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Sebastian's on the Beach
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Road Town
Reviewed December 18, 2013

This is no 5 star resort, but a great and relaxing local hotel that is right on the beach in the less touristy side of Tortola. If you're looking for a true island experience, stay here. The Bomba Shack (beach bar) and Old Sugar Mill (restaurant) are just a few minutes walk from Sebastian's. Don't forget to try some of the Sebastian's blended rum!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

The room was extremely disappointing- the smallest I have been in. No television or wi-fi in the room and the A/C was difficult to regulate. Overall slightly shady and the decor was in need of updating. We were able to get wi-fi on the terrace outside the restaurant, and the view there was gorgeous. The only reason to stay at Sebastian's is for the great beach location near the Bomba Shack.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Cathy Sandiego W
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

I did not like the hotel. The service was quite bad. They saw I had a heavy luggage and they still did not attempt to try to help me to get to my room.
Also I made a reservation for 1 person and they still booked for two, almost making me to pay for 2 persons.

Then I went to the restaurant to have something to eat, everyday and almost every night. The staff saw that I went to sit there and they didn't care even to ask if I wanted something. Even after a few days, they still wouldn't come to ask me. I had to stand up and go there myself. Even other people, they helped except me.

There was 1 of the receptionist that had an attitude and looked at you like you were dumb and didn't know anything and that she knew everything better.

The cleaning up of the room was also very poor. They only make up your bed and they didn't even clean the floor. I mean, you don't want to make a beach out of your room...

The location of the hotel is nice for people that wants to go there only for surfing. The waves there are great. But if you are a beginner i would recommend to go to Josiahs Bay. It is far from town, but you can easily hitchhike and it's very safe. The rooms did not have television, but that's ok because I was not planning to stay in the room the whole day, anyway.

I wouldn't recommend this hotel to people. It is expensive ($702) for 5/6nights. And the food is expensive and not so good. For the same price I could eat somewhere else and have much more on the plate then just a Ceasar Salad for $12 and only lettuce with some cheese and 3 croutons.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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4  Thank AyumKuramae
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We stayed at Sebastian's the week of 11/7 to 11/14/13 in a upper room with no view
but you could still hear the waves pounding the surf even with the windows closed, which made for some good sleeping in a very comfortable bed. Large room with small fridge and coffee in the room and also available in the dinning room. The only thing I wished they had would have been a microwave, which would have came in very handy. We did have a problem with the water pressure but the resort management was able to get this fixed after we brought it up to them without any problem. They were very helpful even giving us a couple gallons of water for the evening. We were on the second flood and we just had to come out the door and see the beautiful sand beach and the sparkling ocean.
There is a restaurant on site, but we did not use it, but did drive to a number of good one's within 10 minutes of Sebastian's. The internet only worked on the patio and then not all the time, a minor problem. There is no swimming pool or fitness center and if you want to go for a walk along the road be very careful.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

The views are stunning and clearly very popular with surfers. We stayed post catamaran trip so we were really pleased with our large room with sea views, king size bed and en suite facilities. We had dinner and breakfast over. 2 days. The food was excellent and reasonably priced and we enjoyed the free Sebastians after dinner rum. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Some of our party also experienced the visit to Bomba's a short walk along the bay.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view. Well worth the extra for views cross the bay to Jost Van Dyke.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Faeriequeen
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

I stayed at Sebastian's on the Beach for one night. The hotel is at the far western end of Tortola and right on the north shore. The rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable. This is a great place if you want some quiet time. The beach is maybe 40 feet wide at high tide and there is an elevated section behind the seawall that has some lounge chairs. Only a few deluxe rooms on the beach side have televisions with DVD players; mine was across the road and did not have a TV. They have a selection of maybe 200 DVDs for rental, but this only works if your room has a TV. You'll be able to reach cellular roaming service there, but no internet access. You are off the grid. The front desk clerk was polite and helpful.

If you are driving from EIS, it looks like Ridge Road is the shortest route, but only take this in daylight hours. The road has steep inclines, hairpin turns, and forks in the road where there are no markings as to which leg to take. The better route, longer by miles but quicker by drive time, is to take the route along the southern coast all the way west and then head north. The drive from Road Town is about 20 minutes on the southern route; from EIS it's maybe 35 minutes.

The restaurant's food is good with at least two daily specials. The restaurant patio overlooks the beach. I ordered a steak that was cooked as I requested; it came with a choice of rice or baked potato, but after I ordered the potato they advised that they had none (prepared?). They probably could have microwaved one in ten minutes, but that wasn't offered. I expected that for the price paid that a side salad would come with the meal, but that was not the case. The bar adjoins the restaurant and is pretty well stocked, although with a lot of local rums as you would expect.

Room Tip: You'll have to pay a little more to get a beachside room. But, you'll have a great view tha...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank jmakula
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

EXCELLENT - Beautiful beach with gorgeous, azure water for swimming. A few rocky areas to navigate around, but extremely relaxing for drifting happily as there was very little surf. Even though we didn't have a beach front room, we could still hear the sound of the waves in our room when we had the windows open - perfect for a great night's sleep. Located very near Bomba Shack which was quite a unique experience.

VERY GOOD - Our #5 room was very large and extremely clean. The beds were comfortable and our ground floor room was very quiet. We were there in August though, so in high season a second level room would probably be better. Rum and beer in the hotel store were reasonably priced, but any pre-packaged food was very expensive, as is usually the case.

AVERAGE - Staff were polite, accomodating and helpful, but not overly welcoming. This may true of most places in the BVI, so nothing against the hotel.

POOR - No place to have a meal within walking distance during low season. Again, not against the hotel, but something to keep in mind.

TERRIBLE - Taxi driver who had an absolute fit when we asked if we could keep our backpacks on our laps instead of putting them in his trunk that was strewn with greasy tools. We refused the ride and he came back to talk to the front desk staff and make an even bigger deal out of it. The woman at the desk just shook her head, smiled and said that he was "funny".

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank mydogislovely
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Address: Little Apple Bay | West End, Road Town VG1130, Tortola
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Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola > Road Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Road Town
Price Range: $134 - $232 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sebastian's on the Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Beachfront property affords a spectacular location right on the beach at little apple bay in the west end of Tortola. We have a selection of accommodation that can be configured to suit the needs of singles, couples and families. Our in-expensive tropical yard rooms have long been a favorite for visiting yacht charter guests, scuba divers and surfer's. While our Beachfront rooms and our Seaside Villas are preferred for longer term stays. ... more   less 
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