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Hotel on the Cay
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Protestant Cay, Christiansted 00822, St. Croix   |  
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Ranked #6 of 16 hotels in Christiansted
Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Your own private island!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here in October 2013 and we loved it. It is not a 5star all inclusive resort but it had everything we needed and more. Our room and beds were just average but it was clean and comfortable and had a beautiful view from the deck. We also felt safe. The hotel grounds are teaming with life(small lizards, hermit crabs, endangered birds, and even iguanas!) and there is awesome snorkeling surrounding the hotel. It was charming and a fun experience to stay here. The lady at the water equipment rental shop was really friendly and helpful in getting us snorkeling and kayaking equipment. The pool was decent with a nice sundeck but we didnt even use it since the crystal clear ocean was right there.There is also a small store that sells the bare essentials and she was really knowledgable and took the time to tell us all the ins and outs of the island. The ferry drivers were friendly and the ride only took 2 minutes and ran every 10 minutes til midnight. The town of Christiansted is very quaint and charming. Not a lot of nightlife this time of year but there were some great bars and restaurants along the boardwalk. We recommend "rum runners" for dinner, they have amazing steak and seafood and they have a beautiful view and a nice bar. We also loved "you are here" bar where they served amazing pizza and they let us watch the Seahawks on Monday night football. they even stayed open later to let us finish watching it. Some of the highlights of our trip were riding horses through the rainforest and on the beach with "Paul and Jill's" and snorkeling at buck island with "island adventures." Both activities were so fun and beautiful and well worth the money.
In all honesty there were a few things that could have been better...some of the slats in the door of our hotel room were warped and you could see into our room from the outside which we didn't notice til 3 days of staying there. I saw a few other doors like that but not all of them. We just simply hung a towel over the door but still. There was some noise from construction but i expected that since we got such a good deal on the room rate. There is no elevator which was fine for us but maybe not for people who don't do well with stairs. The restaurant at the hotel(which is not affiliated with hotel on the cay) it was just regular bar food nothing to write home about and the waitresses had some sort of attitude. I felt like they hated that they had to wait on another stupid tourist and they weren't friendly. My arms and legs were covered in bites even with bug spray so beware. Overall I'd come back again because hotel on the cay is a gem.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed here in October 2013 and while we enjoyed the view from the hotel beach and balcony, the hotel is in the middle of a major renovation. They start jack hammering around 8am and work throughout the day. It's quite noisy and messy. The room was decent - the kitchenette and mini refrigerator were nice additions. There is no in-room safe if you want to store valuables; however they do offer safety deposit boxes at the front desk. There is no elevator, so beware if you have a lot of luggage - it's a hike to the third floor. The restaurant was closed during our visit and the drinks at the bar were a bit watered down. The beach was nice, but bring bug spray - the "no-see-ums" are vicious. The ferry ride was enjoyable each day - the ferry captains are quite nice and knowledgeable about Christiansted. I would rate this Average once the renovation is complete.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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HotelOnTheCay, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel on the Cay, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Hello SmartyPants,

Thanks for the contribution. Indeed we are refreshing a few more of the bathrooms during daylight hours. Guests near the affected areas are being accomodated in rooms away from the renovation to minimize inconvenience. We have also noted this on our website.

You are correct that we do not have an elevator. However a gently sloping pathway in the middle of our botique hotel means just three steps to the third floor!

The on-site Harbormaster Restaurant is independently owned and operated apart from the hotel. They set their own operating hours, policies and prices. You will find a separate listing for them on TA where you can leave comments for others.

We appreciate your time and look forward to your return visit to our fantastic island paradise!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

If you have decided on the not so touristy St. Croix than you are already in the right mindset for the Hotel on the Cay. While it might be a little rough around the edges, and I do mean a little, it has a beautiful little stretch if beach, with a local flavor bar right there including service at your lounge chair, nice rooms and great views. I was there off season in mid August so there was no crowd and I probably had the nicest room in the hotel so my experience may not have been typical, and I'm not looking for a staff falling all over me so the place was perfect. A two minute courtesy boat ride put me in Christianstead for shopping, bars and a moonlight cruise on a catamaran.
The photos on the Hotel's website are honest and be aware that the place has flaws, but some of the bad reviews are from people who needed to go to a more insular hotel on a more touristy island.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We have been staying at Hotel on the Cay for many years, and a lot of renovations have been done to improve the caliber of the hotel. While not a luxury hotel, it is a very nice affordable hotel. It is located on a private island off of Christiansted harbor, which is part of its charm. It is a 2-minute ferry ride into town and the ferry runs constantly until 1:00 am (and you can make arrangements at the front desk for a later ferry if you plan to return after that). Rooms are comfortable, every one has a private balcony with a view of the Caribbean or Christiansted harbor, and comes equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. It is the only hotel in Christiansted with a beach, which faces the harbor and is generally quiet. If you feel too lazy to go into town for breakfast or lunch or don't want to eat in your room, there is a restaurant right on the beach. Restaurant servers also circulate on the beach to see if you want drinks. On Tuesday nights, there is a beach barbecue with island entertainment (a stilt dancer, a fire eater and glass walker, and steel drum music), which is a lot of fun and the food is very good (chicken, ribs, fresh fish, salads, dessert). The hotel staff is very pleasant (it goes a long way if you are pleasant to them and begin a conversation with Good Morning or Good Afternoon!) Beach towels can be picked up in the front office. Several island tours also are offered through the hotel. We hope to return again next year.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Somerville, Massachusetts
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Me and my ole lady had a blast there last week...its affordable, clean and comfortable.....it is is not a 4 star place and this is reflective in the cost and that was just fine with us...it is a small 5 acre island off St Croix that has a 24/7 ferry that takes five minutes if that each way...one of the huge delights about the place!

The beach is fabulous and it has a great bar......the food is fabulous-get the Buffalo Omeltte.....and the staff is natives who operate on "Island Time"...the pace is slow:<)

If you are looking for a 4 star place then this place is not for you..if you like people and you are looking for a slow pace and affordable "Island Time" place then this is worth your while..not discounting the negative posts here but in my opine it is more from folks who got excited about an affordable place in the Caribbean and then got disappointed that it wasn't five star...St. Croix is the quiet island in the U.S. Virgin Island chain...and they like it this way:>)

Cheers
Paul Collyer
Somerville, Massachusetts

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The only reason I'm rating this hotel a Poor instead of Terrible is the view and beach. Location is good and this could be a magnificent hotel with renovations and a friendly staff. We checked in on Sat and had 2 towels to share between 3 guests and no beach towels available. The bed was also broken. Staff acted like it was just a bother for us to request towels or ask when the bed was going to be repaired. Sunday night I finally got beach towels at 10pm. Monday we finally received the 3 bath towels we needed. The only employees who even seemed to care were the water taxi drivers who were all very nice. We did a timeshare exchange there for 7 nights and were so disappointed we paid to relocate to another hotel on the island..where we had a wonderful remainder of our stay. Not sure how some are giving this hotel great ratings...unless they are the timeshare owners who do not want their property's trade value to go down. Oh and the room was full of tiny ants...

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HotelOnTheCay, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel on the Cay, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Hello Robnb,

Thank you for the review. The readers of Trip Advisor appreciate candid responses. However those that are misleading and inaccurate, such as yours, greatly diminish the reputation of the contributor. It is important to note that your original submission did violate TA guidelines.

We're sad that you made the decision to leave the hotel. A comprehensive review of your stay did not indicate a concern with your bed. Additionally our front office is closed at 10pm, so I am unsure about your statement of getting towels at such a late hour. It is important to note that sugar ants are common in the Virgin Islands and are caused when food stuffs are left out in the room by guests such as yourself. The hotel guide that we place in each room clearly addresses this concern that could have easily been avoided. We would have appreciated the opportunity to dicuss your concerns ~in person rather than misleading readers in an attempt to gain retribution and compensation from RCI against the fantastic staff and management of the hotel.

As a new member of the TA community, we wish you many successful reviews and appreciate the opportunity to be the first to respond to your feedback. May all of your local travels there in Texas be enjoyable!
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Woodbury, Tennessee, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This was my husbands and I's second stay at Hotel on the Cay. Once for our honeymoon and this past week for our 5 year anniversary (July 19-28). The hotel has had quite a few renovations since the last stay. Our bathroom was one of the ones renovated and it is very nice. Its a large shower with a small lip to step over. New large flat screen. The thing about Hotel on the Cay is yes it could use some more renovations and ground work but youre not in St Croix to stay in the hotel. It was a place to sleep while enjoying the island! And I def would return to Hotel on the Cay!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Hotel on the Cay

Address: Protestant Cay, Christiansted 00822, St. Croix
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Christiansted
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel on the Cay 3*
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

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