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Hotel Kaveka
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   BP 373, Maharepa, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 hotels in Maharepa
Cairns, Australia
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“Absolutely the best budget hotel ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

I absolutely loved everything about our stay here. The staff were amazing and we got great deals on food package. Amazing snorkelling on our door step, fish feeding and dolphins at breakfast. Room decor slightly dated but why stay in your room when you can snorkel! I will definitely return some day :)

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I had a wonderful stay at Kaveka. The staff always had a smile and always were wiling to help. I have stayed in many hotels all around the world. There is something special about Kaveka. The manager Greg Hardie runs one of the best hotels on Moorea, truly capturing the essence of french Polynesia. You are family when you stay at hotel Kaveka, no way around it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

The hotel is fine. Great views and nice accommodations however the hotel charges you for everything. They charged for air conditioning, for using beach towels, etc. We received a free ride coupon to get there but they would not honor it.
The location is beautiful but by the time you pay all the extra fees for everything, you could have stayed at one of the nicer hotels for the same cost.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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kavekaMoorea, Front Office Manager at Hotel Kaveka, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
“It is disappointing in that we could not make your stay here at the HOTEL KAVEKA an unforgettable vacation, as we try to accommodate and enhance our valued guests to experience the real and authentic Polynesian hospitality for a reasonable price.

Concerning your comment that we ‘charge extra for everything’, is actually ironic, because we are persistently trying to keep our accommodation rates as affordable as possible for our valued guests, and by charging a minimum fee for optional services such as 500 CFP or 6$oo to launder your beach towel enables us to in-return offer the very best and lowest rates for our accommodations.

Another example is the air-conditioning - We are one of the few 2 star hotel on Moorea offering air-conditioning, and our lead in price category the ‘lanai bungalow’ offers this as an option (with or without A/C) and by doing so, we can once again offer the competitive rates that we do.

In other words, the user pays, or you don’t consume you don’t pay.

To summarize: we try everyday to improve our family operated hotel, by offering nice clean accommodations at reasonable rates so that our valued guests can continue to return and visit with us.

Sincerely Yours.
Front office Manager.
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Minden, NV
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

I have been to this restaurant many times on my visits to Moorea and usually find their special chow mein to be wonderful. In fact the first night we ate there it was delicious. We went two more times and the food could not match up. The food is inconsistent as was told it depends on which cook is working. The waiter got one of our orders wrong and pretended he didn't. One night they didn't charge for us to take our left over food home and the next night they charged 50 francs for each container we used to take home our leftovers. They are hugely overpriced compared to come of the "better" restaurants on the island. Buyer beware.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Newport News, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Kaveka for the last 4 days of honeymoon and honestly I regret not staying at one of the other hotels. Here are my issues:

- I wish i had read the way management responds to negative reviews before booking. It speaks volumes of the way they manage their business. I've never seen such crude responses to greviences!
-The snorkelig is depressing as the coral that surrounds the property is dead and there are very few fish to be found.
- I paid the extra for the beach front and could have saved a lot of $$ by booking the lagoon front which had a comparable view and more privacy because you don't get the rest of the property coming and sitting directly in front of your bungalow.
-The nickle and diming is ridiculous. You had to pay for everything from use of the safe to phone calls if you wanted to book with a vendor that wasn't on the list that they would agree to call to. (To book a spa day I actually had to pay for a bike rental to get over to the hotel with the Spa to make that booking after I was told that they would call but I would have to pay for the phone call)
- The man who was working the front desk was not helpful at all when it came to booking excursions. He actually had to make multiple phone calls when we booked our ATV excursion because he forgot to ask what time they were going to pick us up.
- The restaurant is overpriced and really not that great. We ate there once for dinner and once for breakfast and that was enough.
-We didn't have hot water for our last 2 days there. We were never compensated for this and were barely apologized to for it.
-When we did have hot water, the shower was disgusting. Ants everywhere --- did not feel clean (my hope is that it was clean, but it was impossible for me to get over the ants)


The positives are the AC in the bungalow and the views from the dock are really impressive. If you do decide to stay here do NOT waste your $$ on the beach bungalow and go for the lagoon bungalow. I will say, if you are on a buget it's a good deal.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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kavekaMoorea, Manager at Hotel Kaveka, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
“We are saddened in that we could not make your stay here at the HOTEL KAVEKA a memorable vacation, as we relentlessly try our very hardest to accommodate and enhance our guests to experience the real and authentic Polynesian hospitality for a reasonable price.

I am trying to understand where you are coming from and how you can state such nonsense ‘that the snorkeling is depressing, as the coral that surrounds the property is dead ???? And furthermore there are very few fish ???? This contradicts many of the previous TRIPADVISOR reviews where the hotel KAVEKA is highly praised by many guests, and that there is an abundance beautiful lagoon fish, starfish, turtles, ray fish, octopus, and even reef sharks come by early in the morning that you can admire during your leisure time in our over water restaurant and terrace.

Concerning your comment that we are ‘nickle and diming’ and insinuating we are ‘charging extra for everything’, is actually illogical, because we are persistently trying to keep our accommodation rates as affordable as possible for our valued guests, and by charging a minimum fee for optional services such as 500 CFP or 6$oo to launder your beach towel enables us to in-return offer the very best and lowest rates for accommodations.

Whether you are staying here at the HOTEL KAVEKA or any of the three, four and five star hotels, you will be charged for making telephone calls, you will be charged for bicycles rentals, rental scooters and car hires, you will be charged when sending a fax, you will be charged for the rental kayaks, you will be charged for your personal laundry, you will be charged to use our business center, and our conference room.

Another example is the air-conditioning - We are one of the few 2 star hotels on Moorea offering air-conditioning, and our lead in price category the ‘lanai bungalow’ offers this as an option (with or without A/C) and by doing so, we can once again offer the competitive rates that we do.

By charging the consumer who actually uses the many extra services, allows us to offer the very best rates on accommodations.

In other words, the user pays, or you don’t consume you don’t pay.

To summarize: The hotel KAVEKA is a two star property and we try our hardest everyday to improve our family operated hotel, by offering nice clean accommodations at reasonable rates so that our valued guests can continue to return and visit with us.

Sincerely Yours.
Manager.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I enjoyed this stay- we were in a wee bungalow just steps away from the lagoon. The snorkelling is very average compared to other islands in French Polynesia and there are leave-things from the trees floating in the water everywhere which doesn't make for the most pleasant swimming, but lovely and refreshing however. The location is okay... In order to get anywhere you have to walk for ages. There is a supermarket which was about 20-30 mins away which wasn't too bad.
For what you pay I think you don't get enough- they charged more for internet and more for bikes and more for hiring snorkels... For the price you paid and for what you got, I think this should have been included. Big geckos would always come into the room and the roosters were a pain all hours of night/morning.
Clean and comfortable rooms made for a pleasant stay and the host was lovely dropping us to the airport too :)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Streatley on Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We had a family bungalow overlooking the sea and it was magical. The snorkeling was amazing and the sunset even better, but if you are looking for a big sandy beach then this is not the place. The room was lovely, clean and tidy and of good size with a double for us and singles for the kids and it was fun eating overlooking the water with all the fish swimming about. We thought that the dinner food was ok, but not stunning and the breakfast buffet very complete, but not so good if in a hurry - or perhaps we just hit a bad time!
For Moorea / Tahiti, the price was very reasonable and for my money Moorea is a much better option than Tahiti itself which is overpriced
The bus from the ferry stops right outside the hotel.

Room Tip: The beach front rooms are a bit more, but worth it if you enjoy watching the sun setting from the ve...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Address: BP 373, Maharepa, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea > Maharepa
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Ranked #3 of 3 hotels in Maharepa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Kaveka 2.5*
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