My son and I spent 4 very nice nights there while on the island for scuba diving with Scubaqua.
Don't picture Miami Beach high-rise resort or Jamaica All-inclusive because it is not corporate cookie-cutter in any way. Picture a hotel lovingly hand made and hand decorated, more like Swiss Family Robinson treehouse (on the ground) or Gilligan's Island. We loved it.
-Very pretty breakfast each day of eggs, toast, fruit and some ham or cheese outside on the veranda overlooking the Caribbean and watching humming birds drink from the flowers.
-I was worried about mosquitoes since the room had no screens and was wide open to the cooling breezes and ocean sounds. The owners said they had no mosquitoes because they have goldfish ponds scattered around the property and the goldfish eat all the mosquito larvae. They were right. It was great to live with no A/C and no bugs.
-The beds and bathrooms were very clean. The floors were oddly dusty, but other than that everything felt clean. Separately, the owners had complained that the nearby road construction (installing water pipes and fiber optic) created more dust than they thought existed in the world so it may have been a short term problem.
-Parrots, dogs, cats, chickens, goldfish. It was a real menagerie and all wandering around at will (well the fish pretty much stayed put, but everything else was free to wander.) If pets make you squirm then think twice. If you love animals, then welcome aboard.
-No locks on the door. Like on many islands with low populations, there is little or no crime. I actually worried less about the locals (who all seemed perfectly happy and crime-free) but more about some other traveler from the states who wanted to add to his laptop collection. But in fact had no problem whatsoever.
-The best meal we had on the island was the dinner we had here. Dinners aren't included, but breakfasts are. We opted to eat out most days to 'experience' the island. No need to wander though if you just want great food with a great view.
-WiFi was iffy. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not. Other guests had success, we usually did not.
-We had a huge room with a nice balcony over the sea. The hotel was pretty empty when we were there (as was the entire island.) It was perfect for us since we wanted two beds (this was queen and a single) and most of the hotels on the island have just one queen or one king bed.
-We worried it would be hard to walk to the town (on top of the cliff) and to the scuba center (at the harbor below the cliff) but it was only a quick little walk (1/2 mile or less I guess) along wide roads with good shoulders and great scenery so it walking was no problem and was part of the fun. We walked from the town to the hotel in the dark after dinner most nights and had no worries or problems.
-We were swimming in the sea every day and didn't even look for the swimming pool. We randomly saw it on day 3 and it was empty but being filled. We didn't ask the reasons why so if you care about the pool you might double check when you make your reservations.
-Of course, as mentioned by every other commenter, the owners are extremely nice, helpful and happy people. It is worth going just to visit with them.
- Also Known As:
- Kings Well Hotel
- Kings Well Resort St. Eustatius, Caribbean