REVIEW: Tahiti Airport Motel (using our $50 annual hotel statement credit)

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Updated: Feb 1, 2024

Why this makes sense for us, and no…we did not stay there the entire visit 😁

We had a trip planned in Bora Bora. But before getting to Bora Bora, we had to fly from LAX to Tahiti. From Los Angeles, it was a direct flight over 8 hours.

We arrived in Tahiti around 6pm.  We got out of Tahiti Airport (PPT) close to 7pm. We had a flight scheduled to Bora Bora the next day. We just needed a place to sleep and shower, so when we get up the next day, we could easily get to the airport.

The solution
Tahiti Airport Motel….look at the yellow arrow! It’s located directly across from the airport.

Getting there

From the airport, the looks could be deceiving. Yes, there was a direct way to go straight to the property but the access from the front road is not accessible to guests. So do NOT try to go from the front road. It’s walkable but I’m not gonna lie to you, you have to get to the property from taking the back road (not the road facing the airport).

Even for us who are just #TeamCarryOn, it was challenging to drag our carryons to the property. Why? It was uphill to get to the property. Had we known, it was only a $20 ride to/from the airport. But we are troopers and we made it safely, we were sweating bullets, but we made it.

It’s not fancy, not a 5-star hotel, but it works, and we were able to use our Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card for the $50 annual hotel statement credit since we booked this directly using the Chase Travel Portal. No issues.


For a quick dinner

We walked downhill to Ocean Restaurant as suggested by George from the front desk. It’s a Chinese restaurant with a take out and sit down option. We opted to eat inside, relaxed, cooled off from the very humid weather. We had their Shrimp Fried Rice, Wonton Soup, and Salt & Pepper Pork Chops.

How was our standard room?

Clean, roomy, hot shower, and with ocean views and Moorea-Maiao from a distance, and of course, the the airport runways…not bad. WiFi is decent, TV works but the programs were all in French, there’s a fridge and a tea kettle, and closet space. We paid $120, and will get $50 statement from Chase since we booked with our Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

Do not expect a 5-star resort. There’s no swimming pool, etc. Just your standard place to stay that’s close to the airport. It’s good for those who just needs a place to stay the night if you have to catch an early flight the next day.

Breakfast option Around $12 per person continental breakfast, cereal, croissant, breads…no pancakes, bacon, potatoes – nothing like that. So we opted not to get breakfast there. We just ate at the airport before we caughtour flight to Bora Bora.
To get to the airport
Since it was all a downhill walk, we decided to just walk towards the airport. It was a sunny morning. Perfect day to stroll. We just had to cross the street once, and voila, we were at the airport within 10-15 minutes.
If you have lots of things to carry or drag, an easy cab ride would work best for you. Just let the front desk know and they’ll get a car ride for you.

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