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Hummingbird Beach Resort
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

We stayed 6 nights in what could be a fabulous little hotel if only it had some TLC and updating. Having said that we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday but did think it was overpriced for what it was.

We’d booked a King Suite but there were a number of issues with the room we were given (Room 5) so after one night we were moved to a Superior Room (3)

Cons:

We initially booked the King Suite with supposed balcony with sea view and kitchen area. We arrived relatively late at night and were shown to the room which didn’t correspond to the description at all and didn’t even have a fridge. The bed was really noisy, there were insufficient hangers, the fixed mozzie nets were coming away from the window and the shower head just dribbled water. There was no sea view and no balcony/terrace and it was rather glum. Luckily another room was being vacated so we were moved the following day.

The dining area has very uncomfortable seating (one dinner guest actually brought one of the plastic poolside chairs to the dining table). The bar area wasn’t much better with stools round very odd shaped tables. In fact there was nowhere in the hotel where you could comfortably sit and relax apart from the chairs around the pool.

The breakfast wasn’t up to scratch for our $300 a night, especially for us vegetarians. We weren’t offered fresh juice and when we did ask, most days it was from cartons. The coffee was abysmal and the tea…well, I’ll say no more.

You have to take out your own beach loungers and (I assume because it’s a public beach) also bring them back in when you’ve finished with them.

There is a separate beach bar but we saw it open only once during our six day stay and even then it just wasn’t an inviting place to sit and chill. It had tall bar stools, painted a dark brown colour but no tables or comfortable chairs.

Hotels ask you to shower before using the pool to wash off any sunscreen but that was impossible here as the shower units in the garden (for the pool/beach) are padlocked. Even when you come in from the beach you’d have to wait for the security guy to unlock them. I improvised by upturning the garden sprinkler to wash off the salt water after snorkelling. However, if the dive shop is open you can use it’s hose to rinse yourself down!

Pros:

The Superior Room (3) to which we were moved the following day, was a huge improvement. It was light and bright and had a large four poster bed completely covered in mozzie netting, a high vaulted ceiling and a small balcony overlooking Petit Piton.

The bathroom was rather tired, although everything worked ok. I didn’t like the thought of the carpet mats in front of the sink and toilet as it’s unlikely they would be replaced for each guest so I moved these to one side for the duration of our stay.

There was a fridge, kettle, flat screen tv, safe and iron. No a/c but mozzie screened louvred windows to allow the sea breeze into the room. There was also a ceiling fan and additional floor standing fan and a balcony with a wicker two seater couch (not very comfortable) and a table.

Rooms were cleaned daily, the bed made and any dirty towels replaced

Great location right on (public) beach with access to water taxis, dive school and easy walk to town

Nice little pool in a lovely garden, with a great view. There were lots of hummingbirds around which was quite delightful for us from the UK

All staff members were lovely, helpful and friendly and always had a smile for guests.

We ate dinner there twice. David is a great chef and uses organic veg which are very fresh (coming from the kitchen garden just across the road). We couldn’t fault his vegetarian dinners at all. However the service is a little slow, as was very noticeable on Wednesday which is the regular live music night.

All in all we had a great time but we wish someone would take this lovely little hotel in hand as it could be an absolute gem.

Room Tip: Difficult to rate the rooms as some good and others poor. Superior Room 3 is good, airy with good view. Suite 5 is dark with no sitting out area. We used standard room 8 to shower because we weren't getting picked up for hours after we'd checked out but my goodness that was so dark and (I think) next to the kitchen. It was fairly grim with awful eco lighting.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank suelees
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

The scenic southwestern corner of St Lucia is well-served by upper-end resorts, charging handsomely for the chance to withdraw within the fences and be isolated in pretty high comfort.
For a fraction of the cost, our five-day stay at the Hummingbird, on the edge of the village of Soufriere, was much simpler, giving us exposure to the local atmosphere with its appeals and drawbacks.
Positives: the room are wood and stucco -- adequate for a couple -- with comfortable four-poster beds under the mosquito netting that is most likely vital later in the summer than our March visit. The terrace restaurant looks out over extensive greenery and flowers and the eponymous hummingbirds, across the small but adequate pool and over the bay. The included breakfast is very simple -- in particular, baked goods seem not to be high on the skills of the island chefs generally -- while dinners were straight-forward and tasty. Salads were furnished from the owner's organic garden across the road.
The adjacent dive shop is not formally a part of the hotel, but is well-furnished for boating, scuba and excellent snorkeling.
Service through the week was uniformly friendly and accessible, if timed to the casual pace that pervades the entire island -- service in our room was missed one entire day, for example, and water pressure and temperature were occasionally chancy. Car service is essential -- the quality of the roads is third-world dismal, complicated by left-side driving -- but seriously expensive.
In context of the need to calibrate expectations.
One explicit warning is that the hotel adjoins a parking lot and fronts on a public beach -- which meant traffic and work noise through the day, and one night a large beach party with ear-pounding noise until a frustratingly late hour. And "colorful" would be a generous way to describe the village; on our walks into town, the ratio of pan-handlers to friendly locals ran about four-to-one.
One small alert: the hotel uses British plugs for electrical appliances, not European. And bring plenty of sun protection.

Room Tip: Lower-level rooms have small gardens -- upper level have small balconies. Choose accordingly. Sea views are key.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jim P
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Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

We stopped here on a whim for some lunch. Had such a warm welcome by the staff. Great views from the dining room of the Pitons and the sea. Fish cakes for starters were like little curried fish and corn fritters, wonderful. Good value too. Loved the batik, wished I'd bought some!!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Thank CandyMe
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

We stayed in a standard room with air-con (4). Nice sized room with plenty of wardrobes and bathroom. A little sparse for furniture and no kettle, but when we asked we were given a kettle, tea-pot and a couple of chairs. So just ask if you are missing anything. The air-con was very useful but don't know if a ventilated room upstairs would have been just as good. We were on the ground floor and didn't have a view or windows. I did sit on the porch which was nice as it was in the garden. The food was BRILLIANT. 5 stars for the chef. We thought we'd eat in different places but ate an evening meal there 2/3 of the time. I thought the general standard of St Lucia cooking was great with fabulous fruit, veg and fish, we didnt have a disappointing meal anywhere. The local low key restaurants are also great. The swimming pool area is nice with loungers, and also chairs and umbrellas which is great. The garden was gorgeous and full of hummingbirds. The hotel has direct beach access but also has a secure door at night. At first the beach seems small but you soon come to appreciate that Soufriere is probably one of the nicest, most authentic and prettiest parts of the island and the little bit of beach is quiet and peaceful. would have been nice to access a plastic chair on the beach. There are some loungers which you can take onto the beach. A word of warning, no one prepared me for the midges. Perhaps the garden makes it worse? No repellent seemed to work and therefore go PREPARED. I think this is a problem all over the island but where there is a breeze it might be a bit better. There are midge coils and sprays in the local supermarket. Anyway I was bitten everyday!! I would go again but with 50% deet which I didn't take thinking an expensive eco friendly alternative would do. It doesn't.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank alisono27
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We had a standard room (#9) for 4 nights at $118 including taxes per day. Very nice room with wood louver windows along most of two sides affording great ventilation and partial view over pool and across the bay to Petite Piton. Very friendly and efficient service. Elpedia ("Pidi") of the restaurant staff brought us two payaya from her home as none was available during our stay for breakfast. Jovan, the young bartender, was great to talk with and has a great future in the hospitality (or any other) business. David, the chef, does a great job with dinners. Usually we'd tend to sample other local restaurants, but in this case found no need to. The adjacent beach has a stunning view of the bay and Petite Piton, and was pleasant to use. We had a wonderful encounter with some local young kids who (as is typical of the Caribbean) were among the majority who can't swim. We showed them how to float on their backs, much to their amazement. More than seeing the sights, moments like this are why we travel.

We also met two women at the bar who were staying elsewhere but who invited us along on an early morning birdwatching trek they had arranged with a local government naturalist. We hiked up a steep, rocky trail to the top of Mount Tabac above Soufrierre. Again, something totally unplanned but something we've almost gotten to expect by being open to people around us.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Brenton B
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