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Hotel Royal Tahitien

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The Royal Tahitien is a good hotel, with a great location on the sea shore, a good restaurant and friendly staff. But some aspects definitely need upgrading and would make this hotel so much better. I suggest they do three things: 1. Provide free WiFi in the rooms. At present it is only available in the restaurant, and it is not conveninet to go there during meal times just to do email. 2. Provide 24/7 hot water in the bathrooms. I had just a trickle of lukewarm water, which made washing, showering and shaving difficult. The temperature should be 55 C all day and a much better hot water flow rate. 3. Provide some English language TV channels such as BBC, CNN and France24 (in English) With these three simple and not very expensive improvements the Royal Tahitien would be a very much better place to stay.

The staff is most helpful in navigating the money, buses, cabs and airport. We stayed there two years ago and they treated us like long lost family when we arrived this trip. We stayed a couple nights, flew to Raiatea, went sailing for two weeks, and returned for a couple nights before flying home. The desk people were helpful in arranging side trips and all the back and forth around our complicated itinerary. The rooms are modest, clean and the patios are a nice place to read and drink wine.

Friendly staff, but a number of other issues... located next to a hospital, so some nights were spent listening to helicopters landing. Menu is 99% meat, definitely not suitable for vegetarians or vegans. No attempt made to reduce plastic straws or other wasteful packaging

The room, which we only booked for one nite because others were filled on this date, had a horrible mildew odor upon entering. Tried to air it out but didn’t help. Worn out furnishings in the room and tub had mildew around it. Patio furniture was stained and old and looked that way on most patios. Property has potential if they trim the bushes and clean up litter. Pool was ok but lots of debris from a birthday party was left around. Restaurant was just ok. Frozen reheated French fries with mediocre burgers. Not asked how well we want them cooked even. For the price, you can do much better and we did the other nights.

This is a good hotel for the price in Papeete! The rooms and restaurant/bar are a bit outdated but clean and spacious.They need more reading lights and the tub/shower had mold.The receptionist was lovely in helping us get a cab for the next morning to the airport.There is a 2500 XPF minimum on card at the service station where you can get snacks and drinks but there is a ATM outside.The beach is black sand and the view from the bar outside is great for sunset.. Wifi only works at the restaurant, not in the rooms.The grounds are lovely in a quiet area.

This is a good resort for the price you pay! The rooms and restaurant/bar are a bit outdated as you'd expect but clean and spacious. The receptionist was lovely in helping me as I was travelling alone. There is NO WATER IN THE ROOM - I stress this as I arrived at midnight after a long journey and wasn't game to walk down the street to the service station alone. There is a minimum on card at the service station but an ATM on the outside. The bar tender is a rude/lazy man so you'll have to work to get a cold beer/water (I asked for some beers at 9:58pm when the bar closed at 10:00pm and was met with a simple 'no'), but the waitresses and rest of the staff are lovely and warm. The beach is black sand but the water is lovely and warm/clear. Wifi only works at the restaurant, not in the rooms.

Room was outdated, which would have been okay if the bathroom didn’t have mold in the tile. Overall room felt dirty and worn. Grounds needed tended - some pretty areas and then some needing major attention. Food at night was pretty good but the “American breakfast” was awful. You can’t walk anywhere from here and when we tried getting a cab - cab said there was too much traffic. All I wanted was to leave this place and get on the ferry to Moorea (which I am praying is better). Only good part was view from the restaurant.

This place is certainly showing its age but it was a reasonable price and close to town. We had our favourite table looking down at the ocean. Watching the junior sailing program while having breakfast, was a treat for me. The buffet was overpriced so we just ordered breakfast off the menu every morning. The women at the reception desk was very helpful and even let us keep our extra luggage in a storage room because we were coming back a couple of times during out three weeks in the islands.

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).

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.

Rue Temarii Pirae Tahiti

Hotel highlights

  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool
  • WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)

Hotel Royal Tahitien places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Tomb of King Pomare V and Stade Pater. This 40-room, 3-star resort has private in-room pools along with a restaurant and an outdoor pool.


This resort is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


26-inch an LCD TV are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. The bathroom offers a rainfall showerhead and hair dryers. Other standard amenities include a private pool, a furnished balcony, and a refrigerator.

Property features

Guests staying at Hotel Royal Tahitien enjoy an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 25 per person roundtrip. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a meeting room, a business center, and express check-in.

Room options

Studio, Kitchenette, Ground Floor

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

46.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 194 reviews

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