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“AMAZING AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Crystal Palace
sarasota, florida
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“AMAZING AND UNIQUE EXPERIENCE!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

Just can not say enough positive comments about Ronnie (the owner) and this B & B! It is an historical building loaded with charm, and cool antique furniture.

The rooms are spacious and very clean, the B & B is like a 5 star home - and the view is Incredible!! This place truly is a unique place, not so easy to find especially in St Thomas !!

Rates are fair and Ronnie really makes you feel welcome. Did I mention how awesome the view is? Make sure you check out his amazing turtles too, very cool. You will enjoy this place, only the best recommendation is what I give it! Thanks Ronnie, for opening up this very special place with us all~~!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

We stayed at the Crystal Place going and coming from the BVIs. Ronnie the owner meet us at the airport took us to the ferry thus saving taxi fares. This is a great old house full of charm and the feel of the Islands. Ronnie is a gem full of knowldedge and he makes you feel like family. He has an honor bar and the view is outstanding.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Richmond, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

We've stayed in the Crystal Palace twice upon returning from charters in the BVI and have found it a great way to punctuate a great time with a relaxing overnight stay at one of St. Thomas's historic residences. Ronnie, the proprieter, has punctually fetched us from the ferry terminal upon our arrival and instantly made us feel welcome, and he corresponds with service to the airport at the end of the stay. The Palace is a historically resplendant home with large, clean rooms decorated in period furniture, and the veranda with its remarkable view of the Charlotte Amalie harbor is, by itself, worth the overnight price. Add the well stocked honor bar to the equation and you have one of my favorite places in the Caribbean. Ronnie is a compendium of information about St. Thomas, both past and present, and adds exponential charm to the Crystal Palace experience. I can't wait to return.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

The USVI and BVI make a fine vacation, but the stories you tell your friends may be the same ones they tell you: "How 'bout that Foxy? What a character!" "St. John's really nice." It's unlikely that your friends will have had the benefit of staying in a historic house or the running commentary provided by its proprietor, Ronnie. Part B&B and part Broadway Set, the Crystal Palace will make your trip. Ronnie acts like your personal host, from the always-mentioned pickup to drinks on the porch. If you need a spotless cloned hotel, look elsewhere. If you need a memory, check out the Crystal Palace.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

From the moment Ronnie picked us up at the airport, to the time he dropped us off at the ferry dock, we had a great time at his B&B. The rooms were very clean and spacious, and there was a great view of the bay, with boats of all sizes coming and going. The informal bar was perfect, allowing for the honor system, which helped moderate the amount we all drank! While everything was great, we were very disappointed in Ronnie's business practices - after being dropped off at the ferry dock, mere moments before the ferry was to take off to take us to the BVI's - he gave us a copy of the bill that he had charged our credit card, and it was quite different from the amount we had confirmed when making the reservation several months before arriving. He stated "the price went up." We tried to make our case, but he was adamant. The other couple we were traveling with also had the same problem. Despite a great stay, it left a bitter taste in our mouths...

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Bruce B
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RonUSVI, Owner at The Crystal Palace, responded to this review, March 11, 2012
Thank you for your review. There must be some misunderstanding in what happened. I did raise my prices and protected you at the old price. I reviewed your bill and find it to show the old price, plus taxes and the less than tree nights stay charge.Both were and are clearly specified and explained on my web site.
I may have been abrupt in saying I just raised the prices as a first answer to which I am sorry.
Sorry for any misunderstanding and glad you enjoyed the Palace.

Ronnie
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Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

We spent a night here before heading off to St. John, which is what quite a few people seem to do. But next visit we will be sure to stay at the Crystal Palace longer!

It was definitely our kind place...very interesting story to the mansion and friendly, enjoyable people.

Our room was clean, spacious, and comfortable.

The other rooms we had access to were filled with the owner's family memorabilia (Ronnie is born and raised "St.Thomasonian" and led to many interesting stories about the island). We learned quite a bit about where to go and what to see during our stay.

The only reason I wouldn't go for 5 stars is if you are looking for elegance or fanciness, you won't find it here...go stay at the Ritz :)

But we will be back.

Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Plano, Texas
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66 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Ronny was great, he goes out of his way to make you feel welcome and is a wealth of information. The Room was clean and comfortable, the AC worked great. The location is close enough that we were able to walk to dinner and Ronny picked us up from the airport and delivered us to the ferry. I would stay here again if headed to St. Thomas.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Crystal Palace
Address: 12 Crystal Gade, Charlotte Amalie 00801, St. Thomas
Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Charlotte Amalie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Charlotte Amalie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Crystal Palace 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful historic building in downtown Charlotte Amalie. 5 minute walk to restaurants and shopping. ... more   less 
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