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“Clean with great staff and wonderful food!” 3 of 5 stars
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Vieux Fort
Dana Point, California
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Clean with great staff and wonderful food!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

Although the Kimatrai Hotel did not look appealing when we drove up we already had reservations and decided to stay anyway....we are so glad we did!
The property is a bit run down however it is very clean and the staff made our night just perfect. We stayed at the hotel after 8 days on a sail boat charter so when we arrived we needed to be comfortable and get some rest. The room AC worked good and the bed was fine enough. The best part of our stay was the staff. They really cared about your needs and were quick to respond to any requests. The food at the hotel was one of the best if not the best meal we had in 10 days!!!! They also have a really nice view. I would recommend this hotel for a friend as long as the friend is open minded and does not require the amenities of a 5 star hotel.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank slcab125
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English first
Vero Beach, Florida
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97 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2009

The good elements first-
We loved meandering with the goats in the parking lot while awaiting service of our included continental breakfast. The staff were very warm and friendly and helpful, making a wonderful first impression of the St. Lucian people to us, an impression to be reinforced all week. The large balcony of our apartment overlooked the working fishing port, and provided nice, relaxing views after our flight. The shower had good water pressure for a restful clean up. We were pleasantly surprised to have a good wireless internet connection in the room! This is a convenient place if you just want to flop after your flight.

But flop is a good word. I don't know how other reviewers could call this place clean. We wouldn't walk into the shower without flip-flops on! The curtains in the room, plastic shower curtains, were ripped. Shower walls, windows, tile and floors were all dirty. The toilet was badly stained. The mirror was so smeared as to be useless. But the light was so dim it would not have been useful even if we could see in it. The bi-fold door for the closet was leaning against the wall next to the closet. And the bathroom sink had no water running in it. Luckily we had an apartment and could use the kitchen sink for washing up and brushing our teeth. I applied make up sitting out on the balcony with a purse mirror! The bed was mushy soft, but the sheets were clean. There were a lot of maintenance issues-lack thereof-that got us a bit nervous about our impending vacation's comfort.

Driving around Vieux Fort furthered this trepidation. It was Sunday, so not much was open in town. Groups of people were gathered socializing, some napping lying on stoops and sidewalks, mangy dogs, goats and chickens wandered around, all making a picture of a Caribbean Island on a lazy day. The poor road maintenance was a foreshadow of things to come and white knuckle driving all week. The poverty and lack of cleanliness were also somewhat intimidating. Once out of Vieux Fort, the availability of accommodations more up to American standards were available. I'd advise visitors who are driving and exploring to take a drive around Vieux Fort to see it, go up to the lighthouse (very slowly and carefully as the roads are narrow, steep, rutted and full of hairpin turns, with left side driving), check out Anse de Sables and have lunch al fresco at The Reef beach bar. Then get out of town!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Snorkel-Bum
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trinidad
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

The hotel was excellent it has a cosy feel to it... i visited last year when alaine was the manager and it was great now it is under new management ( lay & [--]) Dolores it was very exquisite...... the hotel's chefs are highly recommended their meals are the best. the night life in the bar area is a good time to free up yourself, whenever you go check out the friday night lights party.

  • Liked — The food
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank TrinidadLegacy
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London england
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2009

I came to St.Lucia on a business trip, a friend recommended the hotel due to her past experience. Its in the Vieux Fort town so its walking distance from other businesses yet away from the rush.
Upon arrival, i got the warmest welcome, the appartment was very clean and comfortable, though not very modern but comfortable. Kimatrai overlooks the Caribbean sea, there is a wonderful view of the town's fishing port so I always had something interesting to see from my balcony.
The food is like no other, very close to the best. In the appartment the aircondition can stay off because of the constant flow of cool breeze coming from the sea. the overall hospitality made my stay feel more like a holiday than work...
I will recommend this place to anyone.

  • Liked — the rooms and food
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank jason_garness
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Alpha Quadrant, Earth
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2007

Stayed at the hotel for a week, it was clean and affordable.
The best part is the restaurant. One, if not THE best in the south of the island. Everytying is a treat. Keep some space for the desserts !! the Chocolate Fondants or the Tiramisu are the very best you'll ever taste.
There is always activity at the bar and you'll make a lot of friends there.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Craving_Traveler
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2006

I stayed at the Kimatrai on two ocations and liked it very much,the Bar and food was good and the room clean and pleasant,the Manager at the time,{Arlene} and staff were very pleasent (especialy Arlene)and helpful.I felt no fear,and felt safe walking in and out at night.I look forward to another stay this year,and has recomended it to others.
Thanks,
Barbados.

  • Stayed November 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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3 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Seattle
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2006

We spent the last night of our St. Lucia honeymoon in one of their apartments because of the hotel's proximity to the airport.
My overall perception of Kimatrai is that it's an okay place to spend a night. It looks like quite a bit of money and effort was put into the place when it was built several decades ago, but it's a bit faded now. I found our room comparable to budget accomadations in the U.S. We had okay food in the restaurant at dinner time.

The negatives: It took about an hour to get our check after we were done with dinner. The lights were out in the bathroom, the refridgerator, television, and several outlets didn't work, and the sheets were covered with pills/fuzz balls.

As mentioned in a previous review, the hotel's webpage shows some photos of scenic views on their homepage that are definitely not from the hotel. The view is of the fishing port at Vieux Fort and the ocean. Unfortunately, there is no beach within walking distance of the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank plum_pitiful
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Property: Kimatrai Hotel
Address: New Dock Road, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
Location: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Vieux Fort Quarter > Vieux Fort
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Vieux Fort
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 1
Also Known As:
Kimatrai Hotel Vieux Fort
Kimatrai Hotel St. Lucia/Vieux Fort

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