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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Gros Islet, Gros Islet Quarter, St. Lucia

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“Smugglers Nest, Pros and Cons”
Reviewed June 30, 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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This was once a beautiful property and with some care, maintenance and updating could be so again. My husband and I travel to the caribbean 2 times a year so we have a lot of vacation homes to compare this one to. If your expectations are low, you will be happy here. If you like comforts and cleanliness, this is not the place for you.

Pros: The location is lovely, up on the cliff with a small beach just steps away. The home has a wonderful tree house feeling to it. Large gardens to explore and plenty of privacy. The guard keeps the property secure but kept out of our way. He and the housekeeper were both very nice. Toby and PawPaw, the dogs are both sweethearts and we really enjoyed their company.

Cons: The home, at one time a showpiece, is now "resting on it's laurels" and sorely needs improvement. The refrigerator didn't work properly, so our food was spoiled. It left a pool of water in the floor every morning. The freezer door wouldn't stay shut, our ice melted. The outdoor shower did not work. There was no washer/dryer. The housekeep could wash something for you in the security guard's house and hang it out to dry. There was no grill or BBQ. There was mold and mildew everywhere in the kitchen, on the counters, on the cabinets and grim around cabinets. There were holes in the cabinet doors. There was a shattered makeup mirror in the bathroom. Mirrors were caked with mildew, there were spider webs on books and shelves.

The landscape has grown up so much around the house that the views are extremely limited. The lower gazebo has no view at all. The overgrown shrubs also kept the house from getting any breeze. With no air conditioners, you never felt like you could get any relief from the heat. We asked for a fan that worked properly (and got one promptly) and that helped. I would recommend ceiling fans in every room. Some rooms did not have them though it looked as though there may have been there at one time. The house is open, but not airy. It's stifling hot with no breeze. The only breeze is from the deck. We put the fans from our bedrooms by the dining table to eat at night. The faucet in the lower bedroom sprayed water onto the counter. We had to get a plumber out to fix it and couldn't use that bathroom for awhile. Lastly, some of the accessories are mildewed and need to be replaced, such as the nasty zebra skin rug in one room is practically rotten.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
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