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“A blessed place!” 5 of 5 stars
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Apartment Espoir
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Labrelotte Crescent | East Winds/ Marisule, Castries, St. Lucia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 13 Castries B&B and Inns
Edmonds, Washington
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A blessed place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Truly a spectacular place to visit; these people (Keith and Sabine) make you feel welcome 24/7. We appreciated their great knowledge and helpfulness in making our trip special. The gardens and view at Apartment Espoir are incredible, and I can't imagine a more perfect place to stay. Enjoyed every moment!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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c130Engineer, Owner at Apartment Espoir, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your time spent with us and that your vacation was just what you wanted. We enjoyed very much having you as our guests. You were super guests. We look forward to welcoming you back to St Lucia & Espoir.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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English first
Weymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is the first time in many years of travelling that we have felt we must write a short review - mostly to say 'thank you' to Keith and Sabine for working hard to provide such a perfect place . What a lucky find on the internet!

We had 3 delightful weeks at Apartment Espoir and were very sad to leave.

The combination of Keith's joie de vivre, Sabine's charm, the dogs' fantastic welcome each day, the stunning sunsets and the nesting hummingbird made for an unforgettable stay - not forgetting Angela who looked after our apartment so well!.

St Lucia is a wonderful island and Apartment Espoir a tranquil little heaven.

Jocelyn and john

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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c130Engineer, Owner at Apartment Espoir, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Many, many thanks for all these wonderful words! Wow! I can’t begin to thank you for your kind comments. It was a great pleasure having you both @ Espoir. I am so happy we could have assisted you & helped to make your vacation a super time. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write a comment, what lovely words, and thank you. I will pass on the praises to Angela.It was a great pleasure meeting you & we look forward to your return. You were great guests & that helped to make your vacation great. It’s always a pleasure having such wonderful people to share my Island with.
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Burlington, Connecticut
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

When we stay at places with lots of recent reviews on Tripadvisor, and when we agree with those reviews, we usually do not bother to write our own review, as there seems little to add. But this place, and Keith and Sabine who run it, are so special that it is hard to resist adding our own thoughts.

This was our first visit to Saint Lucia, so perhaps a few notes for other first-time visitors might be helpful.

Before coming here, we stayed for a couple of nights at the Auberge Seraphine in Castries City, which we chose mainly because it is “in the city” and pretty much sits at the end of the Castries Airport runway. (We were on our way to Martinique and back.) Auberge Seraphine is a perfectly nice hotel. But I think that, if we visit Saint Lucia again, we will come straight to Apartment Espoir.

When we made our reservation, we were a little concerned about Apartment Espoir’s “off the main road and not in town” location. So let me explain …

If you stay at the Auberge Seraphine (or if you can find another hotel in Castries City) you will still have a short taxi-ride to or from Castries airport. To get to Apartment Espoir takes just an extra five or ten minutes, and a very few extra dollars.

Once you are here, you have several choices, especially for eating. In Castries City, we found very few places to eat.

A five or ten minute walk from the apartment brings you to the main road where, for a couple of EC dollars you can catch the local bus into Rodney Bay, which has a dozen or more restaurants to choose from.

You have well equipped cooking facilities here and two very decent supermarkets in Rodney Bay.

If you do not feel like carrying groceries, a taxi from Rodney Bay will cost you EC$30 which is less than US$15.

Catch the bus the other way and you will soon be in downtown Castries.

And if the thought of all those buses and taxis tires you, you can walk down from your apartment to the beach and head along the beach to the Windjammer Landing Resort, where they really will welcome you and sell you a very decent meal at a reasonable price in any one of their many restaurants. And you can smile a lot because the Apartment Espoir is much, much cheaper than staying at The Windjammer Resort. So buy yourself a bottle of champagne at the supermarket in Rodney Bay, sit on your private balcony or by the pool, and enjoy the view.

If you are flying in to the big airport at the South of Saint Lucia, Keith will be happy to arrange a taxi to pick you up and drive you directly to Apartment Espoir. You will get to see a large part of the island. This trip takes about 90 minutes or a bit more when there is heavy traffic.

Apartment Espoir really is very close to paradise.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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c130Engineer, Owner at Apartment Espoir, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Wow! What a wonderful review. Thank you so much for all those lovely, wonderful comments. I must say I had to read this review a few times. I felt such a Joy to know you both thoroughly enjoyed your selves. You were able to fulfill your dreams @ Espoir & on our beautiful Island of St Lucia. It was a great Pleasure meeting you both. We look forward to seeing you again. I enjoyed sharing my knowledge of my Island with you. I am sure this review will be most helpful to other travellers. We @ Espoir try our best to help our guests have a wonderful vacation whilst they are here. A review like this certainly shows that we have succeeded. We are proud to of had you stay @ Espoir. Thank you!
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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Our family of seven stayed at Apartment Espoir from Christmas to New Years and found it a lovely and relaxing spot. We had a two bedroom apartment and the Palm Cottage. The pool was just steps from the bedroom door of the cottage. Because St. Lucia is so mountainous, you are going up and down a lot, but this location offered peace and quiet at night, with easy access to anyplace we wanted to go in the day. It was secluded, yet convenient. The views from the balconies and porches were of lush foliage and sparkling blue water. We could watch ships come in and out of port, and rainbows dip into the ocean. The stress and busyness melted away as the warmth seeped into our Minnesota bones. Keith and Sabine were excellent hosts and took care of us as we arrived in the flood/trough that wrecked havoc among the islands. It was nice staying with locals who love their home and island. We didn't want to be in a resort, but immersed as best we could in the local culture. Staying at Apartment Espoir provided access to all we wanted to see and experience in beautiful St. Lucia.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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c130Engineer, Owner at Apartment Espoir, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Thank you so very much for taking the time to post your review and I am delighted that you enjoyed your time spent with us at Apartment Espoir. We were more than happy to have you & your family stay @ Espoir. You were great guests & that helped to make your vacation great. It’s always a pleasure having such wonderful people to share my Island with. Once again, thank you for posting these wonderful comments; I am sure it will help assist other travelers when planning their own holiday.
We hope to welcome you back to Apartment Espoir at some point in the future.
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Mainz, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

For the third time I was able to spend a week in the very nice property of Apartment Espoir.
The Apartments are all spacious, very well equipped and clean. Unsurpassable is the view of the great balcony to the ocean and the green valley below.
The walk to the shore is short (less than 5 minutes) - you come along a beautiful garden in which a nice Swimming pool is integrated. It is not very huge but you have it quite often for your own. It is very relaxing to lay on the clean shore or to go for a swimming in the caribean sea.
The owners Sabine and Keith are helpful and they have good recommendations about trips around the Island or for restaurants. If you are lucky they also take their time to invite you to an event, for example BBQ on the east coast. Also, if you are interested in they like to talk about their Island and love to introduce to you local characteristics, for example special fruits.
It is a celestial place.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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c130Engineer, General Manager at Apartment Espoir, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Dear A. & U.
Thank you sooo much for this lovely review. Staying here for the 3rd time is and was an honor for us. It means that you truly love and enjoy St. Lucia and Espoir. This shows in your review. It was more than a pleasure to take you with us for the Moon rise and beach BBQ at the Atlantic side.
Yes, the views from the apartments are fantastic and the Labrelotte beach is close by.
Keith as a local tries his best to show visitors the beauty and the unique features of his island.
And me as a german being so fortunate to live on such a beautiful island wants to show what
St. Lucia has to offer. The St. Lucian people are still friendly, helpful and not spoilt yet. The beauty of the land is remarkable. We are happy that you were able to see this.
We truly wish that you can return again.
Until than we will hopefully stay in touch! Keep well
Sabine & Keith
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We stayed in one of the studio apartments for 2 months whilst on a medical elective and cannot believe how lucky we were to have chosen Apartment Espoir.
Keith and Sabine (and the dogs!) are incredibly helpful and welcoming. The apartment was perfect for our needs, the view, balcony and pool are lovely and it is right next to a beautiful beach (where you can rent sailing boats etc & get cocktails). Great location (buses all day, every day) and amazing BBQ food at the end of the road!
We could not recommend this place enough and will definitely return! We miss it very much!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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c130Engineer, Owner at Apartment Espoir, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear Claire & Tom,
It is always a pleasure to have Medical Students with us doing their electives here in St. Lucia
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and all the excursions you did during your "holiday".
and that it was not just work in the hospital for you.
We are looking forward to your return.
All the best to you both
Sabine & Keith
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Halifax, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Sabine and Keith were really helpful and friendly. They made us feel very welcome even though we were only staying en route to Martinique and then again on our way back. The view from the apartment is wonderful and the beach is really close and you can eat there or in the apartment. Thanks for your hospitality .Highly recommended

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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c130Engineer, Owner at Apartment Espoir, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear Jill and Carolyn,
Thank you for taking your time to write this beautiful review. We were so happy to have you with us at Espoir, even it was only for 2 nights. We both hope that you can come back in the nearer future for a longer time.
Take care of yourself and see you soon again.
Sabine & Keith
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Address: Labrelotte Crescent | East Winds/ Marisule, Castries, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartment Espoir 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apartment Espoir, a unique experience, The 11 fully self contained apartments (clean, light, friendly Caribbean colors, well equipped), fantastic view overlooking the Caribbean Sea, lush garden, beautiful palm fringed sandy beach, great service, warm friendly atmosphere, English & German speaking, great unforgettable tours, home away from home. Don't just Dream it! Do it! ... more   less 
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