The location, a tiny private island in the center of picturesque Christiansted harbour, and its white sandy beach are by far the best features of this shabby budget property. Other high marks go to the friendly and helpful staff that addressed all requests (including emergency repairs in the room!) in a timely and cheerful fashion, and to the complimentary boat shuttle that ferries guests between the island and the boardwalk on an on-going basis from dawn to late into the evening. I understand that it runs on demand after midnight but I didn’t test it.
In spite of some token attempts to upgrade (large flat panel TV hanging on the wall) my room was lost in a 1980’d time warp and worst for the wear. The faded draperies, torn bead and cracked ceramic tile flooring were clearly original to the place, as were the outmoded bathroom fixtures and dripping faucets. The small balcony had a lovely view of the harbour, but the ancient “sliding” glass doors were a struggle to pry open. While there was WiFi on the property, was only reliably operational around the reception area and on the roof terrace - although I did find a hotspot (more like lukewarm actually) in the corner next to the front door of my room.
The beach had a bar/restaurant, apparently a separate concession (you couldn’t charge to your room) with inconvenient daytime only opening hours, mediocre food and even worst service. However, it seemed a favorite spot with the locals who held jolly, high-decibel family/friends gatherings there.
By the way – I was not much impressed with Saint Croix overall. In a nutshell, if you are looking for more than reasonably priced, basic shelter and a decent beach for your Caribbean holiday, keep looking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step into an atmosphere of casual elegance during your visit to our inviting private island retreat. If your idea of a Caribbean vacation includes unforgettable sunsets, white sand beaches and the simple phrase “no problem,” this is the place for you! Hotel on the Cay offers you the best vacation value in the Caribbean. Located on a private cay in the Caribbean Sea, our 53 room resort provides for an unforgettable vacation experience that is ideal for couples, families and adventure seekers.Here guests can dine at our on-site restaurant, unwind with a refreshing swim in the pool, enjoy water sports at our activity center and explore the historical sights, eateries, shops and entertainment located on the boardwalk just minutes away by private complimentary boat. A quaint, pristine beach overlooks Christiansted Harbor’s beautiful boats, which makes for perfect photos at sunset. As the only beach in downtown Christiansted, you will enjoy swimming and snorkeling the amazing undersea world surrounding the cay.Hotel on the Cay will provide bountiful sunshine, bright turquoise seas teeming with life, refreshing trade winds and a place to lay your head at the end of each memorable day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- On The Cay Christiansted
- On The Cay Hotel
- Hotel On The Cay St. Croix/Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands