Hotel l'Imperatrice

Hotel l'Imperatrice

15 Rue De La Libert, Fort-de-France 97200 Martinique
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#6 of 9 hotels in Fort-de-France
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3.3 of 5 bubbles
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Down-town Fort-de-France, with a superb view over "La Savane" Park, L'Imperatrice is a boutique hotel with charm, elegance and Creole authentic spirit.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Ironing service
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Safe
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Flatscreen TV
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, French

Location

15 Rue De La Libert, Fort-de-France 97200 Martinique
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Lamentin Airport
George F. L. Charles Airport
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greentravellercanada wrote a review Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of the hotel is excellent. It’s a charming building too, with décor consistent with its age, but I was just slightly underwhelmed – was expecting perhaps a bit more than what I found, based on photos and the recommendations found in a couple of guidebooks. Our room was quite small, with no view of any kind, though manageable for our short stay. Very tiny bathroom with no space for toiletries. Cleaners were busy in the hallways from 7:00am and very noisy, talking loudly and banging things – which transferred easily into the rooms. This woke me up each morning of our stay, and seemed pretty inconsiderate of the staff who must realize surely not everyone is awake yet at that hour (or at any hour in a hotel, when people are dealing with jetlag, etc.). And as guidebook reviews point out too, despite the old world atmosphere and elegance of the hotel as redeeming qualities, the staff are fairly surly (at reception and the bar, which serves as reception often; restaurant folks were great). Though this is sort of part of the customer service mood in Martinique in general. The meal I had in the restaurant upstairs in the hotel was the best I had on our trip.
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Perhaps the rooms facing La Savane would have better views
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bittermelon2015 wrote a review Apr 2023
Europe
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved the location of the hotel, across the streetfrom savanah park, easy to get to the cruise terminal as well as to the vedettes tropicales boat to the beaches.
Room(superior,3rd floor) was beautiful! The terrace was dreamy and the decorations gave an out of time feeling. The property might be a little worn but it is clean and well kept.
Only caution: bring ear plugs. There is a guy blowing leaves from 4AM in the park.every night!!!!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Supadappa wrote a review Oct 2023
Oslo, Norway
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent a couple of nights at this hotel earlier in the year.

The location is excellent. Right on the savanna, close to shops, restaurants and the fort. Walking distance to both the international ferry and domestic boats.

The room was pretty small. Not much space for anything other than the bed. Nice balcony overlooking the aforementioned savanna.

Reception staff spoke English, as did the friendly lady running the cafe/bar in the daytime. Communication was a little more difficult in the bar in the evening. Do yourself a favour and learn at least a little French when visiting their current and former colonies.
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Date of stay: March 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Carolyn679 wrote a review Mar 2024
Worthington, Ohio
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When I saw the pictures of the Hotel L'Imperatrice, it was imperative that we stay there. The atmosphere inside is charming and tropical, as if you are staying there during the colonial period. The decor is, I believe, different in each room. All having to do with the history of Martinique and its people. We had two rooms, going and coming from a week's cruise. and each was different. Excellent location, across from the Savanne Park which is lovely. Down the street is the bay and docks. Restaurants and stores are nearby, even a Haagen-Dazs, Local hang-out! We found the staff to be hard-working and friendly. Christina at the lobby desk was so helpful and always professional and cordial to all. Edwin was great helping us. and the room attendants took care of our rooms very nicely. We would love to return some day! Thanks to all! (free breakfast until 9 a.m. offered juices, coffee, tea, fresh fruit, small croissants and breads, eggs, ham and cheese and yogurt, etc.)
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We recommend learning some French phrases for conversations and greetings.
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Orappa wrote a review Jan 2022
Bergen, Norway
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel has plenty of charm, but service is inexistant, they don't answer the phone if you call, they don't answer emails. Late check-out, forget it. Need help with tourist info, forget it to. Breakfast will provide calories, but that's it, coffee undrinkable. Cleaning is lacking and there a are cocroaches in the room, restaurant and halls
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Carolyn679 wrote a review 10 Jun
Worthington, Ohio
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have already submitted a review of this great hotel. My husband and I loved everything about this old-style boutique hotel. All the people who work there were helpful and professional. The balcony was used often-we could see the beautiful Savanne park and the harbor to the right. We felt the atmosphere of colonial times in an otherwise modern hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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gazs wrote a review Jan 2020
Budapest, Hungary
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spend there one night before a cruise. The hotel is quite a noisy one. But it is in a very good place if you are on a ship cruise. You can go to the Cruise Terminal on you feet. No need for further transport. Lovely small colonial type room. We did not have breakfast in the hotel. There are several shops nearby.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Try to get a room that looks inside, not to the street
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MinnesotaMermaid9 wrote a review Apr 2011
Saint Paul, Minnesota
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After much hemming and hawing about which French island to experience for the first time in our quarter century love affair with the Caribbean, we punted on polluted St. Martins and opted for the oh-so-French outpost of Martinique. This review is about the hotel we vowed to rave about publicly, but we must say... about the island: 13 days is not enough. Oh, the architecture, the food, the beaches, the diving, the Volcano!, the rain forests, the music, the rum plantations....Bill's only complaint was that since I doubted we would ever return, I insisted we explore the 40 mile length and 20 mile width of the entire island. This, contrasted with lolling on the cliffs of Negril, he did not consider a vacation.

But the hotel. Not knowing a soul with real knowledge of Martinique, we had to "suss it out" on the Internet was difficult. Partly because of conflicting reviews. We finally gambled on L'Impératrice as our pied-à-terre upon arrival. No less than the night before departure did we confirm it by e-mail with Mme. Elise herself who, with her mother, manage the establishment as if it were their own home.

I should point out that when we arrived at midnight at FDF airport, our luggage did not. Nor was there any taxi service at that hour (perhaps our discussions about luggage lasted longer than the patience of the few taxi's who came to scoop up the last arrivals of the night). This was the first of many instances confirming that a rudimentary grasp of the French language is essential to a visit to Martinique. Really, you are in France. A kind airport security worker offered to drive us to our hotel, since he lived en ville. He refused to take the 20EU bill we so sincerely offered him.

Robert, the Chef, and a jovial security pal greeted us at the Hotel. After our tale of loss and stranding, we were summarily awarded our first 'Ti-punch ~ a small shot glass christened with brown sugar, filled with vieux rhum, and topped with a wedge of lime: the perfect antidote to our airport arrival. When we entered our room, yet another duet of 'Ti-punches waited upon a flower strewn tray. Swinging the doors of the balcony open we happily surveyed the central park of Martinique below in the perfumed air and had our first glimpse of our hotel's namesake: none other than Empress Josephine, whose family plantation in Martinique led her to lobby her husband Napoleon to continue the slave trade against the growing wisdom of the times. Surviving the justice of the French Revolution, she was belatedly beheaded as a statue in 1991.

The room (#32) was, in fact, very similar to the master bedroom at the Habitacion Clément, a plantation planned in 1868 which we later toured: rich mahogany carved 4 poster bed, white embroidered quilt, damask palm fan throw pillows, elegant lamps. This was the true vieux Martinique. The bathroom was sparkling white tile with a glass shower whose floor was seamless with that of the room. A fine large writing desk made a good home for laptops, cameras, books and maps. Yes, there was WiFi.

But the best part of the room was the balcony: fully 6 feet deep and 20 feet long curving around one of the boat deck corners of the "bateau". The teak chairs and table, we finally realized, provided the ideal spot for viewing Caraval the next week, which (heathens that we are) was a pleasant discovery for us. The room we occupied was unavailable for Mardi Gras: a Japanese reporter living in New York City had reserved it. He was covering Carnaval for the Japanese public, again, this year. So we reserved the second best choice, room 11 one floor down and on the opposite corner.

It should be noted that l'Impératrice has some of the best cuisine on the island. We chanced upon the weekly Thursday Creole brunch. The food was uniquely delighting for us ~ our first taste of many of the ubiquitous dishes on the island: accras, boudin de poissons, poulet de colombo, but there were many others we never tasted again, clearly created by the loving hands of the Creole chef Robert. But even better was the luncheon crowd: the finely dressed black Martinican women on a work day lunch, the bekes families (white colonials) celebrating birthdays, the delightfully mixed race couples, or the table of ladies ~ all apparently old money women of property or class, bekes except for one young beautiful Martiniquan woman, who, remarkably, had difficulty commanding attention at the table.

But the best attribute of the hotel was Elise the manager. She was unfailingly persistent and patient and politic through our pursuit of lost luggage; helpful in all requests for restaurants, maps, phone calls; and dressed to the nines on Carnaval! Her command of English is an added bonus. We felt safe, cared for and warmly welcomed.

For any trip to Martinique, we suggest starting with 2-3 days at L'Impératrice. You can jog the park in the morning and swim in the remarkably clean beach by the harbor. The Schoelcher library constructed at the Tuilleries in Paris and moved board by board to the island is a visual treasure. The craft market, restaurants (Cave au Vin, especially) that rival any in France, buildings blossoming under your eyes (EU investment is huge here), and small scale of the town, make it a gem of discovery to travel entirely on foot. Next trip (!) we will spend 4 days in Ste.-Anne at the spectacular beaches and dive sites, 4 days in St. Pierre in 35EU rooms towering over the ocean at Le Fromagere, 2 days at Mt. Pelée in the lovely chalets, 2 days exploring the Atlantic side at Le Fregate Bleu. Call it a second honeymoon, call it a cheap trip to Paris, call it La vie en Bleu.
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Date of stay: March 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MaryAnn_and_Scott wrote a review Mar 2005
Denver, CO
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Do not believe the guidebooks on this one. The room was in very poor repair and just plain dirty. It is sad because the hotel does have good Art Deco design; it just has not been maintained. The restaurant was good.
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WorldTraveler9 wrote a review Jan 2004
California, Maryland
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Bring your earplugs, and pay cash at Hotel L'impiratrice. The hotel is right across the street from a park in which the city likes to play earsplitting music until all hours, and the hotel's windows don't keep out any noise. The hotel billed nights we were not there, and the receipts they gave us did not match what they billed. If you want to stay in downtown Fort-de-France in spite of the unsavory characters who hang around after dark, choose a hotel farther from the park. Also, buy something to eat in the evening ahead of time so that you don't have to wander around deserted streets looking for a restaurant that's open at night. During the day, the city is lively and interesting.
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Response from impe972, Directeur at Hotel l'Imperatrice
Responded 7 Apr 2010
Les notes d'hotel sont effectivement payables à l'arrivée pour les courts séjours. Concernant le parc de la Savane, il est actuellement en fin de rénovation, il n'y a donc plus de musique. Et le projet est très prometteur. Fort-de-France n'est plus la ville décrite dans votre avis qui date de 2004. La ville fait de gros efforts de réhabilitation. Et la fréquentation n'est plus mauvaise. Les gens se promenent le soir avec leurs enfants et de plusieurs bars et restaurants ouvrent chaque année. Je conseillerais au contraire un hôtel dans le secteur de la Savane qui est le plus sur et le plus agréable de Fort-de-France. Hotel l'Impératrice Fort-de-France
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Kathy C asked a question Sept 2016
Port of Spain, Trinidad21 contributions7 helpful votes
Do you have an all inclusive package that includes alcohol
Answer from crystals c
St. Lucia88 contributions17 helpful votes
no they do not
Frank D asked a question Oct 2015
Atlantic Beach, Florida8 contributions22 helpful votes
Do they have a shuttle to & from the airport?
Frank D asked a question Oct 2015
Atlantic Beach, Florida8 contributions22 helpful votes
Do they have a shuttle to & from the airport?
Carolyn679 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Worthington, Ohio11 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We recommend learning some French phrases for conversations and greetings."
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Adventure35268283373 wrote a tip Feb 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Most people here are nice, but there is one women who will destroy your world. "
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greentravellercanada wrote a tip Mar 2020
Vancouver, Canada105 contributions118 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Perhaps the rooms facing La Savane would have better views"
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gazs wrote a tip Jan 2020
Budapest, Hungary20 contributions14 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to get a room that looks inside, not to the street"
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PeterWillich wrote a tip Dec 2019
Krefeld, Germany9 contributions13 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"5th floor best views but no lift corner room 503"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel l'Imperatrice
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel l'Imperatrice?
Nearby attractions include Schoelcher Library (0.03 km), St. Louis Cathedral (0.2 km), and Grand Marche (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel l'Imperatrice?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel l'Imperatrice?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel l'Imperatrice?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel l'Imperatrice?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel l'Imperatrice?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Yellow, Chez Carole, and Luxury Bokit.
Does Hotel l'Imperatrice offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel l'Imperatrice?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel l'Imperatrice?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort Saint-Louis (0.5 km), Plantation Leyritz (0.9 km), and Pavillon Bougenot (0.3 km).
Is Hotel l'Imperatrice accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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