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“Good Hotel on a Beautiful Island”
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Mariners Hotel
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in St. Vincent
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Somonauk, Illinois
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21 reviews
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“Good Hotel on a Beautiful Island”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2008

We stayed at the Mariner's in Dec 2007 for 3 nights before our catamarran out of Bequia and then again 1 night on our way back. All in all we had a very nice stay. There isn't much on the web in regards to St Vincent in general so planning the trip was a shot in the dark. We basically had narrowed it down to Mariner's or Young Island. For as little time spent at the hotel, I am glad we chose Mariner's at half the cost! My parents had room 403...looking out to the water and Young Island. We had a room across the hall that looked over the pool. The rooms were clean...a bit out dated....decorated in a bright caribbean flair. The bathroom left something to be desired...no plugs what so ever! We had to unplug the TV (since it was the only one really accessible) in order to use a blow dryer. The fllor of the shower was tilted in the wrong direction (away from the drain) so you were always standing in water...oh well, we're in the caribbean so who cares! No worries! haha

The Verandah restaurant was very good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We found that in general food was very expensive on the island....maybe it's the places we were eating at? We did walk a couple doors down and had a very nice dinner at the Lime? (I think that's what it is called??) Very friendly owner who was a hoot to talk to!

We spent our late afternoons lounging at the pool....water very cool, but refreshing! Most of the time we were the only ones at the pool, but it may have been that there were not many at the resport since it was right before Christmas?

All in all, a great place to stay if you are on a budget and want to spend your money doing something else! We all said that we would stay there again so it wasn't bad!

  • Liked — convenience, location
  • Disliked — outdated bathroom, no plugs
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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Cave Junction, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2008

We stayed at the Mariner's Hotel as part of a dive package with Dive St. Vincent. We stayed in room #403 which is a second floor room right on the ocean with a view of sail boats and Young island. The room has a nice veranda which is great for relaxing day and night and the sound of the ocean was wonderful. The room has a good air conditioner but we elected to keep the oceanside window and the veranda door open and the outside breeze was perfect. The room was very quiet and we slept very well each night. The bathroom left a bit to be desired, being somewhat shabby and worn with no electrical outlets and a shower that frequently had minimal water pressure. In summary, the room had a terrific location, was quiet and relaxing, and had a decent measure of charm but is certainly not deluxe by any standards.

The grounds are clean and fairly well maintained. The pool was refreshing and located in a manner that took full advantage of the views and the breeze. After diving, it made a nice place to relax with a good book.

The restaurant connected to the Inn, the French Veranda, was excellent . As part of our dive package we had breakfast there each morning. A decent selection of choices were offered and the homemade yogurt was particularly good. We had lunch several days at the veranda and it was also good. Dinner at the Veranda was top notch. Service was good and the setting in lovely.

Hoping to watch one of the football playoff games, we went to Xcape one evening which is located just a short walk down the beach. The food at Xcape was quite good and quite a bit less expensive than the French Veranda but the service was horribly slow.

We made two land excursions using HazeEco Tours. The first was a trip to Dark View Falls. We went in the back of an ancient Land Rover type vehicle. The road to Dark View Falls is an experience. It's twists and turns and goes up and down forever. We decided that that Dark View Falls got it's name because no one has ever made it there before dark. The falls are multi tiered and fun to visit but be prepared for a LONG car ride. The last day we hiked to the top of the volcano. The hike is fairly difficult with a fair amount of elevation gain but its a beautiful hike through lush forest.

All in all, we had a very pleasant visit to St. Vincent.

  • Liked — Location and the adjoining restaurant
  • Disliked — Bathroom could use updating
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with friends
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Innisfil
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2007

Stayed there for 2 nights, had 3 rooms that where just ok. One room had a leaky drain in the sink and was told to put a bucket under it, I guess nobody could fix it. If you wanted ice you had to go to the bar and after hours would be out of luck. Seemed like I was always being watched (kind of unnerving). At 10:30 pm the night before we where to leave the front desk called all 3 rooms to find out what time we where leaving, don't know why as we had paid in full at check-in. Check-in did not go well either, thank goodness I had a copy of the e-mail confirming price as they tryed to get us for another 20%. All in all, not terrible but there is much better places nearby in the same price range.
Rick

  • Liked — breakfast was good
  • Disliked — not good value for money
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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Brooklyn, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2007

We spent a week at the Mariner in January that was part of a two week vacation that also included Grenada and Barbados.

As frequent visitors to the Caribbean, we had wanted to visit St. Vincent as we had never been there before. Travel information to St. Vincent itself, unlike Bequia and the rest fo the Grenadines, is a little bit difficult to come by so we weren't sure where to stay. We booked the mariner because they had rooms available and the few comments we could find online about it were generally favorable.

If you are thinking of going to St. Vincent itself, it's not a big destination, so tourism is not highly developed. This works both ways as it can be part of its charm but also makes staying a little bit more work than some other islands in the Caribbean.

The Mariner fits in with this theme. The facilities themselves are nothing special, but they are better than several of the other hotels on the island that we either saw or heard about from about other people.

The rooms are pretty standard, a little shabby, although clean and comfortable. They could easily be mistaken for a 1960's American motel room from the inside, except of course for the view. You want to make sure that if you're in the main wing, that you're on the second floor, as the first floor is in front of the pool, whereas you'll have a better view of the ocean form the second floor. The so called suites are behind the main building and closer to the road, so they are not worth the extra money. There are also a couple of refrigerators around that can be put in your room, but you have to ask for one.

Among the good things to report about the hotel are the staff. The women who work in the office are all nice and helpful, and will assist you in making arrangements. We found Keisha to be especially helpful. Everyone else we encountered at the hotel, from housekeeping to security, was nice, too.

The clientèle is a mixed group, unlike a previous poster, we didn't meet any divers, but there were a lot of people who were chartering yachts and staying in the hotel for a couple of nights, people on their way back from other islands in the Grenadines, and business people and flight crews. We ere there to do some hiking among other things, but perhaps because of its higher price, the Mariner didn't seem to attract too many other hikers

The hotel is known for its restaurant, and rightfully so as it's the best on the island for fine dining. However, as mentioned below, it is not particularly Caribbean and shows a very strong European influence, as befitting it's name. If you go for breakfast, try the homemade yogurt, which is delicious. Breakfast is ala carte, so you need to factor that into your estimates if you're worried about expenses.

The hotel is right on the water, but there is no beach there. The closest beach to sit on is about a 10 minute walk along the water over to Indian Bay. The pool, while pleasant to sit at or have drinks by, is really too small to do any serious swimming. If you want to go to the beach, you should have the office call over to Young Island and you can take their little private ferry to the island. The water is warm, the snorkeling is very good, and you can look back at St. Vincent.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — Funishings in the room
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2006

We started our recent holiday with four nights at the Mariners. We had a room with a lovely sea view across to Young Island. Hotel was very quiet - no noise and very few guests (it is the low season). Our triple room was good with air conditioning. We used the restaurant and enjoyed the food but would have preferred more authentic carribbean and less an attempt to give a French menu.
Not alot to do in area (free internet is a plus) except relax but had a very enjoyable but hard climb of La Soufriere

  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2006

We stayed two nights at the Mariners (rooms 105, 106, and 404) at the end of a week on a sailboat and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, the mattresses were a bit thin, the pool could have used a better cleaning, the trim and cement walls here and there a bit of paint, but overall it was very nice.
Don't expect luxury in most areas, although the food was very good.
My only complaint was that it was across and down the street from some sort of a nightclub that suddenly must have turned its speaker system to 10 and pointed the speakers at the hotel at 5am. I was on the other side of the hotel from this and could not speak to my wife in our room without screaming. The security guy just laughed when I went to find out what was going on, and THAT upset me more than the music.
I would stay here again, but not in June.

  • Stayed June 2006
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milwaukee, wisconsin
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282 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2006

I stayed at the Mariner's Hotel thru a dive package with Dive St Vincent, and was very pleased with my choice. We were in rooms 404 and 403, which were two upstairs rooms within 20' of the beach and a lovely ocean view, just to the one side of the well-maintained pool. Much quieter than the rooms near to reception (say, 208) as well.

Everyone we met took wonderful care of us. The hotel is very clean and well-maintained. Staff was responsive to any requests.

If there was one thing I would suggest Mariners could improve upon, it would be the beds. The room had two twin beds, each with a thinner, older mattress on wood slats. Would I sleep on it again? Absolutely, given the location of the room and the quality of our stay. Softer beds would just improve the experience even more.

You absolutely must eat at The French Verandah, the restaurant associated with the hotel. Small restaurant with open seating near the ocean, fabulous food. Chef made a point of making sure everything was served hot, even if it meant delivering the plate himself. We stayed on the seafood side of the menu, between all of us, probably sampled everything at least once, and were always pleased. In a word: YUM. We tried Xcape (two restaurants down) and Lime N Pub (next restaurant down), but neither came remotely close to matching the service and quality of The French Verandah.

For you divers out there: Mariners is indeed within walking distance from Mariners, just shoot down the 'sidewalk' on the shore to Dive St Vincent. We loved the boat and divemasters (Don and Callie), and would go back. Favorite sites (besides "All"): The Wall, and Orca Points (1 and 2).

Have specific questions? Just email me.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Property: Mariners Hotel
Address: Villa Bay Beach, St. Vincent
Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > St. Vincent
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in St. Vincent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mariners Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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