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Habitation Grande Anse
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Didcot, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“A good choice for our needs”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

We recently stayed here for 9 nights and enjoyed our time there. It isn't really a hotel, more a bungalow set-up. When we arrived, a very efficient receptionist showed us to our bungalow and supplied us with an envelope containing all the information we would need for our stay. We had booked a "grand large" apartment even though there were only two of us and were glad we had as we were able to store our suitcases in the extra room. The double bedroom was adequately equipped with a large, comfortable bed, a desk, a low suitcase rack and bedside tables. The wardrobe was a curtained off area with hanging and shelf areas. We were very glad to see that there was a safe there also.
We had opted not to pay for daily cleaning and I must admit I was glad when the cleaning day came round. (We arrived on Tuesday and no cleaning was done until the following Sunday). However, it was possible to ask for new towels, toilet paper and refuse bags at reception anytime they were needed. It would have been nice if the cleaning staff had just looked in to check on supplies of these essentials each day even if they didn't clean.
The gardens were really beautiful and well maintained. We had an apartment close to the bottom of the hill, having known about the steep climb up the hill to the ones with the best views but we were glad to not have to climb every time we went out. Even where we were, the sunsets were spectacular but the best place to be for that was the Grande Anse just a few minutes walk away. Breakfast was a bit haphazard. We quickly learned that we needed to be early as the buffet wasn't replenished when it came close to the end of the breakfast period. We only fell foul of that one day and I must admit I felt a bit cheated. After all, I had paid just as much for my breakfast and should have had the same choice as those who made it there earlier. At breakfast, we liked to sit at the edge of the breakfast area overlooking the pool and we could see the pains that were taken to keep it pristine.
We ate in the restaurant several nights as it was either a long walk into Deshaies, or we had to drive there. There was a large choice of excellent restaurants in the little town but we did find the hotel restaurant good enough to use more than once, especially on those days when we had been out all day and didn't really want to drive again. There was quite a good selection of dishes and we didn't find it too expensive, certainly not as expensive as eating at some hotel restaurants. I particularly enjoyed the ouasous (giant freshwater prawns) and my husband always started his meal with a plate of accras de morue. We ate fish almost every night, but I tried the chicken in coconut milk and it was excellent.
Overall, I was happy with our choice but there were some things which could be improved. As I have mentioned before, it might be good to check the rooms for essentials every day even if the cleaning wasn't being done. I didn't particularly like having to go to ask for toilet paper at the reception. Also, although there was a phone in the room, it didn't work. Calls had to be made at reception on their phone. This isn't ideal, I personally don't like making my personal phone calls in public. As there are already phones in rooms, why aren't they connected? On our first full day there, there was no water. We came back hot and sticky, after a long morning out, desperate for a shower. No shower, no toilet, and not even any estimate of the length of time the water would be off. We were told at reception that it was off because of road works but it would have been nice if the receptionist could have made an enquiry so that she could have given guests a time estimate for the inconvenience. The service provided was just a bit too impersonal for my liking, there was no real attempt made by the front of house staff to get to know their guests or to engage them in conversation. I do like hotel staff to make an effort to be pleasant and friendly.
I did enjoy staying there, and given my experiences at the next place we stayed, I would have preferred to stay where I was. The situation was great, close to the beach. However, we drove to other more isolated beaches nearby. There was lots to do in the area and there were lots of places to eat in Deshaies, whatever type of cuisine you prefer. I can enthusiastically recommend the Jardins Botaniques just outside Deshaies, Excursions Nico which are boat trips out of Sainte Rose, Domaine de Severin (rum distillery), la Route de la Traversee (not to be missed) and the Maison de Cacao near Pointe Noire. It is definitely a good base if you like to explore and make the most of your time in a new place.

Room Tip: If, like me, you are a bit unfit, choose a room near the bottom of the hill.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Truro, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed 10 days and wished we could leave after 2 had we not paid up front we would! The service at breakfast was non existent, the coffee ran out, we had to ask for bowls, cutlery etc. The organization was pitiful. The rooms were only cleaned after 4 days, the staff were aloof and unhelpful, the room although it had a lovely view, was dark and felt like a shed. It was a shame, given the amazing view, that nothing more was made of the location. I would be very wary of booking a much needed holiday on the strength of a website and well shot photos. The pool was okay but although it was meant to be open at 8am was seldom open until well after that. It felt more like a motel than a hotel. Very very disappointing. However,on a positive note the bed was very comfortable!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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HGAHGA, Propriétaire at Habitation Grande Anse, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Google Translation
Bonjour Monsieur,
je regrette d'apprendre que vous n'ayez pas apprécié notre établissement .
Les jours du 24 et 25 Décembre nous avons effectivement eu un problème d'organisation due à un manque de personnel de dernière minutes. ... et, difficile à remplacer pendant les périodes de fêtes. Nous nous en excusons.
Nous proposons 2 types de formules : la formule résidence ( service de ménage tous les 4 jours ) ou bien la formule hôtel ( service de ménage tous les jours ). Visiblement ....vous n'avez pas choisi la formule appropriée à vos besoins.
Pour ce qui est du reste ....je suis absolument étonné .......notre établissement et surtout notre personnel est en règle générale très apprécié de la clientèle.
Bien cordialement
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United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Our first trip to the Caribbean! In Guadeloupe we stayed for 3 days . We rented a car which gave us the freedom to move about. The choice of accomodation was superb. The lovely hotel with self-catering option is superb and easy to reach. The kitchenette is well equipped. The whole place is very clean. The garden is meticulously manicured. Once there, the Botanical Garden in Deshaises is a MUST. The beaches are wide and clean. We preferred the one between Saint Rose and the hotel. The beach directly below the hotel can be busy and crowded at times.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 8 which is high up the hill on the top floor of block of rooms. It can be quite a...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2013

My husband and I stayed at l"Habitation Grande Anse for 4 nights in a grand studio high on the hill with a spectacular view of the sea from our private patio. The sunsets were amazing. Everything was clean and well-maintained. The outdoor kitchen (fun!) was well-stocked with pots and pans etc and we cooked one night eating outside with nary a mosquito in sight. The grounds were beautiful and well-kept. This was the shoulder season so no crowds and we were completely undisturbed. Cons: low light in the large bedroom so difficult to read, we were high on the hill for a view and couldn't even get our car to go up there - had to park lower. Very tough walk up so beware - for us it was well worth the trudge. The gate for cars was not working while we were there so it was an extra hassle to get someone to open it for us. I'd like to commend Cindy for being so helpful to us. She was great! We ate dinner there the first night; good and, as everything is in Guadeloupe, pretty expensive for those of us on the US dollar.
It's probably a 10-minute walk to the busy large beach at Grande Anse. A nice drive north takes you to other lovely and empty beaches. We walked to Deshaies (pronounced "day-ay") which is not for the faint of heart but it's a quick 6-7 minute drive there to go to some very good restaurants where water laps below the decks.
We really enjoyed this property.

Room Tip: If you are able to walk up hill, the spectacular view is worth it - but you must request it in advan...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Key Biscayne, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Nice hotel located a 5 minute walk from Grande Anse Beach and a 5 minute drive from the center of the village of Deshaies.

The hotel has convenient and abundant parking and a nice pool right at the entrance. The rooms are clean, well appointed and comfortable with kitchenettes that are convenient for fixing something up for yourself if you get tired of restaurants. There is also a nice small restaurant where you can get a very decent continental breakfast for about 12 euros, which is a reasonable price for the island.

I would say that the only negatives would be that internet connection is only available at the front of the property in the immediate area around the registration office and that the property is built on a somewhat incline going up so anyone who has problems walking may have a tough time huffing and puffing to their room if they are towards the back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Our second accommodation in Guadeloupe. In walking distance to the beach and close to Deshaies where you can find a lot restaurants and shops. Everything was fine and in order, garden well maintained, nice pool. Breakfast was OK, staff was nice and reasonably English speaking.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kosice, Slovakia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2013

We only stayed one night, but I could imagine to stay longer.The grounds are full of beautiful tropical plants and trees, what you can enjoy from your terace or balcony, where is also situated your kitchen.We had a room with semi-separated room for children. Everything was clean, bathroom was spacious and clean as well. We did not use the pool, as we preffered to spend the day on the nearby golden sand beach of Grande Anse.If you want a self-cattering, nice accomodation to relax on beach and to explore the island, this is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Habitation Grande Anse
Address: 30 Ziotte, Deshaies 97126, Guadeloupe
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Location: Caribbean > Guadeloupe > Basse-Terre Island > Deshaies
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Deshaies
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Hotel Class:3 star — Habitation Grande Anse 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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