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Frangipani Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Belmont
Edgartown, Massachusetts, United States
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

The hotel is in a great spot along the harbor, in a cozy little area close to many other hotels and restaurants. Our room was beautiful, when the large doors to the porch were open, the bedroom looks out over the gardens and you can just see the ocean beyond. The bathroom in our room could use a little updating for the price but the overall experience was great. The food at the adjoining restaurant was delicious.

I have to agree with another person's review about the noise though. The bar next door had very loud live music until late in the night and a dog, that I think lives next door, was barking for much of the night as well.

We did not have any issues with bugs or mosquitoes in our room and we closed the porch doors at night and didn't need to use the mosquito net. The large private porch attached to our room was a nice place to relax and read. The landscaping is well maintained and we even saw a turtle wandering the property one day!

All in all we were very happy with our stay and would come again!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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New York, NY
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29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

We hesitate to write this review, because we found Frangipani to be a charming hotel in an ideal location, with a friendly and helpful staff. But we reluctantly add two caveats: First, rooms in the old stone plantation building, where we stayed, have neither windows nor screens, and the wood jealousies do not suffice to keep out mosquitoes and other bugs. The hotel provides bug juice and mosquito netting, but, if you're sensitive to insect bites, you'll probably get bitten anyway. Second, the hotel is adjacent to the Whaleboner Bar, and you will not be able to get to sleep until 11:30 p.m. or later if that bar is featuring live entertainment. The windowless rooms offer no sound buffering, and you will hear every syllable of every song until the booming entertainment ends. Unless you want to join the Whaleboner party, avoid this hotel on jam nights.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank E.Bachman
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London
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309 reviews
148 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

I expected more given the price and hype. I had booked a "garden" room and it did indeed overlook the garden, as well as the parking area. Woken at 6am by someone's backup warning. It was on the "ground floor" (the hotel was empty, so just think the receptionist could not be bothered to walk up steps to show me to another on the second floor), and felt slightly insecure in a room which was meant to be open to the world (no a/c). I would normally be fine but it was hot and humid and just did not enjoy the opportunity to open the slats so felt oddly claustrophobic and yes, the mosquitoes are bad. I call thm slats, but to be clear, they were wooden slatted closres with open slits so not much protection against insects. The balcony was spacious, but rain discouraged use. The room was large as was the bathroom, but very dated and showing its age. The room on offer was probably appropriate at $50 a night in 1995, but it is now a bit of a rip-off given the slipshod service and couple of decades of discovering to what a good hotel should aspire. lack of view and tired fittings. Bequia is extraordinarily lovely and a wonderful place just to wander around, but Frangipani is clearly gliding by on its oligopoly. Possibly proximity to Mustique has provided an undeserved complacence.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank UKbanker33
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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1,020 reviews
405 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1,155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2011

This is a super friendly place with a lovely outdoor bar anbd restaurant overlooking the sea. Food is not as good as the wonderful Gingerbread House restaurant next door (under same managment) but acceptable. They were closing down for two months the last day of my stay so things were a bit hectic and they were out of a lot of food choices

I had a Garden View room which was on a bit of a hill with a wrap around balcony overlooking a garden. Very nice to lie in bed and feel the breeze on all sides. Note that they have fans but no airconditioning in the rooms and it can get hot. Also, the mosquitoes are incredible but the hotel thoughtfully provides spray!

WIFI in the bar area is supposed to be complimentary but they were waiting on a part. However, the Friendship Rose office next door has a good and free WIFI signa you can use.

Rooms are very clean and the laundry service is fantastically efficient.

I'll be back and will stay at the Frangi again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank poleinahole1
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Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
378 reviews
123 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2011

We booked this hotel to stay during our Friendship Rose schooner sailing excursion. The staff here are extremely friendly and hospitable. We booked the original rooms and it came with two beds, desk, chair, mosquito nets, closet, and wash basin. Toilets and hot showers are shared at the end of the hall and were clean. My only complaint was that the shutter window in the room tends to rattle in the night from the wind as I was trying to sleep.I had it open and it rattled but when I close the window completely, the room heats up too much.

On site, there is a wonderful bar and restaurant and they served the best key lime pie I ever had. I also had the luxury of staying during steel band night and enjoyed an evening of wonderful entertainment.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JY_Globetrotter
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Cambridge
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27 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2010

Stayed at the Frangi for 4 nights in one of the luxury rooms located up the hill, which have AC. The room had a large 4 poster bed with mosquito net, TV, coffee maker, fridge, cute bathroom and dressing area, and a fab balcony overlooking the bay. The room was clean and comfortable, if a little dark with the patio doors shut, and fresh sheets and towels every day was nice. A basket of fruit was provided, which was a nice touch. The hotel provided all they could to combat the mosquitos (well it was rainy season) including nets, incecticide spray, repellant spray and coils. This definitely kept the mossy count down, although I still managed to get bitten.

The housekeeping staff were excellent, professional and friendly. We got fresh flowers folded into our towels and flowers on the bed every day. The reception staff were a bit hit and miss, one older lady was wonderful, all smiles and very helpful, while others were a bit brisk and uninterested. The restaurant and bar staff were mostly friendly and helpful, especially Pat.

The location of the hotel could not be better, just a few short minutes walk from the ferry dock, all the restaurants and shops of Port Elizabeth are within walking distance and the view from the waterside restaurant was great. We enjoyed having breakfast while watching all the comings and goings. The jump up was pretty good, and despite being low season the restaurant was full. The steel band were great, the buffet food tasty and plenty of it, the tuna steak was excellent and huge. While not especially cheap, I think it worth splurging for!

Overall, we had a lovelty stay here, the location was good and the views really special. The restuarant food was always of good quality, and portion size was good. The waterside bar does some really mean cocktails at reasonable prices! The only thing that lets the hotel down slighty was a few of the staff being uninterested, bordering on rude (but not all staff, by any means). We would defintely come back here again.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank TurtleTravelTales
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USA
Level Contributor
12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2010

Perfect central location, just a few minutes' walk on the beach to the ferry dock, a few minutes in the other direction and you can jump in the water for great snorkeling along the coastline. Liked the simple stone and dark wood in the room, and appreciated the mosquito coils and nets – only downside was that with two twin beds pushed together (each with its net, so cut off from each other once you're tucked in) sleeping arrangements weren't ideal for couples. I'd stay here again, but would try to get a room with a large bed.

  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank RKB08
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Property: Frangipani Hotel
Address: Belmont VC0284, Bequia
Region: Caribbean > St. Vincent and the Grenadines > Bequia > Belmont
Amenities:
Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Belmont
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Frangipani Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As a home it began, and a home it still seems to the many Bequia lovers who return year after year to the Frangipani, the quintessential small hotel on a small island in the Caribbean. Built for his family by a Bequia sea captain almost a century ago, the shingle-sided, two-storey building has gracefully presided ever since over the nautical comings and goings of Admiralty Harbour. The property has been in the Mitchell family since 1898, first in boat building and now in hospitality. The hotel celebrated its 40th anniversary year in 2007. You can now savour the scene from the open-sided dining room, or the popular beach bar, or from the sundeck upstairs where you can still enjoy one of the original family rooms. The more luxurious garden rooms, which rise on a gentle slope behind, are hand-crafted of local stone and hardwoods, and each has a balcony facing westward over the yacht basin where the setting sun dips down behind the palms. Listed as one of the top 100 bars in the world, the Frangipani's waterfront open air bar is one of the Caribbean's famous watering holes. With an extensive cocktail menu, warm atmosphere and friendly bartenders, the "Frangi" bar maintains its reputation as the meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Try our famous Frangi Fever, Mango Potion or Passion Colada while seated in our love seats under the palms, watching the sun set on the horizon as the gentle breezes blow. Or find a spot at the beautiful purple- heart wooden bar with comfortable cushioned stools and you are likely to meet a fellow Bequia lover from across the planet. Whatever your fancy, you are sure to find good conversation, and a drink of choice at the Frangi; or the bartenders are happy to recommend one of their tropical specialties to while away the hours as you relax and unwind. Every Thursday night, the Frangi Barbecue and Jump Up with live music from the Elite Steel Orchestra maintains its unique attraction. Our superb buffet features a charcoal-grilled 8oz striploin steak or grilled fish, with a wide assortment of local dishes, seafood salads, freshly-baked bread, and fabulous desserts, including our famous Lime Pie, coffee or tea included. ... more   less 
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