Best Western Carib Beach Resort
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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
Service and Value Are Not Dead Afterall
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.
The rooms were very spacious and well decorated. It was also the cleanest hotel rooms I have ever checked into on St. Thomas. I usually go over my hotel rooms with a white glove, I found not one problem either time I have stayed at Carib Beach.
The location was great, the restaurant was very good, and the service staff was exemplary. I recommend this hotel without any reservation. Not many small hotels in the Caribbean do such a fine job of providing great service to their guests.
Best Western Carib Beach Resort-St. Thomas
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.
The views from the hotel are great, every room it seems has a large private balcony area. St. Thomas has great shopping, as my wife can attest. There are many great restaurants on the island also, however the best I tried was at the hotel itself. The food was excellent, service was a little questionable but overall acceptable. Customer service in the Caribbean is an experience for those of you who have not tried it.
We went scuba diving with a dive operator called Blue Island. They were reccommened by the hotel, and were very professional and knowledgeable. There is also a tramway that goes to the top of a mountain that affords the best sunset views in the world. Almost everything fun to do on the island is very close to the hotel, which saves a lot of money in taxi fares. Renting a car would be hazardous to your health, as they drive on the left and the roads are very narrow. Not to mention that there no parking anywhere on the island.
The Best Western Carib Beach Resort has got my vote as a great alternative to the larger, much more expensive resorts. The personal service this hotel provides is beyond most hotels.
Best Vacation Ever
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.
The rooms and property were very nice and well kept. The staff had answers to every question that we had, and they offered their help on more than one occasion. The views are great from the rooms, and the restaurant was fantastic. Much better than most Caribbean resorts all in all. Thank you Trip Advisor for providing an honest forum for vacation hotels around the world.
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.
So much fun, So little time...
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.
Then we found the Best Western Carib Beach Resort. It was far and away the best value in lodging. We were greeted by a great staff and upgraded to a fantastic room right on the water. The room was as nice as any I had ever been in, especially for the price. For less than 120 dollars, we even had HBO!.
The restaurant, I forgot the name of it, at the hotel was very good. Steaks and Seafood are the speciality of the house and it shows. The beach area is small, but how much beach do you need? They provided shuttle service over to their sister property where they have a fantastic beach, one of the nicest(and cleanest) in St. Thomas.
I suggest renting a car or moped. Taxi's are really expensive all over the island. Traffic is a nightmare during business hours. The shopping is great all over the island. Brand names and baragins are everywhere. You should know that every restaurant I found was pricey. The cheapest hamburger I found was at the hotel and it was 8 dollars, and it was the best out of all them. Hard Rock Cafe is good too.
I spent 10 days on St. Thomas and loved almost every minute of it. The people were all very friendly and helpful. There are sights around every corner of the island. There is so much history on the island as well. My parents just returned, on my recommendation, from St. Thomas and they also stayed at the Best Western Carib Beach Resort. They had the time of their lives, they even renewed their vows on their last day there. It is a very romantic spot. We will try to spend every anniversiary in the islands if we can, and when we do, it will be at Carib Beach Resort.
Nice Service Oriented Hotel
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.
Just a quick tip, If you are going jewelry shopping in St. Thomas be sure to check out Cardow Jewelry. The hotel even saved us money on a bracelet for my husband by giving us a 20% off coupon. I highly recommend this hotel to all of my friends and family. We will be back next year for sure!
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.
Would probably stay there again
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.
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