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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   51 Rue Colette, B.P 302, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Papeete
Perth, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Do not stay here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2011

Absolute crap.
Lifts so small we had to go up one person and 1 case at a time.
TV not working just fuzz.
No where to eat.
Do not venture out at night as in dodgey area near the port and full of prostitutes and gangs.
Drawer unit kept opening itself as floor must have been on some sort of angle.
Would have been more luxurious in a tent in the carpark.
GROSS!
Only here for 1 night in transit THANK GOD

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

This is a nice hotel in the center of Papeete. Everything is a short walk away and we could walk to the pier for our solar eclipse cruise. The room was clean and spacious, but a bit outdated (7/10). The breakfast was in the restaurant next door, simple but nice (7/10). The service was not very friendly, but not unpleasant. A place to get over the jetlag, see Papeete and prepare for a cruise.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tokyo, Japan
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2010

We stayed two nights in this hotel during our time in Papeete which was mostly necessitated by transit. Given how many places to stay on Tahiti have bad reviews, I think this hotel is recommended. At XPF 15,500 per night, it is among the cheaper options available on Tahiti.

The hotel rooms are clean, if dull in décor. The views from the higher floors are nice. The service is passable. And it’s hard to beat the very central location it offers; it’s very convenient for your stay in Papeete for the likely errands you’ll need to be doing. Just about everything is within walking distance. Yet the rooms are rather quiet.

Wifi is available for XPF 1800 per 2 hours. Yes I almost doubled over when I heard that one but it is in line with other online access prices I have seen here. Being online is simply very expensive in PF.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2009

Dingy dank hallways lead to shabby rooms with broken plumbing - at what anywhere else would be luxury rates. Indifferent staff. Expensive wifi. Filthy and rude. Avoid.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, South Australia
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2009

This was our second stay in Hotel Le Mandarin. After extensive searching for an alternative reasonably priced and centrally located hotel for two relatively brief in-transit stays we decided that Hotel Le Mandarin still provided a no-frills, mid-range, honest option.
The hotel is in central Papeete, within walking distance of the ferry docks [we were going to and coming from Moorea], opposite the Town Hall, near the fascinating and busy local market and close to shopping. The nightly gathering of food carts on the waterfront is a 10 minute walk away and the airport is about 15 minutes by taxi.
The basic rooms are clean, adequately furnished and with a good bathroom. There is TV, A/C, and a telephone. Best views are from the rooms facing away from the harbour.
Multilingual staff members were welcoming and cheerful and managed requests such as accessing a taxi for a 4am trip to the airport with effortless efficiency. Should we need accommodation again in Papeete this hotel is a likely base.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Grass Valley, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2009

You wouldn't want to spend your Tahitian vacation here or any other place in downtown Papeete for that matter. Hotel Le Mandarin is fine for a short (one or maybe two night) stay if you need to stay in downtown Papeete or want to take the ferry to Moorea. The location is convenient, but it is noisy. It is just a short walk to the ferry docks, but you do have to cross a busy street. The market place is just a couple of blocks away and is worth going to if only to look around.

One reason we selected this hotel was that they responded right away by email when we inquired about a reservation. Some other hotels did not respond for several days and some did not respond at all. The man at the front desk was pleasant, helpful and spoke pretty good English. (We stayed here three years ago and no one spoke much English that time.) The cafe is pretty good for breakfast, but a bit expensive. Most important thing is our room was clean, close to the ferry and fairly reasonable by Tahiti pricing.

Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

We stayed at Le Mandarin for 2 nights prior to our cruise, along with 30 other pre cruise people who were all on the same plane, hence we all booked in at the same time, with only 1 person booking everyone in, so took a long time! Hotel room had bear essentials, and was very noisy, there is a night club ver y close by. Lucky we had our plane kits which had ear plugs, a must if you are to stay at this hotel!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Le Mandarin

Address: 51 Rue Colette, B.P 302, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Papeete
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Papeete
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Le Mandarin 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Also Known As:
Mandarin Papeete
Papeete Mandarin
Hotel Le Mandarin Tahiti/Papeete

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