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Lavender Hill Suites
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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“Paradise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2012

We just returned from a week's stay in St. John at Lavendar Hill Suites. This is our 4th visit and we brought our children with us this time - who had a great time and really loved the condo. We always stay at Lavender Hill Suites. The view from our balcony of Cruz Bay is spectacular. We love the convenience to town and the great accomodations. The magic of this island is all of the different beautiful beaches during the day and the fun of hanging out in town in the evening. Lavendar Hill is just a 3 minute walk to town. The units provide everything you need for the beach including chairs, towels and coolers. We will be back soon!

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2012

July 28th - August 6th was my family's 8th vacation to St. John and we chose Lavender Hill for two reasons: price and location. We wanted to stay in Cruz Bay so we could walk into town because finding a parking spot is always a headache.

We stayed in unit 5W and found it to be very clean and well-maintained. There were a few nits; one of the burners on the stove didn't work and one of the chairs on the patio was broken but I wouldn't exactly call either of those showstoppers. The kitchen is decently equipped ( I could have used a colander and a cheese grater but again, not showstoppers).

The staff is friendly and responsive. Overall the buildings, landscaping, and pool are in great shape and a pool is a must for us because our son is apparently half fish because even after a full day on the beach he wanted to swim every afternoon.

I loved the view into Cruz Bay harbor - I loved sitting on the patio watching the ferrys and the charter boats come and go. We walked into town many times for lunch, dinner, or browsing the shops.

In short we got exactly what we wanted and would stay at Lavender Hill again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Seffner, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

Having now stayed at Lavender Hill Suites twice, we definately would recommend it, in fact highly recommend it particuliarly to those who are looking for an alternative to Gallows Point Resort. With the difference in rates, you can stay for a day or two longer at Lavender Hill.
In all fairness, this is the apples and oranges comparison. Gallows Point is much larger with
60 units vs 12 at Lavender Hill. You do have access to quite good snorkeling from Gallows,
their pool overlooks St Thomas which is really neat at night, always a great view from their expansiive deck. Daily room cleaning, fresh beach towels on demand, etc, etc. BUT, all this comes at a cost. If it fits wells within your own budget, great.
Otherwise, I suggest you check out Lavender Hill. It really also depends on why you're visiting
St John in the first place. If you're like us, you rent a jeep for the entire time you're on island.
Each unit at both Lavender and Gallows come with a portable cooler, beach chairs and towels for your daily trips to your favorite beaches. We're gone by 9am at the latest, good idea to get a parking spot early at some beach sites, and we usually return by 3-4pm. Since we don't stay around the condo during the day, it just doesn't make much sense to pay "resort" rates. And, if the view is some of your primary consideration, at Lavender Hill, you'll have full sliding glass doors, so you can enjoy your meal inside (if you choose) from air conditioned comfort and enjoy the view, always activity in Cruz Bay harbor. At Gallows, wtih the frosted jalousie (slats) windows in 2/3rd of the doors, you have no view when seated in the lower front living room and limited view looking out over the top of the frosted windows from the kitchen area. This is one major difference that we found that was very much in favor of Lavender Hill. In addition, depending on the unit at Lavender, some come with an expansive wrap around covered deck, much larger then those at Gallows.
Finally, parking at Gallows can be a hassle, depending on the time of the year of course, high/low season. This is assuming, like ourselves, you rent a jeep for the entire time. They have a overflow area further up the street from their main lot. Even if you get lucky for a spot right out side the lobby area, you can be in for some extra exercise if you have a unit in Bldg 15 (furthest away).
Not exactly hilly, but a pretty good incline with the change in terrain.
At Lavender Hill, parking is all flat on the middle level, literally steps from your front door, especailly if you choose a middle unit. You'll have to go up or down one flight of stairs to the top and bottom units if you choose those. This is really handy with toting your groceries and/or beach stuff in the tropical weather.
In summation, yep, we'd go back again, and in fact are looking forward to our next visit!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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SuzNDes, Owner at Lavender Hill Suites, responded to this review, 23 October 2012
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a thorough review. We agree that the phenomenal views from Lavender Hill and the easy parking help set us apart. We look forward to your return trip!
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

I will agree with an earlier review that it is kind of a mixed experience. You have everything you need in your room. Dishes, cookware, cleaning supplies. Views are great and rooms are comfortable. Just needs a little TLC. Patio door off of bedroom would not open but that was no big deal as there was no view on that side. Just a couple of other minor issues not worth mentioning. Also maid never came. The big draw is the rates are good and everything you need is within walking distance. Way more affordable than Gallows but Gallows is nicer. Overall I would give it a strong B+.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Eastchester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

This is our 3rd stay at Lavender Hill Suites in Unit 12E. We checked rates and looked at other locations in Cruz Bay and we feel this is the best value in Cruz Bay. It is so nice talking with Brian when making a reservation, he is very helpful with island information. We feel like we are part of the family. The unit is spacious, clean, has everything you need and if not, Charlie the manager can usually find it. We have the best views of all of Cruz Bay from the kitchen, living room and upstairs balcony. (We are here this year for 4th of July and CARNIVAL so we have the perfect spot to view the Fireworks). This place is our home away from home in the Virgin Islands. Look forward to our next vacation which we planing to spend at Lavender Hill Suits again!!!!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

My wife and I visited St. John's for the 2nd time and on our prior visit we stayed at the Westin, which was 400.00 per night. While we stayed at the Westin we had to have them come spray for bugs in our Villa everyday we stayed there. SO, on our 2nd visit we thought we would try something different. I have to say I was really glad we stayed at Lavender Hill ! The accomodations were just perfect! We had all the amenties we needed and a small store at the bottom of the entry to the condos where we could get food etc.
The condo was very accomodating and the Balcony view of Cruz Bay was fantastic. We had everything we needed at a bargain! The staff was very accomodating as well. Charlie was great and also did a great job of recommending where the best places were on the Island.

If I had one negative, it would be the condo could have been a little cleaner in the not so easy to clean areas, i.e. behind the dressers, furniture etc....but it was really nothing, I am just OCD when it comes to cleanliness. The place was fantastic and I showed it to other friends who were staying on the Island who thought the same.

Want to visit St. Johns, have a good time, have a nice place to stay without breaking your wallet? Well, Lavender Hill will help you! Great Place for a GREAT price. Thanks to their entire staff for the ease of booking all the way through to the ride to the ferry! You guys are fantastic! Pete & Arleen

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Ostfildern, Deutschland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2012

We had an awesome stay at Lavender Hill Suites. We never could imagine feeling home so far away from home. We had a great welcome thanks to Charlie, he really made is feel welcome home. The Appartement is big and clean, has anything you need. The first morning was unforgettable: we had a more than great view over Cruz Bay and the beautiful Sea. There is no doubt if er are coming back ;-)

  • Stayed April 2012
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Property: Lavender Hill Suites
Address: 3 Abb Cruz Bay | PMB 456 Estate Enighed, Cruz Bay 00830, St. John
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lavender Hill Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lavender Hill Suites(R) - 1 and 2 bedroom luxury suites all with spectacular Caribbean views just steps away from the shops, restaurants, ferries, and nightlife of Cruz Bay, St John. Each unit has its own unique tropical motif, and each offers fully equipped kitchen, TV, beach chairs and towels, coolers, fully AC, etc. We are the onsite owners and managers of units 1W, 2W, 3W, 5W, 7E, 8E, 10E and 12E. ... more   less 
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