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Golden Era Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in St. Eustatius
Saba
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Not staying there again!”
Reviewed 18 November 2010

I stayed at the Golden Era for 1 night on a quick business trip only because the Old Gin House was fully booked.
My room (#108) was worse than going on a camping trip. The A/C plug out of the wall, the bedroom area was decent, the bathroom needed a bomb to wipe it out as it was shocking. I didn't eat there neither, didn't look good. As you walk into the bar/dining area, the kitchen door was left open and when glancing in my mouth dropped in shock. The outside needs landscaping and some fresh paint on their sign, as it all crusted and peeling.
I took photos for proof except for the kitchen part on my Facebook page titled Statia. http://www.facebook.com/soaresart
I will NOT be staying there again! Public Health needs to shut it down!
The worse part is that I paid $88 for the night.. It shouldve been free!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Curacao
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Reviewed 8 November 2010

The next door Old GIn does look a lot nicer and charming but is more expensive as well!
The golden Era is basic. The location is great! The room I has was very clean and the airco and shower worked fine. You can walk from the hotel to the town. Also a good restaurant nearby smokey. I also ate at the restaurant and the dinner was very good! the breakfast was nice as well. It may lack some charm but it is clean and not too expensive. and you can go in the water like from the hotel. For budget travellers a great deal!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled solo
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Bonaire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2010

Worn down, stuffy room, with black mold covered airco unit, jammed doors, no working light in bathroom, instant coffee for breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Apple Bay, Tortola
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Reviewed 18 October 2009

Like the island of St. Eustatius, the Golden Era Hotel, a sprawling, monumental structure located on the waterfront below the town of Oranjestad, is steeped in a proud sense of place and history. Like the town on the cliff above it, this historic old hotel is proud to have been and proud to be. The Golden Era Hotel, like the people of Statia, offers an unpretentious invitation to relax and appreciate the calmness and quiet of the island.

If you are looking for genuineness of soul (Shall we call it integrity?) a good place to start is by sipping a famously delicious pina colada on the porch of the Golden Era Hotel. Watching the clear ocean that attracts divers and snorkelers to Statia each year wash the rocks clean you will be invited to look inward and learn who you are--or maybe who you want to be.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled on business
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Netherlands
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Reviewed 11 August 2008

I stayed at Golden Era during a few days of diving in July.

As far as Statia hotels go, Golden Era Hotel fills the role of the affordable hotel at the lower end of the market. The Caribbean must be filled with many hotels and motels like this one -- locally owned and operated, but falling mostly under the tourist radar for one reason or another. Apparently I am the very first person to review this hotel on TripAdvisor.com.

The location of the hotel cannot be faulted. (Indeed, it is right beside one of the island's top-rated hotels.) A few rooms face the sea. The restaurant is located on the waterfront, making it a pleasant place to dine. The beaches, snorkelling and dive shops are metres away.

The hotel has a bar, a salt-water pool, and a lush garden setting. Lizards, chickens and cats run around. At the waterfront, there is an old beat-up unused pier. To the left of the pool, just metres away, are the ruins of an old 17th or 18th century Dutch warehouse, half emerged in the sea. About 50 metres away there are small sandy beaches located in the middle of these ruins. How about that for Caribbean character?

The breakfast is simple and filling. Coffee, juice, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages, toast, muffins, johnnycakes, oranges, etc. Not gourmet or varied, but more than enough to do the job.

I really enjoyed swimming and snorkelling in the bay in the front of the hotel. Off to the left in particular, there is a submerged ruined wall with active underwater life just a few metres from shore. Apart from a wide range of interesting fish and creatures, I saw turtles and rays just while snorkelling in front of the hotel.

I don't know what the other rooms in the hotel are like, but I had a large room with a high ceiliing and a large bed. The room was spotless. The bedding, towels and curtains were of a good standard and clean. Everything in the room functioned properly, including the TV (with multiple channels), air conditioning (a crucial point in July), shower water pressure, etc.

The only real downside is that the room (and indeed the hotel itself) is two stars and needs to be renovated. OK, it needed to be renovated years ago is probably more like it. Despite its good points, my room had a functional "old hotel room" feel about it. (I am rather hesitant to say that the place needs renovation because I enjoyed the affordability of the place, and of course that would all change if it were renovated.)

This hotel doesn't have a gym, internet, or anything like that. (For cheap internet, go to the STENAPA office just down the road a bit.) It has a few deck chairs laying around.

The hotel charges "Antilleans" (whatever that means) less than other guests. The rest of us get a 15% surcharge, which is labelled a "service charge". Perhaps other hotels in the Caribbean do this as well to make such hotels more affordable to locals, but I resented it. In my humble opinion, the hotel (with its good points) is already a little overpriced even at the Antillean rate. If you can't get the lower rate, you might as well spend a few extra dollars and go to the hotel next door.

Final word. If you're watching your costs and are able to get a good rate, this two-star waterfront hotel is a viable option as a base for diving, snorkelling and exploring the island of Statia.

  • Liked — Location & affordability
  • Disliked — Surcharge & needs renovation
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled solo
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Property: Golden Era Hotel
Address: Bay Rd. | Oranjestad, St. Eustatius
Region: Caribbean > St. Eustatius
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Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in St. Eustatius
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Number of rooms: 20
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