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Siboney Beach Club
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Virginia Water, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Siboney Beach Club”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We spent 3 nights at the Siboney Beach Club on a stop over in Antigua. Would really loved to have spent more time there and plan to return at some time. The Beach Club is very small, but sits in a little tropical oasis. The gardens are full of exotic plants which encourage humming birds and other creatures. Also a few mosquitos, so be prepared - spray available in the rooms. But if you take this precaution, you will love the place. It is not posh, but relaxed with very clean and relaxing facilities. There is not a pool as such, but the beach is on the door step and right next to the Coconut Grove Restaurant ... a must. Kichenette facilities & lounge in all appartments and air conditioning. Nice bathroom, thoughtfully provided with bits and pieces.

Room Tip: We had a third floor room - no lifts. This provided a unique view of the gardens and up in the tree...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

We stayed at this place for our spring break in March, 2014. This was the worst accommodation I have experienced anywhere in Caribbeans so far. This place is close to a pond, which breeds A LOT of mosquitoes. This hotel DOES NOT HAVE WINDOWS in the living space, only the bedroom had loose windows to protect from all those mosquitoes flying in. So, our living room and the kitchen/hallway had hundreds of mosquitoes as we came into the room first time. When we complained, somebody came in and brought the nets for us - to hang above the couches and above our bed. They also sprayed the ceilings with some very harsh pesticide. Our room smelled with this pesticide for most of our stay afterwards. Plus, we had all the dead mosquitoes falling to the floor, kitchen dishes etc. We could not change rooms, because this hotel only has a few rooms (12, maybe).

Since the living rooms have no windows, you hear all the noises outside. And this place is very noisy - music blasting from the restaurant downstairs.

Walking outside after dusk was no joyful experience - again, clouds of mosquitoes descending on passers by.

We are definitely not planning to come back to this resort or to Antigua.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Tonyjohnson, Owner at Siboney Beach Club, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
It is always a matter of some speculation as to how come one guest will find everything about our hotel, and even our island, to be unacceptable when, on the other hand we have repeat guests who have been returning joyfully for ten, twenty, even thirty, years, and the majority of our guests, on departure, compliment us on our product and thank us for the experience.
In the case of the present review, the guests came on one of the extremely rare occasions when, for a very short time, we were visited by a swarm of fruit flies, which look like mosquitoes, but have no bite, and pose no threat, but can look a little off-putting . generally our guests coped, with little inconvenience, and those asking for help received it promptly. Like our neighbours, Sandals, we did resort to some discrete fogging for a short time, and the invasion very soon ceased.
My apologies are extended to the writers of this review for such inconvenience as they suffered.
In closing, I would like to say that I always encourage every guest with a problem to discuss the matter with the hotel manager in search of a solution.
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

This hotel is more like a bed and breakfast in my opinion versus your typical hotel. The staff was very helpful and provided us with wonderful recommendations and went above and beyond what you would find in a typical 4-5 start hotel. However, the room itself was not what you would find in a 4-5 star hotel. We, my husband and I, like new soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. anytime we are at a hotel so I was a bit startled to find one big bottle of body wash & shampoo that the previous guests had used. Antigua also has a very large mosquito problem and it seemed like we had to request our room be sprayed multiple times a day. These may seem like minor things so if they don't bother you, I would recommend staying at the Siboney. The only reason I gave them an average rating was because I wasn't impressed with the room at all but the customer service by far sets this hotel apart from any other.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Meriden, Connecticut
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We read about Siboney Beach Club on Trip Advisor and in Fodor's. We decided it was the place for us as we look for smaller, more intimate places to stay. It was just perfect in every way. The suite was roomy, charming, and comfortable. Though air conditioning is only in the bedroom, there was a wonderful breeze through the living area. We used the small kitchen area for breakfast and snacks. Room #9 is the best, with gorgeous views of the private beach area, palm trees, secluded pool, and tropical garden.
We did rent a car and had some trouble finding Siboney since there was no sign on the road. We found the driveway and had another adventure finding the office. Once settled though, everything was just great. We absolutely loved the uncrowded, quiet, private beach! The sand was like powder and the water was turquoise and crystal clear. The Coconut Grove restaurant is right there, so rum punches are a quick walk away. Further up the beach was the Sandal's and other resorts and the other side was a deserted beach. We were able to walk both ways, searching for shells, coral, and sea glass.
Everyone at Siboney was helpful and friendly. We felt welcome and comfortable right away. Kerwin, the grounds keeper, had our chairs and mats ready each morning in a perfectly shaded spot. We went out to dinner most evenings and the office provided excellent printed directions. (So very necessary as there are few street signs) A word of caution: If you rent a car be prepared for the adventure. You drive on the left side on narrow roads with no shoulders. There are multiple speed bumps and pot holes that can 'jar your fillings'. Then add cars parked on both sides and people walking. We soon understood why the rental girl showed us the spare tire and the jack. We have rented cars everywhere and this was a first.
The owner, Tony Johnson, spoke with us a number of times. He had many stories to tell about his 50 plus years in Antiqua. His restaurant recommendations were spot on. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations with him.
If you are looking for a reasonably priced, private beachfront place on Dickenson Bay; then Siboney Beach Club is for you.

Room Tip: #9 is the room with the best views of the beach.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Latham, New York
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

This was our second stay at the Siboney Beach Club. We fell in love with Siboney on the first day of our first visit and started making plans to come back. Not only did we come back but we brought our best friends! We plan to make this a place we return to regularly. We enjoy great locations but want privacy as well. We loved being right on the most private part of the beach. However, many of the wonderful restaurants on the island are within a 20 minute taxi ride. During both of our visits we used Martin to pick us up every night and take us to our restaurant of choice and bring us home. He was very helpful, reasonable in price and pleasure to meet. The service and friendliness here are amazing. Everyone from the owner to the maintenance help were very friendly always stopping to say hello and we felt right at home. The accommodations are roomy, comfortable and clean. On our first visit we stayed in suite 1 which is totally air conditioned. However, after visiting suite 9 on the 3rd floor we decided to reserve it for our return. This suite has only air conditioning in the bedroom but the breeze through the suite kept it very comfortable. All, the suites have terraces or a patio open to or overlooking the beautiful tropical garden and pool. I loved how nice it was to sit on my 3rd floor terrace in the morning sipping my coffee with not another person insight. I was up just under the tree tops with the birds singing all around me. It felt like my own tropical backyard. We also enjoyed the ability to shop for groceries and cook up breakfasts & snacks each day. One of our favorite activities was taking turns to make up snacks and drinks to bring down to the beach around 5 pm and watch the beautiful sunset with our friends. We also enjoyed walking the beach each day and met many friendly people. I would recommend Siboney highly to most people that I know, but if you are looking for cheap all inclusive food & drinks, feeling like a sardine on the beach & loud music during your vacation Siboney is not for you.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We are just back from our 3rd visit: December 2011, March 2013 and now March 2014.

If you don't want a 'could be anywhere chain hotel' and like the real Caribbean this is the place. 12 suites all with balcony; spacious; charming; wonderful, private tropical garden with fresh water pool; jolly beach and in Coconut Grove a very friendly restaurant with good food.

Tony, Lorraine and the team do a great job and we will be back again.

Recommend a car as there is much to see on the island.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Escaping from the winter, we wanted a hotel right on the beach and not a big, all-inclusive place. Siboney is 15 minutes from the airport, and the beach there feels private and is just breathtaking. The rooms are spacious, but could use some updating. They were clean, but it's the Caribbean so there were bugs — mosquitoes and sugar ants. The staff was super friendly and taxis were readily available. The restaurant, which isn't affiliated w/ the hotel but is attached to it is no frills as well but tasty, as is the rum punch. I also got a massage from Barbara, who you can book at reception. Highly recommend. If you're looking for a low key spot with a fabulous beach, it's just right.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Siboney Beach Club
Address: Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
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Region: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in St. John's
#5 Romantic Hotel in St. John's
#6 Top resorts Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Siboney Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate, romantic, all suites hotel set in a fabulous, bird and flower filled, tropical garden, on the sheltered mile long white sand beach of Dickenson Bay. A tranquil hideaway for the discerning, independent, traveler looking for excellence in Caribbean hospitality and 'home away from home' comfort.Palms grow through the roof of the award winning Coconut Grove Restaurant where a ribbon of sand separates the dining tables from the blue Caribbean Sea. ... more   less 
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