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Review of Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort

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Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“I won't go here again”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

I stayed here for a weekend on my way through Antigua. It looked great on the website and appeared to have everything I needed - a great beach, waterside bar/restaurant, pool, great rooms and nice grounds.

In reality it was awful and I couldn't wait to leave. It is a big hotel and without many guests (there were 6 when I was there), it feels really eerie. The pool was closed, there were no sunloungers laid out, and the area had a really derelict feel. The beach was absolutely deserted (sounds great in theory, but eerie in practice!) and the waterside restaurant was boarded up. There were only a couple of sunloungers on the beach, which were being policed by an elderly security guard from the hotel. There are two good things about this place: 1) the restaurant staff were lovely and 2) there is free internet access from 2 computers in the reception.

I got the feeling that this hotel is used for delayed flights staying one night only, and conferences during the week when out of season.

I will never stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ECL100
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Chobham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

We arrived for just one night as our plane back to Gatwick developed a mechanical problem. Thanks BA!
About 75 of us were bussed to the Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort.
Arriving at 2 in the morning I didn't discover until the next morning what a neglected and run down hotel it was .
I could not believe it was still open and supposedly running as a 3 star hotel, I am afraid I wouldn't give it one star!!
I think it should be condemned and the whole resort re developed.
The location is nice and the beach is lovely. It has a a lot of potential .
Please please don't come here. Food awful, unhelpful and very slow service. Peeling paintwork.
Lifts that didn't work. I could go on and on and I was only there for 24 hours.!
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Room Tip: Bad view from our room on 8th floor
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sarah L
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We got dumped here by BA for 24 hours (another story). The hotel is isolated, feels partially derelict ( a row of empty shops, boarded up buildings, overgrown play area) and is really shabby. It is also dirty and mosquito ridden (pools of stagnant, filthy water in the foyer where fountains clearly haven't worked for a long time). Our room had a fridge unti but no fridge, a glass and a couple of disposable cups - luxury or what?! The bed linen was too small for the bed, the towels threadbare, the room not very clean. Other than the poor receptionist, who tried her best to deal with dozens of irate, stranded BA passengers, the few others were surly, unhelpful and insolent. The hotel must focus on low budget all-inclusives as they were incapable of selling a drink via signing against the room. Avoid at all costs - I had better accommodation as a backpacker.

Room Tip: Just don't go there!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Mississauga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is a very nice 3 star hotel so if you go don't expect 5 stars. The hotel properly and the beach are beautiful but the hotel has been neglected for a long time and they are just starting to pick up so there are very few people still at the resort. Mostly older couples in their 50 and 60. But it looks like they are having a good time. They go there for peace and quite and its exactly what you get.
There is so little people that you know them all and they know you. If this is what you like go for it, its a perfect place for that. Have in mind that there are no shops on site (but the town is very short taxi or bus ride away). There is no entertainment of any sort, and there is nothing to eat between meals. Food is fine, not the best, not too many choices. Really good fish everyday.
Staff is very friendly, rooms are large and clean.
We went there to see the island so we didn't spent much time at the hotel as there is not much to do but to enjoy the beach (which is amazing)and the sun. If that's all you need then it is a place for you.

Room Tip: Choose ocean view as the mountain has no balcony and not a nice view. But I think you can risk it an...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Becik
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Southern Ontario
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank formerly-roy
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Kitchener, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Lara K
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Melbourne, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank anita h
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Additional Information about Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort

Property: 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in St. John's
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 250
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