Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Hotel, Charlotte Amalie
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we enjoyed our stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
Good deal--terrible musicfrom A TripAdvisor Member
s Reef Is the Best Location on the Islandfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel: Our room was a resort view. Upon arrival, we noticed the door was left ajar, so we asked a maid if this room was "taken" and she promptly answered that the air wasn't working and she had called someone to fix it. When our Bellhop arrived...we told him we'd rather have a new room and he quickly called the front desk for us and got us to an ocean front room - no additional cost! Incidentally, if you stay here..try to get the following rooms (1530, 1630, 1730 or 1830)...best rooms in the hotel - you view the ocean, bay and town (with the lights at night!)..you will also see the cruise ships from afar. Also, if you do get a resort view, the "view" is not just looking at a parking lot...(about 10 cars park there) but in the distance you see the ocean and beautifully landscaped gardens. Please note: Ask for the tower rooms...anyone that said their rooms were old or in need of repair may have been in the lower end rooms that are bay view..but...they seem to have been the original(?) hotel. Tower is the nicest part of the hotel.
The Morningstar resort (where the beach is located) closes from Aug - Nov but we were not surprised as our Travel Agent had informed us of this. The pool was down for repair on 8/17..but the pool at the Marriot is very nice and when you sit near it you see a view of all the moutains and the ocean...(since you are on a cliff)...it is very very nice.
Food: All food on the island ....average price is about $32 for an entree. Salad, sides, etc. are ala carte. This hotel may be more expensive than the downtown establishments, but typical of any hotel anywhere with dining on site. Make sure you go to the Windows on the Harbor at night..the view of the city and lights is breathtaking with their ceiling to floor windows. With our family, we purchased the breakfast plan with gives you a huge breakfast breakfast buffet. Fruit, breads, omlettes, eggs made to order, yogurt, etc etc. You cannot go hungry!
Shopping: From this hotel, there is a water ferry ($5 a person) which is a 10 min ride to town. It is fun! However, if you have more than 2 people, I suggest you rent a car. (left side driving!) Anywhere you go on the island the min fare is $5 a person (children too) so we rented.
Places to see: Take a trip to St. John for the day! With your rental car you can take a car ferry. Visit Trunk Bay...this is a much quieter island...but worth the trip. On St. Thomas, visit Magen's bay...and Coki Beach is located next to Coral World, you can do both in the same day.
One minor glitch at the hotel was that we experienced a daily total of our breakfast (which was supposed to be free since we had the plan).
They do correct it at the end, it was mostly my fault that I didn't inform them (remind them) at the beginning of the plan since I had a travel voucher and it was on there. But, upon departure, it was not a problem.
Very nice hotel...location is very easy to everything!
Hotel gives false advertisement on accommondationsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The good, the bad, and the uglyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Wonderful Vacation!from scdi
(yes, there were 75 steps to the beach, good exercise to counteract all those Rum punches) Room was very nice, but hotel exterior is in need of renovations. I found the service from the hotel manager, restaurant manager, and everyone we met to be superb. We ate most of our meals at Tavern at the Beach and found Chef Kevin's cuisine to be top notch.
Meals were pricy, but not unusual, compared to the rest of the island.
At Tavern at the Beach, we ate two meals at the bar from the "Bar Bites" menu which consisted of small appetizer plates priced at 3 for $14. They were delicious and plenty to eat. We also had the pleasure of chatting with the bartender, Tennyson, who took good care of us.
Windows on the Harbor had a wonderful buffet breakfast. Also Coco Joe's was great for lunch. We loved the House salad either topped with grilled chicken or tuna. One salad was plenty for two people. Other meals were eaten at Herve's and Room with a View downtown. Both were excellent. We also ate at Gladys', but meals were just ok. We snorkeled at Coki beach and swam at Magen's Bay (snack bar has great gyro's). We also took the ferry to St. John's and snorkeled at Trunk Bay. It was beautiful. We rented a car and enjoyed having the freedom to travel around the island. However, driving is a challenge because you drive on the left and the roads are mountainous.
I can't wait to return to the islands. We had a great time!
beautiful experiencefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The staff was very friendly and helpful. I plan to make a pleasure, not business, trip and request the exact same room. It was an overall beautiful hotel that exemplified the island on which it exists. Peace and Blessings, Shay
It is not that bad ...from A TripAdvisor Member
Awesome honeymoonfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Charlotte Amalie
st. johns If you go to St. Thomas - absolutely go to St. Johns and go to either Caneel Bay or Trunk Bay - but you must get to Trunk Bay before 11am - otherwise you can't park. We rented a car and drove all over the island (a bit dangerous but fun) and thought the views and the beaches were much nicer than St. Thomas. Absolutely worth the trip over there for the day. If possible, try to stay at Caneel Bay Resort - it looked fantastic and was quite nice (we stopped there for drinks).
Trip to St. John Leave from the harbor at Charlotte Amelie (it takes 45 minutes to get to Cruz Bay in St. John from there), but when you return, return via Red Hook and take a taxi back to the hotel. That way you get to see St. Thomas Island from both the sea, and from the ground. Entire excursions, including the taxi, just $31 per person. Note: St. John is much smaller and more laid back than St. Thomas. St. John is noted for it's beautiful natural parks and beaches. They even have snorkeling trails at Trunk Bay. You can rent the equipment there. You can rent anything you want anywhere, so leave all that stuff at home. Just rent what you need. Note: taxi's run PER PERSON, plus extra for any luggage. Taxi from Airport to this hotel is $8, plus $2 or $3 per bag, total of $14 for one person, but would be $28 for two people, get it?. And they pack you in: 11 persons per taxi (they are vans). It's the law down there; They must do this. But don't worry about it. It's a short trip.
Easy to get to Charlotte Amalie Go down to the Marriott dock to get on the short ferry to downtown Charlotte Amalie. Don't go when cruise ships are there. Very crowded.
Other names for Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Hotel
- marriott frenchmans reef
- marriott charlotte amalie
- charlotte amalie marriott
- Address: 5 Estate Bakkeroe - Charlotte Amalie - 00801 - Virgin Islands U.S.
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