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Hotel le Recif-Saint Gilles

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A chance stop. Sunshine and sea. Birthday lunch with my friend Beate. Fabulous staff. So friendly. Wonderful wonderful gillet et crepes and wine and coffee. They even sang Happy Birthday. Happy me The view

I guess the best part about this hotel is its location right on the beach front. Staff were friendly and helpful. Good part was that most of them knew a bit of english which helped. Rooms are very average and on the smaller side. No kettle and mineral water provided which is a bit annoying. I had to go to the bar to get hot water all the time. The swimming pools (2 of them) are nice. But it can get very very crowded there. Breakfast spread was very good. Location is good. But if you need to get things, you will have to have a car with you. Overall... Above average and a bit pricey.

There are fences around swimming pools and also to the beach. You have to walk through a small wood to the beach and take your own towel. We spent 6 nights there. The rooms are big enough. It was not really relaxing at the pool and there are no sunbeds at the beach. So we walked long ways to Saint Gilles along the beach and the other direction to Saline. Tourism is very poor there. On the weekends the beaches are crowded by local people. You have to speak French there. Breakfast was excellent.

Hotel Recif is a very nice hotel and well located. Only 40 minutes away from the airport. Just 50-100 metres away from a lovely beach. Rooms are tidy and clean. The hotel might need a bit of an upgrade to keep his good rating, but I am sure they will.

Our shipped was docked due to electrical issues so this was not a visit by choice. The room was lovely in a minimalist style. The flower blossoms throughout the room were an extra added touch of the beautiful grounds brought to our room. Flowering trees decorated the grounds. There were two pools, didn't swim but both looked great. Breakfast offered more options than one could possibly eat. We ate the dinner buffet in the bar - it was ok, we were tired so it worked. The beach is easy to reach & I highly recommend taking an early morning walk to see/hear the hundreds of birds in the trees near the ocean.

We did not expect to have a hotel stay here, but when our expedition ship had mechanical problems in port they put us up here for two nights while it was under repairs. This is an older property but a large resort compared to most in the area. The rooms were spartan but clean, quiet, and comfortable. It has several nice swimming pools. The breakfast offered a good selection of fresh juices, pastries, fruit, and eggs made to order. In the evenings the restaurant can be fully booked, so in peak season make reservations. There is also a little poolside BBQ buffet that was not bad for 18 euros. Can't tell you if it was a good bang for the buck, as I did not pay for the room. What I can tell you is that some of the other passengers were put up in other nearby hotels and complained of poor service, bad food and no air conditioning. This was certainly NOT the case at this hotel where the food was good, staff was friendly, room was clean and the air conditioning worked perfectly. I would stay again.

Arrived 30/12/2016 late at night. Check-in was quick. Parking bit of a problem. Breakfast every day was good. Although stays the same every day except for the main dish. Kids loved the pancakes. Clean beach towels every day. 2 x big swimming pools. Literally on the beach to go for snorkeling. Shops about 900m away. Really very convenient, clean and comfortable. Located on the main jogging path along the beach. We never ate lunch or dinner at the restaurant of the hotel. Tried places in the area. Please be aware that shops close between 12:00-14:00 or sometimes even 15:00. Even if you go sightseeing remember the little towns almost close down between those times.

3rd year of staying here. Very nice hotel with friendly staff and immaculately clean. Rooms serviced daily to high standard and good food. Right next to beach and 2 good pools (although one was being relined during my stay this year). Highly recommended :)

what a fabulous location and amazing little hotel. perfectly positioned with beautiful views, great food, cold beer and even good service. I would highly recommend it to families or couples. centrally located too

Average room, good bathroom and toilet, perfect location near the beach, good restaurant, very kind and dedicated staff, good wifi in the reception area (they don't promise wifi in the rooms, so no complaints here). Disappointing surprise for a hotel with these fees and exigence: when checking in, an attendant shows you to the room, but noone offers to help with carrying the luggages. Never happened to me before.

50 Avenue de Bourbon Saint-Paul

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located in St Gilles-les-Bains, Hotel le Recif-Saint Gilles is a leisurely stroll from sights such as Coco Beach and Plage de L'Hermitage. This 146-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also close to Garden of Eden and Aquarium de la Réunion.


Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's buffet restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


All 146 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Rooms also include desks.

Property features

At Hotel le Recif-Saint Gilles, guests enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and an outdoor tennis court. Free valet and self parking are available, and there's also limo/town car service. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Junior Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1329 reviews