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“Great small guesthouse for people on a budget” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Benjamine Guest House
Ranked #11 of 44 La Digue Island B&B and Inns
Vienna, Austria
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great small guesthouse for people on a budget”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

To give you already at the beginning the synopsis of my review: We had a wonderful stay.

Benjamine’s Guesthouse is a small self-catering establishment. The relatively small, yet very clean room comes with a fridge, water cooker, some Nespresso and tea, a large TV, a tiny safe and an incredibly modern A/C. The bathroom is sufficiently sized and spotless as well. Every room has a beautiful patio to relax in the evening and/or dry your clothes. Room service is cleaning the room daily and when you come home from your endeavors a freshly made bed with blossoms on it is awaiting you. The guesthouse is a 5-10 min bike ride away from the Jetty, around the same distance from Anse Source d’Argent, the most beautiful beach Earth according to National Geographics and ca. 15-20 min from Grande Anse.
Benjamine’s Guesthouse provides breakfast for you. We had a selection of fresh fruits, toast, eggs, cheese and jam. Mary (I hope I spell the name correct), the housekeeper if you want, is very friendly, always pleasant to talk to and a good source of information. Other associates of the house will assist you with renting bikes, calling taxis or arranging trips.
In order to reach some restaurants one has to ride the bike but since La Digue is very small one never had to bike more than 10 min to find a good dining spot. Shopping can be done in a small shop only 5 walking minutes away (the shop actually belongs to the owner of the guesthouse). Speaking of which – as in all small guesthouses I have been to on the Seychelles the owner preferred payment in cash (EUR or SRE) so be advised to have enough money with you.

Although it is a self-catering guesthouse there is no common kitchen area you can use in the evenings to prepare your own meals. However I should be mentioning that on request creole style dinner is offered.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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BenjamineHolidays, Owner at Benjamine Guest House, responded to this review, 16 November 2012
Dear Guest

Many thanks for your kind review on the Benjamine's guest house.
Your review can better help us to serve you at a higher and better level.
It was the Benjamine's guest house team's pleasure to assist you on organising your stay on La Digue island.

I am looking forward to welcoming you back again should you wish to spend your next visit on La Digue island.

Again many thanks for the review

Best regards
Monica
Owner / Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

Awesome little guest house in La Digue. Stayed for our first 3 nights in the Seychelles. La Digue was our favorite island and this was our favorite guesthouse. Breakfast and its central location are its best attributes.

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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BenjamineHolidays, Owner at Benjamine Guest House, responded to this review, 13 October 2012
Dear Guests

Thank you kindly for your review.
It was the Benjamine's guest house pleasure to having served you during your holidays here in the Seychelles/ La Digue island . And we look forward to welcoming you back again anytime.

We thnak you for all the compliments and suggestions you have pointed out, as it is you the guests thta helps us improve our services carried out.

Many thanks
Monica
Owner & Manager
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2012

A short 10 min cycle ride from La Digue jetty brought us to our stay on the island - Benjamine Guest House. It's a picturesque little villa owned by a very nice lady called Monica and is managed by the care-taker Maria. Benjamine is tucked a bit away from the road and is lushly surrounded by greenery. It has got three guest rooms. The place is beautiful, the garden well-kept, the patio very pleasing. Our airconditioned room with attached bathroom in the villa was small but clean having comfortable bed with charming mosquito net, tea/ coffee maker & cups, and a small fridge.
There was also a torch in the room that is very useful if one wishes to walk around in La Digue after sunset.
The room has independent entrance. There is a common kitchen and a living room, with washing machine for clothes. Maria is a warm elderly local lady who cleans the rooms and maintains the villa, with the help of a gardener, who comes almost every day. She served us great breakfast comprising fresh fruits, croissant, eggs to order, toast, juice, tea/ coffee. She can also cook dinner upon request but she was unwell during our time there. So for our first night there, we decided to try Zerof restaurant, attached to Zerof guesthouse. The food at Zerof was such a disappointment that the next morning we requested Monica to arrange for some other cook at Benjamine.
This was definitely the best choice (recommended arrangement in La Digue). Food was freshly prepared, home-cooked, and great. The only thing which we felt about the room was that it was a bit cramped and could have been a meter bigger. But considering everything else, it was something we easily overlooked.
In conclusion we really enjoyed staying at Benjamine and loved our few days in La Digue...

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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BenjamineHolidays, Owner at Benjamine Guest House, responded to this review, 28 September 2012
Dear Fax2008

Many thanks for your kind comments.
It was a real pleasure having hosted you and your partner here at the Benjamine's guest house and I hope to welcoming you again to our little paradise.

I have well noted the point of recommendation you have made about the room, as it is always good to know how we should improve for the betterment of our guest's holidays.

Again many thanks and best regards
Monica - Owner
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Stuttgart
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

We stayed here for one week in mid-June. Very nice, small but clean and cosy. Monica and her family and staff are very friendly and professional, they quickly organized our bikes and other things for really fair prices. The food is spectacular! Very rich breakfast and the dinner even more so - the best grilled fish on the island :) we really enjoyed our time here!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bine_Erik
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Arkhangelsk, Arkhangel'sk, Russia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

Very good Guest House. Comfortable small room,there is all you need for good rest. Great breakfast!!! Nice staff.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Shestakova
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Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2011

We found a nice little guesthouse with very good service. Our appartment was small but clean and equiped with a new very quiet air conditioner, and a fridge, water boiler and cups for coffe,.., a bathroom with shower.
Benjamine's just started and we gave a couple of information how to improve.
The team is very friendly and open and we were surprised how quick they moved.
The house is away from the main road, but still not far away from shops, restaurants and beaches. 5 - 10 min.
Anyway you should rent a bike to visit all the beaches and the inner land of La Digue.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Markus F
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BenjamineHolidays, Public Relations Manager at Benjamine Guest House, responded to this review, 20 August 2011
Dear Markus

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor regarding our small Geust House the Benjamine.

We are grateful for your kind comments and value you have given us, and we have also well noted your advises to well serve our guests to make there stay and yours enjoyable.

As per our few discussion we have followed your kind ideas and now I can say that even if we are new in the business, we are able to deliver our best to all our guests.


Once again, thank you very much for your inputs and we look forward to welcoming you back to the beautiful island of La Digue and the Benjamine's guest house.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. Sophia
Public Relations
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Property: Benjamine Guest House
Address: Anse Reunion | Benjamine Guesthouse, La Digue Island, Seychelles
Region: Seychelles > La Digue Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in La Digue Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benjamine Guest House is found at Anse Reunion, only 7 minutes walk to the nearest beach and 10 minutes bicycle ride to the famous Anse Source D'Argent beachwe have many special offers throughout the year for accommodation optionswe also arrange pick up transfer from the jetty to the guest house and back, and bicycles can be reserved directly upon reservation. I also offer a garden barbecue -price for two person is 90€ (include: a bottle of wine, two bottles of mineral water, fish, chicken, salad & .Bread plus dessert. Beach barbecue for two 125€ for two person service same as above. Please book in advance at least one day notice. Bicycle service on offer too. We are pleased to offer the following additional services. Half day excursion to Felicite and Coco Islands. Full day excursions could be arranged to Felicite,Coco and Sister Islands. We can also arrange excursions to Cousin,Curieuse , St Pierre and Aride islands. Half day fishing trips can be arranged upon request. Nature trail to Anse Maron can be arranged All payment by Visa card we charge 4% In house dinner at 25 euro person including fish meat salad bread and a bottle of water. Wine can be arranged upon request. At Benjamine guesthouse we offer a wedding Planner and organize service . Service Includes : Hair make Decor of the wedding venue wedding cake Champagne Bridal Bouquet /button hold Transport taxi or ox-cart ,music,Beach Barbecue after ceremony Garden Dinner with sunset Cocktail. Price for room 95 euro bed and breakfast Bungalow 130 bed and breakfast for two person we also have a bungalow Selfcatering 90 euro for two person . FREE INTERNET. Bicycle 75 SR per head ... more   less 
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