Bay Gardens Hotel - fit our needs - location and value for the money
Just returned from an 8 day trip (6 full days there) to St. Lucia. We stayed at the Bay Gardens Hotel in the Rodney Bay area. Great spot for us since it's easy to get to Castries where our daughter is living. We liked having a grocery store within walking distance since we ate breakfast in our room every morning and packed lunches for our daily excursions. Our housekeeper noticed we were doing lots of food preparations in our room, so she left us clean plates and utensils each day. All the staff were very friendly. We had one of their Superior rooms with King bed, refrigerator, coffee maker, TV with HBO and Cinemax included, table and chairs in room and table and chairs on balcony. The bathroom could have used a little refurbishing, but everything was clean. Air conditioning felt great after our hiking days. Also there was a very noisey bird at night so it was nice to close up the room and use the A/C and fan so we couldn't hear the night sounds. The Bay Gardens Hotel has very nicely landscaped grounds and we noticed gardeners out working each morning. Also the pools were cleaned early each morning. The hot tub area was under renovation so it was not useable while we were there. Our room overlooked the hot tub area, so it was a nice quiet location. We didn't use the hotel restaurant except for the Thursday night Caribbean Night Buffet with entertainment. That was great! Great food, all you can eat buffet with soup, salads, a large variety of dishes made with some local foods and about 5 desserts - a great value for $26 (U.S.) which included the 10% service charge and 8% tax. Also great service by the waiters and waitresses. Great Caribbean dancers for entertainment (around 8:30 or 9 p.m.). The best dinner we had all week!! We also enjoyed the Bay Gardens Hotel's close proximity to the Rodney Bay restaurants - easy to walk to. For our purposes the Bay Gardens Hotel was a good value. We left each morning around 8:30 or 9:30 a.m. and didn't return from our daily excursions till 4 p.m. Only problem each day was getting through the traffic jams in and out of Castries. We would definitely recommend the Bay Gardens Hotel to others!
Beautiful place, friendly staff
My wife and I spent our 6th anniversary in St. Lucia at the Bay Gardens Hotel. This is a beautiful, well maintained property but what was even more memorable during our stay was the warm and friendly staff who really made the weekend more enjoyable. There were always smiles and friendly words whenever we passed. This reception extended to Bay Gardens Inn, as I spent a little time there and felt really at home there as well even though I was not staying at that property.
Our room was beautifully decorated on the day of our anniversary and this additional work done to the room really added an extra special touch.
This was definitely an experience worth sharing and you will definitely staying there again.
Outstanding ! ! !
My wife and I traveled to St. Lucia for business and the Bay Gardens had been recommended. Absolutely wonderful place and professional staff. Could not have been taken care of better. To Boot, the food was outstanding. Loved the place. We will be back!
Bay Gardens is a Gem
I would reccomend this hotel to anyone. The staff was friendly, helpful, and truly made us feel welcome. It had more of a local feel but provided all the necessary ammenities. They offered a free shuttle but it was close walk to the beach. The on-site restaurant was excellent. The pool-side BBQ and the Manger's Rum Punch Party and Carribean Buffet were fun diversions during the week. We had a great time and can't wait to get back. Also, can't wait for the beachfront units they have under construction!
Holiday Inn of the Caribbean
Looking for affordable, clean comfort? The Bay Gardens Inn is the place for you! As with most everywhere in St. Lucia, the food at the in-hotel restaurant is good, and with it's two open pools (the third pool was closed for an unknown reason) and air conditioning, you won't be scorched by the warmer air of northern St. Lucia. Ample conference hosting benefits make this inn a great place for business travellers, as well.
Despite checking in a few hours after check-in began, our room was not ready at check-in. As the staff scrambled to manage other guests and get a room cleaned for us, we were offered a free beverage from the pool-side bar. We found several small groups of guests around the bar with similar free drink coupons. My only guess is that the recent check-in of 15 or so teenage cricket players threw the staff off balance. In recompense, the staff gave my wife and I a free upgrade to a "honeymoon suite." The room had a large four post bed, jacuzzi tub/shower, and refrigerator, but in no other way said "honeymoon" to us. It was even sandwiched between two other rooms--you would expect a homeymoon suite to be more seclusive.
The refrigerator was a blessing to our water reservoirs; making a treat as we hiked in the unusually warm weather for the season (late March with highs around 90 F. with plenty of humidity). The air conditioning also helped us to sleep a bit better at night. Though, in a way, we kind of missed the mosquito netting found at our prior resting place (see Talk 2 Me Cool Spot).
Overall, our stay was good. The free internet in the hotel office allowed us to catch up with friends back home, but we missed the overall feel of St. Lucian living. Staying at the Bay Gardens Inn reminded us a lot of staying at a regular Holiday Inn.
Laid Back Charmer
We stayed for 7 days in St. Lucia after hearing from acquaintances how beautiful the island was. After some investigation we settled on Bay Gardens. I cannot tell tell you what a great decision that was.
Bay Gardens is not a 5 star resort. It is not directly on the beach. It does not have every amenity and thirty restaurants. What it did have though, was a staff that would remember your name, exceptional facilites, 1 really good and reasonably priced restaurant, and a great location. I would highly recommend this hotel if you are looking to actually experience the island rather than give all of your money to a resort.
The staff was top notch. We knew most of them by the end of the week. While the hotel is located near a mall, the inner courtyard is a spectacular sight. The charm of the property was highlighted by the small mountain rising to perfectly frame the building on that side.
The general manager and his wife (Bertha is a great conversationalist) came by most nights to socialize with his guests. The location was great. It's near Pidgeon Island (great place to spend a day or more), walking distance to a public beach as well as numerous restaurants and nightlife. My recommendation, though, is eat a coconut from the street vendor for breakfast, lunch at the hotel, and you have to try the Chicken Hut. We had some $100 meals on the island, but we also tried the chicken out of a truck near the mall. For $2 we got two quartered Caribben Jerk chicken dinners that were fantastic. Still can't fina anything to match the Chicken Hut. The meals in the hotel (we had ~1 a day) were excellent and the menu varied plenty. With about 7-10 meals at the restaurant and at least 10 drinks at the bar every day (plus rounds for everyone we met), our bill was stilll under $400.
Each night (after an exhausting day of hiking, tanning, snorkelling, or drinking) we'd hang at the bar in the hotel and shoot the breeze with our fellow guests or the staff. There was a certain comraderie among the guests as we were among the minority who didn't opt for the all-inclusive resorts. St. Lucia is a wonderful island with the friendliest people I have ever met. EVERYONE was genuinely interested to hear how you were enjoying your stay, where you were from, etc.
Bay Gardens is not Sandals. That's what I loved about it. It's the hotel where the other islanders stay when going to St. Lucia. One night we actually wandered into one of the resorts. I was treated worse on that occassion than any other time I had on the island (including the large amount of wandering through Gros Islet after sundown). I was happy to see the friendly smiles of the Bay Gardens staff after that experience.
If you want to really experience a small part of the real St. Lucia, stay at Bay Gardens and try to do what the locals do. If you have any sense of adventure, you won't regret it.