My boyfriend and I found an internet deal for $70 per night plus the 18% tax, which came to $82.60 per night. The price included a continental breakfast with fresh fruit, toast, cereal, coffee and tea. We stayed one week and were very pleased. We were welcomed with complimentary rum punch. Complimentary rum punch is also served during the manager welcome night on Wednesday evening.
It was relatively quiet and we had views of the pool out off our balcony and the ocean when we opened the door. Our standard room was on the third floor, which was nice because you couldn't hear anyone walking around above you. There isn't an elevator, which we were also fine with because the exercise was good for us.
Maid service came every day and everyone was more than happy to help with anything we asked.
Pool towels were always available at the reception desk for the pool, beach, or any other activity requiring a towel for the day. The pool was clean and did not have a lot of people utilizing it, so we were able to have quite a few quiet moments lounging around. The beach was a short walk across the road.
After driving to other areas and towns on the island I was very happy we chose to stay in Rodney Bay. We were able to walk to the grocery store and restaurants and felt safe. Rodney Bay was much cleaner than other areas and there didn't seem to have as much poverty. We were considering staying in Soufriere, because we thought we would be able to walk to some sites. I was quite shocked at the roads and poverty in Soufriere and very happy we chose not to stay there.
Overall everyone on the island was friendly and helpful though.
Katherine, at the concierge desk, was very helpful coordinating tours around the island for us. We rented a car, so we saved quite a bit on the various tours by driving ourselves there. Katherine would call and ask for a price without transportation. She didn't charge us anything extra and most of the trips we paid the company when we arrived.
We went horseback riding (they let you ride bareback on the horse swimming in the ocean for about 5 minutes), ziplining, mountain biking, scuba diving, and climbed Gross Piton. By driving to most of the locations we saved about $400, which more than covered the rental car from Fox Rental.
If driving keep in mind they drive on the left side of the road - opposite from the States. There is pretty much one main road around the island and if you get off the beaten path, the roads are very narrow, rough, and windy. Some roads are washed out and there are trenches along the sides for drainage that are quite deep.
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- Also Known As:
- Village Inn And Spa At Rodney Bay
- Village Inn & Spa At Rodney Bay Hotel Gros Islet
- Village Hotel Gros Islet
- Village Resort Gros Islet
- Village Inn Spa St Lucia
- Village Inn & Spa At Rodney Bay St. Lucia/Gros Islet