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We were fearing the worst having read other Trip Advisor reviews but were pleasantly surprised. The rooms were comfortable, well appointed & very clean. I do agree the lighting was a little dim & a powerpoint near the kettle would have been helpful, but overall no real complaints at all. The staff were all very friendly & efficient. A beautiful location with the resort being right on the beach. The pool was large & clean. The Market Place restaurant was excellent for evening meals & the pool bar of a high standard for lunchtime snacks. The cockerals were annoying at silly o'clock so personally would put them in the pot!
We arrived in our room from a Windstar cruise. The room was absolutely disgusting. A smell was coming up threw the drain in the shower that permeated the whole room. The desk was bubbled up. We had to leave the window open the whole time because my wife was gagging from the smell. The hotel is not luxury! A holiday Inn express at best.
"Picturesque location but could be better"
The sunsets from the resort are stunning to watch and during the day, the lagoon and pool provide a restful slice of paradise to enjoy. However, we experienced a number of small but annoying problems during our two visits two the resort, that could have been avoided. We stayed in a total of 4 different garden rooms - two of which had phones that didn't work, as well as curtains hanging off the hook that needed to be reattached. With early checkouts ending both our visits, we requested (and before bed later reminded reception about) a morning wake up call. During our first visit, the calls came 15 minutes early (which cut into our much needed sleep), but weren't received at all for our final check out. With a 6am airport pick up, these calls were crucial and their absence caused us some stress. Rooms were well appointed and clean, though the lighting in all our rooms was very dim, which made packing at night and in the early morning very challenging. Staff were friendly, but not always efficient. Pool towels were rather worn, but attracted a hefty fee if not returned. However accessing and returning towels was often problematic as the hut was poorly staffed. We arrived very late on a Saturday night, and staggered into the breakfast buffet the next morning. We arrived about an hour before the end of service to utter chaos. I don't know whether every Sunday buffet is always this busy (the place was full - with lots of locals, large family groups and children running around), but many of the special dishes had run out and weren't replaced when requested. This made for a very expensive breakfast which was poor value, considering the slim pickings during the second half of the service. While the resort runs a twice a day shuttle into the town, it's not free (about 1650XPF return per person) and the times are not convenient. You can't buy a one way ticket, so we found ourselves forking out 3000XPF each way for taxis instead. Other than the sunsets, the best thing about the location is the shopping centre next door. The supermarket has a good variety of food (including pre-made hot and cold meals, even sushi if you get there before the lunchtime rush). It allso sells beer and wine (but not after noon on Sunday). Along with the bakery, Java Express (great sandwiches and panini), Le Nemo and Chez Remy, even a food truck some nights selling pizza - the shopping centre provides some good alternatives to the resorts limited and expensive dining options. Don't forget to pay the room tax before leaving. Even if your accomodation is prepaid, this additional government levy needs to settled separately.
This hotel consistently defied logic! Close your eyes and imagine Tahiti - visions of palm trees, clear lagoons and Polynesian dancers' Sitting on a beach drinking rum cocktails' This hotel doesn't live up to the dream. The hotel has a classic wide-open entry way and the clever idea of having two lily-ponds at different levels. Makes for a great view with the moon through the palm thatched roof, over the pond. But in reality, it makes for a lot of BUGS. So many bugs that they acknowledge the bug problem in a note in every room. I appreciate not wanting to use pesticides to take care of the problem, but whatever they're doing isn't enough. Ironically, this was the only hotel we stayed at that DIDN'T HAVE MOSQUITO NETTING - WTH'! You've got a bug problem, give your guests a chance to sleep in peace! They are currently undergoing a renovation. While the bungalows are closed in 2017, the main hotel has modernized rooms as well as what can only be described as motel decor rooms. I don't know how to guarantee a new one vs. an old one other than sweet talking reception. Also, the only hotel I went to that didn't give heis/leis at check-in, nor shell necklaces upon check-out. Perhaps this is because of the proximity to Papeete, however I'd think that having bungalows and lagoon snorkeling qualifies you as a resort. Do you like mazes' Well then settle yourself in for some fun with the elevators. Not all elevators go to all levels. Which is which' Take the elevator challenge with your suitcases in tow to find out! Like dining' There are good options (including the best vegetarian options in the islands), however the lighting and surface on the walkway to the pool bar and Le Carre are a little treacherous at night - be careful if you're not that steady on your feet. Finally, plumbing. Unfortunately, there's a waft coming from the shower drain. I understand why, but it's disappointing. The Malin + Goetz amenities completely mask it when you're showering, but best to keep the shower door closed otherwise. I hope that the renovation is thoughtful and addresses some of the major concerns instead of just a refreshed look. Also - needed more staff at reception.
"really disappointing way to end our holiday"
we booked a room here after our cruise and before our flights home and despite confirming from the ship prior that early arrival and check in would be no trouble we arrived only to be told no this wouldn't happen and to be put in a "transit" room ... this was a dingy room filled with 4 sagging, cheap & uncomfortable lounges with shared access to bathrooms ... thankfully secure storage was available for our luggage and jewellery... they wouldnt even provide a day room option like they were doing for others from our cruise - when i explained we had confirned that early check in was ok and provided the details on when this was done the check in lady just shrugged we asked about shuttles back into town to be told that they were not available till 2pm (this was 9am) & would be an additional cost but taxis were available at $30US each way ... so we asked for directions to the resort shop to buy items from (dont bother, its the tiniest " shop" ive seen) ... after occupying ourselves for a few hours (the resort is pretty but needs updating - the over water bungalows are really run down) and having lunch (this was nice) we were given our room key to find we had been given twin beds after we had booked a regular room ... to tired to deal with this place anymore we just took to the room before our flights later that night we had just spent 10 days in this area, 7 on board Windstar cruises and 3 prior at Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort - both these were amazing and we had been enjoying one of the best holidays of our life then this 1 day here at Le Meredien just destroyed our holiday vibe and i couldn't wait to leave and get home. i would never recommend staying here im afraid
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM