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Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
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Reviewed September 24, 2008

The timeshare villa is a very nice property with all of the latest amenities.  It is nicely furnished and the decor is very attractive.  However the support services for guests staying at the Villas is sorely lacking.  There is insufficient staff available especially in the evenings.  There is a small poolside restaurant now open that serves very good food but a little pricy like everything on St. Thomas.  The pool is very nice and the beach while small is very nice.  Lots of beach chairs and umbrellas are available making a day at the beach very convenient.  The iguanas at poolside were very interesting and fun to watch.We chose not to rent a car because of the narrow (and I do mean narrow) roads on St Thomas and the steep (and I do mean steep) roads that have to be negotiated.  The courtesy shuttle between the hotels was helpful, but since you were expected to tip the driver each time, they were not cheap either.  There is still not a good walking path between the Villas and the Reef Hotel so the shuttle is just about the only option.  Other transportation on the island is very expensive.  We spent over $50 round-trip for 4 people to go into town to dinner.  This was about a 5 minute cab ride.We booked a tour from the Activity Desk to St. John on our last day.  Unfortunately there was a driving rain on that day and the Activity Desk did not cancel the tour as they should have done.  Therefore we spend out last of three very rainy days sopping wet in the open ferry to St. John and while touring the island.  It rained so hard that we were not even allowed into the water at Trunk Bay and therefore missed seeing the Underwater National Park.  Coming back to the ferry from Trunk Bay became a real adventure with water over a foot high running over the road and into the tour bus.  Really scary when the driver began slipping and sliding down the steep hills.  Defenitely never go to St. John in the rain.  However I think it would have been lovely otherwise.  Bring mosquito repellant and the mosquitos are terrible on St. John.  I am still covered with bites.  We complained about the tour to the Activity Center Manager and she refunded our money.  It was reassurring to know that they were willing to do that.My husband and I are really beach people and while the beaches on St. Thomas and St. John appear to be beautiful, the logistics of getting around the island make them very hard to enjoy.  In fact the logistics for doing anything on the island are complicated.  Even if you rent a car, parking appeared to be limited in many places making for a long hike each time.  The roads are so narrow that walking is totally out of the question.One other thing to remember if you are going for the shopping.  All stores downtown are closed on Sunday and even some are closed on days when there are no cruise ships in the harbor.  The entire island definitely revolves around the cruise industry.  If you want to shop be sure not to count on doing it on Sunday or if there are no ships in port.   Unfortunately if it rains on Sunday, there is absolutely nothing else to do on St. Thomas other than sit in your room and watch TV.This was our first trip to the Virgin Islands and the rain definitely put a damper on things.  I would never recommend going in the fall.  Plan a spring or early summer trip before hurricane season.  There is a reason why they have the really good deals in the fall.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 15, 2008

Just returned from STT. Stayed at Marriott Frenchman Cove, Sept 7-14, 2008. Nice place. Rooms are decent size. Each bedroom has balcony overlooking harbor and Charlotte Amalie. The property is kinda off the beaten path. Nothing close to walk to. Did not have a restaurant or ATM on premisis. It did have a poolside cafe and small bar. Served burgers, tacos salads etc...nothing spectacular. We were in building 1 top floor. Check in is on 5th floor and quite simple and pleasant. They are still building in spots and resort did not have a main entrence complete yet. This made for tricky 4 and 5 point turns for cabs shuttles and cars to turn around at the check in/"main" entrance. Did have shuttles to/from the Reef and Morningstar. Ran every 1/2 hour or so. Restaurants at reef and morning ok...just average everyday food, however we did not go to Havanna Blue. If you like to enjoy your meal in air conditioned comfort call before you go. Most places are outdoors (even Havanna) and can be quite uncomfortable if its sticky out. The people at the Cove were pleasant and helpful and are happy to arrange tours, give directions, etc. All in all it is a nice place.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 14, 2008

We absolutely loved our stay at the Frenchman's Cove. The units are in great shape, and although the resort is still under construction, it is really coming along. While the "restaurant" on site isn't the greatest (just an outdoor poolside cafe), it worked just fine for those days we were too tired to go somewhere to eat. The Havana Blue adjacent to the Marriott hotel is fabulous, with our best dining experience being at Mafolie's - primarily for the views. A rental car at this resort is a must - especially if you want to explore St. John - which is even better than St. Thomas. Highlights of our trip included Magen's Bay, snorkeling at Cinnamon Bay & Waterlemon Cay (both on St. John), scuba diving, and a day trip to the BVI's.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 12, 2008

We recently returned from a week at the Marriott Frenchman's Cove in St. Thomas. We traded a week at a Marriott Vacation Club to go to St. Thomas. I was looking forward to a vacation but got a lot more than I had hoped for. I have been to the Caribbean several times and don't generally get all that excited about the Caribbean anymore, but St. Thomas was great, especially this resort. It is always nice to go away and have the space of a timeshare and the kitchen. But, this resort was nice as there is a restaurant there and complimentary shuttle to the hotel with more amenities. The ocean was great for the small children and older people, who we travelled with, very calm, however; at the hotel had more waves for those wanting the action. The pool, with a slide, was a big hit with the kids, ours ages 3 and 5, who we had a hard time getting away from the slide. As I have read in other reviews, the elevator did go out from time to time, but we were on the 1st floor so walking was not an issue. There was plenty of parking at the resort for our rental car, which is a definite must, there is no where to walk from the resort. The resort is close to the town, but you definitely need a car. Definitely be friendly to the locals, a friendly good morning seems to go a long way. Definitely bring bug spray, don't spend the week itching like we did, spray when you arrive. We will definitely be back to this resort, it was a great experience and all of the staff we experienced were very nice, especially the valet staff, they were always friendly and willing to help.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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4  Thank springb3
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Reviewed September 1, 2008

My wife and I just returned from the Marroit Frenchmans Cove and was completly dissapointed with the following:
1- We needed to take three different elevators just to get to the beach and pool.
2- The electricity on the island goes out everyday. Be prepared to walk up numerous flights of stairs to get to your room.
3- The locals on the island are not friendly or welcoming. Fortunatly, the Americans who work at the Hotel and all of the restaurants we visited were very friendly.
4- Good luck trying to catch the shuttle that takes you back and forth from the cove to the hotel. There was no organization while waiting. Crowds of people would show up and just jump in ahead of the people who were waiting.
Overall, I would never go back to St Thomas even if it was given to me for free. Save your money and go someplace else.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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4  Thank browvale
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Reviewed August 28, 2008

We just had a wonderful time at the Marriott Frenchman's Cove on St. Thomas, August 22nd -29th. This is the vacation club property that is directly next door to Marriott Frenchman's Reef hotel.

We stayed in the newest building and we were so impressed by the accommodations. Marriott has outdone themselves with this property.

My first recommendation is to go to the grocery store when you first arrive, for water, snacks and maybe even breakfast and lunch items, as you do have a full kitchen.

The view in each and every villa overlooks the beautiful Carribean waters, along with two balonies. We stayed in a two bedroom unit that included a fully stocked kitchen, a huge garden tub, 3 flat screen tv's and a washer and dryer. Additionally, the villa was impeccably clean.

The pool area is excellent, with a fun slide for the kids, the beach is small but nice. There are two places at the hotel to buy snacks and things, and as hotels go, they were reasonably priced.

My second recommendation is to rent a car, as it will be cheaper than taxi's although make sure you feel comfortable driving on the left side of the road.

The restaurants at the the Frenchmans's Reef hotel are okay, but then again, we did not have any spectacular food while on St. Thomas, everything was nominal. We ate at some of the most recommended restuarants on the island. Our favorite was the Shipwreck tavern directly across from Havensight.

Even though this is a vacation club property you can still rent a room, like a regular hotel or of course, stay next door at the Frenchman's Reef.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank melpierce79
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Reviewed August 23, 2008

I just reurned from the Marriott Cove in St. Thomas, V.I. and I was thoroughly impressed with the place. I went with my husband on a timeshare promotion and had convinced myself to reject all info given during the presentation. After spending 3 days of total relaxtion, we weresold! Check-in was a breeze. The villa was spacious and very comfortable to stay in. The restaurant on the premises had delicious entrees not to mention the drink of the day! The pool was wonderful. It did not have a splendid beach, but a day trip to St. John cured that! A shuttle service ran between the Cove and the hotel-The Reef, 24/7. The only gripe I had, was the rollercoaster rides I encounterd riding in taxicabs. But it is part of the terraine of this beautiful island. So I just got used to it.

I highly recommend this island and this villa!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank cookincheri
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Address: 7338 Estate Bakkeroe, Charlotte Amalie 00802-3011, St. Thomas
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Charlotte Amalie
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Charlotte Amalie
Price Range: $448 - $919 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott's Frenchman's Cove 4*
Number of rooms: 221
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