Elysian Beach Resort Hotel, Charlotte Amalie
Reviews - Elysian Beach Resort Hotel
- Age Group: 60plus
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Retired
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Elysian Beach Resort Hotel
Want to go back to the Elysian-Loved it!!!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Extremely peaceful locationfrom helaurin
The bathroom space could be more attractively used by using larger tubs (preferably whirlpool or jacuzzis). The resort documentation indicated that non-motorized watersports (snorkeling, ocean kayaking, etc.) were supposed to be included, and they weren't, so we had to rent equipment.
The beach had lots of small and medium rocks just after you entered the water, so you'll need water shoes. The outside jacuzzi by the pool was small, and sometimes not too clean (dirt and plant material sometimes ran into the jacuzzi because of the way it is landscaped). Mixed: For those who like bustling resorts, look elsewhere. If you need peace and quiet (and lots of it), this may be the place for you. Be aware that you will need a car to get food other than beach bar grill food. Also, the grounds are quite hilly; those with knee joint problems may wish to look for a resort that is layed out on more of flat location.
Pleasnat surprisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Leaves A Lot to Be Desiredfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Needless to say that was the ONLY experience I had at Bonnies because we refused to return.Roberts on the other hand is wonderful however he only serves dinner and Sunday Brunch. The chef and staff are very warm and friendly! They went over and beyond our expectations. By the way, be sure to try the She Crab Soup and Homemade Icecream!!!!
loved the elysianfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Had A Great Time!from A TripAdvisor Member
Food on the island is expensive. Water was $4.00/bottle! It would be a good idea to pack a few bottles of water from home and buy gallons of distilled water at the grocery store to refill them. We also bought cereal for breakfast and food to make sandwiches for lunch -- that helped keep the expense down. Robert's and Bonnie's By the Sea (both on the Elysian property) had great food. Bonnie's was very reasonable, Robert's was more expensive ($22-$28 per entree) which is more typical of the prices on St. Thomas.
We rented a car for the week -- it was well worth it. We visited 5 different beaches during our week there. I highly recommend taking the car ferry at Red Hook to St. John. Trunk Bay was our favorite beach.
Had a wonderful time!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Fungi on the Beach not worth the money). Pick up groceries at Marina Market (great bakery with wonderful coconut muffins). Also in Red Hook you can catch the ferry to St. John. With our little rented car we beach hopped the whole week (twice at St. John - it costs $ 35 round trip to transport your car and family on the ferry - worth it because you would need a taxi there anyways). Whatever hotel you decide on, make sure it's on the east end of St. Thomas. Most of the action and beaches (Secret Harbor, Sapphire, Coki) are there, and the drive to Megen's bay is not too long. Compared to what we are used to here in the continental USA, everywhere on St. Thomas the service is slow and the attitude is laid back (somewhat indiferent). But if you are cool and relaxed about it and adapt to the slow pace and the "island time" you'll find the locals to be very friendly and well disposed. And you'll have a great time too! I will definitely return to St. Thomas, but maybe stay at Secret Harbor Beachside Villas. The quality of that hotel is similar to the Elysian's, but the beach is much better.
never again!from A TripAdvisor Member
Our room was cleaned once in a week...and even then only 1 clean towel was left. If you need toilet paper you must beg and weep to the desk or a passing maid if you are lucky enough to catch one. The beach was pretty and we had a great view from our room. If you plan to visit the Elysian, a bit of advice... bring your own towels and toilet paper.
There is no iron, so pack only wrinkle proof clothing. Lug a hair dryer in that suitcase as well, you won't find one here. Wear your crash helmet when on the road (or dealing w/ the front desk for that matter).
Bring Lysol, the place smells like mold. I enjoyed the US and BVI"s...just not our accomidations. A motel 6 would have been better!
A Mixed Review for the Elysianfrom trinigirlmd
We stayed at the Elysian late June/early July 2003. We paid very little for our room (about 25% of the list rate) because we won a travel auction, so it was worth what we paid. Small but nice beach (has rocks near the water so bring beach shoes.) Beach had lots of chairs and quite a bit of shade.
Our room was cleaned once -- on the Wednesday of the week we were there. If you're willing to pay extra you can have your room cleaned every day.
We stayed in a hotel room in the F building near the ice machines. From our balcony we had a nice view of the ocean. Our room had two beds, satellite TV, lots of closet space, separate dressing area, separate tub & bath, microwave and a mini refrigerator and some plates and cutlery.
IMO the resort is very quiet, very clean and well-maintained. We ate at Bonnie's most days for breakfast. A previous poster was right. Service is spotty at Bonnie's. After the first day we started seating ourselves and became regulars so service got better. We didn't eat at Roberts (the other restaurant on site.)
The resort is a long uphill walk from the main road, so it's worthwhile to rent a car -- unless you're fit. They drive on the opposite side of the road, but the roads are very smooth, although they're winding and steep. My husband got the hang of it pretty quickly, although turns were a challenge.
We got a very good rate from the stateside Budget Car Rental -- not the local one because they were much higher. Don't believe anyone who says the local Budget franchise will not accept your Internet booking on the main Budget site.
Service at the Elysian (and most of the island) reminded me of service in another famous Caribbean island we've been to. You always got the feeling that you were interrupting the staff from doing something really important :-) Don't be shy to ask for what you want. Including towels and wash cloths that seemed to be in short supply.
Take advantage of the almost free shuttle (started July 1) that takes you to shopping, Bluebeard's and Magen's Bay. It was great to let someone else do the driving.
Do not use the telephone if you can avoid it. The cost is about $6 each time you use the phone! I believe there's a pay phone near Bonnie's where you could avoid the surcharge.
Check in on the Saturday we got there was quick and efficient. Check out was a hassle because we were leaving on a Saturday and there was only one person at the desk at the 10 am mandatory checkout time.
The Elysian is in the East End which makes it very accessible to lots of restaurants, the ferries to St John and the British Virgin Islands, grocery stores (Marina Market's bakery was fantastic) and Internet access (we used Grateful Deli -- but it was slow, but cheap.) By the way, signage to the Elysian from the main road is non-existent. Look for the small Bonnie's sign so you will know where to turn.
Had a nice time in the Virgin Islands -- even got over to St John and visited Hawksnest Beach and Trunk Bay.
The weather cooperated while we were there, so that made all the difference. We could leave the resort every day and go someplace else.
All in all, the Elysian provided fair service for a really low price.
We were satisfied.
St. Thomas is a Paradisefrom A TripAdvisor Member
We were nestled between the Ritz Carlton and the Yacht Club so the location was great. It was a 5 minute cab ride to Red Hook which also had great restaurants and nice little shops. We took cabs everywhere we went which cost us about $125 for 6 days. - $50 of that was the r/t to the airport. They charge per person.
Alcohol was extremely cheap there. We bought all of our booze from Kmarts which had great choices. If you buy a bottle of rum distilled in the VI you are able to bring back an additional 5 bottles per person. AWalmart and Home Depot will be opening up in 2003.
Food is very expensive from the market. We had a small kitchenette which included a microwave, coffee pot, sink and small fridge. We had beer and coffee in our room which helped defray the expense. There are always happy hours around so that's good.
There will be a gift shop at the Resort in December so that will help when buying small items. There is a mail service in Red Hook to mail post cards also.
We were there from 11/13-11/19. Although it was the rainy season, we had minimal rain. The weather was fantastic. 80 degrees year round with minimal humidity. There were events arranged by the resort daily which you could do or just laze around at the beach.
We were in a deluxe room which consisted of ceramic tile, private balcony, kind size bed, TV with cable, huge bathroom, 2 large closets and the kitchenette. We paid $104 per night including taxes.
The coffeepot leaked and there was no hot water.
We changed rooms once because the TV was bad so...you need to check things out when you arrive. The resort is 15 years old. But, the location really was great, I think.
Top Local Tips for Charlotte Amalie
Restaurants Off the hook-Red Bank, Indigo Megans Bay Hotel, St Thomas Diary-near Megans Bay, Roberts-the Elysian
Latitude 18, near Red Hook If you like music, jazz, follk, R&B, maybe a little dancing, and a funky beach atmosphere, find Latitude 18 off the road to Elysian and other resorts. It's on a terrible side road, watch for signs, follow it until you think you must have gone wrong, and there you are. Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sun afternoon are usually good times. Food is simple but good. Live-aboard boat people go here. Excellent local bands.
Latitude 18 There is a small restaurant/bar not too far from the Elysian the we went to for good music and lots of fun. You have a relaxing water front view and friendly locals to hang out with.
Other names for Elysian Beach Resort Hotel
- hotel elysian beach
- elysian beach st thomas
- elysian beach resort st thomas
- elysian beach resort
- elysian beach hotel
- Address: 6800 Estate Nazareth - Charlotte Amalie - 00802 - Virgin Islands U.S.
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