We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

190-La Belle Vie

St Barthelemy
|
Rental Home – 
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

Reviews from our community

Contribute to the TripAdvisor community and help fellow travelers find the perfect vacation rental
Write a Review

Reviews from our community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
victoria...
Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
79 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“NIGHTMARE, and NO LA BELLE VIE for US”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 for a stay in November 2012
9
people found this review helpful

I paid up front for a 4 week stay at La Belle Vie which started on Nov 19 2012 and I cannot think of how I will endure the rest of my stay of almost three weeks.The listing description misrepresents the house and pool by not disclosing that both are directly on/next to two intersecting steep roads which has local truck,bus, car and moped traffic starting at 6.30am until as late as 10pm.(see photo1) From 8am-11am and 4pm-8pm the din is deafening and the toxic fumes nauseating.We work inside and need the pool for physical therapy exercises, both of which are impossible under the circumstances. Moreover,the carport area is one floor below the main house.The only one access to the front door of the house is by way of a steep flight of 15 outdoor steps, without handrail. This is NOT the one floor living as advertised. I have 2 metal hips and need single level living and was duly misled by the description. See photo#2) There are mosquitoes and biting gnats from 4.30pm onwards through the night. The house has NOT ONE SINGLE screen that would allow keeping a door or window open for fresh air without insect invasion.The noise and fumes from the street traffic are enough to discourage opening windows or doors! Bed mites in bedding and upholstery join the insect problem.I have had to leave the house and have rent something else for several days to enable disinfecting, fumigating and cleaning of the bedding and upholstery( and much needed vacuuming I hope). I am asthmatic and allergic to the insecticides.The owner was NOT helpful when addressed directly in the first 24 hrs of our arrival. There was owner denial that any noise/fumes exist. The local house manager, maid and handyman agree that noise and fumes are undeniable and substantiate that there have been problems with previous tenants at the house, with disturbing examples. The photos of the house furnishings are representative, but the description that there is a 180 degree views of Marigot Bay is a misrepresentation and the one photo must be years old!The overiding view from the front of the house is a very busy road. The side of the house has no view and fronts another steep hill road with lots of huge construction traffic, including trucks loaded with workmen (10-12 each truck load) on their way to and from construction? The main illustration of this listing in trip Advisor is NOT of the house, but a view of GUSTAVIA, the main harbor of the city. This is VERY misleading. We cannot recommend this property to friend or relative because of our unabated suffering.However, we CAN state clearly that St Barts itself which is separate from this rental property, is a terrific island. I travel globally and I review regularly for Trip Advisor under name 'victoriac'

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 1 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 2 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
1 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
3 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 1 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
1 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The island of St Barts, Gustavia, St Jean,
Liked least: La Belle Vie
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Interested in this property?
Make Inquiry

Travelers are raving about these St Barthelemy hotels

Check in
Check out
Guests
from
$4,557
/ Week
Make Inquiry
Manager
James Daltrey (Property Manager Premium IV)
Speaks English, French
Listed since : Apr 2012
Calendar Updated: 203 days ago
Note: Response rate information for this manager is unavailable.
Do you own a vacation rental? List it here.
Listing is Free!
Add your rental property to TripAdvisor and FlipKey at no charge. You pay only 3% commission on each confirmed, paid booking.
Protect your privacy
TripAdvisor only shares your contact details with your guests after the first payment has been made.
Get more exposure
Showcase your property to travelers worldwide actively looking to rent in your destination every month.
Set up your free listing