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Bellavista Bed & Breakfast
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, TX
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best way to experience St. Thomas!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2007

Wendy's five star rating is truly deserved! We had a fabulous time celebrating our 10th anniversary at Bellavista and Wendy is the perfect hostess. We felt at home from the moment we arrived.

Downtown shopping in Charlotte Amalie is just a quick 5-10 minute walk down the hill and the popular beach at Magens Bay is about 15 minutes away by car or taxi.

We can't wait for our next opportunity to visit!

  • Liked — Top notch service, beautiful views, and great food.
  • Disliked — Walking back up the hill from town; it's quite steep!
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Oh.
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2007

My wife and I have stayed at many B&Bs, some more expensive, some less. None better! Wendy is the most gracious host we have dealt with. She is there when she is needed, and always available. She is never overbearing, as some B&B hosts can be. She had great advice and when we followed her advice she was always on-target.

The B&B seems to attract very nice people, at least during the three nights we spent there in early March. Each of the rooms is very nice, each with their own special touch.

Her breakfast is multi-course. I have found full breakfast, but never multi-course. She takes great pride in the presentation and the product. We always enjoyed taking our time over breakfast, enjoying the food, conversation with other guests, and with Wendy as well.

This B&B is on a hill, just beneath the Governor's Mansion. It faces Blackbeard's Castle, and overlooks the main city of Charlotte Amalie and the port. You can watch the ships coming in and out of St. Thomas from her pool, from her living room, kitchen, or even from your room, depending upon the room you choose. You can walk down the 99 steps into the city and shop or eat.

A true class act. You will not be disappointed.

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6 Thank Allen G
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Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2007

I could never put into words how wonderful our experience was at Bellavista. My husband and I stayed for three nights in the little Palm Tree Melee room.
Originally we were going to stay 7 nights on St John, but after reading all the Trip Advisor reviews about Bellavista, we decided to change our plans. St John was spectacular, but we are so glad that we experienced Bellavista too!
Everything you read in the posts below about how beautiful the view is, how clean the villa is, how thoughtful Wendy is -- is 100% true! Wendy loves her business; her number one goal is to ensure her guests have a fabulous time. The information and tips she shares are priceless. She will give as much space or as much help as her guests want/need. She wants guests to feel the entire villa is their villa. That was how my husband and I felt whether we were taking a dip in the pool, enjoying the balcony and decks, or relaxing in the living room while looking out through the open doorways to the lights on the harbor.
Let me add one more fact, another couple staying at Bellavista the same time we were there, own their own B&B back in the states. They told us that this is the second time they've stayed at Bellavista because Wendy does such a great job. Who else could be more of a critic than someone in the same line of work?
If they love it, so will you!
Enjoy!

Stayed January 2007
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5 Thank Seaidol
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Saddle Brook, New Jersey
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2007

My husband and I spent the second half of our honeymoon at the Bellavista. We started at The Westin in St. John for four nights and then headed here for four nights. It was amazing! We got the honeymoon package which made our honeymoon perfect.

We had read so much about Wendy on this website and everything was right. She was helpful, friendly and went out of her way to do anything. On our last morning at the B&B, there was some construction going on below the house. It didn't bother us at all. But Wendy wanted us to have the perfect end to our honeymoon and moved the table and chairs farther away and set up our breakfast by the pool. We got lucky b/c we were the only ones booked for those four days so it was like having a private villa to ourselves.

The view from the pool is so amazing...we were content sitting by the pool with a book (from the huge selection from the bookcase) and just taking it all in.

We would highly recommend this place to anyone. Even if you think you don't like B&B's....just try it!

  • Liked — the scenery and price for what you got
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2007

We stayed at Bellavista for 5 nights this January and were blown away at how truly perfect it was. This has to be one of the best kept secrets in St. Thomas as you will not find better service anywhere else. We spent time at both the Marriott and Bolongo Bay while we visited St. Thomas, and neither of them even come close to Bellavista in regards to cleanliness, food, and especially service. After staying here, we are convinced that there is no need to ever stay anywhere else on St. Thomas.

Why?

CLEANLINESS: I am a stickler when it comes to clean rooms and bathrooms and you will not be disappointed here. The bedrooms, bathrooms, and common areas are all spotless. You will feel as comfortable lounging on the couches, swimming in the pool, sitting at the table eating your gourmet breakfast, or relaxing in your bedroom as if you were at home. (Except here, you don't have to do the dishes or clean up after yourself!) Wendy cleans your guest room every day and turns down your bed every night. Her added touch of placing fresh flowers on your pillows and even taking the time to fold the toilet paper sheet into a "triangle" lets you know she has great attention to detail.

FOOD: I kept reading the great reviews about the food here and wondering if it could really be that good. Well, I assure you, everyone is spot on. The breakfasts are absolutely delicious and we found ourselves looking forward to them and even arranging our plans around them each day of our stay. Wendy offers up a different two-course breakfast (plus a fresh fruit smoothie, water, and coffee) every morning. The first course is a nice serving of fresh fruit carefully sliced and beautifully arranged. The second hot course included delights ranging from sour cream waffles, to French toast, to various soufflé’s and quiches along with ham, sausage, and bacon. Wendy will also cater to any dietary need, so no need to worry that you will go hungry if you have special needs. She also stocks your in-room fridge with complimentary bottled water and there is also plenty of juice and soda in the main kitchen if you ever want any as well.

SERVICE: Hands down, this place has the BEST service of all hotels on the island. Wendy makes you feel as if it is her pleasure to help you. She will arrange taxi's for you, make dinner reservations for you, even research and set up excursions for you. Whatever you want to do, she goes out of her way to help you have the best experience possible. She knows the various ferry schedules and will help you arrange your trip around them if needed. Some of the other larger so-called "luxury" hotels on the island could learn a lot from Wendy. We were so surprised at the level of service that we received from some hotels that charged 3 to 4 times as much as Bellavista. None of them made us feel as welcome as Wendy.

LOCATION: Bellavista sits on a hilltop above the downtown so the views are breathtaking. It's also fun to see the cruise ships dock every morning and leave every night. Although it only takes 5 minutes to walk down to town and hit the shops and cafes, the walk back up the steep hill is strenuous and definitely a workout. I wouldn't recommend the walk back up for small children or the elderly as you will definitely get winded if you're not used to hiking. Take a cab back unless you're up for the challenge.

If you're not looking to stay at a mega resort or on the beach, this is the only place that should be on your list! You'll see that after one stay, you too will want to tell the world about how great it was at Bellavista!

Stayed January 2007
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10 Thank TexGal211
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Stockton, CA
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2007

A friend and I stayed at Wendy Snodgrass' wonderful B&B (only 4 rooms) for five days over Christmas 2006 and we can't say enough good things about the ambiance and the owner! While a bit hard to find and a fairly steep climb from central St. Thomas, it is well worth making the effort. The view is superb, the decor and spacious living areas cannot be improved upon, and Wendy's attention to detail and hospitality are unbeatable. She made incredible gourmet breakfasts and arrangements for taxis, in-house massages, dinner reservations, etc.---a superb chef/concierge/hostess. While the bedrooms are not large, each had airconditioning and a modern and generous bathroom. There is a large patio for sunbathing, and a pool-with-a-view. I highly recommend Bellavista as a charming, personalized alternative to the large resorts in the islands.

  • Liked — Privacy, small number of people, owner's thoughtfulness
  • Disliked — mosquitos....
  • Tips/Secrets — Go and enjoy! It may book up quickly so plan ahead.
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with friends
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8 Thank Voyageur37
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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Bellavista B&B for 5 nights in Nov 2005. This was the best B&B I have ever stayed at...the views were to die for, the rooms were perfect, and the breakfast was outstanding day after day. Wendy was a wonderful hostess and she was very accommodating each day with advice on shopping, restaurants, and island activities. She even went out of her way to provide us with snorkel gear as well as booking a day sail for us after we had received cancellation of our original sail. We will definitely be back again for a second visit!

  • Stayed November 2005, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bellavista Bed & Breakfast
Address: 2713 Murphy Gade, Charlotte Amalie 00802-5547, St. Thomas
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Charlotte Amalie
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Charlotte Amalie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bellavista is a delightfully inviting B&B featuring an island-style villa with colorful gardens and panoramic views. We offer a full homemade tropically-inspired breakfast each morning and a complete array of amenities including luxury linens, spa robes, turndown service, locally crafted aloe bath products, in-room refrigerators stocked with bottled water, complimentary fresh fruit basket and granola bars, an assortment of beach equipment and snorkel gear free of charge, and personalized vacation planning advice. ... more   less 
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Bellavista Bed & Breakfast St. Thomas/Charlotte Amalie

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