We stayed four nights at the Grand Pineapple after reading many reviews about the place, so we had an idea of what to expect. We arrived to a well needed rum punch, but just as many people stated, we were not given the room we had reserved. We asked for a specific ocean front room and were “upgraded” to the beach front room.
The grounds are gorgeous and well maintained. There are two pools, one larger and more exotic, and one smaller for adults only.
The beach was small but gorgeous. There were always plenty of seats and shade from palms and from tables with umbrellas. I would suspect when the place is more full it might be more challenging to get your shady spot, though. Because of open bar, there was A LOT of trash on the beach and under water. They removed the trash from the beach each day, though. Snorkeling was reportedly great on this beach, but we though it wholly uninteresting. We are divers and there just wasn’t much to see. The water was nicely warm and ranged from completely calm to a bit choppy when the wind picked up. There were sport things to do like kayaking and hobie cats, but we didn’t use any of it.
Ah, the rooms…Our rooms (I think it was number 240) was indeed right on the beach, which was nice. However, the upstairs had a shared balcony and walkway, so we could never really have our shades open as everyone who walked to get to their room could look into ours. And, children were often playing on it. The room is decent, but nothing fancy at all. The bathroom was rather small and motel-like. The blower fan in the bathroom was always on with the light, so if you turned on the light, it was REALLY loud. I was usually awakened by the one downstairs coming on in the morning. When we arrived at the room, the smoke alarm was beeping. The remote for the TV didn’t work either. The blanket on the bed looked to be many decades old (I am picky, but even my husband thought it was nasty). However, they were really nice about it and brought me a newer cotton one.
The newer rooms (blocks 700-900) are really quite nice. However, they are quite a walk to get to everything. The third and fourth floors have views of the sea, but I don’t think the other floors did.
The food was extraordinarily plentiful and mostly good. We don’t eat meat or chicken (only fish) so we felt that we were mostly paying for food we were not interested in eating. While it’s not five star eating, it is quite good.
We thought all the service was both polite and good. The reception desk, housekeeping, wait staff, cooks – all VERY nice.
The quality of the evening entertainment ranged from really good quality musicianship to fair. We enjoyed sitting in the bar having a cocktail and listing to the music.
We paid about $430/night for two, all inclusive. Since we just don’t eat that much and the rooms were not that great, we really felt that it was wasn’t the greatest value for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- •Situated on Long Bay – the best secluded white sand beach on the north-eastern coast in Antigua•Thirty minutes away from the V.C. Bird International Airport and from St. John’s, Antigua’s capital city•An all-inclusive resort that caters to everyone…singles, couples, families and groups•Houses 180 deluxe rooms with bright and colorful buildings and perfectly manicured gardens •Interactive and family oriented…where warm and friendly staff refers to guests by name ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua Hotel St. John`s
- Grand Pineapple Beach Hotel
- Grand Pineapple Antigua
- Grand Pineapple Beach Club
- Pineapple Beach Antigua
- Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua Saint John Parish