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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We stayed here while waiting on our private catamaran to make it from St Marten. The staff was great and helpful. The view from are room was awesome. You can not miss the restaurant on sit "Room with a view". We had a outstanding meal and the service was top notch. We plan to visit the island again soon and will stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Travelman360
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Just got back from 8 nights at the castle. LOVED IT! Pool was awesome. Hot tub was great (it was cold for 2 days. No big deal). Views of harbor cannot be matched Room was nice. Hoped for a 1 bdrm but ended up in studio as per reservation so cannot complain. Had 2 kids (6, 8) with us. Rented compact from hertz. You definitely will want a car on the island or try to figure out open air taxi system/schedule. Island is super hilly and hotel location is no exception. every beach was fantastic. Too many to chose from. Did ferry to st John for a day and that was neat. Did a sail trip with Fury Charters to see turtles at buck island. Very fun boat ride and we did see turtles. BUT, charters are expensive and you can see turtles closer up and for free at various beaches (Bolongo Bay had lots of turtles while we were there).

All in all I would recommend St Thomas and Bluebeards. Hotel is very good value. Island, like any, is expensive. Eat in your room. Take food/snacks with you during the day to beach. And enjoy a couple restaurants.

Stayed: March 2012
2  Thank PEHOWARD
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

We just returned from a trip to St Thomas, San Juan and St John. We spent one night at Bluebeard's Castle.The rooms were very clean and the renovations they have done really updated the decor. The view was spectacular. There is quite a lot of walking at the resort and in St Thomas, renting a car is a great idea. But be warned they drive on the opposite side of the street, like Ireland. The roads are very hilly, windy and narrow. we preferred to take cabs which are plentiful. We ate at the pool bar and were very disappointed., The service was great but they ruined our breakfast, all overcooked and horrible coffee. Of course sitting outside with the lovely view, breeze and bright blue skies compensated for the food.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Sugarbushvacations
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

Bluebeard's Castle calls itself a "timeshare resort" in its literaure. It is NOT a hotel, just to let you know before you go. No daily maid service, no 24/7 front desk, etc. It's a nice place, though. High on top of a mountain (it's a killer to walk up and down, but efficient taxi services are just a phone call away.)
Another reviewer said to rent a car. I wouldn't recommend it, because they drive on the "other" side of the road with American-driver-style cars. Plus it's a very steep place and traffic in town is terrible. Turns onto streets is tricky and hard to figure out, and they have lots of confusing one-way, narrow streets.
Taxis are very expensive, but you can figure it into your budget. At the time of this writing, the price into town was $4 per person.
Our phone was broken one day, and by the time we returned it was fixed.
We brought food in a checked bag (to fold up and put in our carry-ons on the return trip). So glad we did. It's just not easy to go down the mountain, and it saved us a lot of money. (Peanut butter, soft drinks, snacks). We ate in the restaurants at night. (They are a little pricey, and we didn't like Room with a View so much, but Banana Tree Grille was amazing!)
We also boiled our water, as the hotel said they don't recommend we drink tap water. We boiled it at night to drink the next day. We boil for 20 minutes, then let it cool in the pan overnight.
REmember check-out time is 10 am. We assumed wrongly it was later, which made a problem for us --- and they couldn't give us a late check-out because of their bookings.
Loved the pool area. View from the room is exquisite, unequaled anywhere. We loved our whole experience, and Bluebeard's Castle was part of it.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank TwinMomAlabama
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

We spent TWO glorious weeks on St. Thomas at Bluebeard's Castle. As owners, we were sick over the deterioration and had even stayed away, but winning a lawsuit provided for complete renovation over the last several years. Now everything is in outstanding shape, and with the Castle itself we are in the middle of history! The best changes are a responsive and friendly staff and superb general manager. They are caring and helpful as never before. But the flowers are everywhere and beautiful now, and the grounds and common areas are very inviting.

Everybody else has described the rooms and different parts of the resort so we won't go into it, except to say that the hot water is HOT and ample, the mattresses are comfortable, the supplies are appropriate, and everything is clean! If you walk, you are going up and down hills a lot. You will NOT gain weight, and you can eat to your heart's content. Just enjoy taking advantage of using your body to get you around.

The view is spectacular; we spent most early mornings and nights on our balcony seeing what everyone else would have to pay extra for. We could simply leave our room and walk along the waterfront or downtown to all the shops. And yes, we COULD go downtown at night to nightspots along the waterfront and in Frenchtown. For us, everything was a very short drive: the airport, Frenchtown, supermarkets, etc. The drive to the beaches was very enjoyable, and we enjoyed Red Hook, especially Fish Tails, for great meals -- although there are many wonderful spots in Red Hook and elsewhere. The Banana Tree Grill at Bluebeard's served dinner with style and class, and everything was absolutely delicious, too.

We enjoyed the Pool Bar several times: delicious breakfast, lunch, and drinks. Jason does a great job, and Matt, too; the pool is also the perfect spot to sit, read, or talk if the weather is cloudy, but you still want to be outdoors and continue getting color in a pleasant setting. And the really informal restaurant served great hamburgers which we enjoyed several times.

I didn't get to hear the roosters as we have in the past; we actually enjoy their cocka-doodle-doos, as we don't hear them anywhere else and know we are at Bluebeard's when they start.

Yes, it was just perfect to rent a car for our whole stay. It IS worth it, if you can afford it; there are beautiful beaches in every nook and cranny. Knock 'em off one by one as you check your St. Thomas map. And we have spent much more time in St. John over the past many years. St. John is the epitome of beach excellence, so we now want to recommend the St. Thomas beaches -- but you will not find a lot of them without your map and car. All the beaches are open to the public, so you will enjoy all that they have to offer, and even stop in to the various eateries at many of them.

We visited Latitude 18 for a great night of music with the Fiddler, and we took our car on the barge to St. John so we could go all over its incredible landscape. Drive to Haulover Bay and gasp at the colors of that water from great heights. My photos keep reminding me it really IS like that! All in all, great time, great people, great island.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Dianacp
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