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Karibea résidence la Goélette

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We were there with our son (3), we had a junior suite. Very nice room, enough space, 2 bathrooms, kitchen on the balcony, but not enough cooking ustensilles. I thinks the hotel should be a bit renovate. It has so much potential. I would say a bit overprice, but sincerelly, the whole Martiniques' hotels and restaurants are overprice. There are two swimming pools, a lot of park places and cleaning was one time in 9 days.

Weird policy, nice location, i saw a roach, my parents saw a flying roach, staff spoke english, pools were nice, near the beach. If i had to stay again i would but i wouldnt be excited about it at all.

The Karibea Residence La Goelette, Is not a 5 star resort. But it is a nice residence type hotel property. We had a 1 bedroom suite with a kitchenette situated out on the balcony . The view was very enjoyable. It made for a great morning cup of coffee and breakfast. Bedding and fixtures were fine. I really loved the laid back feel of the property,the village of Tartane and beaches in this area. The only real negative I could say about the resort is it could be a diffacult getting around if you had any mobility issues.The parking can be a bit of a distance from your room. Prequ'ile de la Caravelle was definitly worth visiting. There was awsome hiking trail around the perimeter of the nature preserve with some great views and vistas.

Residence La Goelette has so much potential. Really wanted to like it better, but the truth is that it's seen much better days. That said, a hotel being run down is not in and of itself a big deal: We knew this wasn't a luxury hotel when we booked, and we've done enough traveling not to expect a sterile American-style chain hotel. We can handle having one closet and no drawers, threadbare sheets and pillows, no washcloths, two rolls of toilet paper, two bath towels, and one bottle of all-in-one bath soap / shampoo for the entire room. This hotel is very no-frills, and we had to buy literally everything at the grocery store; However... First, the positive: Amazing view from our junior suite's balcony, two bathrooms, very friendly staff, a clean room, two well-maintained pools, free parking, and a (sort-of) kitchen. Tartane itself is a quiet little village with wonderful residents, delicious food, and spectacular scenery, and Residence La Goelette is perfectly located to explore Presqu'ile de la Caravelle. The bad news: Karibea Hotels REALLY needs to update their website. 1) Don't advertise an on-site grocery or breakfast when you no longer offer either one. Good thing we'd called ahead and found this out - we bought groceries on the way in from the airport, as the only on-site food options are from very overpriced vending machines. 2) Don't advertise a kitchen with a barely-working refrigerator, two knives, no paper towels or dish soap, and one dish towel as a fully-stocked kitchen. Just don't. So, a second trip to the grocery store the next day, then. 3) The sofabed was so old and stiff that we needed staff to help open it and had to leave it semi-open the entire stay - kind of a drag when space is so tight. Can only imagine how small the non-junior suite rooms are. Last but definitely not least is a problem that has nothing to do with the room, but that the hotel really has to address: A neighbor's attack dogs just outside the gate by the check-in area. For real. One night we decided to leave the car and walk down the hill to dinner in Tartane, but right outside the main gate we were literally attacked by two large, scary dogs. Thankfully, they only nipped us - either our screams scared them away or their owner called them off - not sure. Of course we immediately told both the night and daytime hotel staff about the incident, and they were very sympathetic but not in the least surprised - clearly this wasn't the first occurrence. Both staff members said they'd speak with the dogs' owner again, but I'm not at all convinced that another talking-to will do much good. We saw the house (from the safety of our car, of course), and the owner needs more than some flimsy chicken wire to control those dogs. They're really a menace, and hotel guests should be able to leave the gate on foot without being attacked. So, Residence La Goelette...Arrive with groceries and your own toiletries, washcloths, toilet paper, bath and paper towels (even your own linens and pillows, if you're particular about it), and you'll be fine. Just don't leave the hotel on foot at night.

We had bigger room with view on the ocean and it more than fulfilled our expectations. Bathroom, bedroom was clean, kitchenette fine for basic cooking. Very calm location, still few minutes from the beach. Bakery and restaurants are close as well cca 5 min walking along the beach. Good location especially if you want to travel around Martinique and make some trips - i would recommend end of the "Tartane peninsula", Mount Pelee (volcano), some distilleries but beaches as well. This hotel is not 4* hotel or something luxury. But if you go to Martinique, you really dont want to stay whole day in a hotel when there are so many amazing things on the island. And for this purpose Goelette is absolutely fine.

The location is great, but the hotel seems a bit run-down. There is a loose railing in the swimming pool that is a major safety hazard. It was not as pretty in real life as it is in the pictures. Wifi was only available in the lobby. That being said the view is lovely, the small kitchen was useful for breakfast and it was a bargain.

This property seem to be a time-share of sorts so all the rooms may not be the same. Our room on third floor had a nice set up but with a few drawbacks. Our bed was as firm as could be and no doubt it along with our pillows has long since exceeded its life expectancy. I am not sure one could really call our pillows, pillows as they were more like over grown mini bean bags. Wi-Fi is only available in lobby area and tended to be a bit slow. The lobby area does have a small market with reasonable prices which was nice. At the right price, the staff, the views and the atmosphere still make staying here a reasonable option.

I stayed here for two weeks. I had what they call a Junior Suite which is a bedroom and sitting room (small) with a plastic two seat table and a fold-out sofa, two bathrooms with showers, a kitchenette is located on the outdoor balcony. There are two pools. One large and services the upper villas and a smaller pool that services the lower. I was in the lower and the pool was ok. The furniture is plastic lounges that do have some age. The property is older but is fairly well taken care of. The biggest complaint was the Wifi. It is only available in a few locations and is spotty. In hind-site, I should have just gotten a data plan for my phone for the two weeks and not had anything to complain about. I paid 1100 Euros for two weeks. You can find cheaper places, I am sure, but I am not sure that they would be better or a better value. This is rated as a three star property and I would agree.

I was very happy to get a room much bigger than expected. There was a fridge and a nice balcony overlooking the ocean. The front desk people were very helpful with what to see and do around the island. The location of the hotel is in a very quiet part of the island. At night you won't hear any wild parties. When I stayed I was awakened by the earth moving. When you arrive at night make sure to get off the "Tartane" exit off the traffic circle; if you don't you'll end up in Trinite like I did. Don't be alarmed if the road that you're driving on twists and turns in the woods up in the mountains, just keep on driving until you hit the town. The entrance is just past the purple lighted church on the right. Go up the steep hill on the left and then the entrance is on the right. The parking is blocked so you have to walk up to the reception. I'll be back.

This is no longer a hotel, but was sold off as residences and there are just a few rooms left that are used as hotel rooms. There is no restaurant and the whole complex is very empty, the elevators are broken and the rooms smell musty, the beds are hard and walls are dirty with chipped off paint. Overall everything feels very dated. The lady at reception was super friendly and nice, but it doesn't compensate for how dilapidated the place is. The caravelle is such a gorgeous region, absolutely worth the visit, but avoid this palce by all means and choose a b&b instead.

Presqu'ile de la Caravelle Tartane Tartane

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Spa services

Karibea résidence la Goélette is located within a few miles (5 km) of Chateau Dubuc and Caravelle Lighthouse. This 65-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools and conveniences like free self parking and a conference center. Saint James Rum Museum and Banana Museum are also within a 30-minute drive of this Tartane hotel.


Start each morning off right with cooked-to-order breakfast served for a fee.


The 65 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchenettes and furnished balconies or patios. Guests can expect to find TVs with satellite channels. Safes, phones, and desks are other standard amenities. Weekly housekeeping is available.

Property features

Guests staying at Karibea résidence la Goélette enjoy access to 2 outdoor pools, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Free parking is available if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include 2 meeting rooms, a conference center, and a business center.

Room options

Double or Twin Room, Sea View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Single Room, Kitchenette

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Single Room, Kitchenette, Sea View

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

47% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 256 reviews