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“The Hummingbird is a small wonder”

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Hummingbird Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
Certificate of Excellence
in the Garding
2 reviews
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“The Hummingbird is a small wonder”
Reviewed 21 March 2008

This 10 bedroomed resort is as intimate as one could wish for, especially when staying on the romantic island of St Lucia.

Set on the South West coast and with the most incredible view of the Petit Piton, room choices begin with a shared bathroom option and increase up to a two-bedroomed cottage set in the resort gardens with unrivalled sea vistas.

Guests become friends with each other, with the excellent staff and with many others who frequent the beach bar and resturant. It feels like staying with family, but without the family politics!

If you stay 7 nights or more, breakfast is included in the cost of the room - that's any kind of breakfast on the menu, not just the cheapest.

Soufriere is a short saunter away down the hill and if you wish to travel further afield, reasonably priced taxis can be booked at the resort reception, as well as boat trips.

Additionally, when you visit Castries (especially the market) and mention that you are not on a cruise ship, but are staying in Soufriere, the smile becomes just that little bit wider and negotiations take on a much easier, relaxed feel.

At the Hummingbird there is entertainment in the form of a band each Wednesday night which is well supported by locals and tourists alike.

Stayed March 2008
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New York, NY
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60 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2007

I did not really know what to expect upon arriving. Getting to the hotel is a shock for the uninitiated. One has to drive through town in order to get there. We arrived at dusk, and it was a bit disconcerting, but once we got to the hotel we were welcomed with open arms. We stayed in a guest suite attached to the owners house (which is on the grounds) for the first 2 nights as the resort was full (which we knew in advance). Mrs Alexander was a great hostess as well as owner of the resort. I stayed in the 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage which is in between the owners home and the hotel (less the 1 min from the beach) The cottage was functional and relaxing if not the most luxurious. now for the hotel itself. Small, well kept, attentive staff, great setting, great views, beach right in front, rooms average (no AC except in cottage), SMALL pool, native art displays all over even a gallery ion grounds, bar was OK but more expensive then the more expensive hotels. Beach was convenient but not kept well. rocky entrance to the water. Vendors on the beach but not pushy (Mexico was AWFUL!). Overall very good value, and great staff, they even found my wifes watch and sent it back to us. I would come back again.

  • Liked — value, view, non-tourist part of island, close to outdoor adventures
  • Disliked — road thru resort, beach is only so-so
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Calgary
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2007

My wife and I spent 2 nights at the Hummingbird; room was clean and well appointed. The resturant and bar were excellent - great food with better-than-average island service (a bit pricey). All staff were very plesant, friendly and helpful. Soufriere is a fishing village with a certain degree of poverty. Locals were friendly and even the beggar (we only encountered one) was polite when we declined his requests. You get back the attitude you give out. Supplies can be obtained in town for an evening drink of wine, rum etc. at significant savings.

There are locals enjoying themselves on the beach and I'd not leave things unattended. The beach is NOT the reason for going to Soufriere, although we did swim in the sea at each sunset without hassle. The pool was also an option.

A 20 min. stroll away was Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfall - open to the public for a small fee. The baths there looked awful, but it WAS generally beauitful and a nice place to stroll for an afternoon. The volcano trip was dissapointing - a few steaming puddles. We could have done other things in that area for a few more days but we wanted to see Rodney Bay area for the only other 2 days at our disposal on this trip.

Hummingbird was good value for those who do not need Sandals-type "resort" ammenities and want a peaceful "island experience" without the nightlife of more populated areas of the island. The view of the piton was a highlight.

As an extra note, we went from the airport at Vieux Fort (UVF) to Soufriere and then from Soufriere to Rodney Bay and then left from the Castries airport (SLU). The second drive has some beautiful views but is not easy if you get car sick. Going the other way would likely be worse as the windier sections are closer to Soufriere. Also, the taxi are NOT cheap in St. Lucia (by regulation)... water taxis are an option if the seas are calm.

This was an exploratory trip and all of our tests were passed so we will return to St.Lucia and the Hummingbird.

  • Liked — quietness, location and price
  • Disliked — poor quality beach
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Virginia Beach, VA
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Reviewed 9 June 2007

We like a small, quiet hotel and this fit the bill perfectly. Our room was comfortable and the view from out patio was spectacular. The staff was helpful and friendly, especially the wait staff. The meals were excellent. The price was excellent and included breakfast. We would definitely come back and stay at the Hummingbird.

  • Liked — The view from our patio and the meals
  • Disliked — Mosquitoes
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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158 reviews
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Reviewed 30 January 2007

I recently just got back from St. Lucia from my honeymoon. Although I didnt stay at the Hummingbird, I did eat at the resturant several times. I must say my wife and I ate all over the island from cheap places, to gourmet resturants. And we both agreed that the food at the Hummingbird is the islands best by far. I would even go as far as saying not to bother with some of the other resturants around unless you want to just keep ending back at the Hummingbird like we did. The fish is outstanding! The service isnt the greatest, but isn't bad. They even have live music on Wednesday nights.

  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Newark, DE
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Reviewed 27 November 2006

My Wife and I stayed at the Hummingbird during Thanksgiving week. The Resort is quaint and rustic and is more like a B&B. Our room was a great value at $110/night. This is a no frills resort so do not expect the amenties of the tourist mega resorts up north.

We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Most of the staff was knowledgeable and courteous and helped us with directions, reccomendations and tour arrangements. The restaurant serves excellent local cuisine and yes the service is a bit slow. These folks operate on island time, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the awesome view.

The beach is not the greatest, but there are other nearby beaches that are fabulous. The town is close enough to walk to and as a result the locals can be a bit bothersome until you learn to politely tell them you are not interested. We did not feel threatened at any time and there was 24 hour security. The rooms are spartan as one would expect for such reasonable pricing. The only real negative was the mosquitos. Bring bug spray and learn how to use the mosquito netting properly as most of the rooms are open air.

We plan to return here one day and we both heartily recommend this resort to those that want a true Island experience.

  • Liked — True Island Experience
  • Disliked — The mosquitos
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring bug spray
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Puyallup, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2006

My wife and I were on our honeymoon, island hopping throughout the Carib. for a month or so and instead of lush resorts, we opted for more of an "off the beaten path" approach. We chose the Hummingbird based upon the price after we landed in Castries, and to be frank, we were not disappointed. True, if you expect to have every whim catered and your caprices fulfilled, then go to Sandals or some other resort, or better yet, never leave your home in the US or Europe... but those of us who are truly "world travellers" relish the opportunity to stay somewhere with pleasant accomodations that is away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist trap areas.
Soufriere: small, quaint, and very much an island town, no real negatives aside from the two or three beggars that felt the need to continually accost us. You would think that they would remember when you tell them "no" once!! That being said, it is a great location for jump-offs to jaunts in the rainforest, to waterfalls and, of course, the Pitons.
Rooms: ours was simple, clean, with mosquito net and ceiling fan and since it was the off-season, the rates were very acceptable. The view was magnificent and to fall asleep each night to the ocean sounds was very relaxing. What it lacked in amenities, the view and the surroundings more than made up for. Again, this is not Sandals, so keep that in mind!
Service: it was the off season, not fully staffed yet it still met our needs. The staff was VERY nice and helpful; not only that, but Joyce (the owner) and her husband joined us on two nights for dinner and cocktails. She was very pleasant and any concerns, albeit very few, were adressed ASAP.
Food: We only ate at the resort for dinner three times and all three times the food was fine, not great, but good. One thing that was lacking was a full wine selection but being the off season, I didn't expect a full cellar. The town has several places to dine, and an AMAZING Chinese food rest. that is owned and operated by a Chinese family (in Soufriere, St. Lucia??). You will not run out of choices for food, and all are competitively priced.
This place is out of the way, not a first choice for a lot of people, the drive to Soufriere and beyond can cause a bit of motion sickness with the over 30 switchbacks (and fast taxi drivers), but my wife and I would stay there again.
And Joyce, by the way, your husband is right: your house is now pink, not salmon!! LOL Thank you for the wonderful time in St. Lucia.

  • Liked — Friendliness of staff and owner
  • Tips/Secrets — off season rates are always cheaper!!
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hummingbird Beach Resort
Address: Anse Chastanet Road, Soufriere, St. Lucia
Region: Caribbean > St. Lucia > Soufriere Quarter > Soufriere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Soufriere
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Soufriere
#9 Family Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hummingbird Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hummingbird Beach Resort is a small, intimate resort, located in the scenic town of Soufriere on the south western part of St. Lucia, home to the famous pitons – a world heritage site. Hummingbird Beach Resort has eight (8) beautifully decorated rooms, most of which offer magnificent views of the ocean and the pitons. We also have a Country Cottage which accommodates a family of four (4) comfortably, it is fully furnished and offers breathtaking views of the pitons. We are world renowned for our French Creole Cuisine, award winning cocktails and beautiful batik studio. We are located on the beach and also have a fresh water swimming pool. We do arrange a wide range of tours and excursions. Spa treatments can be made available on request. Let us host your dream wedding or wedding reception dinner. Our tropical island setting and renowned hospitality combine to make your Caribbean wedding and honeymoon an unforgettable experience. Make the charming Hummingbird Beach Resort your choice of accommodation in Soufriere. ... more   less 
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