Rated 5 out of 5 by Tripper Beyond expectations
Papeete isn't our actual destination, but due to flights we sometimes stay a night either on our way to other islands, or on our way back home. On our most recent trip in April 2011, we stayed here and we very surprised. Be realistic though - staying in Papeete cannot be compared to the other islands. But in comparison to other luxury properties we've stayed at, the Le Meridien is one I would return to without hesitation. The hotel is very clean. The beach is reasonably clean and well maintained. The restaurants are reasonable and accommodating. The staff is welcoming and friendly.
December 1, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by pdinsure Romance has a name and it is "Tahiti"
Stayed at Le Meridien for 2 nights of our honeymoon after a 7 day cruise. I expected a let down from the cruise on Paul Gauguin (Moorea and Bora Bora were awesome), but was pleasantly surprised. I am glad we stayed here. It enhanced our honeymoon experience.
I booked a King junior suite using points (about the only bargain using points in French Polynesia). I was able to contact the hotel directly and get upgraded to an over the water bungalow (5000 points a night extra). The staff that responded to my many emails were excellent (Nathalie and Valerie).
The staff at the hotel all exceeded my expectations. Check in with Julien was a delight. He offered me the choice of several amenities for my gold status including wifi which I took. Signal in the farthest bungalow out was adequate to stream TV from my DVR at home. Got a late checkout and the day of departure Tino (sp?) extended it to 6p.m. so we didn't have to leave our room until it was time for the cab ride to the airport. You don't know how nice that was! Tino also was very helpful on several other occasions.
We speak no French, and it was clear that most of the staff did not have full command of English. But, everyone was terrific, friendly, and patient. I wondered at one point if they had mistaken me for a travel critic. The staff went out of their way to make our stay pleasant.
We had a couple of requests like for a top sheet on the bed and a different pillow and they responded very quickly.
We had a couples massage in their spa. Outdoor area was very pleasant with the sound of many birds chirping, children playing and a piano playing somewhere. Above average deep tissue massage at a reasonable charge. I don't remember seeing anywhere that they promoted the couples massage. We just happened to ask.
The property is gorgeous. Ask about their botanical tour. Took a few photos and they look like a postcard. Again, I expected kind of a let down from other islands. They have a markers on different plants on their property and a reference guide (a map would have helped). View of Moorea from our bathroom, and views of the crystal clear water and lots of fish from our balcony. Went snorkeling and were not disappointed. Toss some rice into the water (hope that's ok) and got swarms of fish under our balcony.
The surf breaks maybe 1/4 mile from the bungalows and you can hear it clearly in the bungalow. Very soothing. Woke up one a.m. to a bird that made a kissing sound. My wife and I now imitate that.
Ate lunch at the hotel, and it was ok. Partly my fault for not asking more about what I was ordering. Waitress was also very helpful and eager to serve. Cost was not unreasonable.
We were directed to a market a short walk away and found that they had take out food. Delicious and relatively cheap. Coming off the cruise we weren't looking for culinary delights.
The bungalows were incredibly romantic with gorgeous views. I don't know what other rooms in the hotel are like. We had no flying insect problems at all. But, we were a little apprehensive having read othe reviews and then discovering that there are no screens or glass in the windows (and mosquito netting over the bed with lots of gaps). Windows had wood blinds that don't appear to be air tight. Got a nice breeze with all open. But, ran AC most of the time (is that new?). Bungalows looked like they could use a little maintainance and updating. You have to go back to the beach to get into the water and there is no glass floor to view the fish from inside the room. We knew this going in.
If you're on a budget or need to use points in Tahiti this would be a good place to try. If you have the bucks to spend, the over water bungalow experience is probably better elsewhere in Tahiti. but, we'd go back here again.
June 24, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by gster78 Bug problems
Stayed here one night during my honeymoon. The hotel was nice enough to upgrade us to an overwater villa, so that was great. However, we regret accepting it, as the villa had major insect problems. There was literally a swarm of flies in the shower, and I had to wrap myself with towels to minimize bug bites while using my computer (it didn't help, as I was eaten alive). The outdoor bar area has the same problems. The resort probably would be very nice if not for the bug problems.
January 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by cbrian Excellent option for a relaxing beach vacation in Tahiti
We had an amazing week-long stay at this hotel, and would recommend it highly to others. It's such a good option that we're not sure staying on Bora Bora would necessarily be better. We upgraded to a bungalow and loved it - panoramic views of Moorea, clear water, and fish swimming right swimming right below your room. All of the hotel staff treated us very well. The breakfast is excellent, as are the two restaurant options (great French food). We also really enjoyed the free activities, especially the sand bottom pool, snorkeling, kayaking, acquagym & acquabike. There's a shopping center right next door with a good Italian restaurant, grocery store, pharmacy, and an amazing artisan jeweler I'd highly recommend if you are in the market for pearls (Art D'Or).
October 4, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Yatty Not a Honeymoon Destination
My wife and i spent our first 6 nights of our honeymoon at Le Meridien Tahiti. We were surprised at how disappointing this hotel was for us. Our room was amazing and had a huge patio/balcony. The staff was friendly. That is about the good of our experience. The hotel has horrible food and there was almost nothing to do there. To top it off the hotel had a large bank conference while were staying there and not once were any of the hotel guests informed of restaurant closures due to the group. The hotel didn't communicate very well, the hotel is old with very few options for activities on site and with the intemittent restaurant closures we were starving. It didn't help that my wife was pregnant at the time and we felt hungry the entire trip. To top it off the pool is a kids pool with no private adult pool offered at the resort. Do not come to this hotel for a honeymoon or for longer than 1 night. You will be bored out of your mind. Stay away. We would never go back even if the trip was free. A complete waste of our valuable time and money. Wish someone had told us. Bora Bora was however amazing.
December 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kenden29 Skip the Bungalows
My boyfriend and I reserved a week at Le meridien, Tahiti in the private over water bungalows. The bungalows are beautifully decorated and cozy but, they are incredibly HOT. The rooms cool down to about 78 degrees Fahrenheit, which isn't even remotely cool enough to relax you after a day in the sun. Also, be sure to bring your sleep mask from the airplane, because the sun starts shining about 6am. We stayed two nights in the bungalow before checking with the front desk to see if we could get a room. The woman at the front desk was very helpful and switched us to a Senior Suite. The Senior Suite was much larger, had seperate living room, and had two Air Conditioning units!! The remainder of our stay was much nicer once we switched rooms.
The property was very beautiful. There wasn't really a concierge at the hotel arranging any off-site activities. Also, they only do their Polynesian dance/presentation on Fridays and there is no other activites, bands, or music in the evening the rest of the week. The food was okay, but extremely over-priced. Thankfully, there is a gas station, grocery store, and a pizza restaurant within walking distance so you can get large bottles of water and little snacks for your room.
Things they could improve:
Hotel transfers to/from airport
Air Conditioning in Bungalows
On property evening entertainment
I would not stay at this property again or recommend it to a friend. The property was beautiful, but unlike other spg properties, you weren't treated like you were wanted or appreciated.
April 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by HD1940 Great all around
Exceeded all expectations. Nick ,the manager, was extremely helpful and all staff were friendly and very helpful . My wife and I spent 21 days and enjoyed everyone of them. We can reccomend this Hotel very highly. Gardens and property around the Hotel were exceptional.
March 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by ZZandRAL An exceptional experience
We travel a lot, and this is the best experience that we have had. Of course, Tahiti is gorgeous, and the hotel's shoreline itself provides excellent snorkeling, but the staff really makes you comfortable. We visited Bora Bora Meridien, which oozes luxury hotel, but when we returned here, we felt that we had come home. manager Nicolas goes out of his way to make guests feel comfortable,and his staff follows suit.
July 17, 2013