We spent two nights here in June when we extended our stay in Guadeloupe by a couple of nights on short notice and decided to visit Basse-Terre. The people running the hotel - whom I believe were the owners - were friendly, helpful, and outgoing. The rooms were spotless and very comfortable - a previous traveler complained that the furniture was spartan but we disagree. It was simple and traditional and anything more plush or voluminous would have seemed fussy and out of place. The indoor kitchen had all the utensils (except for a prep knife or spatula) necessary to prepare decent meals, and a refrigerator that actually kept the food cold. We used the internet in the bar area - 2 euros for the first half hour (which was all we needed), wireless connection, no problems connecting. The air conditioning in the room was strong and refreshing. Even a power outage in the region did not inconvenience us; the hotel must have its own backup generator as we were out of power for less than a minute while surrounding towns were out entirely for much longer that evening.
We ate in Deshaies (at Au Coin des Pecheurs, which the owners had recommended; it was excellent) the first night; the second night we meant to return to Deshaies for dinner but found all the restaurants without power. We hit the Grand' Anse Pizza truck on the way back to the hotel and found the pizza delicious, better than in our East Coast hometown. We also ate at the Marco food truck on the beach - frites and accras prepared while you wait, cold beers, tasty sandwiches. We self-catered breakfasts, though, with fresh eggs from town, cheese, yogurt, ham, fruits, and patisserie -- again, the well-appointed kitchen made it possible to prepare our own meals and take them out on the balcony.
I do recommend, based on our previous trips to Guadeloupe, that you rent a car if you are staying anywhere outside Pointe-a-Pitre or Gosier, unless you are willing to take the bus (which works reasonably well but may require you to wait, and which is somewhat easier if you have a working knowledge of French). As long as you can drive a manual transmission, Guadeloupe is easy enough to travel by car, and it makes it far easier to drive among the various beaches and into town for provisions. Just be sure to budget for the fuel!
- Also Known As:
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- Habitation Grande Anse Deshaies
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