"Nice quiet, although pricey, hotel w/ great staff"
The hotel is ideal if you're looking for a quiet time on the beach, tanning and reading without distractions. The rooms are somewhat outdated, but were spacious and clean with great ocean views. No extra frills and not a true 4-star property, but everything in the room with A/C included was functioning as expected. I speak only a few words of French, but did not have any issue communicating with the staff (or anyone on the island for that matter) - there was always someone who could speak English. Breakfast on the terrace: the fruits, cold cuts, cheese and bread are served buffet style and after you sit down, the servers come around to take your room number and order of hot food: scrambled eggs, omelette and etc. The hotel has a private little beach corner (very typical of hotels in Gosier) and a pool with lounge chairs. Both were never crowded, thus was ideal for me who just wanted to unplug and laze on the beach for a few days. However, if you want to experience the postcard-perfect idyllic Caribbean beaches then you must drive to Saint-Annes or take a ferry to Marie Galante or Les Saints.
Reserved a lowest cost, Gardenview room. We got a huge suite overlooking the beach with two full baths. Gorgeous, enormous pool with swim up open air bar. Open air lobby and dining room. Terrific location bordering the marina with lots of restaurants within easy walking distance. Breakfast is included.
After a minor traffic mishap, the wonderful hotel desk people handled everything, including filling out the legal forms and negotiating with the other party.
One of the very best places to stay in the Caribbean.
Fantastic stay, great service friendly staff. Our reservation was a little mixed up and our room wasn't ready for us so we had to move after the first night, then we had a double instead of a twin. But when we told them, they did sort it out. For me the beds were not very comfy - but that may be just me! You will need a car as this hotel is high on a hill and a good distance from anything. But this island is worth exploring so that shouldn't be a problem! La Toubana has great views, a fab restaurant and as I have said the staff are fantastic! So generally a great Hotel.
The hotel is actually a part of a huge complex, where part of it is a gated community for permanent residents (and it looked like permanent, retired French citizens from the mainland), and part of it is temporary/hotel stay. I just wanted to be there a night to catch my plane back to the USA the next day. With the bodyguards at the gates, it can make you wonder what type of area you are in at Le Gosier (a suburb of Pointe a Pitre), but it's fine, especially for a quick stay. I'm an American, I don't speak French, but I could get by pretty easily here. People speak enough English or are just helpful in general.
With its white-sand beaches, rolling hills, and coral reefs, Grand-Terre remains the most frequently visited of the Guadeloupe Islands, and tourists snorkel, dive, or fish in the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea. For land activities, play a round of 9-hole at Golf International of Saint Francois, visit one of the island's casinos, or dance the evening away at a local nightclub.
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