I was a little scared the first time we went to Tahiti. Staying only 1 night on the main island, I wanted a nice, clean and safe location before our cruise. My travel touch stone, Trip Advisor, didn’t always have the best things to say about The Le Meridien or The Intercontinental in Papeete, Tahiti. Given all of the amazing options in Moorea, Raiatea, and Bora Bora, there are very few selections in the transit hub of Papeete. So, should I pick the Intercontinental or The Le Meridien?
I chose right. Twice.
While the Le Meridien is a bit further from the airport, you can easily arrange a private car service to the hotel through hotel email. The cost was approximately $100 for 4 adults and baggage, and totally worth it, might I add.
The hotel staff was courteous and always helpful, while the newly renovated rooms were just what the blurry-eyed traveler needs. The second time around, I opted for an overwater bungalow. It was honestly one of the best parts of our 10 day trip.
Tranquil and secluded, the romantic rooms are just what you need for some great R&R. Boasting A/C and open-air slat windows, the sea breeze gently lures you to island time. Just don’t forget your converter for the plugs!
Once I stayed at the hotel, I realized why the reviews weren’t as amazing as they should be– travelers had just spent 7 nights at the uber-chic resorts in Bora Bora. In comparison to those new and ultra-high dollar establishments, the IC and Le Meridien don’t hold a candle. However, in general you can expect a clean, comfortable and lovely transit stay.
Why I would choose the LM over the IC again? definitely.
further away from the hustle and bustle of Papeete and the airport.Planes literally fly over you at the IC.
more local feel. You can easily walk to a Tahitian grocery store and purchase snacks, beer and fish food! It was a great experience!
true overwater bungalows. The Intercontinental Bungalows are connected to land and don’t give you the same feel.
recently renovated. The whole hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and it shows!
Make sure you shop price for the Le Meridien on various travel websites. Not only does the Le Meridien offer Advance Purchase discounts, discounted room rates are also available on websites like Hotels.com and Priceline.