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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.
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!
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.
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 ...
We stayed at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Dominica, in February 2005. In short, our experience at the hotel was a mixed bag.
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.
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.