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“Stay at the Champs if you go to Portsmouth, Doiminica!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Stavanger, Norway
1 review
“Stay at the Champs if you go to Portsmouth, Doiminica!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Champs was excellent! Our best recommendation!!
Fantastic view, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, tasty food, extremely friendly staff as well as nice, clean and well equipped room!! We are looking forward to come back!!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 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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Helpful?
Thank Britt S H
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Lise_van_de_Kamp, Owner at The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 30 November 2014
Dear Britt,

Thanks for your excellent review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed the view and that you felt so relaxed.

It is great to know that you found our staff friendly and our rooms well equipped and up to date. We look forward to having you back at our hotel in the near future.


Kind Regards,
Lise
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

The visit to Dominica was great. I really want to come back and do more things. De Champs was an excellent choice. The amenities were to die for as well as the breakfast and food selections. When I return to Dominica,, I would love to stay there again! Awesome!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 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 Cheau W
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Lise_van_de_Kamp, Owner at The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 3 December 2014
Dear Cheau,

Thank you for you short and excellent review. We are happy to know that you loved all of our amenities and service.

We would be delighted to have you stay here with us again in the near future.


Kind Regards,
Lise
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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

While a majority of our evenings were spent eating dinner in our Villa at Secret Bay, when we found out that Chef Eric (who also cooks at Secret Bay) has a restaurant where he serves Friday Night Dinner, we knew it was a must. And I have to admit, we were so pleased with our decision as the experience was amazing and so much more. To start, the friendly hostess seated us right away to a private table that overlooked the ocean from the mountain side restaurant location, the view was simply perfect. then came the amazing food, the bread with the garlic dipping sauce was just the perfect start to a delicious meal. Then we had the calamari salad and seafood coconut curry soup which was delicious. The calamari was perfectly cooked with a flavorful dressing and the soup was the best coconut curry soup we have ever head. Then came the beyond fabulous dinner which consisted of perfectly seared tuna and Vietnamese Shrimp - - The Champs hit both these dishes on point! It was the best Tuna I've ever had and my husband cannot stop raving about the shrimp. Overall, I think Chef Eric and his team are so talented and if you are around for Friday Night Dinner or Sunday Brunch I would definitely check out The Champs for some delicious food and wonderful atmosphere/view.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Thank Lindsey T
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Lise v, Owner at The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 18 May 2014
Dear Claudia and Nicolas, we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks a lot for this great review and we do hope to see you back on beautiful Dominica.
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Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Wonderful view, comfortable rooms and extremely friendly and accommodating staff. They will do whatever it takes to make your visit to Dominica the best it can be. If you have any questions about places to visit or how to get there, Lise will be happy to help you out. And the hot tub at the end of the day is perfect!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 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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Helpful?
Thank Mancuso997
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Lise v, Owner at The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 18 May 2014
It was a pleasure to serve you and we will do our best to keep our service level high.
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Barbados
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

I loved it. I couldn't wait to get home to tell everybody about it. We stayed for 7 days and it could not have been in a better place. Lise (Owner) and her staff went out of their way to make it a fab vacation for me and my son (14 years old). Everything you would like out of a room/hotel was available: TV, Internet access, great breakfast, clean towels everyday, Restaurant, Sun deck, Entertainment. We where given a cell phone on arrival to be able to stay in touch with the drivers to get a drop off and pick up from the local area. Nothing was to much work for anybody. We did not feel the need to go out for dinner or for entertainment. Lise had a great menu with specials of the day and entertainment on a daily basis. All my wishes of what to do where made possible by Lise. We felt very well taken care off and I can highly recommend it. We will certainly be back. Thanks again to all. :) Claudia & Nicolas, Barbados

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 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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3 Thank cscot340
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Lise_van_de_Kamp, Owner at The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 2 December 2014
Dear Guest,

It was really a pleasure to have you stay at our Hotel and we are very happy to know that you were 100% contented with everything about our Hotel. We were happy that we could have taken such good care of yourself and your son.

We will happily and with open arms welcome you to our Hotel. Thanks for your recommendations and rating of our Hotel.

We were very honored to have you stay at our Hotel and hope to see you in the near future. Thanks again.


Kind Regards,
Lise
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

Last month I made my second trip to the beautiful island of Dominica to visit my daughter who is a student at Ross. The first trip I made I had the pleasure of staying for a week at The Champs. My experience there exceeded my expectations from the very beginning. Despite getting into the Picard area about 6-7 hours late, and it being late at night, one of the owners, Lise, stayed up and waited for us. As soon as we arrived at the school and told the students checking us in where we were staying, someone called her for us and she immediately came to pick us up. Truly every detail of our experience was well thought out in advance by Lise and Hans. We were missing my daughter’s suitcase, neither of our phones worked, and needless to say we were more than a little frazzled. But the very next morning Lise provided us with a cell phone that already had money on it so we could call home if necessary, and it had all of the phone numbers for the hotel programmed in. This was a lifesaver for us and when it came time to go up and down the hill leading to the hotel, the ability to call for the free shuttle was very much appreciated! The staff at The Champs is equally as great as Lise and Hans. Everyone is incredibly welcoming and friendly. If you’re staying at the hotel, they serve you a great breakfast in the morning with the most breathtaking view. One thing we didn’t get to experience the first time, but which my daughter insisted we do on my second visit, was come to Champs on Friday night for their Fine Dining and again on Saturday morning for brunch. The hotel brings in an amazing chef those two days, Chef Eric, and his food is not to be missed. The rest of the week the hotel offers a standard dinner menu which is also quite good, and the bartender Tarnita will make you a great drink while you take in their gorgeous sunsets. While I did stay with my daughter at her apartment for my second trip, we visited The Champs almost every single night. They are incredibly welcoming, friendly, and accommodating. You come as a guest and you leave as family, and that is exactly how they treat you. If you’re coming to Dominica, I highly recommend The Champs. You will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: The upper level rooms can be a little noisier some nights as they are closer to the bar.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 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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Helpful?
Thank BonnieShurter
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Lise_van_de_Kamp, Owner at The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 4 December 2014
Dear Bonnie,

Thank you for your excellent and detailed review of your stay at The Champs Hotel. We were very happy to know that we could help you. It will be really good to have you for our Fine Dining and Saturday Brunch upon your return.

It is great that you can give us a high recommendation rating. We value our customers, their well being and so we will ensure that we do our best to keep you comfortable, happy and smiling.

We would love to have you here with us again in the near future and would like you to enjoy yourself on your stay the next time around.


Kind Regards,
Lise
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Cecil, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

Me and my new wife spent two weeks at Hotel DeChamps in March this year in what was a most memorable weddiing and dream vacation. The owners Hans and Lesa have a small intimate hotel that caters to the vistor in every respect. The view from Dechamps is breath taking of the calm Carribean below and the gorgeous green mountains surrounding you. Every morning you will be treated to delightful breakfast by Manueala on the veranda which always includes fresh fruit and juice. You will soon be visited by Lesa who will make sure you have a days activity planned and a driver. The really nice touch is she will give you a complimentary cell phone with a direct link to her and the motel. Every day she made sure we went either snorkeling, touring the island, soaking in the hot sulpher springs, inner tubing down a river, fishing with a local fisherman, hiking to see waterfalls, whale watching and so many other adventures too numerous to mention. Point being she will make sure you have plenty of things to do and she will get you there and back.

The best thing about DeChamps are the people who work there. Our intent was to get married in Dominica while enjoying an intimate vacation were we could get to know the local culture and people. Well we hit the jackpot staying here. Hans and Lesa with their staff went so above and beyond what we ever could have imagined and became our family for our wedding. A few examples of how gracious they were to us.......the entire staff of 15 people walked over two miles to attend the ceremony with some of their children serving as the flower girl and ring bearer. Hans walked my bride down the aisle to me. The cooks stayed up to one in the morning the night before preparing wedding decorations, and one girl had to call Hans for a ride to the wedding because they would not let her ride the bus because she had too many flowers. We absolutely fell in love with everyone at DeChamps and it was a very tearful good bye when most of them made a special trip into work just to see us off. If you are looking for a close up personal experience look no further because the folks here are the real deal.

Mark & Cindy Kolb
Cecil, Wisconsin, USA

Room Tip: They all have a beautiful view but the upper level is the best.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Mark K
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Lise_van_de_Kamp, Owner at The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 5 December 2014
Dear Guests,

Thank you for your great, thorough, and excellent 5-star rated review. It was our passion in letting your dream become a reality. Honestly, I wish we could turn back the hands of time and let your wedding happen all over again.

We are very happy to know that you enjoyed yourselves to the best that you could. Thanks for complimenting all of my employees as they also enjoyed every bit of helping to plan your wedding at our Hotel.

It always feels so good to know that your hard work is recognized and appreciated by all. We hope to welcome you again in the future, to help you to have another excellent vacation.

Once more, belated congratulations with your marriage.

Kind Regards,
Lise
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Property: The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar
Address: Blanca Heights | Picard, Portsmouth, Dominica (Formerly Comfortel De Champ)
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Region: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint John Parish > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Champs, Hotel, Restaurant & Bar 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched high upon the Picard hillside is the Award Winning Hotel The Champs. While you stay in your perfectly sited 3-star room with sea view and balcony, our smiling staff will provide you with 5-star personal service. This remarkable place overlooks the calm Caribbean Sea, the colonial town of Portsmouth and the gorgeous green hills of the Cabrits National Park. The beach is just 5 minutes down the hill. Its hospitable treatment to clients brings guests from far and wide to its welcoming doors. Combined with this mini paradise is its highly popular restaurant and cocktail bar, lush flower garden, relaxing leisure and jacuzzi area, parking lot and local shuttle service. A perfect place for adventure vacations, couple escapes, visitors to Ross University, business trips and a gem for weddings and honeymooners. Begin each day with our delightful breakfast-to-order; spend each day experiencing another island activity; end each day sipping on a cocktail gazing at the magnificent sunset. ... more   less 
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