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 foolishly booked Le Méridien Ile Maurice for one night to save a few points. The next two nights I would be at the idyllic St. Regis Mauritius which was located on the other side of the island and had I taken another taxi would have cost $100.
This is part of the Trip Report So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (December-January 2015) which covers: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Bangkok, Thailand Chiang Rai, Thailand Yangon, Myanmar Ngwe Saung, Myanmar Mandalay, Myanmar Bagan, Myanmar Hong Kong Orlando, Florida Catch up by reading the preview, The Banana Pancake Trail to...
I am partial to Le Royal Méridien because it is located next to my old apartment building. It is also located next to Nanjing Walking Street, an overcrowded place that is worth seeing once but should otherwise be avoided. Le Royal Méridien is only a few minutes away from The Bund, The French Concession, West Nanjing Road, and all that is good in life.