My husband and I stayed at the hotel for 8 nights - 7/23-7/31/2011. The room is IMMACULATELY cleaned. I am a CLEAN FREAK and wiped down all surfaces with lysol towelettes, but found not one spec of dust - even behind dresser! We were on the second floor with great views (I would suggest the building closest to the Island Beachcomber for best views). The view is strking as soon as you enter the room. We had read the reviews about ants, so we made sure to keep all foods (TIP 1 BRING SNACKS!! FOOD IS EXPENSIVE!) in tupperware or sealed ziploc bags IN the suitcase. We saw only ONE teeny ant in the bathroom. HOWEVER, we DID see two roaches in the bathroom (I had planned for ants with ant traps and home remedies, but not for roaches). Cleaning staff carts carry RAID but I think the hotel needs professional assistance here. TIP 2: I LOVE to sleep with the sound of the ocean waves, but it is NOT advisable to do this. Mosquitoes and 'no see ums' are part of tropical living so please keep your room door and patio door closed. This will prevent you from getting bites in the room . On the beach, we used insect repellent to prevent bites from mosquitoes and sand fleas. TIP 4: You may want to bring a couple of beach towels. The hotel offers complementary towels, but they are not readily available. You have to ask for them at the desk and they will "put you on a list" , but that does not necessarily mean you will get a beach towel. This was a pretty common complaint of patrons during our stay. TIP 5: If you like working out, you will need to make a very concerted effort to get a key to the workout room. The key is supposed to be at the desk, but when my husband went to work out it was not there and the person who had the key (a staff member) was due in to work at 7 (by 7:30 there was still no key). The workout room is outdated and small. Instead, walking the beach or jogging on the sidewalk outside the hotel or swimming seems like a better option. TIP 6: The restaurant has a good buffet breakfast that is reasonably priced ($14.95) but you can also order a la carte items. The Island Beachcomber next door also offers food. We ate dinner there but had to wait two hours and the food was horrible. Instead, if you use the Island Beachcomber, stick with a burger or other lunch item. Portabellos' dinners are expensive - We went to Fajitas at the Carib Resort (you can take a free shuttle or you can walk) which is less expensive. Food is OK but not great. You can also order burgers/fries/wings/ from the bar at the Beachcomber. The price is OK and the food is fine. TIP 7: Taxi fares have gone up. The prices posted online are 1-2 dollars BELOW the actual rates. There are always taxis parked at the hotel, but the staff is happy to call you a cab. We did not master the 'dollar rides' -- so I can't give any advice except if you are more adventurous I would attempt it as taxi fares add up! YES< they do charge you $5/pp plus $2 per bag (including carryons) to drive you the half mile from the airport to the hotel. IF you don't have tons of luggage and are not traveling with children it is an EASY downhill walk to the hotel. (My husband was a non believer). Exit baggage claim and turn LEFT past the waiting taxis outside of baggage claim. At the end of the drive, you will see a guard shack. The sidewalk ti on the other side of the shack. Turn right and you should be heading downhill toward the Emerald Beach resort. The airport runway will be on your left. You will pass the Carib resort first, then the island Beachcomber, then Emerald Beach. It is no more than a half mile all downhill. (I would suggest a taxi TO the airport unless you have very little luggage. ) For two people, we were better off financially taking cabs than renting a car, but it is expensive: Trip to downtown or Frenchtown: $6/pp. Trip to University: $5/pp.
TIP 8: If you are traveling with young children, you may want to bring a DVD player with movies or shows for them to watch. The flat screen tvs are great, but the hotel has very limited cable settings (we had to get our news from HLN or the Weather Channel!) We had no local stations, no PBS stations, and no 'kid' stations to choose from .
The beach at the resort is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! I walked and swam every day - beach was clean - water was perfect - plenty of chairs and umbrellas (keep in mind July is off season in St. Thomas) -- both free to use and no one hassles you on the beach. VERY VERY kid friendly as the sand is soft and the water is shallow for quite a ways out. Even when the hotel was full (our first two nights) , the beach was not at all crowded. Most days, the water seemed to be 'all mine' -- you have your own slice of paradise!!!!!!!!!!!!
STAFF IS FRIENDLY!!! The front staff is VERY helpful - lots of useful tips about where to eat in town - about getting around -- etc. Restaurant staff was also very kind and friendly.
In spite of the glitches we LOVED LOVED our stay -- Yes, I would go back and I would stay in this resort again..
RESTAURANT tips: Glady's cafe downtown is EXCELLENT - had breakfast there four days - felt like family! The Greenhouse downtown has good food (slightly pricey) and is on the waterfront. Hook Line & Sinkers is located on the harbor in Frenchtown - there food was also very good. We also enjoyed the Big Kahuna (next to the Greenhouse) which has outdoor dining and a kids menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only 100% beachfront resort on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands! Tucked into sun-splashed Lindbergh Bay on the Island of St. Thomas, the beautifully appointed Emerald Beach Resort welcomes guests with the gracious look, style and service of the Virgin Islands' rich heritage. BIG King Size Beds and Spectacular Views from EVERY ROOM! FREE High Speed Internet Access. Flat Screen TVs with Cable TV, 100% Beachfront Views with Balcony and Adjustable air-conditioning. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, cascading waterfalls and lush tropical settings, the Emerald Beach Resort offers a central, convenient location close to the airport, shopping, championship golf and all of St. Thomas's great activities and adventures. With the bounty of land and sea captured in stunning views, it's the perfect place for a memorable vacation. Or an unforgettable wedding, meeting or corporate event. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Emerald Beach Hotel Charlotte Amalie
- Best Western St Thomas
- Best Western Emerald Beach Resort
- St. Thomas Best Western
- Emerald Beach Resort St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie