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Pension de la Plage Tahiti
Ranked #2 of 6 Punaauia B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Andover, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“get a room with a kitchenette”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2010

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.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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9 Thank DrMo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2010

Great hotel!
This is a perfect place for a family vacation or for people who want to escape big hotels crowd and typical service. The rooms are not big but very cute and have everything you need for staying. You will have kitchenette with refrigerator, small stove, microwave, and dishes, everything you need to make breakfast or dinner. I use to have a light breakfast in the morning in tiki-style bar, right in front of my room. They serve fresh beget, coffee, tea, juice, eggs, 2-3 kind of the local fruits, cheese, jam ( local grapefruit, was my favorite). You can eat as much as you want. Or buy some food in the commercial center, what is walk distance from the hotel.
The room has been cleaned every day, towels changed too. The swimming pool cleaned, grounds are good groomed and clean too. You can jump in to the pool right from your private terrace.
The lagoon just across the road (that was actually only one thing I was not happy about, because it is a busy road). The beach is not crowded and I used to take a long walk every morning for kilometers both ways along the beach, and swim after. Water is shallow, no big waves. You can snorkel or canoe right there. I do not even mention the sunsets! Extraordinary!
Good balance between price, service and location. I would definitely recommend this place.
Vincent and Anne-Marie will make everything for you to enjoy your staying in their homey and friendly hotel.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank NewYorkIrisha
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Tokyo, Japan
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233 reviews
209 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2010

I think this is the best value option on Tahiti. It is XPF 7900 for a single which must be one of the most reasonable accomodations in all of French Polynesia.

With prior reservations, the owner will provide pickup from the airport, which charges only XPF 1000 even though taxis charge 1500 to go anywhere from the airport. The bar and minibar have very conscientious prices at not much more than shop retail. Wifi is XPF 500/day, again one of the best deals in all of Polynesia and the signals are strong.

Meals are offered, XPF 900 for breakfast, 1500 for lunch and 2500 for dinner. I didn't have time to take try them out.

The structure resembles American motels but with luch vegetation and a nice pool in the courtyard. The rooms do not have A/C but it is made to take advantage of the sea breezes so it isn't hot in the rooms. The beach itself is a block away across the main road. Even if you do not have a car, there are shops, restaurants and a supermarket in the immediate vicinity. Overall a highly recommended option, even for a single night of transit on Tahiti.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Zoglets
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Brussels, Belgium
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30 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2008

We only stayed one night but the room we were given was nice and spacious for our family size. It is out of the city centre, that makes it not so interesting if you are staying only a night.
The owners were very helpful.

  • Liked — The friendliness of the owners
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank kaiviti2007
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New Zealand
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2008

Excellent place to stay, if you are on a budget-only 8800 XPF per night (roughly NZ$140p/n). We had the Hiva Oa room which accomodated a double and a single bed. There was ample room for all our things, a clothes rack to hang our clothes, a desk, a bench top with draws underneath and a ceiling fan. The bathroom was small and cute.
The rooms were very clean and tidy and we got clean towels and our room cleaned every day. All the rooms had their own individual balcony which looked onto the pool. The pool (fresh water) was cool and clean.
The Pension is situated in a handle location- with the supermarket only 5min walk away, the Le Meridien (which you can go the restaurant or bar) 3min walk and the beach, across the road 2min walk. Snorkels and flippers are free to use and you can even go swimming in the pool at night.
The Pension offers breakfast, snacks and dinner (for a price) or you can buy food at the supermarket or Mobil. The Mobil is also where you catch the bus (200XPF-NZ$3) into Papeete.
We really enjoyed our stay- the manager Vincent and his wife are friendly and very helpful and they have two lovely small children. If you are on a budget, like us or simply looking for quaint place to stay away from the expensive resorts, this is the place... We highly recommend to all.

  • Liked — Location, reasonably priced, great service and clean accomodation
  • Disliked — Having just a fan but you do get use to it.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank mrosec
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Property: Pension de la Plage Tahiti
Address: 4 Pk 15 | B.P. 381593 Tamanu, Punaauia 98718, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Punaauia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Punaauia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pension de la Plage Tahiti 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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