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“Don't dismiss Prospect Reef resort”

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Prospect Reef Resort
Ranked #12 of 13 Hotels in Road Town
Cotswolds
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Don't dismiss Prospect Reef resort”
Reviewed July 29, 2009

Do not dismiss Prospect Reef if you are looking for 'no frills' but good value accommodation in a location with great views of all the comings and goings in the bay at Road Town. We happened upon this by chance following a local tip. Spent five nights in a Reef Studio (Ginger block) which provided modest self-catering facilities (toaster, fridge and coffee-maker), air-con and our own patio just 50 metres from the sea. Room was clean and the staff very obliging. The 'olympic size pool' was being maintained in good condition, even if other pools were not in use. We paid only $120 per night for three, plus taxes. We understand that the resort is now owned and operated by the Government following the collapse of the previous ownership structure. The resort is obviously 'in transition' but is worthy of support during this period.

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Reviewed April 1, 2008

Went to Tortola for the first time and enjoyed Prospect Reef. Yes, it needs some sprucing up and if you walk around the property you can see the "former grandeur" of a place that has been, to a greater extent, neglected.
The people in Tortola are very freindly and so fun-loving and that it totally made up for any short-comings and, I know freindly, I'm from Barbados!

  • Liked — The room was clean
  • Disliked — The bathroom light did not work for the duration of my stay
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
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Denver, CO
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5 reviews
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Reviewed December 25, 2007

We just spent an evening at Propect Reef prior to flying out of Tortola. While it appeared that Prospect Reef was once a great property, it has not been well kept-up.

We paid about $110 for our room, so did not expect any luxury--simply a place to stay for a night. Even still, we were disappointed with the upkeep of the hotel.

When we checked into our hotel, we had several "quirky" challenges that depict the overall feel of the property. We got to our hotel room and the table lamp (the only light source in the room) had no lightbulb. One was delivered when we requested it.

Additionally, I followed the signs on the property for ice, but could never find it. When I asked at the front desk, they said they do not have ice. They claimed to send someone to town for ice, but it never arrived.

This appears to have once been a great property as it has an adorable layout with great potential. Now it is in need of a facelift, and some TLC. Staff was polite and helpful. I would not discourage someone from staying here, just know that Prospect should now be viewed as a no-frills, budget hotel.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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Author in New York
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Reviewed March 2, 2007

My girlfriend and I were told of the Prospect Reef Resort by our travel agent. She had been there several times and enjoyed it so we figured it was worth a try. We have been to numerous islands in the Caribbean and had not been to Tortola yet.
We enjoyed the island, the people and especially the Prospect Reef Resort. The staff was attentive, the grounds impecable, the suite was beautiful with a wonderful view of the channel.
The Prospect Reef resort was so beautiful it inspired me to write a novel, The Caribbean Queen: An unexpected tropical romance, with the resort in my book based on the Prospect Reef! It was published last year and I hope it will inspire others to stay there as well!
Thank you.
William McMahon

Stayed October 2003
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Dayton, KY
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12 reviews
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Reviewed April 21, 2005

We too are owners at Prospect Reef and recently received a letter telling us that they were disbanding. It was obvious over the years that they were having problems, but I will miss the place. For all its shortcomings, it still had nice clean rooms in a beautiful setting, right on the water. I hope that they will save the place, but as of now, it doesn't look good.

  • Stayed December 2004
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Florida
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Reviewed April 17, 2005

We bought vacation club membership in 1999, and look forward to returning every year. Sadly, today, 4/18/05 we rec'd notice that told us that the Club coud not continue as originally conceived, and that arrangement could be made with Lambert Beach Resort throught November of this year. The rates would be comparable to our maintenance fee. Very upsetting news for us. I wish we had been informed sooner of any problems with the resort. We hope that all can be rectified.

  • Stayed October 2004
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Reviewed February 8, 2005

The Prospect Reef is not okay, but don't want to call it terrible. it is in need of total renovation. Services are now limited. The restaurant serves breakfast on a second floor open air place,which provides decent service as well as food. The rest of the day food service is on the first floor also open to the small inlet with boats docking, food is basic but not bad. We had a garden room, do not book a garden room, unless you don't mind, just a place to sleep. Its clean, bed was old basic , but not worth more than $75 per night. Very limited staff with limited servicees. No boat for the beach resort, if they have one now, but who knows that may change from day to day without letting you know. No spa, no tennis. Lovely waterfront, with relaxing views of the islands. One can see maybe 20 yrs ago it was a nice place!

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Additional Information about Prospect Reef Resort

Property: Prospect Reef Resort
Address: Waterfront Dr. | P.O.Box 104, Road Town, Road Town, Tortola
Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola > Road Town
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Road Town
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Road Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Prospect Reef Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 137
Also Known As:
Prospect Reef Hotel Road Town
Hotel Prospect Reef
Prospect Reef Resort Tortola/Road Town

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