This small inn is a good choice for those looking for convenient accommodations and who don't require a beachfront location, activities, or special amenities. Reserve ahead, as business travelers appreciate the convenience to downtown Castries, the airport, and great restaurants—including the one at the inn, which serves a fine menu of Caribbean, French, and Continental dishes and has a well-stocked wine cellar.
YOU SHOULD KNOW While the hotel is close to the airport and town, it’s rather isolated in terms of walking anywhere.
Guest rooms are cheerful and bright. All 24 rooms have a balcony, and all but six have a water view. The furnishings in standard rooms are rather basic, but the rooms are comfortable. Superior rooms have a small fridge; deluxe rooms add a seating area and larger balcony. Whichever you choose, the price can't be beat
Hundreds of pure white egrets spend their days on the lily pond in front of the hotel; at night, they sleep in the trees. The puffy white “flowers” that you see all over the trees in front of some rooms are really sleeping egrets.
The bathrooms are small and functional—with a toilet, sink, mirror, shower stall, and hair dryer. That’s it.
Check in/out, island information, and any questions or issues are handled in a small front office.
A broad, tiled sundeck—the center of activity—surrounds a small pool in the hotel’s central courtyard. The swimming pool is the only on-site activity.
The popular restaurant at Auberge Seraphine serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The lunch menu offers sandwiches, pizza, and full meals in a bright, airy atmosphere. At dinner, the mood turns romantic and elegant, with fresh flowers and small lanterns on white-napped tables. Seafood is a specialty, but steak, lobster, and pasta are always on the menu, as well.
The bar at the entrance to the restaurant is usually busy with hotel guests, local business people, and dinner guests.
Unless you rent a car, taxis are the best means of transportation.
Within walking distance of the hotel, on the opposite side of Vigie Cove, Coal Pot (5-minute walk) is a waterfront restaurant that serves light lunches and gourmet dinners. It’s tiny, so you’ll need reservations. For an authentic Creole buffet lunch, head south from Castries to The Pink Plantation House (20-minute drive), a French Colonial plantation house filled with antiques. Adjacent to the dining room is a gift shop with artwork and ceramics by Michelle Elliott, a local artist who happens to own the house and restaurant.
For nightlife, you’d have to go to Rodney Bay (25-minute drive north), where Verve dance club attracts a fairly young crowd. Also at Rodney Bay, try your luck at Treasure Bay Casino—St. Lucia’s one and only casino.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s a convenient, no frills, affordable hotel with a terrific restaurant.