The setting on the small bay sheltered by an offshore reef gives this place a very nice location. This is a good base for venturing out into Calibishie. Visiting Calibishie, and especially partying over the weekend, was an unforgettable experience.
Staying at this guesthouse, however, left me wishing I could forget some other aspects of our trip. The lady who runs the place, the owner presumably, has some nice qualities, such as her taking care of dogs, which is a relief after seeing the poor state of the street dogs on the rest of the island. She was quite cold to me and my wife, and was unhelpful when the village was mysteriously deprived of water for an entire day and night.
The lack of running water in the village was disconcerting not because I am a high-maintenance or overly particular American, but rather because of it being a sanitation issue. Clean running water is a pre-requisite for healthy conditions. Standing water and the build-up of human waste is where diseases like Cholera can spread.
The guest house operator seemed curious about my request for a bucket so I could flush the toilet with sea water, and 15 hours later, after she removed the bucket from anywhere I could use it or find it, she gave us a small water bottle from the other village and somewhat mockingly suggested we could use it to flush the toilet.
Flushing the toilet in your hotel or "guesthouse" room can become a big deal after a while, especially when there is no door on the bathroom so that you have to sleep with your head essentially near the toilet.
Aside from the lack of door on the bathroom, the room was terribly small and the rest of the "staff" or the people who frequented the premises were quite rude. In all the experience was way too rough and made us feel unwelcome. Overpriced as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Veranda View is located on the main road in the seaside village of Calibishie. There is an upper and lower Veranda. There are two rooms sharing the wide covered and open Veranda. There is a vista of sand- ocean -rocks- mountains. The trade winds provide a cool escape from the village and is a great place to relax after touring the island.On the ground floor there is a 3rd room opening on to the lower Veranda. Here you can enjoy the beach, only 20 feet from the guest house, or sit with your friends and other guests while you share your incredible experiences of the day touring the Nature Island.Be sure to book for one of Hermein'e fantastic breakfasts, or reserve for dinner. Hermein's meals are as unique as the island. A blend of local, english, french and dutch foods. A great meal to be remembered.The rooms are basic but have all the comforts of home, decorated in an artistic manner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Veranda View Guest House Dominica/Calibishie