My husband and I spent 4 November nights in a "Standard Garden Cottage" # 21 at Hotel Le Village St. Jean. This was our first overnight stay on the island, having only visited on day trips via ferry from St. Maarten in the past. I did a lot of research trying to find the right place for us to stay and was very happy with having discovered Hotel Le Village. I was a little bit familiar with the location and knew it would be convenient. Specifically it is about a third of a mile directly above Nikki Beach / Eden rock location (steep street). We were price conscious so I chose a standard garden cottage at 180 euro per nt. The closest other price categories were the newly renovated hotel rooms at 160 euro or the standard terrace cottage (the upper floor of the standard lower level garden cottage) at 240 euro. I really was unsure of the property layout and it seemed many of the prior reviews were for more superior categories of cottages than what we were going to book. Location wise, we did see that the beautifully redone hotel "rooms" (4 or 5 of them) lay directly above the steep road (off to the right side as you drive uphill) and some earlier reviewers commented on road noise (being a light sleeper I did not book that - however I do not think there is that much traffic and the rooms are very nice with a little balcony too and some foliage creating a bit of a buffer between balcony and street). Actually most of the property is off to the right side (the uphill side) as you drive up that road, including reception, breakfast area, pools, and all the higher category cottages. Only the STANDARD garden cottages and their second floor standard TERRACE cottages (I think there are only two of each) were off to the left side of the road....our driveway being immediately across the road from the main driveway into the property / reception. From the driveway level, we had a lovely paved path down to our garden level. LOTS of outdoor space for us. Big private lawn just outside the bedroom window (you won't really use that), and a BIG wooden deck with lounge chaises and umbrella located on the downhill side of our path. Very tiny look of the sea thanks to a tree on a private property below, but still a nice relaxing view from the deck. Only the little kitchen area just outside the entrance to the bedroom was a bit on the older side and the little dining table there also a bit small but we did not need to make meals or spend much time in this kitchen area. The bedroom was quite big with tons of storage, as was the bathroom. I am particular about elbow room and storage so this was good. Nice decor in both.
We got into a lovely routine here ...... enjoy a relaxed breakfast (with a view) of the fresh fruit cup, good breads, pastries, jams, nutella ...cereals coffees and perhaps a little conversation with another guest. Then we were off in the car to explore other areas for a few hours like Flamands beach (I really liked it) or Gouvenor (not as much to my liking but others seem to enjoy) . Midday we would return to our cottage and enjoy a nice lunch on our deck. We had gone to a Marche and stocked up on (fresh) baguette, olive oil, prosciotto, cheeses, and some great pate spreads ...along with some beer and other beverages, all kept in our little kitchen and fridge. We would open up the deck umbrella, bring out the ipad with mini speakers to enjoy some music and have a nice lunch. Afterwards, off to St Jean beach. We used the big parking lot right across from where the airport road hits the beach area by Tom Beach hotel / La Plage and this worked really well. Back to the hotel in late afternoon, perhaps a drink on our deck (we bought mosquito coils from the front desk and had brought some OFF with us), then out to dinner. Re Restaurant choices, We loved the magic of the beautifully lit garden at Eddies in Gustavia and very fair pricing there too. A big more pricy but great atmosphere dining ON the beach at La Plage (just down the road), and also at Eden Rock Top of the Rock.
I must mention the staff at Hotel Le Village is wonderful ...John Paul (JP) welcomed us and gave us a tour..... Glenda (hope I remember that right) on the cleaning staff was amused by my wanting to peek into all kinds of other "rooms" if she happened to be in there working (I love to check out all the options), and really everyone was great. OH - we did outfit ourselves with all kinds of beach gear from the storage room near reception ...2 matching beach chairs, a noodle for me, fins and a body board for my husband, and an umbrella. That stuff is luck of the draw for what is available but we got everything we were looking for and that is a nice benefit.
We certainly hope to return to Hotel Le Village again and I hope this review is helpful as to what to expect with a STANDARD garden cottage
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formerly known as “LeVillage St Jean”, “LeVillage St Barth”, a true hallmark of the island, is a charming and authentic hotel. Nestled in the heart of a lavish tropical garden with fantastic views of the Bay of Saint-Jean, a short walk to many shops, 9 restaurants and the #1 beach, “LeVillage” combines tranquility and comfortable living in a true “St. Barth” kind of way. The Hotel offers Classic Rooms - spacious Standard Cottages - Superior Cottages - exquisitely renovated Luxury Suites and Villas - many have well appointed kitchens and large outside dining and seating patios with sensational views. Having recently reached the four star classification level, LeVillage continues to be known as the best value on the island.The many amenities - the beautiful infinity swimming pool, the Jacuzzi, the Wellness Cottage, the Fitness Room – will all seduce you and, like many of our guests, you will want to return year after year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Village St Jean Hotel