We were meant to stay here 5 nights but I think when things go wrong, they all go wrong and we checked out after only 1. Things started badly just before we left the UK we had an email to say that our booking had been mucked up and we no longer had a room with a kitchenette - not good when you are staying somewhere as expensive as Tahiti. When are prearranged pick up didnt happen and after 3 attempts and an hour waiting we got our own taxi to the hotel to discover Vincent (the owner) wasnt there ( we later discovered his wife was ill but it was all too late by then), we had been put in the worst room (by their own admission) and the decking was having work done to it. HMMMMMM! There is no air conditioning (just a free standing fan - no good with a toddler- and you are expected to leave the door open - again no good with a toddler and an unfenced pool and busy road). The room was clean but at a that point not even a kettle, a good strong shower but the bathroom always smelt of urine. The road to hotel is on is incredibley busy with no pavement to walk on to get to the shops and it felt really scary with lorries thundering past you.
Good points: Vincent when he appeared was delightful - a cot, kettle and a baby bath were provided but when we explained we were checking out due to the previous events he didnt look surprised. He did offer to buy bits and pieces but it was all a bit too late. He seems to run a nice place, his kids 2 & 5 are boisterous and loud but very friendly. His meals seem good value, but we didnt eat there so cant be sure, but if you want to save money in Tahiti you need to self cater and thats what we had wanted to do but couldnt. Also the room ,in our opinion, just wasnt right for a very mobile toddler - but probably perfect if you are just wanting to be out all day and have a bed for the night.
Tips: 1.dont eat the ready meals at the supermarket unless you want food poisoning.
2. If you want to have access to a nice beach do what the locals do - dont go the the public beach opposite. Walk up to Le Meridian and walk straight though past the pool - dont stop they will charge you- and onto the beach there much nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the island of Tahiti, "Pension de la Plage" is built in colonial style and set in a colorful garden with tropical scents.Glowing in the center is a charming swimming pool.Where you can sun bathe, cool off, or simply stretchout and rest in a peaceful warm environment.Ours is a special family atmosphere and we will share our knowledge and love of Polynesia with you, and make you feel most welcome.300 m up the road is the Meridien Hotel, and a shopping square offering all the comforts: bank, pharmacy, restaurants, bookstore, physicians, jewellers, news agents, salons, florist, boutiques, petrol stations, curios, etc...The public bus stops at our door.It is 20 min. by car to both the airport and Papeete center, and 25 minutes to the port.Each room is approx. 32m² and has a private bathroom with shower, as well its own terrace overlooking the pool.Some rooms have a kitchenette for dining-in, and some are arranged especially to accomodate children.Every room has a refrigerator and television.Nearby is an open terrace with a palm-thatched roof for complimentary breakfasts and optional dining.We also provide wireless internet access.12 airy, light and clean rooms are decorated in Polynesian flair, with bamboo furniture and local artwork. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De La Plage
- Pension De La Plage Tahiti Punaauia