The rooms were comfortable, clean, stylish, and the beds were extremely comfortable. The views from the balconies were lovely and the balcony kitchenette was adequately stocked and very handy. The bathrooms were very nice, modern, very clean. Our only complaint was that there could be more hooks or shelf space, and the lighting could be a little better. The fact that the Mahogany is one of several buildings within the La Creole Hotel complex was a little confusing at first. The hotel staff was generally very helpful and pleasant; a few exceptions, especially in the buffet restaurant. Definitely a snobby bias against those who are not fluent in French! Be warned if you are English-speaking and not French-fluent that most staff outside of the front desk do not speak much English and misunderstandings can result. The food in the buffet, breakfast and dinner, is good-to-excellent. The pool is beautiful. The beach and swimming cove were just so-so, but the option of being taken out to Islet de Gossier just offshore, upon request, more than made up for it. Many amenities in the hotel and pretty grounds, like a good bar and much comfy common space for hanging out, made for an extremely pleasant stay.
Canella Beach in Le Gosier is a super place to stay when you first get to Guadeloupe and you're trying to get your bearings. It's about a 35 dollar cab ride from the airport, and all the taxi drivers know its location. Rooms have balconies with refrigerators and small kitchens. Breakfast is included and is fantastic - fresh fruit, coffees, juices, eggs, cheese, croissant, cereals - you name it. Canella Beach has its own lovely beach, a large pool, and a jacuzzi. It's within walking distance of a large casino, several rental car places (but be aware they're only open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.), a small grocery store, and a great local cafe. I'd also recommend it for an extended stay to those who are looking for sun and staying put. Most of the reception people speak English, which is helpful for those who don't speak French. The staff were very nice. We stayed at Canella on our last night in Guadeloupe as well, since we had early flight. Our room rate was cheaper when booked directly at the reception than when booked through Expedia. There are plenty of ATM's around the hotel - so be sure to pay in Euros not credit card to avoid exchange fees.
Last night great friendly stay before return home. Selected because near beach, near airport, had pool, English spoken, great value (all true), near Le Gosier centre (yes, but nothing there). Saturday arrival by local orange bus from PàP dropped off at door. Sunday taxi 35€ to airport. Used baggage store, pool (nice, clean) and loo to chill after 11.00 checkout before 3pm depart. Really great value overnight stay. Brilliant quality meal at Grill top of hotel street on corner, so didn't need breakfast - corner shop used for lunch. Basic but ideal overnight.
we really, really liked this hotel - the setting was lovely, the terrace was inviting, excellent breakfast. the only caveat is the difficulty we had on arrival. we had read other reviews saying they arrived and couldn't get in, so my partner called in advance to make sure we weren't locked out. however.... when we (finally) found the hotel at 21.30, there were no lights on, no bell to ring, no way to get in! we had a mobile with no signal and were pretty tired after a long flight. in the end my partner scaled the wall and found the manager - certainly a unique experience in checking into a hotel. since this issue has been raised before, I am surprised that there is not a bell or intercom on the outside wall. once we were finally in, however, we found every thing about the hotel very pleasant.
If I were a cynic I might think that since we had prepaid, it didn't really matter to the owners whether we were able to get in or not.
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