Hotel On St Thomas
Greetings to all! My husband and I will be arriving in St. Thomas on September 26th in the evening. We are looking for some hotel recommendations - something clean, comfortable, not too expensive and in a safe area. Also, would need to know about transportation to the hotel from the airport. We have been reading this board for some time now and have seen a few things about St. Thomas that lead us to believe that there are some iffy areas there. We have never been to St. Thomas before but are planning on checking out all the Islands for a possible relocation. We will really appreciate any suggestions - I have seen that all of you have been very helpful to other posters - thanking you in advance for your answers!
Inexpensive? Based on one person's recommendation and a Tripadvisor.com rating we tried staying one night at Villa Blanca above Havensight . All I can say is, "Blanca must have a lot of relatives posting for her." I don't need the Ritz, but water pressure, a working phone, and a smell other than Lysol would have been nice for $149 a night.
How many nights? What do you consider "not too expensive?"
Thank you to all who replied - Neil, we will be sure to stay away from Villa Blanca! And Trade, only one or two nights and I was hoping to find something under $100 per night (unless that is not possible as I know prices are high there). I checked out the websites that you sent - perhaps Ronnie's....
Although frequently overlooked due to their proximity to the airport, I would suggest you check out the Island Beachcomber or the Emerald Beach hotel. The rates are very good, espceically during summer.
Mafolie Hotel is another option. Nice central location, good view, reasonable rates. I've put friends up there before.
7091 Estate Mafolie
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802
(340) 774-2790 or (800) 225-7035
Fax : (340) 774-4091
Low season rates (through Nov 14): $89/99/119. Don't forget the 18% tax that is added on to all of these hotels.
I stayed at the Holiday Inn for my PMV and thought it was great. They offer free rides to Magen's Beach.
The hotel is near the Safari routes and walking distance to town and Frenchtown.
We stayed at Magens Valley Inn and loved it. Basically it is the apartment attached to a private home and the apartment has been converted to a rental. Steve and Leslie live upstairs and are wonderful. They have lived on St Thomas for a long time and were so helpful providing all types of information from info about the public schools to where to buy the best fish. It might not be the cheapest option but the advice and info they were able to provide was so valuable!!!
Hope that helps!
Green Iguana at Blackbeards was a godsend for me during my relocation. Clean, spacious and safe.....I am here and just moved into my new place. Was able to rent at Green Iguana (week) for under $85 per night.
Thanks for all the new posts. We really appreciate everyone who took the time to respond and give us so many helpful suggestions! We are now following up on all these and are confident that we will find a place to stay. Thanks again and we will certainly come back to this board for more answers as we travel aorund the USVI!
Also there is a place in St John called the Tamarind Inn in St John. Its a Hotel in Cruz Bay and also has hostel type rooms for $50 per night, shared bathroom though...
Thanks, Jay for your information on St. John - that will be helpful as that is another of the islands that we want to check out.
I've been staying at the green iguana for the past 10 days and can't recommend it enough, it's been great and some of the rooms have a kitchen if you ask for one so you can cook for yourself. Wireless internet, safe, nice bathrooms, and most rooms have a balcony.
Thank you for the info about the Green Iguana - that is two recommendations for that hotel - we definitely will have to check it out!
We just came back from our PMV last week and we stayed at Bluebeard's for $90 something a night. It was a little outdated but clean , the food at the resturants was outstanding
There is only one place to stay when you first come for a look around. Crystal Palace with Ronnie. Why? Because he is a great host and his place is a real museum and the view of the harbor with the ships coming and going is not to be missed. Plus he charges really fair rates and easily answers a zillion questions as if it was the first time he's been asked it. He's a 5th generation islander and was actually born in the Crystal Palace - he might even tell you which room!
Crystal Palace is more than any hotel could ever offer.
Yes, I stayed there for my first week, until I got my apartment.