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“Best Place to Stay in Roseau, Dominica” 5 of 5 stars
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Fort Young Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Victoria Street | P.O. Box 519, Roseau, Dominica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Roseau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Butler, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Best Place to Stay in Roseau, Dominica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This hotel is full-service. Nice out door bars (2) the one by the pool has limited hours of service. The drinks are well made and happy hour is a great deal! The food ordered from the bar was excellent-I reccommend the fish cascadias and plantain chips with marlin dip! The dive shop pro was very helpful at coordinating all of our activities and taxies and helping with last minute adjustments and requests. The hotel is perfectly situated for divers to be picked up dockside for daily diving trips. The dive gear rental was suitable. The hotel breakfast was fresh and plentiful including the omlete bar.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
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On behalf of Management we would like to thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope that you not only enjoyed your visit with us, but also your visit to Dominica. We encourage you to visit again and hope your dive experience was enjoyable. Thank you for staying with the Fort Young hotel and we hope to serve you again in the future.


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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Rehoboth,MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

My family and I stayed at the Fort Young Hotel in June , and were quite favorably impressed for the most part. The Deluxe Oceanfront rooms were quite nice, well-appointed and roomy. The hotel horizon pool/waterfall was picturesque (if a bit small), the restaurant food was very good, and many of the staff were friendly, accommodating and proficient, Our only caveats were the sprawling,multi-level layout, an indifferent and unhelpful dive shop operator and a persistent beggar at the front door of the hotel. Unfortunately, I thought Roseau (off season) has little going for it with few open shops and fewer restaurants. Still, our stay at the Fort Young was very enjoyable!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
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On behalf of Management we would like to thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the inconveniences that you experienced while you stayed with us. We will take your feedback and use it to help improve the hotel to ensure a more relaxing and enjoyable stay. On behalf of the Fort Young hotel we would like to thank you for staying with us and hope we are able to serve you and your family again in the future.
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Chicago, Illinois
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My wife and I just returned from spending six nights at the Fort Young Hotel. It's my favorite hotel anywhere. I've stayed at no less than 100 hotels worldwide and I'm not cheap. The Fort Young is reasonably priced and I prefer it to lots of fancy places (such as the Frontenac in Quebec City). The beds are comfortable and to hear the waves throughout the night in an oceanfront room (a must!) is so serene. The pool is delightful (overlooking the ocean) and so are the hot tubs. The staff is great. So friendly and incredibly helpful. If you have a car you can simply park right out front on the street by the hotel. It's as safe as can be. I even left the car's doors unlocked inadvertently one night. Nothing happened. I love this place (and the people). It's perfectly located for what we did – drives to Scotts Head for a hike up the cliff for a fabulous vista, Champagne Bay for excellent snorkeling, the Emerald Pool, and the restaurants up the west coast. We loved the Romance Cafe in Mero, the lobster dinner at the Sunset Bay Club, and the spas in Wotten Waven. If I were in better shape I'd do the hike to Boiling Lake. It's apparently one of world's true wonders. I need to get in better shape, return, and do it. Why did it take me so long to find this glorious island and its most fabulous hotel? ... Oh yeah, we also spent two nights at the Pickard Beach Cottages in Portsmouth. Another good move. What a fabulous trip!

Room Tip: Make sure you get an oceanfront room. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
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On behalf of Management we would like to thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Fort Young hotel and in Dominica. Dominica has many hidden treasures so we encourage you to come back and visit, and hopefully attempt a hike to our famous boiling lake. Thank you for choosing the Fort Young hotel and we hope we are able to serve you again in the future.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 hotel reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This was a very nice place to spend a few evening in Roseau. We did not end up using their dive shop, but the location was secure, the rooms were nice (although the "Fort" rooms are nowhere as nice as the newer rooms either view-wise or amenity-wise, both were good) and the food at the bar was very good.

The only reason reason we didn't provide a 5-star rating was that the hotel badly mishandled a problem with one of their rooms. In the middle of the night, the Air Conditioner started leaking, leaving large amounts of water on the floor. When we alerted the front desk, we were relocated to another room that also was difficult to stay in because the AC had been on max and it was too cold to even get to sleep. Ultimately, we lost an entire day of sleep, which spilled over into a difficult next day--one of only three we had in the area.

Things happen, and I get that. What I was not happy about was their attempt at resolution. Only after we mentioned our concerns, we were offered 15% off of one night of stay, and it was clear that they would do nothing else to make up for the evening. We have stayed at a lot of hotels and there are very few that I would complain about, but I just was entirely dissatisfied with this way this was handled.

Still, other than that one event, we loved the hotel and the accommodations. I would just hope the management of the hotel takes a more active interest in the comfort of their guests.

Room Tip: Fort room is very cheap relative to other rooms in the area, but is a good deal older and smaller...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
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On behalf of Management we would like to thank you for your feedback. We apologized for the inconvenience that you experienced while you stayed with us. I have taken the opportunity to speak to my Heads of Department in terms of what went wrong and have taken steps to ensure a situation like this does not happen again. We understand that this was a major inconvenience for you and would be very happy to be given the opportunity to serve you again in the future.


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Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

There is no other place on the island with better accomodation for individuals, couples or families! Our family had another wonderful vacation enjoying Caribbean warmt and hospitality at its very best. Kudos to the hotel and the airport taxi driver better known as Skel for a wonderful island tour to the lovely beaches, waterfalls, hot springs and samples of local cuisine.

Room Tip: If you have a long travel schedule, please advise them to mitigate waiting time for your room!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
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On behalf of Management we would like to thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us at the Fort Young hotel and in Dominica. We encourage you to visit again and hope we are given the opportunity to serve you again.
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marietta, GA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My husband and I just came back fro almost 3 weeks on the beautiful island of Dominica. One week was spent in Roseau at Fort Young in an ocean view room. It was beautiful. Lots of room, great bathroom, fabulous view from our lovely balcony and wonderful air conditioning was like icing on the cake. We ate several nights at the terrace restaurant because it was so good and the location so lovely. Everyone was wonderfully accommodating. The pool was beautiful and the location was just perfect. We had no complaints about noise. We arranged our 5 days of diving as a package deal through the hotel and feel like the value for the hotel and diving was great. Ken, owner of Khatts tours (separate review) handled our diving with Dive Dominica and it was seamless. We were picked up at the hotel dock and returned there after diving. It was all just about perfect.

Room Tip: Ocean view for sure
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
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On behalf of Management we would like to thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your stay with us. We encourage you to visit us here in Dominica again for more fun and adventures and hope we are able to serve you both again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013 via mobile

I just returned from a mission trip to build houses in Dominica. Our group stayed at the Fort Young. I was in one of the older rooms, but it was clean and had a lot of character. This part is pretty dated and could stand to be updated, but it was comfortable and in a beautiful setting. THe breakfast buffet is incredible. Huge variety, but I could eat the fresh fruit and drink the passion fruit juice all day. The staff were all very professional and went out of their way to welcome our group. I would definitely stay here again on my next trip to this beautiful island.

Stayed May 2013
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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
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On behalf of Management we would like to thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that you are able to visit again so that we may have the privilege of serving you again. Thank you for choosing the Fort Young hotel and for your service in Dominica!
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Address: Victoria Street | P.O. Box 519, Roseau, Dominica
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Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint George Parish > Roseau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Roseau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fort Young Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
First built in 1699, the Fort Young has been at the heart of Dominica's story for several hundred years. Travellers from across the globe have stayed within our walls from the very beginning, all sharing the same breath-taking setting that our guests do today. Today our site on the capital's main quay is still the focal point of the capital city, with the main market and ferry port connecting island hoppers to neighbouring islands just a minute's walk from our entrance. The Fort Young Hotel is a 3 star property with historical ambience and the most recognized name in quality hospitality services in Dominica The Fort Young marries traditional elegance with breath taking views of the ocean. Our 71 guest rooms and suites are ideal for both business and leisure travellers. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with free wi-fi throughout and all feature a terrace or balcony offering the most dramatic sea and sunset views imaginable. The Fort Young is perfectly situated to discover all this island's treasures. You can dive or go whale watching directly from our jetty. Hike the rainforests and waterfalls that stretch up behind our hotel.     Whatever you desire to do, Fort Young is The Key to Dominica ... more   less 
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