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“Great Location in Cruz Bay”
Review of Grande Bay Resort

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Grande Bay Resort
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Grande Bay in Cruz Bay proved to be a great location for our vacation. We were within walking distance to all the restaurants and even a small grocery store in town. There were many taxis close by to take visitors to the nearby beaches. The apartment was the perfect size for a couple. We had one bedroom and 1 1/2 baths. The terrace overlooking Cruz Bay was amazing! To secure a better price, check out vrbo.com. It's a little cheaper dealing directly with the owners.

Room Tip: Look for a room in Building 2 which is the closest to the street level. The penthouses have huge te...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We've been coming to the Island for 22 years and this was our first time at GB. We rented from an owner & it couldn't have been easier! We were very lucky to get a good price, a great view & all the little extras - coolers, chairs, parking space, snorkel gear, etc. It was so convenient to be able to walk about anywhere we wanted to go and to pop right downstairs to MOTU for some cold drinks.
The 'only' reason I did not give this 5 Stars and this is being picky, our unit did need some fine tuning, nothing major and the Sales People. Although, they were super low pressure & very nice - as soon as they found out we were not interested in purchasing, there was a totally different vibe - almost quite comical. I know its their job & they do have a certain amount of pressure to 'perform' but don't be right under us at the cocktail parties - we should have just told her from the beginning we weren't interested so she could entertain someone else. It certainly won't deter us from coming back, but we will be clear with our intentions from the get go as not to waste their time. It really is a lovely place to vacation though!

Room Tip: Just make sure you have a VIEW
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

love love loved it! Great location, an easy walk to some bars and food. Right off the Ferry Dock. Easy cab ride to Trunk Bay and other awesome places! Would go back in a heartbeat. We were nervous because it was 'across the road' from the beach but it turned out to not be an issue. the road is tiny!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

My family and I stayed in a 3 bedroom condo at Grande Bay in May 2013. This was our first visit to St. John. The location is perfect, a one minute walk to the restaurants and shops of Cruz Bay. The resort facilities were clean, the pool large for St. John and well maintained, and the staff we encountered were friendly and accommodating. The condo itself had all the amenities we enjoy at home, including a dishwasher, washer/dryer, kitchen appliances, and bathroom amenities like hairdryers and irons. I struggle to find a negative thing to say about this resort or Cruz Bay. A few things that should be noted are that the nearest grocery store is a 10-15 minute walk, and the resort is located on a hill, so walking up and down a bit will be required (even though there are elevators in the buildings).

I highly recommend this place. My family and I had a wonderful time, and much of it was due to the fact that our condo was well appointed and close to everything.

Room Tip: If you have any concerns about climbing stairs or walking up hills, ask if the condo is at the beach...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We stayed at Grande Bay Resort for two weeks last July.We had a two bedroom unit we rented through VBRO.The location is faboulous,just a 5 minute walk to town and all the reastaurants.It came with a parking spot which is essential because of extremely limited parking around town.The roads are horrendous,but you do get used to them.Our favorite beach was St.. Francis,although Trunk Bay was very nice also.We felt very safe here everywhere we went especially walking around town at night.You should definitely rent a jeep an explore everywhere,especially Skinny Leggs And Tourist Trapp.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

My husband and I stayed in a studio condo for 2 nights before our villa rental became available. This is our 6th trip to St. John and I was pleasantly surprised by this resort. The location is terrific and the views of the harbor and its constant activity were entertaining...no need for the TV ;-).
The staff were very helpful. The pool, parking spot, and all other amenities are added bonuses. We booked our unit through the resort. Our condo was new, clean, and in the back building on the 3rd floor. I would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: The lower building has obstructed views of numerous power lines. The higher, the better for the vie...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Paul H, General Manager at Grande Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2013

Dear Jody_T,
I am glad to read that you found the room booked through the on site resort management to your liking. The resort does have a lot of amenities and the location cannot be beat. However, it is our staff that makes the difference and I am pleased to see that you found them helpful. All of us look forward to visit number "7" hopefully soon!
Regards,
Paul

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Reviewed 23 June 2013

This was our fourth stay at Grande Bay and the resort itself is 5*. We rented through VRBO and our unit was just ok, but we got a good rate. We had a 1 BR unit in the lower building B202. Upon arrival the unit had a funky mildew smell that made all our clothes smell. The villa also had a very sparsely equipped kitchen and mismatched dishes. We have a ski condo so I'm pretty understanding about rental condos but this one needs a little help. The bed was great and as almost everyone writes the location is the BEST. Parking garage can be tricky but it's a huge bonus. Will definitely return to Grande Bay; just to a different unit.

TIPS: I was leery staying in the front building but the location was great right off the water. We only had the 1BR side and the lockout studio unit was rented to what sounded like a bunch of kids the last few days we were there. They were really loud and sound really traveled underneath the lockout door that connects units. You could hear every word they said. If they had been there the whole week I would have been very unhappy.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Bay Street | Cruz Bay Quarter, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
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Region: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Cruz Bay
Price Range: £218 - £492 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Grande Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club is situated hillside overlooking Cruz Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Set near Wharfside Village, this St. John condominium resort overlooks the emerald and blue waters of Cruz Bay and St. Thomas to the east and the British Virgin Islands to the west. Offering nightly rentals (min. 2 nights) and fractional ownership opportunities in the heart of "Love City". ... more   less 
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