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PLEASE HELP... hotels in St. Thomas, USVI?

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean PLEASE HELP... hotels in St. Thomas, USVI?

1. Posted by A5HLEY (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

My family and I are hoping to travel to St. Thomas this summer. We would prefer a three star or above hotel right on the water. I've search the typical sites... travelocity, hotels.com, expedia, and have found nothing. Please share any experiences that you have. Thanks!

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Just searching Google with 'hotel' and 'st thomas' gave about 4.5 million hits, of which the first (tripadvisor.com) gives about 35 hotels...

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 1:04 AM by bentivogli ]

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

Just searching Google with 'hotel' and 'st thomas' gave about 4.5 million hits, of which the first (tripadvisor.com) gives about 35 hotels...

LOL. Sorry, I couldn't help laughing out loud

4. Posted by A5HLEY (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

Just searching Google with 'hotel' and 'st thomas' gave about 4.5 million hits, of which the first (tripadvisor.com) gives about 35 hotels...

Like I said, I already searched sites such as those and judging by looks alone, I haven't found anything that I really like. I was looking for actual reviews and what frequent travellers might suggest.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting A5HLEY

Quoting bentivogli

Just searching Google with 'hotel' and 'st thomas' gave about 4.5 million hits, of which the first (tripadvisor.com) gives about 35 hotels...

Like I said, I already searched sites such as those and judging by looks alone, I haven't found anything that I really like. I was looking for actual reviews and what frequent travellers might suggest.

Like you did not say you mean....you said you found nothing!

6. Posted by thegringo (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

I was in the U.S. Virgin Islands this past summer. I don't know if you are absolutely set on going to St. Thomas or not, but I would recommend St. John which is a 40 minute ferry ride away.

St. John is the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but probably the nicest. It is farrr less developed than St. Thomas thanks to the National Park that covers most of the island. It is also less touristy than St. Thomas and much more naturally beautiful. Snorkelling is excellent all around the island, and if the surf is rough on one side, you can just take one of the taxis to the opposite side of the island (~$6 ) and find tranquil bays.

As for places to stay, two of the nicest resorts on the Island are Caneel Bay Resort and The Westin Resort St. John. Both are on the water and have private beaches. Gallows Point is option for a higher end resort but the location, though closer to Cruz Bay town, is not nearly as nice. Villas and condos are also options, but I don't know much about those. (We stayed in tent-cabins.) Searches for St. John will yield several other choices for resorts and hotels as well.

Kayaking, hiking, scuba, snorkelling, and beautiful deserted beaches are all very easy to find on St. John. If you ask around, any local really, you can find a beach to have to yourself for the afternoon. I would also recommend visiting the Baths at Virgin Gorda. Many tour agencies go there, just make sure they give you enough time to explore the massive rock formations.

Good luck and have a great trip. Let me know if you would like to know more.

7. Posted by Cyrilla (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I 100% agree with thegringo about St John - much better than St Thomas. The Westin is very nice, but you can also consider house rentals. Also, depending on how adventurous you are, Maho Bay campgrounds is a low-cost option, which is actually quite nice, but it's not a resort. The diving/snorkling around St John is great, but to see the good stuff, go with a dive operator who gets you away from the beach and out to less visited spots where the coral and fish will be in better shape. Hiking in the national park is fun, especially if you have an interest in plants. For snorkling/diving (we're divers) we went with Down Under Watersports. Very nice people.

Enjoy your trip.

8. Posted by captpfitz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Unlike the gringo and cyrilla, after living there for 3 years, I preferred St. Thomas. More to do. Better places to eat and if you like bars, many more. For watersports yes St. John is better. Sailing..The Adventurer, snorkel/dive...St. John Watersports. Trip to the Baths in Virgin Gorda...Limnos Charters. Best Pizza...Sopchoppy's @American Yacht Harbor. I just recently returned from Cancun, I would take the USVI over it anytime. The VI's are much more beautiful, water included!