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Sheraton Hotel Tahiti - Recommended

Sheraton Hotel Tahiti Photo, Tahiti, French Polynesia

PK2 Cote Mer Auae Faa'a, Tahiti, (689) 864848
Located only a few minutes from the airport, this hotel has great views of the Pacific and the Papeete Harbor. Renovated in 1999, the hotel has 200 rooms, although I doubt you’d know it with the very well-planned layout of the building. It has a very open lobby with a huge and very beautiful all-shell chandelier (one of at least three that we saw in the hotel). Behind the lobby is a huge double set of cherrywood stairs that brings you to a large, random-shaped pool, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor seating areas (with a TV), and the restaurants. There are three dining choices here: The Moevai, which means "quiet water" and is the hotel’s main restaurant, Heepuemi, which means "to sit under a cloudless sky" and is located off the pool area, and Quinn’s Bar, which was named after an early explorer and boasts live music and fresh, fruity cocktails.

The hotel tries to keep you in a tropical mood, despite the fact you are just outside of a small city. Thatched roofs everywhere, lots of palm trees, the entire staff dressed in native attire, and beautiful blue-water views from just about everywhere is what you can expect here. The walls have beautiful local art, and there are carved wooden statues everywhere as well. This hotel is the perfect place for people using Tahiti as a stop-over before continuing on to other islands. I say that because there are more luxurious hotels in the area. We just felt it was silly to pay for a five-star resort when we were only going there to sleep and tour the city for a day and a half. Regardless, the hotel was beautiful (you are in Tahiti—how bad can it be?), and there were several great areas to sit and relax, read, or just to gaze off.

The staff was excellent, as was our mini-suite that we were upgraded to. Rooms were air-conditioned and always kept immaculate by housekeeping with a minimalist, but very Tahitian theme. All rooms were equipped with the basics: iron, hair dryer, coffee maker, satellite television, safe, and minibar. I know sometimes the hotels say satellite TV, and what you get is CNN, and that’s it. To be honest, we just flew 16½ hours, and the last thing either of us were thinking about was TV. That said, they said they have it–-how extensive it is, I haven’t the first clue. They had a computer with Internet access off the main lobby, which was done on the honor system.

After checking in, we were greeted with a container of Tahitian vanilla, fresh flower leis, and a wrapped and engraved shell. We found the concierge to be very helpful, and she spoke perfect English, which made our lives much easier. She suggested going to dinner at Le Roulottes, which turned out to be the best meal we had in town, and she also showed us how to catch Le Truck, which cut our transportation cost down to almost nothing. There was a beauty salon off the lobby and an activities desk right next to the concierge. This hotel also offers nice meeting facilities and plenty of outdoor function space. Overall, we had a great experience at the Sheraton, and it’s a place I would definitely go back to if put in the same situation. Side note: While we were there, the "Miss French Polynesia" beauty contest was in town AND the event was being held at the Sheraton—of course.

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