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Amy Adejokun Section editor

People come to the Maharani not for its comfort but for its location, near the lively seaside resort of Boucan Canot and the famous beaches on the west coast. Don't be too picky about maintenance and the overall state of its infrastructure, which are due to be improved.

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

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    Location 9.7 /10

    The hotel is located in the seaside resort of Boucan Canot, 2 miles north of Saint-Gilles and 19 miles from the airport at Saint-Denis. For the transfer, expect about half an hour to an hour and a quarter depending on traffic.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    All 55 rooms of the hotel are smartly designed: the deluxe rooms for families (up to 4 persons) are located on the ground floor, close to the swimming pool, the restaurant and the beach; the suites (numbers 203 to 208) are installed on the first floor of the hotel, facing the sea, overlooking the swimming pool and the beach. Finally, the double and single rooms are on the third floor to optimise serenity. An elevator allows you to move from one floor to another. Just like the hotel, the rooms are spacious (around 323 ft²). The beautiful wooden floor is their main asset. They have wooden or rattan furniture, sometimes a bit worn: there is a lack of maintenance despite the areas being quite clean. They are equipped with television, telephone, a bathroom with ? shower. Air conditioning, formerly central, is now not available at the hotel.

    Overview 6.20 /10

    Built in the 1980s, but not renovated recently, the Maharani hotel consists of a white 2 to 3 level building, with a pointed wooden shingle roof enhanced by the beams in dark wood. A vast reception hall with colourful furniture is situated on the first floor. This building, rising on several floors, overlooks the swimming pool, offering good dimensions and well arranged with deckchairs. The restaurant is located at the edge of the beach, at the rear of the swimming pool, where you will also find good dimensions. It is a pity the facilities are not very well-maintained, and the decor consists of an eclectic collection of pieces. Renovations are urgently needed.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The restaurant overlooks the beach through a bay window that can be opened to allow in the sea breeze. The hall is very large and the tables are well spaced. Breakfast is served buffet style. The decoration is simple but pleasant to the eye. At lunchtime, the restaurant becomes a classic snack bar (sandwiches, hot dogs) and for dinner you can order a la carte dishes focusing on local and French (mainland) cuisine. To avo?d getting bored, you can walk some 330 feet, near the public beach and sit at one of the small bars or restaurants that border it.

    Beach 6.20 /10

    The beach of the hotel is that of Boucan Canot. It runs from Saint-Paul to Saint-Gilles for a few miles. In front of the hotel, the presence of wave-beaten rocks and corals in the white sand make swimming very dangerous. To reach the bathing area, you should move some 330 feet to the left to a more safe area. There is no barrier reef in the area, which makes the descent into the water more abrupt.

    To know

    Formerly known for its Indian restaurant, the hotel has become scruffy over the last few years. It is a pity because the size of the hotel's rooms, its architecture and location on the seafront could really make it very attractive.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The spacious rooms.
    • The location on the seaside.

    disadvantages

    • The lack of maintenance.
    • The uneven decoration.

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