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“Especial Espoir!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Apartment Espoir
Ranked #1 of 16 Castries B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
london
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Especial Espoir!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2008

We came to Espoir for a few extra days before our main sailing holiday began. We loved it so much we nearly didnt want to leave!

The apartment is exactly what it says on the website - though not large, very clean and functional. What really makes this apartment is two things: firstly the view from the balcony. It is spectacular - overlooking the bay to your right and into the hills on your left. Watching the sunset was heavenly. And secondly our hosts Keith and Sabine who were great. Very welcoming, very helpful.

The setting for the apartments is lovely - the gardens are lush and beautiful, the pool though small, is perfect for cooling off, and the stroll to the swimming beach at Windjammer is but five minutes. We soon got to grips with the local bus system and as long as you dont mind the ten minute walk down to the main road you can easily get around the local area.

A perfect peaceful retreat for those who love the simple things.

  • Liked — The views and the hosts
  • Disliked — Walk to the road and very steep car access - but minor issues
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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English first
Wales, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2007

We were looking for somewhere quiet away from the general hub of tourism and we certainly found it here. Keith & Sabine could not have been more friendly and helpful. The apartment more than adequately served our needs and the view from the balcony was amazing. We enjoyed sitting there feeding the visiting bull finches. The pool is delightful and the gardens are really beautiful. Keith fixed us up with a rental car at a very good rate and we travelled all over this beautiful island. We arrived a day late thanks to a 27 hour delay by that shambles of an airline called Liat on what should have been a 30 minute flight from St Vincent but Keith & Sabine settled our ruffled feathers with a cool glass of beer and refused payment for the missing night. It can't get much better than that.

  • Liked — The location and the charming and helpful hosts
  • Disliked — Having to use Liat to get to St Lucia
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Just1n
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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63 reviews
55 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2007

We were in St. Lucia for a wedding when Hurricane Dean hit and Keith and Sabine were very helpful and hospitable during this time. We stayed in a one bedroom apartment on the top level that had a bathroom, living room/kitchenette, A/C, ceiling fan, mosquito net and great view of the bay. The apartment was clean and comfortable. Additionally, the Windjammer Resort is a 5 minute walk along the beach and we used many of their amenities. Rodney Bay was also a short taxi ride away. Apartment Espoir is a great value and the owners are very accomodating.

  • Liked — the owners and the room value
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wahoowa91
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London
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2007

We had to travel to St. Lucia at the last minute and found that nearly all of the hotels were fully booked. From my previous times in St. Lucia I met a studying doctor, who had stayed at the apartments espoir. Upon his recomendation we stayed there.

We had a self catering ensuite room with a balcony that overlooks the bay and the fabulous gardens that provide Mangoes, Coconuts, Limes and various other fruits for the owner Keith Compton. Also in the room was a TV, two ring cooker, and fridge. To keep you cool there was a fan and air-con.

In the gardens is a sundeck and swimming pool. I am not a person to write a lot but I kept a diary of the foods that I cooked whilst I was there. Some meals we had were stir fried chicken with noodles, Chicken stew with rice and lentils, Spaghetti Bolognaise, and of course the usual great british breakfast.

We found the owner Keith, very helpful, he went out of his way to make our stay perfect.
One day we had to source, prepare and cook on a barbeque for sixteen people, this was a task in itself! We were told at Julians stores in Castries and Gros Islet 'No fresh chicken till 4pm'. That was going to be hard as the guests were to arrive ready to eat at Smugglers Cove at 1pm.
Keith helped by defrosting frozen chicken and also by loaning us his large cooler. The barbie was a success as a result of his input.

The guests that stay at the apartment are usually single people or couples, the owner also is able to arrange car hire and will take you on a tour of the island and its off beat roads in his land rover. Next time we visit we will take his tour as it is more exciting, and is on a one to one talk of his beloved island.

I hope you enjoy reading this, we thoroughly recommend the apartments Espoir, we have stayed in a lot of other hotels on the island, we certainly rate this as being the best self catering hotel in St. Lucia.

Enjoy!!!
John Carr

  • Liked — The apartment and its views.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank The-Baqrbie-King
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2007

Having visited St Lucia previously and stayed "All-Inclusive", I was looking to stay somewhere that would give me the opportunity to do things more independently and experience more local colour.

Apartments Espoir was the perfect place. I had a studio apartment which was bright and spacious, plus it had a beautiful view, which I am sure most hotels would charge extra for.

The owner, Keith, was hospitable and helpful.

The apartments are between Windjamer and East Winds Inn and you can walk along the beach to both. You reach the apartments up a small road that turns into a dirt track. I would recommend you hire a vehicle (4x4). You could walk to the main road although I didn't do this.

The address is Gros Islet, although the apartments are actually only about 10 minutes north of Castries.

Biting insects were a problem, although I think that's inevitable. The apartments hade both mosquito nets and aircon, but clearly I was just too tasty!

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Apartment Espoir
Address: Labrelotte Crescent | East Winds/ Marisule, Castries, St. Lucia
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Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Castries Quarter > Castries
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Castries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apartment Espoir 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Apartment Espoir, a unique experience, The 11 fully self contained apartments (clean, light, friendly Caribbean colors, well equipped), fantastic view overlooking the Caribbean Sea, lush garden, beautiful palm fringed sandy beach, great service, warm friendly atmosphere, English & German speaking, great unforgettable tours, home away from home. Don't just Dream it! Do it! ... more   less 
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