Just a few days ago I came back from having spent a wonderful week in this delightful little Hotel in Antigua, which provides an excellent idea of how tourism must have been like in the Caribbean 30 or 40 years ago, before the creation of gigantic structures that scarred what must have been a wonderful landscape. Although nobody is going to pamper you in the Long Bay Hotel, it will be very easy to feel yourself at home and lose in the beauty of the place: the Hotel and the Beach House staff was, with no exception, extremely friendly (including the house dog!) and attended to my requests (albeit limited) promptly and professionally. For those of you that might be put off by past negative reviews and by some of the hotel's features let me clarify a few points:
There is no air conditioning in the rooms, nor will you need it! The rooms in fact face the direction of the trade wind, which sometimes blows so hard that you will be forced instead to close the shutters to reduce ventilation;
In my lovely and very clean room (36) there was a very efficient mosquito net on the windows and around the bed, plus I was provided with insecticide. It is true that the island is full of bugs but with a little precaution you can reduce the risks of bites;
The bathroom was possibly refurbished many years ago, but it was very functional and the only minor problem I had was fixed within minutes of my reporting it;
I have seen in the rooms none of the zoo reported by previous guests: there are lizards everywhere outside the room – but in Antigua that is hardly a feature of the Long Bay Hotel.
The Beach House and the hotel beach are a three minutes walk away from the main structure and they very well integrate with the rest of the hotel. I had breakfast and dinner every day in the Beach House and was always satisfied by both the quality and quantity of food and the quality of the service.
My only suggestion to those who chose the Long Bay Hotel is to hire a car: the structure is located pretty far from all the other interesting points of the island so, unless you want to spend your days between the room and the Beach House (and I see nothing wrong with that) it is better to get a mean of transportation – a Jeep better than a car, given the road conditions.
I would recommend this hotel to everybody except:
Singles looking for wild entertainment (a tip – try Ibiza instead);
Honeymooners that need constant reminding that they are on a honeymoon (a tip – try a cruise instead);
People who are notoriously difficult/impossible to please (a tip – if you are feeling touchy reading my review that you most likely fall in this last category).
Will I ever go back to Antigua? I honestly do not know. But if I ever do, this is the place where I am going to be. In the meanwhile, I hope and pray that Chris and Dave will do their best not to change the true nature of this wonderful jewel.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.