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Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
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“Not bad, but some flaws”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

The hotel overall was nice. It was clean and had generally polite staff. The view from our room of the harbor was amazing, particularly at night. Te pools and beach were nicely taken care of and not overly crowded. The managers reception was fun with free drinks and snacks. There were several restaurants on the property, all of which were fairly good.
The main complaints were that it was very noisy at night and it sounded like there was an animal of some sort scratching at our closet all night. Still have no idea was that was... The beds were moderately comfortable. Both my wife and I had a hard time sleeping.
The biggest issue I had was that you were nickel and dimed for everything. You would think the hotel would allow you to take a shuttle to town a mile or so away for free, but it cost quite a bit. All the food was expensive. We ate at the Presto Marketplace to find some bargains for meals ($10 cold meat sandwiches). The marketplace was particularly good for breakfast with great $3 muffins. As long as you realize you are going to be hit with daily hotel fees on top of these expenses it wont come as a shock.
Overall, it was a decent place to stay, but it wouldn't persuade me to come back to St. thomas again.

Room Tip: We loved the harbour wing, second floor with no stairs. Amazing view at night of Charlotte Amalie an...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Joyce G, Director of Sales at Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
We appreciate your candor and are pleased that you were able to rate your stay at four stars. I look forward to discussing your review with our team, your satisfaction with the service to your discomfort with the strange noise in your room. All feedback is welcome and becomes part of our improvement and staff celebration strategy. We hope you will consider another visit to our beautiful island. Our pre-arrival team can assist you with exploring more dining and transportation choices for sightseeing and island excursions. Thanks again for staying with us.
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Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful Resort. Plenty of fantastic excursions. We chose to ride "The Cat" - a sweet catamaran to nearby Turtle Cove.

Overall staff at the Marriott were not overly eager to please. Ms. Violet in the dining hall, however, was the best and made breakfasts perfect!

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Joyce G, Director of Sales at Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Congrats and thank you for your review. For those planning travel, the “Cat” is the Adventure Center’s catamaran trip that leaves from right here at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef dock. It’s a blast for the beginners or advanced snorkelers. The guides are fantastic. You can make reservations either here in the lobby or through their website. Thanks again for your review and we’ll let Violet know she was appreciated. Hope you will return again soon.
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stayed at the Cove and went on the Night Kayak on June 20th, which takes off from the Reef's dock. Our guides (Chris, Suki & Dave) did a good job preparing us for the journey. We saw sting rays, tarpan, turtles, and all sorts of other sea life. My husband said this was the absolute highlight of our 7 night stay! One tip - if you get sea-sickness, you may want to prepare for that... One of my sons & I get motion sickness and weren't prepared & we actually had to come in a little earlier than the rest of the group. :( Highly recommend.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Joyce G, Director of Sales at Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Thank you for your review of the night kayaking tour! We’re happy your family loved this adventure.
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband and I stay at the Frenchman's Reef at least 3-4 times a year. I have to say that it is a beautiful place and the staff is the best!! My thanks to Rashawn Abraham for always helping to secure a great room and for always being so kind during registration and departure . He is one of the best. I also think highly of Sara, Fran, Joe, Danni, Karen and all of the guys and gals in the restaurants and bars. They do a great job and are very helpful.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Joyce G, Director of Sales at Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
We appreciate your compliments very much! We will share with all those mentioned especially Rashwan. Thank you for posting you great experience for all the community members here on TripAdvisor.
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

The grounds were beautiful and well maintained. The views and infinity pools were spectacular. I was greeted at check-in by Rashawn. He was highly knowledgeable, efficient, courteous and provided the ultimate customer service experience. He went the extra mile to accommodate me and the numerous wishes of the Toliver-Reed wedding party.

The beaches were not overcrowded and had ample lounge chairs and umbrellas. Coco Joe's restaurant beachside location was perfect for its casual but delicious menu options. The mango BBQ sauce on the wings was delicious. The prices were reasonable. The service was excellent. Our favorite member of the CoCo Joe's staff was Yvette who was full of life and never at a loss for fun words.

My room was 3206 (2nd floor). I enjoyed the updated room (granite counters, tile floors, ocean view balcony with seating for two, hot shower, refrigerator and a safe). The bed and numerous pillows provided were comfortable. For maximum view, select a room third floor or higher.

My Aunt Betty and I had breakfast daily in Aqua Terra Restaurant. The floor to ceiling glass allowed for breath taking views. I was fond of the fresh fruit that included blue berries, black berries, strawberries, melons and pineapple. We had the pleasure of warm greetings and excellent service from Ms. Shirley H. And Janet. It was a great way to start the day, after working out in their fully equipped, 24 hour gym that includes the latest cardio and weight equipment. The individual TVs (on cardio equipment) and sanitized ear phones were an added bonus.

Blue Havana restaurant provided high-end dining complete with creative and delicious chef creations such as tostadas with shrimp, lobster and jalapeño. The surf and turf received rave reviews from several people in the wedding party.

With my Aunt Betty being a super senior citizen, we used the free shuttle back and forth between the various restaurants, beach and properties. On the shuttle, we encountered a driver (Henry) who is equipped to handle royalty. My Aunt's safety and well being was his top priority. We were impressed with his level of attention, customer first attitude and welcoming greetings. My Aunt and all who he came in contact with Henry felt like VIPs.

They have a $35/day resort fee. Generally, that annoys me. However, they offer value for their resort fee that resorts in Hawaii (for example) do not. Such as, FREE beach chairs and umbrellas, snorkeling equipment, boogie boards, parking, WiFi and more. With those perks, I was okay paying the resort fee.

I appreciated the fixed/reasonable taxi fare from airport ($8 per person+$2 per bag luggage handling) / to airport ($10 per person+ $2/bag luggage handling). The resort is approximately four miles from the airport.

Room Tip: If in the tower with six floors, select third floor or higher for maximum views.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Joyce G, Director of Sales at Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
This is just a delightful review. I enjoyed your words and will be sure to give credit to the team members personally mentioned who assisted in making your stay extra special. It’s great to hear that the warmth of our team matched the warm St. Thomas summer weather. And I agree completely, the panorama overlooking Charlotte Amalie harbor from the Aqua Terra restaurant is breath-taking. We’re so happy to hear your aunt and the rest of the wedding party here were all satisfied with your choice of accommodations at Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort.
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

We so much appreciated Ms. Juandella St. Jean at the registration desk!! She was so kind and courtious and anticipated our needs before we voiced them. We value the Marriott's policy of no-smoking as well. What a marvelous treat!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Joyce G, Director of Sales at Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to point our Juandella. I look forward to giving her the recognition she deserves.
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Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel for a girlfriends getaway over the weekend. It is family and couple friendly but the beach was a nice distraction from the kids. I would come here again for the food and beach but would enjoy it more with my significant other. I'll definitely be back soon.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Joyce G, Director of Sales at Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
We are here to serve you! Please call ahead of your next visit so we can welcome you back as a returning guest!
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Property: Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
Address: 5 Estate Bakkeroe, Charlotte Amalie 00801, St. Thomas
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Charlotte Amalie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Charlotte Amalie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 453
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded on three sides by stunning Caribbean ocean views, the Frenchman's Reef Resort combines modern luxury and the unique Virgin Island style of St. Thomas. The hotel features clean, crisp large guest rooms with flat screen 50"TVs. Experience new resort features including an infinity pool, children's splash zone, adult infinity pool with bar; and private spa pool. Our Lazule Sea Spa is now open featuring extensive treatment rooms, salon, state of the art fitness center, and private spa pool with cabanas. Aqua Terra is one of three restaurants at Frenchman's Reef which features spectacular views of the Charlotte Amalie harbor. Our mission is to host you brilliantly... To make your every event and stay with us unforgettable and effortless. Come visit us at Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort and discover the most luxurious vacation destination in the US Virgin Islands. ... more   less 
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Marriott Frenchman`s Reef & Morning Star Beach Hotel Charlotte Amalie
Marriott Frenchman`s Reef And Morning Star Beach Resort
Marriott Charlotte Amalie
Charlotte Amalie Marriott
Marriott Frenchmans Reef
Frenchmans Reef St Thomas
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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