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Royal Tahitien
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pirae
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“Great Trip and Hotel”
Reviewed September 18, 2006

Visited Tahiti 31 Aug thru 5 Sep, had picked the Hotel Royal Tahitien as our base and was not disappointed (web site pictures are quite accurate). After a great flight on Air Tahiti Nui JFK-PPT were pleasantly greeted at 2 am and shown to our nicely appointed rooms. Next morning were able to see full extent of lovely grounds. Restaurant offers nice breakfasts on terrace just above their beach and also served nice snacks at poolside and good dinners and lunches. Not high gourmet but better than average and tasty,
Hotel is supposedly on 'the wrong side of town', but its location in its own garden park setting, only 40 rooms and on its own blacksand beach make it a quiet and lovely place to stay. It was nice to swim in the lagoon walking on soft ocean bottom.
It is about 7 minutes from downtown Papeete by 'Le Truck' which stops about 300 yards from the hotel. (We learned you have to tell the driver on your return to stop at the Royal Tahitien so he can make the appropriate detour and leave you where you started - learned this the hard way but did get a nice tour of another part of Tahiti and interesting interplay with other locals on the bus)
We found being near the city of Papeete was great for shopping with a lot to do and see - which was not always evident in other parts of the island nor, most probably, on other islands.We did a tour around Moorea (12 miles away and easily reached by ferry from Papeete) but did not see an overabundance of possibilities for shopping such as those available in Papeete. But the possibilities of quiet stays at the resorts with scuba diving and snorkeling were outstanding from what we saw on Moorea.
All in all, my wife and I (accompanied by daughter and son-in-law), on reflection, could not think of anything negative about our short trip.

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Reviewed August 16, 2006

We just got back from a vacation that included a two night stay at the Royal Tahitien. I made the reservation directly with the hotel and Yasmina was helpful and assured me that we would be comfortable. She was right!
Arriving in the evening, we couldn't see the hotel at all. Yasmina greeted us by name, she was waiting for us, and informed us that we missed the restaurant. She told us where to get the best, affordable take out, which was great, but I couldn't now, tell you what we got or where, we were exhausted!
In the morning we could see that the property was outstanding. It is an old hotel with a 1950's flavor but has been kept up very well. The kitchy feel and look of it was like going back in time. It's also a very quiet, private hotel, being at the end of the road. Friday night, however was very loud as the bar is a local hangout. I had to wait until it closed before I could sleep because of all of the loud music.
The pool was nice. Very small but with a beautiful waterfall all along one side of it. This is a small hotel, though, so there's no need for a large pool. The jacuzzi is almost as big as the pool.
The room was stuffed full since they had put in two additional beds for our kids. I did see a room without the extra beds and it looked very comfortable and roomy. We had everything we needed, kettle, tea and coffee, hot showers (never ran out!), comfortable beds, enough storage room (huge closet) and beautiful grounds.
We couldn't believe the flowers! They are everywhere, all different colors and kinds. There is a river running right through the property and there are amazing lillies growing in it. Flowering bushes and trees are all over. Flowers are also left all around the room by housekeeping and it's a nice, welcome touch.
The whole family feels like we missed out by only spending one transition day in Papeete at the Royal Tahitien. If we ever go to Papeete again we'll stay there again and I'd recommend it to Americans who can deal with a hotel with an older style.

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  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 13, 2006

This hotel is nothing like it looks on the web. It was way out of town and rather tired looking and slightly shabby. It is way out of town on the wrong side and public transport access to the city ends very early. My main criticism though is that after checking out and subsequently finding that I had been overcharged with a bar bill, the hotel refused to respond to my frequent e-mails about it.

Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed January 27, 2006

We stayed here the night prior to our Princess cruise. Did not want to spend alot so I'd say we got what we paid for. Room was clean but beds lumpy and toilet seat was chipped. However, pool area was lovely with a waterfall and jacuzzi and well-maintained grounds. Do not bother eating at the restaurant....mediocre food and service. We tried both dinner (as we got in very late) and breakfast the next morning. Don't be afraid to eat at the "roulettes" at the pier in town. Delicious food and we paid only $9 per plate for chinese food. All types of food (chinese, tahitian, bbq) available as well as ice cream, crepes and dessert waffles! No, we did not get sick from eating off the trucks. Note the trucks are available for dinner only.

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed May 20, 2004

We stayed here the first night we flew into Tahiti (like many travelers to FP we spent most of our time on other islands) and were quite happy with the accommodations. It’s a vintage late 60’s style luxury motel that has been impeccably kept up. It has a beachfront open air restaurant, a black sand beach, and a small but very pretty swimming pool with attached bar. It has air-conditioning, which is a sweet luxury given the heat. At $160/night, it’s cheap by Tahiti’s standards, but by many other standards it would be overpriced.

There is one drawback that is not really the hotel’s fault. The hotel is on the outskirts of the city and the taxi ride from the airport was $35 ($5 a km?!) each way and the hotel does not offer a shuttle or ‘transfers.’ So…. It may not be worth it (relative to other hotels) unless you’ve rented a car, or you are lucky enough to have daytime flights and can take the bus. In fact, you may find if like us, if you stay here only one night a car rental is cheaper (and more fun) than the two taxi rides. Although, finding this hotel at night when you are unfamiliar with the city would be quite a challenge. Have a good map and some clear directions should you try this.

  • Stayed May 2004
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113 Thank berri
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Property: Royal Tahitien
Address: Pirae, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Pirae
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pirae
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Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Tahitien 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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Royal Tahitien Hotel Pirae
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