Hotel Hôtel Iris Hotel 3 star
Mamoudzou, Mayotte -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Hotel Iris is the latest to join the very select little group of hotels in Mayotte, and it enjoys a great location at the heart of Mamoudzou, a stone's throw away from its pontoons. It is a small and clean town hotel which is functional and modern, but lacking any particular charm and totally devoid of facilities. It is for these reasons that it is best suited to business clientele, but it might also suit couples (without children!) briefly stopping off in the capital.

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

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Iris is located in the town centre, a few minutes walk from the pontoon that provide the departure point for boat outings and the barge linking Grande-Terre to the smaller island of Petite-Terre. A few steps away from the hotel entrance are shops, bars, restaurants and the famous market, which oozes with Mahoran culture!

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are 36 near-identical rooms in the hotel, and several categories to choose from: standard single rooms on the ground floor or upstairs, standard double rooms, and superior single, double and triple rooms. They all look over the street or courtyard, but five of them, on the third floor, are lucky enough to have a partial view of the lagoon. Just like the rest of the hotel, the rooms are modern, simple, clean and functional. All of them have a television with 8 channels (including the local channel), a free safe, a minibar, individual air-conditioning, a telephone (via reception) and a bathroom with a large shower and hospitality products. The superior rooms also have an office space with a sofa bed. The decor has been chosen to match the sober style found in some hotel chains, with fitted carpets, stripey bed linen, blue-painted wooden furniture, red and beige walls, paintings, etc.

    Overview 6.60 /10

    The hotel door opens into a small lobby with a lounge area, a breakfast room (with a television and terrace), a reception desk and a refrigerator with drinks. If you are not sure that you are in the right place, a huge sign with the name of the hotel is hung just behind the reception to remind you! A few decorative features (paintings, a bronze statue of a woman) liven up the clean but slightly gloomy reception hall. There are no other facilities to speak of, not even a tiny paddling pool, so if you are holidaying with your family you should probably look elsewhere... That is, unless you are just stopping off to quickly explore the pretty sights of Mamoudzou.

    Food and drink

    The small ground-floor hall serves breakfast only (continental, with eggs for an extra fee) from 6:00am to 10:00am, but stays open all day. Guests can also sit out on the terrace that gives onto the road. There is no bar, but there is a large refrigerator with drinks at the reception. A restaurant snack bar is being considered, but at the time of writing there is no set opening date.

    To know

    The Iris opened in 2008 as a bed and breakfast, but it does not have a restaurant. There are rumours of an extension but at the time of writing no date has been set for the work. The hotel has a supervised private car park, which is an important plus point in this town where parking can be a nightmare. The Iris is a member of the AAA group, which specialises in business hotels, but unlike the other two hotels in the group (the Saint Georges in Mauritius and Le Colbert in Madagascar) it does not have any meeting rooms.


    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa


    • Sports equipment



    • The latest hotel on the island
    • The town centre location
    • It is clean and functional


    • There are no facilities (not even a pool)
    • There is no restaurant
    • Most of the guests are here on business

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