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Hotel Port Chambly Hotel 1 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Open since July 2011, the Port Chambly is part of a large complex built on a piece of land leading down to the sea. It is not a seaside hotel located on the waterfront but is actually isolated from the rest of the world at the mouth of a river that flows into the sea. Goulet beach, the closest one, is accessible by boat, 5 minutes from here. The establishment looks more like a hotel for a stopover than a resort. It is, therefore, better suited to business travellers wishing to stay near Port Louis, the capital. The tranquillity of the spot will also suit couples but there are no facilities for children.

This hotel review is a translation from the French, published on our French site, Easyvoyage.com.

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      Port Chambly   -   © Nicolas Masson / Easy Voyage

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    Location 10.0 /10

    The Port Chambly is part of the complex of the same name, which is located on the Baie du Tombeau, 3 miles from Port Louis or 10 minutes by car. Just remember that the traffic to reach the capital can often be very heavy. It takes about 1h 15m to reach the hotel from the airport.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The hotel only has 42 rooms which are divided between the comfort category, covering 28m², and the suites, covering 40m². Regardless of the category, the decoration stays the same, the only difference between the rooms being their size. The vast majority do not have a balcony. The comfort rooms overlook either the back of the building, the forest, or the edge of the village. Inside they are modern, fresh-looking and nicely laid-out. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the room by just a partition but does have a large shower and a separate toilet. In terms of amenities, all the basics are there: a free safe, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar with tea and coffee-making facilities, etc. There is no room service, though.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    Basically entirely orange, the Port Chambly blends in well with the decor given that all of the buildings in the village are the same colour. The exterior architecture is very different than what you are used to seeing in Mauritius, despite there being a well-known architect living on the spot, Maurice Giraud, creator of The Royal Palm. You might actually feel more like you are in a Mediterranean village. The hotel itself is a small 4-storey structure. It has a tiny lobby with just a little lounge area opposite the reception built into the wall. The entrance hall adjacent to this is far too dark to appreciate the pretty central basin. The decor presents a mix of French, Moroccan and Italian styles. Outside, the breathtaking view of the village leads right out to the sea. There is a swimming pool here but its size and shape make it difficult to swim lengths in. Around it are a few wicker deckchairs and some parasols. Just below this is the village square, with its various shops. There are plans to build a well-being centre which will actually just be a succession of four limited-size treatment booths.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The main restaurant, the Nid d'Pie, is semi-attached to the hotel's one and only bar. The ambiance and the colours are very Art Deco. All of the works were created by local artists. As a whole, everything is very nice, but maybe just a little too dark. The outdoor terrace is a lot more pleasant and affords a beautiful view over the village. Breakfast is served as a buffet and is comprised of the bare essentials. During the day, the restaurant only serves snacks but the hotel would like to turn the spot into a communal dining area (following the French 'table d'hôtes' concept). For dinner, head to the Italian restaurant located just opposite. It is also possible to enjoy some international and Mauritian cuisine here but we just never tried it!

    To know

    The Port Chambly complex is a real Mediterranean village composed of small shops but also of 280 private cottages which are inhabited most of the year. Some of the residences can also be hired. The village square is surrounded by a few shops, an Italian restaurant, a grocer's and a tapas bar. However, you do have to take a boat to get to the beach. You arrive at it via the mouth of the river.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      kayak, canoe

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