Hotel Les Geranuims is a friendly, simple 25-bedroom hotel on the Plaine des Cafres, which makes an excellent base if you intend to hike the Piton de la Fournaise. It is about an hour’s drive from the hotel to the Pas de Bellecombe. The hotel has a very good Creole French restaurant; its windows have panoramic views of snow-covered Piton des Neiges, the highest peak in the Indian Ocean. The rooms are clean and have en suite bathrooms and television, but the décor is somewhat sombre.
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