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“Love Maria's by the Sea” 5 of 5 stars
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Road Harbour, Road Town, Tortola   |  
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Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Road Town
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“Love Maria's by the Sea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

My husband and I always stay at Maria's when we're in Roadtown. It's a beautiful, simple hotel and we really appreciate the fact that it has a very local feel to it. And we love the food which is also very much according to local tastes and not pretentious. the rooms are very clean and we always make sure to get one with a balcony. The dining area is absolutely gorgeous and the staff is wonderful. Prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend this hotel. It's close to the ferry dock and also to a local outdoor market so there is a lot to do if you need to pass some time.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kansas City, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Marias is a short walk from the ferry dock and the main shopping street, saving you $$ on cabs. Clean, spacious, comfortable rooms all overlook the Sea. The food is very good, served in an outdoor dining room, a wonderful way to have breakfast in the mornings! Locals sit and play checkers in the lobby. Grab at drink at the bar and sit and watch awhile. Everyone is very friendly and they will help answer all your questions about where to shop, eat, getting a taxi etc ...
This is a really great place to stay the night before or after a sailing charter.
I only have 1 concern and that is the showers - the water will go from ice cold to scalding hot without warning, which is a bit scary.
They are buliding a large addition right next door - so more rooms will be available soon. I highly recomend this hotel.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Maria and her staff always go the extra mile to make you feel at home and comfortable. It is very close to the Roadtown BVI ferry dock and a short walk to the main marina and the downtown. Coffee is there for your pleasure in the morning, and the rooms a very clean. I stay there annually for a boatshow of charter yachts at the Marina.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Thomas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

Maria’s by the Sea
If you are headed to Tortola in the British VI and shopping for a hotel I highly recommend Maria’s By the Sea. It is not a typical tourist hotel but rather a hotel in the heart of Road Town just a short walk from the Ferry Dock and the Marina. When I am there I am tending to business and it is just right for me.
Maria’s is currently adding a new wing but I promise you the noise of construction is no issue since you will not be spending your days at the hotel. The construction will be finished in the Summer of 2012 and the plan is to then start on improving the older section of the hotel.
So you well might ask yourself “ Why recommend this hotel?” Good question.
Most obviously because the rooms are nice with balconies, the service is excellent, the prices are good and the employees are the critical factor. Probably because the hotel is owned by a woman most of the employees are women and they are doing a first rate job. I asked why all women and the answer was something like ‘perhaps men don’t like taking orders from a woman’. I wouldn’t swallow that whole but there might therein be some truth.
This is a hotel that embraces the community. One year I was walking back to the hotel when the heavens opened up about two blocks from Marias. A car stopped, the driver got out and asked me where I was headed, handed me an umbrella and told me to just leave it outside the front door of Maria’s and she would fetch it. Then she just drove off and I cried my thanks. I did as I was told and the umbrella was picked up later that morning.
Every week a group of men gather to play chess in the lobby, totally absorbed by the game. The Rotary Sunshine Club meets every Tuesday morning. Families hold parties in the dining room and the hotel arranges for children to from the island to come use the pool and take swimming lessons from a teacher.
Maria’s is located on the water and they have a pool and a wading pool. I always use the pool and get to talk with guests whether I know them or not. There is no beach for it is a town location.
Maria’s pool is next to the dining room and bar. We have enjoyed light meals and drinks in our bathing suits but you have to ask first. And what about the food? The management assures me that the chef is a talented award winning cook. I have never been impressed but when I am hungry the food tastes very good and many the time I have returned to Maria’s tired and hungry, ready to call it a day and grateful for a hot meal. I have been told they want to keep a balance between local cooking and more international cooking. I just hope they keep the level of quality as high as possible.
The bar is too noisy, there are parts of the older section that need redoing, so it is not luxury. The best part of Maria’s walks around on two legs and makes you feel right at home. I like that a lot.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barbados
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

BVI is more limited than other islands with its selection of business hotels. If you want to go sailing, that's a different story. Maria's is within walking distance to most offices in town, it is right on the water and offers wi-fi in the rooms and lobby (although intermittent service). The hotel lobby and restaurant area are not great, hot and tired. The rooms themselves are large and clean, but very basic finishes. The tile floors without any rugs etc. make the rooms feel very cold, however the views make up for it. Treasure Isle is the other option you can consider for business, the rooms are four star, lovely but the internet is cable only, no wireless and you are on the road, you do have views but you can hear the noise from the road in your rooms. I prefer treasure isle personally, but others will choose Maria's for the convenience. Restaurants at both hotels are about equal, along with service- neither one will blow you away. Treasure Isle is opposite the Moorings Marina which has a great fine dining restaurant Charlie's you can easily walk to. My recommendation to the management at Maria's is to please install some A/C in the lobby area, I was there in September and it was very uncomfortable.

Room Tip: There are rooms that are newer than others. I was told to ask for a newer room.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Maria's By The Sea is located in downtown Road Town right beside the main government complex and just 2 minutes walk to the ferry terminal. The view across the Drake Channel is priceless. The rooms are quite large & very clean. However the furniture is tired. The rooms are over-priced for what you get and there are few amenities, but that is typical throughout the BVI. The pool is NOT well maintained. There is NO beach though the property is located directly on the shoreline. The rooms have A/C but if you have an ocean-view room just leave your patio door open and allow the gentle breezes to cool you. If you do NOT have an ocean-view room, you will need a/c. The restaurant has a simple menu & is overpriced but the food is quite good. The bar is adequate but is also over-priced. Staff varies from extremely friendly to borderline rude. I keep returning here because the location is sooo good and the alternatives are worse.

Room Tip: Ocean-view rooms are definitely the best for several reasons.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nassau, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

This was our second stay here and again I would recommend this hotel to people starting or ending a charter. It is close to shopping food and the sail charter bases. The room was clean and the A/C worked fine. Breakfast was good. The little bar served great drinks. Last time we stayed on the water side and would suggest those rooms becaue of the nice breeze and view. There was some construction going on as they are expanding the hotel. Really didnt hear anything. Would stay again because you know what you are getting, a clean room, nice view, bar and restaurant.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Maria's by the Sea

Address: Road Harbour, Road Town, Tortola
Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola > Road Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Road Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Maria`s By The Sea Hotel Road Town
Marias By The Sea Hotel
Marias Sea
Maria's By The Sea Tortola/Road Town

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