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Hummingbird Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Soufriere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 May 2010

I really liked the Hummingbird Beach Resort. The rooms were not fancy, but they were nice and they had some local flavor. The people there are very nice and the food at the restaurant was among the best I had in St. Lucia. The prices were more than fair, and I liked being able to go walk around town, rather than being isolated at an all inclusive place. Speaking of all inclusive places, I went into several Sandals on the island (friends were staying there), and I liked the Hummingbird way better. I can't compare it to some of the other resorts because I didn't go to them. Also, I felt good about staying there because it is locally owned and operated. While eating in the town, I overheard some local men talking politics, and several were complaining about the government coddling foreign resorts to the detriment of local ones. He said there were hardly any locally owned ones left. When they were leaving, I asked about the Hummingbird, and he said it was one of the few locally owned ones and "was a nice property". Anyway, it made me feel good about spending my money there. It is also ideally located to snorkel off the beach, and local kids will take you over to the Chastanet beach, leave you to snorkel as long as you want, then come get you and bring you back for about US$25. The snorkeling there was good, and the boat ride was enjoyable. This is more about the town than the resort, but there are a few aggresive local pandhandlers around town. Thankfully, the security guy keeps them away from the resort, but you have to be a little careful wandering downtown.

If you go, be sure to try the local spiced rum at the bar. They ask if you're sure, then pull out a big jug from beneath the bar. It's really strong, really good, and cheap. Apparently that style of homeade spiced rum is the traditional spirit. Anyway, I heartily recommend the Hummingbird if you want to see Soufriere. It's a great home base.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Hummingbird Beach Resort for 4 nights of our honeymoon, and enjoyed a wonderful time together! We were fortunate to stay in a Superior Piton Room, with views over Soufriere, a private pool, bathroom and hammock. We had full use of the excellent hotel amenities (pool, beach bar and sun-loungers), ate very well at the delightful Hummingbird Restaurant, and thoroughly enjoyed a night of dancing at the Bar with local band New Vybz! The service was second to none: locally-owned and managed by the delightful Miss Joyce (MBE) and her outstanding team, the atmosphere at the Hummingbird is warm, welcoming, relaxing and most enjoyable. A great base from which to explore this fantastic island. Go there, and have a wonderful holiday!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 March 2010

We just got back from a 2 week stay at Hummingbird. The owner and staff are wonderful. Very friendly and helpful! The view of the Petite Piton is amazing. And being right at the ocean is great. If you have specific questions feel free to email me.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 February 2010

We stayed here for a few nights in one of the budget friendly rooms $90/night, with a shared bathroom. It was the last two days of our holiday and we were happy to be in such a warm and cozy place. The staff was very accomodating, the room was charming (we loved falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the waves), and the location was ideal for exploring the area on foot.

Unfortunately, the prices at the restaurant were high, even by North American standards. Much of St. Lucia seems to be experiencig this problem. My recommendation, eat where the locals eat. The food is phenominal and barely a fraction of what most tourist resort have set as the standard.

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Reviewed 13 January 2010

The Hummingbird is a charming small resort, excellent restaurant with about 10 rooms. We stayed in a large suite, loved it, beautiful, clean, comfortable bed, great bathroom, and loved the patio! We sat out every night and watched the Sunset from our patio. Amazing views of the Pitons, simply beautiful area, a little piece of heaven on earth. It has a very local feel, which we loved and the staff was wonderful. The only thing we did not like was there was no A/C. The hotel was booked, so we were unable to move. There is a breeze however, with some mosquito's.

It is located on a beach, its ok .. locals and quite a few kids hanging around the beach, busy the time frame we were there. They do have a new beach bar, which is charming and very comfortable right on the beach, you can sip a cocktail and watch the sunset. We went to Jalousie Beach and it was very nice. We did some snorkeling and had lunch, took a water taxi, it was only maybe a 10 min. ride, very enjoyable.

Joyce the owner, is a special person and you can feel her touch through the whole property, clean, warm, and very comfortable.

The restaurant is one of the best we have ever been to on the islands. Consistently fabulous!

The Pool area is small, perfect for the size of their hotel, it was NY's so it was loud and quite a few kids around. The upkeep of the pool was ok, maybe just because they were so busy.

It was truly a nice visit to a little local place that we will smile and speak kindly of, and hope to go back to some time. Loved watching all the little Hummingbirds, from our room, pool, restaurant.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 January 2010

We had a great week here over Xmas 2009. The resort is a small collection of rooms situated around a pool and patio area offering outstanding views of the pitons. It's also wonderfully located for stunning sunsets.

We stayed in a budget room, which was great, massive bed, plenty of storage and a great view. It had a ceiling fan and standing fan and a mossy net, but if we go back we will get an aircon room, to keep the mossies out and keep cool, it stays pretty hot at night. However the rooms was great and no problems with the shared bathroom which was cleaned daily.

The owner Joyce introduced herself to us on our first night, a lovely friendly lady who has just received an MBE for her 30 years in tourism. she and her husband were always about, good company and helpful, the rest of the staff great too. lovely smiley Daniel and Sheryl stood out. We took guitars and got them all singing one night.

The restaurant food was fantastic, the best that we ate and we tried a few different places. The beach outside the hotel wasn't the best for bathing but just around the corner each side of the bay you have the choice of the Jalousie or Anse Chastenet which are stunning. They are reachable by speedboat and there are lots of local guys hanging around the beach offering to take you there. they charge around $10 us dollars per person return but you can knock them down, we got a ride for five of us for $30 dollars return.
There are restaurants on both beaches, pricey but stunning locations so worth it. The sea is crystal clear, especially on the Jalousie side where the is a protected reef for snorkelling, I saw so many beautiful fish.

Outside of there we visited Marigot bay by boat also, quite a pretty harbour type place but not great for swimming.

the hotel was good value considering it's location and easy access to neighbouring resorts and beaches where people pay $800 dollars a night to stay.

We visited the volcano's which was great and fond deux plantation which was very pretty.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2009

We recently got back from St Lucia. We liked the resort. The grounds and rooms were clean and well kept up. We stayed there for 10 days. There were mosquitos in the rooms, but they did have mosquito nets. When we smarted up, we closed the windows for an hour in the evening and used a mosquito coil to clear the room before going to bed and then used the mosquito net for additional protection. The ceiling fans were very helpful.

We had the piton view room that shared a bathroom which wasn't a problem. The meals at the resort were good. It got expensive if you eat all your meals there. We usually had breakfast and either a late lunch or early dinner if we ate at the resort. Charmaine was our favorite waitress. Breakfast offered eggs and bacon or ham, omlettes or waffles, plus fruit, toast and coffee. The lunch and dinners had an island touch.

We rented a car for only one day to do the Zip Line experience at Dennery ( 1 hour drive). While we had the car, we had dinner and a late lunch at Mango Tree Resturant. It's a 5 minute drive or a 45 minute walk. Highly recommended for the view and the food. Another place we ate in Soufreire was Skippers. Good food for a late lunch (5PM).

Great snorkeling from the beach to the right side of the bay. We went almost every day. Nice coral and many fish and 1 Hawksbill Turtle. The pool was a welcome place to rinse off after being in the ocean. The beach was nice, but the volcanic sand got hot in the afternoon. The local people that used the beach were very pleasant. I enjoyed talking to them and finding out more about their country.

There is a small building just around the wall from the resort that sells cold Heinicen or Piton Beer for $2 US. There is a grocery store about 8 minute walk in town for snacks and drinks if you're interested. If you need additional cash, there's an ATM machine at the bank in town. We took public transportation back to the airport in Castries. Instead of paying a taxi $65 US, we paid about $8 US to get to Castries and $8 additional to get to the airport for 2 people.
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  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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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 Family Hotel in Soufriere
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Soufriere
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Soufriere
Price Range: £94 - £171 (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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Hummingbird Beach Hotel
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