Not a bad place to stay if you have reasonable expectations. We were taking a long Caribbean vacation to a few different islands and on a budget. We weren't booking high-end resorts. We were pleasantly surprised with the room, actually. It had a nice view of the sea (which was unexpected) and a little balcony to sit on. The staff were friendly. The restaurant (La Flambeau) was nice. We were early arriving so were welcomed to sit at a table on the beach while we waited. Very relaxing to sit and have a drink looking over the water! It was a nice walk up to the main road where there were markets and other restaurants. We especially enjoyed the strip of street vendor-type businesses (on the other side of the university) where we were able to purchase very good and inexpensive food and fresh fruit juices. One vendor was so appreciative of us coming back the second day that he really piled the food on for us. (2 large chicken kabobs and a huge helping of red beans and rice for about $5 or $6US)
On the negative side, we went to the reception desk to inquire about booking a tour of some of the sites (Emerald Falls, Indian River). My husband came back and told me the price she had quoted and it was a MUCH higher quote than the driver who had brought us from the airport had quoted so I asked my husband to go back and see if the quote she gave included all entrance fees. She then told my husband that it did so we agreed to it. Well, when we got to Indian River and the guide told us the cost we went back to our driver to tell him our understanding was that our agreed upon price was to include this. This was not worked out between our hotel receptionist and the driver as we had been told it was. He called the hotel and we paid the additional cost of the Indian River tour. I believe in the Caribbean that there is often an agreement between people who work in the hotels and drivers (often relatives) and there is an agreement where the receptionist gets a portion of the price charged (15% in this case). I felt like we had been bamboozled and it really left us unable to enjoy the tour. Our driver did try to make it up to us but it soured me for doing any more site seeing on the island. I do recommend that travelers check pricing and arrangements carefully before doing anything in Dominica. Unfortunately, this one negative nearly cancelled out the many positives of the stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Portsmouth Beach Hotel is located just next door to the Picard Beach Cottages on Dominica’s longest sandy beach on the north-west coast of Dominica, just half a mile from the second town Portsmouth. Set in tropical lawns and garden this tourist class hotel offers 80 air-conditioned rooms and studios all with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies. Amenities include, telephone, refrigerator, cable television and complimentary Wifi.Portsmouth Beach Hotel is an informal and relaxing place which can be used as the ideal base from which to participate in any of the many adventures offered on the island, all of which can be arranged for you by the team of friendly and helpful staff all waiting the pleasure to share their Dominica with their guests.Choose to simply just stroll on the beach to enjoy the sand, sea and sun swimming and snorkeling on our coral reef just in front of our restaurant or for an exciting contrast, enjoy mountain hikes including along the Waitukubuli National Trail, island tours across Dominica, Historic & Cultural walks to the Cabrits National Park, guided row-boat tours up the Indian River (of Calypso’s river haunt fame in Pirates of the Caribbean 2), snorkeling off our reef just steps away, scuba diving in the Cabrits Marine Reserve, Whale Watching, Bird Watching in the Syndicate Parrot Preserve & Morne Diablotin National Park, trips to Secret Bay, and a plethora of other activities like river & waterfall bathing, kayaking in our Freshwater lakes or visiting various hot & cold springs, the Boiling Lake, tropical rainforest and more! Dining is in the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of Le Flambeau Restaurant at Beach Bar. Our well-stocked bar and lounge offers an extensive variety of tropical cocktails and the restaurant serves an eclectic menu of Creole, American and continental cuisine. Our produce and ingredients are sourced locally and organically wherever possible. Dining begins at 7am for breakfasts and the last dinner order is taken at 10pm. With the menu available all day, Le Flambeau is the ideal Beach spot on the island. Our Rates are Year-round with some specials during summer and festive seasons.En-suite Hotel Room: Our en-suite air-conditioned rooms are situated facing the sea only 150 meters away from the water’s edge and are equipped with one double bed, Telephone, Refrigerator, microwave, Cable TV, Wireless internet access, bathroom with shower and a private balcony.Studio: Our en-suite air-conditioned Studios are accommodated in our 3 storey building adjacent to the beach overlooking the coastline, beach and mountains views. They are all equipped with one double bed, Telephone, Kitchenettes with a refrigerator, microwave, and stove, Cable TV, Wireless internet access, bathroom with shower and a private balcony.Long Stays & Study AbroadLocated on Dominica’s longest sandy beach with its Le Flambeau Restaurant & Beach Bar only steps from the sea, Portsmouth Beach Hotel, PBH has for 3 decades provided the best location for University students & Study abroad programs in the North of the island. Set in a tropical garden and lawns is the 80 room Portsmouth Beach Hotel, strategically located as a premier location for students attending the adjoining Ross University or for those wishing to study abroad or attend medium to long-stay trips from 1 to 12 months. All our guests are given the same service and attention to their needs as we recognize the importance of safety, security, comfort and quiet relaxation is vitally important for successful studies. The added amenities of privacy, open fresh air balconies, telephone, high speed internet access, Cable TV, air conditioning, and kitchenettes add to students comfort while away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Portsmouth Beach Hotel Dominica