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“St Lucia's little gem”

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Boiled Frog Guesthouse
Ranked #3 of 16 Castries B&B and Inns
San Diego, California
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“St Lucia's little gem”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

We recently visited St. Lucia for my daughter's wedding. The wedding was at a Sandals resort. To get the best deal on airfare from San Diego, we had to fly out a day earlier. Rather than to try to book an extra day at Sandals we chose to take in some local color. We couldn't have made a better choice than to stay at the Boiled Frog.
This is the first time that my family and I had stayed anywhere other than a Marriott or a resort. We had the best time, Steve and Danielle welcomed us like we were old friends or family. The rooms were perfect and the house is located practically right on the beach. After we settled in Danielle was the perfect host, we spent hours talking about how they managed to settle in St Lucia and how much we had in common.
The location of the Boiled Frog was convenient to stores, restaurants and even to the Sandals Resort where we were to spend the remainder.of our vacation. Danielle informed us where to get the best deals on spas and entertainment while in St. Lucia.
Our overall experience staying at the Boiled Frog was more than we expected. It was like staying with friends, My only regret was that we only stayed one night. If we hadn't booked a wedding at Sandals we would have stayed longer.
If you are looking for perfect place to stay with that feeling of being with family or friends then I highly recommend staying at the Boiled Frog with our new friends Steve and Danielle.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review even though your stay was so brief! It was great to meet you and your family and we're glad we could be a small part of your stay on this beautiful island.
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Gatineau, Canada
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We were at The Boiled Frog for 6 nights from Aug 5-11, 2012. We had Danielle greating us at the airport, and introduced us to her great family. We felt at home right from the beginning. Danielle prepared us a great welcoming dinner!!! We had great discussions with this very nice family. As we were the only clients during this week, Danielle and Steve gave us the cottage, which is very private. This guesthouse is so well located, close to the action and activities of St. Lucia. The bus transit system is very effective, so we could travel this part of the island for pennies. We were close to stores. Danielle and Steve provide very good advice on activities we should consider. We have done the catamaran from Castries to Soufrière, which is a must! We have also visite the Museum Our Planet - very nice! We have eaten at The Wharf, very close to the guesthouse (we walked), and some other nice restaurants at Rodney's Bay. One of our favourite activity was to swim and snorkle at the Pigeon Point National Park. Beautiful scenery. The week went by way too fast!!! Again, thanks to Danielle and Steve, this was a very nice journey on a very amazing island! Danielle and Steve are definitively in the right business!!! Thanks again!!! Mario and Danielle from Gatineau, Québec, Canada.

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Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank you so much for this great review and taking the time to share your experience of the Boiled Frog with other travellers. We really appreciate it and we're very glad you enjoyed your stay. It is always a fantastic experience to meet people such as yourselves and to have you share your lives with us!
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

I never write reviews. I love to read them. But I don't feel compelled. Not until the Boiled Frog of St. Lucia. My first solo Christmas trip with Danielle & Steve. What an extraordinary experience, home, location, and family to commune with. I felt right at home with their family and enjoyed every minute of my stay. I was so cared for in such a unique home stay. The house and property is blissful- right on the beach, where I went running daily. The sunsets were divine, Danielle and Steve's cooking out of this world, and the ambience was just what one expects from the Caribbean- healing, relaxing, slow, and heavenly.

What can you expect?
Hi speed internet so you could "work" or connect
Wonderfully welcoming hammocks for being a lazy bum
Excellent location (right next to grocery so you can cook in their kitchen to save $)
Helpful and genuinely kind hosts/owners Danielle and Steve
Very spacious and comfortable en-suite rooms with fridge and welcome drinks & wine
2 large communal areas both with a spectacular view
Terrific airport pick up

In summary, the Boiled Frog is highly recommended. We're all on a budget these days and this place affords you bang for your buck, comfort, safety, and a lovely place to make memories or to seek solace. I know I made lifelong friends there and will be back as I had promised.

Go to St. Lucia and visit the Boiled Frog. It's a special place with a personal charm. If you're not a resort person like myself then this place is your bullseye. You will be very pleased and relaxed the minute you step foot.

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally gorgeous and spacious.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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BoiledFrog1, Manager at Boiled Frog Guesthouse, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review for us and thank you for choosing to stay with us! We loved having you be part of our world and allowing us to be a part of yours. We're glad it was as great an experience for you as it was for us!
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Steve and Danielle are the GREATEST hosts a vacationer can ask for. We had booked 7 nights for the queen room but once we got there, we'd been UPGRADED to the cottage for the same fee!! And what an upgrade it was!!! The cottage is so freaking cozy and welcoming. You feel like you've lived in this abode by the sea your entire life. My best friend and I did not want to leave!! Danielle was always bringing us little treats that she baked and we devoured!! The kids are great and extremely helpful. And let's not forget my main man, Zeus (the family dog). A big guy with an even bigger heart, and the protector of the compound. Prepare to be licked...and LOVE every minute of it. I can't say enough about our experience at the Boiled Frog! What a pleasure it was to walk to beach whenever it suited. Thank you guys for an AMAZING stay. You'll definitely see us again!!!!

  • Stayed May 2012
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BoiledFrog1, Manager at Boiled Frog Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
Thank you so much for such a great review! It is refreshing to get such a positive response when it actually rained almost every day you were here! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return.
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Bexhill, East Sussex
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

For those of you like me who would rather read a couple of condensed lines than reams of text, I have decided to summarise first and put in more detail later. So, here goes…

Summary:
Go to The Boiled Frog website (search for “the boiled frog guesthouse” in your favourite search engine) to get a feel for the family, food and the place itself, read some of the other reviews here. If what you see interests you (as it did us) continue reading this and prepare for a great holiday (or vacation). The hosts (Steve, Danielle and family) added so much to our St Lucia experience and we were really glad we chose to stay with them. Here are my main bullet points:

• The Boiled Frog offers the hospitality of a family that will welcome you to both St Lucia and to their home.
• If you would rather enjoy some interesting and humorous conversation from the knowledgeable hosts than just sit by a pool in an “all inclusive”, this is certainly the place for you.
• Bed and breakfast is the order of the day, but Danielle normally cooks 5 of 7 evenings and if you want in (the menu is on the fridge on the veranda) just let her know by noon that day – simple.
• Eating with the family is a great way to get to know more about the island. In our two weeks we also found that listening to the tales of how they came to be running The Boiled Frog was both interesting and fascinating too.
• You choose your level of involvement with the hosts. They are very adept at judging how much interaction you would like, so if you want quiet time it’s yours.
• The location is right by the beach in Choc Bay (pronounced “Shock”) so the sea is just outside the property – who needs a pool! When you are done head back to your room and shower.
• The guesthouse is just outside Castries, the capital of the island, which has an excellent market. It is also just a short bus trip away from Rodney Bay (beach, restaurants and boutique shops), so the location is a great base to get access to other places to visit.
• The location is also quite close to some of the all in one resorts, so if you are going out to St Lucia for a wedding, it is also a great place to stay if you don’t want to be in the all-inclusive as you can easily get to the wedding for a small bus fare or by taxi.
• There is a supermarket in a mall over the road so you have easy access to a cash machine and a great place to stock up your fridge with Piton beer or buy wine for the evening meal.

So... There are the greatest hits as I see them. Still interested? Please read on.

Room:
We stayed in the middle ranked room called The Stew. The Stew is a big room with a bathroom off it that has a powerful shower over a bath. The bed is large and comfortable and there is plenty of storage space in the room. Most importantly, there is air-conditioning for which there no extra charge. Another neat touch is having a decent sized fridge in the room which came in handy for keeping water, orange juice and the local beer (Piton) cool ready to drink. If you ask for it, the fridge can be stocked for you before you arrive. We found that great as we got our stuff into the room then headed out onto the patio and enjoyed a couple of beers whilst we introduced ourselves to Steve and Danielle. In the room there are 2 UK style sockets and also a socket strip with US style connections. There is a small TV which initially seemed odd, but to be honest, we never used it anyway – there are more fun things to do when you are on holiday than watch TV. The Stew was $70 (US) or £45 (UK) per night for the room and breakfast which we felt was excellent value.

Common areas:
The double doors to the room lead out onto the veranda, which is a massive space with plenty of seating and four medium sized tables. One of the other rooms (The Reef - which is next door to The Stew) also opens on to the veranda. There is also a main dining table where you would sit if you chose to eat with the family which we did on 7 of 14 nights. There is plenty of information and also some books about St Lucia and its wildlife as well as a rum station (great idea) and a sort of freebie station where there are some useful things like bug sprays etc. which is handy to get you started if you have forgotten to pack such things. There is also a large fridge which has all of the stuff in it for breakfast such as spreads and jams etc. From the veranda a gate leads to a patio type area that has a couple of chairs and some loungers on it. From there is the entrance to The Cottage which is the largest accommodation on offer. As well as the bedroom there is a small lounge area, a small kitchen area with a cooker and a bathroom off the bedroom. The patio leads to a sheltered lounging area and also to the garden. Once in the garden the sea gate is right there for access to the beach. The veranda, patio or garden all make for a great place to see and photograph absolutely stunning sunsets. Incidentally, in St Lucia all beaches are public, so if you want to, you can go to one of the Sandals beaches to see what’s on offer there – not that we did, but it is an option.

Food:
Breakfast is continental style. The veranda fridge has milk, juice, cheese and ham as well as jams sauces and fruit etc. there is a variety of teas, fresh filter coffee, bagels and bread. As regards the evening meals, the food was excellent and was always freshly prepared on the day including homemade speciality bread. Some of Danielle’s recipes are available to view on the website. Steve and Danielle’s boys are very polite and helpful. Setting the table and clearing up afterwards, The Boiled Frog is a family effort and we found it great to see that the whole family is involved in the smooth running of the guesthouse. For the nights that Danielle is not cooking, there is an excellent restaurant 10 minutes walk away called The Wharf. If you go there (and we would recommend you do) ask for the cheesecake for desert. It is the best I have had and is made by the owner to a secret recipe that not even his daughter knows! You have to ask for it as soon as you sit down though. The Wharf also has a veranda that you can watch the sunset from while you eat. There are further restaurants in Rodney Bay which is about 20 minutes away by bus and only costs $2 EC each (approximately $0.75 US or £0.45 UK).

We had a great holiday and for us the experience was made more special by all at The Boiled Frog. If you are desperate for all-inclusive, maybe The Boiled frog is not for you, but we cannot recommend it highly enough. Enjoy your holiday, enjoy St Lucia, and enjoy “The Boiled Frog” experience.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Manager at Boiled Frog Guesthouse, responded to this review, June 28, 2012
Wow! Thank you for that great and very detailed review! Makes me want to update our website. Thanks again you guys. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us. Making new friends is one of the best parts about this line of work. Take care.
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bexhill, sussex
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

My partner found this guest house on the internet, and right from the first emails, the information, assistance and friendliness was apparent. We were asked if we wanted our fridge stocking with 'groceries' prior to our arrival, and Danielle obliged with a crate of beer!
There are 2 rooms plus an attached 1-bed cottage. We were staying in the larger of the two rooms, an extremely spacious, clean airy room with air-con and a fridge. The en-suite has a wonderful power shower over the bath.
Breakfast is a very casual affair, bread, bagels or croissants are available for toasting and coffee is ready and waiting whatever time you wake up. We had already decided on a laid back holiday, choosing to stay chilling out at the guest house for the majority of our stay, but this didn't seem to be an issue for Steve and Danielle, They have a 'tame' taxi-driver (who is available for airport transfers) and who is also available for hire for sightseeing. We took advantage of this, and for EC400 ($140 US or £95 UK), we had Elias for the day, being ferried round to various places. The advantage of this is twofold: you get to see far more than you would on a resort tour bus and you can do the sights at your own speed.
We ate at the Frog for 7 out of the 14 nights we were there. Danielle is a really good cook, the food is tasty, healthy and nutritious, many meals being accompanied by her home-made herb breads (yum!). On her nights off, we went to the nearest restaurant (The Wharf) which is about a 15 minute walk from the Frog.
I would say, for anyone (like us) who finds the idea of all inclusive to be intrusive, loud and regimented, the Frog is the ideal place to stay. The local knowledge and help given freely by Steve and Danielle, plus their friendliness and welcoming nature makes this probably the best guest house experience anyone could wish for.
I have begun saving up for my return visit........

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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, Manager at Boiled Frog Guesthouse, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
Thank you guys for this great review and the pictures! We loved having you stay with us. The late night discussions were fantastic and we're so glad you found our little piece of paradise such a great place to just hang out and relax. Thanks again and we look forward to your return!
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

From the beginning stages of the trip planning process all the way up to our last morning there, Steve and Danielle were incredibly friendly and so helpful. The greeted us upon arrival with a cold beer and a delicious meal, and from that point on, we felt right at home. We rented the Cottage, which is the larger, free-standing room of the 3 that are offered at the Boiled Frog. With a grocery store just a short walk away, and our own kitchen, we felt like we had our own apartment in paradise (which was great, because there are not a lot of bars/restaurants in the immediate area, but busses and taxis are readily available all time, so you don't feel stuck). These guys seem to have great relationships with many local businesses, from dive shops to sight-seeing tours, and are happy to point you in the right direction based on what you're looking for. And if you don't feel like venturing out for dinner on any given night, they'll typically offer a delicious home cooked meal for a small additional fee! These guys make it easy. That, and they're just an all-around nice family, which always adds to the experience. We hope to make it back down there and highly recommend the Boiled Frog Guesthouse to anyone who wants to visit St. Lucia on a more intimate level than what is offered at the all-inclusive resorts. And when you're there, ask Steve to fix you up a tasty beverage consisting of rum and juice fresh out of the coconut!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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BoiledFrog1, Manager at Boiled Frog Guesthouse, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
I have to apologize for taking so long to respond to this fantastic review! We are very glad you chose to stay with us and even happier that you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to let the rest of the world know! We loved all the time we shared with you both, it was a fantastic stay for us so thank you for making it so enjoyable!
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Property: Boiled Frog Guesthouse
Address: Choc Bay, Castries, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #3 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boiled Frog Guesthouse is a 3 room guesthouse situated on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. All rooms are large, air conditioned with private bath. The cottage room is self contained with kitchenette while the other two rooms share a common kitchen. There is a small beach directly in front of the property and a large beach just minutes down shore. ... more   less 
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