Huge restaurant and bar overlooking the beach and Caribbean
Access to the calm waters of Anse Mitan beach
Walking distance to the shops and cafes of Village Creole
Colorful gardens with lots of flowers and banana trees
The infrastructure shows it age, and hotel could use an update
The beach is not the best; close to the ferry dock and some
Some rooms in the Gran Kay building look out on alleyways and rooftops
Bungalows are not soundproof
Pool and beach lack adequate umbrellas for shade
Pool appeared dirty during our visit
No fitness facilities
Hotel Bambou is a 153-room, rambling budget-friendly hotel
built to resemble a Creole village. Its rows of tiny, colorful bungalows with
vaulted ceilings and small front porches are designed for families or groups, offering
connecting doors and a variety of bed configurations. A pool, access to Anse
Mitan beach, and a huge dining room with nightly entertainment are there for guests, but rooms are basic and the facilities could use a refresh.
Those seeking more modern accommodation should check out Hotel Bakoua, also in Trois-Ilets.
Rows of colorful bungalows with private terraces and a large
restaurant and bar with beach access draws lots of families.
The entrance to the Hotel Bambou is not very inviting --
there's a concrete parking lot and a worn-looking sign along the main road --- but once inside the lobby, the atmosphere transforms. The two-story space, with vaulted ceilings and exposed wood beams, is alive with color and the warmth
of natural wood. On the walls, fat letters painted in Martinique's signature
madras print spell out "Reception," a row of signed photographs
display celebrity visitors, and wooden cutouts depict French fishermen and sea
creatures. There's a small computer station for basic Web searches, a bulletin
board advertising numerous activities, and a front desk staff that's willing to
The low-key, playful vibe initiated at check-in sets the
stage for what guests can expect during their stay. With keys in hand, guests
begin their journeys to their rooms by following sidewalks lined with blooming
flowers and petite banana trees past neat rows of tiny wooden bungalows in
varying shades of coral, lime green, yellow, and blue. The sprawling property,
designed to resemble a Creole village, is traversed via sidewalks marked with
signs in Creole leading to the pool and out a locked gate and through a parking
lot to the beachfront restaurant.
During the day, the center of guest activity is the
pool, a walled and gated facility with bathrooms, a ping-pong table, and a smattering of slightly
worn blue lounge chairs and tables beneath tiki umbrellas. There's also a
water-sports facility where guests can sign out kayaks and paddle boards. The
hotel borders a stretch of Anse Mitan beach, a serene white-sand beach with
calm water that's ideal for floating and swimming.
In the evenings, the huge restaurant and bar area features
nightly entertainment that ranges from karaoke to dance performances. Other
restaurants and cafes are close by in Point de Bout (about a 15-minute walk).
The sights and shops of Fort de France are also within easy reach via a
20-minute ferry ride from the dock adjacent to the restaurant.
One the main road to Point de Bout, a 15-minute walk to the
shops of the Village Creole, and a 30-minute drive to Martinique's international
Hotel Bambou is set in the tourist town of Trois-Ilets along
the shores of Anse Mitan beach. While the hotel is not in the heart of the Village Creole with its many shops
and cafes, getting there is an easy five-minute drive.
Two-minute walk to the Anse Mitan ferry dock
Five-minute drive to Village Creole
Seven-minute drive to Martinique Golf and Country Club
20-minute ferry ride to Fort de France
30-minute drive to Le Diamant Beach
40-minute drive to Martinique Aimé Césaire International
Basic rooms and bungalows with king, queen, and twin beds, rustic wood furnishings, mini-fridges, and small terraces
Hotel Bambou's 132 bungalows all have the same footprint,
differing only in the size and number of beds. Rooms are rustic and basic with
pine-paneled walls and natural-wood furnishings that include platform-style
beds with wooden headboards, small desks, and platform sofa/beds that are equipped with twin mattresses.
The rooms can accommodate up to three people,
offering either two twin beds or one king plus the option of an additional twin bed. The
beds are finished with basic white sheets and pillows as well as throws in colorful
tropical fish or floral prints that coordinate with bed skirts, window
treatments, and tropical artwork framed in driftwood. Bathrooms are located at the back of the bungalows and are
finished with either white or terra-cotta color tiles and pedestal sinks or
natural wood vanities with vessel sinks. Open closets with safes and hanging
storage are located in the bathrooms.
In addition to the bungalows, the hotel features 21 rooms in
the pink, three-story Gran Key Building that cater to larger families with two
bedrooms and one bath. All rooms come with safes, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges.
A pool surrounded by a pink wall and a large restaurant and bar overlooking the white sands of Anse Mitan beach
The grounds surrounding Hotel Bambou's colorful, Creole-style village are maintained without pesticides, resulting in an imperfect, authentic landscape covered with flowering shrubs, tall palms, and little banana trees. Guests can relax on their small porches and terraces overlooking the grounds, but they will have to walk to the restaurant to reach the beach. The huge beachfront structure, with dark-wood floors and a wooden boat hanging from the ceiling, houses the Bod Lan Me restaurant and a bar as well as a stage where there is nightly entertainment for guests ranging from steel bands to karaoke.