Good Points, Central location, v comfy double bed, great small and relatively quiet air con unit, flat screen tv with cable, cool water available for free at reception, vending machine for cool drinks at reception, friendly staff, helpful information folders at reception, only 10 mins walk to ferry terminal to visit other Islands, decent b/fast which is scrambled or fried egg, two rashers of bacon or 2 small sausages, 2 pieces white or wheat bread, or a fruit plater or pancakes are available instead. A small glass of orange or cranberry juice is also provided.
Not so good points, my room door (333) was wide open on arrival, would have been nice to have at least the door shut and preferably the air con unit on prior to my arrival as they knew my arrival time from the airport, I also got bitten several times whilst reading local information pamphlets in the room, they might not have got in if the door was shut. Towels and sheet linen had finger sized holes in them, the towels were very worn and really need replacing soon. If you are in the rooms next to reception be aware that the walls are very thin and you can hear everything.
If you are reading this then you have probably made the decision to be in a central location in the downtown area, however be warned, after around 6pm very few places are open, I walked around for 40 minutes before I found a place to eat, unfortunately the only place I found open was a Macdonalds about a kilometre away. Also be warned do not walk along a road called back street late at night (called Wimmelskaft on google maps) which is 1 block back from main street, I did, looking for somewhere to eat and even early in the evening it is full of druggies and drunk locals.
For info its $8 in a shared cab from the airport to this place, they also charged me another dollar for my backpack. Dont expect to get a cab to yourself, they are all minivans which they fill up and send to several destinations.
I used the local bus to travel around the Island, pretty good, $1 or $2 depending on how far you travel, small open sided trucks with bench seats in the rear, they come along every 10 - 15 mins, however they only stick to one main route around the Island, CA to Red hook via the Tutu mall in the centre of the Island, they do not go to Magens bay or the beaches on the South coast. Also note you have to pay an entrance fee to some beaches like Magens bay beach. This was $5 plus a parking fee if you hire a car.
In Summary this B&B is fine if you choose to stay centrally on St Thomas, however having toured around the rest of the Caribbean Islands I would not choose to stay at St Thomas again, the USVI's are very overpriced, especially for accommodation, try another Island such as St Marteen where they have fantastic free beaches with plenty of night life at a third of the cost for accommodation...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Galleon House is a quaint, small hotel on Government Hill in downtown Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. Enjoy your complimentary home cooked breakfast on the verandah with gorgeous views of downtown and the harbor. We are walking distance to the ferries to St John and British Virgin Islands as well as all the bars, restaurants and fantastic shopping that St Thomas is known for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Galleon House Bed And Breakfast
- Galleon House Hotel Charlotte Amalie
- Galleon House St Thomas
- Galleon House Bed & Breakfast St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands