The Meriden was lovely. It is in an idyllic setting. It has its own pool and its backs onto the beach. The staff are all very nice but probably lacked all of the touches you would get at another beachside location (i.e. Hawaii).
Some issues we had with Le Meridien were that although the staff were lovely, they weren't very thorough. We would have loved to have hired bikes to ride around Noumea and it wasn't until our last day of our 7 days stay that we saw a room full of bikes stored in the hotel when we were heading to the airport. We of course were never told about this by the airport staff and it really told the story of our stay.
We tried to arrange a trip to Amadee Island through the hotel. The trip was fully booked. We tried to arrange some scuba diving as well…again without success.
In short, the hotel is nice. Very nice. It is clean and the people are lovely, but the service is certainly not 5 star quality. You could probably get better for your money elsewhere and due to the cost of things in Noumea, you should really think about renting an apartment instead.
But the whole experience has got me thinking that the issue with the staff could well be a Caledonian thing. They are a pretty relaxed bunch, and there is not really the tourism infrastructure set up to allow you to have a really good time there. It is disorganised and a bit disappointing really. If the holiday were cheap etc it would not be too much bother, but expect an expensive holiday when heading to Noumea, with not a whole lot of reward. The Hotel is okay, but unless you are super organised and prepared to spend lots of money…think about another hotel, and perhaps another destination entirely.
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- 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:
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