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“Sweet Candyo” 4 of 5 stars
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Rodney Bay, Castries, St. Lucia   |  
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Ranked #8 of 13 Castries B&B and Inns
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“Sweet Candyo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2005

The Candyo is a friendly budget style hotel/motel just a 10 minute walk down a two-lane road lined with restaurants in a touristy area of Rodney Bay -- to the beautiful beach in Rodney Bay. Our two room "suite" had a suitably equipped kitchen, tile floors, and was a real bargain compared to the many all inclusive places along the beach. Management and staff very friendly. The hotel front desk was open till 11 PM only -- important to know if you need something in the night. There was a security guard on premises, (posted at the front door) all night, so safety was not an issue --- but, this is not the kind of place you can "call down to the desk" for a toothbrush at midnight. A teeny tiny bar and a medium sized pool are out back. Yes, the pool needed painting (black spots from rubbed away blue paint) but, it was VERY clean, and the water just right, so this was no bother. This is located in a fenced grassy yard area with lush flowers/greenery around -- lots of privacy from nearby buildings, so it was very much like "hanging out" at your backyard pool! Chairs & Towels provided -- though bring your own beach towels for heading to the beach. The woman at the bar outside on a patio near the pool also made sandwiches and a small selection of items -- there was a small restaurant consisting of a few tables -- Nice for breakfast or a snack. Great Rum punches!! While we mostly spent time at the beach, it was nice to have a pool, and relaxing in the yard was nice "down time". This is a BUDGET option, so there are certainly issues. Our first night, the A/C did not work, and it was HOT. St Lucia is quite near the equator, and doesn't cool down at night even in January like some Caribbean areas. (Except for in the more mountainous regions near Pitons, for example) So, that night was spent with a pot of cold water near the bed so we could cool off with a washcloth! The next day, the A/C was fixed. Also, there was spotty water pressure -- once or twice we lost water pressure during a shower. If you are used to budget traveling, and don't mind a few minor inconveniences in exchange for a great rate in a nice area -- these will seem like minor inconveniences. This is NOT for honeymooners I wouldn't think, or for someone looking for a "once-in-a-lifetime" no expenses spared trip. But, if you want to cut down your expenses on EACH trip, so that you can have MANY. .. then the Candyo is a good option. Overall, we felt very comfortable there, and thought it charming in it's way. It's nice to use tourism dollars for locally owned properties as well. Walking to the beach was about 10 minutes or so. (Hot, Hot Hot!!!) Once there, there is plenty of open access and there are several beach bars & restaurants, and you can rent chairs/umbrellas, etc. There are enterprising locals who will bring you cold beers even. So, just because you are staying up the road and not directly ON the beach -- you don't have to miss out on the amenities of a generic "all-inclusive/all-exclusive", like a beach chair or umbrellas. We stayed at Ladera (very upscale) for a portion of our trip, and saved money (so we could splurge at Ladera!) at Candyo while at Rodney Bay. We felt it was exactly what we expected for the money and would recommend it to someone looking for budget accommodations!!! It's very quiet, with nightlife hopping just down the street at some of the hotels, and a few bars. In my opinion, the area of Rodney Bay seems very "compact" and is relatively quiet /and small compared to other more developed Caribbean islands' hubbub "centers". We would HIGHLY recommend visiting other areas of the island as well as St Lucia is beautiful.

Stayed January 2004
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2004

I travelled toCandyo Inn with my parents and we all shared the one apartment which was more than sufficient. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed. The staff were friendly ,the breakfast ws fresh and very tasty and as for the St. Lucian cocktails!!!-well!!!-superb. The kitchen had all you needed and the pool although small you could cool off.

Not much in the way of entertainment but then you could easily access this if you so wished at a nearby hotel. Good location for the day cruise excursions.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2002

Verdict: We would *not* recommend this hotel - pricy for what it is and we had problems with the hotel manager... Read on.

We stayed at the Candyo in January 2002 in an apartment - 2 rooms with kitchen paying US $90 night.

The rooms were clean and reasonably well kept and the staff are friendly, but the facilities are basic. The kitchen provided fridge, cupboards, basic cooker+oven, kettle, sink, and some utensils. The hot water system at the Inn is erratic - you'll need to choose the times you want to shower or bath to avoid having only cold water and even then you may suddenly get sprayed with cold water. The apartment doesn't include a washing machine, nor is there a machine available for guests to use, but we were told that we could ask the cleaner who serviced our room to do our washing, or use a nearby washing service. If you do your own washing, bring your own washing line to use on your balcony. The towels and sheets were clean but worn. There is a pool which is badly in need of painting, and a small bar. Our room had cable with around 10 to 15 channels. Air conditioner in the bedroom only.

The area that the Inn is in is excellent and I would definitely recommend Rodney Bay as a good holiday location. It's about 10 minutes walk from the beach, in a group of of other similar motels and restaurants. (Look here for a map and a list - http://www.geocities.com/thetropics/cabana/7071/Surrounds.htm) The beach itself is lovely - white sand and warm deep-blue water. There is a nearby mall where there is a supermarket. The restaurants along the road to the beach are very good. You should definitely try the two that make local cuisine at local prices - The Triangle. We thought they made great food. Also within a few hundred yards is Elenas - they make excellent ice-cream.

You should not use the hotel phone system to connect to the internet or to make any calls you think may not be local. Instead walk down to the internet cafe about 200m away. We used the published Cable and Wireless dial-in number, and were presented with the largest phone bill I have ever seen in travelling 18 countries; the St Lucian phone system and specifically the set up of the hotels PBX apparently makes it possible to dial premium rate numbers which look as if they were local numbers. The manager of the hotel did not deal with our problem in a reasonable or helpful way, and it took half a day of my time to talk to Cable and Wireless, in order to find out that the fault lay with the Inn, even then the manager was not prepared to admit fault. We felt as if we were ripped off.

Overall: Over-priced for the facilities, and beware of the phone system. Rather choose one of the other small hotels in the area.

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Address: Rodney Bay, Castries, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
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Ranked #8 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Candyo Inn St. Lucia/Castries

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