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A low-key boutique hotel with laid-back atmosphere but few amenities
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.
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.
Spacious rooms with dining and sitting areas, and private outdoor space, are comfortable if not super modern
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.
No real restaurant here, though there are plenty within walking distance
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.