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“Nothing to complain about” 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 #1 of 6 Punaauia B&B and Inns
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nothing to complain about”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We spent 4 nights at Pension de la Plage. Vincent and Anne-Marie (hosts) had responded to all our pre-arrival e-mails and questions promptly, providing advice to help us plan our stay.
My mother arrived a day before us, and, being Easter, Vincent assisted her to hire a car from a local rental agency. The rooms had everything we needed (we had 2 connecting rooms, one with a kitchenette), and the balconies were pleasant and private.
We enjoyed having breakfast by the pool, and there was plenty for us all to eat.
It was lovely to be able to hop into the pool whenever we needed to cool off, and the men/boys in our group loved being able to take the flippers across the road to the lagoon.
We enjoyed eating at the creperie just across the road by the lagoon.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

My fiance and I booked our stay with Vincent seven months before our trip. After a 14-hour red-eye flight, we arrived at Pension de la Plage exhausted and in desperate need of showers. We were dropped off by a taxi driver at 6am and told the reception desk would open at 8am.

After rolling our luggage through the mud (there's no sidewalk), we began our wait on the porch. Thankfully the innkeepers' dogs (Tiki & Shana) were friendly and welcoming! After a few minutes, the pool guy saw us waiting and knocked on the door of the main house. We were met by a woman (Anne-Marie?) wearing a housecoat and broken glasses who spoke about three words of English. We had clearly woken her from her slumber, even though our room had been booked for months. She was not hospitable to her weary guests, rather she made us feel like we had disrupted her sleep.

Although the motel was not at full capacity, our room somehow wasn't yet ready. She told us to leave our luggage on the public porch. "Will they be safe here?" I pondered. Her response: "Dogs." Yes, the same sweet dogs who had just moments before allowed me (a complete stranger) to rub their bellies were suddenly expected to stand guard. We twisted her arm and were finally granted access to a storage area behind a screen door.

She offered us breakfast while we waited, but the "buffet" was merely a few slices of pineapple and two-day-old croissants. Pass. My husband-to-be and I walked to the main road in search of something more substantial.

I'm not sure why the PdlP website says they're close to "many restaurants", but there are only a couple of roulottes (food trucks) within walking distance, and they're only open at night. Be cautious because the road you walk on is as busy as a freeway. Thankfully, we found Le Meridien a short trek away (5-8 minutes) and we were able to use their facilities, like free internet.The beach across the street from PdlP has warm, clear water so that's nice, and you can rent kayaks from Pension Armelle.

Our room at Pension de la Plage was comfortable without AC because they had a turbo engine ceiling fan. I also appreciated that each room has a mini-fridge and lockbox. The bathroom was despicable, though. The shower has no door so the floor (and anything else nearby) gets soaked. It's also a handheld shower nozzle so good luck trying to wash your hair using only one arm. Our room had one towel to be shared between the two of us. When we asked for another, we were told yes, but it was never delivered. The toilets had to be flushed 15x to process completely.

The next morning, we inquired at the front desk about activities. The same inattentive woman from check-in told me we couldn't rent mopeds nor could we hang-glide. I was aware they didn't rent those particular items at Pension de la Plage, but I had hoped she could at least help us book our excursions with the proper parties. No such luck.

Thankfully, we met a local guy named Eugen on the beach who turned out to be the best tour guide ever! He took us to Taravao Plateau (beautiful views- take a bottle of wine!) and he drove us to the grotto where we saw a waterfall. We also visited an ancient ritual ground where human sacrifices were done. Great photo opps! The next day, we took a ferry to Moorea. That island is so beautiful, we actually lost track of time and didn't realize we hadn't checked out of PdlP until 6pm that evening. I asked Vincent if we could just pay for half a day since we technically weren't staying the night in the room, and he agreed--after casting the parting shot of "you win."

Overall, this room is bare and basic. If you only plan to sleep there, it's worth the price, but if you're expecting to be treated well or if you want relaxation on your vacation, don't stay here.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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bosworth UK
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41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Greeted by two barking dogs, who also woke us each morning. Shabby and basic. Uninviting pool and scruffy poolside area. Proprietors pleasant and helpful . Quite good restaurants within easy walking distance. Near beach, but part rocky shore and murky sea.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nuremberg, Germany
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

You need to remember two things then you stay on Tahiti island: there is no tropical-paradise-beach vacation available like we see on many popular websites; there is no 24/7 care about tourist and getting all you want for your money. Tahiti is for living and discovering.
Pension De La Plage is a small, around 10 bungalow-like rooms with big windows and simple but comfortable interior. There is a small pool, a nice reception with very helpful receptionists (I think they were owners), a parking place – because it is nothing to do on Tahiti without transport (better rent a car in the airport immediately after you come to the island) . Do not be afraid of dogs and cats. If you can, you try to kill all roosters of the neighbors because they start shouting very early in the morning. But this is a feature of many Polynesian islands.
So do not expect too much luxury from this place, but quietness and comfort. The best thing about the Pension is its location. You are just in 2 minutes of walking from one of the best beaches of Tahiti (you can be a bit disappointed, but I told already: Tahiti is not a place for paradise beach vacation). If you walk 5 minutes north, you are in Le Meridian hotel. And do not hesitate, just go in, use the perfect beach of the hotel for free – it is public. Sit in the nice beach bar-restaurant of the hotel.
Around the Pension you can find a supermarket, a pharmacy, a gasoline station and more restaurants. Just do not be surprised that nobody will annoy you with offers and vend. You will not feel yourself like a regular tourist in Thailand. You need to do everything yourself here. And keep in mind that weekends on Tahiti are the time then everything is closed and nobody works. Do not be trapped.
Well, we, young couple, stayed in the Pension for two nights before going to Moorea and Bora-Bora. Spent good time, traveled by car around the island and visited Papeete. It was comfortable, easy and quite cheap. We can recommend this place to other travelers.

Room Tip: They all look into the yard with a pool. No difference by my opinion. All are same good.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Albuquerque
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113 reviews 113 reviews
64 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Tahiti is expensive like Paris is expensive. We were shocked by the cost. At Pension de la Plage you can save because they have a kitchenette which we used a lot. At the bigger hotels, they don't even have coffee makers but at PLP they give you a french press. There is a small grocery next door. And if you want to eat at PLP instead, Vincent and Marie will feed you much cheaper. The rooms are small but neat and tidy with a very nice balcony. And we really appreciated the fact that we could check in early because our flight from the states arrived at 6 AM. The only problem we had was the bus to the hotel. While it ran in front the airport, it did not run frequently. It the Tahitian heat, waiting for a bus can be miserable. If you are renting a car, then it is easy and there is a parking lot at the pension. Across the street is the beach. It is very rocky but tolerable. Overall, I recommend this hotel. Be sure to get air conditioning!

Room Tip: The rooms on the side near the highway have nice views of the pool and the street noise wasn't b...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Papeete, French Polynesia
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is very well located, it only takes two minutes to get to one of the wonderful white sand beaches.
Managers are very friendly and helpful, always ready to give a good advice.
Rooms are comfortable and very clean. There is a small kitchen with all you need.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tokyo
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264 reviews 264 reviews
64 hotel reviews
Reviews in 112 cities Reviews in 112 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I stayed here just for two nights when I returend from other islands and waited for my flight to Japan.
This pension is very reasonable priced even with transfer cost from the airport.
The pension arrange the transfer from and to the airport.
The room is very clean and facing the swiming pool.
The owner prepared very well designed introduction booklet to give guests detailed information on shopping, entertainment and culture.
Hotel Le Meridien is very close and there I could see fantastic Tahitian dance show.
The small market is next to the pension and a big shopping mall is just 10 minuites walk.

One negative point is the noise from the traffic behind the pension.
If you very sensitive to that, please ask the owner to assign the room away from the traffic.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pension de la Plage Tahiti

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 #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Punaauia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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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