When we arrived, the Still Beach House parking lot was empty except for an adorable young cat in the parking lot greeting us with cute meows. The view from the parking lot is stunning in all directions and I’m certain is the prettiest parking lot I have ever been in. We weren’t sure if anyone was there, but went down the steps (not close to being handicapped accessible) and found a worker in the restaurant. She asked our name and knew our room and gave us the key. That was easy. We brought in our bags and went down to the beach to snorkel and watch the sunset. Our room was great. It was very cozy and clean. The bed and bedside lights were awesome. The sheets and blankets were perfectly white and clean. The balcony was great and the view is hard to beat. We were in room 4 and you can see in our pictures that the view of Petit Piton was partially blocked by trees, but they are pretty as well. Room 5 would likely be more blocked, and the rest would have clear views.
It is not a luxury hotel and we have stayed at "nicer" or more expensive, but we just felt cozy and comfortable and just loved being there, plain and simple.
Our room had a blender, full kitchen, fruit basket, AC in the bedroom, and flowers scattered around. We were extremely comfortable and loved our stay. We had lunch in the restaurant one day and it was very good, well-priced and local-type cuisine. The restaurant is quite attractive and is a beautiful setting. We went to dinner next door at the Hummingbird and it was extremely good and reasonably priced. We chose to stay at The Still over the Hummingbird mainly for the balcony view and were glad we did. We did not go in the Hummingbird rooms, but could see them and The Still seems more private and intimate and what appears to be larger rooms. The only down side is no pool, but you have an ocean and a shower so it didn’t matter. Speaking of shower, the water pressure could be adjusted, but at full strength was basically a typhoon. It was an amazing contrast to the trickle we had at the Fox Grove Inn.
The included breakfasts were small and simple, but good enough. The only small negative we had was when we needed to leave by 8:30 one morning and notified them the day before and were told to just be there at 8:00, which we were. We ordered our eggs and sausage at 8:10 or so and reminded them that we needed to leave at 8:30 and said we would just have fruit if they could not do it that fast. They said, no problem. We got the scramble eggs, with seemingly hotdogs in ketchup at 8:35. I finished my plate by 8:36 and my wife was already laughing too hard trying to eat fast that I had to finish her plate and we were off at 8:40. It was not a big deal, but kind of annoying at the time, especially since the meal was so simple. When we had time to just sit and relax, it was quite nice and peaceful. We had to leave even earlier to do the Gros Piton hike and they did not offer a to-go breakfast of some sort, but we had the fruit basket in our room and got cereal and milk at the grocery store in town.
One of the best and most unique things about staying there is that it comes with your own free personal guide, Thomas. We had or own vehicle, but he rode shotgun as I drove and he took us up to the En Bas Saut trail, which you really do need help getting to (and 4wd). He gave us a ton of information about the plants, crops, and herbs as well as showing us and telling us about the mudslides from Hurricane Tomas, which was mind-boggling. Then he acted as our tour guide at Diamond falls and gardens. He is extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
The snorkeling was spectacular right in front of the hotel. It is on the north edge along the cliffs and is very cool, but very few fish. It has nice coral and rock formations and you can swim a long ways out, more than a quarter mile along the cliffs. What makes it great is the awesome drop-off from the cliffs above water to the great abyss below. It is the most dramatic by far on the island. I loved it, but there was very few fish, we did see some eels. I was way out there right before sunset a couple nights and it was very peaceful because you are all on your own. I really enjoyed it. It was fun just to swim freestyle over the drop-off as I did to make it back to shore before sunset. The beach itself is clean and nearly always has locals either fishing, relaxing, or playing. We did not encounter vendors here. There are two hotels, both with good restaurants. The bat cave is along the cliffs and there are places to cliff jump. The hotel has an outdoor shower and feet wash thing right off the beach which is always nice.
Anse Chastanet is only 3km along a bumpy and steep, but easy road away. Torrailes falls, Jerusalem baths, Diamond falls, Piton Falls, Jalousie/Sugar Beach, Sulphur Springs, and Dasheene/Ladera are all less than 10 minutes drive. En Bas Saut trail is only 6 miles but takes about 30 minutes because the road is so rough. The Gros Piton hike trailhead was probably close to 30 minutes as well because a closed bridge makes you take a well-signed detour.
The town itself is only a few minutes walk away and is pretty in places, especially from above, but is quite poor and crowded at times. The roads are phenomenally narrow and for some reason are 2-way. It would simplify things quite a bit if they just alternated 1-way streets. There are gutters along the streets which people fill with garbage everyday and then a cleanup crew walks through and picks up the garbage, seemingly daily. I’m not sure why they don’t use trashcans, but it is regularly cleaned and did not smell or anything. I did not feel threatened in town, but my wife was definitely a bit nervous when we went to the grocery store. Parking was not easy, but someone helped us find a spot a couple blocks away and we gave him a few dollars. I went and got the car and picked up my wife and groceries at the store. My wife later told me, she was not terribly comfortable waiting by herself. The streets are packed with people in the afternoon, and the streets are lined with parked cars. We folded in our side mirrors in town, which helped with passing other cars. Probably 98% of the people just walk by or nod, but the 2% are trying to sell something or get money. We never felt threatened and no one was pushy.
Anyway, the hotel is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of town and was extremely quiet even on Saturday night when you could faintly here music. There are green mountains to the east and North as well as The Piton to the south with many flowers and birds around the hotel. The sunsets and sunrises are both quite pretty with the Piton in the background. We enjoyed using our binoculars on the balcony. At dusk, you see flashes of black whiz by as a few bats are doing there best to take care of bugs. The mosquitos were not bad at all and only got a few bites at dusk and dawn. We left our doors and windows open during the day and there was none. It did get hot in the living area in the afternoon, but having the AC to go in the bedroom made it not bothersome. There was a nice flat screen TV for the few minutes we watched.
David, the owner was there everyday and goes out of his way to greet everyone every time he sees you and sincerely wants to help you get the most out of your trip. The funniest thing is that one of the two other couples staying there lives 3 miles from where we live. Most people we ran into had not even heard of Delaware and here we ran into someone right down the road from us.
We honestly loved our stay and felt so comfortable. We got great sleep in the dark quiet room, and it was very romantic. The bed was beautiful. We would recommend it to anyone. The value is exceptional.
Some of the negative reviews on here don’t just annoy me; they actually make me a bit angry that people could be so unappreciative of an amazing place and experience for not much money. It drives me to respond and defend one of our favorite visits to any hotel. We would stay here again if we come back and would look forward to getting there. If you have a problem while staying at The Still, then tell someone and I’m sure they would take car of you. The negative reviews seem ridiculous to me like they either just have a grudge or they never told anyone they had any issues. David, the owner, is there everyday, why not tell him if you are unsatisfied? They really do not seem realistic. The pictures are deliberately misleading, like the one of the entrance to their room, ignoring the ocean/Piton-view from their balcony and then complaining about the view. Nearly all of the bad ones are from people with only a couple reviews on TA. And their other reviews are excellent reviews of nearby places. It just seems suspicious. Please do not be persuaded by those few negative “scare tactic” reviews that are going way out of their way to try and get you not to go.
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