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“Nice local hotel”
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The Downtown Hotel
Ranked #4 of 8 Soufriere B&B and Inns
Arlington, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“Nice local hotel”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

If you’re looking for an affordable place that will give you a feel for a local life this is the hotel for you. It is clean, in the middle of the downtown, and next to the pier from which you can catch a water taxi to either Anse Chastanet or Jalouise beaches. There are couple grocery stores next to the hotel, and couple local places to eat. We liked Mr. Archie’s and Skippers bar for happy hour.

Regarding some complaints about being harassed by locals – if you’re used to sterile resort environment, it’s understandable that you wouldn’t like hanging out at place such as Soufriere. Some locals will try to harass you, try to sell you something or plainly ask for money. We were two girls traveling and we didn’t find the place to be unsafe or anything like that. Everyone’s friendly and if you ask them to leave you alone, they will.

Overall, it’s a great, affordable hotel with beautiful views of the bay and access to beautiful beaches. It was a nice break from overly touristy area of Rodney Bay.

Room Tip: "Ask for a room facing the bay."
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Elsah, Illinois
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

We had read that the locals were super friendly and that Soufrier was a beautiful town. We arrived in our own rental car just as it got dark. As we attempted to turn down the side road along side of our hotel, a local jumped out into the road and started patting the hood of our car saying it was a one way street and that he would show us the way. It turns out he was just using that as an excuse to get us to think he was being helpful. He proceeded to show us up the stairs to the hotel reception desk. He then expected a "donation" for his services. We were constantly hounded by what appeared to be homeless beggars every time we left the building. They people ranged from being extremely bold, to just staring us down, to offering us pot. The town was terribly old and dirty. The room itself, aside from being up 3 flights of stairs, was fine. Our balcony overlooked the town square. People were hanging around outside until the wee hours of the morning. They were often yelling at each other. Roosters woke us up at sunrise. Overall, we were very unconfortable in the town and would not go back - especially at night. We had people try to stop us while we were driving on several occasions. We learned to just keep driving, even though they were aggressively trying to get us to stop and give them money for this or that.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

The Downtown Hotel was in the middle of the town. We were on the upper floor and the hotel was surprisingly clean. I was expecting bugs but I didn't see one in five days, not even mosquitoes (I'm not sure why, maybe the Sulfur Springs has something to do with it). There were two groceries stores within a minute walking and a ton of small shops like bakeries etc. We got fruit off the street (no need to negotiate, it was pretty cheap) and there was a guy selling baguettes. There was also a Chinese restaurant downstairs which I was skeptical about because of it's appearance but the food is the same as here in Montreal (and better than some places here). It is convenient and tasty so I recommend trying it out.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 23, 2011

I had just finished sailing the ARC and wanted to escape the 'sanitized' Rodney Bay environment, and wasn't disappointed in having chosen to stay at Soufrière.
Soufrière, once the capital of St Lucia, is a small, friendly town, and you soon become part of it.
If you really want a St Lucian experience away from the tourist resorts then this is the place, and the Downtown Hotel is where to stay.
It is in the heart of the town on the top floors of a small shopping centre. Clean, simple, spacious, air-cond. rooms with balcony and free wi-fi access; rooms either overlook the town square and cathedral (closed at the moment) or the sea and the Pitons, which I chose.
I hardly ever used the air cond, preferring to leave the balcony door open.
Friendly and professional service from Charlma, with information on the town and surrounding attractions: restaurants, bars, sulphur springs, trails, estates, beaches, pitons, mineral baths, waterfalls.
A truly enjoyable visit, and made to feel very much at home

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Trinidad
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

We stayed for 4 days, convience for travel, supermarket or to get something to eat, also there is a few inside stores.
There is supermarket around, and Taxi to travel to castries. It is in the heart of Soufriere close to the sulpher lake and waterfall.
The hotel itself don't have many amenities, just a microwave, kettle and a refrigerator no hair dryer or iron as stated as amenities. But you will enjoy your stay because the staff is frendly and helpfull . You can hop a Taxi across the hotel also you get fresh bake bread every day. No elevator, Stairs to the third and fourth floor.Beach walking distance 10 mins.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 29, 2011

We stayed at the Downtown hotel our first night in Soufriere. Our room had french doors on 2 sides and a wrap-around balcony, we didn't bother with the a/c at all and left the doors wide open (we were on the 3rd floor so no issues of security) The hotel is very basic with no real amenities but who cares, we were here to experience the town. The room was clean, the beds comfortable, the linens fresh and the bath towels large and plush. The front desk staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful with info on banking, restaurants, where to shop for food and booze (right across the street) and arranging taxis for us (including advice on fares). The Downtown hotel is just that... DOWNTOWN overlooking the town square and the oldest church in St. Lucia (1700's), it's definitely not quiet when the shops are open and the square below is filled with enterprising women tending their open braziers, cooking and selling chicken, fish and other local delicacies in the early evening, but it's exactly what we were looking for.
NOTE: If what you want is big shiny corporate all-inclusive resorts, isolated and sanitized of all local color, flavor and atmosphere then this is definitely NOT for you...If however, when you travel you enjoy meeting people, experiencing new and different cultures and environments then the Downtown hotel comes highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

If you want to stay at a resort, the the Downtown Hotel is not for you. However, if you want a feel for the local population, culture and daily life, you should stay here. Located, as the name implies, in downtown Soufrière, the hotel is simple but offers the closeness to supermarkets, restaurants, minibuses and water taxis.

We stayed in a room with ocean and Piton view, which we recommend. Noise from street music and nightlife was present but didn't bother us too much.

There are taxi drivers on most street corners offering tours to the tourist attractions in the vicinity. If you take your time and talk to a few of them, you can find a pretty good deal. And you get to talk to engaging people at the same time!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Downtown Hotel
Address: Bridge Street, Soufriere, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Soufriere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Downtown Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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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