Best Western Carib Beach Resort
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Hi everyone! It's Kat. I will probably be writing most of the blog posts.
We arrived in St. Thomas at about 2 pm. We collected our bags and located the hotel on Theresa's GPS...or so we thought. We started trekking through the airport and the GPS showed that we were getting closer. We walked past a restaurant/bar that sounded like there …
We woke up early and got ready to go. As per usual my mother hadn't completely finished packing. It was still extremely dark out. I tried to take photos with my disposable camera, but knew they wouldn't come out. Out in the bay we could see yachts who had pulled in for the night glisten in the water. It seemed that the sun came up quickly, …
Upon arrival to St. Thomas we were headed into a 16 passenger taxi. We asked to be dropped off at our hotel, which is right next to the airport (literally) but he forgot, so we had to wait until he dropped everyone off and got a new load before disembarking.
When we got there, the front desk girl was extremely rude. Apparently her boss …
... the day), loud music and a lot going on. A very vibrant, colorful beach. The "R's" as we call Rossana and Reto (they call us the "Js") walk down the beach but we know we'll catch up to them later as the four of us arranged with Helen, the taxi driver, to come pick us up at 2:30.
Wow! The snorkeling here is good. On the right side of the beach there is an area filled with sergeant majors and similar sized fish. One local tells us that if we ...
... ten days we'll be back to St. Thomas (it is the only port we repeat) and we are making plans on what to do then. Hope the thrusters will be repaired by then.
We walked back to town and man! it started to pour rain again! I'm drenched down to my swimsuit. We explored some alleys, went to the historic bakery district but everything was closed up tight. Oh, duh, it's Sunday - the only shops open are the tourist ones. We catch a tender and get back to the boat about 1:30.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBest Western Carib Beach Resort Charlotte Amalie
This is the closest hotel to the airport. In fact, it's easily walkable from the airport terminal.
We were looking for a hotel where we could crash for our first night on St. Thomas. We knew we wouldn't have much time to wander around after our flight landed, so we chose this hotel for the proximity to the airport and the price. (We planned to take the ferry to St. John the next morning.) We were expecting a seedy hotel, but were we surprised to find it very nice inside. It seems as if the rooms had been recently redone. The floors were gorgeous white tile and the walls and bathroom looked freshly painted. The room was very clean. I was happy to find that there were no critters (geckos, etc.) in the room. The doors sealed very well, so they couldn't get in. The beds were very comfortable and the linens were clean. I was able to easily connect to the internet using my laptop. The bar/restaurant at the Carib was nice but it wasn't open when we got there (3 pm). The hotel has a shuttle that takes you to the Emerald Best Western on the other side of the bay. There we enjoyed the bar, the food, and the beach. Back at the Carib, we had a cocktail, and the bar staff was ultra friendly. They gave us advice on where to go in St. John.
If you're concerned about airport noise, don't be, unless you need to go to bed early. On this side of the bay, there is only a little rumble when the planes take off. It is much louder on the Emerald side of the bay. However, the planes stop taking off in the late evening, so you can sleep like a baby without all the airport traffic.
I would recommend this hotel if you're looking for something very nice, but inexpensive or a place to stay for a couple of nights. However, if you're looking for something close to the main drag, this is not the hotel for you. It's a little off the beaten path, and you might end up spending the money you saved on taxis to get anywhere.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Carib Beach Resort Charlotte Amalie
As a business traveler, this hotel is perfect in every form of the word. The value and service are great for a small hotel. Having been to St. Thomas at least three times a year for the past 10 years, I can tell you where to stay and where to not stay. I have tried almost business class hotel on the island and Carib Beach is the best.
If you are reading this, you have picked the right hotel. My wife and I stayed at the Best Western Carib Beach Resort October 27-November 3. Through much research, this hotel was the best value on the island of St. Thomas. The hotel is an older property, with much history I understand, and has been very well maintained. The rooms are very nice, and very clean. Not one single problem during our stay. The employees were nice and helpful as well.
Far and away, the best value on the island of St. Thomas. The Carib Beach Resort is one of the most friendly, relaxing hotels that I and my family have ever stayed. For 5 nights, we were treated with great courtesy and care. The staff and management knows what it means to be in the service industry. The hotel was in the process of doing some renovations, but they never started work before 9am as not to distrub the few guests that were there. We went in the "slow" season to avoid the winter rush, and we are very glad we did. The hotel was perfect, and such a great value that we will return.
Free transportation from airport!
We did not actually stay there. Checked in and made a few phone calls.
Took a cab with our bags to a restaurant in Red Hook where a meal was in progress for the bride and groom whose wedding we attended the following day. We booked the room because it was the only way we could get a reasonable air fare. The room was fine and I'm sure we would have enjoyed staying there if other arrangements had not been made by the bride and groom. My husband checked out on the way to the airport on our return.
Finally, A Real Vacation!
This is the hotel to stay with if your are searching for a quiet, peaceful, relaxing, enjoyable, unpressured, vacation. I could not imagine any place on the island of st. thomas that is better suited for people that like all the things mentioned above. The hotel itself is very charming. The rooms are more than adequate in every regard. Good sized, and very well kept, these rooms are a great value.
The view is spectacular! All the rooms face the ocean. The Terrace Restaurant is Fantastic! Good value on the food as well. Overall, a great deal of a resort! Would recommend this hotel highly to everyone.
Where to begin? St. Thomas is a very small island that offers a big bang for the buck. Most Caribbean islands are so desolete that you can only sit and stare at the water. St. Thomas and St. John, however, are a non stop adventure. My wife to be and I decided on St. Thomas as the place to spend our Honeymoon. We searched every hotel and resort on the island before going, and was shocked intially by what we saw. Almost every hotel on the island was at least 200-300 dollars a night! After paying for a big wedding, I was not in the mood to spend 3000 dollars for a honeymoon.
This was our first trip to the Virgin Islands and my whole family loved the island of St. Thomas. One of the best parts of the trip was our choice in hotels. Taking a family of 6 on vacation can be quite expensive, so whenever you find a real bargin you want to let everyone know. I found the Best Western Carib Beach Resort by calling them direct from an Internet listing. They were the most affordable "namebrand" beach resort on the entire island. They had nice amenities and a small, but intimate property setting. The beach was great for sunbathing, but if you want to swim around in the ocean you will want to go to their sister hotel just down the road called Emerald Beach Resort. The room was older, but was in good shape. It had a huge private patio with a great view and the caribbean breeze blowing all the time. We only ate at their restaurant twice, we should have ate there more often. The food and service was as good, and more often better than some of the "ritzy" places in town for half the price. It seems that customer service is just an acedemic point except for at The Carib Beach Resort. The staff helped out at every turn. They even warned us about some of the tourist traps to avoid. For around a $100 dollars a night, you will not beat this hotel on that island.
Best Value on the Island!
I have been traveling to St. Thomas for the past 10 years. I had stayed at several of the super fancy(and expensive!) resorts. None felt like home until I got to The Carib Beach Resort. The rooms were very nice for the rate, and the view was great. Each room has a large private balcony to sit and stare at the ocean. It was very quiet and had a laid back atmosphere. All of the staff was very helpful and pleasent. I would highly recommend this hotel to every single friend I have. I saved over $1500.00 by choosing this hotel and had more fun there any other. I will be a lifelong customer. Oh, did I mention that the food was absolutley fabulous and the best cocktails on the island. Try it, you wont be dissapointed.
One night was enough
We stayed at the BW Carib Resort for one night before we got on our boat. We arrived at 10:30 p.m. and found the desk clerk to be very nice. However, we had to carry our four heavy bags up a flight of stairs to find that our room had not had the air conditioning turned on. It was very hot and humid. We turned the a/c on and went to the bar for drinks. The bartender was very nice & friendly. The room had cooled down in about 45 minutes when we returned. The room was nothing to brag about and I'm glad we only stayed there one night. Would not want to spend my whole vacation there.
MY husband and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights this past April. Yes it is right next to the airport. But I liked it because it was away from the hustle and bustle of town. The room was very big. It was kept clean. It had a fridge and coffee maker. We had a porch/balcony to sit on. The beach was one you would not want to swim on. Only because it was small and quite rocky. But they did have a pool, which we didn't use. Breakfast was included, but it was only toast or danish, juices and coffee. You could get a hot breakfast for a charge, which we did. It was good. I guess there was a free shuttle into town, but we didn't use it because we had rented a car. We did go across the bay to the Best Western Emerald Beach Hotel to look around and have dinner twice. Their menus had a little more variety than our hotel. All in all it seemed like the nicer hotel out of the two. But it was more expensive to stay there. I would stay at Carib Beach again if I was just doing a fast shopping trip to St. Thomas. But if I was doing a longer trip I would try another hotel, just to see. This was our first non cruise trip to St. Thomas. The airport noise was not that bad I thought. And after 8:30 pm. it seemed like there were no flights taking off.