We spent a total of three nights in two different premium rooms at the beginning and end of our trip. Both had comfy beds, nice furnishings, harbor views and a constant refreshing ocean breeze through our east-facing windows. No A/C was necessary. The property is accurately portrayed on the web site and our hosts were very nice people who were consistently pleasant and responsive.
Unfortunately Charlotte Amolie is unsafe and neighborhoods change quickly from block to block. While certainly convenient to downtown's numerous shops and restaurants, to reach them at night you must call a cab or walk down one of two stairways, neither of which feels completely safe. One, wide and well-lit, usually had at least one man at the bottom intoxicated to some degree, sometimes during the day, usually at night. The other, while reasonably lit, is narrow and long with a landing, half of which can't be seen from either above or below. We heard angry men yelling regularly from that general direction. We were warned while walking home one evening that we were going into a bad neighborhood. However he thought we were going to the block ahead when in fact we were turning left and up the stairway.
We are pretty seasoned travelers but she none-the-less felt unsafe on several occasions. We never had a problem except when briefly taking a photo in a bad area which we passed through while returning from our late afternoon walking tour. A tall angry man stepped in front of us yelling to be careful where we took pictures that we could lose our camera. He was definitely trying to intimidate us after hearing others yell the same from a distance. We kept walking. Next time we'll explore in the morning before the riff-raff get's up.
It is a city. Along with the amenities and conveniences you can expect some of the usual noise – sporadic sirens, car alarms, glass-pack mufflers, the occasional jet as well as regular sea planes, church bells and ironically, crowing roosters. None of this was a problem except the church bells waking us at 7:00 am. Watching the sea planes land and take off as well as the evening little league game on the lit ball field below were both interesting. We particularly enjoyed the self-guided 22-site historic walking tour on http://www.usvi.net/usvi/stthomas/attractions/attraction_town.php.
Unfortunately Miller Manor struggles to keep up with a few maintenance items, like some inoperable metal storm shades. It is, after all, a VERY old building. But then we don't go for five-star hotels so a few minor inconveniences don't bother us. By and large the property and our rooms were adequate though we're afraid maintenance may be getting to be too much for them. The wireless network was not reliably available and had to be rebooted several times.
Though there are a few long-term residents we feel it's better suited for a night or two in conjunction with your arrival/depature. Simply exercise good judgment when venturing out and you'll avoid problems. Saturday's they order pizza so we ate in the night before leaving.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our casual accommodations are conveniently located within walking distance to ferries to other islands, historic sites, great duty free shopping, and easy transportation to some of the island's best beaches. We have fantastic views of the harbor and town from our hillside location. We offer clean and comfortable air conditioned rooms, a terrace bar for conversation and watching the activity in Charlotte Amalie's busy harbor, and complimentary continental breakfast. The Miller Manor offers a true family guesthouse atmosphere for a relaxing visit to St. Thomas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Miller Manor Hotel Charlotte Amalie
- Miller Manor Guest House St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands