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“Very relaxing resort with the best meals from its Bayhouse Restaurant and Bar” 4 of 5 stars
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Trade Winds Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua   |  
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“Very relaxing resort with the best meals from its Bayhouse Restaurant and Bar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

An informal and relaxing hotel with a breathtaking view from the patio. The staff are very accomodating and cater to your every need and the mouth watering cuisine at the Bayhouse Restaurant and Bar leaves you wanting for more. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Keep up the great service.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl C, General Manager at Trade Winds Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Thank you for your kind review of our hotel. Our main goal is to always ensure that our guests are relaxed and comfortable. We are pleased to also hear you enjoyed dining at our Restaurant.

We wish you all the best in your travels...see you again soon!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

A really lovely, quiet and relaxing spot. The main area is really well set up, with the pool next to a huge patio with the restaurant and bar, all with a beautiful view overlooking the ocean. The staff are all lovely, friendly people. Such a nice place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl C, General Manager at Trade Winds Hotel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thanks for your very lovely and kind review of our hotel. We are very pleased to hear that your stay with us was comfortable and relaxing. Your feedback will be shared with our team so that they can continue provide excellent service to our guests.

We do hope to see you again soon. Happy Travels!
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

As frequent travellers to the West Indies we have stayed at the Trade Winds Hotel on many occasions. It retains its informality and charm whilst providing slick and very pleasant service, food is of the highest standard and the views from the terrace breathtaking. This is not a package holiday destination, rather a working hotel that provides excellent value for money and is well worth a visit for anyone wishing to sample the excellent cuisine available in the Bay House restaurant

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl C, General Manager at Trade Winds Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thanks for your charming review of your stay at our hotel and your dining experiences at Bay House Restaurant. It is indeed always a pleasure having you stay with us. Your excellence reviews and recommendations means that our team's hard work is translating into great service.

See you again soon...HAPPY TRAVELS!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

Excellent Dinner overlooking the caribbean . Great service from very friendly staff. I would recommend arriving just before sunset, have a bayhouse special cocktail while the sun sets and then I ordered the seafood grill which was delicious.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl C, General Manager at Trade Winds Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Many thanks for your wonderful review of your experience at Bay House.

See you again soon...Happy Travels!
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Burlington, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Trade Winds hotel is a lovely property on the summit of a hill overlooking Antigua's Dickenson Bay and beach on one side and the eastern Atlantic coast on the other. It catches every bit of the trade winds making it comfortable even in the most extreme heat. I was there recently on a two-week business trip and there was a great mix of tourists and business travelers. The food served in the restaurant is very diverse and generally of very high quality - when the restaurant is full, service can suffer, but then, there are those lovely vistas and breezes to enjoy. The room I was in was new, spotless and very comfortably furnished. The staff overall are attentive but not intrusive and very approachable.

Because it is on a hill, there are a number of steps to navigate no matter which room you may be in, although those closer to the restaurant have fewer steep climbs.

Room Tip: All the rooms have balconies and face Dickenson Bay, but I'd ask for one in the "new"...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl C, General Manager at Trade Winds Hotel, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Trade Winds Hotel! A BIG THANK YOU from our team at Trade Winds Hotel for your positive and kind review. Our goal is to always ensure that every guest is comfortable and relaxed. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We spent our second consecutive Christmas/New Year's at Trade Winds this past holiday season. Both trips were for a week's stay.

We find Trade Winds very charming and a more authentic Caribbean lodging than some of the newer properties on the island, however, some upgrades to the bathrooms and bed linens, etc. could go a long way. Having said that, the price is incredibly reasonable, the staff are charming, and they have the majority of services and amenities that guests care about, without being a full-scale resort. Pool, bar/restaurant/, free WiFi in rooms and common areas, room service, A/C, safe boxes in room, laundry, daily room cleaning, beach towels, 24 hour security, and knock-out views of Dickenson Bay from the rooms and balconies/decks, etc.

I tend to look at Trade Winds in the same vein of renting a local cottage, except throwing in a bunch of hotel amenities. If one were to rent a villa/condo on the island, it would probably have a kitchen, but likely none of the other services which make staying at a hotel a comfortable vacation. I think the tricky part is that many guests forget the value that they are receiving and tend to compare it with more American-style hotels. To my delight, this is not some concrete behemoth on the beach crawling with tourists at every turn; it's more old-world style and the staff recognize you and greet you genuinely, and by name.

The service is stellar - All Antiguans are absolutely charming for that matter, and those working at Trade Winds are no exception. All our needs were met, and they actually went to some very generous measures welcoming our second return - including flowers in our room, a bottle of Prosecco, etc. Absolutely lovely.

The views are stunningly gorgeous of the bay/beach below. We've had a junior suite on both ocassions and gotten plenty of use out of the massive balcony. One of our favorite activities has always been coming back after a day at the beach and having cocktails on the balcony while watching the sun go down.

Trade Winds is not located on the beach, and it's a bit of a trek up/down the hill to Dickenson Bay. I actually don't prefer Dickenson Bay over some of the other phenomenal beaches on the island, and I highly, highly recomment a rental car. Parking is free at Trade Winds, and it would be a crime to come to Antigua and only see the immediate area near the hotel. Jolly Harbour, Ffreys, Turner's, Half Moon Bay are some of my favorite beaches. Must also explore the English Harbour area.

The rooms themselves are comfortable, but not luxurious. The beds are a bit too firm, and the linens are on the thin side and outdated. The bathrooms could definitely use some updating; however, everything has always been very clean and we've enjoyed our stays at Trade Winds. It's also getting more and more difficult to find hotels on the island that are not "all inclusive." We intentionally avoid all-inclusive properties, because again - it's a crime to come to Antigua and be on a land-cruise. The food is wonderful on the island, and I highly recommend Jacque O's, Dennis' beach restaurant, Sheer Rocks, Le Bistro, La Bussola, Papparazzi, Catherine's Cafe, to name a few.

We will continue to stay at Trade Winds on our future visits to Antigua because it ticks all the main boxes (no gym though - but you can get your workout by walking/jogging to the Fort and back ~ a beautiful 7 miles), and we like a little adventure. And it is adventurous driving through downtown St. John!

If you require luxury, then you probably will not be happy here; but if you appreciate local charm, great service, and can adopt an islander's relaxed attitude while you're in Antigua, then you will probably find Trade Winds as delightful as we do.

Room Tip: I highly recommend the junior suites; they are usually on the top floor and possess commanding views...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl C, General Manager at Trade Winds Hotel, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
OH WOW! Thank you for your very positive and kind review of our hotel. We are very happy to hear that we will always be at the top of your list as your #1 choice when choosing a hotel in Antigua. As a team our goal is to ensure that you're comfortable, safe, and relaxed during your stay with us.

Please note we are currently in the process of re-furbishing and updating our rooms and will very soon have a gym available for use by our guest.

It was also very nice to hear that you took some time to explore our beautiful island.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thank you!
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

As our flight was cancelled we needed to find a place to stay for one night and we booked at the Trade Winds. 1) We booked it online at a special rate yet when we arrived they charged us the incorrect price. 2) Air conditioning control broken. 3) Restaurant service and food was terrible. We had to wait at dinner and breakfast for 1/2 hour just to get coffee or a drink and another 1/2 hour to get our check once we finished with our meal.

There are plenty of choices in Antigua no need to settle for second best.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cheryl C, General Manager at Trade Winds Hotel, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are very sorry that your stay with us was unpleasant. It is a very rare occurrence of incorrect online booking and we've put methods in place to eliminate such another occurrence, please accept our apologies.

Providing our guests with the best hospitality and service is always our mission and we've addressed the long wait for dinner/breakfast service along with faulty air-conditioner remote.

Should you choose to come back to Trade Winds Hotel I would love to have the opportunity to speak with your directly. We hope to see you again in the future and wish you all the best.
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Address: Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Trade Winds Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Trade Winds Hotel is located in the St. John's Antigua neighborhood, close to Dickenson Bay Beach, Fort James and Runaway Bay Beach. Nearby points of interest also include Cedar Valley Golf Club, and we are 15 minutes from V.C. Bird International Airport. Resort Features. Trade Winds Hotel's Restaurant; the Bay House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room Service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms audio-visual equipment, and business services. Complimentary Hi Speed WiFi Internet access is available throughout the property. This St. John's property has event spaces consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Wedding services,Cocktail Receptions, concierge services and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. Guest Rooms. 50 air conditioned guestrooms at Trade Winds Hotel feature CD Players and Coffee/Tea making facilities. All accommodations have balconies. Bathroom feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers. Rooms also include safes, mini fridge, Iron and Board and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls. ... more   less 
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Trade Winds St Johns
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