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Ginger Lily Hotel 2.5

Rodney Bay, Gros Islet Quarter, St. Lucia

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Pros

  • Prime location in Rodney Bay, a block back from Reduit Beach
  • Big rooms with kitchenettes and furnished balconies with hammocks
  • Good-sized outdoor pool with a few loungers and a bit of shade
  • Some rooms have separate living areas and full kitchens with ovens 
  • Free continental breakfast included in room rate
  • Bright breakfast-only restaurant plus a bar
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free self-parking

Cons

  • Decor could use an update
  • Included breakfast is mediocre
  • Few on-site amenities
  • Late-night noise can be a problem in the neighborhood
  • Not on the beach

Bottom Line

Ginger Lily Hotel is an unfussy, lower-middle-range property located a short walk from Reduit Beach. While the hotel’s 11 rooms could use a refresh, they’re large and exude an old-fashioned charm. On-site amenities are limited to a courtyard pool and breakfast-only restaurant, but the hotel’s location close to the beach plus plenty of bars and restaurants enhances its appeal. It’s a solid bet for independent travelers looking for affordable rates, a convenient location, and easy-going vibes. Travelers may want to compare rates and amenities with Bay Gardens Beach Resort, although with 100 rooms, it offers a less intimate experience. 

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Scene

Central location, big rooms, and a laid-back vibe make this unassuming hotel a good value 

Ginger Lily Hotel is a reliable choice for guests who can do without the flashy amenities of a big resort. It’s a modest yet attractive property, with yellow building facades and red roofs pairing nicely with compact grounds defined by abundant and lush plant-life. Dark wood is a decorative theme throughout, channeling the historic cocoa plantations found toward the south of the island. 

Most of the furniture is older, and many guests will tell you that the free breakfast is ho-hum at best; but the large, tidy rooms and an excellent location right across from Reduit Beach make it a competitive option for value travelers. Rooms with sofa beds are practical for families, but there aren’t any other kid-friendly features -- instead, couples are the hotel’s main clientele. You’ll regularly spot cats sunning themselves wherever they can find a warm, uncrowded spot; a perfect reflection of the hotel’s quiet, lazy vibe.

Location

Great location across the street from Reduit Beach

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Ginger Lily Hotel is set in Rodney Bay Village, toward the north coast of St. Lucia. Reduit Beach is found a block away, offering a stretch of golden sand ideal for snorkeling and swimming. There are a number of quality bars and restaurants within walking distance, including a few beachfront options. The downside of the hotel’s buzzing location is that late-night noise from nearby bars can sometimes be an issue.

Hewanorra International Airport and many of St. Lucia’s top attractions, including the Pitons and cocoa plantations, are a 90-minute drive away near the town of Soufriere. The lesser-trafficked George F. L. Charles Airport is a 17-minute drive away, while attractions like Pigeon Island and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course can be reached in less than 15 minutes by car.

Rooms

Large rooms feature homey decor and private balconies or terraces with hammocks

Guest rooms at Ginger Lily Hotel are big but not particularly stylish, decorated with dated fabrics, tiled flooring, and faded, chain hotel-style artwork. Some rooms do feature quaint accents like vaulted ceilings or bed canopies, and all have queen-size beds as well as sitting areas with sofa beds. Flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi are fairly modern, but other tech elements like alarm clocks and wall-mounted AC are noticeably older. 

Most rooms have simple kitchenettes with mini-fridges, sinks, kettles, and coffeemakers, while Executive Suites offer separate living areas and full kitchens with ovens. Roomy private balconies or terraces are furnished with a hammock along with a table and chairs. They offer views of the pool or the leafy grounds. Bathrooms are equally spacious, but feature dark, old-fashioned tiling. Pump dispensers of soap are mounted beside long vanities, as well as in floor-level showers. 

Features

Features are slim at this no-frills property

The lineup of features at Ginger Lily Hotel is minimal but expected given its small size and bargain rates. The focal point of the property is a kidney-shaped outdoor pool, which is set in a pretty courtyard dotted with tropical plants and loungers shaded by wooden canopies. 

Adjacent to the pool is a tiny, open-air restaurant with a whitewashed vaulted ceiling and wooden chairs softened by plaid pillows. The restaurant is only open for breakfast, with a basic continental spread included in the room rate -- most guests report breakfast is a subpar offering of toast, spreads, and coffee. There’s also a bar, but you’ll need to ask a staff member from the front desk to come and pour you a drink. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout, and free parking is located in a lot at the front of the property.  

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Address

Rodney Bay, P.O. Box cp 6013, Gros Islet, Caribbean

Phone

(758) 458-0300

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Upper Deluxe Room

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