I only chose this property because we were meeting friends from another country who were already booked at the Trade Winds. I normally book beach front properties. I read the reviews so I knew what to expect and not expect from this hotel and most of the reviews are accurate. Yes, the view is nice and the property is on a hill which we didn't mind since we both are athletic. We actually ran up and down the huge hill every morning which was a great workout before breakfast! The beach is within walking distance for us but we are very athletic and walking back up the hill may be a problem for some folks.
The room needs a complete overhaul / update. The bathroom was pretty old and gross. The quality of housekeeping was okay. Several times we had to go to the front desk for soaps and lotions and towels that weren't replaced. One thing I do have to mention is that I was in a rush one morning and forgot to lock up a valuable little diamond necklace and accidentally left it on the dresser. I was nervous when I realized I left it out but when I got back to the room at the end of the day and after the housekeeper had been there, my necklace was laying on the dresser! I was so relieved and pleased that it wasn't stolen!
Be ready for the pace of a snail restaurant staff. I have been to many Caribbean islands and am accustomed to the pace of the Caribbean. This restaurant wins the gold medal for the laziest and unfriendliest staff. The food ranged from okay to pretty good. We ate breakfast there every day because we bought the breakfast package and you would think after a week of being extra kind to the wait staff, extra smiles, pleases, thank yous, etc, they would be a little more kind to us. Maybe everyone was having a bad week...we didn't let it bother us but it certainly didn't make us look forward to being in their presence. We noticed the displeasure of the other guests as they experienced the same poor service. There was not one time we had to get up and go ask for our check at the end of our meal. If we hadn't, we may have had to wait until almost lunch time before someone brought it to us! Heehee!
My advice is that if you want to rent a car and drive around, don't care about being right on the beach, can tolerate slow and lazy wait staff with attitudes, mediocre rooms with a nice view, this is an okay place to stay. Do not pay full price for this place! I got an amazing deal so I am actually satisfied. Had I paid full price, I would be pretty upset. I would not recommend this hotel for more then one night nor would I ever book it again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Trade Winds Hotel is located in the St. John's Antigua neighborhood, close to Dickenson Bay Beach, Fort James and Runaway Bay Beach. Nearby points of interest also include Cedar Valley Golf Club, and we are 15 minutes from V.C. Bird International Airport. Resort Features. Trade Winds Hotel's Restaurant; the Bay House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room Service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms audio-visual equipment, and business services. Complimentary Hi Speed WiFi Internet access is available throughout the property. This St. John's property has event spaces consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Wedding services,Cocktail Receptions, concierge services and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. Guest Rooms. 50 air conditioned guestrooms at Trade Winds Hotel feature CD Players and Coffee/Tea making facilities. All accommodations have balconies. Bathroom feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers. Rooms also include safes, mini fridge, Iron and Board and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trade Winds St Johns
- Hotel Trade Winds
- Trade Winds Hotel Antigua/Saint John Parish