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“Great staff, great location”
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St. John Inn
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Cruz Bay
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great staff, great location”
Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for The Four Seasons, this isn't a good choice for you. But if you like intimate inns staffed with folks who treat you like family, it's perfect.

Cons: Rooms are on the small side, but if you are using your room for anything other than sleeping in, you are not going to truly experience St. John. The showers have water saving heads, but that's due to water conservation...a big deal on the island.

Pros: Everything else. Value. Location. Service. A nice breakfast and pool area. Fast wi-fi. Admittedly it's out by the pool but that actually was a great spot to check email while sipping coffee in the am or free evening rum punch. What else? Beach chairs, coolers and beach towels ready to take with you on your journeys to the many outstanding beaches on St. John. Ice always available along with filtered water. Staff wise...they are very friendly and know the island. Looking for advice on a beach or a sail or a nice dinner? They KNOW.

Yea, I liked this place. A lot. If you like inns with character you will love it. They have put a lot of effort into renovating the place and it shows. Forgot all the beautiful plants on the property, another nice touch.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Burlington, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed in room 113 which was a mini suite, a large bath with a nice size bedroom and sitting area.m the bed was exceptionally comfy with good pillows. The bath is dimly lit however, I believe this is due to the color of the walls which fit the Caribbean color scheme. If you are looking for a hot shower, you will need to settle for Luke warm. Given location and availability of natural resources, we were ok with this. We didn't vacation for a long hot shower, after all, we spent our days on the sunny hot beaches of St. John so Luke warm to a cooler shower was welcomed.
The Inn keepers are very kind and available to assist, direct and provide beach chairs, large beach towels and coolers.
The pool area is small as shown in the photos, but again, we were interested in the beaches and used the pool for a quick dip.
The Inn is a short 7 minute walk from the ferry terminal and shopping area. The directions for walking to the hotel were spot on.
The inn is located near a nice grocery store too.
We recommend you rent a jeep. Without, you will not see much of the beautiful areas St John has to offer. The taxis will only take you so far. The inn is near 5 or 6 jeep rentals. Don't wait until you arrive to look into a rental, they are typically sold out. New got lucky and did get a jeep last minute with C & C Rental and at a rate of $72/day because we were staying at the inn.
If we return to St. John, we would stay at the inn again.

Room Tip: Room 113 is very nice.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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maine
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

I/we have been to St John many times but never had the simple pleasure of staying at the St John Inn. The staff and owner were approachable and friendly. The rooms were clean and the beds comfortable (tempurpedic mattress with high thread cound egyptian cotten). We will be back.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

The St.John Inn is an economical (for St. John) little place that is a convenient, safe, short walk from town past a grocery store, with another a little bit better grocery only a 5 min walk the other way. I did the walk with a large size rolling case. Quiet neighborhood. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is generally clean and maintained. Room 113 in the structure with the front office, however, had a sewer smell like from plumbing without a trap and the AC was not working at the time. The lighting in the bathroom was rather dim and there was no electrical outlet. The shower water was somewhat tepid too. The continental breakfast was a little underwhelming, something a small place could rather make a calling card. I have stayed in another room also in the structure with the front office that did not have the smell or AC problem, but also with tepid shower, and all of these rooms suffer a little noise from the front office in the morning as much as they try to keep it down. There is a structure with rooms separated from the front structure that would have less office traffic.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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thestjohninn, General Manager at St. John Inn, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Thank you for staying with us and we welcome the comments. I apologize for any noticeable odor in your room during your stay.
We will take into note the dimness of the bathroom and please provide any suggestions for breakfast ideas that you may have.
Please come back and stay with us again and I will be quieter in the office.
Actually we are moving the office to the breakfast bar area and updating the deck area with a breakfast bar within the next 4-6 months. We are turning the present office area into a media room for a library of dvds, books, a computer for the guests to print out boarding passes or watch a movie.
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Virginia
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Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

We were spending a week in St. Thomas and decided that we wanted to spend a night in St. John. We stayed in the 2 room suite with our 2 kids (ages 3 & 5). The rooms were clean and nice, there were flat screen Tvs in both rooms with direct tv. The bathroom was fine with nice colorful towels (shower did not get real hot, but it was ok). We had our own little patio outside of our room. The room doors have codes so you don't have to worry about keys, which was nice. There is parking on the street, so that was not a problem like it is at the Cruz Bay boutique. The Inn is in walking distance to downtown Cruz bay, and also you can walk right down the street to the marketplace, which was a nice grocery store. There is a mini fridge, coffee pot, and microwave in the room.The staff was helpful with suggestions for restaurants and places to go. You could also sit and chat with the other guests about things to do on the island during happy hour and breakfast. Breakfast was included and served on the patio. They had free rum punch on the porch where you could watch the sunset when we arrived. We only stayed for one night, but if you were staying longer, they provided beach towels, beach chairs, coolers and ice for you to take with you during the day, which was a really nice touch. The patio has a view of the car ferry dock, which is not the most beautful scenery, but if you look beyond that it is still a nice location. St. John is really the most beautiful island and one of our favorite places to be. If you want to spend a night or two there at a reasonable price, the St. John Inn is a good choice.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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troy
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

st John inn has to be the prettiest place on the island. you wake up to a wonderful light breakfast......enjoy conversations and hear everyone's suggestions for the day. the sunset view is a wonderful experience. Dave has a wonderful knack of making everyone welcome and making you feel just perfect in paradise!!!!!!!

Room Tip: it looks like every room would be perfect but they have one room with patio and hammock that looks l...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

While it is off the beaten path and a hilly hike to town, it was a welcome change. The staff were attentive; room basic but very quiet (THANK YOU); clean; and had nice touches (towels, ice, light breakfast, cold water all the time, rum punch at sunset). If I had one complaint it would be that I can't stand Jimmy Buffett! Our first night we were serenaded by light calypso but then WHAM! Buffett non-stop. Okay - not much weight but it did make sitting outside a chore. Stay here and join in on the conversation around the pool - it might be fun!

Room Tip: Chose one in the rear off the street to lessen street noise. There are a ton of renovations going o...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: St. John Inn
Address: 277 Enighed, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
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Location: Caribbean > U.S. Virgin Islands > St. John > Cruz Bay
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Cruz Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — St. John Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
St. John Inn is an affordable, small hotel. It is conveniently located in Cruz Bay in a charming historic building. We are close to shopping, restaurants and all St. John has to offer. We offer modest, budget accommodations with spectacular views of the sunset!Our rooms range from single rooms to two room suites, some with kitchenettes. We also offer 2 - 2 bedroom Villas. All rooms have a/c, private bath, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee machines. We offer Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) and provide beach towels, beach chairs, coolers and snorkel equipment at no additional charge. ... more   less 
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