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Trade Winds Hotel
Ranked #7 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Spent two nights here and overall it was ok. The rooms are a nice size and clean, there is plenty of water pressure and the view off of the balcony was beautiful. The property is not on the beach so you would need a car or be willing to walk a few miles to get to a public beach. The food at the Bayhouse restaurant was good but the service was terrible and the food expensive (Things were brought out in the wrong order, we had to ask for utensils, napkins etc....) no attention to detail. The swimming pool is nice but very small and that is about the only amenity on the property. Also, if you are relaxing by the pool in the evenings be sure to wear bug spray. We got ate up on two different nights. Again, the most important thing to be was that the rooms were clean but I will probably not return to the hotel based on location and lack of amenities.

Room Tip: All rooms have an ocean view
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Thank eric m
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Cheryl C, General Manager at Trade Winds Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Hello Eric,

We thank you for your positive comments as well as the constructive criticisms of the service received in our Bay House Restaurant which will be given my personal attention. We do promote our property as having a soothing sense of tranquility and seclusion with numerous activities nearby. Again thank you.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed in the Trade Winds for 7 days in early Jan. Hotel staff was very helpful with all our requests for trips/taxis/food recommendations, very cheerful and great service. Hotel is a top of the range 3 star hotel, rooms have everything you need: comfortable beds, minibar, TV and amazing view of Dickinson bay. It's a 10 min walk from the beach and 15 min drive from St John. The restaurant serves very good food, try the Lobster and the stuffed mushrooms. As for the waiting staff in the restaurant, we only had top notch service having eaten there 4 times in one week.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rob S
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

The title speaks for itself. We ate here at the hotel's Bayhouse Restaurant this morning and the staff: 1) wouldn't stop chit-chatting so we didn't get seated for 15 minutes in an empty house 2) didn't come back for an hour and a half after they took our order to ask "what did you all order, again?" 3) brings out 3 rolls for 4 people. We finally get our food another hour later, on the dot. We finish eating in 10 minutes and wait, again, for some one to come give us our bill. No one does. I finally get a hold of one of the waitresses and ask for the bill. She comes back with the bill all on one ticket (we needed 3 separate tickets). We ask her to split it up and she says to accompany her to the bar to do so. I oblige, and when we get up to the bar another waitress says we should have told them before hand (in the most rude and ignorant tone i've ever seen a waitress do to customer at any establishment in my life). YES, because we had so much time to tell the waitress that we needed 3 tickets while they were completely ignoring us. SORRY MA'AM, THAT WAS DEFINITELY OUR FAULT!! So how do they try and split up the bill? Waitress #2 tells waitress #1 to just split the bill in half... At this point I'm frothing at the mouth because I'm so angry after having suffered their disrespect for the last 2 and a half hours. I deal with waitress #1 telling her to put my order separately from the others, finally pay, and I'm about ready to leave when I realize they 1) charged us for things that we didn't even order 2) added a 15% charge for "hospitality" on to the bill. I'm a student here on the island, and I will never go back. Do yourself a favor and never come to this restaurant, yourself.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Myself and fiancee visited a friend who was staying at this hotel and spent the day there. The grounds are beautiful and make an immediate impression. We instantly wanted to stay there. The room was very spacious as was the balcony and had nice Caribbean style furniture. The bed was very comfortable and the room was perfectly clean. The only complaint was that the water pressure in the bathroom was insanely low and the shower only gave a trickle of water. I am led to believe this must have been an unusual circumstance and was perhaps due to bad weather at the time. The restaurant was a nice atmosphere however it is pricey and service was slow even for something as simple as a side of french fries. There is a small but sufficient pool. The property would be very nice for a small group, or people who want a relaxed vacation. The beach is a close drive/walk/shuttle away. We will be back to stay ourselves but will probably eat elsewhere that is more affordable.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Nattie03
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The site is wonderful and high - truly a trade wind hotel. The amenities aren't the finest, e.g. a small pool. But if you want to tour the island and come back to a relaxing hotel with wonderful staff, this is it.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Thank mrmainelli
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Another wonderful trip to Trade Winds. Stayed 6 nights for our annual summer holiday. (We have visited on numerous occasions over the last 12 years). Thanks to Marydith Gordon for all the hard work in our numerous date changes and special requests !

Firstly, the restaurant is wonderful - crisp white linen covered tables with outstanding food and great service (All of the ladies in the restaurant really care about customer service and attention to detail - this is not always the norm in the Caribbean.)

The pool area is nice - quiet and relaxing. This is an ideal place to escape - chill -relax - read books by the pool. So wonderful. This is not a hotel for those wishing to gorge themselves at an armband entry buffet with free drinks - Thankfully !!

The beach is a 5 min walk down the hill - the beach is superb with the Caveat that Sandals (since its expansion) seem to dominate - however there is plenty of space. Get a taxi back up cost $8 US or $20 EC. The Taxi rank is at the Sandals end of the beach next to the Antigua Village shop.

The hotel rooms are immaculate - the standard of cleaning is very high. However, the rooms are dated and in need of an upgrade - particularly the furniture.

So looking forward to returning in 2013

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Traveller027
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We had the junior suite which was very roomy and comfortable. Large bathroom, plenty of seating, refrigerator and patio with 2 chairs and a table. We ate breakfast and dinner at the hotel restaurant. The food and service was very good. The hotel was very quiet in the rooms. Wifi was available in our rooms and in the bar and restaurant. Not a large area for parking may be the only downside to the location.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Judy T
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Additional Information about Trade Winds Hotel

Address: Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
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Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in St. John's
#4 Luxury Hotel in St. John's
Price Range: $168 - $248 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Trade Winds Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Trade Winds Hotel is located in the St. John's Antigua neighborhood, close to Dickenson Bay Beach, Fort James and Runaway Bay Beach. Nearby points of interest also include Cedar Valley Golf Club, and we are 15 minutes from V.C. Bird International Airport. Resort Features. Trade Winds Hotel's Restaurant; the Bay House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room Service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 4.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms audio-visual equipment, and business services. Complimentary Hi Speed WiFi Internet access is available throughout the property. This St. John's property has event spaces consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Wedding services,Cocktail Receptions, concierge services and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include laundry facilities. Guest Rooms. 50 air conditioned guestrooms at Trade Winds Hotel feature CD Players and Coffee/Tea making facilities. All accommodations have balconies. Bathroom feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers. Rooms also include safes, mini fridge, Iron and Board and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake-up calls. ... more   less 
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