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“Great in many ways - and a little dark” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Tahiti Nui
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenue du Prince Hinoi, Papeete, French Polynesia   |  
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Papeete
Holstebro
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14 hotel reviews
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“Great in many ways - and a little dark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We spent one night and one - early - morning at Hotel Tahiti Nui, and that's about all you need to see Pape'ete. Great location, affordable price, spacious rooms with tasteful decor, delicious breakfast and a nice pool open 24/7. The hotel has a kinda weird dark ambience - very little light on the floors - but that's a detail. Or else bring a flash light. Wi-fi FOC only in the lobby.

Room Tip: Don't spend extra money on special views - it ain't worth it.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stay just one night after a cruise with Princess.
Pros:Two bedroom suite was very spacious, had a kitchen to cook ramen or something easy and for breakfast cereal. beds were comfy and staff was very friendly...helped us with a electrical adapter and directions around town.
Cons: very steep stairs to the bedrooms, No shower curtains, so big mess and really dark!!! Very little cookware & ants. Not as easy to get to as it looks from the pier...you need to walk/ drag your bags on very uneven pavement, through outdoor cafes and trying to cross the road with bags and kids...scary
Over all...yes I would recommend this hotel as long as you know what you are in for...probably not great for an extended stay

Room Tip: high room floor on the side... not front
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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karenhvb
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

One of the few options for staying within walking distance of the centrum. But the rooms, though spacious and attractive, were poorly designed - particularly the bathrooms, which are probably the worst-designed we have ever experienced. Horrible lighting, shower sprays onto the floor because no curtain or barrier, and more. The breakfast was extremely expensive and of mediocre quality for the price.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights at the beginning of our trip to Tahiti/Moorea in May. Although we could have stayed at a resort we quite like feeling like we are part of a city when we are staying in one rather than feeling more isolated out of town. The hotel was very close to the rest of Papeete including the waterfront and the ferry terminal and also the Avis rental car depot where we collected a car from for a day trip around Tahiti.

We enjoyed our stay.We had a lovely big room with a balcony over the very busy road the hotel is situated on. Our room was north facing so it got a lot of sun which was good. Very strangely we quite enoy watching traffic and what is going on so we really enjoyed our balcony and suspect it was more interesting than some of othe other rooms looking over the neighbouring buildings ie there are some rooms that I think look over the service station next door which - while probably quieter - does not have the same appeal to us. There were also rooms looking over the pool to the east but they probably did not get the same amount of sun that our room got. The downside of course, is that the room was quite noisy at night time. Although I think the windows were double glazed it did not seem to be working quite right. But that is only a minor comment - it was not unbearable and if you like watching traffic!! then I suspect you are always going to get noise.

I suspect we might have stayed in the same room as Asinvari as we were on the fourth floor as well and there was also a crack in the wall of our toilet!

It was also slightly odd that while we had a lovely big kitchen with a sink and plenty of cupboards there was nothing else in the cupboards other than a couple of cups and a jug. I guess they are not self-contained units - more a standard room that happens to have a kitchen area. There was also a good sized fridge though which was good.

The swimming pool was good I thought although I suspect it might lose the sun quite early if you like sunbathing. I enjoyed it and there were several loungers and a small gym.

We had breakfast included which was quite good. I have to say the breakfast area is quite dimly lit with no windows to speak of so it is a little bit gloomy for a breakfast area. However I understand electricity is very expensive in Tahiti so maybe the hotel is trying to conserve power which is admirable. That might be why the lighting in the corridors is a bit dim too. We even tried to get into the wrong room on the floor below not realising we were on the wrong floor!

There is a petrol station right next door which seemed to have a good supply of things you might need so that is useful as well.

The staff were very pleasant and helpful with nothing being a bother. All in all we enjoyed our time here and we were pleased we spent time in Papeete itself and also taking a drive around the island in the car we rented.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Lafayette, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We chose the Hotel Tahiti Nui based on location. We had arrived on an evening flight too late to board a ferry to Moorea. The hotel arranged for transportation from the airport to the hotel for about $16.00/person; they were waiting and billed the cost directly to the hotel.

The property is contemporary and recently refurbished but shows a lack of maintenance in the public areas and in the room; none of which affected our stay.

Two items to note: request a room at the back of the hotel. The local traffic is very noisy and can be heard easily in a front facing room. Also, they use a European style comforter setup without a top sheet. I don’t understand this in a tropical zone, but it doesn’t make for a restful sleep; either too cold because of the A/C or too hot because of the comforter.

It is an easy walk to the Ferry Terminal.

Room Tip: Get a room in the back of the hotel and ask for the bed to be made up with a top sheet.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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18 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I think that this hotel is a good choice for transiting out of Tahiti. The pros: convenient location for walking around town to shopping/restaurants, comfortable room/bed (we had a superior room facing west which offered a nice sunset view and the room was quiet), nice pool, great if you have a late night flight from Papeete as the hotel stores your luggage after check out and gives you towel/soap/shampoo to use the shower at their spa - this is great to freshen up before your overnight flight. The cons: the hotel is a bit tired and the room also seemed a little run down but proper maintenance might solve this. Overall, our experience was good as the hotel was convenient and comfortable enough.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We stayed two nights at the Tahiti-Nui at the end of our stay in French Polynesia. We chose it because it was convenient for seeing Papeete, which it was, five minutes from the food trucks, market, ferry terminal. Our 4th floor room was very modern & absolutely huge, but unfortunately was on the road side of the hotel. We're pretty good sleepers, but wow was it noisy, traffic noise all night long, probably because the hotel is right next to a petrol station. The shop at the Shell station was very handy for snacks & breakfast pastries at least.

As other people have commented, the hallway lighting is very dim, but we didn't spend long in the hallways. My only other concern was the large crack in the toilet wall...the toilet was big enough to swing a cat, maybe someone did. We didn't use the pool, but it looked nice. We didn't try the restaurant either, possibly due to the heavy, forbidding, closed doors that separated it from the lobby. Staff were very helpful, especially when it came to putting things in the safe, which we had to do because the rooms themselves don't have safes.

If you want to do a round-the-island tour, don't book it through the hotel, they put a sizeable markup on the tour, go direct to Tahiti-Nui Travel.

I'd probably stay in the hotel again but purely for convenience, & not for more than two nights.

Room Tip: Ask for one away from the road.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenue du Prince Hinoi, Papeete, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Papeete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Papeete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Tahiti Nui 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of downtown Papeete, right by shops and restaurants, Hotel Tahiti Nui offers 44 rooms and 47 most comfortable and modern suites.Hotel Tahiti Nui strives to you any service you may expect from an international hotel with competitive rates.Nearby the Market, shops, movie theatres and other Papeete downtown attractions. A few walk from the shorefront and the pier, this hotel is just the ideal stop between two islands.Enjoy the open-sky pool, relax at the fitness center or eventually let yourself go for a delightful massage at the Dhana Spa. ... more   less 
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