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“Scenic property if you want solilitude”

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Sebastian's on the Beach
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Road Town
Park Ridge, IL
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“Scenic property if you want solilitude”
Reviewed 1 November 2013

I stayed at Sebastian's on the Beach for one night. The hotel is at the far western end of Tortola and right on the north shore. The rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable. This is a great place if you want some quiet time. The beach is maybe 40 feet wide at high tide and there is an elevated section behind the seawall that has some lounge chairs. Only a few deluxe rooms on the beach side have televisions with DVD players; mine was across the road and did not have a TV. They have a selection of maybe 200 DVDs for rental, but this only works if your room has a TV. You'll be able to reach cellular roaming service there, but no internet access. You are off the grid. The front desk clerk was polite and helpful.

If you are driving from EIS, it looks like Ridge Road is the shortest route, but only take this in daylight hours. The road has steep inclines, hairpin turns, and forks in the road where there are no markings as to which leg to take. The better route, longer by miles but quicker by drive time, is to take the route along the southern coast all the way west and then head north. The drive from Road Town is about 20 minutes on the southern route; from EIS it's maybe 35 minutes.

The restaurant's food is good with at least two daily specials. The restaurant patio overlooks the beach. I ordered a steak that was cooked as I requested; it came with a choice of rice or baked potato, but after I ordered the potato they advised that they had none (prepared?). They probably could have microwaved one in ten minutes, but that wasn't offered. I expected that for the price paid that a side salad would come with the meal, but that was not the case. The bar adjoins the restaurant and is pretty well stocked, although with a lot of local rums as you would expect.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Ithaca, New York
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2013

EXCELLENT - Beautiful beach with gorgeous, azure water for swimming. A few rocky areas to navigate around, but extremely relaxing for drifting happily as there was very little surf. Even though we didn't have a beach front room, we could still hear the sound of the waves in our room when we had the windows open - perfect for a great night's sleep. Located very near Bomba Shack which was quite a unique experience.

VERY GOOD - Our #5 room was very large and extremely clean. The beds were comfortable and our ground floor room was very quiet. We were there in August though, so in high season a second level room would probably be better. Rum and beer in the hotel store were reasonably priced, but any pre-packaged food was very expensive, as is usually the case.

AVERAGE - Staff were polite, accomodating and helpful, but not overly welcoming. This may true of most places in the BVI, so nothing against the hotel.

POOR - No place to have a meal within walking distance during low season. Again, not against the hotel, but something to keep in mind.

TERRIBLE - Taxi driver who had an absolute fit when we asked if we could keep our backpacks on our laps instead of putting them in his trunk that was strewn with greasy tools. We refused the ride and he came back to talk to the front desk staff and make an even bigger deal out of it. The woman at the desk just shook her head, smiled and said that he was "funny".

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Virginia
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Sebastian's on the Beach was a fantastic place to stay the day prior to catching our charter out of Nanny Cay. The location is fabulous, right on one of the best beaches in Tortola. We had a garden view room for 85 dollars which was very nice and well equipped. The hotel is also within walking distance of the famous Bomba Shack and Sugar Mill (which we walked to for a very tasty lunch). The restaurant at Sebastian's was also very good and what a view!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Dominica
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Although I live in Tortola my wife and I took one of our weekend jaunts to the beach, this time to Long Bay in the West End of Tortola. Passing by Sebastion's on the Beach Hotel earlier in the day, we decided to make arrangements for dinner that evening.

We were greeted by a huge smile from one of the hostesses who sat us down in a wonderful spot adjacent to the beach and in line for a beautiful sunset that was due to be with us within the following 30 minutes.

The food was exceptionally cooked and seasoned, I started with lightly fried calamari, my wife was with the soup of the day Lentil. We both enjoyed a devilishly delightful BBC (Baileys, banana & Coco Lopez), Johanna.s main course consisted of Fungi covered with shrimp in creole sauce and I enjoyed surf and turf (prime rib and lobster). Absolutely to die for, we spent the next hour following this gourmet experience sitting on two deck chairs watching the sky going darker and listening to the pounding waves of the Atlantic sea.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2013

Stayed in a double room on the beach side. This hotel is in a "locals" area - not a big resort with lots of tourists. But it was just what we needed on our last few days of vacation. So if you are looking for the big resort with amenities, this is not for you. The room was a good size, with a small refrigerator and coffee maker. There was a small store that carried beer, wine, rum (of course), soda, water, and just about anything you may need. The staff at this hotel were so friendly and helpful. Couldn't have asked for more. Small beach but very beautiful. I would definitely return if I am fortunate enough to go back to Tortola.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Richland, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2013

Really enjoyed this place but beware of the local drivers. I was not expecting the mountains and the steep roads. The hotel is very nice; rooms are large; staff is friendly and helpful; we had everything we needed. The beach is not real big but it is absolutely beautiful. Some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

My husband and I hopped over to Sebastians for one night based on the recommendation of a staff member of the Marriott at St. Thomas. I made my reservation ahead of time which was a little different than most hotels. I had to fax information..not a big deal...just take note. We had an ocean front room which was nice and inexpensive. You could walk straight out to beach but you share a patio with your neighbor...again no biggie as we didn't spend much time in room. One thing it is important to not is that there is no ATM close by. We had originally planned on going to the Soggy Dollar Bar but didn't have cash on us. We had to take a taxi to Cane Bay to get money. Ended up hanging on the beach there and chilling out for the day. The full moon party is very fun! People of all different ages attend and it is quite the experience. You are a two minute walk to the Full Moon Party at the Bomba Shack which was perfect! The front desk woman was so helpful to us. This is definitely a cool little location to hop to for the full moon party.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sebastian's on the Beach
Address: Little Apple Bay | West End, Road Town VG1130, Tortola
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Region: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola > Road Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Road Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sebastian's on the Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Beachfront property affords a spectacular location right on the beach at little apple bay in the west end of Tortola. We have a selection of accommodation that can be configured to suit the needs of singles, couples and families. Our in-expensive tropical yard rooms have long been a favorite for visiting yacht charter guests, scuba divers and surfer's. While our Beachfront rooms and our Seaside Villas are preferred for longer term stays. ... more   less 
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