Joe Mike's is a small (12 rooms) family owned hotel/restaurant/casino in downtown St. John's, Antigua. My first impression of the hotel was that i was staying in downtown New Orleans. The architecture and feel of the place is identical to some older hotels I have stayed in there.
Housekeeping and front desk staff are wonderful, and happy to give directions or help with anything at all. Hotel has 24 hour security, and if you come back to the hotel after midnight, expect the door to be locked, and a security guard to let you in.
It is within walking distance to everything except the beach. For a beach trip, take a cab about 10-15 minutes to Dickenson's Bay (about $11-$13 US), or 40-45 minutes to Jolly/English Harbour/half Moon Bay.
The hotel is located at the corner of two main streets, Nevis and Corn Alley. As a result, you get the pluses and minuses. It can get quite loud at night if you are in one of the rooms that faces the street. I did use ear plugs to sleep most nights. On the plus side, this is truly the way to experience Antiguan culture and day to day life.
Due to the location, the hotel is especially popular during the Carnival season. they have a balcony that wraps around the building and provides great views of the parades down Corn alley. If you plan on staying during Carnival, make reservations very early. With only 12 rooms, they sell out quickly.
The rooms are older and very small (closet small), but have a bed, bathroom, aircon, and small TV with a ton of cable channels. There is no counter space in the bathroom, but there is a vanity with a chair for makeup, etc. I didn't mind the size of the room, as I had no intention of spending much time there anyway. As an older hotel, it has the typical wear and tear throughout the property.
There are no in-room coffee makers, but there is a very large common area that has coffee, tea, and bottled water available in the mornings, and bottled water and ice the rest of the day. The common area has a large TV as well as free wi-fi (ask the front desk for the password), couches, comfy chairs, etc
It is very safe to walk around downtown during the day. If you are walking at night, it is best not to do so alone (as in any major downtown area).
There is a restaurant downstairs open from 7am to 11pm each day except Sunday, and they serve a wide variety of local Antiguan dishes, cafeteria style. Prices are extremely reasonable, and food is great (never thought I would like curried goat!). If you plan on going for lunch, be prepared to wait a while, as the line of locals is usually about 10-15 deep between 11.30 and 1.30 for lunch.
Also attached to the hotel is a small casino with slots, table games, a bar, and a sports book. The clientèle is predominately local.
The local produce/meat/crafts market is about 4-5 blocks away, as is the cruise ship port with a variety of shops and restaurants.
Overall, I would stay here again.
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