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Maria's by the Sea
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Road Town
Reviewed May 3, 2008

I stayed at Maria's for one night prior to a ferry trip to Anegada. I booked a superior room with a balcony overlooking the harbor and other islands in the distance. The room was large and clean. I could sit on the balcony for hours listening to the waves and watching the traffic come in/out of the harbour. There is no beach, but a small pool area.

It's a short walk from the ferry terminal -- take a right when arriving and keep turning toward the water until you're there. Check in was no problem. If you have an early ferry to catch make sure you check out the night before as the front desk does not open until 7 - 8 am each morning.

The hotel is in the heart of Roadtown, but I didn't venture out. I'm not sure of the walk to area restaurants except for Pusser's which is very close. The restaurant at Maria's was good.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 19, 2008

Tortola: Maria's by the Sea
February, 2008

Maria's is a basic motel to rest your head on Tortola before or after a boat trip. There is nothing fancy about the place but it has the basics and is clean. The staff moves fairly slow but that is typical for the islands so it is really no different than anywhere else. There is a restaurant on site which is a nice convenience to grab breakfast or a lunch snack.

The location is right on the water although there is no beach and it is literally across the street from the downtoan Roadtown area so you can walk anywhere for dinner (which is nice considering the cab rides are pretty expensive on Tortola).

If you are looking for a basic, safe, clean place to stay, I would recommend Maria's.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 23, 2007

We stayed 2 nights at Maria's before boarding a boat lin February, 2007, and had a very pleasant experience. The hotel was nice and clean, not luxurious, but very adequate. The location was excellent, right in the center of town. Our room had a nice balcony and the view was incredible. We spent several hours just gazing out at the sea. We had dinner at the hotel one night, and the atmosphere of dining on the terrace with the gentlebreezes was wonderful, but sadly, the food was not that good. If you want a nice hotel at a reasonable price for a night or two, I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2007

Maria's was OK. We stayed there the night before we had to catch a ferry. The room was sparse, with no plugs in the bathroom, no pictures on the walls, not well lit etc. The food at the restaurant there was good, but the service was very slow (even by island standards). It is under renovation, but it is a very short walk to the ferry terminal.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2007

We stayed only one night at Maria's by the Sea in order to take a ferry the next morning. We loved Maria's and booked a sea side room. It was large and very clean and the restaurant was very good. The staff were very friendly. I read some reviews of Maria's that weren't that great and I think the people who wrote them are just way too picky. You are in the BVI and you are a guest there. Be friendly and the staff will be friendly and helpful. We thought the prices for the room and the restaurant were fine. The small pool was clean and lovely. We would defintely stay at Maria's again and for a longer stay. If you want a 5 star luxury hotel, go someplace else. For us simple folks, it was lovely and we were very happy.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 15, 2007

We arrived in Road Town apprehensive of what we'd find for a hotel since we'd read so many reviews of how awful they all were. First of all, if you are from the U.S., a Hilton Honors guest or something like that, just lower your expectations a little and you'll be quite surprised at how nice this little gem is. The people are stand-off-ish at first, but, when you are kind to them they will bend over backwards for you. You cannot be in a rush. They just don't function like that. We ended up in a room with two double beds and asked to be switched to a king (which is more like a queen) and they gave us a great room -- room 310 btw, which has the best balcony and a large front living room).

It's one block off the busy main street, one block from the ferry terminal and one block from the crazy cruise dock but you'd never know it. The Village Cay restaurant over at the marina was the best place we found to eat nearby - a lively crowd and decent food. The Pub about 1/2 mile down the road was great, too. Fort Burt's is a lovely place to get a view of the whole harbor and they have a quiet bar and a gourmet menu.

All and all, we'd stay here again if we needed a night before sailing.

Stayed: April 2007
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Reviewed April 10, 2007

During a recent trip to the BVI's we stayed on 2 seperate occasions at Maria's By the Sea. Our first night was in a non-view room over the parking lot. We arrived on the ferry from St. Thomas and walked the 3-5 minutes to Maria's. The room was spotless, had air conditioning, 2 double beds, and basic non-fancy decor. It had an in-room reridgerator and a coffee pot. We had a 7:00 am ferry to catch the next morning so the location was perfect. My daughter loved the swimming pool and the food was expensive, (but about avg for the BVI) but good and portions were huge.

Our second night, about a week later, was on the third floor water front room and it was beautiful. Again, the room was spotless, the AC was really noisey - but I shut it off and opended the sliding door - the screens were well sealed. The view was beautiful. There were also deck chairs to sit outside on, coffee maker, refridg, and the decor was a little nicer - still basic - but nice. Again, we used the pool most of the late afternoon and early evening.

My only complaint (and its not really one) is that I did finally get used to the roosters and now that I'm home I miss hearing them.

I found the staff to be very nice and helpful. They even stored a bag for me for a few days. I would not hesitate to stay here again - it was a very clean safe hotel with great helpful people.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Maria's by the Sea

Address: Road Harbour, Road Town, Tortola
Location: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola > Road Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Road Town
Price Range: $179 - $263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Maria's by the Sea 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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