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Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

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Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

Hello, my girlfriends and I are planning to visit in July and trying to decide which hotel to stay in. Any thoughts or suggestions on either one.

Thanks

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1. Re: Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

Not familiar with Bolongo, but I own at Frenchman's Cove (not to be confused with Frenchman's Reef). I love the Cove, but it it were just my husband and I, I would prefer to stay at Marriott Morningstar (NOT the Reef), since the Cove is a 2 bedroom villa with full kitchen and more suited to families. Morningstar is right on a beautiful beach and quite romantic.

hope this helps,

.sioda.

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2. Re: Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

We stayed at Bolongo this past July.

Pros: Had a first floor room right on the beach

All beach toys and activities are free to use whether you are on the IA plan or European plan

They have a great dive shop

Iggies Beach Bar is fun with decent food

The Heavenly Days snorkeling sail or Sunset Dinner sail is great

Cons: Rooms are pretty small, very outdated and remind me of an old Motel 6

Shower is so tiny, you can't turn around

Pretty far from everything, so you will need a rental car

Will charge you an additional $5.00 per day energy surcharge fee, which they said was required by law ever since 9/11 ( This is not true, there is no law requiring them to charge you this)

Their upscale restaurant (Lobster Grille) is very overpriced, and tends to have surly servers.

While we were there, their credit card machines kept going down

They say free wi fi, but you have to go to a certain computer room, and we never could get wi fi while there.

Beach is pretty rocky and lots and lots of sea grass. However, if you go out quite a bit, the water clears up.

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3. Re: Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

A little note: $5.00 day, even if it's per person is cheap compared to other resorts on the island. We pay $19.00pp per day in Energy Charges at the Elysian. It seems more often than not that the resorts on the island charge the energy fee. So while I can't speak to it being a "law," it is extremely common - there are a lot of properties that charge this.

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4. Re: Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

I prefer the Marriott. However, the Reef (not the Cove) is shutting down sometime in May for a huge renovation. I believe they are hoping to be open by the end of June. But things in the island have a way of getting behind, so you might want to take that into consideration if you are wanting to go in early July.

Edited: 3:46 pm, January 20, 2011
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5. Re: Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

edit - I actually think the renovations are suppose to last until October-ish.

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6. Re: Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

I would choose the Marriott over Bolongo in most cases, but the construction could make a real difference. Be sure to check this out.

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7. Re: Marriot Frenchman Cove or Bolongo Bay Resort

I've stayed at Bolongo, and I would agree with MemphisBelle's list of pros and cons. I would also add the following:

-Rooms are seriously outdated and similar to an old, run-down roadside motel

-The "nice" restaurant, Lobster Grille, has very mediocre food, IMO.

-The DMs at the dive shop (and the owner) are fantastic

-The beach is not nearly the best of what STT has to offer

-The beach is large and roomy and doesn't feel overly crowded

-Despite the pros, I would not consider staying there again

Personally, I don't care for large resorts, so I wouldn't be of much assistance regarding the Marriott. I have been on the grounds several times, and the view of Charlotte Amalie is stunning. However, the beach isn't one of my faves on STT.

Edited: 6:30 pm, January 21, 2011
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