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"Find someplace else!"
Get me out of here is all I can say. We braved the first night with stained pillows, dirty cabinets and worn out furniture. This is an embarrassment for a Cat 5 SPG hotel, so definitely do not take their rating. Here we go: Check in was pleasant with no complaints, but that is where the positive ends. NO room service at night except for a couple cold items, which were horrible. Dry, mushy bread, non-existent meats on the sandwiches, check out the pictures! They just brought plates into the room and placed them on the desk. No tray, no cart, just two people with multiple plates in hand. The place is just old in every aspect. The bathrooms, the furniture was straight out a crack motel with blisters on the table tops and all chips in the furniture. I must have been original from 20 years ago. Bathroom again was old and decrepit. We felt so unclean, that we slept with towels over the pillows because of the yellow stains on them. We instantly booked a new room at the Intercontinental down the road which is amazing (review to follow). When we complained in the morning, the manager was nice enough not charge us for the existing nights booked, and we moved on. This place needs to put money into renovating big time, then they might have a fighting chance, especially for charging $350+ a night.
"Le Meridien- mixed service"
On arrival staff welcoming, juice and cool towel; took bags to room. Disappointed no food or bar open as it had been a long day of travelling (was about 11pm). Room comfortable and clean. Air conditioning inefficient: did not cool the room effectively. Would’ve liked some free water and an English speaking TV channel.(other than advertisements). Breakfast challenging as had to speak to several staff about gluten free options. Would be good to have GF items labelled. Overall average on first visit. Next visit(after visit to Moorea) reception staff poor; no assistance with bags or being shown to room. Had lunch at restaurant by the pool; apart from one lovely lady, staff didn’t crack a smile. Food very ordinary. Had dinner downstairs wait staff excellent and meal quality better. Overall service ran hot and cold as did the food. Was in transit but was glad I wasn’t here for a week.
I am writing this review while still staying in this hotel. Let me start by commending the friendliness of the majority of the hotel staff especially those in the restaurant during breakfast. We have stayed here when we first arrived in Tahiti, then we flew to Bora2x and then came back again to Le Meridien Hotel Tahiti until we fly back to New Zealand. We are in this hotel for a total of 11 nights all together. Quite long as you can see, and I could say we (me and hubby) have seen most of what this hotel has to offer to guests. My husband is a platinum spg member, so we have stayed in so many SPG and Le Meridien hotels worldwide, and I am sad to say this hotel would get the lowest rate from us when it comes to a few things. First off, the room TV only has 1 English Channel and it’s the SPG channel. Watching movies is NOT free! Next, the food choices on their in room menu and on their buffet breakfast need a stir! They have very limited choices for in room dining. Breakfast buffet is boring! They have the saddest looking bacon and sausages and I could tell some of them are not freshly cooked! During the busy period, like Christmas and New Year, they would add some new dishes on their buffet choices, but we noticed all catered to local guests...mostly pork and lots of raw fish salad dishes. New Year’s Day breakfast was worst, they added fresh oysters and mussels..which looked like leftover from their New Year’s Eve buffet dinner which they by the way charged at $200/person! So on food we are so disappointed. Now, we had a bad experience with their housekeeping services. We left the room for a few hours each day and lately, the last 2 days no cleaning was done! We had to personally complain to their reception of it. It was bad!! Not what any guest deserve! Amenities are just so so. This is a very old looking hotel that needs updating especially their pool...plastics which were at the bottom of the pool where the sand lies are all coming out everywhere..caught my feet a few times and thought I stepped on something weird but they’re just the plastic. We will not recommend staying in this hotel for a long period of time. Good for few nights like a stopover before heading to the neighbouring islands but thats it.
"Okay for a layover"
We stayed here before an early flight home in December 2016. The hotel's best feature is the restaurant, which served us an incredible final meal in Tahiti. We also had a nice late lunch in the open-air garden restaurant watching the afternoon rain shower in the lotus pools. The bathroom design was dated, but we had a great balcony window that was nice. The rest of the room was nicely designed. Overall, the hotel building looks like a 1960s Japanese daydream meets Tiki style. The hotel is about 15 minutes from the airport and there are a few shops in a plaza nearby. The sunset was pretty from the beach.
"Good stop over on the way to Bora Bora"
The Meridien is a wonderful stop over on the way to wherever you are going in Tahiti. Not too far from the airport, and easily accessible. Rooms are comfortable, and recently renovated (renovations of other rooms ongoing, but not disruptive at all). Save your money for an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora. The main hotel is beautiful. Very comfortable beds. The restaurants have wonderful French food as well as many dining options. We stayed for an overnight connection to Bora Bora. I don’t think you should spend too much time in Papeete; the outer islands are much more beautiful, but would strongly recommend Le Meridien as your home on the way through.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM