We stayed in the Fort Young for three days in January 2013. No ocean view rooms were available, so against the advice of TripAdvisor reviewers we stayed in a "fort" room. We were expecting the worst, but other than the fact that we had to shower in the dark, due to no lights in the shower stall, we had no problem with the room. We had one of the top floor (500 series) fort rooms. Never stay in the lower 400 series. The top floor room has a cathedral ceiling, and its balconies provide better privacy.
This hotel has an excellent downtown location, and lots of potential, but does not realize it. The staff are indifferent, and poorly trained and managed, except for Sonya at the activities desk - she is first class. The Fort is one of those hotels that rents its rooms by the bus load, and it shows. The hotel is not dirty but not clean. There are lots of restaurant staff in the main restaurant, but try to get one to serve you, or see if you can get any two of them to give you the same price for the buffet breakfast (that is all they serve, no individual service - that bus load mentality again).
There are two or three bars around the property, but only one was staffed, even though the hotel was full. The rest are abandoned. We left any empty beer bottle and glass on one and saw them there a day later.
In the central (only staffed) bar, I watched a guest one morning try to get two coffees to go, only to be told the hotel does not sell guests coffee to go. I tried to get a coffee at the bar itself one morning, only to be told they do not provide coffee at the bar. So I said OK send two to my room, but was told they do not provide coffee room service.
In the end, you don't have much choice if you want to stay in Roseau. The Garraway next door is an old hotel in need of a substantive upgrade. There are a couple of others in town, but they looked a bit iffy from the outside.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Fort Young
- Fort Young Roseau
- Fort Young Hotel Dominica/Roseau