As the world continues to learn how to live with COVID-19, you’ll occasionally read that a hotel has decided to reopen its doors (or close them permanently) after being on “pause” for months on end.
What you don’t expect to see is an announcement that a hotel has plans to reopen after being closed for 11 years. Not 11 months, 11 YEARS!
The Hilton Hotel Tahiti opened in 1960 as the first Tahitian hotel designed with the inspiration of Polynesian culture.
Located a few minutes from downtown Papeete, the hotel offered 178 rooms, 10 suites and 4 apartments, with sweeping views of the lagoon or the island of Moorea.
The property initially debuted under the Hilton flag in 2009 but was closed in early 2010 due to economic reasons. At the time, the company that owned the Hilton Hotel Tahiti decided to focus on the development of its resorts in Moorea and Bora Bora.
Times change, as do priorities, and after the completion of a renovation, the hotel will again open its doors under the Hilton brand.
The grand re-opening is planned for early 2021.
“We are delighted to expand our partnership with the Wane family – owners of Conrad Bora Bora – to launch this property as Hilton Tahiti to the market,” Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia and Australasia, Hilton, was quoted in a press release.
“We are very happy to re-open the hotel Hilton Tahiti, totally refurbished keeping the Polynesian feeling with a modern twist,” said Melinda Wane, Wane family. “We have partnered with Hilton for many years, and we are very delighted that this collaboration continues successfully and contributes to the development of our hotels and the destination.”
Following the renovation, the hotel will offer 171 guest rooms and 29 suites (including two large Royal Suites). The Hilton Tahiti will offer an all-day dining restaurant, a signature brasserie and an Asian cuisine restaurant, as well as a terrace bar.
Tahiti’s borders have been open to international tourism since July 15, 2020. Visitors must show proof of a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of their flight, and take a self-test (provided by the government upon arrival) 4 days after arriving in French Polynesia.
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