Ratings based on 76 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.1 out of 5
98% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
3.8 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Auckland, NZ

Chill out and relax

Posted Aug 1, 2016
Pros: Fresh colours, comfortable furniture, spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchen, books and board games available.
A relaxing, low-key stay in a small motel complex with fresh, clean rooms just across from the beach. Friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful gardens.
Comment from Hotel Management
by Jane, Hotel Management
Thank you Nikky for your lovely review - I am so pleased you liked our rooms, gardens, beach and staff! Our books and board games get a lot of use - just like holidays used to be. I hope you will choose to return to The Black Pearl - you can be assured of a warm welcome. Kind regards Jane and The Team at The Black Pearl
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Kerikeri, New Zealand

Small friendly resort, sandy beach across road.

Posted Jul 28, 2016
Pros: Welcoming platter of fruit in the room on our arrival. Staff friendly and helpful. Attractive pool, good barbecue facility for cooking the fish.
Location: Bus stop immediately outside. Shipwreck Hut a 10 minute walk along the beach for drinks and light meals and admiring the sunset. Nice swimming spots.
We stayed 9 nights at the Black Pearl. Transfer from the airport was arranged and successful although rather expensive. We used the bus service for the first 4 days then hired a rental car which gave us more scope for exploring. Our main focus this trip was to chill out and relax and the resort was ideal for that.
Comment from Hotel Management
by Jane, Hotel Management
Kia Orana Alan & Barbara, We are delighted you found the Black Pearl an ideal spot to chill out and relax. Thanks for sharing your experience with others. We hope to welcome you back at some time in the future. Kind regards Jane Barclay & The Team at The Black Pearl
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Small but comfortable boutique resort.

Posted Jul 12, 2016
Pros: Large suites. Bus stop right outside. Snorkeling equipment provided. Access to treated drinking water.
Cons: Face towels would be appreciated, and a safe in the room for valuables. Very easy to lock yourself out accidently and doors take two hands to open.
Location: Good sunsets on this side of the island and the Shipwreck Hut is only a 5 minute walk down the beach.
We booked into the Black Pearl at the last minute with very little research when we decided to extend our stay in Rarotonga and the resort where we were staying had already booked out our room. Having said that, we were pleasantly surprised at the comfort and beauty of the facility and happy with our choice to stay here. One downside was the road noise - the resort is across the street from the beach and traffic goes by at all hours of the day and night.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 19, 2016 by Jane, Hotel Management
We are delighted to hear you were pleasantly surprised with The Black Pearl. Our guests love the proximity to the beach without paying a beachfront price. Since your stay we have replaced the lock on your room door - as you found out we always have someone on call to let you back in! Being on the westerly side of the island we enjoy magnificent sunsets and the Shipwreck hut is a great place to watch the sun go down with a refreshing cocktail. Thank you for choosing to stay at The Black Pearl and for sharing your impressions. Kind regards Jane Barclay
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Great relaxing getaway

Posted Jun 6, 2016
This hidden gem was the ideal getaway.The facility was immaculate.Thanks for being so accomodating.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 15, 2016 by jane, Hotel Management
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay!
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Tokoroa, New Zealand

Relaxing getaway

Posted Jun 2, 2016
The service was amazing.Truly a great getaway for couples.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 15, 2016 by Jane, Hotel Management
Thanks for letting us know - we have a great team here at The Black Pearl with our objective being to deliver friendly personal service.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from US/Australia

Nice hotel close to the beach. Great people.

Posted May 31, 2016
Large room and wonderful to be able to cook. Food on the island is expensive and since we did not rent a car or scooter- it would have been a hassle to eat out for all of our meals. The hotel grounds are lovely and they had a great pool and patio and barbecue etc. The location is great - very central. We loved the dive shop next door - Adventure Cook Islands.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 1, 2016 by Jane, Hotel Management
Hi Cynthia and John - lovely to have you stay! and yes our rooms are larger than most and with the vaulted ceilings they stay nice and cool. ..our guests enjoy having the option to cook or eat out - I hope you will return - just let us know and there will be a warm welcome awaiting you.
4 out of 5
by NATHALIE from Uzès

Bon rapport qualité prix

Posted May 16, 2016 on Hotels
Hotel tout à fait convenable dans la gamme de prix qu'il représente. Jardin et piscine très agréables, studio spacieux, literie confortable, l'ensemble un peu "vieillot" mais suffisant pour qui souhaite séjourner aux Iles Cook à un prix raisonnable. Attention, pas à côté de la seule et unique ville de l'île, prévoir de marcher pour trouver la première épicerie du coin, ou de pédaler ...
Comment from Hotel Management
by Jane, Hotel Management
Kia Orana Nathalie, I am delighted you enjoyed your stay at The Black Pearl - we love our gardens and are constantly planting new tropical varieties for the pleasure of our guests. We think our location is pretty special too - close to everything and yet a quiet oasis! I hope you will return one day. Kind regards Jane Barclay
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Waikato

Absolute bargain, a stones throw from the beach.

Posted May 15, 2016 on Wotif
Pros: Everything. Beautiful gardens and pool area with gas BBQ. Calm, quiet and close to the beach. Simple clean white paint. Genuinely chilled out.
Cons: A spa pool would be nice
Location: The snorkeling (Jane told us where to go) is amazing. FOOD! Restaurants, fish and chips even the $5 burgers, all awesome.
The black pearl is a motel style gem on the sunset side of Rarotonga. It is across the road from the beach, literally a stones throw from white sand heaven. Because it is motel style we had a twin gas cooker, decent size refrigerator, microwave, kettle, toaster, pots, pans cutlery tea towels etc. I didn't have to go out and find breakfast every morning. Get up late and rattle up whatever you fancy, perfect. (Local supermarkets have loads) They provide bath towel and beach towels. They have rock shoes you can borrow and masks and snorkels and even umbrellas. You really could turn up in your shorts and jandels. Jane gave flawless advice on the best places to eat and the bar down the road (5 minutes on foot, along the beach) is rated by CNN as No. 3 in the world for beach sunset bars. The small staff are genuinely lovely (though all the people we meet were friendly and chilled). Its not the Ritz but you knew that from the price. It is however an absolute bargain. Its not party central either. Its a fantastic place for stressed out grown ups to chill out, unwind, de-stress... No reason not to take kids but the pool (like all of them there) in not fenced. If you like to sleep in or like sunsets, stay on the west side. It was also sheltered from the wind. It was blowing the whole time we were there and the black pearl was calm and warm. I would thoroughly recommend the black pearl to my friends and family. I wouldn't bother to stay anywhere else.
Comment from Hotel Management
May 25, 2016 by Jane, Hotel Management
Wow Mal - High praise indeed - thank you so much for sharing your impressions of our little slice of paradise...I loved your line - 'A great place for stressed out grown - ups to chill out' so true! I hope you will return to enjoy our little oasis. Kind regards Jane Barclay
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Posted May 7, 2016 on Hotels
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 16, 2016 by Jane, Hotel Management
Thank you for sharing your rating of the Black Pearl - we appreciate it!
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from New Zealand

Posted Apr 24, 2016 on Lastminute
Pros: Spacious, good location
Cons: Better pots and pans
Location: Good snorkeling beach opposite.
Very close to good snorkeling beach. Nice spacious rooms. Good snorkeling gear. Friendly staff showed us how to shuck coconuts. Lovely gardens, good pool area
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 25, 2016 by Jane, Hotel Management
Kia Orana Kate - very pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us - we hope to see you back this way !