I usually don't write reviews, but the Grand Royal Antiguan deserves my comments. This hotel is a hidden gem. My last minute one week vacation plans during peak season left my wife and I with few affordable, non 'all inclusive' choices. After booking, I noticed many terrible reviews but was willing to give it a shot. Yes, the hotel has seen better, more grandiose days. But the grounds are well maintained, pools are spotless, and the lobby offers waterfalls, palm trees growing in the open atrium and furnishings giving you a true island feel. Our room, on the seventh floor, was 4 star with 10 star views from our balcony facing the lagoon connecting to one of the most amazing coves on the island. (This is one of the beaches on the catamaran tours that is briefly visited for its beauty). The sand is powder clean, and for now, very private. The drinks at the beach bar pack a punch and you can rent a kayak or just lounge and snorkel around the pristine bay. The amenities such as beer pong, pool volleyball and the constant drone of party music do not exist there.. thankfully. What does exist is a giant hotel property with a bed and breakfast feel. The super friendly staff... at all levels, are so accommodating.
The place is ideal for couples that want some privacy, and families with 'young' kids would find it perfect and safe (tweens, teens and singles would go crazy looking for activities or hook-ups).
The hotel IS off the beaten track and we rented a car to experience the entire island.. hiking, diving, restaurants (we can never eat in just one place). But taxis were always coming and going. This was a great vacation and much of it was because of our location. Thanks Grand Royal Antiguan.
Note: For those resort snobs that are dissing this hotel because it is sooo quite or for the pissed off airline passengers that were dropped there when their flights were cancelled...WHY PUT THIS HOTEL DOWN? You truly don't know the place or were just unlucky with your room!
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Hotel St. John`s
- Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort Antigua/Saint John Parish