Checked in on Jan 7 for a 11 night stay. First trip to Anguilla and the whole trip (including Anacaona) lived up to our high expectations. We traveled with our two teenage daughters so we reserved a two bedroom suite (Room 306, the Hughes Suite). The room was a stand alone building significantly separated from all other buildings. The suite had a large screened in area, two good sized bedrooms w/ their own bathrooms and another large room that combined a living room w/ a tv and a full kitchen. We were very pleased with the size of the place.
Pros: 1) the beds had new matresses that were very comfortable. Usually my wife and I can't agree on what defines a good matress (too hard or too soft) but we both thought the Anacaona matress was great. 2) the kitchen was full sized and helped cut down on meal expenses (we had breakfast in the room nearly every day. Since everyone wakes up at different times (teenage daughters) the ability to eat whenever we woke up & not have to wait for others was a real plus). 3) the grounds, the whole area had recently been planted w/ new trees, there was a garden right outside our room where they grew fresh vegetables for the restaurant and two pools that were very nice. The "second" pool was right outside our room and was practically our private pool. I only saw other people at this pool twice. Of course w/ Mead's Bay a two minute walk away, most people (including us) usually chose the beach over the pool. 4) the people: every single employee of the hotel that we talked to was VERY friendly, outgoing, talkative and genuinely hoping that we were enjoying our stay. The people on the whole island were very friendly but the people at Anacaona were one step above almost everyone else. 5) the bar for a late night drink. What a great way to close out one perfect day after another. My wife and I typically would go to the bar after going out to dinner and spend some time chatting w/ the twins and Yvonne (hi girls, we miss you!) & others staying at the hotel. Just a very cool way to wrap up the day. 6) upgraded internet! When we first arrived we couldn't get internet access in our room. The girls needed to go up near the main pool, the lobby or hang out in the front hammocks to email, facebook or skype their friends. About three days into our stay we met the guy that was upgrading the wi-fi (he and his wife were also from SoCal) and he said the upgrade would be done in a couple days. It was done in one day and not only were we able to get access in our room but also at the beach. With the NFL playoffs just getting started and a need to keep in touch w/ NHL scores, internet access was a real plus
Cons: I rated the hotel a 4 but quite frankly the place is a 3 star and the friendliness of the employees and the value bring it up to a 4 star. The renovation of the hotel needs to continue to bring the facility up to a four star and the value & friendliness can make it a 5 star. For example, none of the screen doors out to the patio from the kitchen worked. That's about a $100 upgrade that would make a big improvement, the roof of our suite was made to have patio furiture on it. The views of the ocean and of the hotel grounds are outstanding from the roof. But there was one old, plastic table and one chair up there. A couple/few hundred dollars spent on quality patio furniture and a gas grill would be a HUGE upgrade to make that area a big plus. In it's current state we hardly went up there.
Bottom Line: We had a great stay. The Anacaona people were great! If you're looking for a place like the Viceroy then this place is not it (and we found that a big plus). If you're looking for comfortable accomodations at a good price this is your place.
Anacaona, we will be back!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anacaona Boutique Hotel on the island of Anguilla is a small, intimate, privately-owned and privately-run oasis set in tropical gardens, overlooking (and just a few paces from) one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, the mile-long, white-sand expanse of Meads Bay. It has 27 stylish guest rooms, that include junior suites, 2 & 3 bedroom villa suites and two swimming pools.The goal is affordable chic. The property's amenities also include full beach service, ZaZaa boutique and both on and off beach massage centers. All rooms feature either King, Queen Bed or 2-Double Beds and bathroom with large shower, Balcony/Patio, Frette Linens, Mini Fridge, Air Conditioning,Ceiling Fan, Cable TV, I-Pod Docking Station, Iron & board, Laptop size in Room Safe, Complimentary Wireless Internet, Melita-Javapod Coffee Maker, Phone, Hairdryer and Locally Crafted Bathroom Amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirena Hotel The Valley
- Anacaona Boutique Hotel Anguilla/West End Village