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Hummingbird Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
Certificate of Excellence
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.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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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.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Craig S
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Reviewed 22 May 2006

This little resort is more of a B & B atmosphere than a resort, however the staff is friendly and helpful. This was closer to the Town of Soufriere than I would of preferred and the town people do harass you. It is centrally located to attractions sulfur springs, pitons, waterfalls and offers a taste of their culture. The food was excellent and made fresh so it does take time to prepare it. The accomadations are average, but the views make up for it.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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8  Thank scorpiontravelbug
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Reviewed 30 March 2006

While some might say that the rooms did not meet their expectations, I for one as well as the rest of the family and friends thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the resort. If you want top of the line rooms and amenities go to a high priced all-inclusive resort, if you value friendliness, cleanliness and hospitality go there.

The food was excellent at the resort, as were the meals we had in town. Yes, we walked into town during the day and in the evening. The people were always friendly and helpful (which really showed during an emergency). I never once felt threatened or uncomfortable walking in Soufriere. And if somebody bothered us, there were enough of the local people there to actually tell them to go away.

A heartfelt thank you to Joyce and her entire staff.

Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed 2 March 2006

The Hummingbird Resort was, overall, a disappointment. While the food and the staff were great, we thought the beach was sad. Furthermore, the locals haunt you incessantly both on the beach and in town. It made me feel uncomfortable and detracted from the enjoyment of my vacation.

If you want to relax on a beach, don't stay at the Hummingbird. If you just want to experience the local culture, have a few cocktails with a view, it might be a satisfying place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2004
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Reviewed 2 February 2006

Let me start by saying that anyone who tells you it only takes an hour to drive from the Vieux Fort airport to Rodney Bay is lying. Plan on at least 3 hours. The roads are windy and go from beach front to lush, mountain settings and back many, many times. It is a beautiful drive, however.

We stayed at the Hummingbird our first night in St. Lucia. I was expecting to spend about $150/nt. for an apartment style room at the Kimatrai Hotel, but after seeing what a DUMP that place was, we kept driving. We found the Hummingbird on our way to the Still Beach Resort which is literally right next door, but since they did not have a pool we chose the Hummingbird. I was not please to spend $180 for 2 rooms with a shared bathroom (shower only), no screens on the windows, no A/C (and it got HOT), no kitchenette or even a mini-fridge, no towels or even soap in the bathroom, and a room that was behind the grody looking kitchen. Basically, the room just had a bed.

But the view from #9 is FANTASTIC. This made up for the high prices and lack of facilities. The room has a fantastic view of the Piton (pronounced Pee'-ton), except for the cable wires hanging from the roof (see photo), and the pool area is beautiful as well. The grounds, while small, are very nice with lush tropical foliage all around and the beach which is just steps from the pool is actually quite nice and clean.

We went into the town of Soufriere looking for a restaurant and after finding only 1 that felt about 100 degrees inside and seeing too many St. Lucians standing around staring at us and making us nervous, we decided to go back an eat at the hotel.

The food is ridiculously priced and, while it wasn't horrible, it really is not good either. It seems that all over St. Lucia they use a frozen pea and carrot mix in everything. And I can't quite figure out their cuisine because the menus all look like no one there really knows hoe to cook. It was really wierd. I have never been so hungry after a vacation.

DO NOT GET THE DESSERT. We tried 2, a cheesecake that tasted like a gross jello blend and some kind of chocolate pie that tasted like raw cocoa powder.

Back to the hotel, the little tiki bar beachside was great and the bartender was very friendly, one of the FEW friendly people in St. Lucia. We found most people to be either flat-out rude, or just indifferent to us. I don't understand how this country thinks they can thrive on tourism when they are so anti-tourist.

Anyway, make sure you sleep under the mosquito nets. Our boys did not, and in the morning it looked like they had chicken pox because they had so many bites. And ask for a fan, the rooms get HOT even at night.

Overall, this hotel has a great view but it VERY OVERPRICED, especially the restaurant. For one night, it served our purpose. If we ever do go back to St. Lucia, which is highly unlikely, we would stay there again if in that area. We just would not have high expectations and would pack some food from home. I would have killed for chips and salsa!! :)

  • Stayed: January 2006
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15  Thank Heather B
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Reviewed 4 December 2005

We were disappointed with the Hummingbird-we did not stay there-only went for breakfast and were astounded at the prices of mediocre breakfasts. I'm talking $20 US Dollars for french toast! I know island food can be expensive but we ate other places for less than half the price and the other places' breakfasts were much tastier. Pretty view, but don't waste your time(and money)!

9  Thank StephanieBrad
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Additional Information about 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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Soufriere
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Soufriere
#5 Family Hotel in Soufriere
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range: £100 - £268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Hummingbird Beach Hotel
Hummingbird Beach Soufrière
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