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Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

It is now our first day of RnR by beach at LeMerdien. For the last 4 hours (no joke) my wife and have not been listening to the peaceful sound of the ocean nor the many beautiful birds; but the song he of an endless chainsaw cutting brush next to our room and can be heard throughout the resort. REALLY! I'm in shock as how long this has been going on.

On other hand staff friendly and helpful; to most degree. Ask front desk earlier about a late checkout tomorrow and quickly was told have come back tomorrow and ask. The resort is maybe 50% full; my guess. I was hoping for more of the experience noted in many other reviews, here.

Please GOD shut that chainsaw off!

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank pan513
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Reviewed December 12, 2016

We stayed in this hotel for only one night prior to taking a cruise. The hotel is far removed from the city of Papeete and a cab ride will cost $30 US. There is nothing else around this property and you feel like you're marooned. The only choice for food is the hotel and it is quite expensive and average at best. The room was quite average and there are no standard US electrical outlets so you need to bring a conversion kit for use with electrical appliances.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kennydallasmac
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Reviewed December 10, 2016

My wife and I spent 10 days at this property for our honeymoon in November.

First Impressions:
Upon checking in we were warmly greeted by friendly staff members. The check in process was smooth and the lobby area was nice. When we arrived at the Le Meridien it was late at night and there were several buses unloading passengers. Based on that, we were expecting a very busy bustling resort similar to what you would find in Punta Cana. The next day we were shocked when we woke up to explore the grounds and found we basically had the entire place to ourselves. The buses had been there for the luau show that takes place at the resort on the weekend nights and the resort was dead.

The Grounds:
The hotel shows its age and needs some updates to meet what I think of when I hear the Le Meridien name. The outdoor paint is a weird red color and you can see lots of chips and scuff marks in the common areas and on the doors to the rooms. The actual rooms are nice but also show signs of lots of wear and tear. The first room we were put in had a clogged shower and sink drain. Since the shower is just a cordoned off part of the bathroom floor and the clogged drain caused the whole bathroom to flood. A maintenance person fixed this, but it kept happening and we were moved to a new room. The rest of the room was nice. The TV only had 4 channels, all in French. When we went out to the beach the first day we were very disappointed. The beach area here is very small and overlooks a lagoon so there are no waves nearby. There are no chairs out on the actual beach, and no one really hangs out there. The lagoon area is awesome for snorkeling and kayaking and the water is crystal clear with lots of reefs and sea life. If you kayak out to the end of the reef the wave breaks are very impressive. Most people hang out at the pool, which is very nice but needs some maintenance updates. There were several light fixtures that were broken off and floating and areas where the liner beneath the sand bottom was floating up into the pool. On the last day of the trip we stayed in an over the water bungalow since we were on our honeymoon. The bungalow was very nice but when it was time to go to bed we found the room infested with thousands of termites. It was so bad that we had to switch back to a traditional room. The manager was helpful and refunded us for the cost of the upgrade and some other extras on our bill, but not being able to stay in the bungalow during our honeymoon was disappointing. It was also annoying to have to move so many times during our stay, several of which were because of the condition of the rooms. The setting of the hotel is beautiful since it is right on the lagoon with the lush mountains in the back ground. Most days you can watch paragliders soar in the mountains and come land next to the hotel.

The Staff:
The staff at this hotel were great. They were very friendly and accommodating. The folks working the front desk were always happy to call you a cab, book tours, or make dinner reservations off site. The staff at the restaurants on site were very friendly but much slower than we were used to by American standards. Be prepared to be patient, you are on island time after all. The pool staff were very nice and very attentive. They would come by and check on you several times throughout the day to see if you needed anything. They were also very helpful when you wanted snorkeling gear or kayaks. Overall the staff at the hotel were top notch.

The Restaurants:
The on site restaurants were good but expensive. The first day we went to the buffet breakfast and for 2 people the cost was around $65 USD. My wife only had cereal so basically she had $30 cereal. The pool bar lunch was good and we often ate the chicken sandwich and cheeseburger. Both were very tasty, but were expensive as most things tend to be in French Polynesia. The dinner restaurant was very good and we enjoyed just about every meal we ate there. I thought the rack of lamb was especially good.

The Local Area:
There is not much in the local area near this hotel. There is a small strip mall just outside the grounds that has a grocery store and several small shops. The grocery store is great for stocking up on snacks and drinks to have in between meals at the on site restaurants. There aren't any restaurants or nightlife near by, and the hotel bars are pretty much dead around 9pm so don't expect much nightlife here. Cabs into town are around $40 each way, so be prepared for some expensive nights out. The ATMs at the grocery store were no fee ATMs and offered a much better exchange rate than exchanging currency at the hotel.

Overall we had a good time staying at this hotel for our honeymoon, but if we had to do it again we probably would have gone to either Moorea or Bora Bora. Tahiti is more of a jumping off point for people going to the other islands and most people don't stay in Tahiti for as long as we did. The staff at this hotel was great, but we were somewhat disappointed by the condition of this hotel and especially by the termite problems we experienced with the bungalow. The local area doesn't offer much for nightlife and there isn't much going on at the hotel so cab rides out to the center of town are pricey and really add up.

Room Tip: Avoid the bungalows, ours had a termite infestation.
  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank JustinBlev
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Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

We booked a package that included 6 days (5 nights) at the Le Meridien in a house room. Our view was of the ocean and it was gorgeous. We also had a deep balcony with 2 chairs and a table which we used a lot. There is a large pool with a sandy bottom that is walk in. The beach is wonderful with some coral and lots of fish. You can see Moorea in the distance on most days and the sunsets - breathtaking. The staff is friendly, helpful and kind. There is also a little shopping area about 5 minutes away if you want a little more local cuisine or shopping. Most relaxing time ever.

Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed December 5, 2016

We stayed at the Inter Continental prior to our Paul Gaugain Cruise and the Le Meridian after the cruise. The Inter Continental lost our luggage transferring it to the ship plus charged us a fortune. The Le Meridian is just as nice and a much better value. Buffet meals at any hotel in Tahiti are expensive. Consider ordering meals at the bar. Sandwiches are generous and easy to split between two people.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Goodness4you
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