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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Charela Inn / Le Vendome Hotel Negril
- Charela Hotel Negril