Great location on the perch of Soufiere. I agree with reviewers who say that if you're looking for a 4-5 star sterile resort it's not for you. But if you want to save money, experience local life, hospitality, owner who knows and can drive and show you around, local Creole food and still have a stay with the views of Pitons - it's for you.
We traveled with a 2-year old and she had time of her life playing on the terrace with the owner's cat :) The room and facilities are basic but very clean, you get a little fridge and lots of towels, large shower and a cot or the kid. Michael and Andrea and very hospitable owners, always ready to help, answer questions etc.
Breakfast is included, dinner is $25 for chicken dinner per person and $29 for fish (salad and soup is included). Comparable with prices in town - I think you can find a little cheaper in town but Andrea is a great cook and we suggest trying her food at least once and you'll eat with THE VIEW! We had different breakfast each morning - pancakes, banana mini-donuts, eggs, toast...
One important thing - on Google Maps, this place is located in the wrong spot! It's actually on the northern part of town, not on the south. We were gravely mistaken by the location on Google Maps (they're lying and the owner Michael tried to correct the location but they never did!). So we assumed that we can walk everywhere in town like Diamond Gardens and Falls and other places. However, the Guesthouse is located on the hill and mountainous roads make it difficult to move around and even going into town is tough (especially with baby carriage or stroller). also, what looks like a manageable walk on the map is actually very steep terrain that sometimes hardly looks like paved road. For example, we've been planning to walk to Anse Chastanet beach because it's only 1-2 miles walk. But it's very tough to either walk or drive there - the road is extremely steep, bumpy and scary. We're very fit, mind you. But with the baby and me being pregnant it was too much of a workout.
Driving is not for the faint-of heart. And with renting a 4-wheel drive with insurance and permit it's about $80 per day. We were scared to do it with a 2-year old and lack of experience. What we did we hired Michael and he drove us around and gave us the tour of the beautiful place in his truck. We thought it was a best thing and we got a lot of information from him about local life.
He drove us to Anse Chastanet and back for $25 (worth to spend all day there). Second day we we had a tour with him to Tet Paul Trail, Sulphur Springs, Piton Falls and Sugar Beach for $90.
And on the third day Michael took us Mount Coubaril Estate and Diamond Falls and Gardens. But our favorite part is when Michael drove us to the house he grew up, farther up the hill. You could see the little farm where he grew up, take picture with both Pitons (he knows places where you can see them best!). Again for $90 per day - only $10 more than renting a car!
He will drive you wherever you want and knows all there is around the town and surrounding area. Yes you have to pay entrance fees to volcano and Tet Paul and Diamond falls in addition to that. But we tried to find tours or locals that would do it all for cheaper and we couldn't.
Provided that we didn't need a car all of the days hiring Michael and using him as taxi/information/tour guide was cheaper and way more flexible than anything other alternative. And it saved us tons of nerves by letting us not drive and just enjoy the views.
Andrea's cooking is awesome. Don't forget to get to the market early for some coconut water! Overall, a great time that lets you absorb in the rain-forest based living with rich culture.
One disadvantage that makes me rate it as 4/5: the town is VERY loud at night. Somebody always playing loud music at least until 11pm, then goats and roosters take over and the noise continues non-stop. We had hard time sleeping with all this noise and you can't close the windows because there are no windows :) only wooden shades. But we considered it part of local experience :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a hill with stunning views of the ocean and surrounding area, Uptown Guesthouse in Soufriere is only 450 metres from the coast and features an on-site restaurant with Creolean food. The rooms at this relaxed property come with a fan, mosquito nets and stunning views. Every room features a bathroom with a shower and hot water. Very good location: close to nearby attractions, facilities and town and peaceful at night. Sugar Beach (15-minute drive) Humingbird Beach (10-minute walk) Anse Chastnet Beach (10 minutes by water taxi) Tet Paul trail, Sulphur Springs, waterfalls, Botanical Garden and more within 15-minute drive. Uptown Guesthouse also offers a bar, continental breakfast and Creolean dinners. The tour desk can help guests plan tours and outdoor activities and provide taxi service whenever needed. Hewanorra International Airport is 25 km away, and the property offers a shuttle service for an extra fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Uptown Guest House St. Lucia/Soufriere