We stayed at Le Parc for 6 nights over the New Year period. Initial impression was of a big impressive lobby but cannot fathom how Roman friezes and faux marble columns are connected to Noumea. We had a deluxe room on the 5th floor which gave us a good outlook over the entire complex, pool area and beyond to the ocean. The decor is dated and very orange but the room itself was large and the bed very comfortable with fresh, crisp, white linen. Plenty of space in bathroom which had separate toilet. There was also a walk in wardrobe that housed a safe and tea/ coffee making facilities. The ample deck was good, however, let down by the old table and green plastic chairs. The biggest problem was that there is insufficient insulation between floors and it was like a herd of elephants overhead whenever the guests walked around. Housekeeping was excellent although there was a half eaten breakfast tray left in lift lobby almost 48 hours. Reception staff seemed to have a very offhand manner and we were disappointed that we were misinformed on more than one occasion as to opening days/ times and location of various places and attractions. Businesses seemed to operate at random over the New Year, many restaurants didn't open NYE or Jan 1 and it seemed Jan 2 was also affected by annual stocktake. Even the Tourist Information Bureau was unmanned at advertised times. Our included (after some dispute) breakfast was good but having to sign a docket with an amount on it was confusing, especially to other guests who had limited French and English. We had no other meals at the hotel, tried all the local cafes, varied from okay to excellent (recommend the Chinese out front and Stone Grill) but all expensive. The hotel pool is indeed large but not policed in any way, from New Years Day on it was the domain of unruly local teenagers who engaged in loutish, unruly and at times dangerous behaviour. There were a lot of people in the pool fully dressed during our stay and we didn't swim again once we saw a baby taken in with nappy on then the nappy taken off, wrung out by parent and thrown onto pool deck. Getting about on the local bus is easy and cheap, catch #70 to go direct inland or #10 via coast into the city of Noumea, the bus stop is on the promenade right in front of hotel complex. Due to the weather being affected by a cyclone our planned trip to Amedee Lighthouse was cancelled, we instead walked to the Aquarium which is an excellent atttraction. Likewise the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, although the day we went the interesting gift shop was closed 'because it is holidays'. Overall we were not impressed with the Anse Vata area or Noumea itself, it seems New Caledonia has missed the boat or is unwilling to make the effort required to ensure new and return tourism to an area that has potential to be better and is an easy flight from Australia. Our stay at Le Parc will not be repeated.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Nouvata is composed of 3 wings around a courtyard with tropical gardens, restaurant, bars, shops, a big swimming pool and one small kids pool. Perfect for meetings and events, Nouvata also has New Caledonia's largest conference and event centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Parc Hotel Noumea