My wife and I booked a 3-night stay in an overwater bungalow at Le Meridien, Tahiti before departing on a 13-day cruise. Even though we are Platinum SPG, we could not use StarPoints for the bungalows. My wife requested a bungalow facing Moorea and not next to the beach. After a long day of flying from CO, we arrived at Le Meridien. We arranged ahead of time with Le Meridien to be met at the airport and shuttled to the hotel. We would highly recommend you do this also. The SPG podium was not staffed at 11:00 p.m., but check-in was polite and professional. We were assigned #809 and unpacked. At 3:00 a.m. I was awakened by what I thought was a rain squall, except it seemed to last a long time. I got up and turned on a light only to find a water line had ruptured and our unit was awash in water. I later thought how dumb to turn on a light when the voltage is 220. The front desk was called and we were assigned another bungalow. Help was offered to move, but since we were unpacked we moved ourselves. What I found most disappointing was we were never contacted by management about this incident and no adjustment was offered until we asked at checkout, and then one dinner was comp'd.
We had recommended Le Meridien to 2 other couples, who also reserved. The 6 of us arranged a day prior, on the recommendations of the concierge, to take a van tour of the island the following day. That day, while we were waiting for the van, we were told that the van had broken down and no viable alternative was offered.
The included continental breakfast (Platinum amenity) was quite good with nice variety, especially the fresh fruit. The grounds were well maintained and the pool with sand beach was beautifully designed. One of our couples stayed in #331 and the attached patio was huge with comfortable furniture. Our bungalow was in good repair, with the exception noted. One thing was a bit incongruous as during the heat of the day the a/c couldn't keep up. The reason was the louvered windows, with one exception, didn't have glass. I think once adjusted to the humidity, one wouldn't need the a/c.
The proximity to a small shopping center w/i walking distance was a plus. (See Chez Remy restaurant.) You did need to take a taxi into Papeete. We didn't try the bus.
Would we stay here again? Probably, but we'd look more carefully at our alternatives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Méridien Tahiti is the most modern luxury hotel of the island; benefiting from a charming frame thanks to its natural beach of white sand that is unique on the island of Tahiti. The hotel offers a panoramic view on turquoise waters of the lagoon and on the nearby island … Moorea. Situated in a charming frame, Le Méridien Tahiti is located 15 kms from Papeete and 10 kms from the international airport of Tahiti Faa' a, so making of the hotel the ideal place for a stay on the island. The hotel was recently refurbished with exotics and natural materials which highlight the South Pacific feeling ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel Papeete
- Le Meridien Hotel Tahiti
- Le Meridien Papeete
- Papeete Le Meridien
- Le Meridien Tahiti Papeete