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“Truly Relaxed And Drank In This Terrific Island Here” 5 of 5 stars
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Le P'tit Morne Hotel
BP 14, Colombier 97095, St Barthelemy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Colombier
Staten Island, New York
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“Truly Relaxed And Drank In This Terrific Island Here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

I stayed for nine nights at Le P'tite Morne in February 2012 with my mom. While

the reviews seemed positive, we both felt it was at least as nice as we expected,

maybe better. Everything was clean and the very nice bathroom looked to have been

renovated in the past year or two. The view, from its location high up the

mountain, is spectacular, just as their site shows, and the kitchenette had all we

needed. Tania and Caroline were very helpful and warm. We had room 11, a superior

room, and felt the space was pleasant enough to relax in, though we were out most

of the time. Steady wind during most of our trip kept the room quite comfortable

and we never used the air conditioning. As at P'tite Morne, windows without

screens seem common on the island. However, we didn't find the mosquitoes to be

more than a minor nuisance, never used our bug spray, and found the mosquito

netting over the beds to be effective. The pool area is pretty but we prefer the

beaches, which are only a short drive away. Additionally, the price is reasonable for St.

Barths.


My main St. Barths tips are as follows:

My favorite beaches are: Flamands, near Le P'tite Morne, though it often was windy

for us; Saline; and while we didn't swim there, Governer (sp?) looked like a close

runner-up. At St. Jean there's the fun of watching the planes take off and it was

very nice, as was Lorient, but neither matches Flamands and Saline for crystal-

clear water and overall ambiance. We also spent a quiet afternoon at Petit Cul De

Sac, a small beach frequented by locals, and enjoyed it as it had what for us was

the rare lack of wind, which at times was unpleasant elsewhere.


Highly recommended is a hike to Colombier Beach. The path starts at the end of the

road by Flamands, just beyond Auberge de la Petite Anse. Drive past the Auberge

and park on the side of the road. It's about a 30-minute, moderately challenging

hike with exhilarating views, ending at a scenic and secluded beach, only

accessible by foot or boat.


We got nice beach chair rentals for about 18 euros apiece for the week from Hookipa

Surf Shop. It's in St. Jean, just to the right off the main road, a little beyond

Chez Andy's. (The roads don't seem to have any names!) They also sell and rent

other beach equipment, like snorkel gear, body/surf boards. Unfortunately, they

had no beach umbrellas to rent at that time, so we bought one for about 29 euros and we

gave it to someone upon our departure. We speak some French, but they spoke very little

English at Hookipa.


Yes, pretty much wherever you stay on St. Barths, you do need to rent a car, though

everything is easily reached from anywhere. At first a bit intimidating, even to

this New Yorker -- with very narrow, winding and hilly roads, populated by some

drivers who can be very aggressive -- driving soon became part of the fun of the

trip. Just drive with care and don't be pressured into into anything you're not

comfortable with. I understand all the car rental agencies are good but we used

Island, negotiated a fair price beforehand, and were very happy with both the

service and a nice new Jimny.


Meals: We bought simple groceries, mostly for breakfast. The supermarkets are a

cultural experience. (St. Barths is more France than a Caribbean island.) Along

with many other businesses, they generally close for lunch from 12 to 3! We bought

Muesli, a good multigrain bread and nice cheeses, which we had most mornings for

breakfast. One morning we got delicious quiches and coffees from Le Petite

Colombier (bakery/luncheonette), just down the road, which were very reasonable.

Another time we got rich but tasty crepes in Gustavia at La Creperie. Sandwiches

can be bought at the bakeries or supermarkets. We ate all dinners out and also a

number of lunches. We both like the same food and generally shared one full meal

-- this acting as a good control of both our portions and budgets. I would say the

prices are expensive but not off the charts compared to what you'd pay in a major

American metropolitan city and the food is generally of an excellent quality. Places I

recommend include: Chez Andy's by St. Jean Bay (decent, friendly and reasonable,

and an awesome big Planter's Punch); Entre Deux and Eddy's (near each other in

Gustavia, both having a terrific, relaxed atmosphere and equally good and

reasonable food); Grain de Sel by Saline Beach; Au Regal in Corossol was fun for a

cheap but decent local village eatery, serving fish and Creole. Do Brazil and Wall

House were very good but more pricey. In general, most places don't start serving

dinner till 7.


We flew to St. Maarten from Newark on Continental/United, to connect with Winair.

I left two hours for the transfer but was able to get on a slightly earlier flight.

If you only have carry-on, there apparently is a Winair ticket window before you

go through immigration. I asked the immigration agent if we had to clear customs

and she said yes, not seeming to know about the Winair desk, so we had the pleasure

of security and immigration twice. Winair has a bad reputation but we really had

no complaints. Some regulars recommended St. Barths Commuter, though you have to

book far in advance. Neither of us mind small planes, so we found the short hop to

St. Barths an adventure, with great views and a fun landing. However, I also love

a choppy boat ride, so if I return, I might consider doing at least one way on the

"Vomit Commit"!


All in all, I'm a real island lover, always looking for a new tropical island,

particularly one that's classy and not spoiled by development or excessive poverty.

St. Barths lived up to my expectations and I'd rank it among the best of many I've

been to by plane and ship. I highly recommend both the island and our hotel for a relaxing

and fun change of pace with great food and nice people.

Room Tip: I didn't see any rooms other than ours, but the hotel is situated in a very quiet neighborhood a...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We remember you and your mum, we keep a very nice memory from you !! we hope you are well...
We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back !!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Argentina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

great place, one of the few affordable places in St. Barts, lovely views, friendly staff, great terrace overlooking the ocean, nice and complete kitchenette (so as to prepare your breakfast and eat something purchased at the local supermarket), very clean and intimate (not more than 15 rooms very separated from each other). Will go back.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you very much for your very pleasant review !! we hope to welcome you again very soon !!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

Great hotel with friendly staff. We stayed in one of the superior rooms, albeit perhaps the least private one #12, which overhangs the parking area so I would suggest staying in a superior room OTHER than #12 if you have a choice. Nonetheless the views are unbeatable here and we woke every day to cyrillian blue waters and breathtaking views and this was simply amazing. There is a fully-stocked kitchenette where we made breakfast every morning and ate in the outdoor terrace adjoining our room. It is also a 2 minute walk to the hike (another 20 minutes) down to Colombier Beach, the best beach in SBH in my opinion, and we often referred to this as "our beach" as it was the least populated of all the beaches that we went to and the most beautiful. The hotel is located on the western tip of St Barts, a bit away from the center (5-10 min drive) so a car is a must (but would be a must in any case as moving from one location to another is difficult in general in st barths if you are into exploring various beaches). We also used Gumbs car rental which was set up for us by the hotel - at 30 euros a day it beats taking cabs which cost about 20 euros for very short distances. Definitely get a car. It is lovely to be there and slightly off center so that you feel the tranquility of not being surrounded by people and other tourists which tends to be the case in the center of the island. And yes its true there are higher end hotels that don't have equivalent views or any views of the landscape at all. I highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: I recommend the Superior Room since it comes with an outdoors terrace, and perhaps not #12 - any of...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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What a wonderful review of our hotel !! Thank you very much for taking time to write a thoughtful comment !!
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Vancouver Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2008

The Ti Morne is undoubtedly the best value on SBH. The location is great - even the far more expensive hotels didn't enjoy the spectacular views we had. We had room 11 for 8 nights. The kitchen is outside on the covered terrace, which overlooks the Atlantic and a few small islands off the coast and is very private. The bedroom is a decent size, and the bathroom is a good size and was spotless.
The pool area was almost always empty, and also has superb views. Everything is clean and well-maintained.
There is an excellent bakery in Colombier (la Petite Colombe) where we picked up coffee and pastries every morning for breakfast. Food and wine in supermarkets is generally very cheap. The Match supermarket opposite the airport has the biggest selection.
Gustavia and St Jean were both 10-15 min away by car. Driving is a little crazy but you get used to it...
Other island notes:
After visiting all the beaches in the first few days, we decided that St Jean beach at the foot of the airstrip was easily our favourite. I imagine that it gets extremely crowded in high season, but in shoulder season it's great. At Flamands, Gouverneur and Saline the water gets deep quickly. At St Jean the sand is perfect and the water is very shallow for a long way. And of course there is the added interest of the planes taking off and landing. Flamands would be the second choice. Colombier beach is also very nice, and can be reached along a level and beautiful trail from Petite Anse, just past Flamands. Another, much steeper trail descends from the end of the Colombier road.

Do Brazil is a great beach bar on Shell beach on the edge of Gustavia. It's a great place to spend afternoons overlooking the beach with a few drinks. Caviar Island, in a courtyard in Gustavia, is a beautiful place for cocktails, and the BAZ bar on the harbour in Gustavia is likewise a great place to spend evenings listening to live music.
The best meal we had (by a mile) was at Le Sapotilier in Gustavia. Fantastic food, very friendly. The only place where we felt that the food was really worth the money - in fact it was very reasonable for the very high quality.
Hope this helps. We would definitely return to the Ti Morne. It offers great accommodation at a reasonable price which allows you to splurge on other things during your stay on SBH.

  • Liked — views, outdoor kitchen, location
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2007

This was our 1st trip to St. Barts. We will definately be coming back, and defintely staying at Le P'tit Morne again. The accomodations were wonderful. Big, clean rooms with full outdoor kitchens; amazing pool; breath-taking views; super-friendly staff. They even coordinate a car rental for you at a great rate. If there is one drawback it is the location. It is on the far west end of the island, so everything is a drive away, exept for Colombier Beach. But the island is so small distance is not a factor. I could not recommend this hotel higher.

  • Liked — Outdoor kitchen, ocean views
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2006

P'tit Morne is a wonderful hillside retreat with great views to the north east toward St Martin. A car is a must , try Gumbs car rental for one. This is a friendly, family run hotel with a great deal of returning clients year after year. The pool and surrounding deck is a great place to relax in between going to the beach, shopping and the restaurants. No restaurant on-site but the units are well equiped with fridge, stove top, dishes etc for food brought in. A couple of good trails for hiking down to a secluded beach but most beaches will be visited by car.

  • Liked — Quiet and comfortable
  • Disliked — Being built into a hillside, the slope can be tiring for some
  • Stayed February 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank you so much for your review, 8 years already !! maybe you came back since 2008 ? see you soon !!
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2006

My wife and I have stayed at Le P'tit Morne for the past 4 years and love it every time. It is by no means the fanciest hotel, but it is quiet and beautiful. The view from the rooms and the pool cannot be beat. The staff is wondeful. If you are looking for a reasonably priced hideaway... this is the place.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you very much for your very nice review !! since 2006 we made any renovation ! we hope to welcome you again very soon !!
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Address: BP 14, Colombier 97095, St Barthelemy
Location: Caribbean > St Barthelemy > Colombier
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Colombier
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