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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Country Inn

Country Inn
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Country Inn
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Eustatius
Rijeka, Croatia
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“Average at best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2010

We included Statia, the 'Hidden gem of the Caribbean' into our vacation plans after having read a wonderful review of the island in Lonely Planet guide. It could be because we arrived just between Christmas and New Year that the island was so sleepy, but maybe not. We were greeted warmly at the airport by a lady from the tourist office, who called a taxi for us. It turned out that our hotel was in walking distance, but we didn't mind. In the next few days, we found that there is nothing to do on this island. The waves and winds were to rough for diving (which is supposed to be very good, but this is the case for most islands in the Caribbean), the only museum was charming, but you had to check regularly if there is somebody there to let you in, the only bookstore had nothing but Bibles and there were no beaches to relax. Also, after having seen the tropical rainforest on Dominica, the Quill did not seem as described in the guide. The tourist offices were closed, the only Internet was in the library, and so on.

About the inn. For the price you pay, the owner could provide more. The rooms are clean, but the furniture is old, and the bed uncomfortable. There is air-conditioning, but it spits water on the bed. But the biggest annoyance are the roosters. These animals populate the entire island (so you are not safe in other hotels as well), and roam around freely. They wake you up between 3 and 4 AM.
The breakfast is served by the owner, who was nowhere near chatty and welcoming, but the food was freshly made and good. She did not complain when we decided to leave the island early and did not charge us for the entire reservation. But she did charge us for the bottle of water she gave us although the tap water is not potable and we arrived very late.

It is a shame this island does not show some more effort in keeping people there after they come, because the town itself is charming and there is quite a few things worth seeing and doing (the town, fortress, cemetery, botanical gardens, archaeology). We recommend it for a 1-2-day trip, and only when you make sure there is no public holiday around.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2009

country inn is the best on the island,very nice and clean,breakfast is hmmmmm.beutifull garden.the owner is friendly.country inn is a place were you can relax and escape to.country inn is a must.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2008

St. Eustatius, or "Statia" as it is known by all, is one of the least-known islands in the Caribbean, despite being only a short flight away from overdeveloped and overtouristed St. Martin. Once on this tiny island, the rare tourist will enjoy an impressive historic heritage, pristine coral reefs (and nary a diver in sight), well-organized hiking trails to breezy viewpoints, and a selection, albeit limited, of restaurants. Not to forget the opportunity to interact with Caribbeans as equals, which is rarely the case on other more touristed islands.

Two disclaimers: climate, and terrain. Statia is HOT during the summer, so come if you can in the winter or spring. I visited in June, and it was baking hot every day- as hot as I've ever been in the Caribbean. Nor does Statia have the gorgeous landscapes of Saba and Montserrat- it is mostly a flat island, with heights to the north and south.

The Country Inn is a modest, clean and attractive set of rooms (really small suites, since they also have a seating area outside the bedroom) attached to a house in the outskirts of Oranjestad, a very short walk from the airport and a longer, but doable, walk to downtown.

Rooms are relatively small, but clean, comfortable, air-conditioned (a blessing!), with attached baths and seating areas. My fellow travellers included couples visiting from neighboring islands and students considering Statia's Medical School training program. The price is half that of other hotels on the island and definitely worth considering for the budget traveller or a traveller wanting to stay more than a few days, as I was. Modest breakfasts can be had in an adjoining breakfast room for only $5.

The Country Inn is functional, not romantic. For evenings overlooking the sea, stay in one of the more expensive hotels, or just go there for dinner- you will discover all of the restaurants on the island before long! But for the traveller wishing to explore the Caribbean at a low price- often a challenge- the Country Inn is by far the best option on Statia.

  • Liked — exactly as advertised- nothing fancy, but clean, pleasant, quiet, and inexpensive
  • Disliked — a little too far from town for an easy walk, and the area around it is getting developed, reducing its privacy
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled solo
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Property: Country Inn
Address: Concordia, St. Eustatius
Region: Caribbean > St. Eustatius
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in St. Eustatius
Number of rooms: 6
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St. Eustatius Country Inn
Country Inn St. Eustatius, Caribbean

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