Fodor's Expert Review Auberge de la Vieille Tour

Rte. de Montauban, Le Gosier, Grande-Terre, 97190, Guadeloupe

At this island classic built around a historic sugar mill, everyone loves the initial welcome: a cool drink and citrus-scented towels dispensed by ladies in white eyelet uniforms. After a day at the beach it's back to your bi-level room, with its glass-enclosed bathroom, to watch the lighthouse begin its nightly blink (ask for rooms 85 to 90). The bedding throughout is luxurious, although other dated furnishings could stand an improvement. The wing closest to the lobby has smaller rooms but they have been more recently renovated. The lounge is a trip back in time, as guests relax in planter chairs and listen to the piano man. A laudable, in-house restaurant is a gastronomic pleasure with affordable prices.


  • most rooms have great views
  • breakfast is a highlight
  • restaurant is one of the better ones on-island


  • exteriors of some sections are unattractive 1960s-style
  • it's an uphill climb back from the beach and pool
  • pool area still needs work


Business, Service, Views
Near the beach


Phones: 0590-84–23–23


70 rooms, 32 deluxe rooms, 1 suite
Rate Includes: Free breakfast
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