If you prefer feeling like you're in a manicured suburb of Brisbane, Australian, go to Rodney Bay and fight for a place for your towel on the beach. If you want the wild beauty of St Lucia, Soufriere is the best location.
We simply couldn't afford the prices of the resorts, but staying in the town meant we could buy our own food and cook it in Downtown Hotel. We could visit the resort beaches, bars and restaurants. Downtown is close to the best restaurant we found, the Hummingbird (enter from the road not the beach or you'll end up in the wrong restaurant) with spectacular views. The beaches at Chastanet and Mamin are close and you can walk, but bring a torch for the return in the dark. You see hummingbirds going there, and fireflies on the walk back.
Our room view was the square with the church, and the hills around the town. If you want the pitons, just walk to the many beach bars which are less than 5 minutes away.
We stayed in Downtown for 3 weeks, and took a couple of days in Rodney Bay out of curiosity but we preferred Soufriere. Castries in nice for a day trip or to shop. Downtown isn't the Park Royal (would you expect it at the price?), but it's clean and comfortable and has nice views - and you're on holiday, right, not spending your life in your bedroom! Yes, the square can be a bit rowdy over the holidays, but people there enjoy to party. Go out and join them. It is quiet by midnight except on holidays.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is nestled within an eclectic synergy of cultural heritage and pristine environmental collages know as Soufriere, branded as the gem of St. Lucia. The Downtown Hotel was not only designed to blend in with its natural and structural environment but also with the concept of ‘a home away home’ in mind. This concept is evident in our medley of 18 welcoming rooms, coupled with our cadre of personable employees and local people; world renowned for our hospitality. As we grew in the knowledge of you, our valued clientele, our design scheme was tailored to match your needs; have a look at your future accommodations: ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Downtown Hotel Soufrière
- The Downtown Hotel St. Lucia/Soufriere