Ginger Lily Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
St. Lucia

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Pros

  • Walking distance to Reduit Beach, and plenty of shopping and eating
  • Pretty (but small) pool with mosaic tile floor and lush surrounding greenery
  • Rooms have private balcony or terrace with hammock
  • Spacious and comfortable rooms and baths
  • Small kitchenettes in rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi in public spaces

Cons

  • Not directly on the beach (2-minute walk away)
  • Old technology in rooms, like tube TVs
  • Restaurant serves breakfast only
  • No spa or fitness center
  • Neighborhood can get loud on weekend nights

Bottom Line

Located along Reduit Beach in lively Rodney Bay, the mid-range Ginger Lily Hotel is a decent place to stay, if not packed with amenities. The 11 charming rooms feature a good amount of space, kitchenettes, patio hammocks, and jalousie-style shutters, the grounds are lush, and the pool is pretty (but small). And, well, that's about it. There's no fitness center or spa, and the restaurant serves breakfast only (and drinks). But the beach is just across the street, and there are tons of shops, restaurants, and bars in the immediate vicinity. Travelers looking for solid, comfortable, affordable accommodations in a really great location should consider this option.

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 Scene

A low-key boutique hotel with laid-back atmosphere but few amenities

Entrance at the Ginger Lily Hotel
Entrance at the Ginger Lily Hotel

A quaint and low-key alternative to the Bay Gardens properties throughout Rodney Bay, the 11-unit Ginger Lily Hotel has a distinct vibe of its own, with an almost Asian style rendered by its pointed brown rooftops and oversize clay pots filled with massive bamboo reeds. Just beyond the small, quiet lobby is the pool, featuring a tile mosaic depicting a ginger lily flower and surrounded by cabanas, a sundeck, and thick greenery that gently rustles in the wind.

In the rooms, the scene is equally relaxed if slightly bohemian. In the bathrooms, jalousie shutters and a lack of air conditioning may be “roughing it” for some, but special details like hammocks on the private terraces and balconies go a long way in establishing a certain authentic charm. Each unit also features a modestly equipped kitchenette, and a pull-out sofa for additional guests.

Ginger Lily’s mellow mind-set is just right for unfussy guests, especially couples looking to explore the island on their own. Families that find the lack of additional amenities (there’s no spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, or other activities) a bit too barebones might head across the street to the Bay Gardens Beach Resort. There, the rates are slightly higher and the grounds are far more crowded, but several restaurants, a water sports pavilion, a huge pool, a spa, and a gym fit the bill for groups with more varied interests.

 Location

Across from Rodney Bay’s Reduit Beach, near a handful of attractions on the island’s northern side

Located on the northern side of island, Rodney Bay is one of the island’s liveliest areas, featuring plenty of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars sprinkled throughout Reduit Beach and Gros Islet. Ginger Lily’s location just across the street from Reduit Beach is especially ideal, not only for quick access to the sun and sand, but also because plenty of businesses are within walking distance. Also close by are hotspots like a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and the historical Pigeon Island.

Still, many of the big attractions -- on both the north and south side, require at least a short drive. Taxis are inexpensive enough for destinations under 20 minutes away, however, those guests hoping to visit the south side should consider hiring a car for the 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.

  • 20-minute drive to George F. L. Charles Airport
  • 90-minute drive to St. Lucia Hewanorra Airport
  • 2-minute walk to Reduit Beach
  • 5-minute walk to nearby restaurants, bars, and coffee shops
  • 5-minute walk to Rodney Bay Marina
  • 10-minute walk to Rodney Bay shopping center with grocery store, cafes, fast food restaurants, and shops
  • 5-minute drive to Pigeon Island
  • 10-minute drive to St. Lucia Country Club golf course

 Rooms

Spacious rooms with dining and sitting areas, and private outdoor space, are comfortable if not super modern

Terrace in the Superior Deluxe Room
Terrace in the Superior Deluxe Room

Ginger Lily’s 11 rooms are spacious and bright, if not equipped with the most modern amenities (there are tube TVs and old alarm clocks). Dark wood furnishings mix with mustard yellow and navy blue accents, and light tile floors keep things looking fresh. The kitchenettes, though small and a bit dated, offer a sink, mini-fridge, tea kettle, and coffeemaker. The highlight is the private outdoor space with hammocks that face either the hotel’s small pool courtyard or the front of the property and the parking lot. Most let in a lot of sunlight -- and all feature a comfy hammock.

Troubling for some guests, especially during the hottest months, is the fact that the bathrooms lack air conditioning. Jalousie shutters invite the breeze in, and a ceiling fan aims to keep the air circulating, but that might not be enough for some during St. Lucia’s balmy summers.

  • Old tube TVs and alarm clocks
  • Ceiling fans
  • Wall-mounted A/C (no A/C in bathrooms)
  • Spacious rooms with sitting area and small pull-out couch
  • Small kitchenettes with sink, mini-fridge, teakettle, coffee maker, and coffee and tea packets
  • Private balconies or terraces with hammock and table and chairs
  • No Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Free beach towels delivered daily

 Features

No real restaurant here, though there are plenty within walking distance

Pool at the Ginger Lily Hotel
Pool at the Ginger Lily Hotel

 Bottom Line

Located along Reduit Beach in lively Rodney Bay, the mid-range Ginger Lily Hotel is a decent place to stay, if not packed with amenities. The 11 charming rooms feature a good amount of space, kitchenettes, patio hammocks, and jalousie-style shutters, the grounds are lush, and the pool is pretty (but small). And, well, that's about it. There's no fitness center or spa, and the restaurant serves breakfast only (and drinks). But the beach is just across the street, and there are tons of shops, restaurants, and bars in the immediate vicinity. Travelers looking for solid, comfortable, affordable accommodations in a really great location should consider this option.

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Address

  • Cp6013 Rodney Bay

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Upper Deluxe Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 11
Pool: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: St. Lucia
Address: Cp6013 Rodney Bay
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