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Pension Ahitea Lodge
Ranked #3 of 7 Papeete B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

The rooms were clean but very basic with the restroom down the hall. It is walking distance to the main shopping area. The neighborhood seemed safe for walking around during the day but I was weary of going out after dark. I opted to pay and have dinner at the lodge. It was family style with most of the guests around the same table alternating conversation between English and French. It was a lovely evening that I'll remember for a long time.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 June 2016

We spent one night in Tahiti on our way to Bora Bora and I wanted someplace cheap that was close enough to walk to town. We found it. The owner and staff were friendly, the breakfast European style with great French bread, Coffee, and home made yoghurt and cheeses. There was no air conditioning but the fans worked well. Bathroom was down the hall. It took about 15 minutes to walk to town. They also served about 10 guests dinner of fresh Tuna, Eggplant, Salad, rice and wonderful bread. They also had a swimming pool. Most people staying there were French and their English was limited.

Room Tip: Upstairs room had a balcony and was big enough for 3 people.
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 May 2016

Simple , clean accommodation with helpful owner but located 20 minutes walk from town in a poor area. Not nice to walk back at night as pedestrian access along road not easy with broken surfaces and rubbish tips and stray dogs always along the way , also poor lighting.
We stayed for 2 nights en route to LA but Papeete is not particularly attractive and looks desperately in need of investment with lots of unfinished roadworks and houses and empty shops. Nicest place is by boats and there is a night food market there. Taxis are expensive and only cheap food we found was in the market.

Room Tip: Ask for a downstairs room if you have mobility problems as there is no lift
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

Family-run hotel. Large room, good storage (wardobes etc), en-suite. Swimming pool of reasonable size. Continental breakfast (but no croissants!). Water cooler, tea & coffee always available. Dinner is available (if booked earlier in the day), which means eating with the family. A daughter of the family, Vee-anna, (she does not live on the premises but comes at least once a day) is knowledgeable and very helpful in suggesting and organising tours etc. She speaks good English.
Location: about 10 minutes walk from the port and the Moorea ferry. About 10-15 mins from the "Tracks" where low-cost dining is available. Area is safe, if not well-lit or attractive, at night.
NB Tahiti is expensive.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

Was booked when we were looking for space at beginning of trip. Managed last night there because Aranui sailed that morning, so they had rooms. Vaiana, the owner, has been in the travel agency business for a good while. They have different types of rooms, some with ac, some not, some rooms for lots of folks, etc. We needed ac and it was just fine. Papeete has grown, it is noisy and dusty. Ahitea is at the end of a little dead end street. If you are not looking for cookie cutter hotels, but rather a local experience, this is the place. Not a 5 star hotel, but a darned good guest house. Great pool too. Free wifi, friendly public space. We had to leave at 4am, so alas, no breakfast!

Room Tip: Wifi works best in public space.
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 March 2016

As other people have noted, we were a bit shocked upon arrival. We had Room #1 (on the main level) with 3 beds. It was suitable as a "day room" to rest, shower and change clothes before the late night Air Tahiti Nui flight back to the USA. The a/c and Wi-Fi worked well in our room. The owner / manager was very pleasant and helpful. She provided ice (upon request), called in our order for pizza (which was delivered to the lodge) and booked a taxi for transport to the airport. Market is only 5+ minutes walk. Restaurants are 10+ minutes walk (probably better to use a taxi). The pool area is nice and in good condition. The taxi transport that the lodge arranges for the 15 minute ride to the airport is quite expensive ($26.00 USD for 4 passengers PLUS $1.00 USD per luggage piece).

Room Tip: We had Room #1 (on the main level) with 3 beds.
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  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

There is truly nothing great about that place. It was enough to stay for a night to catch the ferry in the morning. The breakfast was really basic and the fruits didn’t look good after all. The room was basic. The bathroom’s ceiling was all over with mold. In the morning a bird was waking us up, since he somehow nested over the window I assume. He returned after I chased him away the first time. No wifi connection in the room. The only good thing about that place is the owner/manager, who even drove us tot he ferry terminal. Thanks for that!

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Ahitea-lodge-papeete, Gérant at Pension Ahitea Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2015
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trop facile de mettre des commentaires négatifs
Vous devriez nous parler au lieu de faire comme si vous ne comprenez pas notre langue

mais comme je dis toujours, on ne pas plaire à tout le monde et surtout beaucoup de gens se trompe d'hébergement juste pour ne pas payer trop cher leur chambre

vous saviez que la WIFI était seulement dans les parties communes de la pension
je le dis et redis à chaque fois que je reçois mes clients.

petit déjeuner, nous faisons en sorte que le petit déjeuner (offert) soit le mieux garni possible avec des fruits frais , café, thé, chocolat à gogo.

fromage, compote, cornflakes, lait et j'en passe à volonté bien sûr...

nous avons été très gentille de vous avoir amené gratuitement au quai des ferry
c'est ça l'accueil et le service en pension de famille...

quant aux oiseaux qui chantent le matin devant la fenêtre, désolée pour vous, c'est la preuve que vous êtes en Polynésie, en pleine nature .

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Additional Information about Pension Ahitea Lodge

Address: Avenue Vaitaaoa, Papeete 5597, French Polynesia
Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Papeete
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Papeete
Price Range: $111 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pension de famille comportant 12 chambres, et situe au coeur de la ville de Papeete, notre pension vous permettra grace a sa localisation de decouvrir la ville avec sa culture, ses habitants, son esprit et ses roulottes. Dans un esprit familial et de detente, vous apprecierez le cadre agreable et verdoyant de notre pension dans laquelle vos vacances vous permettrons de garder un merveilleux souvenir de Polynesie. Situe tout proche de la gare routiere et du port de Tahiti, vous aurez la possibilite de pouvoir decouvrir d'autres lieux de l'ile. ... more   less 
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