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A lack of amenities means kids are scarce here -- a good thing for couples
The smallest of Rodney Bay’s trio of Bay Gardens-branded properties, the 33-room Bay Gardens Inn is a good option for couples looking for a quiet sanctuary and a wallet-friendly rate. It’s not located on the beach and features are few (just a small pool, restaurant, and tiny bar round out the short list), but free access to almost all of the amenities at Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Beach Resort provides perhaps the island’s best opportunity to save money on accommodations while still enjoying resort-style facilities. The lack of amenities here means there aren't many loud children or big groups staying here, so couples might appreciated it as a quiet haven.
Based on Bay Gardens Inn’s merits alone, the low prices are only fair. The rooms are outdated, with white wicker furnishings, tube TVs, and old-school alarm clocks. Somewhat of a concession is that each room has its own private balcony, and vistas of the pool or surrounding landscape are pleasant.
In the harbor town of Rodney Bay, near a handful of attractions on the island’s northern side
The northern side of St. Lucia is inherently the lesser side of the island, simply because there are no views of the iconic Pitons, and the majority of the tourist attractions are clustered around southern-located Soufriere. However, the Rodney Bay area is one of the island’s liveliest, with plenty of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars sprinkled throughout Reduit Beach and Gros Islet. Also close by are hotspots like a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and the historical Pigeon Island.
The Inn’s free hourly shuttle to Bay Gardens Beach Resort also provides free transport to the beach, which is within walking distance of plenty of shops and cafes.
Guests who hope to visit some of the south side’s stunning natural attractions (the volcano, the cocoa plantations, the Pitons) should consider hiring a car for a day -- the drive is roughly 90 minutes and night-time driving is not recommended for those unfamiliar with the roads, which are marked by hairpin turns, deep potholes, and virtually no lighting.
Simple and clean rooms could use a few updates
The rooms at Bay Gardens Inn are older and smaller than the more expensive Bay Gardens Beach Resort, but newer and slightly better than the older units at the slightly cheaper Bay Gardens Hotel. Sure, the wicker furnishings and white tile floors are generic (as are the smallish bathrooms with cheap toiletries), but the decor is still a step up from the kitschy Bay Gardens Hotel’s standard rooms. Pluses at the inn include private balconies, most of which face the quiet pool, and DVD players in all units.
Just a handful on-site, but guests have access to tons of extra amenities at neighboring sister properties
Part of a trio of Bay Gardens-branded properties in Rodney Bay, the Bay Gardens Inn is the smallest and quietest of the three. Its size means few amenities, which include just a small pool, restaurant, and bar, and the rooms are below average (clean, simple decor but old technology). However, low prices -- not to mention the ability to take advantage of neighboring Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Beach Resort features for free -- make it a worthwhile option for travelers on a budget.