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Tainos Cottages
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

This hotel is placed on the most beautiful beach on Guadalupe. There are 5 cottages and small restaurant for breakfast all made from wood and really unique. Best place on this Island. The staff is amazing, helpful and really friendly.

Stayed: August 2015
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Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Really dirty and dilapidated! We were floored by this place to the point that we wouldn't have stayed there if it was free rather than close to $500. Per night. It began with concern while driving down the driveway. Looked like a property let go years ago. We kept an open mind until we arrived at reception and viewed stained cushions, a total mess, really dirty with family members and kids running around presenting with no interest in our arrival. Walked us to a cottage. On route we saw cottages with no screens, wires hanging from them, broken wood. We couldn't believe it! When leaving, the driveway landscape was so bad, it is not possible to view oncoming traffic from the main road further showing the apathy of this property's owners. Fortunately we found alternate lodging at a Langley Fort Royal resort, a few miles away which was wonderful for a fraction of the cost. It included a wonderful beach, water sports, entertainment and breakfast. English speaking staff was another bonus. If you stay there, request an ocean front bungalow. Welll worth any upgrade cost. When leaving, head south down to the traverse through the national Forest. shortly past Deshaies, don't miss the Rain forest walk through with the animals . It was amazing! Further down the road, is a waterfall (cascade) where you can swim and get amszing photos. Enjoy!! MTMB

Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
9  Thank MTMB
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Reviewed November 8, 2014

I wish I could give a glowing review of this hotel. We arrived with high expectations having read encouraging reviews online. It's true that the Tainos is an exceptional property set in a postcard perfect setting with Indonesian-style cottages tucked away amidst palm trees and tropical vegetation. However, the hotel is currently undergoing a change in management and while I hope we were only unfortunate to stay during this transition, the services and amenities do not justify some of the most expensive hotel rates in Guadeloupe. We knew in advance that the cottages were "rustic", but as a previous reviewer mentioned, these are more like cabins with running water. Beautifully decorated yes, but sparse and short on comfort. Despite the mosquito nets, copious amounts of strong bug spray, and a trip to town to buy citronella candles, we spent two nights lying awake trying to ward off Mosquitos to no avail. We were the only guests at the hotels and the staff seemed overall startled by our arrival, despite having made a reservation. The pool is small and not well maintained. We were told the bar and restaurant were not open and the hotel could not accept credit cards (not convenient for rates that run upwards of 300 euros a night in the mid-season). No toiletries were provided and we had to ask for toilet paper. What I imagine was once the common area of the hotel has been taken over by the owners family so using the pool or the sun deck feels like imposing on someone's private space. I truly hope our experience was an anomaly as this hotel seems like it has the potential to be amazing. But until management decides on the direction of the hotel, I cannot recommend this hotel as the high prices were not at all justified for the lack of service and amenities.

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Krista S
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

My Partner and I chose Tainos Cottages for our honeymoon because we had a read an article about the hotel in The New York Times. We chose Guadeloupe because we wanted a distinctly French Caribbean Experience. We spent the first part of our honeymoon at La Toubana Spa and Resort in Saint Anne. It was a bit hard to adjust to the rustic nature of Tainos after having spent 4 days in a very elegant, polished resort.
Yet, Tainos is extraordinary! What a unique tropical, secluded, rustic property. La Plage de Grand Anse which the hotel sits directly on is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It is picture card perfect and very private (very few people on the beach and no commercial properties or hotels whatsoever). You feel like you are on your own private island. Tainos has a nice little pool area where Charles Henri serves a fresh French breakfast every morning. You can lounge and relax under the shaded Carbet with a direct view of the beach.
Our private cottage with its own private spa was very spacious. We had a large porch with a hammock, a large four poster bed and living area, two showers (one inside and one outside a small porch) and a separate bathroom cottage area. The cottage had many large windows that opened onto stunning mountain views. The cottages should really be called cabins however as they are very rustic with no screens, air conditioning and feel a bit like being at camp with nice furniture and artwork on the walls. Our biggest problem with the Cottages and the hotel in general were the abundance of insects. We knew there would be bugs and mosquitos, but at night it was so unbearable that we could not sleep soundly. Even though our bed was surrounded by mosquito netting, we woke in the morning to numerous bug bites (and were were wearing lots bug repellant!). It might be nice if the hotel invested in screens for the cottages as I think this would make a world of difference ( and perhaps also provide citronella candles and bug spray ).

Charles Henri and his son Boris were very welcoming and spoke English which we appreciated since we speak very limited French. They were very accommodating (Boris even woke us up personally at 5am so we could make an early morning flight home). They have a stunning property and beautiful Indonesian cottages. With a little fixing up, this hotel could be a perfect paradise.

Room Tip: Ask for the large cottage at the top of the hill for a better view and a private spa.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank cymarion
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

Although the site is unique, hence the double price of competitors (300 € per night). But the service and conveniences are cery low .

* Hygiene is bad :

- Impossible to take a shower during all the week : no hot water and quite no cold water!
- Waste water flowed through the floor and was not connected to the sewer!
-Animals: owner's dogs are free and they eat the leftovers near the dining room, cows loose on the path to the beach, insects found in toiletries, lizards and frogs inside the bathroom…(yes!)

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* at the time of a dinner(65€/pers) we waited 2 hours before starting to be served ("it's coming ...").

* very “rustic” installations:

- Driveways inconspicuous, muddy, unlit
-you enter the room by climbing through a trap door with a very steep ladder staircase (difficult to pass the bags).

Finally it’s a beautiful site, yes, but service and comfort are lower than those of a small camping.
Then, 300€ per night is a bit expansive for that!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Louis M
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