I ended up having to stay over the weekend for a Monday meeting in St. Thomas and made a last minute search for a hotel in Charlotte Amalie. Fortunately, I found the Mafolie Hotel. It is a bit of a throw back to a by-gone era where great service and wonderful ambiance were combined and offered effortlessly, as opposed to the contrived feeling that you get from a modern resort property. Mafolie is a real home for the owners and the staff, some of whom even gather for the evening at the bar after their work day because there just is no better place to hang out and chill in Charlotte Amalie. The Mafolie advertises an "Incomparable View" and they are right. From virtually every vantage point the view is of the Caribbean from the height of the hilltop surrounding Charlotte Amalie. The sea sweeps away from you, islands and boats dotting the harbor like candles in the night. In the day, the view remains extraordinary, but the trade winds blow gently and I found no need to even turn on the air conditioning thus saving the owners money because electricity is costly in St. Thomas. The atmosphere at the bar is a perfect blend of relaxed people from all over chatting amiably. The food is excellent and many of the patrons of the restaurant come from the Frenchman's Reef Marriott just to get a great meal.
This hotel is not for everyone. It clings to the hillside and those with issues walking may find that the steps to get to the pool (also a gem, by the way) or the restaurant are a bit of a challenge. For those wanting resort activities, this is not that sort of place. No beach volleyball or tour director. This is a true family owned and operated Caribbean Hotel. But for anyone who appreciates the sort of atmosphere that might easily have attracted Hemingway if he ever visited St. Thomas (I need to research that one) or Jimmy Buffett who definitely reports that he often hung out at the Mafolie Bar when he visited St. Thomas in his youth - this is your hang out. When in St. Thomas do not miss it.
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- Also Known As:
- Mafolie Hotel Charlotte Amalie
- Mafolie Charlotte Amalie
- Mafolie Hotel St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie