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Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
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Reviewed August 25, 2014

Although there have been many negative changes on St Thomas over the years including crime, traffic, lack of good public maintena to name a few... This property is beautiful. The location is simply paradise. Beautiful scenery. Just love it.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 24, 2014

Hello from St. Thomas!

I would have loved to have known half of this prior to starting my vacation. For all the future travels, please read this and I hope it will be helpful.

AT&T is usable down here without getting crazy charges but not Verizon.

Rent a jeep! Stay left and blow your horn frequently! Driving is no joke on the island and the roads are sharp and curvy but it will save you a lot of money in the long run. Reserve early! Try to rent with Avis if possible and avoid Hertz. Reason being is that Hertz is the only car rental that does not allow their cars to go on the ferry over to St. John which is a major bummer if you want to visit the surrounding islands/amenities.

The iguanas! Beware! They are harmless but MY GOD there are SO MANY!!! They are like opossums and squirrels in the states. They will dart out in front of you out of no where and scare the crap out of you and then go on about their day. Hahaha!

Rum is ridiculously cheap! We bought 3 or 4 different flavors of Cruzan rum for 10-15$ a bottle. Can't go wrong!

Sand Fleas! You won't feel them at first but they will itch later. Bring mosquito/bug spray and use it frequently.

There is a grey cat with weird green eyes that hangs out at the timeshare by the pool and bar. She doesn't look the best but she is so sweet and I fed her whenever I could since she looked very thin. She is completely harmless. I am just a push over when it comes to the animals.

The vegetation here is breathtaking! I love all the Palm Majesties, Banana Trees, Sea Grape Trees, Heliconia Stricta... I could go on and on!

The day we were going to go over to the British Virgin Islands and Soggy Dollar a tropical storm decided to hang out for about a day and a half so we never got a chance to make it but if you guys can schedule it in, please go for me! I heard the beaches in the BVI are even better than the USVI. Baths, St. John, Tortola etc will require a passport as well as the airport here so DO NOT FORGET IT as customs will require you to have it.

Magen's Bay is a must! Spend the day there. Very beautiful waters and there is a little bar with snacks as well. If you snorkel you will more than likely see sea turtles and sting rays hanging out on the bottom of the ocean. My boyfriends cousin was able to get a bunch of footage with his go-pro! Oh and it's pretty much free other than parking. Skip paying top dollar to go on a sea turtle excursion and just do it at Magen's Bay at your own leisure.

The hotel side of Marriott is much nicer than the timeshare side. I wonder if the hotel was built first and then they later decided to add on the time share side or if it use to be something other than a Marriott. The spa is well worth it. (Also at the hotel) We did an 80 minute therapeutic couples massage and loved it. Also, you can use the spa pool until 9 PM the day of your service which is nice because there are cabanas and the spa pool is secluded away from the main pools. The pool at the hotel is nice as well and there is more of a usable beach at the hotel side than at the timeshare side. The timeshare side pool and beach is nice but the hotel side seemed much more happening.

Timeshare side: happy hour is from 4-6 and 8-9. Double fist! Who cares?!? You're on vacation! Oh... Frequent power outages and their generator is very iffy. Major downfall. While we waited for a shuttle to go to the hotel to eat dinner (since they had power) I overheard some of the staff telling guests that the power outages were a result of "island life" and did not show any sign of sympathy. Stock your fridge for breakfast, lunches and alcohol or you will quickly see your bill rack up. You will probably have a meeting with a personal concierge. They are somewhat helpful. They will definitely give you pointers on places to eat and good shopping. Go visit George at House of Rajah for great deals on diamonds! He does sell some knock offs but overall has great deals and will take care of you.

Groceries: We went to Food Center and Gourmet Gallery (the nicer of the two is Gourmet Gallery) also I think you get 5% off your bill at Gourmet Gallery. Your personal concierge will give you a blue card that will give you access to the multiple discounts.

Wednesday from 5:30-10pm for 5$ you can ride Skyride to Paradise Point (it's like a tram to the top of the mountain with amazing views and great photo opportunities) and there is a restaurant at the top that is not great but is convenient.

Food: Mim's is a local spot tucked away behind a residential apartment complex that overlooks the beach and is to die for! We ate there twice and loved it both times! My boyfriend and cousin had the surf and turf and I had the king crab legs both times... AMAZING! Also, one of the waitresses recommended a place at Mafolie's Hotel that has really good local food but we never got a chance to check it out.

Coco Joe's which is at the Marriott Cove (hotel side) is average, not bad, but Mim's is way better. Sunset Grill is the restaurant by the main pool at the hotel and is pretty good. Mim's is still better. (I just can't say enough) I would say Sunset Grill is perfect for a quiet lunch with great views. We never ate there for dinner so maybe dinner is the better route to take. You'll have to let me know! I did however have a drink called Sparkling Lemonade (I'm pretty sure that's the name) but it was very yummy and refreshing!

Down at Red Hook there are some cool bars and restaurants. We ate a spot called Tap and Still which has a cool vibe and isn't far from Señor Frogs and tons of local and domestic beer choices.

We were suppose to leave today, August 24, but since we fly stand by and being that the flight was over sold we didn't make it out and ended up getting a night at a place called Bluebeard's Castle and it ended up being nice! We made it here just in time for happy hour and ate dinner at their restaurant called Cabana Bar and everything from the fried pickles and Thai ginger wings to ahi tuna burger and chef burger was delicious. Oh and the view of the city and ocean is spectacular and to top it off there was a piano player here as well that played and sang while we ate dinner. Another cool thing about this place was that the chef literally cooks everything right behind the bar. Very neat!

I wish Marriott's personal concierge did more like this prior to arrival. It would have helped tremendously. Yes, they are there to answer questions once you meet with them initially but they aren't this in-depth.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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34  Thank Cwelischar
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Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Like the location but there's really not much near this area of the island other then excursions. I would return if I'd seen all of the other locations they I'm interested in. Would recommend to family and friends.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank Baldwintampa
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

The accommodations were clean and up to date. All rooms have an excellent view of Ocean. We stayed in the St. John Building and had an unobstructed view of ocean. Only disadvantage is you have to take 3 separate elevators to get own to the beach. Make sure to do daily for $100 on web prior to going ($200 once you arrive), it is well worth the cost. Sign up for beach BBQ it is good value. Also sign up for the sunset cruise before going. If you are going to snorkel sign up once you get there for the Turtle cove snorkel. (Even better take ferry to St. Johns take a nice 1 mile hike to Honeymoon Beach and rent gear and snorkel there, then hike back to ferry).
If you like shade on beach go to right and use lounge chairs by trees along with umbrellas. Only negative is the iguanas are out from noon on looking for food. (they are harmless).
The best value is the refillable soda glass from the Market Place, get that on day one and you will not regret. Also happy hour every day at 4:00 pm is terrific.
The star in the entire complex are great and can't do enough for the guests. Two that stand out are John from security and Jeff in the front lobby, couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. Any of the waitstaff at the restaurant by the pool are all excellent.
Would like to see pool and beach service.
Overall a great family place that aims to make your vacation terrific. Which they did.

Room Tip: Higher floor rooms have better views. Go on website and select lower buildings closer to beach so th...
  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank Jim M
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Reviewed August 16, 2014

My family of five stayed here on our way to the BVi. The rooms are very spacious, well furnished and comfortable. We had a 2 bedroom vila which came with everything you need to settle in. The way the buildings are set in the mountain give you a spectacular view of the water. We were only on the second floor, but could easily sit on our patio and have an awesome view of the daily sunrise.

We were only passing through St Thomas, and stayed here for two nights. We ate lunches at the restaurant downstairs by the pool. The food was good and all the rum punches were delicious. After walking to the property next door one time, we realized the free trolley was the only way to go... it is quite a steep climb by foot. We loved the breakfast buffet and beaches next door both days.

When I shared the only complaint I had with Dianne Andrews, the Front Desk Manager she quickly came through for us and corrected the problem. She is certainly a star at the facility and knows how to make sure the guests are happy.

Room Tip: The views are best on the upper floors. But even if you get a second floor room, you will still ha...
  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Nancy C
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Had a great time! Staff were very friendly, the facilities were very, very nice. When a storm hit one day, they opened the rum bar, served free drinks and played board games. Food is expensive, but then it is an island after all. The night excursion in the glass bottom LED kayaks was amazing! Hope to go again next year.

Room Tip: Ask for the oceanside and above 4th floor which is where the lobby is located. Great place to take...
  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank french54
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had a great four days at the Cove. The villas were modern, clean and specious, with good views of the bay and northside of the island.The pool at the Cove was a little noisey for my taste so we spend most of our time at the Hotel pool complex.We were little disappoited with the food on the island.Overall,great family trip, and we will be back to enjoy St.Thomas' natural beauty.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Wolf H
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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: $312 - $1,353 (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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