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All reviews yogurt the penthouse continental breakfast rooms are small in town st john downtown location ferry dock mini fridge within walking distance other guests owners and staff place to stay perfect location spent one night every morning two blocks
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

This was our second stay at Cruz Bay Hotel. We were there last year, just a few months before the island was battered by the two Cat 5 hurricanes. At that time, we wanted an in-town place to stay on St. John at the beginning of a vacation that would take us to the BVI and eventually back to St. Thomas. We had read the great reviews but still had concerns about possible noise when we were trying to sleep. We are familiar with St. John and found it difficult to believe (in spite of David’s assurances when we called him to make our reservation) that a place in the midst of a bustling little town could really be quiet at night. But it was! And the comfortably firm bed and quiet, efficient air conditioning unit contributed to a restful sleep.
We returned this year, both because we like St. John so much and because we wanted to show support for the place as it rebuilds. We knew from last year that David and Denise are a very welcoming couple who made us feel at home. We were still touched to learn that immediately after the storms, they opened their hotel (whose sturdy construction and high capacity generators had kept it functioning), at no charge, to local families who had lost their homes.

Now, nine months after the storms, although The Westin and Caneel Bay are still shuttered, Cruz Bay is spruced up and bustling, with its large variety of restaurants and other services mere footsteps from the hotel. At Denise’s suggestion last year, we enjoyed dining at the Lime Inn, just across the street from the hotel and at La Tapa. Those are still reliable recommendations, but for variety, we asked for more suggestions, and we ended up with very good experiences at The Longboard, Morgan’s Mango, Ocean 362, and Da Livio, the excellent Italian restaurant on the first floor of the hotel.

The continental breakfast at the hotel, with Denise’s tasty banana or other fruit bread, is fine to get you started. If you are a big breakfast eater, an excellent choice for additional fare is the Cruz Bay Landing restaurant, just around the corner.

While last year we started our trip in St. John, this year we ended it there. We had already had lots of beach time in the BVI, so we did not spend time in the water. But when we took a hike with the National Park Service along the Lind Point Trail to Honeymoon Beach, we discovered that we did not have to walk back (thank goodness!) because a dinghy shuttle now operates every half hour between Honeymoon Beach and town. This is a great example of turning a necessity into a virtue. It is a necessity because you can no longer take a taxi to Caneel Bay and walk to Honeymoon since Caneel is closed. And it is a virtue because it makes the Cruz Bay Hotel feel much closer to the beach. You can walk down the street to the beach next to the Ferry Terminal and hop into the dinghy for a quick, very pleasant boat ride to Honeymoon, which is a gorgeous beach with all necessary comforts including a very good beach bar / restaurant.

Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel is a fine pied-à-terre and suits our purposes well. And now, it feels even closer to the beach.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank caribmike
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Visited St. John for work in May. Denise and David could not have been more helpful. We were there for three weeks and they took care of us like family. Cruz Bay Boutique has all the amenities you could ask for, and they are located right in the hear of town. The convenient locations made is possible to avoid getting in a car or worrying about a taxi. The hotel and rooms are very clean and accommodating. I wouldn't think twice about staying here again, upon my return.

  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled on business
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Thank William P
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Denise and Davide have built something wonderful in the heart of Cruz Bay. Two minutes from the ferry dock, and walking distance from everything in Cruz Bay. Clean, comfortable rooms. Friendly and accommodating service. Our home base whenever we travel to STJ!

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank SarikX
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Denise and David are exceptional! Really, they are the best. Long story short, we had a hotel mix up/disaster on our honeymoon to St John and found ourselves with no where to stay once we arrived on the island. Great start to our trip ;) Denise and David were able to accommodate us and get us a room for the week on the spot, right then and there (with the exception of Friday when they were sold out - but David took the liberty of making calls for me to find us another room for that night, physically stopped by his friends hotel when he could not reach them via phone to see if they had an opening for us, and booked a room at another hotel for me which was so sweet and just above and beyond customer service).

The rooms are small, but it is honestly everything you need. Charming 'boutique' vibe, friendly atmosphere, comfy beds, hot water, fridge, complimentary bottled water in your room, beach chairs to take for the day, a decent value in comparison to the other hotel prices on STJ, and to boot, it is in the best location in town. It is right in the middle of everything - restaurants, bars, beaches, the market, town square. The location cannot be beat!

As previously mentioned, on Friday, we stayed at another hotel as Cruz Bay Hotel was sold out, and it was awful. The details of that hotel stay are not necessary for this review, but I will say that we are two very chill, non high maintenance, down to earth Midwestern people and it takes quite a bit of BS for us to raise a fuss / and or be dissatisfied, but the other hotel we had to stay in that Friday night was a $500+ a night luxury hotel where we were treated like sh*t and honest to god - we could not wait to get back to Cruz Bay Hotel and finish out our stay. The wonderful way were were treated, the vibe, the comfy-ness of the beds, the location, and the respect and positivity we received while staying at Denise and David's hotel honestly could not be matched by the other establishment that we stayed.

Stay at Cruz Bay Hotel, save your money for your adventures on the island and truly enjoy SJT - you will not be sorry if you choose to stay at this wonderful hotel! We sure know where we will be staying when we come back to the island :)

All the best,
Kari

Room Tip: Room #4 is the best
  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kari R
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Situated in the center of Cruz Bay, the Boutique is not far from anything. Denise and David are excellent Hosts with great knowledge of the Island of St John. There is a nice Continental Breakfast with the essentials, most people raved about Denise’s pastries. I try to get back to the island yearly and will not hesitate to go back to the Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel again.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled solo
Thank Bob F
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