The bed was very comfortable and the curtains were great block out quality, so we slept very well here.
Front desk staff were all excellent and friendly, they helped up with taxi bookings and advised us on the Ferry and Shuttle times, which was a nice touch and much appreciated.
Nice views of the sunset to the west of the resort and a black sand beach make this a comfortable, clean stay for a short visit to Papeete.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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tahitiradisson2011, General Manager at Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Ia Orana,

Thank you for the time you spent writing this positive review, it has been a pleasure to read you and I am glad that you enjoyed your stay amongst us.

The entire Radisson Plaza Resort team look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to Tahiti.

Best Tahitian wishes to you and your loved ones for 2013.

Mauru’uru
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Auckland, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This hotel has a nice, clean and comfortable room. The staff are very prompt. That time, the fridge in our room does not work well and they replace it in no time. Receptionists are very helpful and friendly. The restaurant next to the pool offers a good breakfast and Tahitian dance show at the night.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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tahitiradisson2011, General Manager at Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Ia Orana,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, I appreciate your effort and will share this with my team.

I am happy to read you appreciated your stay at the Radisson Plaza Resort and we look forward to maybe seeing you again one day.

Warmest Tahitian wishes to you and your close ones for 2013.

Mauru'uru
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

My wife and I stayed here on our last night of the honeymoon before catching the flight back to Australia. Given it was our honeymoon we booked an ocean view jacuzzi room, and must say we were disappointed. First of all, the main benefits of the hotel were that it was reasonably priced (compared to other accommodation in Tahiti anyway), and that it was a little bit out of Papeete and so there were quieter surrounds. Also, the hotel did allow us to check in early which was appreciated.

However, it definitely had its negatives, for which we encountered three in our 18 hour visit. First, the ocean view jacuzzi has horizontal blinds that did not work (permanently shut), which meant that it was just a dimmed jacuzzi corner - and definitely without an ocean view. More generally, the hotel is very much in need of significant investment & renovation. Secondly, while the staff allowed us to check-in early, our towels were not delivered until almost 6pm - and required three follow-ups with concierge. Thirdly, the food, my wife had a hamburger for lunch, which was acceptable, and we both had a buffet dinner - which was average (it wasn't "terrible", but fussy eaters (like my wife) would not find the quality of the meat acceptable. We left very early in the morning to make our flight so didn't have breakfast.

As an inexpensive transit point the hotel is ok (note that it is on the opposite side of town to the airport so is a bit of a trip), however I wouldn't recommend it as a "destination" hotel unless you are after nothing more than the very basics. For most people who travel halfway around the world to come here don't make this your port-of-call.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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tahitiradisson2011, Directeur général at Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Ia Orana,

We thank you for the time spent to write this comment about our Resort.

We understand and regret sincerely that you are disappointed on your stay with us. Also, we took your remarks in consideration and have transmited them to services concerned.

It seems that your room doesn't fit with your expectations from a destination resort.
For information, we provide lots of activities (cultural, soft sports) for free for our clients. We also provide a free shuttle to city centre of Papeete and have an Activity Desk well experimented in tours organization.

We wish you all the best and apologize for the inconvenience.

Kindest regards - Mauru'uru

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Address: Lafayette Beach, PK 7, Arue 98 701, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Arue
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Arue
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Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti 4*
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Relax and Unwind at this Oceanfront Resort in Tahiti.Make your escape to the tranquil Radisson Plaza Resort in Tahiti, which offers outstanding comfort and spectacular waterfront views in the lush, tropical surroundings of the 900-metre-long (half-mile long) Lafayette Beach. With its stunning oceanfront location on historic Matavai Bay, this destination resort offers easy access to a wealth of activities and attractions. Make your reservation at the Radisson Plaza and indulge in warm island hospitality and unparalleled resort services. ... more   less 
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