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“When you need help at this hotel, see Yasmina!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Royal Tahitien

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Royal Tahitien
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pirae
San Diego
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“When you need help at this hotel, see Yasmina!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2010

We originally planned a four night stay at this hotel and ended up staying six. The garden was beautiful and by Tahitian standards the restaurant was economical with a good menu. The adjacent bar had good sunset views overlooking the black sand beach.
The single most significant plus of this hotel was Yasmina at reception. The assistance she provided us was EXCEPTIONAL. She had good advice and solutions for everything with a smile and genuine willingness to help.
We stayed our first and last nights in Papeete at another hotel, rented a house on Moorea, and stayed three nights on Bora Bora. Although everyone we met was friendly and helpful there was no one with the knowledge, and patience, of Yasmina.
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Although there's a bus stop nearby I would suggest renting a car if staying for any length of time at this hotel. The bus service is cheap but erratic. And Le Truck? They must be invisible! I saw only three and only one was stopping for passengers.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2009

The rooms are pretty old, however the pool and garden are beautiful. There is a black sand beach in front that is good for swimming as well. The restaurant is pretty good and quite popular with locals. The staff is extremely helpful and they even got us free tickets to the Heiva dance festival. For inexpensive meals ask the staff where the "roulottes" can be found.

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Mammoth Lakes, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2009

We stayed the last night of our vacation at Royal Tahitian and loved everything about this hotel. We thought the service was exceptional! Yasmina (the front desk manager) was a joy to deal with! We arrived in the morning (around 9:30 am) and she allowed us to check in early. When we entered into our room it was like walking into the 1960's. (Think Mad Men) This was part of the charm of the hotel. We had a nice view of the grounds which were landscaped beautifully. This hotel is on a black sand beach with good views from the restaurant/bar. The location is a few miles away from Papeete, but close to the bus stop. We took Le Truck into Papeete to shop. The night we stayed was a Friday which was fun because they had a local Tahitian band playing in the bar. Many locals go there for dinner and dancing. We enjoyed the sunset drinks and dinner (food was good, not great). The next day our plane did not leave until 10:00 pm and Yasmina allowed us to check out late. She found us a good deal on a rental car for a day and we toured the island. I would consider this a 3 star hotel and a great value. We paid around $150 a night. When we return to Tahiti we again would choose Royal Tahitian.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank SWshred
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Hawaii
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2009

Arrived late at night after searching for two hours....no one in town could direct us even the local police. while asking a gas attendant for the location we heard a dog being slaughtered...as per attendant and local man's comments. horrifying. NOT a good first impression.

Checked in, carried our own bags upstairs, opened the door and dropped our jaws. Room was right out of 1965. shoddy decor, 13" b/w tv with four channels (three the same), nice fridge, Ac worthless. Bed was futon pad...dirty underwear underneath. No washclothes on premises. had to buy our own. Musty smell never left after 6 days.

Internet service not working properly.

Maids did leave lovely floral arrangements each morn. kudos to them. the one bright spot.

Pool was in poor repair. beach filthy with dog poop. open drain from restaurant onto beach. Restaurant staff very stuffy. food mediocre

Ate at local roulettes...thank heavens we had our Hep A shots as dishes were cleaned by hose on fence. Restaurants were outrageous for what you were served. thank heavens tipping is not customary...it shows in the service..

People think where I live, Hawaii, is expensive. HA Hawaii looks like walmart pricing in comparison. Plus our island beauty is cleaner and nicer. And our people a whole lot friendlier (the local tahitians were kind when you dealt one on one with them)

We were there on business and I plan on never, ever returning.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2009

Probably the best kept secret on Tahiti, best value for the money. An excellent out-of-the-way,location, but only 3 miles from downtown very busy Papeete, easily accessible with the affordable public transit system. Excellent service, nice large rooms, all with garden view. Beautifully landscaped grounds, great for sun tanning and walks. Outstanding restaurant, another great value for the budget minded traveler. Safe, almost private beach access.
Pictures and more info here: http://www.hotelroyaltahitien.com/en/contact.html

  • Liked — Everything
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  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank oldfartsenator
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Hawaii
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64 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2008

Decor was outdated but rooms were comfortable. Good deal for the price. The staff was very friendly.

  • Liked — Affordable, friendly staff
  • Disliked — Rooms were "no frills" and decor was outdated
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank hipdl
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London Uk
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2008

We spent 11 nights at this hotel: half that time would have been ample. It is expensive by UK prices, but probably not by Tahitien standards. When we arrived (at night) no help was offered with our luggage - the burly security guard concentrated on holding the torch - but luckily we were on the ground floor.

The rooms are a good size, with king size bed, tea/coffee making facilities (although tea seemed to be in short supply and some days was not provided) fridge and TV. Only one TV channel, in French. Quality of food & service in the restaurant varied on a daily basis from awful to good. Bar & restaurant closed promptly at 9.30pm Sunday-Thursday, but had live music Friday and Saturday when locals descended on the bar & restaurant and paying guests struggled to get a seat.

Beach is black sand, and shelves so sharply that it is almost impossible to walk along the beach without dislocating a hip. There are no nice coast walks; only way to walk to town is on the duel carriageway - and locals park their cars on the pavement so quite dangerous to manoeuvre around.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — price; quality of food/service
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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2 Thank mugwump57
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Property: Royal Tahitien
Address: Pirae, French Polynesia
Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Pirae
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pirae
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Tahitien 3*
Number of rooms: 40
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Royal Tahitien Hotel Pirae
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