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Auberge de la Vieille Tour
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All reviewsair franceauberge de lasmall beachlovely hotelspeaking englishmain buildingcatamaran sailingbreakfast buffeta bit overpricedbeautiful viewour room was spaciousnice toiletriesmobility issuesbeach restaurantmakioverlooking the seavery nice experience
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

Stayed here for one night after a week of sailing around the islands of Guadeloupe and Dominica. The reception staff were welcoming, spoke excellent English and kindly let us check in at 9.00 am in the morning.
After a week in a small cabin on a catamaran the bed at this hotel was wonderful. Very comfortable with nice linens. The room had a lovely view of the sea and a very pleasant balcony on which to enjoy a sundowner. The room was equipped with minibar, tv (CNN the only English speaking channel), safe and a bathroom with plenty of nice toiletries. The room was a little dated but very comfortable and very clean.
The beach area is very pretty and well served with sun loungers and parasols and the gardens very well kept. There is also a swimming pool, but with such a lovely warm sea we did not use it.
The only thing that we feel let the hotel down a little was the service at breakfast and lunch. The cold buffet was good with all the usual yogurts, cereals, pastries and fruit, but the service at the egg station was inconsistent. The chef was absent for long periods of time. When she returned there were no plates and so she had to return once again to the kitchen for replenishment. She then started to cook an omelet for my husband and then once again disappeared. Rather than eat an overcooked omelet he served it himself from the pan. During this time a line had formed of guests waiting for their eggs to be cooked. Also, our dirty plates were not taken away and coffee took ages to be refilled. I should just add that the restaurant was busy and there did not seem to be enough waiting staff. Also, we were in the Caribbean on holiday so what was the hurry to eat breakfast.
Lunch was either a full three course Table d' hote, typically French affair or a snack. We opted for a snack ( a tuna burger, I think), which was very substantial, but also expensive. None of the waiting staff appeared to speak English, so a little knowledge of French goes a long way, even if the local accent is difficult to understand. We were certainly not hurried, in fact it was sometimes a little hard to attract the waitresses when trying to make an order.
There is a very expensive and I am sure very good restaurant in the hotel for dinner but we opted to walk out of the hotel and eat at a little sea front restaurant close by where we enjoyed a very nice meal.
All in all we enjoyed our short stay here and would definitely return if we needed to stay near Pont-a-Pitre again.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank heb999
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Reviewed 19 November 2008

I spent 3 days at La Vielle Tour in October and was really pleased. The hotel is really clean, service is good, the gardens well kept, rooms are very comfortable. I was on North aisle with a spectacular view of the bay form the room balcony.
The restaurants are a bit overpriced, but the food particularly the seafood) is excellent. Their cocktails list (mostly rum based) is worth trying as well!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled on business
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Thank charlie15
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Reviewed 17 November 2008

The fact that the Sofitel hotel is by far the best hotel on Guadeloupe doesn't mean that this Sofitel is a very good or very luxurious hotel - it's a good hotel which needs some improvements. The rooms for example are spacious and clean, but the furniture is close to the need of refurbishment. The bath room was clean but some edges need a renovation, too.

We got the farhest room at the end of the hotel's ground, this wing was built in another, more charming style than the older concrete wing in the near of the main building (see pictures).

The staff is friendly and obliging, I can't confirm that there is rude staff as mentioned in some reviews below. Far from it! Everybody tried to help us even if they didn't understand our poor French. Please remember that you are on a FRENCH (!) island and not everybody speaks English or German there. The staff at the front desk speaks French, English and German, the hotel manager is an astonishing multilingual talent, I heard him speaking English, French, Dutch, Italian and German fluently.

Some reviewers wrote that they didn't eat in the hotel's restaurant due to the high prices, in my opinion they denied themselves the pleasure of some really fantastic food. The price is 38 Euro for a two-course menu and 48 Euro for a three-course menu, this isn't really expensive. Furthermore the food was of a very high standard and absolutely worth the money! French and international cuisine with a Creole touch at it's best. Try at least once to eat there, you won't regret it.

The beach is indeed tiny, but cleaned every morning and thus a quiet and relaxing place for some hours of sunbathing. Luckily Guadeloupe offers a lot of huge and lonely beaches which await beeing explored. In my opinion Guadeloupe has some of the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean Sea with white sands and palmtrees - just what you would expect on a postcard. Try visiting the beaches in the eastern and northern parts of Grande-Terre, they are fantastic. But be carful with your belongings when you're going for a swim in the sea.

The resume is that we had a great time at the Sofitel. We made a deal at Expedia and payed 116 Euro for a seafront double room with breakfast buffet, for what we got this was a steal even at the low season. The breakfast buffet was rich and covered a wide range of continental, british and international food.

I would rate this hotel a four star hotel, with some minor problems like the room's furniture showing traces of usage or the small beach. As we are frequent caribbean travelers we will stay at the Sofitel again if we're going to visit Guadeloupe in the next years.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Lagopus
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Reviewed 14 October 2008

OK, I admit, it IS the best hotel in Gwadloup, BUT that doesn't mean it's the best hotel I've ever stayed at...The problem with Gwadloup is that tourism isn't really well developed, thus there are no major luxury hotel chains on the island (except for maybe the ridiculously expensive Club Med)...

The Sofitel should not be a 4 star Sofitel, but rather a boutique hotel or something like that. Still, it IS a good hotel, with rather spacious rooms, good breakfast and a nice small beach. I missed a drinks service at the beach, but to be fair, Vielletour is more of a business hotel (preferred supplier for Air France and business men visiting from the Metropole) AND we were there in low season!

The restaurant of the hotel exceeds expectations! It is really a feast to dine there, as the plates are an excellent balance of taste and colour!

For holiday people: we stayed at the Vieille Tour for the first week and in Basse Terre for the second week. Vieille Tour is great for resting (really comfortable beds and great views!!!), but for a true Caribbean spirit, you really need to visit the other side of the island.

For DIVERS: stay somewhere around Plage de Malendure (Bouillante) and dive with CIP, they are the best!!!

Guadeloupe (Gwadloup) is certainly worth visiting!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank ArtikalGial
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Reviewed 2 January 2006

Avoid this hotel.

1. Very rude personal;
2. Many stairs, you keep going up and down...;
3. Rooms with good size but need some refurnishment;
4. The beach is to avoid (the smallest hotel beach I have ever seen);
5. They charge you for sending a fax to another Sofitel hotel!!!(It happened to me);
etc. etc.

The island itself isnt very nice compared to other islands in the caribbean.

Best of all: A day catamaran sailing cruise to Les Saintes. Don t miss it

  • Stayed: December 2005
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