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“Get the real flavor of St Thomas” 5 of 5 stars
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1002 Blackbeard's Hill, Charlotte Amalie 00802, St. Thomas   |  
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“Get the real flavor of St Thomas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

All too often when people go on vacation they stay at resorts, and in many cases never leave. Sure, it's a vacation, but you are in another country (or in this case, a US territory), so you don't really get the whole experience.

The Green Iguana is right in the thick of things. Assuming you have rented a car, you can get to Magen's Bay, Bluebeard's (nice restaurants), the grocery store, and of course downtown Charlotte Amalie in a matter of minutes. This in not a hermitically sealed location.

The managers, John and Gwen, are fantastic people. At a normal resort, if you want a beer, you go to the bar, pay $5 for it, and maybe talk to the bartender because it's his/her job to talk to you. At the Green Iguana, you go to the office, drop $2 on the counter, get your beer, then (in my case), plop in a chair and and talk to John and Gwen about tattoos, healthcare systems, what that weird bird is, which beach to go to, where to find the best sushi (Enkai), and the effects of too much green beer over St Patrick's day. Pretty much anything. They are great.

The rooms are light and airy. We were in H2, which had a microwave, safe and coffeemaker; it's also cleaned and the beds are made every day, unlike some places I've stayed, and nicely appointed. We had a huge balcony overlooking the tow and bay. We spent a lot of our time just chilling on the balcony. The room was clean and had everything we needed.

There are two building separated by a loverly courtyard. There are hummingbirds, iguanas (of course), lizards, all sort of fauna. We spent a lot of time chatting with Joh and Gwen, and other guests. The property is one of the few that doesn't have a 3-night minimum, so a lot of people are there for a night prior to going on sailing charters. We met a lot of really cool people; the general vibe was very low-key.

A lot of people leave things, which go into a sort of "lending library": fins, snorkels, beach chairs, all sorts off stuff, all of which is available to whomever want to use it. Renting a chair at the beach for $10 a day can add up quickly, so we saved a few bucks. Although there isn't a proper gift shop such as you would have at a resort, they maintain a lot of small items such as toothbrushes, OTC medicine, soda, beer, water, cereal, etc. Very handy.

John and Gwen have a wealth of information regarding places to eat, where to rent a car, excursions, etc. St. Thomas is a quirky place in terms of when things are open, when they close, where to get the world's best roti, this really cool cheddar/blue cheese, where to get a sandwich, the best grocery store, etc. You might get that information from the desk clerk at the Marriott, but probably not. They were also invaluable in providing direction. The roads are poorly marked in terms of signage, so directions are generally based on landmarks, and you can't get that from Google.

I was in contact with Gwen for several months before we came. I'd asked about where to rent a car, and the local place she suggested was significantly more expensive than the majors (Budget, Avis, etc), but I trusted Gwen's recommendation, and it was worth every penny. A quick plug for Amalie Car rentals; I got a 2013 Jeep Wrangler with 2500 miles on it. If you plan on renting a vehicle, get a jeep from Amalie Rentals. The hills and switchbacks are horrific, and a small jeep is the perfect vehicle for getting around, and you can take their vehicles off-island on the car ferry to St. John.

I can't emphasize what great people John and Gwen are. They always had time for our inane questions, great recommendations for, well, anything, and really put the icing on our trip. I can honestly say my wife and I both feel we made some new friends. How often can you say that about the manager of a hotel?

If you are traveling with small children, the Iguana may not be the best choice, as larger properties are more apt to have other kids, and kid-centric amenities. But if you have older kids, or you left them at home like we did (bravo for not burning the house down!), it's a great place to stay. I go on vacation to relax, not to drink my face off in a bar or go to a disco. So if your idea of a vacation is nice people, a lot of quiet, and an inexpensive rate, the Green Iguana is the ideal choice.

Room Tip: H2 has a nice balcony and view.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John-Gwen P, Manager at The Green Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
You two were fun to be around, with your daily reports of your adventures, and questions about the next day's probabilities! Sometimes we learn more from our Guests than you do from us! We hope there will be many more conversations with you! Thanks for finding us and we know you will keep in touch!
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OKC
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Terrific 1 night stay after a week camping at St John. Appreciated being able to use the laundry room and hosts John and Gwen were gracious and welcoming. Nice central courtyard and saw a green iguana sunning himself in the garden. Walked down (then back up!) the steps for dinner; not a bad trek. One tip: if you're driving there, ask for directions; roads are very narrow and road signs difficult to find.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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John-Gwen P, Manager at The Green Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
We don't mind our campers and boaters doing a quick load of laundry after their adventure! No one wants smelly laundry when you get home! Our roads are narrow and we understand the UVI has a project they are working on to MARK the streets, AND upload that information to the map sites on the internet! Until then, please feel free to let us know you are planning to rent a car from the airport and we'll send you the best directions to get you straight to The Green Iguana Hotel! We'll have a map and more directions waiting for you!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

When comparing rates in Charlotte Amalie you will find other hotels that may seem similar. Don't be fooled. This is no regular tourist stop. The Green Iguana is an island atop the hill overlooking the hustle and bustle. Close enough you can walk to shopping, but aloof enough you can be apart from it.

The complex sprawls down a little hillside and is just cute enough to seem quaint. The managers seem more like fellow travelers, but are always ready with the help you need. Print your boarding passes? Sure! Need to know where to have breakfast? Got it! Direction? No problem.

This is my second stay and I doubt I know when I'm on St. Thomas again this is where I will stay again. It is just too easy, and the price is right.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John-Gwen P, Manager at The Green Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
You are on vacation and you are supposed to relax! We're the ones working to help make your vacation as relaxing as possible! We even have customs forms for our Guests leaving to go back to the Upper 48, to help you get through the airport lines as smoothly as possible! Yes, we are fellow travelers, and we love to get tips from our Guests of where to explore next!
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

What an oasis in the city of Charlotte Amalie, V.I. John and Gwen Pittman were so helpful,
entertaining and informative that they made our stay seem most enjoyable and way too short.

The Green Iguana is a short walk to the active part of town and even shorter and more entertaining if you use the 99 steps.
Our hosts and accommodations were both excellent and just what we needed after a week in the B.V,I.'s. John's sense of humor was a delight and he certainly knows his way around the town.
I know if and when we return to the Virgin Islands we will certainly stay at the Green Iguana and re-visit John and Gwen Pittman.

Room Tip: Rooms on Building A all have a great view overlooking Charlotte Amalie.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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John-Gwen P, Manager at The Green Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
A vacation after the vacation! What a great idea! John and I discovered another set of steps, I think a bit fewer than 99.... just as easy to walk to Town, and even easier if you are walking to Yacht Haven Grande and Havensight! WHEN you return, we'll be here waiting to show you!
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Lorain, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Green Iguana Hotel was a great choice for all our vacation needs. Gwen and John make your stay very pleasant and they are the best hosts ever. They were very helpful wiith many suggestions of things to experience. Their hometown is next to ours and our paths have never crossed. Now, we feel as though we have have been friends our whole life. It was like being at home but in a traquil paradise. Our arrangements changed abuptly and they were able to accomodate our unexpected changes. Therefore, we had the pleasure of of staying in both A-1 and H-2. Both rooms were clean, comfortable, and cozy. The view from both balconies were breathtaking! We can't wait to get back and see our new friends!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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John-Gwen P, Manager at The Green Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Isn't it amazing we had to meet 3200 miles away from home? With as many mutual friends we have, we wonder why we haven't met before! We will keep in touch and see you on our vacations to Ohio and when you bring your family and friends with you on your next visit! Thanks for taking Larry's suggestion to come see us and St. Thomas!
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We stayed for the second time at the Green Iguana on our way back from a sailboat charter in the BVI's. We were able to book the same delightful room we'd had in 2010, however this time the new managers John and Gwen especially made the stay even more enjoyable with their welcoming, friendly personalities. We loved our room with its tiled bath; the spacious balcony, a hillside perch with great water views overlooking Charlotte Amalie and Frenchtown. The king-sized bed was so comfortable with its fine cotton sheets and silk coverlet. The ambiance of the hotel is tropical with ample gardens and plenty of patio area to enjoy cocktails and gatherings with other guests. The hotel is unique and well worth the stay!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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John-Gwen P, Manager at The Green Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
Thank you for again trusting The Green Iguana Hotel for your travel plans! Having started as Guests of The Green Iguana Hotel ourselves, and knowing all of the managers since 2001, it is nice to know we live up to the standard of hospitality The Green Iguana Guests have enjoyed for years! John and I hope it won't be 3 years until your next visit!
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Dolgeville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Great place. Managers John and Gwen were extremly helpful in every way possible. Good views excellent service and very clean rooms---what more would you want? Great views from the top of the Black Beard Hill and a few steps from the 99 steps down to town. We would reccomend this place to anyone. Thanks John and Gwen for a wonderful vacation. If you ever get to the 1000 Island area of New York State-- let us know and you'll have a place to stay. We'll be your tourboat captains for the day. Smitty& Mary

Room Tip: A6 Had great views of the harbor and town.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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John-Gwen P, Manager at The Green Iguana Hotel, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
We agree the view from Guest Rooms A5 and A6 are the best we offer! All Rooms have the same great view, just at different angles! Thank you for the invitation to see you in your home area of the Thousand Islands Region of New York State! Gwen's brother's family lives in the area and we have traveled to the region many many times! Enjoy of bottle of Welsley Island White from TI Winery for us! We home you return soon!
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Address: 1002 Blackbeard's Hill, Charlotte Amalie 00802, St. Thomas
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Charlotte Amalie
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Charlotte Amalie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Green Iguana Hotel offers superb amenities with the comforts of home. The Hotel is centrally located within a short walk to the Town Charlotte Amalie, and 15 minutes by taxi from the airport. The Hotel has the perfect combination of harbor views, downtown shopping, museums, and great restaurants, ferry transit and beautiful Caribbean Sunsets! Enhanced by the service of the resident managers to answer questions, guests are treated like family. Since October 2013, The Green Iguana Hotel operates on Renewable Solar Energy. ... more   less 
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The Green Iguana Hotel St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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