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Historical Traveler Reviews Mafolie Hotel Charlotte Amalie
Great Stay -- Jan 3-10, 2005!!
Just returned from a great week stay at Mafolie Hotel (only 22 units). Our deluxe king bed room [#101] with balcony had a refrigerator and price of $115 included continental breakfast. Extremely comfortable bed. Nice breeze from open windows, so we only used A/C about 4 hours during whole week. The hotel is located up high on the hill overlooking the big harbor & has a magnificent view of the city, cruise ships, yachts & seaplanes. Owners are 2 wonderful ladies [Helga & daughter Natasha] and their husbands, Mike & AJ. Mafolie Hotel has a fantastic open-air restaurant -- ate 5 dinners there!! Hotel also has a pool & pool-side grill/bar. (Check their website mafolie
We rented a compact car from Budget for base rate of $149.95. We had a parking place right in front of our room at Mafolie!! Mike drove & I navigated -- we drove all over the island without any problem. Gas for whole week was $17.00!!
Our favorite beaches were Sapphire, Ritz-Carlton and especially Elysian/Cowpet Bay. We ate 4 lunches at Robert's American Grille at Elysian -- try a cup of "low-country she-crab soup" which is super delicious -- we also recommend lump-crab sandwich!!
We took an all-day BVI boat trip on Limnos charter (which Natasha booked for us at less than regular cost) to Virgin Gordo/Baths and snorkeling at caves at Norman Island. Boat serves breakfast, lunch & open bar all day!!
Had Great Reception Dinner Here!
We had our reception dinner here on Nov 8th. Prior to arriving, Natasha was very attentive and accommodated ALL of our needs via email. We had 18 pp total in our party and we were seated in a covered outdoor area. The view from this place is breathtaking. The food was excellent! We would definitely return for dinner!
Great time and great value
I had searched around for a good value on St. Thomas and we didn't need to stay right on the water seeing that we had a car and could get around real easily. We stumbled upon the Mafolie and went in to inquire about prices. Because we had our own car and we were on the island for awhile they gave us the "locals" price which saved us about $25.00. The rooms (we stayed in two different ones) were clean and had spectacular views of the bay. The pool was great for a dip when the temps were in the 90's. With the price you also get a breakfast in the morning - which you don't have to pay extra for the view - it is kinda fun just sipping coffee and watching the large cruise ships come into dock.
Best of all is the people who own it - Helga is wonderful and so is her daughter. They do anything for you and love to chat about anything. I would stay there again in a heart beat - it was quiet while we were there...parking can be tricky but if you pay attention, you can get a great spot. If you are on a budget - this is the place for you.
Stayed at the Mafolie Jul 29th thru Aug 5th. The view was everything and more. We stayed in rm 102, a king suite with balcony. Spent a lot of time on the balcony with a set of binoculars. If you're looking for a nicely decorated Marriott type of room, this is not the place for you. The room was very clean but old. The mosquitos ate us up pretty good and the bath towels need to be replace years ago. The restaurant and bar are excellent. The food was very good. Be prepared to wait at least an hour or more on a Friday or Sat and that is with a reservation. Probably wouldn't stay there again but with a little attention this could be a great spot. Will definetly go back for dinner.
Will return for dinner
View was as advertised. Being that this establishment acts as both hotel and restaurant it made parking nearly impossible in the evenings. There are no designated parking spots for hotel patrons so be prepared to either get back into your room by 7pm or after 10pm. Another drawback was that the hotel sits right on a motorspeedway/road so it was a little difficult to sleep past 8am. On my next trip back to the island I will fork out the extra $50 per night and stay in a more relaxed environment and visit the Mafolie for dinner to enjoy the great view.
Mafolie is Great!
Had a fabulous stay at this family owned property. Their website tells you about the view, but you are in for a great surprise upon your arrival - better than pictures can show.We stayed in King Suite and it was very roomy, clean as a whistle, and we could enjoy this tremendous view out of the bank of windows lining the outer wall.Only minor issue is that our room, great as it was, was right next to the bar of the adjacent hotel. Sunday's bar crowd were noisy and kept us up for awhile longer than we'd like.Gayle was a very helpful pool bar attendant. Very friendly and always attentive. I really recommend this property. Great value!
Mafolie Hotel: Inexpensive but Wonderful!
We loved the Mafolie! Our room was charming, with the best view in the world. The owners and staff of this small hotel are wonderful and so helpful. They provide free shuttle to Magen's Bay or downtown each day, along with a substantial continental breakfast. The restaurant is excellent--the filet with bernaise sauch and fresh caribbean lobster are beyond belief. Ask for Steve, who is the most professional waiter ever. The Mafolie is relatively inexpensive for St. Thomas, and provides the kind of small-hotel service we love. The pool is a gem, and Kirstie at the pool bar is an excellent hostess and short-order cook. Try a burger or a "Lil Bird" along with one of her frozen drinks. Just watch out because the iguanas will want to share!
Great view, friendly staff and Excellent Dining!
Would definitely recommend this hotel. It has a beautiful view of Havensight and the bay and the food served in the restaurant is to die for. It was unmatched the rest of our stay on both St. Thomas and St. John. The staff were friendly and personable. The continental breakfast a perfect way to start the day.
A great value!
Ask for the rooms in the old main building
We have stayed at the Mafolie several times over the last eight years. The pace is laid back, you typically will need a cab or a car to get into town, the rooms in the older section of the hotel (the part of the hotel which is close to the pool) are breezy, high-ceilinged, Caribbean, and often large and comfortable, with a lot of dark wood and white plaster in evidence - pretty, and some good views!
BUT... please be aware that there are some small rooms in a row at the NW corner of the hotel (above the dining terrace) that are... uninspired. Hot. Small. Boxy. wall-to-wall carpet (at our last visit) in a place which should not have that. Window air conditioner, and you need it. No privacy if your drapes/shades are open, as they are laid out like a typical inexpensive motel on the mainland, so everyone in rooms beyond yours wanders past your windows to get to their doors. Fortunately, there are not MANY of these rooms, and you can ask the desk to move you, but beware if you are booking a short stay - if someone booking a longer stay asks for the same room you request, even AFTER you have requested it, they take precedence. At least, that is what happened to us last time.
Exquisite view and nice people too!
Our five day stay at this hotel was highlighted by the exquisite view of Charlotte Amalie's harbor from the room (most have a view). Situated up above the harbor also presented wonderful breezes so we didn't use the air condition four of the nights. A pleasant and adequate continental breakfast started our day. I would most certainly return to the Mafolie Hotel again.
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8FEB15 - Leave Fort Lauderdale / Port Everglades.
9FEB15 - At Sea enjoying our 30th Anniversary.
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... I'm already soaked and since I was wearing my swimsuit under my clothes, I go right up to the current pool and swam 1/2 mile.
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