My fiancee and I planned a trip to Tahiti for three weeks to get away from the stress of planning our wedding. We decided to go this route of staying at family pensions and some hotels to make our trip affordable. Unfortunately our hotel on Moorea, our first stop on a 5 island tour would not be ready until the 13th of March so we had to stay at the Airport Lodge for 2 nights. All we can say that it was probably one of the most affordable places on Papeete, however it was the worst experience of our whole trip. Again, Charles was not there, he was not at church, it was Saturday night at 7:30p.m. He just forgot. We know that as travelers there is such a thing as "island time" however watching all the other weary travelers being greeted with smiles and flower leis made us feel a little unwelcomed. My fiancee had to purchase a $15 phone card to call Charles and ask him to pick us up. It was about 2 minutes away. Our transfers were $22 each. We could have taken a cab for a 1/4 of that. Lets put it this way our transfers to the Novatel Bora Bora were $10 each. We were so bummed out when we saw this locked prison gate across the lodge it just didn't give us a feeling of island hospitality. Our room was adequate, however, We had an air conditioner that didn't work, an obnoxious poster of a monkey going to bathroom , and a menacing looking ceiling fan that threatened to come off the ceiling. We were so tired that we decided to go to bed and make the most of spending some time in Papeete. In the morning we asked Charles how to get into downtown Papeete. It was Sunday, a definite day of rest and reflection for most Tahitians. Therefore, nothing was open except the Supermarket. Thank goodness because the Lodges idea of breakfast was instant coffee and bread with peanut butter and jelly. Still we were remaing positve. We got some wonderful pates, cheese and bread and decided to back back to the lodge, have some drinks (we brought a bottle with us) and make the most of it. As we were sitting outside our depressing room in the courtyard I noticed a pool with a gate reading "Private Keep Out" well it was hot and I thought we would go for a swim. Little did I know that Private meant no admittance for paying guests. We asked permission and Charles's wife just looked at my fiancee and in broken English said "Pool no for you" . I just got so mad. We had had enough at this point . I am in the hospitatlity business and have never felt so insulted. I realize that this forum can sometimes have petty reviews and you can take it for what it is. I will say that when we return because our trip was amazing, we will never, ever return to the Airport Lodge. I would rather spend a little more money and even be in downtown Papeete than stay at this Lodge. This place does great business because its cheap at $105 a night but when I tell you that $100 a night will give you waterfront views on Moorea with the most wonderful people there is no comparison. All in all we paid $277 for 2 nights including Tranfers and for that you could be on Moorea or anywhere else and your experience would be a 100% BETTER.
- Also Known As:
- Tahiti Airport Hotel Tahiti
- Tahiti Airport Lodge South Pacific