Facilities

  •  All rooms are airconditioned and well furnished with a bed, satellite tv, telephone, refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities/amenities, and private bathroom/toilet with hot and cold water shower
  • Three of the five overwater airconditioned rooms are the most comfortable and well furnished, overlooking the restaurant and bar area giving you more privacy and seclusion from the rest of the rooms.  With a private bath tub with hot and cold water in addition to the hot and cold water shower, these rooms are the most comfortable at Utirerei 
  • Paid Wifi is available in the rooms and in all the areas of Utirerei with good reception
  • Airconditioned conference facilities are available for conference, workshop and meetings and are well equipped with overhead projector and screen, and white board 
  • Airconditioned banquet facilities are also available for private luncheons, dinner, receptions and other special functions   
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Free car parking
  • Printer/Scanner/Photocopier
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Convenient onsite grocery shop offers mobile recharge top ups
  • Services
  • Arrival/departure point transfers (included)
  • Arrangement of car rental services
  • Arrangement of English speaking chauffeur
  • Shuttle service around the island
  • EFTPOS available at the reception 
  • World War II tour guiding as well as cultural and environmental tours  
  • Catering service for onsite conferences, workshop trainings and meetings 
  • Regular housekeeping service (Monday to Sunday) with laundry/ironing service
  • Paid room service
  • 24-hour security guard
  • Standby generator in the event of power outage
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Welcome to Utirerei Motel!

Our quaint lodging is hidden away from the main road in Tarawa, Kiribati making it a peaceful and quiet location for your next vacation or business trip! Well-maintained rooms and thatched huts rest above a natural pond containing milkfish for you to watch and enjoy.  A beautifully kept garden keeps the environment cool and refreshing. 

Utirerei Motel airconditioned rooms provide everything you need to sleep comfortably, and a shared kitchen is offered for guests who prefer to cook their own meals. Our staff is friendly and honest, and with 28 different rooms at varying price points, we have the right one for you.

The on-site Utirerei Motel Bar & Restaurant prepares a fine selection of European, Asian and local cuisine to choose from.  Pair your dish with your choice of wine, spirit, or beer to unwind after a hard day's work or of exploring. You are welcome to enjoy your meal in the restaurant, or in one of the local huts (bwiia) overlooking the pond. Our cooks can customize meals to meet almost any kind of diet. Please browse our website to learn more about our Kiribati hotel.

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About Us

Utirerei (pronounced Oosireray) Motel is a family owned business established by Mrs Taam Kaiteie.  Initially the business started its operations as a small rental home with 3 rooms, later expanding to become a guest house until it has now fully developed into a motel with 28 rooms. 

Since the commencement of the Kiribati Goverment's Ministry of Commerce business awards programme for accommodation providers in 2012 to give recognition to the best business  in Kiribati, Utirerei Motel has proudly taken the prize year after year since 2012 - 2016 for best accomodation provider in Kiribati.

Most of the staff employed at the Front Desk, restaurant and bar, kitchen and housekeeping have gained international experience having been employed on the Norwegian cruise ships and/or have professional hospitality training at the APTC (Australian Pacific Technical Centre) in Fiji.

The staff have good English speaking skills, is honest and friendly, confident, knowledgeable and experienced in the hospitality industry. With the expansion in the number of rooms, the staff have also increased with 13 staff altogether working as receptionists, cleaners, gardener, cooks, waitresses, and barmaids.

On February 9-12, 2014 Utirerei Motel hosted Fiji's President, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and First Lady Adi Koila Nailatikau during their Official State Visit to Tarawa, Kiribati.

 On October 9-11 2015, Utirerei Motel hosted Prince Albert II of Monaco and his delegation on his recent visit to Tarawa, Kiribati for the Climate Change Induced Migration forum of which His Serene Highness was the Key Speaker.  

In July 2016, foreign diplomats representing their Governments, invited to celebrate our national day by the recently elected Government of Kiribati, celebrated on 12th July 2016, were accommodated at Utirerei Motel during the period of their stay in Tarawa, Kiribati.