ARRIVAL: We arrived in Papeete after 1am. At our request, Ahitea had arranged for an airport pickup for 2600 XPF. This was charged to the room, so no worry about immediately having to get local currency. Our opinion of the price was that it was fair, unlike other opinions here. 1) this is similar to what we later paid on leaving to the airport from another hotel; 2) we were the only customers to be picked up at 1:30am and the person who picked us up had to come back to the airport for another pickup at 5am. For about US26? Totally fair.
ACCOMODATION: We greeted by the friendly manager. Her assistant happily carried our two heavy bags upstairs to the next floor. The room was a very neat and clean 3* room. Spacious. Bed was comfortable. It was quiet, except, as some others have mentioned, for local roosters. My wife loved the sound of the roosters. although on the second night we didn't even notice them. Ahitea Lodge has a clean swimming pool, which my wife enjoyed, while I took another walk into town. There are several large dining tables for the lovely continental breakfast of cereals, fruits, juice, bread. All fruits are covered to protect from flies. Free WIFI is included with a request not to abuse the privilege (no downloads, movies, etc)
LOCATION: was a comfortable, if warm, walk into the town centre. A few minutes walk to a local convenience store. There is a chinese restaurant a few minutes down the road, and Le Roulette food trucks in the neighborhood, as well as in Papeete centre. In addition many neighbourhood homes open the front verandah/carport of their homes for public meals in the evening.
RATING: Up to this, we have a nice, clean and well run 3*. A really basic compact 3* that meets expectations is worth 3 points. Ahitea Lodge was very good, spacious & comfortable, as mentioned, so we give it 4*. However, anyone who reads our reviews would know to get 5 points, any hotel has to have something perhaps unexpected, really special or extra about it. In this case, there were 4 special items. We didn't ask for these, they were not expected, perhaps we got them because we (or they) are wonderful special people. Who knows. 1) We asked them if they were offering dinner on the Friday night. They weren't but suggested we might like to share their family meal with them; 2) We thought we would go into the centre for dinner from the Roulette trucks. They drove us and helped us to select what we wanted and drove us back with our take-out; 3) When we asked if there was anywhere nearby to get some wine, they gave us a bottle of their own wine; 4) when we checked out to go to our cruise, although they publish a fee for transport to the port, they drove us without charge. For your experience, perhaps 4 points, for our experience 5 points.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Pension Ahitea Lodge Tahiti/Papeete