“Make yourself at home” is the first thought that comes to mind when thinking of Chateau Belle. The sentence is echoed by the hosts of this cosy bed and breakfast, which feels exactly as it should… like home. Perched on a hill overlooking the city of Kingston, you are granted a panoramic view from all available rooms. My partner & I were greeted by the door when we arrived at 9pm. Hostess Audrey offers the option to tour at your leisure or have her show you the individual [unoccupied] rooms and shared living area.
Chateau Belle Bedroom Space
Our sizable space including 2 bedrooms, small kitchen area, walk-in closets, and a shared bathroom. She will readily provide a WiFi password, while handing guests the TV & AC remotes. Just in case you need anything else, she’ll leave her cell number. While one of us browsed dozens of TV channels, the other enjoyed a soothing, hot shower contrasting the cool night air of the hills. Each space has its own look and character, no 2 rooms are exactly alike. With the grill locked and bedroom door left open, comfort was found beneath the covers of our temporary home, with Kingston city as a nightlight and the gentle wind as AC.
Central Living Space
The property’s commodious shared living room area is a mixture of vintage and modern, with eye-catching furniture and numerous vinyl records, decorative pieces, and family memories. A variety of sitting choices faced the main balcony that overlooks the city as it lights up the night sky.The charm and width of living room makes it a great area for mingles and casual event meetings.
Bird’s-Eye View of Kingston city
In the night, you may stand anywhere on the property, from the driveway incline to the outside of a room, and take in the lights populating the city’s area. Of course with such a view, it’s not unusual for me to make an effort to wake extra early to watch the sunrise, like I’ve done by the sea in St. Mary. Rising at 5:45am to view the sun peek from behind the mountain range was the first order for the new day. The sunlight slowly starts revealing morning dew on flowers and trees just in front of our door.
Breakfast of Choice
Your preferred breakfast choices can be communicated prior to your visit to the hostess.Sitting at the large dining table facing the balcony, a layout of my all-time favourite breakfast of ackee and saltfish with green banana, callaloo, plantain, and fried dumplings was placed on the table. My partner’s only breakfast criteria was “anything with bacon”, which turned out to be a cheese omelette, bacon, lettuce, tomato, wheat bread and butter. Beverage choices included a pitcher of ice cold water, fresh orange juice, 2 choices of tea, and coffee. It may not be considered a gourmet breakfast, but it was perfect!
During breakfast, melodies from another time may fill the home courtesy of a vinyl record player mastered by the co-host, Thomas (aka Tommy). You can tell Tommy is a genuine music lover who treasures every record he owns. As much as I would’ve loved to finish all the food on the table (proven by my 2nd and 3rd helpings), it couldn’t be done! The generous serving sizes left us both filled and beyond content, with craving taste buds trying to further coax the stomachs.
After breakfast, we enjoyed more of the view while engaging our personable hosts in conversation. You can feel the pride invested into the home, and the pleasure felt by them from interacting with their guests. We got ready to check out at 2:00pm after a bit more chatter and relaxation. Though the stay was short, the impression is long-lasting. It isn’t often that I tend to experience such genuine hospitality; home is indeed where heart is. Again, I’ll say, make yourself at home at Chateau Belle.
- Room 75%
- Affordability 90%
- Staff Interactions 100%
- Food 90%
PLAN YOUR DISCOUNTED STAY!
Head towards Mannings Hill Road from Constant Spring Road. Begin ascending the hill in the direction of Smokeyvale. Continue pass City View hotel and a few meters later you’ll arrive at the driveway of Chateau Belle.
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