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“Fantastic place.... but, snobs and maniacs not welcome” 5 of 5 stars
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Stonedge
Grand Savanne, Salisbury 10000, Dominica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Salisbury B&B and Inns
Regina, Sask, Canada
1 review
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Fantastic place.... but, snobs and maniacs not welcome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2006

At $16.50 US per night each person, Stonedge is the best value on Dominica, in the opinion of a second time visitor to the island. Didier is a dedicated, accommodating and attentive host, one who is always willing to provide service to all his guests, in any way he possibly can. As the Stonedge website advises "snobs and maniacs not welcome". At this price, one should not expect amenities available at The Ritz. What you will get is a clean, well equipped but rustic simple cottage with the best breezes and sunset views available anywhere in the Caribbean. Stonedge is in a very safe neighbourhood, has a free miniature golf course, lovely gardens and, most of all, peace and quiet. Didier's free tour on Tuesdays is what you'd pay $60 US per person for if booked with a tour operator.... fantastic. Do not question that it really is "free", it truly is! Didier takes one day off a week, Tuesdays, and likes to get away from the house to hike or visit other areas in the country to help him regroup and unwind. He loves having guests along for company. His cooking is not "fine cuisine" but, again, for the prices charged, "you get what you pay for". With no restaurants close by, even having a restaurant open and available for breakfasts and suppers every day shows Didier's dedication to his guests. Regarding the comments made by a guest who stated "Didier wanted to save the water".... only those who respect the scarcity of rain water during the Caribbean dry season can appreciates how difficult it is to supply ample water to all guests. We would have extended our 2 night stay by a few more days had we not already paid for our next accommodation ahead of time. Stonedge would not be an acceptable place for anyone wanting and expecting to "dress for dinner" but the most wonderful place for those budget travellers who appreciate a place of this high calibre at such a reasonable rate. Hats off to Didier for his committment to his guests. V & L, Canadian gals, April 10 & 11, 2006.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2006

Very exceptional. A hotel in the quietness nature, with a likeable boss. A good cooking.... hum... the breakfast....Didier, your excursions with your comments in the nature are fantastics. Thanks for all.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2006

Thanks Didier for your welcome.
I really enjoyed my time in this so special place. The bungalows are nice, well equipped (shower and toilet in each bungalow) and the view is priceless...
Thanks also Didier to give me a ride to "Chez La Doudou" (great place to Dive) and to take me back. He's definitely not a "lazy host". He knows good places in the island and won't hesitate to share them with you.
I hope you'll enjoy the photos.
If you want more information, you can contact me.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, MA
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2006

Ok, the breakfast was good.
But you know something's wrong when the owner of the place you're staying exclaims, "I had a good day! No one came." That about sums up his additude towards us as guests. We requested a mosquito net, standard in even the basic b&bs in Dominica. He said he had one, but wouldn't get it for us. His water supply is free- collected from rainwater- but he wanted to save it, so he kept turning it off. We couldn't flush the toilet- inside our tiny bungalow- without asking, and then he'd turn off the water again. I had to run up to the main house to get him to turn the water back on when I was left with shampoo in my hair in the middle of a shower- he had turned it off again. We're not sure how he accommodates a full house! Maybe he feels like doing something then...

He apparently didn't feel like going to the market either, as our dinner included ramen noodles.

This host has good feedback online, but I believe he is only attentive when he feels like it. He told us he likes Dominica because he doesn't have to work hard or pay a lot of bills. It's pretty clear he doesn't.

Find another place. There are great guesthouses with attentive and kind owners, who keep it simple and in tune with their environment. It doesn't have to be complicated. A long-drop is better than a toilet you can't flush!

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, MD
1 review
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2005

Lodging: very cute little yellow and blue houses, or more demure rooms in the main house, my bungalow (if thats the word for them) had a bunk bed, mosquito nets available for free, as is a fan (these will keep you bite-free), no AC, no hot water (this is unecessary and wasteful in Dominica), your own shower, toilet, and sink in 3 small separated areas in the bungalow, no TV, radio, clock, or phone (didn't you come to get away from it all?)

View: across a steep cliff and facing the Caribbean sea, great susets, I never caught a sunrise, the bungalows are literally a few feet from the edge, and the main house is farther back

Dining- open air with excellent owner/host/cook Didier

Entertainment- Didier often rents movies that you can watch in the common room, he also is a humorist, if you speak French you will have the added plus of his many dubious "jeux de mots"

Breakfast: excellent local fresh fruit juice, great tea, I didn't taste the coffee, had crepes everyday

Dinner: EXCELLENT salads with tuna steak, EXCELLENT lobster/crayfish meal, excellent spaghetti with meatballs, great prices, the meals are gems, if you decide not to stay here, come for dinner a few times!!

Drinks: great selection of rums, wines, etc...

Tours: Didier and his employees can take you anywhere in Dominica! he has a big truck that he transports the group with, the rate is divided by number of tourists, so much cheaper than most on island when you are a group

Proximity to beaches: Two within walking distance, very warm water, dark sand, mostly pebbly (I recommend water shoes), relaxing...
the North coast white beaches are definitely worth a day long visit (they're a substantial drive away), they were TOTALLY EMPTY, I saw a total of 5 locals on one beach (some kids playing), and one on another (walked through), not a single tourist, had an entire 200 meter expanse of beach and palm trees totally to myself for hours

Activities: two scuba diving places very close, i didn't go but Didier would be happy to tell you more about their avilable excursions and rates

Weather: It was very hot in May, just the way I like it. The rain is refreshing, it rained one entire day, than for less than an hour and very hard right before I left. I got more tanned than I have ever been in my life.

Getting there: about an hour drive from the airport through some of the most magnificent scenery I have ever seen, if you want to relax as much as possible in Dominica, hire a taxi to take you there, some roads have many potholes, are very thin and windy, and Dominicans drive fast... also Stonedge is is at the end of a very rocky and holy driveway from the main road, there are plenty of signs though, and you can always ask a Dominican if you think you are lost.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2005

Excellent for the budget eco travler looking for a quiet place with a great host. Accomadation consists of five basic cottages overlooking the ocean and a couple of other rooms inside a main larger building. Everything is clean and well maintained but rustic. The property is only a few years old but has alot of character and the setting in really nice. Its about 1/4 mile off a main road and overlooks the ocean. It's a little out of the way but you can easily catch a bus on the main road during the day. If you have a rental car its no problem. The place is owned and operated by a Belgian named Didiere. He is very helpful and as good a host as your going to find. He also offers good meals at a reasonable price. If you decide to check it out just remember its an eco resort and can seem a bit like summer camp accomodations but its nice. The cost when I stayed was $15 USD a night per person. I stayed longer than originally planned.

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Address: Grand Savanne, Salisbury 10000, Dominica
Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint Joseph Parish > Salisbury
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Salisbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A romantic place? Try Stonedge in Dominica, located on the cliff above the Caribbean sea. We offer for any customer if you stay on tuesday get a free tour, like hiking to a nice white water fall + lunch with rasta people, and after bath in volcanic hot water in a nice garden giving feelings of paradise. ... more   less 
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