Hotel Le Rocher Hotel 2 star
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Jetée Issoufali, Dzaoudzi 97610, Mayotte ? Dzaoudzi, Mayotte -
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Perched on a rock just a stone's throw from the pier where you can catch a boat to Grande Terre, the Rocher could do with a lick of paint, to say the least! Despite having opened around ten years ago, the hotel hasn't been renovated for many years, and its restaurant has even been abandoned altogether. Having said that, it does serve its purpose as the only hotel on Petite Terre, and is also the only establishment with a nightclub, for any party animals staying here. Its swimming pool means it is also suitable for families passing through Petite Terre.

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

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    Location 3.0 /10

    Just a short walk from the pier and not much further (by car) from the airport, the Rocher has the advantage of being the only hotel in Petite Terre, making it particularly appealing to weary travellers just arrived on the island, as well as those who have an early flight to catch! It is, of course, also the ideal base for a thorough exploration of Petite Terre, and many activities are offered in the area. Faré beach is accessible on foot.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The hotel has 24 identical guest rooms (3 of which are deluxe), all with air-conditioning, a safe, television and minibar, and a bathroom with neon-lighting, a bathtub, hair-dryer and toilet. The rooms overlooking the lagoon also have a small balcony complete with plastic table and chairs. To muffle the noise from aircraft and keep intruders out, the balconies are closed off by a thick metal shutter, and the rooms overlooking the tropical garden have barred windows. As far as decor is concerned, all the rooms could do with a makeover and currently consist of basic wooden furniture, tiled floors and the kind of outdated curtains and bedspreads found in certain Mediterranean resorts.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Guests at the Rocher first enter the small reception, with its Asian statues, rattan furniture and tropical wood-panelled desk. The Colonial-style hotel is built in a U-shape, with a small tropical garden, rather than a swimming pool, at its centre, and a large, tiled staircase leads up from the gardens to the guest rooms on the upper floor. The swimming pool is really too small for a good swim, but it is nevertheless very pleasant for a relaxing dip at the end of a long, hot day, and the large terrace alongside it overlooks the lagoon, offering breathtaking views over the small marina, the sunset and the boat which docks every 30 minutes or so. Althoughthe hotel offers very little in the way of facilities (no gym, TV room or bar), the majority of the clientele are only here for a night or two anyway. Most of Mayotte's beautiful beaches and tourist attractions are found in the south of the island of Grande-Terre, and you can always get a taxi from the rank in front of the hotel both by day and by night, depending on the timetables of the boats.

    Food and drink

    The hotel's restaurant has been closed for quite some time and will remain so until further notice. The owner would like to reopen it, though, so watch this space... Since all the rooms include breakfast, an un-air-conditioned dining room with no decor to speak of is provided next to the pool on the ground floor. A few tables are set for breakfast, which is served as a buffet until 10:00am on a single table in the middle of the room. Guests can choose from a selection of breads, handmade conserves, fruit, mini pastries and bottled fruit juices, whilst coffee, tea and hot chocolate are served at the table. Guests can help themselves to as much of everything as they like, apart from the pastries.

    Beach

    It is not actually possible to bathe in the waters below the hotel, as there is no beach, so you may want to take a taxi over to the superb lagoon in Mayotte if you fancy a paddle.

    To know

    Advance booking is recommended to guarantee a room; what with visiting officials, guests attending the many ceremonies held in the area and tourists en route to the airport, the hotel is often full. Even though some of the rooms here overlook the lagoon, you are strongly advised to go for a room overlooking the gardens, if possible, since the former are directly above the pier and a nightclub (which is independent from the hotel but still on the same premises), making for very noisy surroundings. Night owls will be pleased to hear that the Rocher provides a shuttle service for those wishing to head out partying in Mamoudzou. This is an essential service given that the last boat leaves the capital at 11:00pm.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage

    • Swimming pool
    • Animals allowed

    advantage

    • Near the pier and the airport.
    • Spectacular views from the pool.
    • Presence of a night watchman onsite.

    disadvantages

    • Restaurant closed until further notice.
    • No beach in front of the hotel.
    • Noise disturbance.
    • In need of renovation.

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    • Pauline B. Pauline B.  
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      • Package deals in août 2014 Posted on 2014-09-20 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        très bon hôtel propre et agréable. Vue sur le lagon et piscine a disposition ! le restaurant est très bon !

      • Advantages

        la piscine et le restaurant. proche aéroport

      • Disavantages

        je n'ai rien trouvé a redire

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      • Overall Score 9.20/10