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Hotel La Pagerie 3.5

Trois-Ilets, Arrondissement of Le Marin, Martinique

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Pros

  • Large, open-air lobby with lots of seating for meeting and lounging
  • Lagoon style pool with a swim-up bar
  • Rooms with private terraces overlooking the grounds and pool
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Walking distance to the shops and cafes of Village Creole
  • Romantic fine-dining restaurant overlooking the pool

Cons

  • Hotel not on the beach
  • Room walls could be better insulated 
  • Only one elevator for three floors
  • Small bathrooms, and some could use a refresh
  • No fitness center

Bottom Line

Hotel La Pagerie is a 95-room, upper middle-range boutique hotel built around a lagoon-style pool and flowering gardens. Its location in the heart of the colorful Village Creole puts guests within walking distance of shops and cafes, as well as the Marina of Pointe du Bout, where a ferry connects to Fort de France, Martinique's capital city, in 20 minutes. The hotel’s open-air lobby with a small cocktail bar and billiards table serves as the property’s gathering place for daytime lounging and mingling, and pre- and post-dinner cocktails. Scheduled evening events include local art exhibits, rum tastings, and floral-arranging demonstrations. Rooms, some of which have kitchenettes, have been updated, but they lack the coveted ocean views. Travelers seeking a hotel closer to the sand might want to consider La Bakoua, a larger hotel with rooms near the beach.

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Scene

A serene boutique hotel where guests can mingle in the airy lobby, lounge poolside, and sip cocktails at the swim-up bar

Hotel La Pagerie is located in the heart of the Village Creole, a lively tourist area with colorful architecture and lots of shops and cafes, as well as a marina where guests can hop a ferry to Fort de France, the island’s capital city. The three-story hotel is built in a circular, fort-like fashion surrounding a tropical garden of palms and flowering plants, and a large, lagoon-style swimming pool. Guests enter the rooms via exterior hallways that look out at the village and the island, while interior sliding doors open onto private terraces that look inward at the property’s pool and gardens. 

While the village offers many diversions, and the beaches are a short drive away, many guests spend their days lounging at the hotel's swimming pool, which is ringed with lounge chairs and equipped with a swim-up bar shaded by a grassy tiki roof. The airy lobby is also a popular gathering spot. It features an abundance of cushy white sofas and chairs topped with bright-orange accent pillows. A small lobby bar, backlit with neon, churns out specialty cocktails for the pre- and post-dinner crowd, while a nook with a pool table is another spot to mingle. Scheduled evening events include rum tastings hosted by local distilleries, floral-arranging classes, and exhibits by local artisans, many who have art and sculpture on permanent display at the hotel.

In the French-island style, dinner starts late. Guests are seated at white-tablecloth, candlelit tables overlooking a hedge of greenery and the pool, which is lit up with glowing green lights after dark. The menu is carefully crafted by a young local chef, the wine list is extensive, and the service is slowly paced, forcing guests to relax and fall into the rhythm of island time.

Location

On a side street in Trois-Ilets, near the lively cafes and shops of the Village Creole and the Marina of Pointe du Bout

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Outside the walls of La Pagerie is Village Creole, a purpose-built tourist town with colorful Caribbean-Creole architecture and a slew of shops, bakeries, cafes, and restaurants. While the hotel is not on the beach, it’s a short walk to the soft sands of l’Anse Mitan. Several other beaches are within a 30-minute drive.

  • One-minute walk to Village Creole
  • Five-minute walk to the Marina Pointe Du Bout
  • Six-minute walk to l’Anse Mitan Beach
  • Six-minute drive to Martinique Golf and Country Club
  • 13-minute drive to Anse-à-l'Ane Beach
  • 20-minute ferry ride to Fort de France
  • 30-minute drive to Diamonte (Diamond) Beach
  • 40-minute drive to Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport
  • 50-minute drive to Habitation Clément
  • 70-minute drive to Presqu'Île de la Caravelle (Caravelle Peninsula)
  • 2-hour drive to Mount Pelee

Rooms

Contemporary rooms with views of the pool, Village Creole, and gardens 

While Hotel La Pagerie opened in 1975, its rooms possess a fresh, contemporary style with wood furniture finished in a natural wood hue or painted with a crisp white-lacquer finish. Beds are either low-slung platform or four-poster, wrapped with white linens and topped with accent pillows in floral prints that coordinate with window treatments, canvas artwork, and accent walls painted a mauve red or lime green. White sofas and chairs and kitchenettes (in some rooms) with modern gray cabinets and stainless-steel sinks keep pace with the thoughtfully planned contemporary decor. 

All rooms come with private balconies outfitted with clever tables and two chairs that fit together to form one piece, but the window boxes are empty and beckon for flowers. Bathrooms are on the small side, and some show their age, with stained tiles in the showers. Additional amenities include flat-screen TVs, Lavazzo coffee machines, and safes.

Features

A large lagoon-style pool with a swim-up bar and a massage hut, a chic restaurant, and a spacious lobby 

Art is an important part of Hotel La Pagerie's vibe. Tall metal sculpture by local and French artists is displayed throughout the lobby, tucked into hedges, and centered on grassy lawns surrounding the property. Bright-orange sofas and a ping-pong table are also on the grounds, enticing guests to linger among the many flowers and palms. 

While the pool with its swim-up bar and cafe is the main attraction on sunny days, in the evenings guests as well as visitors and locals flock to La Pitaya, an elegant restaurant serving French-Caribbean cuisine artfully prepared by an up-and-coming chef. While the service is purposefully slow, it allows guests to linger over French wine and the soft glow of table-lamps and green hazy glow from the pool, which is colorfully illuminated in neon style after sunset.

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Address

La Pointe du Bout, Trois-Ilets 97229, Caribbean

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