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Hotel l'Imperatrice
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Fort-de-France
United States
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

L'Imperatrice is the best amongst the limited number of choices in the center of Fort-de-France and is the pick by default. It some ways it is nearly a classic Great Hotel. From the outside, building looks like a cross between a wedding cake and an ocean liner. High but subdued style inside throughout, some deco elements. Pictures here capture the essence pretty well. Common areas -- lobby, bar, restaurant -- though small feel cozy and intimate, furnished traditional tropicale, pleasant ambiance. Room comfortable, quality fittings and updated. Open air window in bathroom a nice touch, although beware the mosquitos. Ok, several type of rooms here, priced at euro 130, 110, or 95 (single occupancy rates, low season). Top rooms facing park with private balcon are spacious but get the street noise. Ones in back (euro 110) somewhat quieter, and above third floor there are open views in direction over town, with churchbells serving as alarm clock. Smaller rooms (95 euro) on 5th floor vary in size: some closet-sized, some narrow with two-single beds: corner room #54 was great choice for solo stay. Not ideal are roooms on each end of the 4th floor adjacent to space catered for events which get noise. The elevator here is a real antique: a noisy, creaking thing -- be sure to minimize movement when getting conveyed in it. Breakfast was included in this stay -- continental, fresh-made, good. Terrace cafe at street level good for lunch and early evening food and drink. After 10:30 p.m., no reception, night man handles the door. Would think that non-French speakers could get by ok enough here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Moose Factory, Canada
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The good points are the room in clean and the bed is comfortable as well the hotel is central. The bad is the breakfast and the staff don't or refuse to speak English. But we checked other hotels in the area and do to the outside and lobby we picked this one.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

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.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Castries, St. Lucia
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

the hotel is nice, but the staff speak no english and are and the hotel needs a little up grade.the location is great in the middle of town. the night life is nice... overall a nice place I will be back......

Room Tip: don't choose a room on the 4th floor
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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impe972, Directeur général at Hotel l'Imperatrice, responded to this review, March 14, 2012
Madam, thank you for your review, it helps us to improve our hotel. Now, we are refreshing the paintings, improving the bathrooms and in a while we will offer new spaces for our guests (business center and a 4th floor terrace to relax with the view on the park). We will also offer new amenities in the rooms. All the employees indeed don't speak english but 6 persons on our 11 employees speak english with one fluent. You can always find somebody here who can help you in english, and the others will do their best even if they don't speak english. We will try to plan english lessons for them to be able to meet the expectations of our international guests. We will be glad to welcome you again.
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

This was one of the quirkiest places I stayed during a month long Caribbean tour. I love quirky, but the fawlts knocked this down a notch. I used this as a base for a several day exploration of Martinique and will say I am glad I did. Fort de France is a shabbily gorgeous place...scenically the equal of New Orleans in terms of potential and similar in architecture. L'Imperatrice is set in an imposingly impressive white art nouveau meets the 1950's moderne building on the Savanne (the main park) and a ten minute walk to the catamaran terminal. It obviously underwent a massive rennovation with EU/French public funds a few years ago, but this is fading rapidly. I was given a room on the top floor with a perfect balcony looking over the Savanne and toward the old "Fort" and sea. The styling is colonial nouveau, the room smallish but very comfortable and the bathrooms nice but already fraying. TV is French only at poor reception. Internet worked well. I spent much time on the balcony, and the teak furniture is possibly not the best choice considering the exposure to weather. On the second night many of the rooms were used for an art exhibition as crowds wandered freely through the entire Hotel...several "visitors" managed to jiggle my locked door open and some were indignant when I indicated they leave (I was not exhibiting). I don't believe there was danger but it would have been nice to have been warned and possibly have the exhibition restricted to one floor or area of the Hotel. There just seemed to be a laissez faire attitude toward management and maintenance here, which is a shame give the amount of public money that has been recently dumped in and the fact that the Hotel seems to be a key aspect of reviving central Fort de France. The ground floor cafe is a good approximation of a Parisian bistro and the food is excellent. It was quite difficult to make a reservation and the inability to actually present competitive rates might be one reason they need to stage art exhibitions rather than just be a good city boutique hotel.

Room Tip: Balcony on the top floor...a nice refuge.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

We chose this hotel for one nite after late nite flight before going onward. Loved the location and charm of this hotel located on the park in central FDF a block or two from the water. Wood floor room with 4 poster bed. We had a front room with balcony, got a little noisy in the morning from the street. But not that big a deal. Typical European breakfast of meats, cheeses, breads, etc. Helps if you can speak a little French. But that adds to the ambience. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Anchorage, ak
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

stayed here on two different dates in two different rooms....Rooms are clean, charming and so French West Indies....The bar is wonderful and has great atmosphere....Unfortunately, we did not eat at the restaurant but it looked beautiful....The hotel is in a very central location...across the street from a park with lots of great food vendors that do a sit down and serve business. The port is only a couple of blocks away...and one of the museums is down the street. There is a large supermarket just a few blocks away that has really yummy food and some excellent rums. The management is as helpful as can be...I will say that it helps to speak at least some French. Very few people speak English. Take Euros.....lots of them as many of the places we saw do not accept credit cards. Yes, the hotel does...The rooms are small but beautifully decorated. #42 has a huge bathroom with a hug tub....and a lovely balcony that goes around the whole front of the building...with a roof terrace down the hall. Both rooms that we stayed in were immaculate and also very French West Indies. It was like being in Paris in the 50's but with mangoes, papayas and bananas all around...We loved the hotel and would not hesitate to stay there again...The beds were very comfortable in both rooms....They do not have king beds however...The linens are good quality. Floors are wood. The rooms all have a flat screen TV if you like that sort of thing and speak French well...and the hotel has free WiFi...and the bar is a great place to watch the world go by, do your email, and have a Ti punch...the drink of Martinique...BTW, the ice cream in the park is delicious. All home made with some unusual flavors....

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel l'Imperatrice
Address: 15 Rue de La Liberte, Fort-de-France 97200, Martinique
Location: Caribbean > Martinique > Arrondissement of Fort-de-France > Fort-de-France
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Fort-de-France
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel l'Imperatrice 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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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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