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“Mixed bag” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Le Meridien Tahiti

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Le Meridien Tahiti
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Tamanu | Punaauia, Papeete 97718, French Polynesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Papeete
Keystone, Colorado
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Mixed bag”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Sunsets can be spectacular-request a bungalow looking toward Moorea. Friends were in #331 with a hug...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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93 reviews 93 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

There's much to like at Le Meridien Tahiti including it's pretty, quiet setting, outstanding food, spacious rooms, friendly staff. I'd never been in a pool with a sandy bottom; it felt more like a place to play than to swim and the spin class (in the pool!) with loud music didn't invite lingering.
The location won't work for those who want to walk to Papeete, but I'm no fan of the city, so that was fine with me. It's a good base for exploring the island and don't miss the Musee de Tahiti et ses Iles which is an easy walk.

Is this a 4 star resort? By American standards, probably not. There's a "tired" feel and some things I expected like comfortable chairs on the balcony, a screen door to let the lovely air inside etc. were missing.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Porto Alegre, RS
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Le Meridien Tahiti was our choice for the nights before and after our honeymoon at Le Meridien Bora Bora. We stayed in the SPG floor (a Panoramic room, I guess), with a nice Lagoon view from a balcony. The room was very comfortable (king size bed) with modern look, nicely decorated. There was also a tea & coffee maker. The bathroom was large and well lit, with bath (bathtub). Everything seemed very clean and renovated. In the lagoon, it is possible to snorkeling (with masks, snorkels, fins and life jackets of the hotel), with a variety of colorful fish. The breakfast was excellent (already included in our room rate). The staff was very helpful and efficient, friendly and always available. The atmosphere was very pleasant, with seating available to enjoy the sunset, a pool with a sandy bottom, a botanical garden and several aquariums. An unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

On our way across The Pacific to Australia we booked a 5 night stopover at this hotel and we were not disappointed.
We had read some reviews before booking warning that the hotel was worn and needed updating.
It is true the outer décor of the hotel has faded a bit but that is mainly on the surface it still maintains its quality. Whoever designed this hotel knew what they were doing. The reception is big ,airy and cool with the lounge area large and well laid out. The room we had was spacious and spotlessly clean with tasteful décor. The bed was comfy and there was a big bathroom and nicely appointed balcony overlooking the gardens which gave a great view of the sunset every day. The staff were friendly and helpful and any request was dealt with efficiently. We avoided the terribly expensive breakfast and dining in the hotel and ate locally from a variety of alternatives. For those not content to sit in the sun all day by the sandy bottomed pool there were water aerobic classes going on several times a day. These were attended by both hotel guests and locals and we were made to feel very welcome to join in and had to brush up on our rusty French skills to get the most out of it.
There was also a yoga class at the end of the day. Other water sports were available down by the lagoon.
On our last night we splashed out on a seafood buffet and Polynesian culture show it was pretty expensive but the food was very good with lots of choice and a nice way to finish off the visit.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a garden view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

wonderful holiday - hotel excellent, restaurant food excellent, view from room stunning, staff very friendly and always helpful. Great way to begin and finish a holiday. Room very comfortable and clean. Extremely confortable bed.

Room Tip: upper floors have great views
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Myself and my husband stayed here for 2 nights before heading off to Bora Bora. The grounds were lovely and the restaurant and entertainment were fantastic. The rooms were small and smelly but I guess we didn't stay in them long. I think a bungalow would be nicer. The pool was beautiful and was great for children. I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here although it was nothing compared to the gorgeous Bora Bora. I would recommend it and I would stay there again.

Room Tip: I would suggest a bungalow
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a lovely room at Le Meridien for two nights. The reception staff was excellent and extremely accommodating. The room faced the ocean and it appeared that all rooms did. There was a coffee pot and a fridge in the room. The bathroom was huge with a big tub and a shower as well as double sinks. There was an ironing board and iron. The grounds were very nice as was the pool. The sun sets near Moorea on the ocean side and we had an amazing sunset. We did not eat at the hotel but at an Italian place five minutes walk from the hotel called L'Cignalon. The vegetable pizza was delicious and plenty for two persons. The next night was Le Coco's which was incredible (separate review). We were upgraded at Le Meridien but would have considered it decent value for the quality of the room anyway.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Tahiti

Address: Tamanu | Punaauia, Papeete 97718, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Papeete
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Papeete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Meridien Tahiti 4*
Number of rooms: 150
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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