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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

We stayed three nights in a bungalow and were disappointed. The room smelled like cat urine and was dark. There were no screens on the sliding doors, no ac and a very limited kitchenette. One of the front desk staff was quite unfriendly. A beautiful spot on the beach but no beach chairs. The hens and roosters were very entertaining.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
1  Thank 187valeriema
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Clean, quiet (once you have accepted roosters as part of society!), a bit quaint...bug screen around bed and mosquito coils for burning. Comfortable bed. Fridge, hot plate and kitchen plates, pots etc came in handy.
The restaurant was closed for renovations, so breakfast was delivered to our terrace.very punctual. Delicious, delicious croissants and pan au chocolate!! And fruit salad.
The restaurant closure meant no kayak rentals too, which was a bigger disappointment!
Management booked and then provided us free transportation to and from the Inter Continental Polynesian dinner and show. Top quality performances!! Dinner was great too.
Snorkelling from the hotel was a huge disappointment!! So we rented a car. The best we found was at Temae beach, past the airport. Swim out to the reef.
Hotel located near many restaurants, gas station,little shops.

Stayed: November 2017
1  Thank happyme_13
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Reviewed 1 June 2018

Loved the place! It's a more local hotel than the big International ones (Hilton, Sofitel, etc) and that suited us just FINE. Very friendly staff, beautiful grounds, very close to two motu's (small islands) that are great snorkeling spots. The setting for the restaurant is beautiful and the food is good. What we liked best, though, was that it was walking distance to stores and particularly to L'Heure Sud food truck. Woke up, had coffee and a croissant in the restaurant, kayaked over to the motu's, snorkeled among hundreds of fish, sat on the beach, and then kayaked back for great fish lunch at the food truck. Read, shopped for pearls, sat by pool, or dozed in the afternoon, then beer or umbrella drinks and maybe dinner at Sunset. Repeat until real life calls.

We had an air-conditioned room, which suited us northerners just fine; it was nice to come in to cool on the hot afternoon. Only real drawback was a weird shower set up and lack of a curtain. What's up with that??? No matter what we did, shower sprayed all over the bathroom floor. I can't believe no one else mentioned it.

Unless you really WANT the 5* and isolation that comes with the big resorts, I'd HIGHLY recommend this place. It's a bit old and 80's/90's style...but that was never an issue. Clean, well-tended for, with owners present and involved. You get a nice sense of what it's like to be a citizen and live on the island. I much prefer this to the generic "luxury" of the intercontinental's.

Room Tip: Bungalows appear to be romantic, but they don't have AC
  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank hodgkintom
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NathalieHibiscus, Propriétaire at Hotel Hibiscus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2018

Ia orana,

Thank you very much for your comment; We are happy you enjoyed your stay with us. In regards to the shower, in French Polynesia, it's not customary to install shower curtains, to allow better air flow. We hope to welcome you again in our hotel.

Warm regards

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

The hotel is nicely located on the sea shore, in front of the motu (small islands) and has a small beach. The restaurant is quite good, not so cheap as all the restaurants on the island, the food is good and local. Service in the restaurant is quite nice. The lesser points wich make the experience not so paradise like as wished : the concrete blocks to reach the beach are not sexy, and when the restaurant is closed you actually need to walk through the sea to get back to the hotel... The bungalows deserve to be renewed : the bathroom space and the furnniture seems to date of the eighties. Even if clean, it is dated. No air conditioning in the bungalows, we can live without, but we'd expect that standard to be reached given the price of the rooms. Could do better !

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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4  Thank maiwennvs
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

We enjoyed our stay at the Hibiscus. It is a comparatively small hotel (~30 bungalows and a few studios in a modern building) in an excellent location. The hotel is right on the beach, with the bungalows extending back through lovely grounds, and the swimming pool, to the reception area which is on the main road. Access to the beach is down some steps to a shallow protected area, and off to the right is a newly opened public beach. This white sandy beach leads to a part of the lagoon that has some, but not a lot of coral, so it’s easy to walk out and swim. The area to the left has more coral for interesting snorkeling. Of the several hotels in the area, the Hibiscus is the closest to stores and restaurants, including Le Petit Village. The Sunset Restaurant at the hotel is right over the water, and definitely the place to see a sunset. Breakfast was included with our room, and it was a lovely place to start the day.
The staff were all very nice and accommodating. On the day we left, our transfer to the ferry wasn’t until 3:15, and since checkout was at 10:30, the receptionist arranged for us to stay in one of the other bungalows for the day, which we really appreciated. We had been staying in a superior lagoon view bungalow,(#1) and it was right at the end of the grassy area overlooking the restaurant and the lagoon. We spent part of our last day in #14, which was a garden bungalow. It was similar in layout to the superior bungalow, but did not have the more upscale furnishings, TV, AC and in-room safe.
We would stay at the Hibiscus again.

Stayed: January 2018
5  Thank bncoast
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