A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped us a Tweet to a blog post (access here) where Le Meridien Tahiti had emailed reservation holders that they would exit Marriott/SPG system on October 15, 2018 to become Le Tahiti la Ora Beach Resort by Sofitel.
There have been quite a few former legacy Starwood hotel exits of Marriott system as of late that was expected. Merger gave them a good excuse to explore other options available and get out of contracts without paying a significant penalty.
Here’s what Le Meridien Tahiti had emailed:
Here’s video of my stay at this property:
Just checked my records and I stayed at this hotel for four nights back in June 2017. I would say that it was below average Le Meridien experience, although I did get a nice upgrade.
The hotel market in Tahiti (main island) is difficult. Hilton, Hyatt and the former Sofitel hotels have all closed due to lack in number of tourists. The former Radisson hotel was rebranded under local brand.
The InterContinental close to the airport does brisk business when passengers need to stop for an overnight stay on their way in/out of Papeete by plane. The hotel is just few minutes from the airport.
I had a long conversation with a General Manager and the hotel business, regardless of the prices that we need to pay at the properties in French Polynesia, is very challenging. The costs of doing business are astronomical and Japanese tourists that used to be big money makers for the hotels never returned.