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Historical Traveler Reviews Bluebeard's Castle Resort Charlotte Amalie
We stayed at the hotel before the renovations began and paid only $50 a night, so didn't necessarily have the highest expectations. Our room was basic, you could not say that it was beautifully decorated as at a luxury resort, but it was very large and clean and bright. Everything was well-kept and in good repair; no bugs or problems of any kind. We had a kitchenette and a roomy balcony with a gorgeous view of Charlotte Amalie and the harbor. The pool and jacuzzi area was pleasant -- there was no run-down feeling about the property at all. The pool area served as a central hub for hotel guests, since two of the restaurants and the bar were right there, too. We also had dinner one night at A Room With A View and it was lovely, a great meal and great service. We had a rental car, which was key to exploring the island and beaches. (We often took the car ferry over to St. John as well). No complaints about Bluebeard's Castle; for the price it was more than we'd hoped for!
As I sit here and read some of these reviews I became kind of discusted with some of the things that I have read.Let me start by saying it is January 3rd, 2004 and I have just come home from my stay at Blue Beard's castle.I am a 7 year Time Share Owner there, and I will comment on everything that was said in the above statements starting with the Swimming pool. Blue Beard's Castle has just dumped over 1.5 million dollars into renovating there hotel. Yes it was a construction site, but now is more beautiful than ever. The pool was drained and painted, the ground was ripped up and tiled, and the hot tub is now tiled as well with a handicap accessible railing. The Lower bar now has a tile top instead of wood, and they have changed all cooking grills as well. As far as Piretes Pub (the bar up top) It now has Video poker machines and an ATM (which apperantly isn't owned by the castle) So to the guy who lost money on a bad transaction, it's not the castles fault.The construction site in the front of the hotle was due to the renovation of the Resteraunt called ROOM WITH A VIEW. They cemented the old windows and doors, and now have moved a little lower behind Pirates Pub with a View much better than the old one, now over looking Main Street and the Cruise Ships at Charlotte Amalie. BEAUTIFULThe rooms in the west wing are indeed studio rooms, Mind you that Bluebeard's castle has been around for awhile so somethings may seem kind of old and need to be replaced. In that case, just call the front desk and ask for Maintanance to fix something while you are out. THAT'S THE WEST WING. On the other side, (Which is where I stay) I stay in room 420...haha yes I said room 420. The building that I stay in is indeed a little newer. A Condo type place with A/C (that works) 2 beds, a full kitchen 2 tv's a washer and dryer and obviously a full bathroom, and no bugs. Not to mention double doors and sliding door that opens up to a porch with a table on the porch and a view that over looks charlotte amailie, and the Cruise ships that come in EVERY MORNING, and LEAVE EVERY NIGHT. You see the ships all day long. (you can see my room in a 1/4 scale model at the front desk where you get your activity sheet)Shall I continue.......On top of renovating, The castle has moved there Gymnasium up top by the Banana Tree Grill another great resteraunt located at the resort, and they have also addad a lounge, with a TV and a computer so you can check your email, or just surf the web as you please, but with a 56k modem, It works well, but it's 56k on an island, so you must take the connection for what it is.Someone mentioned something about the castle having to walk up stairs or something, as I write this review I'm forgetting somethings, but I'll comment on the walk around the castle. YES it is up on a hill. However The WHOLE Island of St. Thomas is a Hill every house, every Hotel, every resteraunt is built on a hill. Because you build on Hill's you must add MANY MANY Stairs, There stairs Truly are a pain in the Butt, however it's not the castles fault you have to walk stairs, it;s the Islands Fault. So next time you are at the Castle and upset about the stairs, Get mad at the Island and not the people who have built such a beautiful Resort.P.S. Management is not rude, they are Islanders and they Mumble alot and may come off rude, but it is not in the Island Spirit for any Islander to be rude, it's just how it is down there. They are there to help you with whatever. Go ahead and call the front desk and ask directions somewhere, they'll help very much. I say ask for directions because it is WISE of you to rent a car, and not travel by Taxi. Taxi rides do get expensive, and the Island Is only 13 miles by 5 miles (I know my way around due to renting cars) and it's not hard to find the main spots because it's usually one long road to get to where you are going.ENJOY YOUR STAY AT THE NOW RENOVATED BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE, and don't hesitate to email me at the email above for any other questions you may have for the Castle or The WHOLE ISLAND at that matter.Mike
Never informed of the pool being closed until we were checking in.
The hotel is being renovated and is no pool on location. The shuttle will only take you to 1 of their other 2 locations and they don't run all day. My first full day there I took the shuttle to the Beach Club, to my suprise there were no restaurants open and no place near by to get something to eat, both bars were closed, and it to was under construction. They didn't tell me this BEFORE I left the Castle to go there, so needless to say I was stuck there for hours with no place to eat of drink and waiting for a shuttle that doesn't come back till late afternoon. I was also approached my a man at the pool trying to sell me Cocain and Marijuana. He was not a patron of the resort, but a man who sold nice carvings from cocconuts and then tried to pimp some drugs off on me. NO Thanks Stay away from this place!
Watch out for the ATM machine
Using the ATM machine:1st attempt - checking account balance, SUCCESSFUL.2nd attempt - to withdraw cash, TRANSACTION FAILED, NO MONEY, NO RECEIPT.3rd attempt - to withdraw cash, SUCCESSFUL.Upon returning home and checking my account balance, I find that the ATM subtracted for both the 2nd attempt that failed and the 3rd attempt that was successful.Under no circumstances would I ever use the ATM at this hotel again.
I had read some pretty negative things about Bluebeard's Castle in St. Thomas. We had a wonderful time and the room was average to above average. The front desk personnel were great. They had activites planned for everyday we were there. Some were a little pricey, but worth it. Jeff at the Tiki bar was great, wonderful personality. The Pirates Pub Grill at the hotel served good food. For transportation, you did have to take a taxi everywhere. Jeff had recommended the Mafolie Hotel and Restaurant for dinner one night. A little pricey, but spectacular view and very good food. There is no way, I would want to drive a car in St. Thomas.
Bluebeard's is an older resort sitting on the top of a cliff overlooking Charlotte Amalie and the harbor. The views are spectacular and most of the staff very friendly and the amenities are adequate. However the resort does have some problems. The units are older, the "kitchen" consists of a small refrigerator, mini-sink, and microwave. Fine for breakfast and lunch but certainly not to prepare a dinner. The units were clean, but you can tell as you tour the resort that some maintenance needs to be performed. Most of the staff was friendly except for the front desk staff. Interesting that they won a Most Improved award last year from RCI for the friendliness of the front desk staff. Certainly not on my visit except for one woman, named Vickie. The resort DJ/salesperson/host, Mike, was extremely pushy trying to get people to purchase a week at Bluebeard's. To get a discount on any of the resort events you can have a 3 hour sales session with Mike to earn your VIP card for the discounts. Not sure it is worth it. The Pirate's Party on Monday night was a resort event that was well worth it. There was also a Beach Party at the Bluebeard's Beach Club and a tour of St. John's that was fun. All in all, Bluebeard's could use some improvements.
Blue Beards Castle is minutes away from the airport in St. Thomas. We were not expecting a very nice place after reading other reviews. We actually brought bug spray and air freshner with us. We were very pleasantly surprised. Even though this resort is not on a beach, it is private and has a phenomenal view of the city and port. We enjoyed beautiful sunsets from our large and comfortable room. We had a microwave and frig in the room. We also had a pull out sofa bed, perfect for a family with kids. The guys at the bar were awesome. Ask them to make you a "Carrot Cake" drink. We only went to the casual restaurant once on property. The burgers were great. Go to the Pirate's Pool Party. Its on Monday nights. Its alot of fun. Be sure to get there at 6pm for the free rum punch. The buffet is worth the money but unless you want to attend a timeshare meeting, don't sign up for any trips while you are at this party. The "VIP" card is a way to get you to attend a meeting. Be sure and visit "The Greenhouse" in St. Thomas for happy hour. The pool is VERY small at Bluebeards. You have the option of hanging out at Elysian Beach Resort also. They have a nice beach area and a large pool. We hung out there for the day. You just have to show them your key. You MUST go to Magen's Bay. Its not really for snorkeling though. Take the ferry to St. John and go to Trunk Bay to snorkel. Its beautiful. When you go to St. John, try to stop by "Woody's" for a beer. Its a great little bar owned by a guy from Minnesota and a guy from Missouri.All in all we had a great time.
We have stayed at Bluebeard's a number of times over the last ten years. Most people who stay there are timeshare owners, but there are also many who are just visiting it as a hotel. Frequently these have some sort of "deal," so do check around before paying full price. That said, the units are kept in excellent order, and the 1BR units are very spacious.
We stayed in Room 175 of the West Wing at Bluebeards Castle. The room was considered a studio. The kitchette included a microwave, mini-refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, and dishes, butdoes not include a stove or oven. Much to my disappointment the room also did not have an iron or ironing board.