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Charela Inn / Le Vendome
Ranked #24 of 81 Hotels in Negril
Certificate of Excellence
Niles, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A hidden gem!”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

We've been all-inclusive vacationers when it comes to Jamaica since 1997 and our friend who lives in Orange Bay finally convinced us to try a smaller, local-owned hotel. Are we glad she did! We stayed from Oct 27-Nov 3 in a sea view room (308) and couldn't have been happier. The hotel is so charming; very reminiscent of the early days before Negril beaches became so over-populated with the super-resorts to the north. The wide beach and courtyard made you feel that you were in a secluded area (going off-season helped, too). There are only 44 rooms and they are nearing construction on 6 new suites, but we were not bothered at all by the noise (which was minimal) and activity.

The staff is amazing! Very friendly, polite and polished; our friend tells us they have a great training program and it shows. Not only did they immediately remember the names of everyone in our party (another couple travelled with us), but they remembered our preferences and had our tables waiting at each meal (we did the modified all-inclusive meal plan; b'fast and dinner--excellent choice).

The rooms are clean and the bed is so comfortable! Water pressure surprisingly strong and there were no hot water outages. The housekeeping staff does a terrific job and are just as friendly and helpful as the wait staff.

We never had such great food! It was delicious and different every day with a French flair. Portions are so large we had a hard time finishing some of them. Soup, appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert with each dinner; preset menu but you could substitute from the general menu if you wanted.

There is security at all times on the beach, but dressed in street clothes so very unassuming; however, they were on their toes! Charela Inn is very convenient to everything we needed; Catholic church a short (3-min) walk across the street; nice walk down the beach to Times Square so we could visit our friends who work there, Sheldon at the bar and Denise (Trisha) who owns Reggae Roots (very unique items made by Jamaicans) and shop at Sunnyside Gift Shop (Adrian has the best prices on many souvenirs and other items people like to bring back home or eat/drink while they're there:~)).

Sandra and Merleen (sp?) have a little "hut" with two massage tables inside; magic hands for sure!

We will definitely be back to Charela!

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

A friend and I had dinner at charela inn which was wonderful. I had a steak which was pricey ($32) but well worth it. My friend had a really delicious pasta and chicken dish which was much more reasonably priced at $12. A complimentary and delicious salad is served with all meals which is a nice touch. Staff was also wonderful. The only thing that could use improvement was the bread. I think a restaurant of this caliber ought to have freshly baked rolls.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Pincourt, Canada
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed from Oct 05 to Oct 19/13. in both Jr. suites. Both rooms are great There was a problem with the air conditioning so we had to change rooms for a couple of nights. It was not a big deal. They are building 6 new rooms so there was a bit of construction noise. That should be finished soon. The people at the hotel are great. Everyone had a smile. The food was good and the Red Stripe cold. The beach is well kept and the water and sand are out of this world. You can sit near the water and meet with the beach vendors that try to sell you everything or sit a little further back under the palm trees and relax. The hotel is in the middle of 7 mile beach so you can walk in either direction for site seeing and beach souveniers. Charela is THE place to stay. Thank you to everyone at the hotel for taking care of my wife and I during our stay. We will be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Yellowknife
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

Basic rooms very close to the wonderful beach. Beach chairs and security monitored by Michael. Good man with excellent powers of observation. Tip him and treat him well.
Swimming in the sea is perfect.
So, go for the beach experience...lots of local sales and entertainment offered daily.
Don't go for the hospitality. Rude bar maids and ? Drink offerings. Shower substandard and dirty. Only one small bath towel per person.
Extra charge for ocean view room that could only be viewed if standing vertically.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

This was my first trip to Jamaica, mon! And since I'm a paranoid American and I was travelling solo I wanted to stay somewhere with good reviews and more importantly good security so I picked Charela.

I treated myself to a stay in a sea view room (308) with a balcony for 4 nights in mid-September. The room was on the 2nd floor facing the sea. It was large, clean and air conditioned. There was a refrigerator, safe, TV, fan and coffee maker. Bed was hard, but not uncomfortable. Lots of comfy pillows! My sea view was obstructed by several trees (see photo) which was sad. But not that sad as I didn't spend much time on my balcony.

Free wifi is available via an unsecured connection.

The staff at this hotel is A+. The bartender, Maxwell, is a real sweetheart. The security on the beach (Reuben and Steve) are tops. Just all around cool people working at this place.

The security here is 24/7. They were always around. Including on the beach late at night. They also have some German Shepherds that come out after dusk to help out. Definitely felt safe at all times.

The beach in front of the Inn = TO DIE FOR. LOVED IT! White sand. Clear warm water. Palm trees to provide shade. Just a spectacular section of 7 mile beach. I highly recommend doing nothing but lay on the beach at least half the time you are there.

I wish I could spend months here. It's a truly amazing place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Chester, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Laid back property in laid back Negril. The ideal place to relax and refresh.
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The setting is relaxed. All of this on the worlds best beach.
This is a great value. I highly recommend it for anyone need a little time off of life's treadmill.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Stayed in the family room with my husband and infant, we had the family room which was spacious and perfect for our stay. The room was cleaned daily and was spotless, even under the beds (which I noticed collecting all of my sons toys from all over the room :-) )
I'm quite particular with regards to bed linen and towels and all were in pristine condition.
Within seconds from the beach, which is the best bit of beach on the long stretch of beach.
We were right next to the pool and small gardens. The hotel is in keeping with the local surroundings and much more pleasant than some of the other big concrete out of character hotels in the resort.

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Property: Charela Inn / Le Vendome
Address: Norman Manley Blvd. | P.O. Box 3033, Negril, Jamaica
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Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Westmoreland Parish > Negril
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Negril
#15 Romantic Hotel in Negril
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Negril
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Charela Inn / Le Vendome 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charela Inn the discreet charm of peace & tranquility, good company and fine food. Nothing more ... Nothing less. CHARELA INN resort sits elegantly on the famous Negril Beach, by the Caribbean Sea. Its fifty rooms and beach stretches 250 feet in width and 150 feet in depth of pure white sand sprinkled with coconut trees to afford natural shade to our guests. Beyond the sand lies a lawn and two large patios to dine "Al fresco" or simply sip cocktails while watching the sunset. All 47 rooms are built around an inner court yard in an Hacienda style with a round fresh water swimming pool in the centre of the yard, and a lush tropical garden with hibiscus, night jasmine, bougainvilleas etc. As well as many birds including our national doctor bird. The feeling is one of being far from the crowds -- yet a few steps away from the world of water sports and many attractions on the seven mile beach. All buildings are of two floors. Each room has either a private patio or a private balcony. All public access at Charela Inn are designed to accommodate the physically impaired, along with three dedicated ground floor rooms. Charela Inn is renowned for the friendliness and caring of its long standing staff, many being with the resort for over 15 years. Charel's longstanding repeat guests of many nationalities brings with them a true feeling of friendship and are cherished by both management and staff. ... more   less 
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