Le Méridien Tahiti: Good Enough

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The Le Méridien Tahiti Hotel Review is part of the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report. It covers the following cities:

See the Picture Preview here and see how this $60,000 trip cost $1999 here. Be sure to check out TPOL’s Map, the best feature of the blog.


Getting There: It costs $40 for a taxi transfer at night and $25 during the day. This is something to consider if you are only staying for one night in Tahiti.


Welcome to Tahiti everyone. Specifically, welcome to the big island of French Polynesia and Le Méridien. Don’t bother unpacking your stuff as most of you will only be staying here for one night or two depending on when you arrived to Papeete and when you depart for one of the other islands.

I stayed at The Le Méridien for two nights but my first night doesn’t count since I arrived quite late and wasn’t able to do or see anything besides my hotel room. And that’s where this review begins.

The entrance
The entrance
That's one way to get to Moorea
That’s one way to get to Moorea

The Room 

The room was nothing special. I had a view of the courtyard and could sort of see the ocean. This wasn’t a big deal because I was saving my postcard photos for my bungalow experiences in Moorea and Bora Bora.

Standard room
Standard room
Creepy bathroom
Creepy bathroom
The tub
The tub
The robe
The robe
I love hotels that provide a toothbrush and mouth wash, especially when I don't feel like unpacking.
I love hotels that provide a toothbrush and mouth wash, especially when I don’t feel like unpacking.
Typical shower
Typical shower
Always a flower pic
Always a flower pic
Patio
Patio
Patio
Patio
Patio
Patio
Balcony
Balcony

The Welcome Amenity 

Everyone knows that everything in Tahiti is overpriced. That’s why I savored every last crumb of the yummy cookies that were provided as a Platinum amenity.

My own cookies, ate the others too fast
My own cookies, ate the others too fast

The Breakfast

This may be the worst breakfast buffet at an upscale hotel. Scraping for the last bit of eggs, shooing away bugs while reminiscing about the best hotel breakfast in the world was not what I expected.

Haaa breakfast
Haaa breakfast
Turrible
Turrible
Hello, can we get some refills?
Hello, can we get some refills?
Nice breakfast view
Nice breakfast view

The Beach 

It was a perfect sunny day in Tahiti. I drank a delicious piña colada and watched a commercial being filmed of models running on the beach.

Isolation
Isolation
This is why I came
This is why I came
Papeete
Papeete
The $32 was worth it for the pics
The $32 was worth it for the pics
Art
Art
Sunset
Sunset

The Pool 

The pool was decent for a quick soak and wasn’t very crowded.

The pool
The pool
The empty pool
The empty pool
The resort
The resort
Empty solitude
Empty solitude

The Bungalows 

There are bungalows at this resort but I wouldn’t recommend spending money for an upgrade if you are going to be headed to other islands.

The bungalows
The bungalows

The Service 

Out of the four hotels that I visited in French Polynesia which include both IC’s in Bora Bora and the Hilton Moorea, this was the one with the best service. It was warm and genuine.

The Hotel Itself 

For some reason the hotel is painted an ugly red. This jarring hue is incongruent with the beauty of its surroundings.

Not sure about this red paint
Not sure about this red paint
The grounds
The grounds
Not sure about this cleanliness
Not sure about this cleanliness

Overall

The hotel reminded me of the Oasis spring break hotel in Cancun. It’s well past its prime and in need of a remodel. I would be really disappointed if I came all the way to Tahiti and this was where I stayed the whole time. It did serve its purpose for the two nights I was there. If I ever return to Tahiti, I think I would stay at an airport hotel across the street and save money on transport and the points and cash for the hotel.

If you found this review to be too harsh then you will be appalled by my critiques of the following three.

Off to Bora Bora!

Looks photo shopped, the background, not me
Looks photo shopped, the background, not me

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