I stayed at the Le Mandarin from 7/8/08 through the morning of July 12. I must say the location of this reasonably priced hotel (for Tahiti) is fabulous with quick access to the waterfront, the docks and various sites in Papeete. Great!
When I checked in, after a flight from Los Angeles, the man at the desk was polite and professional. My assessment of him changed quickly when he greeeted my concerns about the wacky non-working air conditioning device in the hot stuffy room with a surprising cold disdain, like, why are you bothering me with this, you stupid tourist and does dealing with air conditioners look like my job? He curtly informed me that the problem would be taken of the next day. Only after I insisted that he please help me immediately did he come up to assist with good results for which I thanked him. On a positive note he was helpful that first night in guiding me to a nice place for a late dinner. Overall, except for this one incident, the hotel staff was generally friendly and helpful.
As many reviewers have noted, this is a noisy hotel. when I checked in at about 7 PM I could hear barking dogs. Later, those great well known roosters. That I didn't mind. What greatly bothered me were the loud people next door to me in a connecting room. (Their voices were coming through the connecting door not the walls). While the hotel staff called them a few times to quiet them down, it didn't help for long. While the hotel agreed to relocate me to a non- connecting room later in my stay when one would become available, I decided against it because of the hassle factor and my belief that the people, after all those calls from the hotel front desk, would finally become quieter. Big mistake. I advise anyone who is noise sensitive staying at this hotel to insist on a non-connecting room. In addition, on my last night, (Friday) the music in the nightclub in the hotel could be heard at least up to the third floor where I was. It didn't stop unitl 1:30 in the morning. Good luck trying to sleep! Ddi I say this is a noisy hotel?
Overall, the room was nice, clean and well appointed and the housekeeping staff efficient. I didn' see one bug!
I would stay at this hotel again but only because it is so well located BUT would be very careful about the room. When I checked out, I thought it is most unfortunate that there is no truly first class hotel located in downtown central Papeete. Maybe those nice roosters will get together and build one!
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