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Cottages By The Sea
Ranked #1 of 3 Frederiksted B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

Kass and I are frequent travelers. We are picky about where we stay and snarky when our expectations are not met.

Paul and the staff of Cottages exceeded our expectations - and then some.

We had a wacky schedule on STX, which made booking wonky. Everyone I dealt with at Cottages was a prompt and professional problem-solver.

The cottages themselves were clean, simple and mere strides from one of the nicest beaches in the world: white sand, clear blue Caribbean water, nice snorkeling. We never once turned on our AC, even in a "hot season" (summertime) visit. The breezes and ceiling fans kept everything sweet. It was nice having a kitchen so we could self-cater, but having the Beachside Cafe next door was a definite plus, and Frederiksted - with an assortment of restaurants - is five minutes drive away.

I think the key to enjoying a place like Cottages is to manage your expectations. If you expect Michelin-star dining, chocolates on your pillow and fawning servants, you're not going to get it. Cottages is very simple, very much a DIY sort of place. Want to snorkel? Root through the loaner bin until you find gear that'll fit. Don't bother trying to keep the geckos out; not only will they get in anyway, they'll eat things that will otherwise feast on YOU. We expected simplicity and peace, and that's what we got. It's not an all-inclusive resort. It's not meant to be. It's a small, bucolic Caribbean inn owned by the same family for a long, long time. On weekends, local Crucians come to the beach and have a good time. It's great fun! Every morning we watched a local lad bring his horse down to the water for a swim.

If I have one complaint, it's that Cottages is popular with families with small children. I am not overfond of small children, especially when they get excited, bored or irritated (read: LOUD). There was one mewling child who, though clearly nigh ten years of age, shrieked like a toddler every time something didn't go her way, which is highly annoying when you're trying to enjoy a quiet cocktail and read the book you borrowed from Cottage's small take-a-book-leave-a-book library. But that's not the Cottage's fault; that's on the parents.

Simply put, if you're traveling to Saint Croix, treat yourself to a few nights at Cottages by the Sea. You won't regret it!

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

I loved the Cottages By The Sea. Had the opportunity to stay there last fall and it was outstanding in every way. People who worked there were kind and accessible to assist for suggestions if needed, the location cannot be beat...right on the beach , the staff cleans well daily...they loan you fun old funky bikes for short trips to town and the stand up paddle board shop in town was great as well. Would return there in a heartbeat.
Hope to do so again soon!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We are St. Croix residents who chose to stay at Cottages for a weekend getaway with friends. It is a charming small property right on a beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear water. The owners went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable. This is a unique property which gives one the opportunity to experience true island living at its finest. We look forward to returning!!! Our thanks to all the staff for a great weekend! Kat & Roger

Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We have stayed at Cottages several times over the past couple of years. We just came back from end of April stay and it was as great as always. Being right on the beach is awesome. The cottages are always clean and comfortable. We've stayed in three different units and liked them all. The staff is very friendly and helpful. If you need help or something, just ask and they are happy to help. The kitchens allow you to buy your own food and prepare your meals. That's a plus to us.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

Spent 3 nights after spending week on St Thomas and wished we had done it the other way around. Stayed in the Caribe unit. Facing the beach and just 3 or 4 steps from beach. Caribe unit was really nice with king bed and a seperate living room/kitchen. No wall between them but kind of a half divider. Staff and owners are great, we arrived early in morning and they let us use an unoccupied room until ours was vacated and cleaned. Basic snorkle equipment and beach items, bikes, and even a kayak for free use. Gas BBQ grills for use in pavillion. Not easy to find a place like this anymore. Beach is great, Always felt safe. Amazing sunsets right from your porch. Loved to go out in the morning with my coffee and read and then go for a quick swim.

This is a great place to kick back and relax. I can see why people come back year after year.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

We just returned from a 9 day family vacation in St. Croix and stayed at Cottages for the second time. We were there in March 2011 for a wedding. Paul Benedict and staff were extremely accommodating as usual. We stayed for 4 nights in Commodore and 5 in Chart House. We like the roominess of Commodore, since my husband and I were there with 2 adult children, but wanted an oceanfront experience so we moved to Chart House which is on the beach. We were next door to the Sandcastles and had brunch and dinner there. The food was great and the atmosphere beautiful.
I can't say enough about the beauty of the beach in Frederiksted. Snorkeling was beautiful and so easy, just out the front door, so to speak . The water is warm and clear and the sand so soft. The sunsets are gorgeous.
Cottages is a charming, quaint jewel of a place, and we hope to return again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

The staff was very welcoming, warm and friendly. The room lovely with full kitchen, million dollar views and very comfortable bedding. The gorgeous waters right outside your door, great snorkeling and swimming right outside your door. Lovely landscaping throughout the property. Would come back over and over again. Heavenly!

Room Tip: Just talk to the staff, about your individual needs they are very helpful.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 127A Estate Smithfield, Frederiksted 00840-4048, St. Croix
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Frederiksted
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Frederiksted
Price Range: £119 - £173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cottages By The Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1949, Cottages by the Sea is a family owned and operated, beachfront, boutique hotel, located just south of the town of Frederiksted on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Our goal is to provide our guests with a quiet, friendly, relaxed, truly authentic Caribbean beach vacation. ... more   less 
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