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Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We went with a group of 18 other friends and acquaintances, so we were our own entertainment, which gave us something to do after supper besides sit at the bar. The staff and the beach are second to none. Our group consensus was that it was like going to your cottage but not having to cook or clean. Most of the food was pretty good considering that the cuisine was mostly Carribean, which doesn't always have the best red meat, but their fish was always tasty.
The beach was the place to be, as the bay calms the ocean waves, and the sand is great. There's an old fort to climb to and if it's calm enough,snorkeling. Papa Les provided us with activities during the day like volleyball. Lunch is served at the beach bar, and the greatest variety of food, as it's a menu. Everything was good to eat here.
The pool was nice, but not designed for a resort - it's 8 feet deep, except for the swim-up bar, so you can't move around the pool with your drink or do any activities. But great for some exercise.
The rooms were fine, but mosquitoes were a problem for some at night, even if you kept your windows closed.
On one night, supper was served in the Barrington Room and that was the best food of the week, the pork tenderloin got excellent reviews. The only reason to rate food less than excellent was the repetitiveness of breakfast and supper for the most part.

Room Tip: Get a lagoon view, the higher the better
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed at this resort Dec 12-19, and we enjoyed every day there! Rooms are OK, quite spacious, view from the balcony is awesome - you can see cruise ships passing by every morning and night. Yes, property is outdated and needs some updates. But the bay, the beach are the best ones on the island! Giorgio Armani's villa is there, not far from the resort, too! Crystal clear turquoise water and a very relaxing beach. We didn't have many people at this time , but we liked it- the whole beach belonged to us:)). Food is repetitive, but everything is tasty! A new manager is very nice, and all the staff works really well! Sharon was our favourite waitress, thank you very much! The only thing, that we missed there was some music - in the lobby, at the restaurant..And more fruits would be good to have too. But overall, it's a nice place for a quiet, relaxing getaway. Lara and Greg, Kitchener, ON

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

My husband and I revisited the Royal Antiguan in dec. of 2012, after 25 yrs. We had read the
reviews and were a little concerned, but we need not have worried. The rooms are first rate, the staff amazing, the view even more incredible than we remembered, and the beach is second to none. It is true that they have had some issues in the last 5 yrs., but a great effort has been made in the last year to address them. Because of poor reviews, the place does feel deserted, as is likely to be the case for a place so large, but the amenities are still excellent and kept spotless. The only major problem is the tennis courts; they are unplayable except for 2 courts,
whcih are just functional.

We would not hesitate to go there again. , especially if the courts are going to be improved.(though there is no doubt that the bay beach more than makes up for it)

thank God for Antigua, Rob and Anita Hancock

Room Tip: upper floors have a better view beachside
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

I live in the Caribbean and visit the Royal Antiguan whenever I visit Antigua. The rooms are great, mainly with fantastic views. The beach is lovely and the grounds and pool are nice too. The staff have always been very friendly and helpful and have always been very accommodating if I've asked to spend the day there while waiting for a plane. There's a nice restaurant over the sea at the beach. It's a bit pricey, but the food is good. There are also lots of little stalls on the beach selling nice jewellery and some clothing. There are usually watersports on offer, sailing or jet skiing. The breakfast is good value, too, at the main restaurant. It is very quiet - for some reason, it never seems very full these days.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea facing room, preferably on a higer floor.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in this hotel and the accomadations were poor: the bathrooms were old, tv was outdated, the sliding doors to the balcony were very rusted and were very hard to open, and had a lack of hot water for 2 days. Out of 2 elevators only 1 was working. I cannot say anything bad about the staff, they were nice and helpful, and possibly one of the only ways to keep customers. The tourist agent from St. James Travel and Tours, Laurie Laville, did everything possible to improve our stay in Antigua. Thanks to her we can say we had a good vacation. She helped to find a new hotel, and made the transition very smooth and easy for us. Thanks to her we had a good time, a nice vacation, and a happy Christmas.
Thank you Laurie you are the best!

Elena

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Liat put us up at this hotel after cancelling our flight from Antigua to San Juan. Beautiful property with great beach. Saturday night. The hotel is off by itself, a $30 taxi ride to St. Johns. It's a great place to stay if you like peace and quiet. Were it not for a few soccer teams and a honeymooning couple, we would have had the place to ourselves.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We stayed near the hotel on a recent trip, not at the hotel. But the staff was very friendly and accomodating, letting us park in the hotel lot to visit the beautiful beach (Deep Bay) adjacent to the property. The beach bar staff treated us like hotel guests, and the people we met staying at the hotel seemed to like the pace. So even though you may see some previous reviews that aren't too flattering, do some investigation and consider this place -- the beautiful lobby area, the proximity to one of the island's most beautiful beaches and a 5-minute drive to downtown and the Roti King restaurant may sway your opinion!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort

Address: Five Islands, Deep Bay, St. John's, St. John's, Antigua
Location: Caribbean > Antigua and Barbuda > Antigua > Saint John Parish > St. John's
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 16 Hotels in St. John's
Price Range: $150 - $600 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 250
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Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Hotel St. John`s
Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort Antigua/Saint John Parish

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