Fort Young Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fort Young Hotel Roseau
Dominica's Truly Premier Hotel
I travel for business regularly throughout the Caribbean, US and UK and when in Dominica, I always stay at the Fort Young Hotel. This hotel has what I consider the cleanest rooms in the Caribbean. Rooms are well maintained from the most economical (Standard) to the most luxurious (Oceanfront Suite which I splurged on when I brought my husband for his birthday). The hotel's staff are genuinely friendly, quite helpful and hospitable; no question was inconvenient to ask, no request was too much to fulfil. Dominica is the true Caribbean, unspoilt, rugged, naturally beautiful and most of all, the prople are wonderful. Fort Young Hotel stands alone when it comes to Excellent Service, Beautiful Rooms and a Magnificient View of the Caribbean Sea. Always and highly recommended.
Not as good as we hoped
My new wife and I stayed at the Fort Young as part of our adventure holiday for our honeymoon, having previously been in Barbados for 5 nights (all inclusive). We stayed here for 4 nights and it was our base for seeing the nature island of Dominica. After a long drive of an hour and a half from the main airport we were ready to relax in our room, which was one of the older rooms in the complex, facing out to the ocean. The room had an all-wooden floor, and there were nets in the windows, not glass, so the local wildlife could be heard very clearly, luckily we were usually so tired this didn't keep us awake too long at night. The room was of a decent size and was clean and tidy. The walk-in shower was very nice!
We found the hotel to be quite unfriendly, it was difficult to find the prices of meals and the staff were not helpful if you had a question. At breakfast one morning they tried to overcharge my wife and make her pay for the full cooked breakfast when she had purposely gone for a cheaper option. We were on a budget when staying here and wanted to keep track of costs, whereas the staff just wanted to put everything on your room bill. We were looked at as if it was a strange request when we wanted to pay cash for drinks at the bar.
The staff at the activities desk (who arranged our adventure itinerary) were great though, very knowlegeable and friendly, and they made up for the rest of the staff in our eyes.
Dominica is, in general, cheap in terms of everyday costs, there are many shops in Roseau where you can buy a snack and a drink. We also recommend the restaurant down the road from the hotel, La Robe Creole, which was a lot cheaper than eating in the hotel. Though there were mostly business people staying when we were there, the Fort Young is a good base for exploring this beautiful island, just maybe not all that we were hoping for.
A tremendous oasis of calm in the middle of Roseau. The new wing of oceanfront rooms and new pool and bar have really made a difference to this hotel. A new manager was appointed in the Spring and seems to have made a big impact on levels of service; which was pretty attentive and friendly throughout.
The oceanfront suites are excellent - we were upgraded for staying for longer than six nights. Suites have a mini-kitchen, two bathrooms, large bedroom and living room, with wraparound balcony.
- Waterfront Restaurant - good, fresh imaginative menus; friendly service
- Activities Desk - great flexibility for visits
- New infinity pool
- Great rum punches
- New rooms make older rooms look rather tired and in need of refurbishment
- Adequate breakfast buffet - needs some new ideas
- Bar/snack menu - needs some new ideas
- Marquis de Bouille restaurant - rather gloomy and tired
Finally, as cruise ship traffic builds up, the area around the hotel becomes very busy. There's also the prospect of having a vast cruise ship docked a few hundred metres down from the hotel. Spolis the view of the sunset! We stayed off peak in August, with only one ship a week.
Great Hotel - but some facilities need improving
This is a wonderful hotel - the rooms are well appointed with all mod cons. The check in is friendly, the location perfect. And the food is not bad either ...
That's the good news.
What needs improving is the service in the bar area, the signage and the breakfast buffet.
Otherwise, this is a lovely hotel to stay at ...
Fort Young is a mixed bag
We stayed at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Dominica, in February 2005. In short, our experience at the hotel was a mixed bag.
On the positive side, from what we could see, the Fort Young is one of the nicest and most comfortable hotels in Roseau. The rooms are clean and relatively spacious with balconies, there are a couple of restaurants on site (which are decent but nothing to rave about), the facility sits perched right on the water, there is an in-house excursions desk which made planning hikes and snorkeling trips very convenient, there is a business center with fast internet connections, the hotel is located just minutes from downtown Roseau where there are very good local restaurants, and there is a pool surrounded by pretty vegetation near the open air bar/cafe. Lastly, we must say that the Fort Young makes the absolute BEST rum punches (and we don't even like rum!) - it is a wonderful combination of fresh passion fruit and lime juice - don't miss it if you go there.
On the other hand, we found the front desk staff to be of extremely limited help, rather unfriendly, and seemingly unconcerned about the guests' concerns and needs. First, we arrived at the Fort Young a day late because we missed our connecting flight, and were told, right in the middle of Dominica's chaotic carnival season, that our room had been given away and that the hotel was completely booked. We were shocked given that our entire stay had been pre-paid months before through Travelocity, and we further explained that we had tried to call the hotel numerous times over the past 24 hours to notify them of our late arrival but were unable to get through (other guests we met also reported that they had trouble calling the hotel during that period). In response, the front desk treated us as though we were lying and made up pathetic excuses as to why they were justified in giving our room away. In the end, we refused to accept their position, and they ultimately and "miraculously" found a room for us.
During our entire stay, there was massive construction on a new wing right outside our room. From as early as 7am on through the evenings, there was incessant and loud sawing, drilling, hammering, and yelling. We understand that hotels need to expand and renovate, but the Fort Young neglects to mention the ongoing expansion on their website, so many guests were unaware of this huge inconvenience before they arrived! As residents of New York City, we were particularly dismayed at having to live with this constant noise pollution. In addition, Fort Young boasts a spa and fitness facility on their website, but also neglects to mention that these amenities are currently closed due to the expansion. One couple we met and shared excursions with had no hot water in their room for 5 days straight, and another couple checked out early because they wanted to lounge around the hotel on most days and couldn't take the noise anymore.
Again, the Fort Young is likely the most comfortable place to stay in the Roseau area, but the staff needs a major attitude adjustment in the kindness and hospitality areas, the food should be much better in the on-site restaurants considering that they are charging New York City prices, and the hotel should be up front and honest about the inconveniences associated with the ongoing expansion.
We moved to the Ft Young Hotel after being disappointed by our stay at the Hummingbird Inn. What a welcome change! The room was very clean and ocean view was fantastic--all for roughly the same price as the H. Inn. We also really enjoyed the pool, outdoor tables at the restaurant, and location right in downtown Roseau. Our only disappointment was the food at the restaurant: it was our biggest splurge of our honeymoon, and the food was terrible (vegetable streudel frozen in the middle). Also, make sure the restaurant serves you bottled water--we think this is how/where we got sick.
I didn't know what to expect
I didn't know what to expect - but was very pleasantly surprised - probably the best hotel on the island - food very good, service quite astonishingly fast. Lovely friendly people especially Anne Williams - customer services and Joel - waiter in the restaturant. Lovely and clean rooms. All in all a very pleasant stay at the hotel - very well recommended.
Thank You Fort Young
I was in Roseau on a business trip. Lots to do in the hotel. The pool and ocean front balconies made it a great place to stay on the Island while working.
Dominica is perfect
After a half day cruise visit we fell in love with the beautiful, lush green island of Dominica and its wonderfully friendly people. So we went back for 4 days as a side trip from St. Martin.We stayed in the Fort Young Hotel, right in Roseau, the capital,and very near the cruise ship dock. It's a well designed hotel built into the remains of an old fort. The rooms are spacious, all have great views and the staff are exceptionally friendly. The restaurant is reputed to be the best on the island, and we found it quite good.We are birdwatchers and we hooked up with Bertrand Jno Baptiste again (he had been our guide on the first visit). He is the bird expert on the island and knows the flora and fauna like the back of his hand. The main roads on Dominica are mostly terrible - narrow and full of potholes, and the side roads are worse. Without his four wheel drive we wouldn't have made it.But it's the spectacular scenery - rain forest, mountains, cliffs and the sea, that we loved.And the people. We were walking around in Roseau one day and a woman who looked as if she was in her nineties stopped my wife and suggested that she was walking too fast - "You're in the islands now"!The only downside is the airport at Melville Hall, 36 miles from Roseau and well over an hour's drive, even for taxis, on an incredibly twisted, hilly and potholed road that we navigated on arrival through a torrential downpour (the only rain we got in the 4 days).And beware Caribbean Star airlines, one of the two choices in getting to Dominica. They were on time and pleasant to fly with. But they "reconfirmed" us three times on a flight that did not exist, rebooked us the night before on a flight that did, but had no record of us when we showed up for the flight. Their reservations staff obviousl just say "yes" to any telephone request and do absolutley nothing about it.Dominica is a place for eco-tourists, hikers, deep sea divers and snorkellers and those looking for a quiet life. There are no large resorts and if there are any decent beaches we never found them.Just to illustrate local attitudes, the prime minister of Dominica had died just before we arrived and the island was in official mourning. At the hotel, they had cancelled "happy hour" out of respect. I like that attitude!
Lovely rooms, so-so food, overall good service
Stayed at this hotel a week or two ago, for two nights. Overall, the rooms were very comfortable (go for the new wing, which is lovely). The service was willing if horribly slow (20 minutes for a diet coke is unacceptable) but the food was tasteless. Breakfast was lukewarm buffet food and bland fruits (why, when this island is positively dripping in gorgeous fresh fruits wherever you look).
I would stay here for work (as did most the people), but if I were coming to Dominica for a vacation, with an eco-twist, I would probably opt for somewhere with more character of a less-commercial type.
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... and river running through the rainforest. Can see Atlantic through the mountains from the viewpoint. The cruise ships today were clippers with tall sails, much nicer than the boxes here last week.
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