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Reviewed March 27, 2005

My husband and I just came back from a week at Hummingbird and we had a great time. The hotel itself is small, within walking distance of town and had a great view of the Petit Piton. We stayed in a superior room (#3) which had a small terrace that looked out over the pool, the sea and the beautiful volcano. There is no AC in the room, which we opted for, because we like the sound of the ocean. We did not get bitten by mosquitoes, but other guests really had a tough time with them. If you attract biting bugs, stay in a sealed garden room with AC.

The pool is small but nice to have. We would spend mornings there, as well as evenings after dinner. The restaurant was good and very reasonably priced. Please note that service does take some time. But, if you relax and fall into the Caribbean rhythm, it's not too tragic.

While the resort is lcoated on the beach, it's not really a lounging beach. We did go snorkeling on the wall, which was great. And just around the corner is the bat cave--also interesting.

For great beaches, try Anse Chastanet. Boat taxis can take you over and for $45-$50 per person, you get a chaise, lunch and snorkel equipment. Their bar/restaurant on the beach is great and everyone is very friendly. The snorkeling there is great! We walked over both times, but it is a hike and not for the faint of heart. However, the view from the top of the hill is stunning.

We tried a day at the Hilton and hated it. It cost $25 for a towel and chair, but you couldn't use the shaded areas. They really made us feel unwelcome, even though we drank their drinks, ordered at their restaurants, etc. And it is heavy on children, which we were trying to escape :)

We also spent a day at Marigot Bay which was lovely. You have use of their chairs and the restaurant was nice. No snorkeling there.

You can also walk to the Botanical Gardens from the hotel which are worth it. Very beautiful, along with a soak in the mineral baths.

IN town, we had great (and cheap!) meals at Fedo's and the Green Room. We highly recommend those places. We also went to the Friday night fish fry in Anse La Raye which was great fun and the food was delicious. Another must is Ladera for dinner. The view is unparalleled--both Pitons. They have a Mon. BBQ which includes dinner, drinks for an hour and entertainment for $50-$60 per person. Or, you can go separately and just enjoy a fine meal.

We also ate at La Haut which also boasts good food and a great view.

On transportation, just ask at the front desk about rates and then when you get a water or land taxi, you know how much it will cost and can agree ahead of time. Most everyone is pretty honest.

All in all, we highly recommend Hummingbird. The people were friendly, the food good, the accommodations perfectly clean and adequate and the view to die for. And, yes, lots of little Hummingbirds everywhere.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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22  Thank JennRo
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Reviewed March 7, 2005

The resort is a 70's design - lumpen concrete and rustic style huts set in a quiet corner of Soufriere. We just slept in our room and escaped to the luxury of the Hilton Jalousie after breakfast. The beach and the facilities there are much better. The locals are very friendly and we had great nights out in the village. This compares better to the prison camp lock in mentality of the other resorts. It's expensive to leave Ladera, Jalousie, Anse Chastenet et al at night to go to the village and get back. And we heard from Hilton guests that dinner often came to $100 a person. We ate at the cheap chicken place with the locals for around $10! The Old Courthouse is heartily recommended and is run by a talkative German who also owns two holiday villas set up in the hillside. The food is good and reasonable and not a ripoff. We never tried the food at the Hummingbird as it really lacked atmosphere. The cuisine is French but the smell of melted butter as you walked in really put you off. We spend so much time at the Jalousie the staff thought we were guests and forgot to charge us for the sunbeds!.

There really are beautifully coloured hummingbirds that fly around the resort. It is aptly named but a little shabby. Compare the rates of the Hilton Jal and the Hummingbird and if you are on a budget and a little bit more adventurous its a good place to base yourself and get out and enjoy some real St Lucia life.

Don't be intimidated by the locals. Once a guy approached us to offer us some marjuana the other villagers chased him off telling him to leave us alone to enjoy our holiday. Other tourists were nervous and refused to leave their hire jeeps. Strangely enough they were the people that did get all the hassle. We were completely relaxed and walked in and out of the village all the time.

There are some very friendly helpful characters. Mango the boatman took us out snorkelling and will also run you to the airport by boat. The airport road is a complete disaster. Unless you can afford the helicopter it makes a good alternative. Desi is also another great guy that runs a water taxi service.

  • Stayed: November 2004
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13  Thank cockneygirl
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Reviewed February 28, 2005

My wife, 7yr old son and I stayed at the Hummingbird for four nights at the end of February 2005. We had already stayed at three other hotels around the island (Marigot Bay, and two in Rodney Bay) so felt we had a broad idea of what the island had to offer. In hindsight we rated this hotel at the bottom of our four choices for a number of reasons: The rooms we saw were not particularly nice. We saw two - the first standard room we had booked we found unacceptable as it had no windows, just hatches and also the eaves were open to the sky which meant the mosquitoes (of which there were plenty) could come and go as they pleased. The shared bathroom was not very nice either. We knew we had booked a room without A/C and a shared bathroom, but hadn't expected it to be without windows or mosquito screens. My wife was disappointed, but the receptionist was very helpful and luckily was able to move us to an air-conditioned 'sealed' room in the garden for which we paid extra. The walls were of painted rough concrete, but it was acceptable with a good shower and bath. A free digital wall safe was provided which was very handy. The view of Petit Piton from the restaurant and pool were fantastic but the beach was disappointing and we never saw anyone using it. Local pedlars bee-line for you if you step onto it, but were all friendly and never threatening. Water taxi boatmen will take you to two nearby beaches of Anse Chastenet and Jalousie Hilton for about EC$60-80 ('Alvin' is a nice guy) which are both fantastic and have good snorkelling and great beachside restaurants. We have lived in the Caribbean but found the small nearby town of Soufriere to be very shabby and one quick venture into it was enough for us. The local sights - sulphur springs and three waterfalls are all a short taxi ride away, as is the Ladera luxury hotel up between the Pitons - a superb treat for either lunch and dinner.
The Humminbird staff were all very friendly but everyone we spoke to was complaining that restaurant service even by island standards was desperately slow and some had complained. We found the staff disappeared into the kitchen for long periods and would return without some items then disappear again. 'Lawrence' was the exception (he was very astute and had earlier worked at the Ladera) but the others seem to lack the training or initiative to multi-task. The food was good although they did run out of breakfast cereals on three of the four mornings. In fact we found food across the whole island to be of a good standard although it was a tad more expensive here than similar places we went to. 'Lawrence' really looked after my son very well by arranging more child-friendly food choices. On one evening a rasta-man played guitar and sang songs. There was a beach-hut happy-hour 5pm-7pm for drinks with a friendly barman, which was not well known about amongst all the guests. It became bad for mosquitoes as dusk arrived towards the 6.30pm mark. We will definately return to St.Lucia although I don't think we would return to the Hummingbird again - albeit it is one of only a few budget-bracket hotels in the Soufriere area....it was just a bit too rustic for us.

  • Stayed: February 2005
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Reviewed February 12, 2005

We just returned from 10 days in St. Lucia. We spent all but 2 nights at the Hummingbird and we loved it! The food was very good and the staff was very charming. We did get a few mosquito bites even using the nets, but nothing I couldn't deal with. We enjoyed the music and the tree frog calls in the evening in our room, and of course the sound of the ocean!

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Reviewed February 2, 2005

My husband and I honeymooned in St. Lucia Nov of '03. We stayed here and at a Sandals. The Hummingbird was by far my favorite! The setting was spectacular, the food was wonderful and the service couldn't have been better. We enjoyed Soufriere because it wasn't busy/over-developed and had a peaceful, relaxing stay.

The Hummingbird may not be as fancy as the other resorts around Soufriere however I would go back in a heartbeat!

Don't miss the Old Courthouse for great food!

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