Unpretentious and welcoming, this small hotel has a terrific location on the north side of Soufrière Harbour and a gorgeous Piton view. Don’t expect fancy, though. Accommodations are adequate; you might call them quaint. Come here to experience the local atmosphere—at a reasonable price—and to be close to all the wonderful sights and activities that the Soufrière area offers.
The simply furnished rooms—a traditional motif emphasized by four-poster beds and African wood sculptures—are in small seaside cabins. While some have air-conditioning, most depend on a ceiling fan to create a breeze—and it can get pretty hot and sticky here. A two-bedroom country cottage—with a sitting room, kitchenette, and spectacular Piton view—is suitable for a family or two couples vacationing together.
Bathrooms are tiled but old-fashioned, and each has a tub/shower combination and vanity with a single sink. Two rooms have a shared bath.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The bathrooms are overdue for a facelift.
The front office, or lobby area, serves as reception for hotel guests and the entrance to the dining room. Just outside the front entrance, owner Joan Alexander Stowe has her batik studio and shop.
YOU SHOULD KNOW WiFi is available only in public areas.
The small pool has a deck with sun loungers and shaded tables and chairs—and a beautiful view of Soufrière Harbour and Petit Piton.
The Hummingbird's Lifeline Restaurant is a favorite of locals, as well as travelers spending a day or more exploring the sights in and around Soufrière. Breakfast (included), lunch, and dinner are served; the chef specializes in Creole and à la carte French cuisines—fresh-caught fish is a specialty. On Wednesday nights, there’s live entertainment and dancing.
The hotel’s Lifeline Bar, adjacent to the restaurant and open to the gardens, serves cocktails all day and evening. There’s live entertainment and dancing on Wednesday nights.
The garden leads to a sliver of public beach lined with coconut palms. Snorkeling equipment is complimentary.
Don’t bring valuables to the beach. Just bring a towel!
Soufrière is not a “walking around” kind of town; it’s old and rather shabby, in fact. And besides the market, the sites that will interest you are on the outskirts of town. Join a tour or rent a car to access the iconic sites here and elsewhere on your own; free parking is available nearby. Opt for a taxi if you want to go north to Anse la Raye, Marigot Bay, Castries, or Rodney Bay, as the mountain road is narrow, winding, and downright dizzying. Land taxis and water taxis are always available. Airport transfers can be arranged (extra cost).
Nearby, Orlando’s (5-minute walk) specializes in exquisite Caribbean cuisine using local, sustainable products; it’s fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Or drive down a bumpy, mile-long dirt road that begins near The Hummingbird’s front door—you’re actually better off taking a water taxi—to Trou au Diable restaurant (10-minute drive or voyage) at Anse Chastanet Resort for light meals by the beach during the day; in the evening, that same restaurant is transformed into Apsara, which fuses flavorful East Indian and Caribbean cuisines.
Each Friday evening in Anse la Raye, a small fishing village a few miles south of Marigot Bay, the main street is blocked off for a street festival, called Anse la Raye Seafood Friday (30-minute drive). Residents set up barbecue grills and picnic tables and serve up grilled fish, lobster, roasted corn, boiled crayfish, and more. There’s usually live music, too. (Take a taxi to/from Anse la Raye…the winding mountain roads are not safe at night for novice drivers in St. Lucia. Better yet, take a water taxi.)
It’s recommended that guests not visit local bars in town.
WHY WE LIKE IT
You’ll experience local flavor, enjoy island hospitality, and be close to Soufrière’s sites and activities.