Hotel Novotel Saint-Gilles Hotel 3 star
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L'Hermitage, Avenue de la Mer Saint-Gilles, Réunion
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Well suited for a seaside stay with family or friends, the Novotel Saint-Gilles offers good space, activities and facilities. It is ideal to relax or participate in various sports in a friendly atmosphere on a beautiful beach.

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

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      Relais de l'Hermitage   -   © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Novotel Saint-Gilles

      Relais de l'Hermitage   -   © Igor Lubinetsky / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 8.5 /10

    The hotel is located on the beach of the Hermitage, 3 km south of Saint-Gilles and 22 miles from the airport at Saint-Denis. For the transfer, you should plan 30 to 80 minutes, depending on traffic.

    Accommodation 6.00 /10

    The hotel has a total of 173 rooms that overlook the gardens (the first half) and the mountain at the rear (the second half). Quite spacious (270 ft²), the rooms extend to a terrace on the ground floor and a balcony on the second floor, each furnished with a table and two chairs made of plastic. They can accommodate up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. As for the decor, the accommodations are neutral: blue printed fabrics, matching the walls and the tiles. You would appreciate a local touch to diversify the standard amenities. As for comfort, the amenities are impeccable: air conditioning, a safe, a mini bar, telephone and satellite television (broadcasting 12 channels, including channels for children, sports and movies). The bathrooms in all rooms have a hair dryer. They are equipped with a bath (on the ground floor and on the first floor) or a shower (on the remaining floors).

    Overview 7.20 /10

    Built in 1998 and renovated in 2003, again in 2006, the Novotel Saint-Gilles is a semi-circular building of two floors, nestled in a vast tropical park, which offers a nice view of the surrounding hills. Spacious and airy, its reception does not have the style of a charming hotel. It is not a problem, you will not linger too long in this part of the hotel. The access to the swimming pool faces the entrance. By way of a short path through the flowers, you will find two swimming pools of 4,305 ft² and 3,230 ft² respectively. So you can swim lengths in peace. Around each pool, a space has been set aside for sunbathing in comfort. Deckchairs, mattresses and sunshades are provided: Those who prefer the shade can isolate themselves in the park. On 7.5 acres of land, you can choose your own area of greenery!

    Food and drink 7.00 /10

    Housed in an airy structure with a view of the park, the restaurant serves buffet style, offers a selection of hot dishes in the morning. In the evening, the theme changes every day and is usually accompanied with a show. You will be delighted to taste oriental, Creole or Italian specialties, while admiring dancers or watching slideshows. At noon, the a la carte restaurant near the swimming pool offers a cold buffet with salads, hamburgers, grilled meat and fish and a dish of the day full of the flavours of the island. Very simple, the setting (wooden tables and chairs) stresses service and the panorama of the park. A bar located on the terrace at the entrance completes the facilities.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    You can access the beach, the Hermitage, directly from the hotel. The beach stretches for several miles between Saint-Gilles and La Saline and is a pleasant setting for idleness. Bordered by filaos and tamarind trees, the stretch of white sand sinks gently into the lagoon: the bathing area is shallow, and many fish and corals dwell there (explore this submarine world with fins, mask and snorkel). When swimming, pay attention to the coral debris that can hurt your feet. However, it is better not to wear sandals because they cause damage to the fragile ecosystem of the lagoon. As the beach is public, shunshades and deckchairs are not provided. Do not forget to bring your beach towel along with you. The hotel provides snorkeling equipment. On the other side, there are also picnic areas that are extremely popular with local residents of La Réunion, where they spend weekends with their families.

    To know

    The Novotel Saint-Gilles is unquestionably one of the best-equipped sports facilities on the island. An address to choose without a moment of hesitation if you would like a seaside stay in a very friendly atmosphere. The hotel provides a broad range of activities - enough to please kids and adults alike. It should be noted that a kid's club hosts children aged 6 to 12 years during school holidays (extra charge, request when making your reservation). It is open every day, except Sundays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, (2 courts), gym, aqua gym, football, beach volley, golf, archery, badminton, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The beautiful beach.
    • The varied activities.
    • The facilities for children.

    disadvantages

    • The huge size of the complex.
    • The typical decoration in the rooms.

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2014 Posted on 2016-04-05 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        La chambre est vieille, le nettoyage était bref, l'isolation phonique mal faite, la porte vitrée ne se ferme même plus et celle-ci est juste tenue par une chaînette, la moquette est sale et remplie de cafards, concernant la piscine: sol très glissant et le bain de pied n'est pas nettoyé, les toilettes du bar de la piscine sont sales, salle de bain: moisissures sur les joints de carrelage. Franchement il y aurait pas mal de travaux à faire pour mériter ces 3*** qu'il se vante de porter.

      • Advantages

        Prix, service clientèle

      • Disavantages

        Manque de soins des locaux

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      • Overall Score 4.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in juillet 2015 Posted on 2015-07-29 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Pavillon/Paillote/Maison)

        hotel très agréable en famille. Très propre et aimable. Je recommande à 200%

      • Advantages

        proche de la plage, propre et personnel agréable

      • Disavantages

        jr n'ai trouvé aucun inconvénient ++++++++++

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      • Overall Score 8.75/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2013 Posted on 2015-05-08 En famille - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Très bon hôtel personnel accueillant

      • Advantages

        Chambre confortable bien sous tout rapport

      • Disavantages

        Rien j y retournerai

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      • Overall Score 10.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2014 Posted on 2014-09-30 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        LA référence ! Weekend en amoureux juste parfait dans un beau cadre situé à l'hermitage Saint-gilles. Juste parfait.

      • Advantages

        Un Hotel qui se trouve dans un endroit assez calme mais animé

      • Disavantages

        Je n'ai pas trouvé d'inconvénients.

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      • Overall Score 9.40/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      4 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2014-09-26 En couple - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        Accueillant et propre

      • Advantages

        La vue était superbe

      • Disavantages

        Un peu de bruit le soir

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      • Overall Score 5.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2013 Posted on 2014-08-08 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Très bon hôtel, bien placé, bien entretenu, calme. Très propre, linge changé tous les jours. Le moindre incident est réparé dans la demi-heure suivante. Les deux piscines avec les animations sont un point fort, ainsi que la nourriture qui est abondante, variée et de bonne qualité.

      • Advantages

        Proche de la plage (50 mètres) et des arrêts de bus. Petit supermarché et marché à 100 mètres. Personnel très accueillant et efficace.

      • Disavantages

        Pas de vue sur la mer à cause de la petite forêt de filaos qui empêche cette vue.

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      • Overall Score 9.14/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in décembre 2012 Posted on 2014-05-16 En famille - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Bon hotel pas tres loin de la plage avec très belle piscine chambres spacieuses personnel à l écoute room service rapide et efficace en cas de faim nocturne

      • Advantages

        Qualite du room service choix dans les repas

      • Disavantages

        Pas d inconvénient rencontré

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      • Overall Score 6.25/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2012 Posted on 2014-05-10 En famille - 1 nuitée (Chambre sans vue)

        Super service, le personnel est très accueillant et la nourriture est tout simplement délicieuse et abondante

      • Advantages

        belle chambre propre, cuisine très bonne, personnel accueillant, beaucoup à manger, animations sympas, près de la plage

      • Disavantages

        un peu cher, à part ça je ne vois pas d'inconvénient

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in janvier 2013 Posted on 2014-05-08 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        trop bien le restaurant ou y mange bien et la chambre confortable.La plage juste a cote.

      • Advantages

        la piscine est bien

      • Disavantages

        toute le monde devrait passer des vacances la bas

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      • Overall Score 7.60/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2013 Posted on 2014-04-25 En couple - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Hotel idéalement situé face au lagon, chambres un peu vieillotte mais accueil sympathique.

      • Advantages

        Situation face au lagon, piscine chauffée.

      • Disavantages

        Vétusté des lieux, un peu cher

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      • Overall Score 6.00/10
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