My wife and I have just returned from a short break at the Kalinago. We loved the room, which was clean and spacious. The beds were very comfortable too. We ate in the restaurant twice while we were there, and meals were tasty and well presented, though not always precisely what was set out on the menu. Morne Rouge beach is just a few yards away, which is clean and lovely to swim in. It's a pleasant walk away from the Grande Anse beach area, which as well as a quite beautiful beach has a shopping centre and and restaurants. You can catch the fantastic dollar buses from there into and back from just about anywhere on the island.
For all these good points though, the Kalinago has some noticeable flaws which detract from the overall package. They have a lovely open-air bar between pool and beach, but for some bizarre reason they insist on playing loud music in it practically all the time, and not nice laid-back reggae which would have been OK (if a little less loud), but sometimes harsh Dancehall-type sounds, 90s R&B divas, full-on stuff from the 80s and so on. I have very wide tastes, but every time we went down there for a drink we would be forced away within a few minutes. It wasn't just us.....the bar was just about always empty or had one or two die-hards. This, I think, is symptomatic of a hotel which just doesn't get the needs of its guests, doesn't try to understand them and therefore doesn't give them what they want, but what the staff as individuals think is right. Guests therefore end up spending time and money away from the Kalinago, which can't be good for the business. I think the hotel management need to give some serious thought to this for the future.
The other flaw became apparent at the weekend during our stay. Morne Beach is, as I said before, beautiful and calm, and the Kalinago sits centrally on the beach. Close by, though, are areas of land which front the beach which are used by locals for a range of functions, from church get togethers to parties. I haven't a problem with that at all. It's great to see. The events can be very noisy though, which is outside the control of the hotel. Saturday was OK, but on Sunday there was a party which went on all afternoon until late into the evening, and the music to this was incredibly loud. The land the parties are held on is adjacent to the right hand side of the Kalinago, when looking from the beach. It must have been very annoying for guests at that end of the hotel. Fortunately, we always travel with ear plugs, so we were able to blot out worst of the noise. As I said, this is outside the control of the hotel, but they need to acknowledge that this might be a problem for some of their guests at weekends. I asked before we went for a quiet room, as I had read on Trip Advisor about noise problems, but was told by the hotel that all their rooms were very quiet. A bit disingenuous perhaps.
I was wavering about whether to plump for 3 out of 5, but am giving a score of 4, as I think this is fundamentally a good hotel, though it could be much better.
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