Stayed for 4 nights in the Royal Ocean View Suite at the Old Gin House which was arranged via Scubaqua. Such a unique and historic property situated in the ruined waterfront. As other writers have noted the ocean suite is across the street and detached from the main hotel which houses the reception, pool area and set of multi-level apartment style rooms tucked into the hillside facing the water front. The suite is the way to go as it is adjacent to and part of the main kitchen area, has a unobstructed water front ocean view and balcony and easy access in and out if you are dragging bags (diving equipment). The suite is nicely done, with a separate living area and a king size bedroom. Nice walk in shower bathroom, in room TV, safe, refrigerator and super cool air conditioning that you can control yourself. Overall the suite was very nice and clean. I would certainly recommend spending the extra money to get into the suite after having seen how confined and "block apartment" style the other rooms looked back across the street in the main building.
The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a cookout on Wednesday nights with lobster or spare ribs. Due to our diving schedule we did not get lunch there and only had the Wednesday lobster grill which was not too bad. Breakfast each morning was part of our dive package and included a basic continental with an upgrade to eggs with sausage or bacon and fruits, juices and coffee. Be aware of their schedule, many restaurants seem to close down on Tuesday and Wednesdays.
Overall the service from the staff was acceptable. On some mornings there was only a single lady waiting the tables which made for painfully slow service. Even witnessed a couple of times that patrons simply got up and left because they had to move on and didn't get any service in time. The service issues seemed to be an isolated situation with one of the staff. At other times, there was a wonderful young lady there named Devlin that was a pleasure to visit with and provided impeccable service. If you are diving and need to meet your 8:30 dive team, start with breakfast no later than about 7:15 to ensure that you get served and have time to make the dive boat.
The management staff was helpful in directing us around the island and even arranged for a half day car rental delivered to the hotel to sight-see the island. Really you can cover the whole island in a day by car, so wouldn't really get to intent on any longer than that. Most of the good restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.
The Island of Statia is a beautiful spot in the Caribbean. When you arrive, you may be distressed to see all of the tankers setting just off the island's west side positioning for loading and off-loading at the tanker terminal there at the north end of the island. But from what we witnessed the diving is top notch and the marine life on the reefs are prolific and do not seem to be disrupted by the traffic off-shore.
Also remember that you are on a small island, so lower your service and fine dining expectations as quickly as you arrive and settle in to relaxing. It will make your transition smoother and your time in Statia more enjoyable.
Couple of hints to share. There are several markets up the hill in town that have fresh breads, cheeses, wine and rum. Would recommend picking up some basics to snack on between dives and to curb the munchies. Be prepared for slower service, it is island time. Be prepared to lower your dining expectations. This is not St. Martin or St. Bart's. Go to Statia to dive and dive some more. Throw in a hike up the Quill and then relax on the balcony/beach with the sunset.
Having had the opportunity to be here and get full flavor of the island, I would certainly return to the Old Gin House should I get the chance to go back and dive Statia.
Royal ocean view suite is the way to go.
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