My husband and I booked our stay at Charela Inn last year while we were on vacation in Negril. Even though the hotel grounds are in desperate need of repair and gardening, we were impressed with the beautiful beach, spacious rooms and lovely restaurant. There's no doubt that the beach is one of the best in Negril; it's clean, well-maintained and for a generous tip to the security guard, your chaise will be reserved for you daily (otherwise, good luck!). The water there is calm, clear and inviting; no complaints!
We reserved one of the super deluxe rooms, overlooking the sea. We had been shown one when we visited last year and were impressed with the size of the bright, airy bathroom, complete with bidet. Unfortunately, our room, 314, and more specifically, our bathroom, was in dire need of repair; there were many cracked tiles, the bidet was improperly installed and never, ever had a chance of working, the commode as well as the tub and shower were raised on a tile platform 8 inches above the floor (a huge threat to anyone with joint problems, etc.!), the electrical outlet would not accommodate the hair dryer that the hotel provided (which meant you had to dry your hair in the hallway!), and the clothes closet was in the bathroom, which caused our clothing to always have a slightly damp feeling to it (fortunately, no odor!). None of the rooms are numbered and on several occasions we had unexpected visitors (once while I was in the midst of drying my hair!). The breezeways outside the rooms are tiled and extremely slippery during the rain (one gentleman fell right outside our door on the sloped pathway and cut himself severely). While there was a coffee maker provided, you weren't always guaranteed to have coffee, and never sugar or creamer. The little fridge was fine, along with the very small t.v. Our view from our balcony was lovely; however, there was nowhere to hang your wet bathing suit and we noticed quite a few people hung their towels and clothing over their railings. We felt the cost of this particular room was not at all justified; you may want to consider a less expensive unit should you decide to stay here.
The restaurant is well appointed and has seating outside for those who wish to smoke, etc. Be prepared to wait a minimum of one hour for anything you order, whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner. We opted for a 3-day all inclusive plan and figure we spent at least 8-9 hours of our trip simply waiting for food and drinks. I'd strongly suggest going the room service route for at least breakfast and asking for your lunch to be served on the beach (you can always switch back to a table if you so decide!). The food is only fair and is somewhat inconsistent; unfortunately, quite a bit of it was inedible; whatever you do, don't order salmon; you will live to regret it!!!
In conclusion, I wouldn't consider Charela the worst hotel we've ever stayed in; I just wouldn't recommend it after seeing what else is available in the same area - nicer accommodations, same gorgeous beach, much less expensive rates.
- 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