We spent just one night at the Hotel l'Imperatrice before getting the ferry to Guadeloupe. It is a charming hotel – the building is full of colonial charm and other reviewers have said, it is quirky. Our room was small but well equipped and was spotlessly clean. The bed was very comfortable, high quality linen and the best we experienced in Martinique. Shower-room was tiny but spotless and very modern. Only downside was room size – I wouldn’t want to spend several days there because you had to keep stepping over your suitcases. The staff don't have much English but were extremely helpful at all times and very apologetic when our check in was delayed for 30 minutes.
Although the hotel is on a main street in Fort de France we had a quiet night. There is a balcony to sit out on and you can sleep with the air conditioning off, just catching the sea breeze. Breakfast was good - typically ‘continental’ but with lots of fruit – the dining room is a lovely room full of colonial furniture.
The location is great for taking in Fort de France and is walking distance from the ferry terminal, all the main attractions and restaurants. I am not sure what has gone wrong for other reviewers, but if you need to spend a night or two in Fort de France it would be hard to find a better place. I certainly wouldn't stay in Fort de France as a base to explore Martinique though - the traffic would drive me bonkers.
One note that i haven't seen elsewhere - taxis seem to be very expensive indeed, and public transport (the taxi collectivs) very hard fr the tourist to get a grip of.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Down-town Fort-de-France, with a superb view over "La Savane" Park, L'Imperatrice is a boutique hotel with charm, elegance and Creole authentic spirit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel L'Imperatrice Martinique/Fort-De-France