After a long period of researching the various Roseau hotels and hilltop eco options, I chose Fort Young and am very glad I did. It's clearly the nicest anywhere near Roseau. We stayed 5 nights. Large, very nice, good bar/bar food, restaurant overlooking ocean, pool, activities desk, etc. Exceeded my expectations. If you're expecting top-of-the-line resort like you'd see in more visited locations like Cancun or Dominican Republic, you'll be disappointed, but it's not advertised to be that and you're not paying for that. Most important, we walked and drove all around Roseau and inner valleys and the other options were less than I had assumed from the earlier research. Fort Young is right on the ocean (no beach), with great views. The Garraway is across the street (not on ocean) - nice, but not as nice. We were surprised how rough some of the eco hotels we saw were (never saw Manicou or Jungle Bay, which both look nice online).
If you're a diver, Dominica is fantastic. Great walls, huge life, healthy reefs. Fort Young uses the same dive operator as Castle Comfort. Anchorage and Castle Comfort are two miles south and not nearly as nice. We also found it much cheaper to stay at Fort Young and book the 3-day dive package than to book the full Castle Comfort stay&dive. Highly recommend Dive Dominica. We were concerned by the large size of some of the boats on their web site, but it was never a problem. Two of the days had maybe 10 divers, which was fine. One day had a lot more, but they split into two boats to two separate sites and also separated the experienced from inexperienced with separate dive masters. It was great.
There's not much in Roseau and for the most part it shuts down at 6pm. If you're reading about the interesting sounding places to eat, note that most non-hotel close at 5 or 6. The roads are rough and we saw a lot of construction in the interior. Most of the roads have as their edge water runoff channels that drop straight down - if you run off the edge, the car will be on its side and you're not getting out. We rented a car. I had a blast driving on the left and navigating the craziness, but my fiance was frantic in the passenger seat.
The interior is spectacular. We hiked around Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Freshwater Lake, Trafalgar Falls, etc. Incredible rainforests. We like to explore new places, but between the rainforests and the diving, it's the only place where we want to come back to see more. If you're both hiking and diving, 5 days isn't nearly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- First built in 1699, the Fort Young has been at the heart of Dominica's story for several hundred years. Travellers from across the globe have stayed within our walls from the very beginning, all sharing the same breath-taking setting that our guests do today. Today our site on the capital's main quay is still the focal point of the capital city, with the main market and ferry port connecting island hoppers to neighbouring islands just a minute's walk from our entrance. The Fort Young Hotel is a 3 star property with historical ambience and the most recognized name in quality hospitality services in Dominica The Fort Young marries traditional elegance with breath taking views of the ocean. Our 71 guest rooms and suites are ideal for both business and leisure travellers. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with free wi-fi throughout and all feature a terrace or balcony offering the most dramatic sea and sunset views imaginable. The Fort Young is perfectly situated to discover all this island's treasures. You can dive or go whale watching directly from our jetty. Hike the rainforests and waterfalls that stretch up behind our hotel. Whatever you desire to do, Fort Young is The Key to Dominica ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Young
- Fort Young Roseau
- Fort Young Hotel Dominica/Roseau