We flew out to the Royal Antiguan on Sat 15 Nov 2003 for a one week stay. I had booked the trip as a surprise for my wifes birthday and must say that when I read the reviews on this site I was tempted to rearrange the accomodation. Needless to say we didn't and below is what we found from arrival to departure;
Arrived 7pm Sat a warm welcome, friendly staff and a fruit/rum punch on the house from a well dressed waiter whilst we waited in line to check in.
Arrived in our room and within 5 minutes our cases arrived from the bellhop downstairs, friendly smile and a wish for a pleasant stay.
The room was very clean, tidy and spacious.The T.V was new and the views were breathtaking.We had paid on booking to upgrade to a bay view and I would strongly reccomend that you do this.It provided the family with a balcony with a view over the bay and sea and it was fantastic to see the cruise ships come in early morning as the sun rose and even better to watch them sail out at night with all there lights a glow.
We were not all inclusive so used the room service menu on more than one occasion and found the quality of food superb, the service fast and efficient and the price was reasonable.
The beach is very nice with all the non motorised watersports free to ALL hotel guests this includes kayaks,paddle boats,snorkelling gear ,sail boats etc.
The beach touts are a friendly bunch and we did not find any of them to be overbearing just friendly. They obviously have a job to do and familys to feed but a lot of the negative feedback on this site is totally unjustified by my experience.
Taxis are expensive if you travel from the Hotel. Do what we did and walk to the end of the Hotel bearing right at the barrier and along the tennis courts. After a short walk up the hill you will see a blue brick shelter. Catch the bus from this point all the way into St Johns the town centre for the cost of $1.00 dollar U.S. You will meet Charlotte there who sells ice cold drinks,pass the time of day with her while you wait for the bus she is a really nice lady.
There is a KFC in the town which pleased my eight year old son no end.
Food is also reasonably priced here and if you are room only like us it pays to take the short trip out for lunch.
In closing we all had a fantastic holiday at the Royal Antiguan. It is a clean,friendly hotel set in fantastic surroundings. You will find a lot of negative comments on this site about this hotel along with a few good ones. Just remember that some people will always try and find fault with a holiday that has cost them thousands of pounds. Perhaps that is why we were so pleased overall, with the late getaway it cost less than a thousand pounds for the whole family for a week. If I had paid the same as some of the guests in the hotel perhaps my opinion would be different.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS.
Antigua is a third world country, the people that live, there in their shanty huts for houses, do not have a very good standard of living but what they do have is a fantastic smile, a pleasantness that is very addictive and a FANTASTIC way of life.
Enjoy your stay there!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Hotel St. John`s
- Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort Antigua/Saint John Parish