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Hotel St Lucian by Rex Resorts Hotel 3 star
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The St. Lucian by Rex Resorts enjoys a prime location, set along 500m of beach in the tourist resort of Rodney Bay. The welcome you'll receive here is very warm and the ambience perfectly friendly, but unfortunately, the hotel could do with a serious makeover, with the corridors going from worn to patched-up the further along you go. In a nutshell, this place is fine for a seaside holiday with no frills.

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    • Hotel St Lucian by Rex Resorts

      St Lucian by Rex Resorts   -   Alexandre Sargos / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel St Lucian by Rex Resorts

      St Lucian by Rex Resorts   -   Alexandre Sargos / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 7.21 /10

    The St. Lucian is located on Reduit Beach (also known as Rodney Beach) in the seaside resort of Rodney Bay, the only one in St. Lucia really worthy of being called such. Within a 5-minute walk from the hotel, you'll find bars and restaurants, a shopping centre, banks and even a health centre, among other things, all with a very Americanised feel. Castries is a 15-minute drive away (depending on traffic), whilst transfer time to Hewanorra airport is around an hour and a half.

    Accommodation 6.60 /10

    The main advantage of the 88 'Garden' rooms at the St. Lucian is that they come with two beds and can accommodate either 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, making them ideal for families on a tight budget. Having said that, you're not going to have the most comfortable stay with four to a room, at least where the small bathrooms are concerned. Despite being clean and having been renovated, the guest rooms are still a tad outdated and there's really not much to say about the minimalist decor, which includes white rattan furniture and light colours from floor to ceiling. One thing that is worth pointing out, however, is that the air-conditioning is particularly noisy.

    The only difference between the Standard rooms here and the Superiors is the view from the balcony, most rooms overlooking the gardens with a side sea view. Basically, the Standard rooms are just that - standard.

    Overview 6.30 /10

    Having opened in 1969, the St. Lucian was fully renovated in 1992 and could now do with another major overhaul. If you're not convinced of that on entering the lobby, then the flaky paintwork, rusted railings and patched-up guardrails dotted around the place will soon change your mind! It really is a shame as this is an otherwise perfectly pleasant establishment. The mini shopping centre located around the patio at the entrance is particularly pleasant, as is the lobby. The hotel is set amid a series of six gardens facing the sea, around which the various two-storey U-shaped buildings holding the 260 guest rooms stand. There are two swimming pools onsite - one near the lobby and the other at the far end of the hotel which is suitable for a few lengths - but wherever you are in the hotel, you're never far from the beach, in any case.

    The resort's sports facilities include two tennis courts and a volleyball court and there is also a children's play area on the lawn. There is no children's club as such at the St. Lucian, but various activities are organised for little ones. A new spa, due to open in Spring 2011, was in the process of being built when we visited.

    Food and drink 6.90 /10

    The all-inclusive package offered at the St. Lucian Resort only includes the Mariners buffet restaurant, which opens out towards the beach. The decor here is very pleasant and has a local feel, complete with red and white chequered tablecloths. When the hotel is operating at full capacity, a second buffet restaurant is used at the other side of the resort, alongside the second pool. If you're looking for a little refreshment, meanwhile, there's a choice between the Mariners bar, the piano bar in the lobby and the pool bar.

    If you fancy a change of cuisine, you might want to check out The Oriental restaurant, which serves Asian cuisine in the pleasant surroundings of a tastefully-decorated air-conditioned dining room.

    Beach 7.90 /10

    The St. Lucian is separated from the sea by a 500m-long stretch of sand known as Reduit Beach (or alternatively as Rodney Beach), the longest white sandy beach in St. Lucia. With plastic deckchairs, bars and various water sports (including pedalo boats, wind-surfing, sailing and snorkelling, among others) all nearby, not to mention the beautiful waters, you'll find everything you need here for a great seaside holiday.

    To know

    The St. Lucian offers various formula, from room only to all-inclusive.

    The St. Lucian and the Royal by Rex Resorts form one and the same hotel, but do bear in mind that if you choose to stay at the St. Lucian, you won't be able to use the facilities and swimming pool at the Royal. You can, should you so wish, dine at the appropriately-named Chic restaurant, but this won't be included in the all-inclusive package.

    Equipment

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

      spa, beauty salon, sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      aerobics, aqua gym, gym, water-polo, beach volley, tennis, horse riding, golf, water skiing, paddle boats, kayak, sailing, sports, fitness

    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Well-located within the seaside resort
    • Direct access to the beach

    disadvantages

    • The hotel has some rather worn parts

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    • Overall Score nc/10