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Hotel Maitai Bora Bora
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   BP 505 | Bora Bora Polynesie francaise, 98730, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #10 of 18 hotels in Bora Bora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My best friend and I stayed at the Maitai for 5 nights and loved it! We did not want to spend tons of money and got a deal on Tahitinui for 5 nights with airfare for $2,200. We got the insurance and the buffet breakfast as well. After reading the other reports on Le Maitai, I thought it would be ghetto, but to my surprise, it was way nicer than I expected. They have great wicker furniture outside and the workers are very friendly. Our room was clean. The sink didn't drain very well, but then we called someone and he fixed it promptly. The tv is small but there's nothing to watch anyway since everything is in french. Just bring your ipad and download tons of videos and tv shows before flying over. The small island road separates the OWbungalows/beachside bungalows from the main hotel. The divide is very small and didn't disappoint me or make me feel like we weren't "one". There is a quaint and adorable dock that small boats occasionally pick guests up at. We laid out on the dock daily and jumped off when it got too hot. You can jump off the dock and not hit the bottom of the lagoon, which is great! What's even greater about this place is that there are free kayaks and outrigger canoes. I was going to pay for a tour to the coral garden (highly recommended!) which is across the lagoon. My friend and I kayaked over instead and saved ourselves about $60 each. Thanks, Maitai! We also rented bikes from the hotel ($20) and road around the island in about 3 hours. It was a great ride but we were thirsty b/c we forgot to bring water and couldn't buy any because it was sunday and all the stores were closed. About 10 minutes away is the Intercontinental hotel. If you want to eat dinner there, you can join them for the seafood buffet on Saturday nights or the bbq buffet on some other night. I forget. The polynesian dance show was a joke. That was the reason we paid $100 each for the dinner. At least the fish was fresh! Anyway, if you want to enjoy the lavish life of the upperclass, you can walk over there and get drinks, hang out, and eat dinner. Otherwise, the mahiburger at maitai is good. It's 1750 french francs. Divide that by 94 and you'll find what the price is in us dollars.

Room Tip: If you are on a budget, the garden suite will suite you fine. I did not come to bora bora for a hone...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

The location near Martira beach is a great one. The hotel is basically divide in two, the main buildings with garden and sea views. We stayed in a sea view room which had great views ( we couldn't stop looking at the over water bungalows). I would really recommend to get sea view. The room was spacious enough and the bathroom had shutters opening to the room so you could look at of your balcony which was nice. On the other side of the roads are the beach bungalow and over water bungalows. Personally I would not pay for the upgrade as the beach bungalows are overshadowed by the overwater bungalows and sun loungers. Same for the over water bungalows, I wouldn't pay as they are just to close to the beach so you do not have a secluded feeling and there are not lounging space on the desk but just a chair which we feel is not enough. The reason we find this hotel average is because the breakfast was poor, food just average and the beach in front of the hotel quasi inexistante. It was nice though to be welcomed with a necklace if flowers and waved goodbye with a necklace of shell.

Room Tip: Ask for room on the top of the building right next to reception as the views are better
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Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Having just returned from Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, I have a number of tips for people who have limited time and money.
Plan your flight so that you arrive in Papeete during the day so you can catch a flight straight to Bora Bora. We spoke to a number of people who were not impressed with Papeete, although we did not have any trouble. If you do have to stay in Papeete, the Tahiti Airport Motel is OK for an overnight stay. It is directly up the hill from the airport, a short walk if you don't have too much luggage.
Moorea is OK but it is difficult to get around unless you hire a car. With limited time, head straight for paradise (Bora Bora). We stayed at the Hotel Maitai and it was great. They pick you up from the free ferry from the island where the plane lands (1050 XPFs each), give you a welcoming drink on arrival and leave a fruit platter in your room.
The beach is so relaxing, the water warm and the breeze is like being enveloped in velvet. The hotel restaurant on the beach has very tasty "chicken club sandwiches and chips", which is enough for two after the included buffet breakfast at the hotel.
There is a little supermarket down the road and if you want to swim with the stingrays and sharks, ring Raanui tours. The number is on the map of Bora Bora. Fantastic trip. We swam with stingrays and sharks and saw manta rays and a moray eel. Hotel Maitai could have done with an electric jug in the room, but otherwise, great value for money. Really enjoyable trip. Bora Bora is a taste of paradise.

Room Tip: You don't need to be in an expensive overwater bungalow. The garden view rooms were very good.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We spent two nights here, one in a "classic" room and the other one "on stilts" (pilotis).
The first night was bad : the room had no charm and was not 100% clean. We thought that we could enjoy a nice meal at one of the hotel restaurants to forget that : it was a bad idea. We left the restaurant on the beach because of cockroaches crawling everywhere, which forced us to go to the second restaurant which food and service were awfully bad (fish was not cooked, butter was not fresh, portions were very small, had to wait 10 minutes to get a menu).
The second night "on stilts" (pilotis) was better. It is always nice to be on pilotis. But there is a reason why Maitai has the cheapest pilotis in Polynesia...they are not the best. Fortunately, the view was nice.
Our advice : if you have enough money, go somewhere else, otherwise, Maitai is a cheap way to spend a night "on stilts" (pilotis) with poor service.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We had to spend one unexpected night here, when a ferry schedule change kept us from traveling to Maupiti and the Intercontinental was booked for an extra night there. Although we had reserved one of the garden view rooms, we were upgraded to a beachfront bungalow, which was first class. It had plenty of room, air conditioning that probably was not necessary for our trip, nice bath, and comfortable bed. We would normally give a place like this 5 stars, but for two things. First was the charge for Internet, which equaled the charge at the Intercontinental. Second was the buffet meal and Polynesian show which we were talked into taking. It was the worst—and most expensive at about $75 per person--meal we had on the island; they had even run out of some of the dishes when we ate. We would have been better off with a pizza from one of the nearby snack places. And the show, with local young people in costumes, was disappointing, to say the least. And the house was packed with fellow travelers, so this dinner and show either are very well promoted or impressive to others. Perhaps we were there in a very bad off night.

That having been said, If you want a place almost next door to the Intercontinental at much lower cost, good view, good facility, and decent service, avoid the Internet and dinner/show and you will have spent your money wisely at the Maitai.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Absolutely horrible experience...... DO NOT stay at this hotel..Service was TERRIBLE! Dinner took forever to get and any extras were ridiculously expensive! A birthday cake cost us $60.00 US. If you have to stay here DO NOT stay in a garden view room especially 26 to 31, no view and old and dated rooms.

Room Tip: Do not stay in the rooms 26 to 31 no view and poor condition
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Hotel Maitai did not disappoint. It was very clean, well maintained, comfortable and affordable. It did not have the "extras" other hotels did but we spent most of our time in or on the water. I didn't need a lounge with pool table. I can play pool at home. I liked staying on the island vs a motu because we walked to to store for drinks and snacks, went to other places for dinner and shows and didn't feel "trapped" at one location. I read somewhere to bring a flashlight. This is a must! I am glad I did. There are no street lights and it is DARK at night. The kind if dark that allows you to see every star in the night sky. The desk was extremely helpful in arranging daily outings. I do not have one negative comment. I will certainly return.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: BP 505 | Bora Bora Polynesie francaise, 98730, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Maitai Bora Bora 3*
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