Stayed here with a crowd celebrating a friend's 'special' birthday. She found the place and booked us all in. We were not disappointed!
From our first welcome with a cockttail and hot towels, we were charmed by the staff and the whole atmosphere of the hotel. The beachfront restaurant is the ideal spot to eat, and at every meal there was plenty of choice, including fresh salads and Caribbean dishes. I was particularly impressed at breakfast by the guy at the back of the hall cooking fresh eggs, any way you want them - a feature a lot of much more expensive places could copy, instead of serving rubbery eggs that have been kept warm. Freshly made sandwiches and toasted sandwiches were available at lunchtime, made in front of you with your choice of filling.
Drinks service was occasionally a little slow, but we got around that by ordering two at a time! There was usually only one barman on duty, but he kept an eye on things and knew exactly who was next in line. Maybe if fewer people ordered cocktails, which needed whizzing up in a blender and then the blender being washed, things would move a little more quickly.
Ok, the place looks a little tired, with the odd cracked tile and bit of scuffed paint, but we felt that it added to the charm, being a retro, colonial style hotel. One or two other guests had plumbing and room safe issues, but they seemed to be sorted fairly quickly. The room was always clean, with toiletries replenished daily.
It's right on the beach, or you can sit in the gardens or around the pool. Two or three days a week the cruise ship passengers arrive, and take over the beach a bit, but maybe that's a good day to take a trip out...
It has its own little market, where you can get souvenirs quite cheaply if you barter a bit, or it's only a ten-minute walk into town, where there is a mall with some good shops, and bars and restaurants, also a Waitrose if you're missing English treats... Or get a cab to Rodney Bay Marina - spectacular - or Pigeon Island.
We loved it so much that we are planning to return, next year....
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- Also Known As:
- St. Lucian By Rex Hotel Castries
- St Lucian Rex Resorts
- Rex St Lucian
- St. Lucian By Rex Resorts St. Lucia/Gros Islet