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“Charmless but in a good location”
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Central Hotel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Saint-Denis
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Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
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“Charmless but in a good location”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

The room was basic, functional and clean but rather tired, devoid of any charm and too expensive (95 euros). There was no view. The location is very good though, if you want to be in the centre of town. We were there on a friday night and the centre of town (near the cathedral) was buzzing, with a really great atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel for a work mission. It was decent, conveniently located and just a few minutes away from the beach. They offer free wifi and the room was a bit small but well-lit. The staff were friendly, which matters a lot. I would recommended this to anyone looking to save extra bucks and aren't too choosy with accommodation. If you're looking for just a bed and something simple, why go any further?

Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Mauritius
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

I stayed at Central Hotel for 3 nights. I was at Reunion for a seminar at St Gilles and so used the room only to sleep in. Basic amenities were present (AC, TV, small 'clothes hanging furniture', bathroom with hot water, etc). The most important thing for me in a hotel is the cleanliness and indeed the room was very clean. The room was very small but I did not mind because most of the time I was not in there. The bed was comfortable. The breakfast was the same all mornings: tea, coffee, juice, bread, croissant, pain au chocolat, fruit salad. I thoroughly enjoyed my slices of Victoria pineapple everyday. Not to be missed! The best thing about the hotel is its location. It is in the city centre so you can easily walk about to shops, restaurants or other facilities.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Hobart
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

First thing to recognise when you touch down in Reunion is not to expect 4 star quality in a 2 star hotel - 70 euros is going to get you a pretty simple room, not a flashy, all mod-cons included room. The room I stayed in at the Central was larger than most of the other 2 star hotels I have stayed in, which was a nice surprise. Beds are single beds with two pushed together to create the main bed (a common feature of European inspired hotels). The bathroom was huge with a bath, but no shower, so if you prefer to shower, best to ask for a room with one. Don't expect sound proofing for your 2 stars, so if you are lucky to have a room overlooking Rue de la Compagnie, expect to be lulled to sleep by the two bars across the road and woken up in the morning by road/building constructions. Top tip for light sleepers: ask for a room in the back building. Breakfast is similar to the hotel: simple, but adequate. If you want a full breakfast, visiting one of the many cafes in the vicinity of the hotel (the hotel is right in the heart of downtown Saint Denis) is probably better. If you're in Saint Denis for a short 1-2 day stay and are not looking for anything too flash, the Central Hotel will probably fit your bill.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back of the building and if you want a shower, a room with a shower.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Leuven, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

I stayed in Central Hotel only for one night. Its location is quite convenient: right in the centre of Saint-Denis. The hotel has a 24h reception and most staff I spoke to was very friendly. My friend and I booked separate rooms: while my friend had a very tiny room without much space to move, I had a rather large double bedroom (and I reckon that booking a bigger room is definitely worth the value). The room is simple, no colourful decorations, but it was clean – no dusty nor dirty carpets but a stone floor, which is always a pro for me. The mattress was great, another pro. There’s free wifi and aircon in the room (though the wifi only worked once – I couldn’t use the same code a second time). Unlike other reviewers, I didn’t find the hotel too expensive. Many people told me in advance that the price of Réunion Island Hotels were similar to Paris Hotels, but that’s definitely not the case. In Paris you usually get worse value for this price. The breakfast was quite sober consisting of bread, cereal, hot and cold drinks… I must have missed the fruits somewhere ;-). Although it’s located centrally in Saint-Denis and close to the main monuments, location is also its negative point: it’s surrounded by a few restaurants / nightclubs and while we were there, there was some feast going on. Although our rooms were at the back of the hotel, we could still hear the loud music (getting louder every hour) until at least 1am…

Room Tip: If you're a solo traveller: double room is worth the value - single rooms are very small...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2011

-expensive but in line with Saint Denis prices
-there is no pride in the room upkeep
-somewhat dirty
-good breakfast
-great location

Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Central Hotel
Address: 37 Rue de la Compagnie, Saint-Denis 97 478, Reunion Island
Region: Reunion Island > Arrondissement of Saint-Denis > Saint-Denis
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Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Saint-Denis
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Hotel Class:2 star — Central Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 57
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