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“French Service” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Meridien Tahiti

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Le Meridien Tahiti
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Papeete
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“French Service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2007

On arrival, we upgraded to a suite becuase the rooms looked so uniformly awful. In fact what we got for twice the money was actually a large veranda attached to a standard room, as opposed to a suite. That was fine, but what really annoyed me was the management of the bar/restaurant that overlooks the sunset to the stunning island of Moorea. It is a view worth travelling to Tahiti for.
Heavily jet lagged we dragged our weary bodies down to the beach bar knowing that a glass of Champagne and a sunset would begin to make this journey worthwhile. We even dressed for dinner.
As we arrived at the empty bar/restauant a rather snotty French man came to tell us, with some apparent pride, that the bar and restaurant was closed, as it always was on Sundays and Mondays. It was the only place to watch the sunset. I then noticed the gaggle of other guests standing around awkwardly on the beach in order to watch the Sun go down. I couldn't believe it, and obviously asked if we could just sit at the table to watch the sunset. I was curtly told that no I couldn't, the restaurant was closed. This person suggested that we go to the other bar, which we had already experienced on the walk over. Imagine the bar of a busy Holiday Inn just outside Detroit, deep in the bowels of a Tahitian hotel. It wasn't just the disapointment and the rather ridiculous idea of closing the only sea view bar, it was the manner in which this man delivered the news. His arrogance and distain were galling.
The next day (Tuesday) we spent a very pleasant afternoon snorkelling and were again looking forward to the prospect of a drink as we came from the beach, to the bar, to watch the Sunset. As we arrived at the again empty bar, the same unpleasant man was there waiting to greet us. As it was empty again, and because of the keeness in his step, I knew there was a problem. 'You have to where shoes' he bluntly remonstrated. rather annoyed, I pointed to the fact that the place was empty and the Sun was already setting. I even offered to wear my flippers. No joy. No service. No grace or charm or even help. He seemed proud to be so unhelpful. Five minutes later he closed the bar for the night. His actions left us feeling like irrelevent, gormless fools for even trying to enjoy our stay. We left the next day, and will never return. The Intercontinental, down the road, is better in almost every way, particularly when it comes to friendly service, but they don't have a bar from which you can watch the Sunset. But then to be honest, for us, neither did the Meridian.

  • Liked — the snorkelling was good, although there is a very strong (dangerous) current inside the reef.I'm a diver and it still scared me.
  • Disliked — The awful management of the Sunset bar & restaurant
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2007

3 nights stay. The staff is not friendly. The rooms very much look like hospital. The beach is small and dirty !

  • Liked — The swimming pool.
  • Disliked — The beach and quality of service.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled solo
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2007

We spent the first two night’s accommodation at this hotel. I was lucky enough to have a room to myself also, so it was very spacious and enjoyable. The property is located 15 kilometres from downtown Papeete and Faa International Airport.

Rooms were spacious and overlooked a fantastic pool area. They also had a small balcony with table and chairs. Junior Suites had a larger deck, which also had couches and a TV on it to make the most of the indoor/outdoor flow.

I really liked the pool at this resort; it had a sand base and made you feel as though you were swimming in a lagoon. The pool was huge and catered well to all ages.

Being a travel agent I can be quite fussy but this property was very enjoyable and overall a good 4 star property.

  • Liked — The Pool!!!
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jen1985
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2007

Having been rerouted due to the political situation in Fiji, we booked Le Meridien in Tahiti as a second choice at the last minute. The hotel is very good and first impressions when arriving at night are excellent. However, in the cold light of day, the hotel is a little tired. This could be due to the fact that all communal areas are open to the elements. Being used to staying in 5 star plus hotels we were a little disappointed in the standards here. It does not compare well with other hotels in the group elsewhere in the world. The over water bungalows are over rated and more worn than the rest of the hotel and we never felt totally secure as they a quite away from the main complex. Ok for 1 night as a treat but not worth the extra money really - up grade to a suite in the main hotel for less money. Be warned if you arrive after 10pm you will not be able to get anything other than a cold meat platter to eat. No room service either - not what one would expect of a hotel of this calibre. However, the more you learn about the island, the more you realise that Le Meridien is 5 star by their standards! Tahiti is a wonderful and facinating place but can be a bit of a culture shock after being in the States or Australia, but take time to explore and use local buses and take a cultural tour to support the local economy. Having very few natural resources makes Tahiti a very expensive, bear this in mind when being charged $30 (US) for a 20 min taxi ride from the airport! Euros are accepted but the Polynesian Franc (XFR)is the norm. Exchange rates vary, use ATMs to get the best rate - up to XFR30 better than hotels. Although expensive at £40, the Polynesian Evening is well worth it. The buffet is the best we have ever experienced - included fresh lobster and comis chef preparing crepes. The entertainment is not at all contrived or twee, the young dancers and singers clearly enjoy perfoming traditional songs and dances. There is no real need to hire a car (quite expensive too) as there is only 1 road that circles the island. Buses are plentiful and cheap but make sure you get a timetable!
If we had ad ANY sunshire during our stay this would have truly been paradise!

Stayed January 2007
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Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2007

I took my wife for her 50th birthday to the Le Meridien. The people went out of their way to ensure that our trip was wonderful. We were welcomed upon arrival with special leis. We were given a nice overwater bungalo with flowers. Everyone we met wished her a happy birthday and tried to make sure she was very happy. The room had a great view.

The restaurant personnel were very helpful. My wife wanted something off the menu and the hotel staff was more than happy to help out.

The concierge arranged a massage for my wife. She was very impressed with the service which was provided in the room.

An excellent choice for a hotel on Tahiti.

  • Tips/Secrets — Make sure to get an overwater bungalo
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SBF2
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2007

Me and my husband (both 24 years old) spent three nights in Le Meridien Tahiti during our honeymoon in mid May 2006. We both agree that it’s the second best hotel out of five we experienced in French Polynesia.
We arrived in French Polynesia from Paris at about 5am and went straight to the hotel. Their check-in only starts at 1pm but they had our room available at 10am. Since the hotel was fully booked they gave us keys to their “transfer room” which was shared with several other guests till our room was available.
We stayed in a Lagoon View Room (the cheapest one) which was very spacious. The bathroom was big with a bathtub and a separate shower “room”. Although at the time the water flow was slow, and it was lukewarm at evenings, never hot enough for me, but my husband didn’t complain.
Best of all about this hotel was the swimming pool; if you could call it that. It was more like a small lake, with fine sand as the flooring and clear aquamarine water. Even though the hotel was full, the pool was more than comfortable for everyone.
Also, the garden around the hotel is fabulous with all kinds of tropical trees and fruits. There’s a small grocery store near by, but make sure you have everything you might need with you (sunscreen, slippers, sunglasses…etc) because everything was really expensive.
My personal favorite spot was a couch in front of the gift-shop. It faces a balcony-like large space which is filled with water and different kinds of fish. I liked to sit there and enjoy the view when it was too hot to be under direct sunlight.

  • Liked — Location, scenery, and pool.
  • Disliked — Shower water not warm enough for me.
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring everything you need with you, very expensive.
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Surfacing1982
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Houston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2006

This was the hotel that my new husband and I stayed at on the first night of our honeymoon. I am used to staying in 4 and 5 star hotels, and this met all my expectations. After a long flight in, we arrived at the hotel about 6pm. There was a really bad storm that had just come through, so the grounds had gotten a little ragged. We watched the lightining on the horizon over the overwater bungalows. We had a garden room, and for one night, it was sufficient. If you are traveling to Papeete, Tahiti, stay here for a night or two. Any longer and you'll want to find another hotel. The beach is small, and not as gorgeous as some hotels on the other islands. The breakfast buffet was amazing, and the hotel service was impeccable. Also, they had a very good exchange rate. Overall, our experience was great.

  • Liked — The pool and grounds
  • Disliked — the location to the airport and cruise ship
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TexasAggie423
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Additional Information about Le Meridien Tahiti

Property: 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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 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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