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Historical Traveler Reviews Windward Passage Hotel Charlotte Amalie
The hotel was very nice. The front desk was very friendly and had plenty of information. They helped us with any questions and even made reservations for us at a restaurant. The room was clean and we had a good view of the harbor, although our balcony was almost non existent. The pool was clean. Altogether it is a good place to stay on a budget. We had a very pleasant time.
I hooked up with this hotel via Priceline, before I had a chance to check it out. Admittedly, I was worried after reading the Tripadvisor reviews of many who'd come before me. I guess the easiest thing is to start with the negatives I saw, or at least the things you'd want to know before going:
We stayed at this hotel in February 2005. First warning- do not stay on the left hand side of the hotel (if you are facing the hotel, then do not stay in the rooms on the left). There is a club next door which plays music until all hours of the night- really, really loud. When we went to ask for a new room, they weren't surprised so we knew we weren't the only ones this has happened to.
I guess the trip was excellent in the end, but you have to hear how it began... Back in March of this year, my mom and I decided to go on a Spring Break trip together being that it was my last Spring Break at Emory University. We decided to go to St. Thomas. After reading reviews on Trip Advisor, I decided that the Holiday Inn would be descent since it was close to shopping (i thought). Anyway, we arrived at about 2:30 since our Delta Vacations itinerary stated that check-in was at 3:00. After a 4 hour flight from Atlanta, we were pretty exhausted. Upon arriving to the hotel, we find out that check in (according to the hotel) is at 4:00. After showing them that the itinerary said 3:00pm, the hotel staff refused to give us a room, claiming the room had not yet been cleaned and there were not any other rooms available. The hotel staff was quite rude and refused to budge even after we notified Delta Vacations. Finally, at 3:30 our room was ready and all we wanted to do was rest. At the manager's reception, I guess the manager felt bad for providing such poor customer service, we were awarded with a huge bottle of Cruzan rum. Besides our initial incident with the hotel staff, everything else was good. The room was clean, no bugs, no pest, no smelly pillows, etc. We had a partial ocean view (see photos). My mom said that at times it was a little noisy if you are on the left side of the hotel. The airplane that lands on the water lands frequently and can be noisy. Since I am a hard sleeper, it did not bother me. They delivered a paper daily and the weather could not have been better. I dont know too much about the restaurant inside the hotel, we didnt bother eating there. There is a restaurant near the hotel Greenhouse (see photos) that was pretty good and many more mixed in the shopping district. There is one on St. John that is simply delicious (see photo). Before we checked out, the manager apologized again mentioning she was a little stressed, so all was well.
My husband and I have visited St. Thomas several times on cruises for the day but never actually stayed there! What a beautiful island! Lots of great beaches. The shuttle to Magen's Bay was great and free. We went to Coki Point Beach a day, which was recommended by the locals and that was much more beautiful even than Magen's Bay!
Not a room I would choose again
The price is okay, but if you are going to the Virgin Islands, skip this Holiday Inn and go for somewhere away from the junky alley views. I wish we had stayed at one of the places on the east side of the island, with a beach and a nice view of the water. I chose Charlotte Amalie because I thought it would be a fun waterfront shopping atmosphere similar to Savannah, GA. I won't make that mistake again.
Will never return
Stayed at the holiday in March. Very quite hotel not much to do. Had alot of concerns about security (there was none). Front desk and tour agent very rude. The nicest staff were the bartenders although the drinks were pretty lousy. Never ate in the dining area, did not look too inviting. Thank god for Glady's in the shopping area, great place to eat and also the Greenhouse. Spa area we never was able to get an appointment catered to alot of outside people that was not from the hotel. My husband and I stayed here as a last minute resort to attend a wedding at the frenchmans reef, spent most of our time there with the wedding party. St. Thomas is a beautiful Island and will return, but not here. Also the hotel is surely in need of renovations.
Don't stay here.
Terrible..don't stay here. I arrived at noon and they didn't want to check me in until the 4 PM check in time. I did a red eye from the west coast and let me tell you. After an hour and a half of waiting for a room, I demanded to speak to the manager....had a room in 30 seconds.
My view was of the local crack houses and getto in the back. Pretty scary view and loud at night.
Great for shopping. Only 2 blocks away. That's the only positive thing about this hotel.
Pass if you can
Stayed here on a business trip and moved after the first two nights.
Rooms are old and outdated, as is the rest of the hotel. Very convenient to downtown shopping and the harbor, but other than that stay at one of the resort properties, especially if you are coming on vacation. This is NOT a good vacation hotel as they are far from a beach and get a lot of the noise and hustle/bustle of the downtown traffic. The front desk staff is friendly, but the staff in the restaurant is so slow and indifferent I almost felt invisible.
My husband and I stayed just one night at the Windward Passage, but would highly recommend it if you want to be near the shopping in Charlotte Amalie. We arrived late on a Sunday night, so things were pretty quiet around the hotel, but downtown is within easy walking distance and we found places to eat for dinner. Rooms are standard and good for the price; hotel is built around a courtyard with a nice pool area, and some shops, businesses and a restaurant down on the first level. We were able to leave our luggage with the bell captain the next morning which made it very convenient for shopping. We just walked downtown and explored all around before picking up our luggage and catching the St. John ferry. Staff was very pleasant, and the room was fine. We'd recommend it for the location!