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out of 11 reviews
“A Funky Spot with Great Views”
My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Mago. I had read the previous reviews (both negative and positive) but still chose to go there as I liked the location and the views of the Pitons. First off I cannot fault any of the staff. They were all friendly, helpful and willing to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Soufriere is a noisy little town at night and you do experience it live and direct. If you are not accustomed to night noises, music jamming, dogs barking and roosters in the early morning as we are as West Indians, choose a room with air conditioning. There are many paths and steps leading to the rooms. Again, if you choose not to see this as part of the authenticity of an "eco-hotel" you may find them a nuisance. There are some sweet hotel cats. My husband is a vet and I was heavily involved in Animal Charities that promoted maintenance of compound animals - so again, we were happy to oblige them with treats (away from the dining room area). The views of the Pitons did not disappoint. Our dinner there was very good and I really enjoyed the simplicity of the inclusive breakfast along with great all natural pommecythere and guava juice ! All in all if you can appreciate the intention of the place combined with truly nice staff, you will enjoy it. If your expections are based on great ratings and pigeon hole boxes, this may not be the place for you.
“Great resort on a mountain”
My wife and I loved this resort. It is built on the side of a mountain overlooking the town of Soufriere and Petit Piton mountain. The resort staff was very friendly, and the restaurant was magnificent. When we checked in, we were upgraded to a nicer suite than what we booked. Make sure you're in shape to walk up steep inclines and numerous steps if you plan on traveling around on foot. Also, take plenty of cash in small bills for taxi's, tipping, food, etc, as most places do not take credit cards.
Unique hotel on a hillside with lots of stairs. It is in very close proximity to many fun sites and has the BEST view of the Pitons! It is a great glimpse at local culture in Soufriere but there really is no beach access (although Anse Chastanet is 2 miles away - difficult walk. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the view from our room was unbelievable!
“A Change of Pace....”
To take a break from the beach slug / All Inclusive vacations - this was just the ticket !
Every room in the hotel has a gorgeous view, all the rooms are unique and the rooms and common areas are decorated with an amazing assortment of sculpture. The place is noisy at night, though, since the sounds of music and roosters crowing rise from the town of Soufriere in the valley below. The place is loaded with charm and reflects the individuality of the owner - this is not a cookie-cutter hotel. The town is about a ten minute walk down the hill and a car is not a necessity.
While the hotel may have been eco-friendly, the service was a little slow (told it was just St. Lucia), and compared to other restaurants and hotels nearby it was different in customer service. The location had a great view of the Pitons, but it was a good down hill/up hill walk to the beach and town. With money in mind and first time in St. Lucia it was just fine, even for our honeymoon, but after staying there we would like to stay at a resort if we were to go back. On a good note, staying above town made you walk through town to the beach which enlightenend us with the culture and local attractions.
“Some will love it, some will not”
Very unusual "hotel", almost like a group of cliff dwellings amongst heavy vegetation. Perched on a steep mountainside directly above the small town of Soufriere, it has a unique view over the town, its beach and the smaller Piton. At night in your open-air room you hear the many dogs in the village below having barking and howling contests. In the morning you are serenaded by an equal or larger number of roosters. Some rooms require a great deal of stair climbing to reach the small but excellent pool, cave-like bar and restaurant.
The hotel decor is funky, creative and cool. Our room was clean and beautifully furnished. Amazing views!!! You must like stairs to stay here. Staff was excellent and try hard. They can arrange travel to locale sights for you. However this hotel is for sale and lacks management oversight. There is no pool, or at least a full pool (this includes "dipping pools" that are advertised for some rooms). That beautiful pic on the hotel's home page web site is misleading. The pool is in disrepair and empty. There was dinner (or bar) served during our stay - chef left unexceptedly. Very limited breakfast, but good. However, the manager gave us rides to/from town for dinner every night so that we did not have to take a taxi. Taxis are VERY expensive ($20 one way to town). The town beach is not too desirable. We ended up taking water taxis from the town beach (10 min hilly walk from the hotel) to other local beaches (water taxis are expensive - $40 round trip - though I am a bad negotiator, most could prob. do better). Soufrierre is the real deal. Go there if you want to know what the real St. Lucia culture is like, not the white-washed version.
“PEACEFUL HIDEAWAY WITH 3-WALLS!”
Mago Estate is in poor physical condition but the 100% St. Lucian staff could not be more helpful and willing. They wanted us to have a lovely time. The room is large, bed very comfortable, furnishings are rustic and the bathroom needs help ... BUT the incredible opennes - no fourth wall so great views of the bay, pitons, town and lovely noises of birds, wind, rain, fishing boats and yes, the Friday night soca music downtown! No mosquitos! Only consider Mago if you're independent, have a rental car and like your own company! Much cheaper than other 3-walled rooms in this area, but for good reason.
The food was great and the people were extremely helpful and friendly. However, if you're looking for a good nights sleep and some quiet time this is not the place to stay. The room only had 3 walls and the noise from Soufriere (especially on Saturday night) went all night long. Between the music, dogs, roosters, and rainforest wildlife there was never a quiet time. The hotel however does not offer much in the way of entertainment aside from one small pool and bar. You have to walk down a very steep and winding road to town to get to the beach and restaurants. It's a unique experience but we would not stay there again in the future.