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Le Sereno Hotel
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new york
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34 reviews
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“Very nice”
Reviewed 19 January 2012

We stayed at Le Sereno in December. The hotel is great... quiet and friendly staff. The rooms were nice, nothing over the top, but clean and private. Breakfast daily was delicious but preferred dinner elsewhere. The spa services were just ok, but overall we really enjoyed our stay because it wasn't a "scene".

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

We just returned from a week at Le Sereno for our honeymoon. St Barts is a perfect honeymoon spot. Enough lounging, resting mixed with great restaurants and site seeing on beaches. We thought Le Sereno was just perfect, in every way. It is the absolutely perfect honeymoon hotel. Romantic, quiet and very beautiful. If you want night life or to meet other people and have party on the beach, this is simply not the place for you. If you want to unwind, enjoy the beauty of your surrounding and the person you are with, it is perfect. The friendly and extremely observant, helpful staff was what made it a special place. Ice gets low in your beach cocktail...before you know it, he is there replenishing and leaving a silver bucket of ice for use. Never once did we have to flag anyone down. They just seemed to know when you need something. And so so gracious and friendly...at the front desk, valet, restaurant, beach. Everyone was quite lovely and that really made Le Sereno a special place for us. The rooms are gorgeous. We had one of the La Plage suites over the lagoon with a small terrace. You can either be on the lagoon side or the beach side but we found the lagoon ones offered much more privacy and a gorgeous view. The beach view La Plage rooms were at the other side of the pool and did not offer the same levels of privacy. If you are to get a La Plage room though, I would suggest requesting a higher room number. We were in room 24 and I would say 28 up. Reason being is that they are little more open on their terrace. Ours had a lot of vegation so mosquitos were an issue on the deck and it could smell if the air was still...just that lagoon smell. The higher number rooms were a little higher with less vegatation. I would request one of those.
The whole property (including the rooms) does a have a minimalistic decor and low key vibe to it that may not be for everyone. Its what we really loved but may be too quiet for some. And the decor considered plain by some...though we thought very pretty. We went to Eden Rock and Isle de France which are both similar level hotels. They are just very different from Le Sereno so if you are trying to decide between the three, it just depends on what you would like. Eden Rock is on a beautiful stretch of beach but where the hotel beds are is very small and crowded. A lot more action around the Eden Rock, but we thought it all felt very cramped. We had lunch twice at the Isle de France. It is on a beautiful beach. A very pretty hotel. I had read though that a lot of guests come back at the same time every year and know each other. Saw a lot of that so don't know if that would get old or not. It's a hotel that has a more high end vibe to it...lots of designer labels, etc. than Le Sereno. Fun to watch but a little much for me. We were always very happy to get back to our haven, Le Sereno. So just a matter of taste. Very pretty hotel though.
As for the beach at Le Sereno, much is written about. Yes, it is not the prettiest beach on the island. But it is a very pretty lagoon and watching the waves crash out on the reef is quite beautiful. Also, because it has no waves, much easier to float on rafts, paddle board, kayak etc. But you do have to go out about 50 yards to get white sand under your feet...that was no issue. We'd just swim or paddle out there and then just float around in the very calm beautiful water.
Be sure if you stay at Le Sereno to upgrade your car to a convertible. Well worth the extra cost. We had great fun in our convertible mini cooper. And you really do get out and about a lot more than on a typical island, typical resort. We loved St Barts and would love to go back. And can't imagine not staying at Le Sereno...I could be tempted to try Isle De France or Le Toiny but can't help but think I'd regret it.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Balneario Camboriu, SC
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Reviewed 19 May 2011

Great hotel, amazing views , perfect service. I had my expectations really high before arriving, and still the hotel surpreended me. Definitely would go back to this hotel and do exactly the same things, as everything is perfect you just don't need to worry about anything, as you would imagine it would be in paradise!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2011

After being cooked in the sun for one hour at the ferry terminal in St Barths while waiting for hotel pickup service that never came, we arrived @ Le Sereno. The hotel is stunning in its own minimalist way, but the service really disappointed us given the cost of the daily rates. Except for Valerie, an attentive lady that saved us from cooking even more upon arrival, we felt that the staff thought they were giving us the privilege of staying in their hotel. And the air conditioning in the rooms...just not enough.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Montville, NJ
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

Le Sereno is a 4 star luxe hotel in an intimate grouping of suites with garden terrances located on the beach at Grand Cul de Sac, St. Barths. From the moment we were greeted by their representative at the airport in St. Martin and escorted to the Winair flight to St. Barths and after arrival, subsequently greeted by the Le Sereno driver who took our bags and drove us to the hotel, we knew we had begun an exceptional experience. The front desk staff made us feel at home and escorted us to a stylish, comfortable "suite terrasse" that overlooked the pool and the ocean. The room itself was very posh and the appointments were all very "luxe". The only problem with the room was that the safe is on the bottom shelf of the desk-dresser, and to open and close it you pretty much have to lie on the floor. For a hotel of this 4 star luxe rating, this is unacceptable, and can easily be corrected by moving the safes to one of the shelves in the closet. To plug in you computer or telephone, the electricity is 220v and the outlets are difficult to access- they are all low and under the furniture- a small inconvenience.

The restaurant Le Pecheur ( the Fisherman) is wonderful! You will not find better food anywhere on the island. Gregory, the bartender, is an artist with mixed drinks and is a charming guy. The service staff is accomodating and mostly fluent in
English, and the menus are in French and English. We were there for 8 mights and ate at Le Pexheur 7 nights, and truthfully, each night was better than the previous! Breakfast (included in the room rate) was excellent and lunches are good, too.

Over all, this is one of the nicest beach hotels we have ever experienced in 40 years of visiting the Caribbean. You will love it!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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44 reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

Le Sereno has a lovely relaxed feel. The style and decor is mostly a stylish muted grey and the sea view rooms are large and comfortable. I have marked the value down to 4* but this just reflects St Barts which is expensive. Staff are young and mostly friendly. There is a beach at the hotel but much better beaches exist on the island. Two small issues:
1. overhead light in shower and lavatory seat both broken and remained so though our 4 day stay. They weren't major but should I have to report these or should housekeeping pick up on these?
2. Food is good quality, but as mentioned by a previous reviewer, they need to offer some simpler lunch dishes (club sandwich, burger etc.)
Definitely worth considering for your stay on this lovely remote part of France.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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64 reviews
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Reviewed 21 October 2010

My husband found this hotel after much research (he wanted to surprise me as I usually do the travel planning)... it couldn't have been a better honeymoon choice! Wonderful rooms, great service and a beautiful beach (not all hotels in St Barths have beaches AND pools - even if they are luxury properties - so check this when planning). The location was great for us, but some could find it a bit isolated from the main town. The room was extraordinary - I am sorry I dont have pictures of the interior, only the view looking out the window. The food is great and they will bring any menu item to your room. The only improvement I could think of would be some more casual menu offerings during the day - the gourmet food is delicious but sometimes you want something less delicate than a spiced shrimp or foie gras with your poolside cocktail!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Le Sereno Hotel
Address: Grand Cul de Sac BP 19 | St Barthelemy, 97133, St. Barthelemy
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Region: Caribbean > St. Barthelemy > Grand Cul-de-Sac
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Grand Cul-de-Sac
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Sereno Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Member of Leading Hotels of the World, Le Sereno Hotel is an intimate property with 37 rooms and 3 villas all designed by Christian Liaigre. Le Sereno stretches along 180 meters of sandy beach on the coveted Grand Cul de Sac, where virtually all of the suites and villas have a view of the turquoise lagoon. Kayak, paddle board and snorkelling equipment available complimentary to hotel guests. Tennis court also complimentary 5mn driving from property. Jetski, diving club, kite surf and windsurfing available at extra fee on the beach next to the property. ... more   less 
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