The Airport Lodge is the most useful place to stay if you have any late night transfers such as the 1am flight onwards towards Easter Island. You can pre arrange for Charlie the owner to pick you up and drive you up the steep hill to the accommodation. He is a very friendly guy and will drive you back to the airport when you leave. The hill is too steep if you have heavy bags. There is a bus stop at the foot of the hill which will take you into Papeete for 130F, you could also eat in the airport restaurant if you don't want to go into town.
The lodge is basic but at just 5000F per night is one of the cheapest places you will find in Tahiti. Rooms have wooden screen instead of glass windows, which means you will hear everything overnight, such as nearby snorers or late night planes taking off. Aircraft noise can be a real problem at all hours. Rooms are stuffy, with just an electric fan. I was handed electric mosquito coils when I arrived. My room was very hot and stuffy with just a fan Bathroom facilities are shared, I saw ants and a dead cockroach in one cubicle. There is a stunning view across to the Island of Moorea and the airport from the breakfast area. There is also a small garden with bananas and other tropical fruit growing.
- Also Known As:
- Tahiti Airport Hotel Tahiti
- Tahiti Airport Lodge South Pacific