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Island View Guest House
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Downstate Illinois
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful hosts - great food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2010

My husband I only needed a one night booking before going on and chose the Island View online and what a great choice it turned out to be! Ron and Beth are welcoming and are very generous with Island advice and places to go. The place was very clean and our room was spacious. Do not expect a motel experience. The room has shades of 60's in the bathroom but everything was very clean and comftorable. There are roosters in the area that crow but this did not bother us but might some. As we found out this is common all over the Island at any rate.
We would really suggest eating here whether you are staying or not. They serve dinner starting at 6 pm Wed through Sat and the rib eye we had there was absolutely the best we have ever had anywhere! This was quite the surprise as we are from the midwest and raise our own beef! The honor bar was also quite fun. We would absolutely suggest the Island View as a great place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2010

We stayed just one night en route St. John. A bit funky, a bit rundown, limited service and amenities, 3rd world standard, but priced accordingly. The bad; The room we got, in a seperate small building next to the parking lot, was awfully small and rather dreary. No airflow and parking lot view. Basic construction, condition and everything in the room was of a low standard. But It was cheap so, once more, you get what you pay for. The place is a bit isolated if you are on foot. The good; Stunning harbor views, really great hosts, reasonably priced and very tasty food and drink. You could arrange all manner of great tours and trips with Ron, the owner. He can take you on a tour or fishing or to the beach or whatever. I would definitely return, but seek a better room. St Thomas gets mostly panned, and it sure isn't Saint John, but you could have a pretty fine time there for very small money if you don't need a lot of handholding and don't mind having to deal with a little grit and your expectations aren't too high.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2010

My wife and I stayed at Island View for just one night earlier this week and we were so happy there that we can't wait to return. The owners, Ron and Beth were extremely friendly. They greeted us as soon as we arrived and made us feel at home. The views of Charlotte and the harbor are gorgeours nad the hotel is in a very place high in the hills above town and yet convenient to town and the airport.

We had dinner at the Island View too and the food was delicious and the atmosphere was great! We enjoyed the conversations with the owners and other hotel guests. This is a very special place!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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LONGVIEW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2010

On a small island that depends largely on tourism, the owners and entire staff exceed all expectations. Rather than an impersonal check-in desk, the sense of 'welcome' and 'hospitality' is a wonderful experience. From home cooked meals (the BEST Filet Mignon, EXCELLENT Fish, FANTASTIC Shrimp, UNSURPASSED T-Bone Steaks) enjoyed on a terrace overlooking the entire bay, it is a very unique experience that one will never forget.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2010

i hade the best time, ron the owner took us on his bote and showed us around and he made us stakes late in the day. the service was great. i would recomend this hotel to others. the hotel have a great view to the ships from the top.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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West Bloomfield, MI
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2010

We stayed at Island View in Dec '09 for 2 nights on our way to Tortola we were pleased with the accomodation and the service we received. The owners were very relaxed and friendly and made us feel like we were friends that were staying with them. The place was clean and neat and the rooms are far from luxurious but they were clean and bright and I felt perfectly comfortable sleeping there. The views from the deck just off the rooms and the breakfast area are amazing right over the harbor of Charlotte Amalie. The continental breakfast is okay nothing to rave about very basic bagels and muffins from the fridge, juice and coffee. We ended up renting a Jeep from Ron the owner the second day of our stay which was really fun! Its an old Jeep but that made the experience even better locals would wave to us cause they could tell we weren't in a typical rental car - it was not clean or nice but it did the job and like I said half the fun is in making your own adventure. That brings us to the only negative with the Island View it is too far from downtown to walk therefore you MUST have a car if you stay here!! I cannot emphasize it enough the taxi's are absolute rip offs and will take you in one day for double what you would spend in just renting a car and having your freedom.

A quick word of caution in general the standards in the Virgin Islands are very low for cleanliness and maintenance. Even fancy hotels and restaurants have dirty screens, mirrors and other issues you would never find in the states. But very quickly you realize your'e not in the states and your glad you're not, and its amazing how quickly we got accustomed to a "new" set of standards. So everything must be measured relatively.

Overall I would recommend the Island View for great views of the harbor, the warm and friendly atmosphere and help of our hosts and a clean and comfortable room for a very good value. All with the caviot that you really need a car to stay here. Otherwise enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2010

Incredible view, nice comfortable atmosphere, great staff. Close to the airport. Highly recommended and I will stay there again. I didn't eat there but it looked good.

Only issue - some friends of the owners visited and grabbed the remote for the TV and changed the channel without saying anything - kind of rude.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Island View Guest House
Address: 332 Scott Free Rd. Contant, Charlotte Amalie 00803-1903, St. Thomas
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Charlotte Amalie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Charlotte Amalie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Island View Guesthouse Hotel Charlotte Amalie
Island View Guest House St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie

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