We stayed one night here for our last night of island hopping before returning home. I don't agree with "David R" - it is in a good location with good food choices with in walking distance if you choose not to eat at the hotel. However, be aware that this hotel is very close to the domestic (Caribbean islands), airport on the Northern part of the island, it is NOT close to the international airport which is located on the opposite end of the island. Who planned that? It is an expensive 2 hour cab ride to get to the international airport. There are no dollar buses that serve this route. When we arrived at the hotel and checked in, we certainly did not feel welcomed! In fact, we felt like we had majorly inconvenienced the man who checked us in. We were shown to our room by another young man with his earphones plugged in his ears, who spoke not a word to us and of course could not hear us speak to him! Strange and not a good first impression. But we are pretty independent so no tip for him! We went down to the bar to get a cold Coke and after finally getting waited on, the bar tender was courteous and the drinks were not expensive. The room was very large (we had decided to splurge for our last night and upgraded to a deluxe room(120 USD), so it was large and had a mini-refrigerator and large balcony with two chaise lounges facing the harbor. The room was contemporary, clean and bright with a king bed that was comfortable with clean linens. The bathroom could have used a renovation, but the shower was great, fixtures clean with a large vanity - big bathroom. It was also very quiet - on the second floor, two flights of stairs to get there - hauling your own luggage. We did not eat at the hotel restaurant, but instead followed the tip from our travel book and the cab driver and went to a very nearby/easy walk to restaurant - the Coalpot. It is definitely a business hotel as there were several men and women sitting around the pool, outside their rooms and around the bar and lobby - all on their laptops! The grounds are green and lovely including a large Lilly pond and of course the tree with all the birds - crazy how many! Be sure to ask about the short cut to the main down town of Castries. It is an easy walk that takes you to the main business/shopping/shipping/cruise ship area of town. The outdoor market is great with loads of fresh vegetables and fruit. There are public bathrooms in the heart of the market and you have to purchase your toilet paper, but you get a good amount and the inside is surprisingly clean and the toilets flush - so don't let the outside scare you away. ALL of the market sellers are more friendly than the hotel personel and you can taste anything and even get a fresh coconut with a straw popped in the top hole created by a lady who is a master at using the machete! Stand back! Way fun, interesting and friendly area. I would definitely stay here again, but not for more than 2-3 nights max - there's no beach access, airplanes fly overhead and one day downtown is plenty. I would not expect to be welcomed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small family run hotel in St. Lucia with one of the most popular restaurants on the island. An obvious choice for business travelers visiting Castries or Gros Islet because of its proximity to SLU airport, more and more vacationers are stopping into Auberge Seraphine for one or two nights during their stay on the island for an authentic local experience. While there is no beach, most rooms overlook the pool and beautiful Vielle Bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Seraphine Castries
- Auberge Seraphine Hotel Castries
- Auberge Seraphine St. Lucia/Castries