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Reviewed 12 November 2018

I had the pleasure of taking a 2-week cruise from Papeete to the Marquesas on the Aranui in October 2018, and stayed at the Royal Tahitian the night before I departed and for six nights upon my return. Although the rooms reminded me of a 1950s Howard Johnson, they are well maintained, clean, and have either a patio (first level) or large veranda ( second level) overlooking a beautifully landscaped garden area that masks the reception building and restaurant. The pool has a waterfall and cascading flowers that make it very atmospheric. The restaurant is right on the beach with great views of the lagoon and parts of Moorea. I will be returning to Papeete in November 2019 (for another cruise, this time on Wind Spirit) and have booked six nights at the Royal Tahitian again. Compared to the prices and quality of the mega resorts on Tahiti, the Royal Tahitian is unique, much more intimate, and a superb value (and patronized by many French who know quality vice glitz when they see it).

Room tip: I suggest the second floor rooms and their verandas for the privacy and views.
Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank Robert D
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Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

We arrived here as a first stop before heading off to the Marquesas islands. It was like entering a motel in the 70’s. Charming at first sight. When walking around in the room I hit the bed with my leg. It was really frightening as it turned out the bed had a very sharp edge in its welding that could have caused terrible wounds. The blankets in the bed had spots and the bathroom was very worn down. As it was late at night and we should have a really early start the next day we did not complain directly to the management. Instead we discussed it with our travel agent back home. They arranged an upgrade for the next stop 10 days later before moving on to the Society Islands. It became a bit better the next time. All in all this place would need a total makeover as it has a potential in its location by the sea and a nice garden. The positive side of this place the restaurant with great dishes, very good drinks and reception speaks good English.

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank 628sofias
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Reviewed 21 September 2018

We checked in after the restaurant closed for the evening. We inquired where we could find water or snacks (after the long plane ride). We were told to walk down the street to the convenience store for anything like that. No water in the room and no vending machines. So, we walked down the graffiti lined narrow, dark street late at night. We passed young adults loitering around their cars on the way to the convenience store. In retrospect, it was not a good decision just for water... But, we made it back with the water.

The room was very much like an old Motel 6 room. All 4 of the TV channels were in French. The grounds were kept well, and the staff seemed friendly enough. Also, the restaurant is right on the beach. It was priced comparably with the rest of Tahiti, which is to say more expensive than you would think.

Our biggest complaints would be the part of town it is in, and the lower quality of the room. Later in the trip, we stayed at the Le Meridien. It was a bit higher in quality than the Royal Tahitien, but it's also higher in price. There, we found water in the room and at the front desk, multiple restaurants, free WiFi, and English speaking channels on the TV.

Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Prowlers
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vaitiare m, Responsable relations clients at Royal Tahitien, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2018

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your comment.
Please note that though our buidings were inspired from hawaiian motel construction and built in the 1960's, the rooms were refreshed 4 years ago.
We are located 3 km away from town and our surroundings are as safe as the Meridien ones.
Regarding our standing, please note that we are a standard hotel and the Meridien is a 4 stars one.
At least regarding restaurant prices, please note that our restaurant menu is cheaper than the 2 at the Meridien hotel.

Best regards,


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Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Honestly would not recommend this hotel at all. At first glance it looks ok, retro Tahitian style and beautiful gardens. However when you take a closer looks the rooms seem like the haven’t been updated since the 60’s, are grimy and have an odd smell. The air conditioning worked poorly, the bed was small and sank down in the middle (plus there were holes in the blankets). The bathroom was dirty and the towels were ripped, the pool was out of order, and the wifi was expensive (and the receptionist told us there was no point in paying because it doesn’t work well anyways). Its also pretty far from town. The garden is beautiful though and the hotel has loads of potential, but it was not nice to stay here, even for a night.

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

cockroaches, super expensive food, hard bed, expensive wifi- was okay for the price I guess. it had a kitchenette which was nice. for $100 more head to the tahitian pearl, we moved there after two nights and it was night and day difference.

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank Andysitsatthebar
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vaitiare m, Responsable relations clients at Royal Tahitien, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Dear sir,

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at the Royal Tahitien.
Please note that we hire a pest control company to prevent insects in the rooms and in the hotel, nevertheless we are surrounded by a big tropical garden and this natural environment can't guaranty to be free of insect.
Regarding the food price we are considered as a restaurant with average rates.
Wifi is free in the comon part and we do not fix rates for prepaidcards.
We thank you for your comments that we will use to offer best services.

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