Whilt it’s not fancy, the Tahiti Airport Motel is the perfect stopover for anyone traveling to French Polynesian islands other than Tahiti itself. Our United flight from San Francisco (SFO) was due to arrive at 8:40pm, after the last ferry left for Mo’orea, our Polynesian destination. So, that first night, we chose to stay at this conveniently located motel. Here is some helpful information if you’re looking for a place to stay for a night or two on Tahiti!
Tahiti Airport Motel is adjacent to Tahiti’s Pape’ete airport, so it’s the easiest choice for those flying in late at the beginning of their trip, or leaving early either for another island or their flight home. It’s nothing fancy or luxurious, but it’s not a fleabag motel either, so don’t worry about that!
It is uphill from the airport, however, so if you’re not eager for a steep incline or stairs while carrying your luggage, you may want to take a taxi. Steve and I walked there with our luggage with no problem, but I realize that’s not for everyone!
We chose a standard room for ourselves, and it was good enough for the two of us. Rooms range from 13,500-21,600 XPF (Polynesian Francs), or $130-$205 USD, and all rooms include air conditioning, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, mini fridge, private bathroom (bring your own toiletries), and a coffee and tea maker.
I was also pleasantly surprised that one of the outlets had two USB charging ports, which came in handy. The room itself was pretty sparse, but it was all we needed. It was only for one night, after all! And actually, we were there less than 12 hours.
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Pro tip: Bring your own toiletries! The only toiletry item you’ll find here is liquid soap in a dispenser on the wall next to the sink, and another in the shower. No shampoo, no conditioner, no toothpaste, no tiny bar of facial soap. It’s bare bones. There is, however, a toilet, a sink, and a shower. It got the job done for us!
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Breakfast is available, but it’s lite and not included in your rate. We glanced over on our way out and saw cereal and orange juice, but not much else. If you need something heartier, there are several restaurants at the airport, outside of security. Many were open before 7:00am when Steve and I walked down to pick up our rental car.
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