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Westin St. John Resort & Villas
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 8310, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John   |  
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Toledo, Ohio
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“construction right now”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been time share owners here since 2000. There is a lot of construction going on which means that next season will be fantastic here. Still, the staff is the friendliest it has ever been!! All greet you, want to help, and try to accommodate your needs. I think it is the best place to stay on the island if you prefer resort settings (which we do). Pool, restaurants, beach, lots of services available.

Room Tip: we have a 3 bedroom unit in the Bay Vista and it is fabulous
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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GMMikeRyan, General Manager at Westin St. John Resort & Villas, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
As an Owner, we value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to post a review. We truly appreciate your kind words regarding our helpful and friendly associates. Again, thank you for sharing and we’ll see you next year.
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Loveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

My husband and I did a St Thomas/St John hybrid vacation that included four nights on St Thomas in a beautiful private villa (6 bedrooms and private secluded pool to ourselves! The Bachelor doesn't have as nice of places they visit). We then headed to St John to stay at the Westin for another four nights. It was very different from the villa to a resort but what a great contrast. The grounds, room, beach, and pool area were absolutely perfect and well maintained. Everything was convenient, including parking, making it very easy and stress free. Another example was that my husband wanted to do a quick morning dive and Cruz Bay Watersports was right there on property for him to sign up and just walk to the pier to get on the boat. Awesome! The staff and front desk were especially nice and we had received a complimentary bottle of wine our first night. The only minor thing we ran into was for one of our breakfasts the waitress was definitely in a bad mood. We wrote it off that it wasn't us and everyone has a bad day at work once in a while. So no biggie. In contrast, Dorsett at the pool bar was awesome - she remembered my husbands name from day one and was always friendly and poured great drinks. We are planning a return trip and will bring our boys with so they can enjoy St John like we did. One piece of advice - try to rent a jeep or car. Hoofing it around there or relying on taxis is fine but a lot of work. Especially in the heat of the afternoon.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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GMMikeRyan, General Manager at Westin St. John Resort & Villas, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you very much for choosing The Westin St. John as part of your hybrid vacation and thank you for posting a review detailing your stay with us. I was pleased to learn you enjoyed your stay and that you plan to return with your boys. I’m confident they will enjoy the amenities available to them and we look forward to welcoming your entire family back in the future. Thanks again.
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

One of the greatest places on earth! A dozen of my family stayed in two villas and we couldn't have been more pleased. Each villa had an attractive pool with a waterfall and lights, just beautiful. One of the villas had a hot tub, too.

The Westin property was spotless. The landscapers were hard at work every morning. Every blade of grass cut, every leaf blown.

The maid service was also exceptional. Every morning there were a few around. Need coffee or towels? No problem.

Very few negatives, but maybe a couple areas for improvement. In the villa I stayed in, the pair of upstairs bedrooms were separated not by walls but by sliding wooden dividers. Virtually no privacy from the adjoining bedroom and while we're basically all snuggled together, it was a shared bathroom too. You might want to inquire how your villa is set up unless you want to be extremely close to the people in the next room.

In the same villa, the upstairs toilet sounded like a jet engine at takeoff when flushed. Not that big of a deal, but a little strange.

The villas are not especially close to most of the on-site attractions such as the pool or beach or restaurants. There are plenty of workers on golf carts cruising around. For the most part, they were willing to pick you up but when they don't make eye contact it's clear they are on a mission and you are a distraction. Suggestion: Why not put a little "available" lite on a few of the carts, kind of like a taxi? I felt bad flagging down people so I didn't. I think I took 2 rides in a week and I was usually carrying an infant the quarter mile walk to the pool. But if there was even one cart dedicated to giving guests a lift, it would be a hit!

We had an absolutely brilliant time in St John and hope to return to the Westin.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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GMMikeRyan, General Manager at Westin St. John Resort & Villas, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
We were glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay in our three-bedroom private pool villas. Our Virgin Grand Owners Association is currently voting on the upstairs bedroom dividers that you mentioned in your review, so hopefully this will be addressed in the very near future. We certainly understand our guests' desire for privacy. Please know that we do have complimentary shuttle service available and you should absolutely take advantage of it anytime you need or even just want to. You can also dial 0 from your room and request a shuttle to transport you from your room to anywhere on the resort. I will share your feedback with my Service Express Manager, as our Shuttle Drivers and other associates should be offering you a ride at all times unless their carts are already full with guests. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share a review and we look forward to your return. See you soon.
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Voluntown, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We were surprised by our children who paid for our surprise trip to St John, USVI for 25th wedding annivsary. Our children told us don't worry everything was paid, we just had to pack. On Monday, Feb 17th, we arrived to Cyril E. King Airport and attempted to check in with the Westin booth at the airport. The Westin Representative told us that there was a balance that had not been paid. We were quite surprised by this statement because our daughter told us and gave us all the documents for the trip which indicated everything was paid. The balance due was more money than we could afford. So we stepped away from the counter and called our daughter who coordinated and paid for the hotel fees. She was very upset as we were, we had difficulty getting a hold of the Travel Agent. The Westin representative requested that we contact the Travel Agent and have her call the Westin Front Desk. So for about 2 hours we stood there in lobby of the airport very disappointed not knowing what to do next and we were expecting to change our flight to go home. During this time, the representative told us that they would take off $400 off the balance due but we told her we still cannot pay that. We waited another hour or so and I found out how much was taxi would be to go to Red Hook ferry and then go to the lobby of the Westin on St John. The representative told us they received the initial deposit but no other record of payment. Finally, after I was calmer, I explained to the Westin Rep that this trip was a total surprise to us, we found on Saturday that we were coming here for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and have the honeymoon we never had when we first got married. We didn't know any of arrangement made for us. The reps demeanor changed an next thing we knew we were allowed to ride the Westin Ferry which was $60 per person. There was a welcoming group when we arrived at the Westin Ferry in Great Cruz Bay which gave us a drink but we had to go to the hotel lobby to try find out what happened. They told us they would try tomorrow to find out if the payment was sent and they gave us our key fobs and had to wait awhile for the golf carts to be taken to our room. Room was lovely, king size bed, refrigerator and awesome view of the pool and beach. The next afternoon we received a voice mail message after we returned from our Vow Renewal Ceremony in Trunk Bay that was also arranged by our children. They wanted us to come down to the hotel lobby again regarding the last payment that they said they did not receive. So we called the Travel Agent again and our daughter. The Westin wanted to talk to either one of them so they could get the credit card number. So on Wednesay, we thought we would be going home early but Westin left a message to tell us everything was ok, the payment was received on Sunday morning via email. The front desk clerk did not check the email payments. Wheew, so we enjoyed the rest of our visit, the Westin staff were very courteous and it was fun to have your drinks delivered to you on the beach. There were many famiies there with kids but none bothered us. We did eat at the Beach cafe several times the first few days but it was quite expensive for us. So we took a taxi to St John in Cruz bay and ate the rest of our meals there. We ate at Jakes, The FishTrap, Woody's Seafood Saloon, The Quiet Mon bar, Tap Room and the Barefoot Cowboy Lounge where we booked a sunset cruise for $40 per person and bring your own beverage, bathing suit and snorkling stuff on the Sadie Sea Charter and then we went back to the Barefoot Cowboy Lounge for free chili dogs which were soo good. Thursday, we finally received our Welcome Package which had coupons for area restaurants and our free gift the jewlery store which was given to us my the Rep in the area in the lobby that we booked our island tour with Penn's taxi, that was truly amazing and so much fun. Overall, everything was awesome. The hot tub was not available, it was being worked on. I called the Concierge to ask about the menus of the restaurants if any had gluten free menu items but she had no idea and told me to check all of the menus in the lobby. CP-Beach Cafe did have some gluten free entrees. I thought it would have been helpful if that information was available from Concierge. Overall, our visit to Westin was okay but I do think they need to train some of their staff on better practices of verifying a payment. They apologized later but that was not much comfort. Next time we go we are going to rent a villa and I have checked the prices and it is within our budget.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GMMikeRyan, General Manager at Westin St. John Resort & Villas, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you for sharing your review and please thank your children for such a special surprise for you at our resort. We are honored to have been a part of your 25th wedding anniversary and congratulations! We appreciate your detailed review and I do apologize for the initial confusion regarding your check-in and payment process. We strive to provide our guests with a renewing stay, one where they can relax and have everything taken care of upon their arrival. I apologize that you experienced a few setbacks. It sounds as though you enjoyed the rest of your vacation and we hope to welcome you back again in the future. Thanks again.
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Simsbury
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

There are many things to like about this resort! We had a great time and my family wants to return next year.

Room
+ The bay vista villa was great for our family. It had a full kitchen, dining, and the big tub in the master was a plus after being at the beach. The renovation was nicely done.
- It is a hike up a fairly steep hill to get to it and a long way from the car. There are golf carts to take you around but that is not easy with the stroller. We also were on the bottom floor and weren't informed when we called ahead to upgrade that we would be limited to 'resort view'. Tiny hotel size outdoor patio in the evenings. Also, we bought steaks to grill from the advance grocery but no grill!

Resort
+ the pool renovation is great. The kids loved it. They have a small baby pool which is a plus.
+ service was for the most part very good. People were friendly. Places where it was inconsistent was front desk (one person so plan to wait a while), poolside (very nice but too few for the number of people to be able to provide timely service), the small onsite deli/coffee shop, and the watersports desk (not very knowledgeable and they are threatening about checking out pool floats which really, would not fit on the airplane).
+we had in room child care recommended by the resort and Gloria was terrific. The kids loved her. We ended up NOT putting our kids into kids club as we originally planned as there weren't any other kids in it most days. The one day we saw kids in it, the staff person didn't seem to do anything more than sit and barely watch the kids. No fun! Don't come here if kids club is important to you.
+can walk to the small grocery store from the resort and their prices were reasonable.
- the hot tub was being renovated so can't comment. The resort beach is not great. Too many noisy, stinky boats and the sand is not fine. You need to rent a car (or taxi everywhere), which is pricey but worth it. We rented from o'conner right at the resort and they were great. They had beach chairs to rent too.
+take the westin ferry if you can. We did the taxi to red hook and ferry to the island and then the westin ferry on the return. Westin ferry could not have been easier and way more relaxing than taxi and regular ferry.

St. John
+ we rented car seats and strollers from island baby and Julie was awesome. Made life so simple. Check them out online.
+ we ate at fish trap and margarita Phil's as a family. We really liked margarita Phil's and don't let the name throw you off - they had loads of seafood options (conch and fish enchiladas, chalupa, burritos, tacos). Mmmmmm. For a night without kids, we ate at asolare and loved every second. Highly recommend.
+ we went to maho beach a few days and liked that best as shallow water and easy surf. Good snorkel too. We also went to trunk a few days but watch the surf - tough to navigate for small children but good for the older set. Cinnamon also was rough water, but had the best sandy beach.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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GMMikeRyan, General Manager at Westin St. John Resort & Villas, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
We appreciate your detailed review and thank you for taking the time to write and post it on Trip Advisor. While it sounds as though you enjoyed many aspects of the resort, I do apologize for any concerns that arose. Please note that we do have a grill area over in front of our Bay Vista Villas. I was glad to hear that the kids in your party enjoyed our newly renovated pool and that you were greeted with helpful and friendly service from our associates. I was glad to hear you were able to get off property and visit so many wonderful beaches and restaurants. Thanks again for sharing your feedback and we hope to welcome you and your family back in the future.
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I know many many people use the Westin villas, but this was a short (5 day) trip with just my husband and me — and the hotel area was a perfect retreat. We arrived early on a Wednesday, after arriving on the 10 AM ferry and renting a car in town (although there is a rental car facility right at the Westin with the same prices, which is very convenient), and were delighted that our room was ready. After checking in, we enjoyed a lovely lunch in their outdoor bar/restaurant, and a relaxing afternoon on their pretty beach.

Thereafter, we spent our days exploring the island's many beaches and trails, but the Westin was the perfect place to return every day. The bartender made awesome pina coladas — those plus the sunset over Great Cruz Bay were a wonderful intermission between the day and evening. We didn't feel comfortable using the car on the island, with its funky roads, at night, so every night we walked to the front entry to take of the many Westin cab/jitneys into town. Coming back to the hotel was always very convenient -- just look for the Westin signs on the jitneys in town -- there seemed to be one just around the corner at all times.

We also enjoyed a delicious dinner in the Cruz Bay Prime restaurant one night of our stay. My husband had the fresh fish (snapper) and I had the pasta -- both great.

I will say that there are lots of young kids at the Westin, which makes perfect sense for the services they offer and doesn't bother me unless I'm trying to sleep on a beach (I seem to be a football magnet). But the pool is shallow throughout, so more oriented for youngsters.

For us, the hotel area provided exactly what we needed this trip. The room was clean and had all the amenities you could want -- plus that wonderful Westin Heavenly Bed!!

Room Tip: All the hotel rooms are now renovated, and there is no noise from the remaining construction areas...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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GMMikeRyan, General Manager at Westin St. John Resort & Villas, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thank you for sharing your review and for choosing the Westin St. John for your recent vacation. I was glad to hear your room was ready early for your arrival and that you were able to enjoy the amenities provided to you around property. I hope you were able to avoid any flying footballs while trying to relax on the beach and we hope to see you again soon so that we can provide you with another refreshing stay. Thank you again.
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New Hampshire
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We moved to the Westin after a week in a Villa administered by Catered To, a rental service on St John that administers high end Villas. The Villa was very nice but we were troubled by power outages that left us without water, toilets etc. What a nuisance that was. It was like camping at times. The Westin does a perfect job on St John. Not only is the property lovely with its latest upgrade, everyone is so nice and helpful. This is what a vacation is supposed to be. We were actually Catered To much better here then at our expensive villa. Anything we asked for arrived with a smile. Wow, it was wonderful and so much better then the Villa. The Westin seems to have its own water supply and generator. No power outages!! No excuses!! Just a great place to call home and relax.Stay here. You will be happy you did.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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GMMikeRyan, General Manager at Westin St. John Resort & Villas, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
We were happy to hear that we exceeded your expectations during your recent trip to St. John. Here at the Westin St. John, we strive to provide our guests with a renewing and relaxing stay, and it sounds as though we did just that. Thank you for sharing your feedback and for posting your review on Trip Advisor. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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Address: P.O. Box 8310, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Westin St. John Resort & Villas 4*
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