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Lion's Gate Getaway
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Two couples from the same town booked for the same days and had similar names!!! Freaky but true. We were one of the two couples. We were disappointed not be able to stay at Lion's Gate but the honesty, helpfulness, and kindness of Maxine was amazing. Once she realized her error she located another a place for us to stay, comped us a free full day of sailing with her and $100 back. When she picked us up at the ferry, she explained the situation, took us grocery shopping and ferried us to the replacement condo! Wow. We were overwhelmed by her graciousness.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We loved every moment of our 4-night stay here and we truly wish we were still there. Maxine and Chris have created a fabulous and relaxing retreat high above Red Hook. The combination of casual comfort, amazing views, and proximity to restaurants, shops, the marina, and the St. John ferry is unbeatable. We rented a car but we almost didn't need it, since we simply walked up/down the hill most of the time. It's steep but rewarding because the view gets more spectacular as you ascend. Relaxing on the expansive porch and watching the full moon illuminate the sea is a sight we will long remember. Chris and Max have great taste, and their fondness for Italy shows in the use of mosaic tiles and the stylish color palette throughout the property; the lush plants and the gentle trade winds add to the lovely ambiance. The cottage they're building next door promises to be even more delightful than the studio, if that is possible!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

Great views set the tone for a week of relaxed days. Almost stayed at the breakfast table until noon several times! The full kitchen allows for easy breakfast and lunch so we had dinner out with no guilt. The hill allows some of the sounds of Red Hook to filter up so when the bar music is really loud in town, it is perfect on the patio. This is a great spot to see all of St. Thomas and St. John. I do suggest renting a car so you can go to one of the many island beaches for fun in the sun.

Chris is working on the final touches for a new guest cottage that may just be a little better than this room. Could that be? We always learn for our first try! Go in the spring and have some fun!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

This is a great studio up the hill from Red Hook. The pictures don't do the views justice.They are amazing!! The patio is the perfect place to begin and end your day in St. Thomas. It's a great space for a couple to stay. You can walk down the hill to the ferry to St. John, good restaurants, a little market, and other activities. We were there for 5 days and found it to be a great location for everything we wanted to do. We didn't rent a car - mainly took taxis or friends who were also in St. Thomas at the same time drove us around. The best part is that is that it fits into a tight budget. Max, the owner, is so much fun, too!

Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Ryan T
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

If your staying on St Thomas, stay at the Lion's Gate Getaway. My wife and I stayed here and loved it. Staying at a vacation rental has many more benefits than staying at a hotel. We were able to ask Max her opinion on things to do and places to eat and we received good advise. Max is a great host, she is there when you need her, but doesn't hover allowing you to have privacy.

Book with Max you will not regret it.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

As always, a lovely place with the best bathroom in the world!! Max is great hostess - always smiling and always willing to do what it takes to make your stay memorable. But Chris is responsible for the great bathroom - walk in stone floored little shower room is great for after the beach or just showering, and there is enough counter space for everything you need to pull out of your luggage (listen up hotels!). The proximity is perfect - Red Hook is at the end of the road up to the place, so dining and excursions are at hand. It was a lovely stay, and we will be back yet again!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

My husband and I got married in St. Thomas in January 2012 and absoutely enjoyed our honeymoon getaway at Lion's Gate. It is a secluded location located almost at the top of a mountain, which was great for us as we had 30 guests on the island for our wedding and we could steal some time to ourselves. We called Max (the owner) on our way from the airport and she greeted us at the bottom of her the hill and we followed her to the residence. Any time we needed something, Max was accessible by phone to answer any questions. Our air conditioner didn't work our first night and Max saw that it was fixed the next day. The studio has every amenity you might need for vacation, including a fully equipped kitchen (we never cooked though), beach chairs, and beach towels (no need to bring your own!) The bathroom with the walk in stone shower was gorgeous. My only complaint about our stay was the lack of water pressure in the shower, but from what we heard from others staying at different locations on the island, it's the same everywhere. The views from the patio are amazing, you can see St. John, Tortola, and Jost Van Dyke. Lion's Gate is in an excellent location to restaurants, beaches, and the ferry to St. John. We couldn't have asked for a more convenient spot to stay. You can hear music from the bars in Red Hook, but if you close the windows and turn the AC on, it will drown it out. I miss my daily visits from Eva (one of the resident dogs). On our next visit to St. Thomas, we would not hesitate to book another stay with Lion's Gate Getaway.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Lion's Gate Getaway

Address: 6501 Red Hook Plz | Suite 201, 00802-1373, St. Thomas
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > East End
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in East End
Price Range: $130 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are situated on a hilltop just above Red Hook Harbor with a spectacular view of St. John, and Tortola. The trade winds keep it cool which makes it the perfect spot for your vacation. Especially in the summer. We have AC in the apartment but outside on the porch the trade winds are enough to keep you cool. Lion's Gate is a more than a studio apartment, it has a complete kitchen,is fully air-conditioned and has a porch that really serves as an additional room. The full bath has a wonderful large stonework shower that lets you know you are in paradise. The setting is ideal for the rest of your life or a short vacation. There is a private entrance with cafe doors that separates you from the rest of the world. There are Hummingbirds that have made their home in the foliage around the porch, they have breakfast with you, and the large trees that they call home provide privacy and they keep the porch cool, and to complete the setting, there are tables outside where you can dine, have a cool drink or just relax on the day bed with your favorite book and slide into a nap. From Lion's Gate you can stroll down to Red Hook for dinner or to go shopping, or make a quick trip to the grocery store. It is all so close but when you are up here it seems a million miles away. ... more   less 
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