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Fort Young Hotel
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Roseau
Certificate of Excellence
Barbados
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best on the Island”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

It has to be understood that Dominica is somewhat behind neighbouring islands in development and sophistication and so everything must be judged in terms relative to the Dominican context. We stayed three nights attending a convention and found everything to be fine and comfortable. We stayed in the older, Fort rooms, since we basically slept at the hotel, ate breakfast and dinner and little else because we were out all day. The rooms were older but clean and adequate, the front desk staff friendly and helpful, they organised a pack lunch successfully for each of the three days without a fuss. The buffet breakfast on the restaurant balcony was fine with everything you needed and in a very beautiful location overlooking the ocean. We ate dinner in the main restaurant as well as the Balas bar and everything was up to standard, service in the main restaurant was up to speed and the kitchen organised our dinner in good time. I would have no hesitation staying there again, though I would not recommend it for people who are not mobile, it is built on a cliff with plenty of stairs up and down to the various levels, the lobby is on the "fifth" floor and the ocean front restaurant along the cliff on the bottom level. One lift is available but you still need to climb some steps up to the restaurant. Watch out for "happy hour" on Friday night which is party night when the music goes on until midnight, the hotel is very quiet otherwise. We enjoyed the historical connection and the very obvious fact it had been a fort in the past with all of the battlements etc still very visible, this added character to the property. For what we wanted, a hotel near Rouseau it was ideal and we would stay there again.

Room Tip: If in Fort Rooms, request ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, August 10, 2012
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The Fort Young Hotel thank you for your feedback. We are happy that we have met your expectations and that your stay with us was comfortable. We strive to provide international service and amenities to our guests at all times.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Marvlyn James
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We were also part of the dive group that recently stayed at Fort Young. Can confirm all the comments made by the previous reviewer (Sharon P). Hotel rooms spacious and clean with great amenities, beautiful pool, nice bar, and the best service staff of all the many dive operations we have stayed. Dive staff were professional, friendly, helpful and the dive sites were the best we have seen in the Caribbean in a long time. The town of Roseau was very enjoyable and colorful, only a short walk to many local shops, restaurants and markets. The island itself was beautiful with much to explore. Thanks to all the staff for a great dive vacation. We definitely would like to make a return visit.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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FortYoungHotel, Director of Sales at Fort Young Hotel, responded to this review, August 10, 2012
The management and staff thank you for your feedback. We are happy that you had a good time on the Island and at the Fort Young Hotel. We proud ourselves in exceeding the expectations of our guests at all times.

We look forward to seeing you and your friends again soon.

Marvlyn James
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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We were part of a group of fourteen scuba divers from Knoxville, TN that spent a week from July 14th to July 22nd, 2012 at the Ft. Young Hotel.

Everything about our stay was wonderful! The dive operation, located at the hotel, was smoothly run by Ken (Khatts) and the divemasters, Brenton and Thomas were excellent. The diving was exceptional. Some of the best in the Carribbean. Smooth water, great sites and super divemasters.

We had a large well appointed oceanfront room with a huge elegant bathroom which was beautiful.

The hotel staff was extremely friendly and took care of our every need.
Hazel,the manager and her staff were phenomenal from the welcoming rum punch and cool towels to the attention she provided thoughout our stay.

The centrally located and well stocked bar Balas was also great and the food there was excellent. Breakfast and dinner at the Waterfront Restaurant overlooking the ocean was awesome! Everything you could want for breakfast plus a charming, lovely lady that prepared eggs and omelets to your requirements. The food at the Fort Young Hotel was by far the best we experienced on the island.

If you need a driver for tours, please ask for Clem with Khatts (Ken's company). Clem is terribly knowledgeable about all aspects of the beautiful island of Dominica. We ventured into the rain forests with Clem and were treated to exquisite water falls, dense foliage, hot springs and lava vents.

Again, we can not say enough wonderful things about our stay and our diving experience with the Ft.Young Hotel in Dominica! We will definately return to this gorgeous island and this fabulous hotel.

Sharon and Chris P

Room Tip: We loved having an oceanfront room with a balcony. Being Americans, we appreciated that the rooms h...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Vordingborg, Denmark
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

We are a family of five so we always have trouble finding rooms for two adults and three children. Most hotels only accept four persons in a room. But we mailed the hotel and told them that we can accept to have a room with only two double beds so the three children could share one double bed. The hotel accepted that and even gave us a good bargain (since it is the low season I guess).

We had a really nice Ocean View room. And this is really ocean view. Our balcony was litterally hanging out over the ocean, so the view was really wonderful. We could see Roseau bayfront to the right and some mountains to the left.

Our room was big enough for all of us. It was very clean and had all the amenities we could think of. Free coffee and tea every day was nice.

The hotel staff was more then helpful. We were met with a very friendly and warm attitude from all staff members.

Fort Young Hotel is built on and old fort. And many of the original buildings and flooring was still there, which gave the hotel a very unique and historical atmosphere.

The pool is not big, but big enough so it was never crowded. The view from the pool was also ocean view - wouuw. On the third floor there is two whirlpools which was very nice to relax in after at long day of hiking in the rainforest.

The location of the hotel is by far the best in Dominica. It is waterfront but still downtown Roseau and close to 90% of all the major points of interests in Dominica.

We dined in the hotel a few times. Food is excellent and fair priced.

It is not a five star hotel, but surely the best hotel in Dominica.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2012

The location is unbeatable, hangs over the sea and close to the city center. The food is pretty good. The pool is very nice and the rooms are nicely furnished.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Road Town
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

I have been to the Fort Young Hotel many times in the past, many during the month of October. However, my recent stay was the best ever!! Great snack menu, staff was hospitable, service was EXCELLENT!! Met with the Ag. General Manager, she seems to have been born doing this, she is a great peoples' person.

I will be back in October!! FORT YOUNG HOTEL IS THE PLACE TO STAY!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Wichita Falls, Texas
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

I have stayed at Fort Young Hotel for about eight consecutive years. It is, in my opinion, the best in Dominica. The island is not a standard tourist destination, so resorts are not abundant. I am not looking for those while on a business trip, so Fort Young offers me the closeness to the city, good rooms, unbelievable value, and the gentle sounds of the Caribbean Sea right behind my room. There is usually a Friday night happy hour and hang out that brings the community close by. The cost of this hotel is less than $100 if you negotiate ; the food and drinks are a bit pricey but the overall room, amenities, and service are definitely up to world standards. Only downside is slow service on check in and check out. Had several times when I got there and had to wait for my room to be ready. Breakfast is not usually included with rooms in the Caribbean in general so be careful. Be prepared for the exciting ride from the airport into town if you are a first time visitor to Dominica. If mountain roads spook you, then close your eyes and like low.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Fort Young Hotel
Address: Victoria Street | P.O. Box 519, Roseau, Dominica
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Location: Caribbean > Dominica > Saint George Parish > Roseau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Roseau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fort Young Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
First built in 1699, the Fort Young has been at the heart of Dominica's story for several hundred years. Travellers from across the globe have stayed within our walls from the very beginning, all sharing the same breath-taking setting that our guests do today. Today our site on the capital's main quay is still the focal point of the capital city, with the main market and ferry port connecting island hoppers to neighbouring islands just a minute's walk from our entrance. The Fort Young Hotel is a 3 star property with historical ambience and the most recognized name in quality hospitality services in Dominica The Fort Young marries traditional elegance with breath taking views of the ocean. Our 71 guest rooms and suites are ideal for both business and leisure travellers. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with free wi-fi throughout and all feature a terrace or balcony offering the most dramatic sea and sunset views imaginable. The Fort Young is perfectly situated to discover all this island's treasures. You can dive or go whale watching directly from our jetty. Hike the rainforests and waterfalls that stretch up behind our hotel.     Whatever you desire to do, Fort Young is The Key to Dominica ... more   less 
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