Martinique is an island that is not ready for the wave of widespread U.S. tourism to hit it. While new hotel construction is starting on the island, the main source of stays seems to be in home rental locations. But there are a few high-end, boutique hotels that have great locations and offer customers modern rooms. LaPagerie Hotel is one of those hotels.
The location of LaPagerie is absolutely perfect. It is located in the heart of Trois Illets, a little resort-ish village with shops lining the streets, a square (Village Creole) with shops and restaurants, and a quick walk to the beach. There is also a small grocery store just a few doors down from the hotel. This area is the area that definitely caters to tourists the most, as the stores sell knick-knacks and souvenirs, along with swimwear and other resort-style clothing.
The beach is a quick 5-minute walk from the hotel. And besides the beach, perhaps of the best features of the location is the proximity to the Pointe du Bout marina. This marina is where the ferry between Trois Illets and Fort de France, the capital and commercial center of Martinique, departs from. It is also where the boat excursions leave from on the island. We boarded our 50-foot catamaran ride on Le Creole Cata from that marina.
The hotel could not have been in a better location. It is a heavy walking area, and we never felt unsafe while in the streets, no matter how late at night.
The rooms at LaPagerie are as advertised. They are well appointed with quite a bit of space, especially by European standards (this is France, after all). The rooms are quite sizable, with room for the two single beds (or one queen bed) and a sitting area, along with a desk with a coffee station on it. The shower is a large stall shower, and even though the bathroom is small, it makes great use of space.
Another great surprise was the kitchenette. LaPagerie had a stove in the kitchenette, a sink, and a good amount of counter space for snacks and drinks. This was quite surprising and we were pleased at this added bonus.
The room had all of the essentials (A/C, safe, etc.) but it also had wonderful design elements. Bright colors livened the room substantially. The art was fun and light. There was a balcony that made the room feel airy and light. All in all, the room was a major win on the island.
As soon as you walk into LaPagerie, you are in an open-air lobby lounge. The Tropical Café features live music, cocktails, and comfy couches for people to congregate and relax. And the walls were covered in beautiful black art.
The pool area is large, with a bunch of lounge chairs and a swim-up bar. Yep, a swim-up bar. It is a great place for reading or relaxing. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take advantage of it too much while I was there, but many people did and enjoyed it.
Onsite at LaPagerie Hotel is the semi-gastronomical restaurant Le Pitaya. And the food was excellent.
My friend and I both chose the three-course prix fixe menu so we could try a number of options. For the first course we had the chicken and mint wraps and warm goat cheese in a crispy wonton-like paper with honey. They were delightful! The chicken wraps had a light flavor but were filling. The warm goat cheese was goeey and delicious. We were very impressed with the first course, and actually talked about getting the appetizers again later during our stay.
For entrees, I had the breaded marlin and my friend had the scallops in a red curry. Both of these items were tasty and filling. But nothing topped our appetizers (you guys know how much I like cheese). And for dessert, we could barely finish but we managed a couple of bites of the Baba au rhum (a rum cake) and the mango and passionfruit mousse. The rhum cake is STRONG (not a weak drink on this island), and the mousse proved light and refreshing.
Overall, we were pleased with our meal at Le Pitaya. But the biggest reward for us was the appetizer course, and it was quite decadent. And remember, as with many places on the island, there are very set hours for eating (you won’t really be able to graze all day), so be prepared with snacks.
LaPagerie Hotel Maritinique
LaPagerie is a great hotel to stay at in Martinique. We were more than thrilled with the rooms and the location. In fact, we said repeatedly that we stayed in the perfect spot. We had easy access to Fort de France while staying in the resort-y area with shops and a few restaurants. I highly recommend LaPagerie to anyone who is heading to Martinique.
Our meal at the hotel was sponsored. However, being the foodie that I am, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.