We stayed at Tahiti Airport Lodge for just one night as a stopover before heading to Club Med in Bora Bora (great place). We made reservations via fax with TAL 3 months prior to our stay. This was our HONEYMOON. Upon arrival to the Papeete, Tahiti Airport, our shuttle was not there. No big deal, we had the information/courtesy desk phone them. But no answer on either the main line or the mobile number. We waited....and waited. We had them call back again.....and again. Left messages...no reply. After an hour we gave up & called another hotel. At the exact time the other hotel shuttle arrived, the TAL shuttle arrived. A lady exited the truck, seeming almost hysterical, speaking in French and we couldn't understand. A good samaritan from Tahiti Tours Travel Agency informed us that she was Marguerite from TAL and she was explaining that she & her husband had been at church. We felt bad - we felt that we should have given a follow-up phone call a few days prior to "remind" them. But with all the wedding planning it slipped our minds. We decided to get in the truck with Marguerite & Charles of Tahiti Airport Lodge. They had been at church after all. It was a Sunday and we, as Christians, understood. So we get into the truck and there's just silence. Charles & Marguerite were not friendly and not apologetic. We wondered if it was their "culture." We were tired. It was dark outside. We went up a steep hill directly across from the airport and went through a gate and pulled into a driveway...of a house. Charles assisted a little with our bags and showed us to our room. It was the basement of their house. At least each room had its own outside entrance, but we were not expecting to stay in someone's basement. Not too major - it was just one night after all. Well, he opens the door for us, mumbles something about the shower, then turns around and leaves. After we get all our bags inside the room we realize that we are tired, hungry and thirsty. After a very long flight and a very long wait on our ride from the airport we felt miserable. Our "hosts" at the TAL had abandoned us in our rooms with no food, no water and way to get any. There were no refrigerators, vending machines, and nothing within walking distance. I suppose we could have gone upstairs inside their home and raided their fridge, but we decided just to make ourselves go to sleep instead. There appeared to be an air conditioner in the room, but the knobs were removed and even though one of us is an Air Conditioning Technician, we couldn't get the AC on. It simply didn't work without those knobs or the remote, which was also missing. The one good thing we can say about this place is that Charles was prompt in taking us to the airport the next morning. But this place was supposed to provide breakfast. Guess what Charles told us? You can get breakfast at the airport. Tahiti Airport Lodge is NOT a "hotel" we'd recommend or EVER even consider returning to. Nevertheless, our 2 week stay at Club Med in Bora Bora was magical. We just regret giving our $100 to TAL.
- Also Known As:
- Tahiti Airport Hotel Tahiti
- Tahiti Airport Lodge South Pacific