Hôtel Le Lagon in New Caledonia

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Updated: November 27, 2020

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Review of Hôtel Le Lagon in New Caledonia.

Hôtel Le Lagon – Luxury city hotel with a tropical resort feel.

The Studios are a notch above those found in a motel, with updated furnishings, bright seascape photos, kitchenettes, and extended balconies. Some face the road (and gardens across from it), but are shielded by reasonably effective double-glazing, while others overlook the quieter backstreets. With living areas and space for four, the larger suites in a separate wing are ideal for families. The outdoor heated pool seems a little undersized, but inviting enough with a sauna, gym, and spa alongside. Although ostensibly a city hotel, it competes admirably with nearby beachfront resorts, so guests can enjoy free yoga, boat trips, tennis, and rental of kayaks and paddleboards.

Hôtel Le Lagon – The Basics

  • Location: 149 Route de l’Anse Vata, about 300m north of the beach at Anse Vata, a suburb of Noumea on the main island. About 4 km from the city center, 45 minutes from the international airport, and 15 minutes from the domestic airport.
  • Guests: Caters well to everyone: business people and holiday-makers of all ages, as well as families in the suites.
  • Beach: Anse Vata beach is about 300m south of the hotel. A quieter and cleaner stretch of public beach is in front of Le Méridien, about 1.2 km further south via the coast (not the road).
  • Views: Rooms to the front face the road and surprisingly lush gardens in the hospital across the road. Other rooms overlook buildings to the back, with views not nearly as appealing, but are certainly quieter.
  • WiFi: A small amount of data is provided free for guests. Extra usage costs more.
  • Parking: The hotel has an arrangement with a nearby parking station, so a limited number of places are available for a small fee.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (687) 261 255
  • Email: resa@lelagon.nc
  • Website: lelagon.nc

Hôtel Le Lagon – Amenities

  • Pool: Outdoors and nice enough, but undersized and could get crowded. Apparently, the only heated pool in and around Noumea.
  • Spa: Le Spa-Institut Le Lagon is similar to anything in a top-notch island resort. Intimate, with highly-trained staff. Non-guests also have access to the pool, gym, and sauna.
  • Fitness Center: Tiny, indoors, and alongside the pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Nothing in the rooms, but a heated spa with lots of bubbles is alongside the main pool.
  • Activities: Plenty of freebies: e.g. sessions in yoga and Pilates, rental of kayaks and paddleboards, use of a tennis court off-site, and a boat trip to Île aux Canards (Duck Island).

Hôtel Le Lagon – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The narrow block only allows space for the petite Restaurant Le Gauguin, which caters mostly to guests, although the public is welcome. Perfect French-style breakfast buffets and weekend brunches. Only open weekday mornings; until 11.30am on weekends.
  • Breakfast: Included in some rates, depending on the booking. The cooked buffet breakfast is excellent and worth paying for.
  • Room Service: Breakfast can be served in the rooms. Otherwise, there is no room service because the restaurant is only open in the morning.

Hôtel Le Lagon – Rooms

  • Room Types: Studio Rooms and 1-Bedroom Suites.
  • Smoking: Not permitted in the rooms, but on the balconies is OK. Some rooms are hyper-allergic so absolutely no smoking is allowed anywhere inside or outside these rooms.
  • Best Room: The Suites offer twice the space of the Studios. Bright and inviting, with a separate lounge area, those on the top floor in the corner offer optimal views.
  • For families: The 1-Bedroom Suites can comfortably accommodate families of 4 and feature kitchenettes. Many also have connecting doors with a Studio, so combined, they can cater to families of 6

Hôtel Le Lagon – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    The hotel is along an access road which is lined with several cheap and excellent patisseries and grocery stores selling takeaway food. Other cafés are along the esplanade.

  • Snack Ulysse – Affordable burgers, wraps, stews, and curries. More food for less money in a pricey part of town. Just 75m up the street.
  • El Casablanca – Kebabs, couscous and other Arabic food, with a Moroccan décor. Also, salads, shared platters and – gasp – karaoke. Just past Snack Ulysse.
  • Pizza & Pasta – Also popular for risottos, salads, and grills. Family-friendly, abundant seats, water views, and takeaways. In front of the Hilton, 400m down the esplanade.
  • Stone Grill – Just past Pizza & Pasta. Amiable, busy, and street-side steakhouse, with all types of meats and pasta. Daily specials and takeaways.
  • Along Beach – At the back of the Galeria Palm Beach shops, 600m down the esplanade. Adorable and authentic Vietnamese.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Two well-stocked minimarts are just up the street from the hotel.

Local Transport

  • From outside the Nouvata Hotel along the esplanade, buses 10, 11, and 70 head frequently to the city center – some via the neighboring beach at Baie des Citrons.

Hôtel Le Lagon – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the beachside suburb of Anse Vata.

The hotel is along an access road to Anse Vata, a beachside suburb in Noumea.

All room balconies overlook the road or backstreets.

All rooms feature balconies which overlook the road or quieter backstreets.

Le Lagon has won several awards.

Bright, modern, and welcoming, Le Lagon has won several awards.

The colorful lobby features Gauguin-style art.

The lobby area sets the scene with Gauguin-style art and colorful sofas.

Basic supplies can be bought in the small shop in the reception.

The tiny shop in the reception area sells some basic supplies.

The bright Restaurant Le Gaugin is behind the reception.

At the back of the reception area, Restaurant Le Gauguin features a bright décor.

The restaurant is popular for buffet breakfasts and brunches.

The restaurant serves buffet breakfast and brunches for guests and the public.

The wooden pool deck is inviting.

The deck around the pool is inviting.

The heated pool is undersized.

The pool is heated but could become overcrowded because it’s a little undersized.

The small gym by the pool is functional.

The gym is small but serviceable, and alongside the pool.

Studios are bright and comfortable.

The Studio rooms are compact but very comfortable, with a bright likable décor.

Studio furnishing are modern and appealing.

Furnishings in the Studios are modern and pleasant.

The spacious studios are very appealing.

Studios are spacious and appealing.

Colourful photos of New Caledonia don the Studio walls.

Studios feature colorful photos of New Caledonia on the walls.

All accommodations have a kitchenetter.

All Studios and Suites feature kitchenettes.

The bathrooms are underwhelming compared to the rooms.

The bathrooms feature bathtubs and internal windows.

The larger suites are in the back and face the pool.

The larger Suites are in a separate wing facing the backstreets and pool.

Front-facing rooms have views of the hospital gardens.

Rooms facing the front overlook the substantial gardens in the hospital across the road.

The nearby beach at Anse Vata has a tropical vibe.

The hotel is only 300m north of Anse Vata, a tropical beach in the suburbs of Noumea.

Vietnamese restaurant Along Beach is close to the hotel.

Along Beach is a quaint Vietnamese eatery in the Hilton complex about 600m south of the hotel.

Stone Grill steakhouse on the esplanade is very popular.

Stone Grill is a popular steakhouse along the esplanade, only 500m away from the hotel.

Geleria Hilton arcade nearby has many shops and eateries.

Just 250m down the street from the hotel, Galeria Hilton is an arcade full of shops, cafés, and bars in front of the Hilton hotel complex.

In front of the Hilton hotel, Pizza & Pasta is a perfect place for a meal.

Buses from near the hotel travel to the city centre.

From the bus stop, a 3-minute walk from the hotel, frequent services head to the city center.

St Joseph’s Cathedral in the city centre.

St Joseph’s Cathedral dominates the upper eastern edge of the city center.

The flea market held every second Sunday is very popular.

Twice a month on Sundays, the city park, Place des Cocotiers, hosts a flea market.

The City Museum is based in a colonial-era building.

Noumea is home to many colonial-era buildings, including the City Museum.

The capital's streets are fun to explore.

The streets of the capital are fun and easy to walk around.

A harbourside pathway offers great views with ample shade.

A walkway in the city center offers shade and views across the harbor.

Noumea has a lot of marinas on its coastline.

Much of the coastline around Noumea is lined with marinas.

Moselle Markets near the city centre marina are worth a visit.

Popular among locals is the Moselle Markets, along Rue Georges Clemenceau and open 5am to midday daily (expect Monday).

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