This is really more of a 4.5 than a 4 - I couldn't pull the trigger on the 5 for a couple of minor reasons, but it was close.
Gallows Point is located on a small hill near the heart of Cruz Bay. It is convenient to everything in town. You actually notice the resort off to your right as you're taking the ferry in from Red Hook. The grounds are impeccably maintained, and our unit (2A) was in great shape. Very nice, with a small living area, kitchenette, king bedroom and bathroom with a gigantic shower. Even cable TV with HBO (not that you need that when the weather's good down there). We also had a patio overlooking the ocean with a brilliant view of St. Thomas and a weird screened porch off the back of the bedroom (very dark and strange, so we didn't really use it - I think it was under the stairs).
I've read reviews about lack of cleanliness/no towel service. We did not experience any of this. Housekeeping was efficient, polite and generous with the beach and shower towels. The resort also provided free backpack beach chairs for day trips to other area beaches (a must in St. John). So the grounds and the room were great.
The pool has a beautiful view and a nice hot tub but it is very very small and becomes crowded with even a few guests - please note that the resort discourages children under 5 and I only saw 1 child and a few teenagers during my stay. The pool is too small to be a blast for the kiddos and the vibe is 100% about relaxing. The resort also has an artificial beach area (Note - there is no beach at this resort but there is a rocky coast with very good snorkeling) and some decking with chairs in the sun or shade - great for watching the sunset. Bring your bug spray as the mosquitoes were terrible all over the island this trip. My stomach looks like a connect-the-dots puzzle as they got up under my swimsuit where I hadn't sprayed (along with my armpit). It was brutal. The pool scene could be greatly improved with a public bathroom to prevent trudging all the way back to a unit when nature calls. Barmaid service on site would also be nice. Each unit provides a cooler so you can pack drinks/snacks but sometimes being waited on is part of the resort experience.
Also, other reviewers have said this, but if you want quiet pay extra for ocean side as bay side can be loud, and we did have some thumping base even ocean side when I was trying to sleep the night before I participated in the Friends Power Swim.
The restaurant on site is no longer Zozos (moved to Caneel) but Ocean 362 and it is fabulous. Great ceviche and the chef made me a vegetarian entree as there wasn't one on the menu (gave me two choices). The wines by the glass list is so-so, but this is typical for USVI. Our server was friendly.
The Gallows Point shop on the property is also great - they have a bit of this and a bit of that but most of the essentials and some souvenirs. They let you run a tab during your stay and the staff is extremely friendly. I got some really pretty larimar jewelry in the shop at a very fair price compared to what I saw on the island. The remainder of the hotel staff ranged from very nice to polite, but we didn't encounter any unfriendliness - although they do cater to the unit owners more than guests.
So all in all a great experience with just minor complaints of loud music one night, small pool. I would definitely stay here again. I can't decide if I liked Gallows or Caneel better, as they are just completely different experiences. Gallows is definitely more casual but very nice. (Mute point for me, as next time I will probably have to travel with my kids and stay at the Westin anyway!) Also, the resort gave a nice price break to swimmers participating in the beach to beach power swim, which was very nice and supportive of the community.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a 5 acre peninsula in Cruz Bay. Our spacious 1 & 2 story units have fully equipped kitchens with dining area, King size bed, Satellite TV, Central A/C. in room wireless internet, full living room and private balconies all with ocean views. The resort offers full maid service, pool with hot tub, concierge service and a small gourmet grocery. Eat at our fine dining restaurant or take a 5 minute stroll to town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gallows Point Hotel Cruz Bay
- Gallows Point Cruz Bay
- Gallows Point Resort St. John/Cruz Bay