I did a lot of research before choosing this hotel for my young family's week long stay in Negril, and wish to provide a balanced review that could be helpful to others looking for something similar.
Two aspects of this hotel convinced me to stay there - the beach area/location and the price of the family room. These cannot be beaten from what we saw. If these are your most important criteria, then Charela should make you happy.
The beach area seemed to be the best on seven mile - lovely shade from the palms, generous space, shallow calm waters. Never crowded. And the location is great with some of our favourite bars and restaurants next door.
The family room offers two separate rooms with enough beds to sleep a family of five. The price was excellent compared to other hotels I looked at.
Ruben was excellent. He takes his job very seriously and looks after all the guests brilliantly.
More than enough room on the beach and sun lounges to accommodate the number of guests, so you don't feel packed in like sardines. At the same time, the hotel is popular enough that you are not the only ones staying there in the low season (some hotels looked completely empty).
It was nice and quiet. Even though the family room is closest to the road, noise was not a problem at all.
Free wireless internet. I didn't think I would use this whilst on vacation, but it was really helpful to locate restaurants and the like whilst on vacation, rather than having to plan everything beforehand.
The bathroom stank horribly, there was a leak in the ceiling above the bedside desk which caused the clock and lamp to short out, and the room was overall very basic (which explains the price of course).
The staff were not really friendly like at other places where we ate. The regular beach guy was downright lazy. We found it hard to locate him to get or return towels and it was only one day when Ruben relieved him that we found out there were beach and water toys for the kids. By the end of the week, we received a few smiles from the restaurant staff, but compared to all the other places we ate at, they were pretty surly. One girl on the from desk was helpful, but the other bordered on rude.
The nearest ATM is miles away, so make sure you stock up on cash when you first arrive. This is is only negative about the otherwise great location.
Drinks and food are expensive here and low quality. We would walk up the beach to get lunch and cocktails that were better quality, cheaper and came with a smile.
No reggae. We loved the reggae played continuously (and sometimes live) at Idle Awhile next door.
We were happy that we chose this hotel for the beach and location and loved eating and drinking at the nearby Idle Awhile and Coco La Palms, which both had a much friendlier atmosphere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charela Inn the discreet charm of peace & tranquility, good company and fine food. Nothing more ... Nothing less. CHARELA INN resort sits elegantly on the famous Negril Beach, by the Caribbean Sea. Its fifty rooms and beach stretches 250 feet in width and 150 feet in depth of pure white sand sprinkled with coconut trees to afford natural shade to our guests. Beyond the sand lies a lawn and two large patios to dine "Al fresco" or simply sip cocktails while watching the sunset. All 47 rooms are built around an inner court yard in an Hacienda style with a round fresh water swimming pool in the centre of the yard, and a lush tropical garden with hibiscus, night jasmine, bougainvilleas etc. As well as many birds including our national doctor bird. The feeling is one of being far from the crowds -- yet a few steps away from the world of water sports and many attractions on the seven mile beach. All buildings are of two floors. Each room has either a private patio or a private balcony. All public access at Charela Inn are designed to accommodate the physically impaired, along with three dedicated ground floor rooms. Charela Inn is renowned for the friendliness and caring of its long standing staff, many being with the resort for over 15 years. Charel's longstanding repeat guests of many nationalities brings with them a true feeling of friendship and are cherished by both management and staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charela Inn / Le Vendome Hotel Negril
- Charela Hotel Negril