We stayed the last night of our vacation here. I was not going to post until I saw Fishman's post confusing the Tahiti Airport MOTEL with the Tahiti Airport LODGE. Other travellers at the airport made this mistake thinking they were going to the motel when we were picked up. Not the same quality.
And yes, it is in his basement. Above ground but still the basement of his house. I did a tour of the place in the morning while looking for Charlie and checked it out.
When we made reserves over the phone Charlie confirmed full breakfast included, airport transfers and air con in room. Reality check when we arrived late. No air con working in any of the rooms. Room was tiny with a small window overlooking the "lobby". With the lights out the room was almost dark. The heat and humidity in the room was stifling. The fan was so loud and sqeaking it kept us awake and looked like it was going to come off the ceiling at any moment. Throw in the airport noise from jet traffic to top it off.
The rooms were homemade, no dressers or closets. Plywood shelving and a bar with 3 hangers. The bathroom was mediocre. The bed was like a futon you see on the curb at the end of the month. Full breakfast was pieces of French bread and instant coffee.
Why I nickeled and dimed myself on our last night ??? Good grief it was depressing.
And the cherry on top. He wanted 1500 for the return trip to the airport. No thanks . We just walked down the hill 5 minutes to the terminal.
Charlie himself was most unwelcoming. Not a curmudgeon, but more like we were intruding and he tolerated us for the money. Of course he could have been uncomfortable over the deviousness of the air con, breakfast and transfers.
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