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Cottages By The Sea
Ranked #1 of 3 Frederiksted B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kansas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best EVER”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2008

The staff is the best we have ever encountered. They are welcoming and accommodating. These cottages are only feet from the beach. The room was the cleanest I have ever stayed in. The price was an incredible value for what we got. We arrived Christmas Day in the evening, and hadn't thought about supper, so they arranged reservations at the Restaurant next door (best food on the island). The amenities make it feel like an inclusive resort, with the price of a comfy bed and breakfast. An outdoor grilling area, the full kitchen in the room, games and snorkel equipment to use anytime. The guests here are all repeat guests, once you stay here, you are hooked. They become like family over the course of a week.

  • Liked — PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Disliked — 15 minute walk to the Pier.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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6 Thank brandylns
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Silver Spring, MD
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2007

My wife and I chose Cottages by the Sea for our honeymoon and couldn't have been more pleased. The staff was incredibly nice and very accomodating, the property is beautiful and you won't find a better beach on St. Croix (trust me, we drove around the entire island looking). We stayed in the Coconut cottage - perfect view of the Caribbean Sea from the bed! During the middle of the week it feels like you have your own private beach. Also, no sea grass and amazing snorkeling! Highly recommended! We plan on going back!!

  • Liked — Beautiful location, best beach on the island!!!
  • Disliked — nothing. we'd go back in a heartbeat!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 Thank Tim1024
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2007

Had nothing but an incredible time at Cottages. The accomodations are quaint and comfortable, the views unbelievable, the staff friendly, courteous and knowledgable, rates are great, and the beach is the best!

If you're looking for a resort-like atmosphere with shopping, glitz and ritz, this is NOT the place for you. However, if you like to relax, take a leisurely swim , stroll a white-sand beach, experience incredible snokeling right outside your door, meet interesting and like-minded people, and enjoy getting away from the busy "real" world, this is the place for you. No restaurant on site, but fantastic beachside dining immediately next door at Sandcastles on the Beach. Have had resort experiences in Hawaii and Mexico and definitely find Cottages to be the least pretentious and most island-oriented. We are so happy to have discovered Cottages, and we are actively planning our next getaway . Thank you Paul( and all the Benedicts!) and Staff for making our vacation one to remember!

  • Liked — Beach access, quaint accomodations, no crowds, friendly staff
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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8 Thank AZAmazon
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2007

What can I say? Cottages was the absolutely perfect place to go for a relaxing vacation. We stayed in Coconut and the room was homey, inviting and very clean and the views from our patio were breathtaking. There was a small mixup with our reservation when we arrived on Aug. 19th but Cottages was exceptionally gracious and took care of it and made sure we got settled in with a bottle of rum and some Cokes. :) The beach was awesome and swimming was very relaxing and fun. I would definitely come back again and again. Thanks to Tom, Paul, Betsey and Michelle for making our vacation truly wonderful. I can't wait to come back.

  • Liked — Comfortable cottage, amazing beach and views, swimming in the Caribbean Sea, outstanding staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank jstruck33
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Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2007

If you love clean, clear water, and wonderful, gracious hosts, then Cottages by the Sea is for you. Located right on the Caribbean Sea, we literally walked out our door, onto the beach and into the Sea for some great swimming and snorkeling. The Cottages are clean and well maintained, and the staff are very accommodating.

  • Liked — Location, cleanliness, accommodating hosts.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank LeftyGrl
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Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2007

We were in St. Croix for 5 days before heading to Puerto Rico for another 5 days. I can't stress enough how much we wish we had just stayed in St. Croix for th whole 10 days! It was all due to the amazing experience we had at the Cottages by the Sea. Everything was perfect.
The owner is very friendly and hospitable. The staff is the same. They had a bottle of Cruzan rum and 2 cokes in our room waiting for our arrival. They gave us ideas of where to eat and what to do while we were there. They even did the dishes for us during our stay.
The owner just so happened to be going to Puerto Rico for a few days while we were there. He offered to meet up with us for dinner or something, unfortunately it did not work out for us to get to San Juan while he was there, but it was so nice of him to offer to meet us.
The place was spotless, no bugs at all in the room. No dirt or sand. It is not a resort but more of a rustic setting with rooms that have everything you need but not the "best" of everything. It is so laid back and relaxing there. The view is to die for and the snorkeling right out side our room was incredible. We saw a lot of different fish and coral in the water.
They have a friendly dog and cats that hang around, helping with our homesickness and missing our pet. I can't recommend this place enough. We will be back as often as we can.

  • Liked — The owner and staff along with the cleanliness.
  • Disliked — I loved everything.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank ho42op
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Heilbronn, Germany
Level Contributor
26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2007

We came back to cottages by the sea this May after a full year of abstinence (unbelievable) just to find out that "our" cottage (compass rose) had been remodeled on the inside. Brand new bathroom and flooring. Even better than before. Were a bit sad that Paul was on the mainland during our entire stay, but what a replacement he had to offer: BETSY!. I have never met a person so helpful,charming and polite, Betsy,we love you.
Everything one can want in a getaway, it´s right here at CBS. One of the best beaches on the island (if not the best) right outside the cottage, the patio facing west, directly to the spectacular sunsets, a staff, so friendly and helpful, you can hardly believe and accomodation, clean and cozy, a real home away from home. All of this and much more (soft sand, snorkeling,peace and tranquility) for an unbeatable price.
We will come back as soon as we can afford the long flights from Germany.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — none
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank bowlinglover
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Property: Cottages By The Sea
Address: 127A Estate Smithfield, Frederiksted 00840-4048, St. Croix
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > Frederiksted
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Frederiksted
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cottages By The Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Established in 1949, Cottages by the Sea is a family owned and operated, beachfront, boutique hotel, located just south of the town of Frederiksted on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Our goal is to provide our guests with a quiet, friendly, relaxed, truly authentic Caribbean beach vacation. ... more   less 
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