We were looking forward to our stay at Le Meridian, Noumea. The website promises a high-quality, resort-type atmosphere. But we were disappointed.
The gardens and pool were beautiful and our room was spacious, if a little dated.
We paid 22,900 Pacific Francs each night and this included a buffet breakfast. While the assortment of dishes at breakfast was excellent, the service was quite poor. Dirty dishes were left to pile up -and despite the fact the restaurant was nearly empty, staff made no effort to clean.
The location of the hotel is unfortunate -about 15 minutes drive into Noumea central and at least 15 minutes walk to nearest shops. But there was no regular mini bus to take guests into town -guests are require to walk ten minutes to the closest public bus stop. Or book a taxi and wait.
Other services were also disappointing. The health club had a very limited selection of equipment. The shop in the foyer was open about two hours each morning and two hours each night.
There were three restaurants -but again, limited hours. And when there was rain the outdoor cafe (which was under cover) did not open. Guests had little to do in poor weather.
All in all, Le Meridian needs a desperate face-lift -and some attention to the details mentioned. We checked out early.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to New Caledonia, a perfect blend of picturesque landscapes, French sophistication and Melanesian culture, where food, art and music accentuate your experience. Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa captures the cosmopolitan, energetic spirit of New Caledonia’s capital with an unmatched lagoon front location, just ten minutes from the buzz of the city centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Noumea Hotel Noumea
- Noumea Le Meridien