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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
Calgary, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Perfect Hideaway!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The reviews did not let us down on this accommodation. From the moment we arrived in Christensted it was an adventure. The cab driver took us right to the ferry shuttle dock, after stopping for beverages to go on the way, and loaded us on the ferry to the Hotel on the Cay. The ferry ride only took a few minutes but enough time to take in the beautiful scenery.

The staff at the hotel were all extremely helpful and friendly. The rooms were very clean, with a nice view of the bay. The little restaurant on the beach was divine. Best fish and chips!

What we loved most was it was a little getaway from downtown Christensted, but not far enough you had to worry about getting to and fro.

We would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 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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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

In Christiansted for a business meeting and spent 4 nights there at the hotel. It was the most relaxing business trip ever, I enjoyed it very much. The room was very adequate and comfortable and the bathrooms were very clean. The best part was the seclusion from the town, yet close to everything you would need. The hotel staff was very nice, helpful and not intrusive at all. The views were wonderful, even from the room balcony. Our hostesses were Genett and Marina they were very kind and helpful the whole time we were there. The entire staff from the boat captains to the housekeeping ladies were very nice and accommodating to us. The only reason we left the island was to try the other restaurants and buy souvenirs. We attended the BBQ with entertainment and it was a real hoot! I will definitely be back, this time with the family and hopefully to do some business also. Great first time experience in St. Croix !

Room Tip: Cant remember room #, the room a/c was great, great view of town, the room was just above the lobby...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Upon our arrival my wife and I were unsure on what to expect. We were very impressed with the service provided by the staff, everyone was polite and very accommodating. The rooms were clean, the kitchen had everything necessary to create a decent travelers meal, and the view from our east facing room was amazing. John, the hotel manager, made sure we had everything we needed. They were in the process of renovating so that means it will only get better. We will be staying here again in the future.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Arrived at the hotel late afternoon. The front desk clerk was super sweet and informative on things to do on the island. The hotel itself has a small beach with a bar close by. The rooms are clean although needing an update ( older tile floors, fridge, microwave, etc). The balcony we had provided fantastic views of the bay and fort. Will return again!

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elkhorn, Nebraska
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

When I first found out the hotel was on its own island I was elated! We got a ferry from st croix to the hotel. The captains absolutely wonderful.

When we walked into our room discovered it was not all that. The view from 207 is great though! We stayed two days and the maids never came to our room. The food is great and the drinks are alright.

Some of the staff were really nice and a few more cranky.

I don't think we will be visiting hotel on the cay again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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St. Paul, MN
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This was our third trip to Hotel on the Cay; and while we have checked out other places, we keep coming back to this quiet island paradise. It is not fancy, but it is clean, comfortable, quiet, and affordable. The first thing we did was turn off the air conditioner, and open the doors to the natural trade winds. Ahhhh.

In the last year, the unit we stayed in had an updated shower and bathroom, and the cabinets of the kitchenette area. A fresh coat of paint brightened the whole room. The bed was very comfortable and had plenty of pillows. A broom and dustpan would have been nice to have in the room.

They have been doing a lot of sprucing up around the hotel grounds. The cascading pools were freshly painted, and new landscaping projects were in the works. The grounds crew and hotel staff were all very friendly. I enjoyed chatting with John about the beautiful plants and the iguanas (who like to eat the plants).

I love to snorkel, HOTC has some great snorkeling right off the beach and on the north side by the sea wall. Over the week I saw many fish, sea turtles, stingrays, squid, starfish, etc. Bring an underwater camera to capture the sights. Even when a cruise ship brought groups to the beach, there was plenty of space and chairs for all.

The town of Christiansted is a quick ferry ride away from your private island paradise, and all of the ferry captains were courteous and helpful. I felt very safe walking around the town, and venturing out on a roaming taxi to see more of the island. We were lucky enough to be there for their AgriFest, a three day fair.

We dined at some old favorites, Paradise Cafe and Luncheria, and found some new delights, Tutto Bene, and You Are Here. Since eating every meal out would be too much for us; we packed a small, softside cooler in our checked luggage with some lunchmeat, a steak, (rent the grill on the terrace) and some microwave breakfast sandwiches. A nice walk to the Shop and Save, or a taxi to the Plaza Extra are good for groceries.

We took a sunset sail this year on the Roseway, a 1925 schooner operated by World Ocean School. We have also gone on The Jolly Roger catamaran for their sunset sail. Both are very nice.

All in all, a very nice escape from a Minnesota winter!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

After extending our stay in STX for a couple more days I searched priceline for a place to stay in Christiansted and found the Hotel on the Cay! The rate was right, about $100/night and the location sounded very interesting, being on its own little island. I was traveling with my family, ages 6, 4, and 2.

The best part of the property by far is the beautiful beach steps away from your hotel room! The food at the bar was great and the drinks were stiff! The property itself is under new management and there is some improvements that John the new Manager said they were doing. We stayed in room 114 and it was nice. It is a two room suite with a small kitchenette and a fridge. Flat screens mounted to the wall and a small deck in each room. There is a computer in the lobby that is fast and has a good internet connection and I was able to get wifi in the room. There was a very nice pool, but the beach was so awesome that we never used it! There is a sports shack on the beach where you can rent snorkel gear, jetski, kayaks, and paddle boats. There is a discount on the gear for hotel guests and AAA, Military, and a few others.

The boat ride from town to the island is maybe 200 yards and the boat captains were very very friendly and helpful! I noticed I was the only one that put some bread in their jar when other people were on the boat with us...The ride to and from the hotel on the boat is free for guest so tip your drivers! Lugging luggage from the car to the boat to the room was a bit of a hassle but you only have to do it twice... once when you get there and once when you leave and is so minor compared to what you get by staying at this wonderful hotel!

There is an ice machine that works great behind the lobby and you can buy some food items in the lobby if you wanted to. The location is right next to all the good food on the dock in Christiansted.

This place is perfect for families or couples! Basic Hotel, AWSOME beach and perfect for a nice relaxing beach vacation!

Room Tip: Room 114 is a little noisy just because it is right by the main entrance and the lobby, but it is cl...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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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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