Charela Inn / Le Vendome
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After being away from my husband for three and a half months, we decided to take a four day weekend in Negro, Jamaica.
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... loungers on the beach. I went to the room to get out bottle of wine, and then stopped at the pool bar to get a dirty banana, Pina colada and a ice bucket for our wine. The bartender ended up fashioning one from a jug, which was perfect.
We read and drank on the beach, and I even moved over to the hammock for a little while. Around 3pm, like clockwork, the storm started to move in, so we went back to our room. ...
... looking at, so I went down to him, he grabbed me by the hand, maneuvered me under the reef, and then I saw it! I immediately started squeezing his hand to say, "ok, enough!!!"
We did two dives, both excellent. Then we returned around noon. I met up with Elly and we had lunch at Neptune's. We watched a wedding couple have their pictures taken in what looked to be very uncomfortable positions.
After lunch, I ...
... It started to pour, so we went to Neptunes bar. We started talking with people there, and then went back to the room to relax and get ready for dinner. The bartender had made me something called SSIMU (some **** I made up). The sunset was gorgeous.
Dinner was at Guiseppes, and we had a great table outside and watched the peacocks and pen hens turn in for the night. The food was fantastic. We ended the night with a drink at Neptunes. ...
... Ricks Cafe is absolutely beautiful! You do not pay to get into Ricks, but you can tip the jumpers. The food and drinks are quite expensive, but this is a major tourist destination so that was expected. Known for its cliff diving, you will see some insane jumpers. They do crazy tricks while jumping off the cliffs. Unfortunately the day I went to Ricks 2 people had died from jumping, I was actually on my way with all intentions to cliff dive, by the time I got there the cliffs ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Charela Inn / Le Vendome Negril
Just returned a few days ago from our first stay at the Charela Inn, although we have been in Negril and other areas of Jamaica too many times to count now. We had dined at Charela's La Vendome restaurant on a previous trip and were very pleased with the freshness and quality of the food and their excellent wine list.
I travel extensively for pleasure and picked this hotel based on reviews from this site. I was disappointed. Everything about the place was average or below average. We had a great time in Negril..it was off season and fairly quiet, but I would not recommend this property. The bathroom was dreadful, and the room itself very utilitarian. I was disappointed. It did have a beautiful beach area and friendly staff....this however, could not compensate for the mediocrity of everything else.
Back to Paradise, once again!
Another stay in Paradise! This was our 3rd visit to the Charela and we continue to be treated like royalty...treated as well as people who have notched their 15th or 25th stay! Food continued superb, staff uncommonly gracious (even by Negril standards). You'll find very comfortable beds (firm!), excellent food--the Charela has arguably the best kitchen in Negril, very attentive staff, and a quiet, slightly more mature group of guests. We'll be back in 365 days (but who's counting?). Thanks again!
Can't find a better place
the Charela is the perfect family place. The sea is absolutely magnificent, and the help could not be nicer. This will be our fifth trip to the Charela, and we all cannot wait.
When I asked my son to choose between Disney World and Negril, he shouted as though not having to think long, "Negril!! How about Charela?" I didn't think that he would have remembered Negril, let alone, Charela Inn. He was 5-years-old when we last visited The Grizzles at Charela Inn. So, we returned to this island paradise and met another family with two children close to our son's age. It was their first experience there and they loved it. The father claimed to have culinary skills and he said that Charela's food was delicious. To us, it's the food, the staff, the accommodations, the building, and the best beach front in Negril (all of the 7 mile beach is natural beauty).
A wedding gone sour to sweet
2 moms + bride and groom to be stayed at Charela Inn 2-01 to plan 7-01 wedding. Came and was told by wedding hotel they could not host the wedding. Charela Inn owner took care of every detail in 24 hours = entire party of 21 stayed at Charela Inn, owner arranged another locations for the wedding and allowed groom (a great chef) and friends to use kitchen for a Fri evening dinner We recommend Charela Inn to the world. Nicer, sweeter, more accomodating staff in the world. Beaches magnificent, walk to other great restaurants and safe, the owner makes sure of that. Many thanks to all at the Charella Inn The Rouleau/Davidson Families
Loved the facilities
magnificient hotel,loved the sea view rooms,enjoyed the facilities provided like surfboards.It also have a huge streath of white sand, where u can relax, dine and have fun.I really enjoyed my stay there
The Charela Inn is not the Ritz. Do not go expecting that that type of experience. What it is is a wonderfully relaxing, beautifully located small hotel with a friendly and helpful staff who are always there to help but are never in your face. Charela has a local and authentic feel about it which we loved. Our room was very attractive and well-furnished for the price. It was not perfect--very low water pressure in the shower, a pretty basic bathroom, and not great lighting. But, it did have a four poster bed, nice private patio, pretty wood ceiling, was clean and well-maintained, and it also had cable TV (recently installed in all seaview rooms). We were very comfortable and certainly never felt as if we were roughing it. We had the meal plan and enjoyed fresh and tasty meals. Not big city gourmet, but very nice and lots of variety. Breakfasts were delicious with great coffee and hot milk, fresh fruit and fluffy eggs. Charela's beach is big and really beautiful. Truly spectacular. Charela staff arranged snorkeling at the reef for us, which we enjoyed very much. All in all, we loved Charela and can't wait to go back. It really is a slice of heaven for travelers who enjoy an authentic and unique hotel experience.
We returned from six delightful nights at the Charela Inn 6/10/02. Tropical elegance provides comfort and luxury without sacrificing Caribbean charm, beautiful inside and out. The food is beyond excellent, every meal was fresh and delicious. Be sure to take the MAP, it's nice to know where breakfast is, and be assured of a superb five course dinner each day; then adventure for lunch. The staff is friendly and attentive, without being intrusive. Excellent ocean view, with more ocean view rooms than all but the largest Negril hotels. We enjoyed many gorgeous sunsets from our own balcony. Really didn't see a nicer looking hotel on Long Bay Beach. Highly recommended.
Charela: Quiet and tasteful
Charela is a wonderful little inn on seven mile beach. It seemed to have the widest and best beach area around. The staff is very hands off, and our 6 night trip was very relaxing. The food is superb, as well. The room was lovely, our balcony was only about 40 or 50 feet from the water. At night, we were lulled to sleep by the ocean waves and night owls. The grounds are very lush and kept. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay.