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Confined to a small plot of land in the resort of Rodney Bay, the Village Inn & Spa is a hotel for those travelling on a tight budget. Despite the very warm welcome you'll receive and the pleasant feel of the place, it'll soon become clear that this hotel is sorely lacking in all respects, from greenery and space to facilities and decor. In a nutshell, this is a well-located, rather endearing hotel to use as a base but very basic indeed in terms of a destination for a seaside holiday.

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    • Hotel Harlequin Blu Saint Lucia

      Harlequin Blu St Lucia   -   © Alexandre Sargos / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel Harlequin Blu Saint Lucia

      Harlequin Blu St Lucia   -   © Alexandre Sargos / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 8.51 /10

    The Village Inn is located in the seaside resort of Rodney Beach, the only one in St. Lucia worthy of being called such. You'll find bars and restaurants, a shopping centre, banks and even a health centre, among other things, within a 10-minute walk (around 0.6 mi) from the hotel. Reduit Beach is 100m away, across the road and through the Bay Gardens Beach Resort (the two establishments share an agreement), so it only takes a minute.
    Castries is a 15-minute drive away (depending on the traffic), whilst transfer time to Hewanorra airport is around an hour and a half.

    Accommodation 6.30 /10

    The hotel's 76 guest rooms come in 3 categories reflected in the 3 different levels of the buildings, with the Family rooms on the ground floor, the Veranda Suites on the first floor and the Standard rooms on the second and top floor. The views from the Standard rooms are not the best, however, since they all overlook the swimming pool and the opposite building (no lift available). The rooms are nevertheless bright and comfortable and decorated in shades of yellow. In terms of amenities, you'll find all the essentials are present, including a television, a hair-dryer, air-conditioning and a fan, though unfortunately there's no mini-bar and the hospitality 'products' in the small bathrooms are limited to a single bar of soap.
    All of the rooms have a balcony.

    Overview 5.60 /10

    The Village Inn consists of three two-storey buildings built around a tiled triangular patio area with a small, original swimming pool complete with stepped waterfall and two whirlpool baths at its centre. They really have made the most of this area, with a few shrubs planted in the area in front of the terraces of the rooms on the ground floor. The hotel is still a far cry from a huge resort, midway between the beach and tree-planted grounds. The spa, too, is friendly but just as minimalist and consists of 3 windowless rooms. To sum things up, the hotel is somewhat outdated and doesn't seem to have undergone any major renovation work since it opened in 1995.

    Fortunately, the hotel is clean and well-maintained and gains a few brownie points for its delightful welcome.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The Village Inn offers various formula but the majority of guests stay here on a bed & breakfast basis. There are two options available for each of the three meals of the day. Emeralds and Nardoni's serve international cuisine with a few Creole touches. Emeralds is housed in a large split-level area which opens out on to an outdoor area overlooking the street. The decor here is nevertheless perfectly pleasant and you can even see the sea some 100m or so away. The second restaurant, Nardoni's, is located at the poolside and serves a variety of hot and cold snacks from 11:00am to 11:00pm.

    Beach 6.90 /10

    Reduit Beach is 100m away from the Village Inn, across the road and through the Bay Gardens Beach Resort (the two establishments share an agreement), so it only takes a minute.
    Reduit Beach is the longest white sandy beach in St. Lucia and the waters here are superb. The Village Inn doesn't have its own section of the beach, which means that no deckchairs or parasols are provided. You can, however, use the facilities and the bar at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort.

    To know

    The Village Inn & Spa offers 'Golf Packages' and 'Spa Packages'. Holidaymakers staying at the hotel can enjoy special access to the St. Lucia Golf de Cap Estate and its County Club.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, spa, massage, Turkish bath, wellness, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      golf, water-polo, sports, fitness, gym

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The friendly atmosphere

    disadvantages

    • Very limited space
    • No direct access to the beach
    • The very limited facilities

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Perez P. Perez P.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mai 2007 Posted on 2011-08-12 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Muy buen hotel, se lo recomiendo a todos, nuestra estancia fue perfecta y sin ninguna pega, nos gusto mucho el lugar. Seguramente volveremos

      • Advantages

        Todas, comida, lugar, tranquilidad el spa es muy bueno, nos gusto mucho

      • Disavantages

        ninguno, estuvo todo perfecto que quereis que os diga

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      • Overall Score 8.71/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2011 Posted on 2011-08-12 Seul - 2 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        un tres bon hotel.on peut y trouver un peu pres tout.tres bien situer et tres comfortable.vue sur la mer et environnement paradisiaque.super

      • Advantages

        personnel qualifié,tres sympathique et competant. une belle piscine,un espace bien etre digne des meilleures hotels du monde.bon restoraunt

      • Disavantages

        Bon chambres mais equipés avec internet qui n'est pas de meilleurs qualité.les femmes de menage et le personnel parlent pas toujours anglais

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      • Overall Score 6.57/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2002 Posted on 2011-08-11 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Endroit reposant, a 1/4 d heure de castries, confort correct, on retrouve la tv, la clim, le ventilateur,pas mal pour un hotel. tres bien

      • Advantages

        tu reste connecte grace a leur wifi,tu as un ordinateur libre dans le cas ou tu n a pas le tien avec acces a internet.Tu peux jouer billard

      • Disavantages

        il manque un peu d animation mais pendant mon sejour il y en avait et tous les mercredis.

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      • Overall Score 7.43/10