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Gallows Point Resort
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Let me start by saying I give Gallows Point 4 out of 5 stars. Very good....but not quite PERFECT as some people claim.

The Good:

1. Great location. Close to everything downtown and all the fun happenings. Walking distance to many restaurants and shopping. The grounds are well manicured with beautiful exotic plants.

2. Great pool & hot tub. Not too big, not too small. The hot tub is colorful at night. There are posted hours, but no one seems to care as we went in the hot tub past 11pm and no one bothered us.

3. Great for couples. Quiet and couple oriented - no kids! Finally a place that doesn't cater to the screaming, crying, annoying little ones!! Very romantic. Lots of hammocks, little covered areas to sit for 2 people, etc.

4. Great snorkeling. We saw a sea turtle, stingray, tons of fish, and more! RIGHT from the ocean in front of the resort - steps away! The entry area "dock" is perfect, as is the floating dock as it's great to snorkel, rest on the dock, and snorkel some more. Some of the best snorkeling on the island STEPS away from your door!

5. Friendly staff. They always seemed to have a good attitude and were VERY helpful. Great group.

6. The little shop on site is excellent. They have anything you'd want - without going to a store! The prices are high, as are all things on the island, but barely higher than the local grocery store (we checked.) They have souvenirs, food, pop, breakfast items, sunscreen, etc - I can't think of anything we wanted that they DIDN'T have!

7. Oceanfront rooms are very nice. Updated kitchen and appliances, steps from the ocean.

So no on to the bad/not so good.

1. Number one was the internet. Half of our stay it would connect to the wireless network but it couldn't access any websites. It was this way on all of our devices (laptops, kindles, etc.) Then magically, some days it would work fine for a few hours. We called the front desk to complain and were told "Keep trying." Keep trying!? For what.....10 hours? Literally, there were days the internet didn't work at all - no amount of "trying" would fix that. The days it DID work, it was slowwwwwwwwww. There's definitely an issue with the Wifi at this place. Yea yea, I know - we're in paradise, who cares about internet. Well, at night we love keeping our family posted with out photos and travel updates via Facebook - something you can't do without Internet! This was VERY bothersome for us.

2. Parking. EXTREMELY limited parking. Many times you have to double park (park behind someone, blocking them in.) On the plus side, the resort is VERY good about letting you double park, giving your key to the front desk, and they will move your car for you when able.

3. Nice....but rough around the edges. Now this is just being a bit picky....but the resort is showing its age. It's still well maintained, but small things such as trim boards being loose in the room, to bad paintjobs when they painted the trim, to rusting lamps.....things that don't mean much, but things that you notice nonetheless. The overall condition on a 1-10 scale, 10 being brand new, 1 being run down.....I'd rate both the room and the resort a 7. Not bad by any means, but definitely not "perfect" - and for this price, it could be better.

Overall, a beautiful resort in a great location with excellent snorkeling, great for couples. Not quite perfect, but close :) We'd definitely recommend it to others, and may return ourselves one day - hopefully with the Wifi fixed!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank xtopheralan81
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Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

This "resort" (if you want to stretch the definition of this word to cover this place) feels more like a condo rental property. We actually asked the front desk attendant how to get onto the resort property not knowing we were standing on it. If you're traveling as a couple and want a resort experience, I wouldn't even consider this place. Try Caneel Bay or The Westin.

If you want a beach on your property, good luck. It's "waterfront" but there's no beach. Hard to call yourself a resort and you don't even have a beach on your property.

There's just a breathtaking view of a rundown old disgusting cemetery with above ground graves adjacent to the property.


The pool looks like something at a 1990's motel and the condos inside gave me the feeling I just rented a beach condo in 1995 in OCMD.

The staff was nice but the rooms were just ok. If you have a family of four and want to save money on food there is a full kitchen. The bathrooms were new and gave you the feel you were in a luxury villa, then you walked out of the bathroom and realized you're in a beach condo. Again, the staff was fantastic, it's just not a romantic luxury getaway spot.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
3  Thank jacarr25
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Will definitely stay here again. Great location in Cruz Bay. Just a short walk to the heart of town and all the restaurants and shops. Beautiful ocean and harbor views from our room. Very clean and comfortable. The suite was extra spacious, and we loved sitting on the balcony and watching boats come in and out of the harbor.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Jim M
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We stayed at Gallows Point three years ago, and staying here again was the main reason we came back to St. John. We stay in room 10B which is a lower unit with a great view of the gazebo and the bay. Snorkeling is good and the pool is very peaceful and relaxing. We also went for the beaches, but when we thought they would be closed due to the U.S. government shutdown, we did not get too upset because we knew that we could have a great vacation just staying at Gallows Point. This is the only place that we would consider staying when we visit St. John.

Room Tip: We like 10B because of the view and closeness to the pool and snorkeling area. As seniors, it is easier without as many stair steps.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GrandmaP2
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

This was my second year in a row staying at Gallows Point, and I can't recommend this condo resort highly enough. We stayed in unit 15d, which is an upper level ocean view room rented via Suite St. John. This unit has one of the best views on the property, and it is very convenient for pool use and for snorkeling.

I've also stayed at Caneel Bay, and I prefer Gallows Point due to the fact that it is a close walk to Cruz Bay. Also, I prefer the accommodations at Gallows to the rooms at Caneel.

Here are the pros and cons, from my perspective.

Pros
Large, modern condo-style rooms
Well appointed kitchen for cooking and eating in
Wonderful service
Short walk to restaurants/Cruz Bay
Great snorkeling on extensive reef
Beautiful views from entire resort
Oceanfront pool and jacuzzi (great after snorkeling)
Quiet and peaceful (most of the time)

Cons
Can be loud on weekends when bands are playing in Cruz Bay or when the bars are crowded
No sandy beach (although it is oceanfront)
Loft style bedroom is not separated from the living room via a wall

The snorkeling at Gallows Point is very good, and the reef is extensive. This year we saw - reef squid, nurse sharks, turtles, several octopi, moray eels, christmas tree worms, feather dusters, filefish, peacock flounders and many other reef fish.

Room Tip: The upper level rooms have the best views.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank luv4travelNJ
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