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“Nice low budget pension” 4 of 5 stars
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Pension de la Plage Tahiti
PK 15,4 | B.P. 381593 Tamanu, Punaauia 98718, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Punaauia
Köln
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Nice low budget pension”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We stayed at the Pension de la Plage for 3 nights in September 2012 for the start of our honeymoon in French Polynesia. The bungalows are simple but nice and clean. The owner couple was very friendly and gave us tips where to have dinner or to find a supermarket. We also booked a 4x4 tour through them to visit the mountains of the island. The tour was really great and highly recommendable! The breakfast at the pension is simple but good, you have coffee, baguette, marmelade and cheese.
The beach which is not that beautiful is right across the street. We lent for free snorkeling stuff from the owners to go there.
The first day we went to visit Papeetee by the public bus. The owner explained us how to catch it, since there is no timetable or anything like that. The bus stop is just next to the pension, so we went there and just after 3 minutes waiting the bus arrived! So, this was a very cheap and easy way to go to the capital.
One afternoon, we spent at the pool of the pension, which is not that big but really nice and relaxing!
For a low budget stay we can recommend this pension.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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76 reviews 76 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This pension offers about 10 rooms around a small swimming pool in a nice garden, located close to the beach and the central ‘highway’ along the coast. You can choose for a normal room or a room with kitchenette. Budgetwise we think the kitchenette is probably better because we paid 1000 CPF for a basic breakfast (pp) and diner is quite expensive in Tahiti too. There is a large supermarket at walking distance. You also find some restaurants in the neighbourhood (amongst others a nice pizzeria).
The room is large, has a fan and is clean. We could use the transit room after checking out (shower and bagageroom).
The location is a bit of a minus considering the money you have to pay to get to the pension from the airport and vv (2000 CPF during the day, 3000 CPF nighttime). On Sunday there are no busses so we had to take a taxi to Papeete. Note: we were lucky because there were festivities celebrating the Chinese new year, but otherwise on a Sunday everything is closed. Also the Museum de Tahiti which is close to the pension, is unfortunately closed on Sunday (and Monday as well). A plus of the location is that is’t near a nice beach and if you want to do an excursion you will be picked up at the pension anyway so the distance from papeete doesn’t matter.

  • Stayed January 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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Perth, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We stayed here for nearly three weeks with our two boys aged 11 and 9. This is the most economical way to enjoy this little piece of paradise. There is a busy road in front of the pension, but it never bothered us. It was in fact very handy to catch the air conditionned bus to Papetee and to the ferries. There is an excellent supermarket 15 minutes walk from the pension, and you can talk a stroll along the beach every morning to get fresh croissants for breakfast. The owners are very helpful and speak good english (they even went to the chemist to get us medecine when we all got sick) they will lend you snorkling gear for free, which my husband used for hours in the lagoon. On the other side of the road, along the beach, there are two 'roulottes' every night providing safe and delicious meals on wheels. Do go for the crepe and ask for the salted caramel sauce... The room are nice and bright, the kitchenette has everything you need and from the pool, you can watch paragliders about to land on the beach. This is a great place for a family on a budget who still wants to enjoy Tahiti.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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118 reviews 118 reviews
62 hotel reviews
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I stayed at Pension de la Plage two times - before and after my trips to Bora Bora and Moorea. Both times I thoroughly enjoyed it. The room was spacious, clean and all that I needed. The kitchenette meant that I could prepare food in the room if I wanted to. But, you don't have to as there are small eating trailers ("roulets" I think in French) across the road and just a short walk down the road.

They provide a good breakfast under a thatched roof in the center of the hotel for those guests who'd like it - good value in my opinion and convenient.

I didn't use the pool but it was very popular with other guests. The beach is a short walk across the road and to the coast. The coast road is very busy, but I think that's the case all over the island.

Pension de la Plage is great value for money in Tahiti where you can often break the bank paying for a hotel. Vincent and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. I'd stay there again without question.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nuremberg, Germany
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137 reviews 137 reviews
136 hotel reviews
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

I stayed at the Pension De La Plage for three nights in June 2012. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Rooms are spacious and clean. Beach is across the street. Roulettes (Crepes and Steak) are also across the street in the evening hours. Next to the pension is a filling station with a small shop open 24 hours and supermarket, post etc. are located 5 minutes walk down the street. And also the museum is in walking distance. This all is very convinient - but don't count on the bus to Papeete. It's passing freqquently the pension (weekdays every 15 minutes), but you have to be lucky to get on one of it. I intended a day-trip to Moorea, catching the 9:15a.m. ferry from Papeete. I waited in front of the pension for a bus from 7:20a.m until 8:40a.m. and six busses passed by not stopping, because they have been full. That was frustrating (later I was able to get on a bus, but that was too late for the Moorea ferry and so I did only a sightseeing tour of Papeete). Near the pension is the Punaru'u Valley, which is intersting to visit. The first 2 km are not nice because you are going through an industrial area and also some wild rubbish dumps are on the way - but if you keep going and gets deeper into the valley it is going to be much nicer. It is a good option to spend a couple of hours, if you are bored of the beach and you want to avoid the costs of an expensive 4X4-tour.
I highly recommend Pension de la Plage for those, who have own vehicle. For people like me, who needs public transportation, you should keep in mind, that it can be difficult to get on a bus during morning hours. If that is not a problem for you, then I would recommend pension de la Plage as well.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

My aunt and I stayed for 3 nights at Pension de la Plage before moving on to another island. Very reasonable price, clean, good location and great food. They have a pool that is kept immaculately clean. Also, great snorkeling right across the road in a park. For a small price we had breakfast and dinner under a thatched roof and the food was excellent.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Vire, France
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

We stayed here in late April for 9 days as part of our world tour. The managers (Vincent and hiswife) manage a very well run facility. The rooms are very clean. The breakfasts are good and the small pool is great. The Pension is located about 10 to 15 minutes from the airport by the beachIt is close to shops and other restaurants.

Vincent was particularly helpful in helping us with car hire and booking a mini break to Bora Bora.
This is an excellent hotel and we strongly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PK 15,4 | B.P. 381593 Tamanu, Punaauia 98718, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Punaauia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Punaauia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the island of Tahiti, "Pension de la Plage" is built in colonial style and set in a colorful garden with tropical scents.Glowing in the center is a charming swimming pool.Where you can sun bathe, cool off, or simply stretchout and rest in a peaceful warm environment.Ours is a special family atmosphere and we will share our knowledge and love of Polynesia with you, and make you feel most welcome.300 m up the road is the Meridien Hotel, and a shopping square offering all the comforts: bank, pharmacy, restaurants, bookstore, physicians, jewellers, news agents, salons, florist, boutiques, petrol stations, curios, etc...The public bus stops at our door.It is 20 min. by car to both the airport and Papeete center, and 25 minutes to the port.Each room is approx. 32m² and has a private bathroom with shower, as well its own terrace overlooking the pool.Some rooms have a kitchenette for dining-in, and some are arranged especially to accomodate children.Every room has a refrigerator and television.Nearby is an open terrace with a palm-thatched roof for complimentary breakfasts and optional dining.We also provide wireless internet access.12 airy, light and clean rooms are decorated in Polynesian flair, with bamboo furniture and local artwork. ... more   less 
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