Charela Inn / Le Vendome
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... gives me a thorough tour showing me how to switch on lights use the coffee machine etc. I've never had a room tour ( I've never stayed in a 5diamond hotel) before and this was soooo helpful, if you only stay somewhere 1 or2 nights then you don't want to spend half a day trying to work out how to use the AC controls! So I handed Jerry a little thank you and told him I may ask his advice again and I was on my own in my lovely comfortable room. Photo time! ...
... etc..One particular afternoon, I had left the hubby at the beach bar, and started on my way back to the room; I had the umbrella generously provided to you by the resort, and all of a sudden it poured Niagara falls type rain, literally! it was unbelievable. I am standing there not knowing which way to run, and this couple who were sitting on their beachfront porch, called me over out of the rain...I looked and said, "who me?", they both laughed and said "yes, ...
... is in the wing of the hotel across the busy Normal Manley Blvd. We cross it every time with trepidation because of the erratic driving behavior of the locals, compounded by the fact that they drive on the left-side of the road. Taken together, these two factors make crossing the road a perilous affair. The hotel employs a friendly guy who, upon seeing foreigners approach the road crossing, jumps in the middle of the road with a stop sign. Once reaching to the safety of the other side ...
... drank some juice and then found a spot to store our stuff. Take only what can get wet was what they told us and out to the "loading dock" we went.
The horses were brought to us as we all waited on the wall for easy access to the saddle. Once seated we were off.
There are just a few trails which meander through an abandoned sugar mill. Our guide recalled stories of ...
Today Greg and I woke up to bongo beats and fresh squeezed juice. Another perfect day in Jamaica. After breakfast we decided to do some kayaking around the bay. The air was crisp and the water clear for ever, we paddled around until our arms were done and settled back on the sand in front of the hotel. Some men were entertaining the crowd with box beat drums and flutes while the usual touts ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Charela Inn / Le Vendome Negril
Many Times to Jamaica - First at Charela
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.
This is a small, quiet, generally well maintained hotel and we were more than satisfied with our room, their beautiful large beach and the very friendly staff. We booked a seaview deluxe room and loved the view of the beach and the ocean from our large balcony. The bedroom area is a bit on the small side, but more than adequate for two people traveling light. The bath is very large, nicely appointed and spotlessly clean. Their housekeepers do an excellent job keeping everything clean and tidy and we never were lacking towels or any other supplies.
The meals at La Vendome were not quite as good as on our previous visit --- it appears they have cut back the menu offerings and are many times out of something when you try to order it. However, everything we had was very good to excellent. Their home baked breads, desserts and pastries were wonderful! And don't miss their seafood pizza -- deep dish and loaded with shrimp, conch and fish on a delicious home made crust!
As previous posters have accurately stated, the Charela Inn is not the Ritz and one shouldn't go expecting large, luxurious accommodations.
However, you can expect comfortable, clean surroundings with a distinct island charm and staff who are always willing to do whatever they can to ensure you enjoy your stay. We would definitely go back.
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.
The family alternative to Disney World
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).
We found that our new friends are from Massachusetts just as we are.
Now we have neighbors that we met at Charela Inn in Negril. Small world, isn't it?
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.