My boyfriend and I stayed at Estate Lindholm for a week in July, and it really was in the perfect location--close enough to walk into town, but high enough on the hill so that all you heard at night were peepers.
The grounds of Estate Lindholm were simply lovely. Very lush; all kinds of tropical plants coupled with a fantastic view of Cruz Bay. We stayed in the honeymoon suite, which had a queen size bed, balcony, nice-sized bathroom, and small sink/mini-fridge/microwave area.
Lauren and Brion, the owners, were very helpful and accommodating (also a big thank you to Lauren's friend, Linda, for all of the useful info). Lauren picked us up at the ferry when we arrived and also took us back to the ferry on the day we left. She was always available to answer any questions we had (and provide freshly cut aloe for our sunburn!).
She had plenty of coolers, beach towels, and beach chairs for guests to use, and they came in really handy. There was also an honor bar set up the breakfast area, which was convenient.
We rented a Jeep from Varlack in Cruz Bay--the folks there were incredibly nice. (You could certainly walk into Cruz Bay and back from Estate Lindholm, which we did a few times--but you really need to be careful walking back at night because there's no shoulder--and no lights--on the road.) We arrived on St. John after Varlack had closed for the day (a Sat.), but Lauren had picked up the Jeep keys for us--so we walked into town Sunday a.m. and got the Jeep then, even though Varlack is closed on Sundays. Then we went back Monday to fill out the paperwork.
When you're in town, Varlack lets you park on the sidewalk (literally--all four tires on the sidewalk) in front of their business. We did that a few times, but then discovered that you can park in the Visitor Center employee parking lot after 5 p.m. every day--which was a lot easier.
I would highly recommend renting a vehicle if you want to go to the "non-touristy" beaches (even though we were there during the off-season, many of the beaches still had plenty of people on them).
The only somewhat disappointment with Estate Lindholm was the breakfast. Granted, we knew going in (and from reading other reviews) that the breakfast was continental. But after 7 days of the same thing (cereal, bagels/croissants, pineapple/cantaloupe) with no protein, it started to get a little old. However, that certainly wasn't even close to being a deal breaker! And you're probably not going to find any place else on the island with such an outstanding view while drinking your coffee!
We would highly recommend Estate Lindholm, and would definitely go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic small inn within the VI Nat'l Park, overlooking picturesque Cruz Bay harbor - walking distance to gorgeous white sandy beaches and the shopping and restaurants of town. Modern, comfortable rooms, with all amenities. Charming old-world ambiance with beautiful gardens. A rare property, with very personal attention. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estate Lindholm Hotel Cruz Bay
- Estate Lindholm St. John/Cruz Bay