Stayed in Villas III (known as East Wing on some maps) in mid-January 2012. Our group of 6 stayed in 102 & 210 (1 night) & 126 & 127 (several nights). The main positives were the view, the restaurants, and fairly central location. The main negatives were the extreme mustiness and difficult walkability to beaches or shopping.
I had a hard time researching details for this property because the property's websites are not very complete, so I'm writing more detail than I'd normally include. (If management reads this, I'd suggest putting much of the contents of your in-room guidebook online and updating the online room maps to indicate current names for buildings.)
Bluebeard's is on a steep hill near a cruise ship dock and downtown Charlotte Amalie. Due to steepness and lack of sidewalks in many areas, it is dificult to walk anywhere that is not on the property. Luckily, there are 2 excellent restaurants on the property: Banana Tree Grille and Room with a View. There's also a pool bar open for breakfast & lunch and the Cabana Bar is open most nights for drinks and bar food. The burgers are pretty good at the Cabana Bar.
Bluebeard's has many different sections and it's kind of confusing navigating within the property. Driving to and within the property can be nervewracking due to narrow, steep, curvy roads. The property entrance is on a very steep hill. We turned in once after a rain shower and were nervous about getting up, but we did it. Just before the lobby, there is a pretty tight curve at the top of a hill, too. If other cars/taxis are there, it can be a challenge. The road to the Villas III lot is really steep, too.
At least in Villas III, the room # does not give you a clue as to which floor you're on. 210 is on the 4th floor. There is no elevator, so it's a hike when you come and go. There's a walkway from 3rd floor (where 126 & 127 are) that you can use to get to the lobby, pool, restaurants. Some rooms adjoin (126 & 127 do) which is nice when you're with a big family.
In Villas III, rooms are cleaned once a week (Thurs. in our case). You can request new towels & beach towels daily, though. Also, for $30 you can get additional cleanings. There was one approx. 4-person sized cofee ground pack per room when we arrived. We asked for more several times before finally someone in housekeeping told us that they were "waiting for a new shipment" so everyone got only the 1 packet on arrival. Judging from other reviewers' comments on coffee, maybe they're always tight on the coffee.
Amenities: beach towels, towels, hair dryer, soap, shampoo, lotion, alarm clock, toaster, mini fridge, mini microwave, 2 burner stove, coffee maker, basic kitchen supplies, flat TV, iron, ceiling fan, wall AC, wall safe, decent sized closet, 3-drawer dresser, foldout sofa bed, table/chairs, phone, retractable clothes line in shower/tub.
Positives: nice views from floor to ceiling windows/sliding doors, balconies, replacement beach towels usually brought quickly after request, AC cooled (but did not dehumidify), ceiling fan, pretty clean, lots of hot water water, fairly roomy, free printing of boarding passes in lobby.
Negatives: musty smell that could not be defeated by AC, no dishwasher, no in-room washer & dryer, laundry was at end of hall & cost $2.50 each for washer & dryer so 1 load of laundry would be $5 (Pirate's Pension section apparently has in-room washer/dryer), allotted one 4-person serving of coffee, AC sometimes seemed to get accidentally programmed to turn off and there were no instructions about how to work the unit, almost no counter space, light switch turned off clock (suggest bringing tape or something to remind yourself which switch turns off fan vs. clock), tile floor got sandy pretty quickly (maybe add some foot washes like beaches have at the edge of the parking lot and/or entry mats), noise in adjoining rooms pretty loud even with both doors in between closed, more pillows per room needed, no free wi-fi (not even in lobby).
The rooms were a mix of updated and not. The furniture was pretty modern. Some bathroom/kitchen fixtures were updated and some not. Kitchen area has kind of ugly (but clean) laminate on counter & cabinets.
Pool area was fine. Kids liked the waterfall at the pool, but the water was cold while we were there. The hot tub was fine. The pool restaurant needs more shade at breakfast time. We baked the one time we ate breakfast there.
The rooster noise was not a problem for us, maybe because we were pretty high up. We could hear them some, but it wasn't super loud or super early. We also did not have any problems with check-in, but we booked as owners, not through a travel site, and we brought confirmation numbers, which we requested after reading reviews about check-in problems. The staff was nice.
102 (on 1st floor) was VERY musty. 210 (4th floor) was least musty of all. 126 & 127 (3rd floor) were in the middle. Nitpicky point: bed in 210 was super mushy.
Advice on other options: We went to beaches at several hotels (all beaches in STT are public), and it looked like Secret Harbor would be a cool place to stay and that beach is reputed to be one of the warmer ones, so in winter esp. that might be good. If you want a big property, might look into Marriott Frenchman's Reef, but that beach was the least calm of the ones we visited, Sapphire Beach Resort looked good and that was a great beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bluebeard's Castle is an historic property dating back to the 1600's. The resort occupies an entire hilltop with spectacular views overlooking the harbor and town of Charlotte Amalie. Its signature red rooftops are among the first sights for arriving cruise passengers.The resort includes a centuries-old fortress bearing the name "Bluebeard," after the infamous pirate, and check-in takes place in the former residence of the Danish governor of the island. This tropical paradise is the perfect place for a private getaway as it is set on a secluded hilltop and overlooks the harbor of St. Thomas. Bluebeard's Castle is centrally located in the most desirable part of the island with world class shopping minutes away. With only a short drive from some of the most popular beaches in the Caribbean where you can enjoy boating, scuba diving, snorkeling and windsurfing. The island itself offers a wonderful assortment of duty-free shopping, world-class restaurants (including the top-rated ROOM WITH A VIEW on location!), hot night spots, and a variety of local flavor to satisfy every taste. This resort features history, breathtaking views, and easy access to town. Beaches are literally minutes away so you can visit them all including easy ferry rides to St. John and the British Virgin Islands (Tortola and Virgin Gorda). You will see why owners at the resort are passionate about their units. It is this passion that will once again be the reason that Bluebeard's Castle will become a sought after destination resort. Many lucky RCI members will take advantage of this now! The resort is in the midst of a historic multi-million dollar remodel that will change all that you have heard. The proof is found in our regular maintenance reports as well as our news and picture sections. Also, schedules of on-resort dining are now posted in these reports. Owners are excited about what the future holds and you should be as well. Spread the word. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bluebeards Castle Charlotte Amalie
- Hotel Bluebeards Castle
- Bluebeards Castle St Thomas
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