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The Palms at Pelican Cove
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   4126 La Grande Princesse, Christiansted 00820, St. Croix   |  
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“Truly one of the best family vacations I have ever had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

My family spent four nights at this hotel over our Spring Break and what a wonderful time - one of the best vacations we have ever had! We booked a first floor beachfront room (25), which was great for our son to be able to go in and out. We had a nice patio and a very short walk to the beach beyond. We had chickens, roosters and baby chicks visiting us on our patio daily. If you are seeking a place for relaxation that is not crowded, then this is the place for you! The Monday night Caribbean night was really fun. We saw the mocko jumbies stilt walkers and the fire dancers. The food was very good with the exception of the ribs - no one in our party cared for them but there were many other options, all of which were delicious. The drinks at the bar were all wonderful and we have a new favorite drink - "Lime in de Coconut" which we will forever be comparing to others back honme as to how they were prepared. Several extra touches were provided at this hotel which we really enjoyed. The bottle of Cruzan rum and cokes in the room upon arrival was a nice touch after a long day of travel to get there. Also, the snorkeling right off the beach was fabulous. Two in our party signed up for the day snorkeling and along with another family, had an hour and 20 minutes instruction in the pool until the Mitch the guide was satisfied that all were comfortable and knew what they were doing. Then the fun part - snorkeling out in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Mitch took pictures during the snorkeling expedition and provided the photos to us the same day! All of this was free of charge! You can tell that Mitch goes over and above the call of duty to assure that guests are having a great time. Once having completed the day snorkeling, they were able to go on a night snorkeling expedition which was quite a thrill for our son, who was able to hold an Octopus, brittle star, puffer fish, and sea cucumber and again all of this was captured via digital images and we were again given a disk to take home as a souvenier. While we were in St. Croix, we did the Gecko's ATV tour from 10 am - 12 noon and we all thoroughly enjoyed this. Everyone was so friendly, the food was great, so good that we really felt no need to go elsewhere. The beach is very nice and relaxing and I parked myself under a coconut palm and really felt like I got a chance to relax. Each time we called for a taxi, we ended up getting the same driver and he was very friendly and helped us navigate and personalized it so we got to see all the things we wanted to. I cant wait to go back here. One thing (minor) that could be improved would be more loungechairs available on the beach. I was debating between Renaissance Carambola Beach and this place and we felt like we made the right choice for our needs. The Renaissance is a little far removed from Christianstad and all the things to do and some of the taxis said they really dont go out there after 6 pm in the evening, so transportation could be an issue there if you dont have a rental car. Take the time to learn about the AC remote, as rooms can be quite humid and stuffy without the right AC adjustment. We had no trouble adjusting the AC to make the roon quite comfortable. Bathroom was spacious and updated with ample counter space and storage.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Just got back from a long weekend at the Palms. The view from our terrace, 34, was just perfect. Pretty rooms, wonderful staff. If you eat dinner there ask for Vince, what a sweetheart! Stephanie who book our room, last minute, was the best. Local bottle of rum waiting for you in the room with cokes. Breakfast is cooked to order, again you ask for it they bring it. Owners dog sits next to the table, just like home. This place was voted best small hotel a few years in a row and I can see why. Sorry for the big chains but when we go back we are going to the Palms! Thanks for giving us a perfect get away weekend!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Mom and daughter trip; 5 days. I was concerned when we first arrived because it was late at night and I just didn't get the feeling that I'd made the right choice. I later learned that a lot of info wasn't explained to us so maybe it was the lateness and fatigue. However, I can honestly say that The Palms was perfect for us. Our room was lovely, brightly colored, tile floor and clean. Our room faced east so we had fabulous morning sunshine (when we wanted it), spectacular views, large balcony overlooking the ocean, and great shower. Cons - the beds in our room were not at all comfortable and the pillows were thin. Refrigerator was handy but didn't cool well - we should have called in for service but didn't - it wasn't hugely important.
The beach was very nice. Could walk east for aways for exercise and beach combing. Recommended swimming area is small but with the breeze and current it was ever changing and swimming was delightful. Lots of palm trees to provide shade when desired; same at pool which was likewise very nice. Chaise lounges could use some updating as many had torn straps but still worked well.
Mitch was a fantastic help to us providing us snorkel lesson in the pool before we headed out with Caribbean East to Buck Island which is a MUST DO and SPECTACULAR! Snorkelling was fantastic. The next day we went on a snorkeling tour with Mitch just off the hotel shore. Though the water was a little murky in spots due to recent weather, etc., it was a fun snorkel experience - rays, sea urchin, blue tang, a porcupine fish, coral, etc. Many people were snorkeling off the beach daily. Clearly a significant draw. Mitch also does a daily tour - just sign up.
The food and entertainment were also great. Our meals were delicious - especially breakfast and the fresh snapper with creole sauce for dinner! Bar food was bar food. Service was often slow with dining but the staff were all very friendly, polite and were working very hard to do the right thing. Dining is definitely a draw for locals as there appeared to be many social and business meals going on. We liked that locals frequented The Palms and that it's not just for tourists.
We wanted down time and The Palms was perfect. The beach and pool at our fingertips. Friendly and helpful staff. Water Aerobics and yoga on the beach offered some days, entertainment most nights, access to sports equipment including snorkel gear at no charge. It was stress free, friendly, easy going, and absolutely delightful.
Though we rarely travel to the same place twice, if we do, The Palms will be a repeat visit.

Room Tip: 2nd floors - awesome views. Eastern facing are bright early. End unit has little neighbor noise.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chapel Hill, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Me and my mother stayed here for several nights and we couldn't be happier with this place. Friendly and helpful staff, large rooms, a decent on site restaurant (breakfasts here are tops) and our room was looking right at the beach. A great added bonus was an afternoon snorkel trip excusive to the hotel patrons (you can borrow snorkel gear and towels at the hotel lobby). The trip leader, Mitch, was very friendly and took pictures during the outing (he burnt the pictures of the outing on a CD-Rom disk and placed them in my room mailbox as a freebee, very kind of him). Also add some of the best free wifi service I've had in a hotel (Hulu worked with almost no problems on my tablet), great weather, and of course, a nice beach right in front of the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Whitman, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Stayed at The Palms from Feb. 28 thru Mar. 8. Room was spacious, bright and had a king bed. The bathroom had a large shower and a double vanity. A private balcony that had a nice ocean view also. The grounds are well kept and nicely landscaped, plenty of shade to be found. The food is good and not overpriced by any means. The bar area is somewhat small and can be overtaken by the non guest "regulars" during the 4-6 p.m. happy hour. Nothing in the immediate area for bars and restaurants so it seems to have a following of locals. Monday night Carribean Night is very entertaining and a must see. Took the Big Beards half day snorkeling trip to Buck Island and the island tour with Sweeny Tours, both enjoyable and I recommend both. I did not rent a car as I did not want the added stress of driving on the left in unfamiliar territory. Christiansted is approx. 3 miles from the resort and can be walked to by those of you fit and ambitious! The land in the area is flat and easy to walk/run for the fitness minded. The beach is nice for lounging around and taking a dip to cool off. I didn't find it to be great for snorkeling due to the currents and the somewhat rough surf. The staff is very friendly and helpful, in fact I found just about everyone on the island to be extremely friendly and sociable. The resort was pretty much what I expected based on the reviews and we weren't disappointed. Overall I rate The Palms as an "average" 3 star resort.

Room Tip: All rooms appeared to have an ocean view. I prefer a 2nd floor room for a better view. I also like t...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Albert48, Owner at The Palms at Pelican Cove, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Thank you for choosing the Palms and for your kind comments. We are located in a quiet community, and you are right, we have many locals that enjoy our bar & restaurant. Many of our resort guests enjoy spending time with our neighbors. The snorkeling just off our beach can be a little tricky during high winds. We encourage our guests to accompany one of our snorkeling experts on a complimentary familiarization tour. We have a large information sign that details some of the unique attributes of our reef. We are glad you were able to experience some of the friendly people of St. Croix. We hope you return soon to our family here at the Palms.
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Clayton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

My husband and I stayed at The Palms for one night while waiting to get into our condo for the week. Walking out the sliding glass doors onto the private patio, is a beautiful scene of bent and curved palm trees with the ocean behind. The restaurant has delicious food with an intimate bar and live music. The swimming there is limited unless you don't mind swimming in sea grass. There is a nice pool on site as well as a nice beach around the bend. A bottle of rum and some cokes await you in your room- good start to your vacation here!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I booked the Palms at Pelican Cove last minute because of the horrible reviews of my original hotel. I am so glad I did.

My first impression of the hotel was great because the staff is so nice. The airline had just lost our luggage and we were super stressed when we arrived. The told us to relax and to grab a drink. Then we were escorted to our room by Mitch, a super nice member of the staff. Mitch sat down with me and gave me an overview of the island and drew a map that told me how to get to the store and to the city, then gave me his card in case I got lost. Very nice guy.

The room was nice. It is a little dated in my mind, but the bathroom is nice with 2 sinks and a large shower. And it was very clean. We were in room 10, which is right across from the housekeeping closet. That combined with the thin walls and the very active couple upstairs made for some early mornings (at least in vacation time). The promised wifi was spotty at best and did not work most of the time.

The balcony and view deserve it's own callout. Amazing. Breathtaking. Relaxing. I could go on and on, but I will just post a picture instead.

I attempted to go snorkelling with my own gear, but honestly the rip current scared me and kept me close to the shore. I did see a few fish and a couple of squid, but nothing more than that. I did hear the reef is awesome, but again, I was afraid of the current. The hotel takes you out snorkelling if you reserve a spot with them, but I wasn't structured enough to commit to a time between napping and sipping on beverages.

We arrived on a Monday which was great because it was Caribbean night. It was a lot of fun. They had a buffet, fire dancers, etc... definitely not to be missed. It gets crowded so I recommend making a reservation.

The bar is nice, the drinks are good, but I am surprised at how many I drank with little effect. The food from the restaurant is okay. We had lunch the next day and it took an hour to get a sandwich and burger. There was a large group that kept the servers and kitchen busy, so I don't know if that is usual. We did have a great view of the ocean from the restaurant which was nice.

Overall - the staff was wonderful. The view from the room is amazing. The bar is an enjoyable place to hang out in. Great location close to Christiansted. The only reason I am giving this place 4 stars was the noise in the morning. I enjoy sleeping in during my vacation. We would definitely go back.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 4126 La Grande Princesse, Christiansted 00820, St. Croix
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Christiansted
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Christiansted
#1 Family Hotel in Christiansted
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Christiansted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Palms at Pelican Cove 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Palms at Pelican Cove sits on 7 acres of coconut palms and white sand beach, and is just 3 miles west of Christiansted. There is swimming in front of the property, and with Long Reef just a few yards off shore, excellent snorkeling (day and night) is also available. We provide complimentary snorkel gear and tours of the reef. Our freshwater pool is one of the largest on the island and is regularly used by SCUBA for introductory dive lessons. We have a tennis court and complimentary gear. There are many hiking trails on the island and we regularly make excursions with guests. There are 40 spacious rooms at the hotel, and all offer panoramic oceanfront views from expansive terraces. All rooms are air conditioned, and are equipped with a small refrigerator and coffee maker. The Palms Restaurant is located on property and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Mahogany Bar is located beachside, serves up wonderful beverages, and has a late night bar menu. The front desk is open 24/7 and security is provided around the clock. Wireless internet access is complimentary. The Palms won the 2010 Best Beach Resort and Best Hotel on St. Croix as voted by readers of the Virgin Islands Daily News. ... more   less 
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