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.
- 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