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The Catamaran Hotel
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We loved this little hotel right on the beach. If you are looking for a resort atmosphere with facilities, restaurants, activities and anonymous glossy bedrooms, go elsewhere.

However if you are looking for warm Caribbean hospitality, spacious, spotlessly clean, comfortable bedrooms with kitchens, a beach yards from your bedroom and a fabulous location, you will love the Catamaran Hotel. The only problem was the erratic hot water, which we usually managed to get eventually when we wanted a shower. However our plumbing issue was sorted quickly by the management, which improved matters.

Apart from that, this hotel was perfect and we would definitley go back! We loved eating breakfast on our private terrace, watching the birds beg bits of melon. We loved sitting on the tiny private beach, watching the gorgeous boats sail in and out of the marina. We loved searching out provisions in the local supermarket (it was not like Sainsburys!) to make our own breakfasts and snacks. We loved listening to the tree frogs while sipping home made rum punches on our own terrace. We loved Feona's helpful advice and constant presence in reception, a font of all knowledge, whatever we were planning to do.

This hotel epitomised all that is good about the Caribbean, friendly, small, comfortable, laid back and very local. You could not have been anywhere else!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Don't let the unassuming drive in fool you - this place is fantastic! Charming rooms (all of which have a fabulous view of Falmouth Harbor), the Catamaran is simply terrific. Scrupulously clean, it is a relaxing haven minutes away from classic English Harbor and its excellent restaurants. The staff is exceptionally friendly and Cambusa, the affiliated restaurant, is really great. We barbecued on the beach, enjoyed Shirley Heights, visited the island (def rent a car). This location is NOT for the resort/all-inclusive crowd. This IS for those who want beach-side comfort and leisure in a relaxing and welcoming setting.

Room Tip: Antigua is a small Caribbean country - its not Disney. Keep an open mind and you will enjoy!
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank lmandm
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

A wonderful warm welcome on arrival & exceptional hospitality throughout the whole of my stay. The owner, lovely Feona & Family, Eric, Robert & all the team went out of their way to ensure I had an enjoyable stay at the Catamaran. Nothing was too much trouble and everything came with a friendly smile! My room was spacious, very clean & tidy, having everything one needed including a fridge. The room was cleaned & the beach & gardens were tended to every day. The view from my room was stunning & I could step straight out from my verandah onto the beautiful beach with sun beds provided, it was paradise! The restaurant was closed during my stay but Sweet T's ice cream parlour & snack bar, 2 minutes up the road, served very tasty dishes with Bailey's supermarket next door to there selling everthing one needs. The Catamaran is also a good location for getting around the Island. Feona was wonderful & organised any transport needed from happily obliging Eric & taxis, but there is also a bus service which operates clean mini type buses at cheap prices & the bus stop is almost outside the hotel. English Harbour is a only short bus / taxi ride away & whilst there Trappas Bar & Restaurant is a great place to eat, although it's best to book. My second week on the island was at an expensive all inclusive hotel, where my Son was getting married & although very nice, the service & hospitality just didn't compare with the Catamaran. Feona Is an amazing lady & along with her team, it's their warmth & willingness to please that makes this hotel so very special.I will certainly choose the Catamaran again when returning to Antigua.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

We identified this hotel as the place to spend some few nights after returning “on shore” from a yachting vacation, and we were happy with the choice in all respects.

“Old” classic style (which we like). Not newly renovated but clean and pleasant. Antigua is not cheap (no reason it should be), and in this context the rates at The Catamaran are fair indeed.
We had a beautiful view from the (superior) room.
Nice little beach with sun beds, kayaks and dinghies for the guests. The pool is small but a delight.
The hotel does not have any restaurant bar, but it is walking distance from a nice Italian restaurant, from a local taka-away, and from a well stocked supermarket [I would perhaps still recommend the management to keep some bottles of drinking water and other “necessities” for sales to its guests].
It is only a short/inexpensive taxi ride from English Harbor with its numerous restaurants, shops etc.
The most impressive with The Catamaran is the outstanding helpfulness and flexibility of the lady owners/managers. They are happy to answer ANY question (and if they don’t know the answer, they will phone around till they have one), and they will assist with ANYTHING you might require.
We had a late flight to Europe and requested to keep the room till 8PM (instead of noon). No problem at all (at zero charge).
As the electricity disappeared for some minutes during lunch (we didn’t even notice) the staff ran around with a wine cooler with a bottle of wine for every room.
Some 5 star hotels I have visited could learn something from these ladies.

Room Tip: PS I: For the personal service I recommend to book DIRECTLY via email (and pose any question, request etc) rather than via the international booking-webs. PS II: At Trip Advisor the location is stated as Falmouth Harbor, St John’s, Antigua. The hotel is indeed in Falmouth Harbor and (fortunately) NOT anywhere near St John’s),
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Langben
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We have just had a week's stay at this charming place. It is quiet, relaxed and the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. The rooms are cleaned and there is nothing nicer than to sit on the verandah with a glass of wine at sunset. This charming colonial-style property is literally on the beach and within a 2 minute walk of Cambusa, a very good Italian restaurant and the marina.This is NOT a five star, all inclusive hotel, but this is a place that allows you to feel instantly at home. There are little things that aren't perfect about the place but considering its excellent quiet location, quaint style and great staff, this place is extremely good value for money on many levels and we would happily return.

Room Tip: loved being in the beach front, but everyroom at this hotel has a great view and is steps from the beach.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank devansHereford
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Feonab, Owner at The Catamaran Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2013

Thank you for positive remarks and kind words and for choosing The Catamaran Hotel and we are happy hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was our pleasure ensuring that you stay was filled with relaxation and comfort.

We do hope you visit again soon.

Do stay connected with us.

All the best!

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