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The Ginger Lily Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rodney Bay | P.O. Box cp 6013, Gros Islet, St. Lucia   |  
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Ranked #9 of 16 hotels in Gros Islet
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Still Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Back again with my wife for another totally relaxing stay.
We visited some other hotels on the island on this trip with a view to perhaps staying somewhere else, but can honestly say that for us the Ginger Lily is the best.
All the detailed info. you can read on the other posts.
And special thanks to Virgin for your happy and professional attitude - your help was greatly appreciated ( Phil & Shirley).
ps had to laugh about the review saying the frogs were too loud!

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sicklerville, New Jersey
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed at the hotel Jan. 27 - January 30th in 2013. We met the owners of the hotel and they were very friendly and accommodating. The staff was very responsive and helpful with recommendations for eating places. Our room had a large balcony with a hammock which overlooked the pool. The hotel is a hidden jewel. We rented a car and drove around the island and it was wonderful to come back in the early evening to The Hotel Ginger Lily. The location is within walking distance to several fine restaurant and you can return to enjoy a drink around the pool. The sounds of the "peepers" at night never interfered with our sleeping as it reminded us of the sounds heard back home in the spring. The entire island is alive with the sounds of the "peepers" at night. We would highly recommend this hotel and hope to go back at the end of the year. Lynn & Mark New Jersey

Room Tip: We were on the second floor and it was a large room with refrigerator, large bathroom and ceiling fa...
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  • Stayed January 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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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

On our arrival, one of the staff gave us the keys. As soon as we went inside of the room, there was a musty smell. It seemed run down.... The T.V didnt work, one of the fan didnt work. That night we went to Spinnakers which was a very nice restaurant. When it was around 11pm we decided to go to sleep. The only problem was, all night long there was this chirping noise.... We thought it was birds! It was actually frogs! We couldnt fall asleep and we didnt get any sleep that night....

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

On our arrival my girlfriend cut her finger, the hotel didn't have any bandages or first aid kit available at the front desk and the receptionist wouldn't call the duty manager to unlock the office because it was "after hours" @ 17:30. It was also a public holiday that day so we had no alternatives available to us.

The second letdown came at breakfast the next day. I had specifically booked this hotel because the price included a continental breakfast in the price. When we sat down for breakfast and the lady serving breakfast presented us with three options.
Option 1 - Tea/Coffee & Toast (Included in the price I paid but the lady serving proceeded to argue with me that this was complimentary for about 10 mins. When I pay a bit more for a room with breakfast included I really don't think the hotel should have the cheek to try and say they are giving it away for free as complimentary.)
Option 2 - An additional EC$22 per head for the breakfast I thought I was getting when I booked.
Option 3 - An additional EC$33 for a full meal.

Room score 7/10
Location score 8/10
Value score 7/10
Staff Score 2/10 (the housekeeping and cleaning team were very friendly - just front desk / admin not up to scratch)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We had a great experience at Ginger Lily. Pros: cleaning was impecable. Housekeeping staff is very friendly. Hammocks in every room. Cable TV with American local news stations and international stations. Large rooms and large bathrooms with walk-in showers. The rooms also have a small kitchen area with a kettle, sink, refrigerator/freezer, and coffee pot. A/c works fine, just put it on high power at night so you can sleep. Bed was comfortable, though if you are 3+ people, consider a second room. You will be more comfortable than on the fold out bed.
Cons: none really. But a couple tips: We couldn't use the phone in the room, and one of the younger girls at the front desk would not let us use the front desk phone (not sure if it wasn't working, or if it was for some other reason), so we had to go to harmony suites, which is a 5 min walk, to make a local call. The other staff were very friendly and always smiling, and allowed us to make several calls. The pool is small, but you will likely have it all to yourself. Mosquitos are always a problem in the Caribbean, so bring some repellent for night time. Breakfast is included and was what we expected: toast, yogurt, and coffee and juices. If you want a big breakfast, Rituals Diner has pancakes and eggs and the like at reasonable prices, and is walking distance. Same for coffee: if you want espresso or latte, Rituals is just 5 mins away walking.

The hotel is just across from Reduit beach, which is one of the most popular on the island. There are ample restaurants to choose from that are all walking distance, including the restaurant at Blu hotel, which is always open. There are some big hotels on the same street, but I wouldn't call them resorts. Definitely not like the Sandals mega-operation, where you aren't even allowed on the property if you're not staying there. The neighborhood is probably one of the more advanced on the island, with clean streets and sidewalks.

We felt secure, being across from the police station, and also having the evening guard. No watersports on site, but go to reduit beach across the street and you can do jetskis, parasail, kayak, catamaran, boat diving, and whatever else you want. There are plenty of watersports stands that will gladly accomodate you even if you are not staying at their resort.

Summary: quiet, calm, small, clean bed and breakfast hotel in a great location with friendly staff.

Room Tip: We stayed on the bottom level, but it looked like rooms on the top level were a little bigger and ha...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We're not fans of all-inclusive hotels as we like to get away from the hubbub and get out and explore a place, so the Ginger Lily suited us perfectly. We stayed room only and were glad we did as there is so much choice right on the doorstep for breakfast and all your other meals. Walk across the road and you're on the beach, walk up the road and you're at the supermarket or Casino, stay on property and it's peaceful for reading. The room was a good size, we had a sea view first floor room, and very clean and comfortable. Not much of a sea view, but it's okay as it's a 30 second walk to the beach to watch the sunset. The staff were very pleasant and helpful and we felt perfectly safe here. But most of all, the location is just perfect. You have everything you could ask for within walking distance, so hire a car and explore or stay closer to home and relax, the Ginger Lily works for both choices.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Picked the Ginger Lily as we wanted a little boutique hotel instead of a large all inclusive. It is very small, but that definitely adds to the charm. Its about a 1 minute walk away from the beach, with loungers to hire and a great beach bar (spinnackers) for drinks and lunch. Our room wouldn't cool down even with the aircon on, so we got used to be being pretty warm in the room and using the pool or sea to cool off. The rooms were really large and spacious, much bigger than I was expecting and we could even see the sea, over the hotel rooftop from our balcony. Beware when it rains if you are on the top floor, the sound of the rain bouncing off the roof in the middle of the night gave me a fright the first time, but after that I pretty much slept through it. The hotel is a short walk away from a supermarket and the room has a fridge so you are easily stocked up with essentials, including my favourite Piton sorrell shandy!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Ginger Lily Hotel
Ginger Lily Gros Islet
The Ginger Lily Hotel St. Lucia/Gros Islet
Address: Rodney Bay | P.O. Box cp 6013, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Gros Islet Quarter > Gros Islet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Gros Islet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Ginger Lily Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel cushions the seafront of one of the island's most exotic beaches, Reduit Beach located within Rodney Bay Village. The hotel comprises of eleven luxury rooms. Four superior deluxe, four sea view rooms and three executive suites. Each are superbly furnished with fridge, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, ceiling fan and wall-to-wall shower, queen and sofa bed, clock radio and an in room safe. The executive rooms are fully furnished with separate dining and kitchen facilities. ... more   less 
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