"Comfortable & reasonable for a short stay"
This is an aging but well-kept hotel. Our rooms were surprisingly spacious. The furnishings were not lavish, but they were more than adequate, with a large desk, sofa, and a mini-fridge. Bed was quite comfortable, with good linens. Papeete is an old port city and some of the surrounding buildings and homes are a bit rundown. However, the hotel was within 2 blocks of downtown, seemed safe for walking, and for a 2-3 night stay no car was necessary. It is a short walk to restaurants, a grocery store, the Vodaphone store, banks & ATMs, and the historic cathedral and market. A modern mall is just a few blocks farther. The ferry terminal is nearby, with daily service to Moorea and its tourist activities. The hotel staff was very nice, provided information about transportation and retail locations, and arranged reasonably-priced taxis. Although only about half of the people we met spoke English, a little knowledge of the most commonly needed French words and phrases goes a long way. Everyone makes an effort to understand visitors. Twice, when we were examining our map, passersby stopped to ask if we needed help. If you are not fluent in French, get a good French dictionary for help reading menus and signs. A few, but not all, establishments also have menu descriptions in English.. The residents of Tahiti are very friendly and polite. Meals are relaxed. You may have to wait a bit to place your order. Wait staff rarely bring the check until the customer asks for it.
Traveller from Pemberton NJ