Short version: This was a great place to rest our heads at night while island hopping. Ron and Beth are amazing hosts, full of knowledge and advice. It's almost as if you're staying with relatives. The common area (restaurant, lounge, honor bar, etc) is beautiful and the grounds are full of beautiful plants, Gecko and Iguanas. It's like something out of a novel. About 12-rooms (if I remember correctly). Bottom line - if you're reading this, you're considering staying. If you have any doubts - put them at ease; you'll love it.
Oh – and we LOVED that everywhere we went on the island, when people asked “Where are you staying” – we could respond “Island View Guesthouse” and not only was it universally known – it was universally praised.
For fussy people needing more info :) :
What else we loved:
Honor Bar - a great idea and very reasonable. Breakfast - a very nice selection of cereal, bagels, etc. Juice, milk and coffee. Also - Presidente' Pilsner! MMMmmm! Value – for the money we paid – we couldn’t have asked for more.
Ron and Beth (*and the staff*). They're so knowledgeable about the island (etc) because, well, it's their home. They're always willing to offer advice or a story.
Beds: we had a comfortable king sized bed, clean sheets, and a nice ceiling fan and gentle ocean breeze - only two pillows in our particular room (for those of you who expect more).
Balcony: two chairs, a table, and a spectacular view.
Shower: The showers are pretty basic - they get you clean and there's plenty of hot water. The pressure is a little low (by mainland standards) but they get the job done.
Parking: We never had an issue with parking, but if you're there on a Saturday night - the local's come up for some of Ron's famous cooking...so the parking lot gets a little tight.
Noise? - Ok - so there are roosters on the island who crow and there is a little road below that requires occasional "toots" to warn of oncoming traffic. Very minor issues. If you're looking for total solitude - go to the desert - islands are small. We slept like logs (thanks to the "Painkillers" (local favorite rum drink). Most of the time, it's just island sounds. The airport is nearby but we never heard a peep.
Location: GREAT location. Awesome view of Charlotte Amale from above.
Other advice for St. Thomas:
RENT A CAR no matter where you stay - I got a Jeep from Budget for just under $300 for the week. It was worth every penny. Does that sound like a lot? Well - then pay $40 per taxi ride, stay there a week - and get back to me. :) I'm guessing you'll agree $300 is "cheap".
The whole island is like a paved roller coaster. At "IVGH" you're no more than 30-min from any part of the island. A word of advice - get on the road before the cruise ships debark.
Value: We found it very reasonable when compared to other locations. You could stay at the Marriott - but that's totally different than a guesthouse...it's a different experience (and it'll cost you 2x as much). This place, to me - was a great value for the cost. I'm usually a high-end hotel guy - but I'll stay here again on our next trip. You're not picking this place because it's a resort - you pick it because the owners and staff are awesome - and because it's a clean, safe, comfortable place to rest your head.
- Also Known As:
- Island View Guesthouse Hotel Charlotte Amalie
- Island View Guest House St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands