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... out on the treadmill for an hour and did weights for another 30 minutes. I napped. :-) What a great day!
Tonight is the first formal night of this 10 day leg. We got dressed up (Sorry, no photos again!) this is the Captain's Champagne waterfall night...free champagne. Hooray!
At dinner we shared the table with a couple from Vancouver and an older couple from Rochester, New York, Ray and Carol. The guy from Vancouver, Curt, was about 30 sheets to the wind and ...
... the bridge. The captain said because of high surf, the tenders would not be running so we're going to have an unexpected sea day. Jeff said "He woke us up to tell us there's no reason to wake up early!" Bummer! We were looking forward to snorkeling again.
We check the "Princess Patter" which is the ship's daily newsletter (you don't think I just know all that navigation stuff, do you??) which lists the day's activities. Not much there ...
... up with her and we were heading out to the trail when Val felt uneasy and returned to the beach. I enjoyed the trail and saw some very pretty fish and some enchants and a eel. The visibility was good and the water was a bit on the cool side. The reef was between 6 and 16 feet deep and was very well protected. The guards watch people and there is no standing any where on or by the coral as this is a national park there were rangers ...
... 8217;ll spend as much money, but you’ll have a much better time snorkeling where YOU want to snorkel, eating food you want to eat and sitting on a private beach. There was a nice couple on the cruise that we spent some time talking to...a big shout out to Matt and Barbie from Tampa, Florida!! We were all a little disappointed with the day, but we made the best of it and did have a good time ...
... of the day before going snorkeling. A lady left her cell phone on her chair so Amb went up the beach to see if she could find them and while doing that she got talking to Maggie and Jerry again so I had to come looking for her with the lady. While they were talking they made plans to come to dinner with us. We had reservations at "Molly Malone’s" (they don't seem to have a website, but I did find them on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Island Beachcomber Hotel Charlotte Amalie
Rude front office
I have stayed at the Island Beachcomber four times in the past ten years and have enjoyed the beach, being close to the airport and the bar. Unfortuneatly, when we arrived on March 6th, the young women who greeted us in the office was rude, foul and had no idea about good customer service. The next morning to our dismay, that same rude young women was our waitress who served us breakfast.The bartender's at the outside bar were excellent , the beach was fantastic, but the customer service skills of the front office and restaraunt were horrible.I also missed the animals they use to have there, especially Tide the cat.
Miss the bar,the beach,the room and Al the Taxi guy
It was everything my friends told me it would be.They stopped in last year while on a cruize and said the next time they come back to St.
Thomas it would be to stay at the Beachcomber.I'm glad they asked me to join them.The beach is relaxing,the bar staff is fun,the rooms are informal and Al the taxi guy will be remembered.Thanks to all of you in making our vacation one to remember for a long long time.HIGHLY RECOMENDED.When you need a taxi..ask for Al and say hello to him from Tom,Martha,JoAnn and Mark from Minnesota!!!
Excellent Bartender--Candy can make a GREAT Pina Colada
If you are looking to get away from the cold winter, St. Thomas is the place. My husband and I returned from a 5 day stay at this hotel. The rates were very reasonable at this hotel. Island Beachcomer is located on a beautiful beach. The front desk staff were very friendly. The taxi cab driver Al ( I agree from previous reviewer) was a great person to take you to key points. Candy, one of the bartenders makes the best Pina Colada's and Bushwackers ! The breakfast fare was good, we only ate dinner there once we were not impressed, waitstaff was not at all friendly and the menu selection was poor. Rooms were clean but they do need updating! We had a very restful stay, they are trying to add touches. Try the food at Best Western next door it was great. The beach was beautiful, airport is right next door, so you are subject to jet noise at certain day times.
Beauty all around you...
Fun! Fun! Fun! The rooms are bare bones, but a good bargain. If you're in the room enough for it to matter, you are in the wrong place. The cleaning staff are wonderful, the grounds keeper great. The beach is beyond beautiful. St. Thomas is an excellent place to vacation. I can't wait to go again next year! The one girl at the front desk is a delight, although I didn't get her name.
Price was right, the hotel is in poor condition
My husband and I checked into the Beachcomber on Dec. 27, and stayed
for 4 days. The rooms are old and in very poor condition. We moved to
another room because the first didn't have a working air conditioner.
Believe me, you need the air conditioner to drown out the jets taking
off and landing. You are right by the airport landing strip. You can
hear them, and they are very noisy. We stayed here because of other
reviewers. I wonder where they are used to staying? We tried the
restaurant's food for breakfast one morning. Service was very poor and
the food wasn't much better. Price was high.
The hotel doesn't have a porter so we had to take all our luggage upstairs by ourselves. The beach is nice. Try Best Western Emerald, it was nicer.
Hated the hotel, loved the beach...
My partner and I stayed at the Beachcomber Hotel for two nights and found it to be a poor choice for many reasons. First, the facilities are all completely worn out and tired, including poor plumbing, worn interiors, termite infestation, cockroaches, etc. The beach chairs were broken, restaurant food mediocre at best and expensive, and a general lack of caring of guests. If you would like an inexpensive alternative go right next door to the Best Western Emerald Beach hotel, which is marvelous. After tasting and paying for bad food at the Beachcomber we ate our meals and enjoyed all of the amenities at the BW. From this location you can easily walk into Charlotte Amelie.
Don't go to this hotel!
Very nice for the price!
My fiance booked a trip to St. Thomas back in September and it was up to ME to find the place to stay. I spent a ton of time on line trying to find a reasonable place for the week that we were staying. I happened to stumble upon The Island Beachcomber by accident. The pictures looked nice and the price could not be beat! SO, we booked it!
We got there and checked in and when we opened the back door, there was the beach. It was a nice and private beach. We only ate at the restaurant once for breakfast and were unimpressed with the fare, but everything else about the place was nice.
The one thing that we liked best about the place was the Al the taxi driver. He was by far, the BEST taxi driver we had on the island. He was nice, funny, and liked to talk!!! My fiance went diving one day and Al dropped me off at the Marriott to use the beach. Well, the next day he was kind enough to ask me if I had a good time on the beach. I give FIVE stars to Al the Taxi Driver!!!
I honestly would recommend this place to someone if they are looking for an affordable place to lay their head on St. Thomas and I believe that the next time we come back, we will stay at this place!
This hotel was perfect. My boyfriend and I went there for a week on vacation from march 16-23rd. The beach alone is worth the trip. Its very informal and the staff is very friendly. We ate many meals at the restaurant and it was great. Gigi was definitely our favorite server as well. If you go, yuo must try the pork chops. The location of the hotel was also great. Right down from the airport and a 5 minute ride to downtown Charlotte Amalie and Frenchtown. We also spend many days and nights getting drinks from Stan, the bartender. You have to try a Bushwacker. They are absolutely great. When we go back to St Thomas we are definitely staying here again. The staff, service, atmosphere and beach are the best. We highly suggest this hotel. I promise you will have a great time.
The Beach Alone is Worth It! Private and Peaceful.
If you're looking for luxurious accomodations with sophisticated decor, then go to Boston. But if you're into nature, peace and quiet -and gorgeous sunsets on the beach, then this is the place for you. My husband and I needed to RELAX - and this we did. We saw three weddings on the beach, watched vintage airplanes take off every day from the nearby airport, went iguana shooting (with a camera) at the far end of Lindbergh Bay and enjoyed some nice meals in their simple, but friendly little restaurant served by great staff members like Gigi. No makeup, no shoes, no cell phones, just me and my books. To be sure, the rooms aren't fancy - but the vase filled with fresh flowers on the shabby, but chic little bureau in our room showed me someone cared enough to make an effort. We plan to go back next year.
A very informal place to stay. Put your swim suit on in the morning. Swim, eat, live in your baithing suit. Friendly staff. Good value. Reasonable prices. A great beach. Good food (Try the Ribs).. We will return.