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“Unforgettable vacation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Henry's La Panache Guesthouse and Apartments

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Cas en Bas Road, Gros Islet, St. Lucia   |  
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Ranked #7 of 16 Gros Islet B&B and Inns
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“Unforgettable vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

Never written one of these before, and I guess the tough part about being helpful is recognizing that everyone has a different idea of what an ideal vacation looks like. I’ll try to explain why Henry’s La Panache exceeded that vision for me and my boyfriend.

The guesthouses are tucked away on a lush hillside that is beautifully maintained by Henry and Roger. We even had to duck underneath one part of the tropical greenery on our way up the rustic stairs that led to our room. We chose to stay in “Amanda” because of the outdoor kitchen and a balcony that overlooked Rodney Bay. When I first saw the view from our place, I immediately squeezed my boyfriend’s hand in a holy-crap-this-is-amazing type of way.

My boyfriend and I are the outdoorsy type who like to get up early, cook our own food, and then jump in the car and follow directions to a small, private beach. We didn’t spend much time in our guesthouse, but it far exceeded our expectations while we were there. Someone complained about no ventilation and being uncomfortable at night, but we had an AC unit and a fan that quickly cooled the rooms. I’m sure that’s just one of the many ways the owners have improved their units over the years.

I’m also a little shocked that someone said they wouldn’t go into the bathroom without sandals. My boyfriend and I kicked our sandy shoes off outside and walked around barefoot the entire time. The guesthouse was perfectly clean and someone even washed the dirty dishes we left behind one morning—I was a little embarrassed, ha. You just have to manage your expectations; this is a cozy, hillside cottage, not an uppity 5-star resort.

Our guesthouse was perfectly charming and picturesque. The bed was comfortable and we loved having shelves and a fridge for groceries. Some of my best memories will always be cooking breakfast on our balcony that overlooked the ocean. And the owners were so welcoming and friendly! When our toaster wouldn’t work, they immediately replaced it, and they even brought us some exotic fruit from one of their trees one morning.

We “splurged” on a typical island resort called Coco Palm for the last few days of our trip. HANDS DOWN preferred La Panache. Sure there was a gorgeous pool, but who wants to swim in a pool when you’re on an island? The staff wasn’t friendly, the food was lousy, and I didn’t like being so close to so many tourists. Made it feel like less of a getaway.

Overall, our trip to St. Lucia was our favorite to date, and Henry’s La Panache played a big role in our enjoyment. Not to mention the ridiculously low prices allowed us to stay twice as long as we would have otherwise! If you go, make sure to find the hammock at Smuggler's Cove.

Roger and Henry- CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!

With Love,
Jessica and Ronnie

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  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Roger G, Owner at Henry's La Panache Guesthouse and Apartments, responded to this review, November 25, 2011
Your kind and thoughtful review is much appreciated!
Hope you can make it back one day for a longer stay!
Henry
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Worthing, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Having returned to holiday destinations before now, theres always a doubt as to whether you can reproduce the holiday of a lifetime by staying in the same place. Having returned from La Panache last week I can happily confirm paradise just gets better. Being welcomed back by Henry was like visiting family. The guest house develops on each return but retains its beauty and charisma I first enjoyed and fell in love with. Henry's La Panache is an absolute addition to any travellers memories and I would defy anyone not to want to return to the property or Henry himself. In making a non hotel choice of accomodation there really is no competition to a holiday based at La Panache being close to everything you will require from your holiday - beach, shops, restaurants, bars and of course goes without saying Mr La Panache himself - HENRY!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Roger G, Owner at Henry's La Panache Guesthouse and Apartments, responded to this review, November 25, 2011
It was wonderful to have you back again!
Glad you still like the place!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

I stayed in the studio apartment called Sonya, and it was just wonderful. The room is cosy and it has a kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom with a shower and, best of all, a nice balcony with a beautiful view where you can watch amazing Caribbean sunsets. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and there's free internet available. If you have your own laptop with you, you can use a wireless connection in your room or in your balcony, and if you don't, you can use the computer at the reception. The place is amazing value for money, since it's cheaper than most places in St Lucia and still so nice.

The only not-so-good thing is the location, but on the other hand the off-the-beaten-track location means you're absorbed by nature and instead of traffic or bar noises you fall asleep to the sounds of crickets and birds. A rooster may wake you up in the morning, though.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2007

La Panache is in a great situation if you don't mind walking a bit and like living amongst the locals, rather than the tourists. We have done a lot of backpacking but never before in the Carribean. It worked out fine, the buses were very cheap and easy to use, although we were advised to use taxis at night. La Panache has fantastic views over Rodney Bay. It was great to sit on the balcony with a glass of rum and watch the sun set. Pidgeon island, Gros Islet and the marina are all walkable and it's about a 20p bus fare to Reduit beach. The apartment was well equiped with satelite TV, fridge etc. Sheren the housekeeper did our washing for us - what service! We enjoyed all sorts of meals from very cheap rotis, chicken and rice from the street vendors in Gros Islet to more set piece americanised dinners in Rodney bay. As with most places in the world you could eat as cheaply or expensively as you wished. Henry and Roger made us very welcome and create a nice relaxed atmosphere. We paid 50 US dollars a night for this, unbelievable value when you see how expensive most accommodation is in St Lucia. We'd love to go back and stay for longer.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — uncomfortable bed
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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North Wales
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2006

This small guesthouse is a real gem. Close enough to walk to Rodney Bay Marina and yet very secluded and private - just a few ghekkos and humming birds to interrupt the stunning view of the bay and mountains from your verandah. A real taste and feel of the Caribbean. Roger and Henry and the rest of their team are wonderful hosts who made us feel very welcome. There is high speed internet access which made all the difference to us as we could keep in touch with our business without having to queue at an internet cafe. We will definitely be returning to LaPanache - absolutely wonderful!

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Worthing, West Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2006

Having stayed all over the Caribbean on numerous occassions I wanted to experience the 'real' St Lucia. I definately found that at Henry's La Panache. The guesthouse is set amounst glorious views and vegetation in a friendly, local atmosphere. The room was spacious and comfortable with all necessities catered for. We were really made to feel at home and be a part of the Island hospitality by Henry and all the Staff.

Definately called La Panache for a reason!!

  • Liked — Atmosphere of property and staff
  • Disliked — can't think of anything I didn't like
  • Tips/Secrets — whatever you want to know ask Henry or Roger, they'll know!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Francisco, CA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2006

My fiancee and I recently spent a week at Henry's La Panache guesthouse in Gros Islet. We paid a very reasonable $40/day (low season, weekly rate) for a nice furnished two-bedroom apartment, with fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and a lovely balcony with a great view over Gros Islet. No aircon (just fans), hot showers or a swimming pool, but for $40 a night, it was 1/3 the price of standard hotel accomodation, and given the atmosphere and the size of the place, much better value.

Roger and Henry are excellent and very friendly hosts, long-time residents of St. Lucia and very knowledgeable about the goings-on on the island. I highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for something a bit more local, quiet and off the standard tourist track.

Stayed August 2006
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Address: Cas en Bas Road, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Gros Islet Quarter > Gros Islet
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Gros Islet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are 20 minutes drive from Castries and 90 minutes from Hewanorra airport. We have three self-contained self-catering units for holiday rentals. We are part of the Cas en Bas Road community which is a mix of locals, tourists and residents with holiday homes. We are a 5 minute (400 meter walk) down to the Castries highway and frequent buses to Rodney Bay and Castries. There’s a small supermarket and a bank at the junction and 2 larger supermarkets on the way to Rodney Bay. There are all styles of eating, drinking and party establishments in Gros Islet and Rodney Bay. Gros Islet Beach is a 20 minutes walk, Reduit Beach a short bus ride and the Atlantic beaches a 30 minutes walk. Beausejour Cricket Ground is 2 km away, Rodney Bay Marina a 15 minutes walk. We have two studio apartments and one two-bedroom apartment. Each is quite separate and has its own entrance and balcony with great views. In addition we have a reception lounge. We no longer have a bar or restaurant but there are many within a short distance. However we can put breakfast ‘kits’ into rooms for US$5/person for arriving guests. The kitchen area has a three burner gas stove, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, kettle, coffee-maker and toaster and the usual pots, pans, utensils and cutlery. Each unit has a shower with hot water, wash basin and toilet. Fixtures and fittings are simple but rooms are comfortable and clean. They are cooled by powerful fans (but of course guests arriving from a cold winter will take a day or two to adjust). The two studios also have air-conditioning. Electricity is 220 volts; we have adapters but cannot for safety reasons provide 110v transformers (except for small electronic items). Rooms are changed and cleaned twice weekly; guests wishing a daily service will pay a 10% service charge. We can wash clothes for you, US$4/load.There is 24 hour, free wireless internet access in the reception area. A computer is also available in the reception area. The apartments have wired and wireless internet access. We have a small car park for guests who rent a vehicle. To suit the driving conditions in Saint Lucia, we recommend that guests rent small cars or short wheel base jeeps. ... more   less 
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