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“Buena Vida Penthouse-Grande Bay” 4 of 5 stars
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Grande Bay Resort
Bay Street | Cruz Bay Quarter, Cruz Bay 33908, St. John   |  
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Buena Vida Penthouse-Grande Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stayed in this 4th floor penthouse to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Chose Grande Bay because of it's proximity to all of the conveniences of Cruz Bay and were not disappointed! Very tastefully appointed and kitchen was well-stocked , however we only used the coffee maker and fridge ;) Having a parking spot in the garage allowed us to rent a jeep and explore the island by day and return to Cruz Bay for dinners and walking around the town by night. Absolutely beautiful views from porch and lanai. Would highly recommend. Zozo's restaurant is absolutely outstanding. Reserve a chair at the bar for dinner at sunset! My only complaint was that the condo is located closest to the beach bars, so when there was a live band at one of these places such as Joe's, do not plan on sleeping before 2-3:00am! Would return to this villa regardless.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We rented a studio (Seaside) directly through the private owner, and it worked out beautifully. She sent greeters to meet us at the ferry, and as we made the short walk through town, they gave us the rundown on where to go and what to do, which was great. The Grande Bay is a great place to stay because of its central location in Cruz Bay. We cabbed it or rented a car to go on adventures and to beaches during the day, but we were thrilled to be steps away from everything, especially the Beach Bar, where we hung out often. Although the beach that the Grande Bay overlooks is not a swimming beach because of boats moored there, it is still a gorgeous view from the balcony, where we spent lots of mornings having breakfast, as well as evenings, watching people stroll past, then falling asleep to the sound of the softly lapping waves. The studio itself was beautifully decorated, with high-quality bedding and a good mattress, which is so important. The pool and hot tub area also overlooks the water, and is a nice place to relax on a night in. We really couldn't have been happier with staying at Grande Bay. Everything was more than satisfactory, and the setting cannot be beat. I have to say, as beautiful as a lot of the villas look, it was pretty terrifying driving up in the insanely steep hills, so I was thankful that we were on flat ground, right near town.

Room Tip: "Seaside" studio....it adjoins two more bedrooms for larger groups.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lakeland, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

My husband and I have stayed at Grande Bay twice now. Both times we were given a free room upgrade, which was a pleasant surprise! We've stayed in villas & the Gallows previously, but find Grande Bay to be our favorite spot. The location is SO CONVENIENT, with Cruz Bay restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Assigned parking is also nice (spaces can be tight, but at least you're never looking for a spot). The staff is friendly and very helpful. We will definitely go back. Everything is clean, smells new & the views are spectacular from your private balcony! I'd definitely recommend a visit!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

Loved the laid back atmosphere of St John. Stayed at the Grande Bay Resort which turned out to be the best possible choice for location and comfort. The unit was beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. We were within easy walking distance to downtown Cruz Bay and all the bars and restaurants. We were a short walk from the ferry dock and several nice grocery stores. There was a nice shopping area, Starfish Market, that had everything you could possibly need. We enjoyed our trip immensley and hope to return in the future.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

This was the second stay on St John for my husband and I. We couldn't have been happier with our choice of the Grande Bay Resort. The condo was beautiful, very nicely decorated and immaculate. All of the resort staff were very friendly and helpful. The owners John and Barbara were very easy to work with. The onsite manager Rochelle was great. The condo was perfectly located in Cruz Bay. We were in easy walking distance to all of the bars and restaurants. We really appreciated all the amenities available for our use. The condo had every possible thing we could need to make our trip a success.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Panama City Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed a week at Grande Bay on our Honeymoon in St. John. We stayed in the penthouse suite and rented from an owner through VRBO. I suggest this, since you can stay for much cheaper. The suite was very nice and well decorated, and had all the right amenities for cooking your own meals. We cooked breakfast and made sandwiches for lunch, but it is hard to resist the great restaurants in Cruz Bay. The view from the huge balcony might have been the best part. Every night we had a glass of wine while we watched the sunset. We also enjoyed the nice pool and hot tub after a long day at the beach. The location was perfect for St. John. We did not rent a car except for one day. When we went to the beaches, we just walked into town and took a taxi. We also walked to dinner each night. Some of our favorite restaurants withing walking distance were the beach bar, banana deck, and Zozo'$.

Room Tip: Book through VRBO if you want to save some money.
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Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

First time traveler to St. John and opted for Grande Bay. Honestly, could not have been happier with the location. I explored every day on the island but in the evenings I explored Cruz Bay. Could walk everywhere without a care in the world, no plan on dinner or drinks, and have a great evening. Would highly recommend. Location easy. Only complaint would be tight parking spots (if thats all I complain about I am stretching) and lack of ESPNU (no one on the island had the Gator game). Otherwise, wonderful and I expect to return with my entire family next time.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bay Street | Cruz Bay Quarter, Cruz Bay 33908, St. John
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grande Bay Resort & Residence Club is situated hillside overlooking Cruz Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Set near Wharfside Village, this St. John condominium resort overlooks the emerald and blue waters of Cruz Bay and St. Thomas to the east and the British Virgin Islands to the west. Offering nightly rentals (min. 2 nights) and fractional ownership opportunities in the heart of "Love City". ... more   less 
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Grande Bay Hotel Cruz Bay
Grande Bay Resort St. John/Cruz Bay

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