Hibiscus Beach Hotel

, Christiansted, Virgin Islands U.S.
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Hibiscus Beach Hotel

, Christiansted
4131 La Grande Princesse - Christiansted - 00820-4441 - Virgin Islands U.S. Hotel Website | 340-773-4042
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Great place.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Very nice room, clean linen every day bathroom needs update. Great veiw of beautiful beach, friendly people, great food at resturant, and good drinks from the bar. While not a 4 star resort the friendly staff, great cook, beach location away from the city with the steady north breeze....if you want quiet seclusion the Hibiscus is the place!

Friendly staff, Great food, Excellent service

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I had a great experience staying at the Hibiscus Beach Hotel. The entire staff was so friendly and very helpful. In particular, John DeRosa, Director of Operations. He made sure our stay was perfect. Our room was perfect, facing the ocean. The weather was perfect every day. The restaurant H20 has an excellent menu, the food was great. Our overall experience was excelent. We would definately visit St Croix again and stay at the Hibiscus Beach Hotel

Pleasantly Suprised!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have to say, I was a bit nervous making my reservation at Hibiscus Beach Resort. I am an avid Trip Advisor Reader and after viewing the comments from a guest in Indianappolis on here I was concerned it was going to be a nightmare. It was not! Im glad I made my choice to stay in Hibiscus. The island itself is unlike the other US Virgin Islands. St. Croix has a charm all of its own. A relaxed comfortable beach, great tours, pleasant low key shopping villages & some really great restaurants. Especially H20 A Caribbean Bistro the hotel restaurant. We had a phenominal dinner like three times. The service was excellent, very friendly and accomodating. I had special dietary needs and they were more than happy to oblige. Management was ever constantly floating the floor. The owner Dan was present every evening to say hello. It was a very welcoming expereince. Oh by the way you have to have the Crabcakes & Caribbean Black Jack Pasta. SOOOOO good. The hotel was different from what we normally stay in. We usually do a Westin or Radisson or a bigger chain property. St. Croix does not have that. Hibiscus has all the charm of the big hotels without the attitude. Personable front desk staff, who went out of there way to direct us, housekeeping that is as cute as a button. Even the Maintenance guy there Jorge climbed a tree and cut a coconut for us. A pleasant young man John greeted us every morning in the restaurant and on his travels throughout the property. We werent sure who he was the first two days but he was always so friendly. We came to find out he was the hotel manager. It was service and smiles like that, that sold us on Hibiscus Beach Resort. The beach, the island, the people all treated us like gold. We will be back.

All the best for continued success!!

The beautiful beach at Hibiscus

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I honeymooned in St. Croix in Feb., 2004. We had labored over where to stay, we didn't want a big resort but something more private. We finally decided on the Hibiscus Beach Hotel after the cottages we had first chosen (near Fredricksted) were booked. Later we read some of the negative reviews and hoped that we had not made a mistake. We had not.

It was dark when we arrived, so we didn't get the full effect of the view from our room until the next morning. What a way to wake up! The sun was shining, the waves crashed against the shore, dozens of palm trees peppered the yard of sand. We were a mere stone's throw from the water. The view was breathtaking.

The room itself was nothing fantastic, but was certainly satisfactory.
There were high white ceilings with fans, plenty of space, and a breezy decor. The bathrooms were shower only. The view from our private bacony made up for anything the room may have lacked. The grounds were also very lush and beautiful.

We also read some bad reviews of the restaurant and figured we probably wouldn't eat there much. But as it turned out, the restaurant is under new ownership, the name has changed to H2O, and the food is fantastic.
We ended up eating there quite a bit. It was one of our two favorites.
The decor was fun, the staff was pleasant. My favorite dishes were the crab cakes and the coconut shrimp. My husband preferred the filet. We had rum soaked french toast for breakfast one day. It was very good, too. We didn't eat anything there that we did not like.

The only inconvience we found was, since we decided not to rent a car, we did have to taxi anywhere we went as the Hibiscus is outside of Christiansted. But it was so easy to get a taxi, the front desk would call and arrange it for you, and they always arrived within 5 minutes.
It was also very easy to get a taxi back from Christiansted. They are everywhere just waiting for you to be ready to go. You just tell them "Hibiscus", and they know right where to go.

A couple of other notes, not about the hotel, but the island-We loved Christiansted but found Fredricksted to be a bit of a waste of our time. The one night we went, we thought we would never get a cab back.
At that point we were glad the cottages we had originally chosen were unavailable. While there we ate at the Blue Moon which was pretty good.

Back in Christiansted, we thoroughly enjoyed Big Beard's sail to Buck Island. In fact, we did it twice. We also loved the restaurant Rumrunners on the boardwalk. We would recommend a tour of Saint George's Botanical Gardens, as well. We highly recommend St. Croix, the Hibiscus Beach Hotel, and the H2O restaurant. We loved it!

quite setting

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here from Feb 9th 2004 thru Feb 12 2004. It was a small beach from what I am used to Ocean city maryland/Virginia Beach, But it was very nice. It was not crowded at all. I stayed in room # 2 with was one of the closest to the water. Rooms 1,2,3 were are the closest. The beach did have a lot of seaweed, but I was told that this is typical for this side of the island. They did clean it up everyday. The reasturant was very good. Well atleast the dinners were. I never seen breakfst and lunch since I was always working. The people were all nice and helped out any way they could. The rooms were clean and seemed pretty nice to me. I was told that crime is very high now on this Island due to drugs. Although I felt safe at this Hotel, the locals that i worked with told me not to take walks at night time. Going from resort to resort is safe.

A Lovely Cruzan Holiday

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife, 10-mont-old daughter and I had a very pleasant stay at Hibiscus last April. If you're looking for a no-frills getaway to an uncrowded, idyllic, small Carribbean beach, the Hibiscus is an extremely good value. If you're looking for lavish rooms, a pampering staff and gourmet food this is not the place. The rooms are comfortable. The staff is friendly and helpful. (They hooked us up with an excellent nanny and driver, who chauffered us around the island and watched after our little girl while we snorkeled and explored the island's numerous beaches.) The food is good - especially on nights they grill locally caught fish. The rum punch is outstanding. If the Hibiscus food is not to your liking, the Cormorand Hotel (50 yards away) has an excellent kitchen and bar. (Fair warning: The Cormorand caters to gay couples, male and female. If this bothers you, please don't bother them. The staff and guests of The Cormorand were extremely gracious to my family whenever we dropped in for lunch or dinner - even though it is not a family hotel.)The beach is a beautiful crescent of white sand kissing clear, azure water. But don't swim here. A violent undertow in windy weather and a strong one even on calm days is bad news for weak swimmers. However, a mere 50 yards down the beach (to the right if you're facing the ocean), the water is as calm as a bath and nearby reefs are teeming with wildlife. While snorkeling here, we saw several flounder, grouper, parrot fish, clownfish, eels, barracuda, dogfish and angelfish. The best snorkeling, however, is on Buck Island which is a must see and do on St. Croix.That's it. Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

The bloom has faded

from A TripAdvisor Member
The ads lie: there were never fresh flowers in the room and beach towels were never available, and there's really no gift shop to speak of: a shelf in reception with 3 bottles of suntan lotion!

The facility is quaint, quiet (unless there's a party at the bar, during which loud music rocks you past midnight) and very worn.
Housekeeping maintains clean rooms, but the beach and grounds are not looked after.

The restaurant is the new owner's priority (he even told us "running a hotel is a no-brainer; it takes care of itself. It's the restaurant that demands attention." but perhaps that's because he's a restauranteur from NYC.) but even the restaurant needs work. The food is so-so, limited menu with very spicy dishes and the worst creme brulee this side of oblivion. But it's the staff that is the worst: one waitress thought the local island beer was "Coors Light?" and that the creme brulee was an alcoholic beverage.

The brunch isn't worth it. Untoasted bagels, a few pieces of fruit, coffee and OJ --- and the third degree if you 'dare' to want to take it to your room!

The reception desk is the worst. It's a long wait for them to finish their personal phone calls, then they are obviously disgruntled that you 'bothered' them. They do NOT help arrange rental cars or trips --- just point to brochures. They don't give accurate information about bus stops/schedules or much of anything else. They make it very clear that their guests are a nuisance.

The phone books in the room were 2 yrs old; consequently, we made several wrong calls. The staff didn't care, didn't get us a new one, and were perturbed that we kept calling them for numbers to places.

Other guests we spoke to said the same thing: the place isn't what it used to be. There's a serious attitude problem, and service is non-existant. If you talk to the owner about it, he says apologetically that it's the way the island is, nothing he can do. In his favor, we did find that most of the residents DID share the same horrendous attitude, which became a joke amongst tourists over dinner.

Lastly, crime is an issue on the island. A police officer stopped us on our way to town, telling us the road we were on wasn't safe. The hotel security guard instructed everyone to lock their doors at night because burglars were common at the hotel (guests like to leave the sliding glass door open to catch a breeze and hear the waves at night).

The beach was fair, the rooms run down but ok. But the service is horrendous, and since it's so far from anything and rental cars are impossible to get, I suggest staying elsewhere.

Hibiscus really a stinker

from A TripAdvisor Member
Arrived on 10/20 departed on 10/24/2003. It was on the beach, that is the only thing I can say good about it. There were rust holes in the roof above my balcony. No dinner off the menu, just spaghetti, BBQ buffet dinners. Great rum punches, clean but sooo run down. I think there were only about 5 people staying there the whole time. Would not recommend to anyone unless you are on a REALLY tight budget.

Great time in St. Croix

from A TripAdvisor Member
We recently went to St Croix and found the atmosphere there warm and courteous. The people were extremely friendly, the cab drivers always helped with advise or suggestions for things to see and do. They were prompt on arriving for pick up or delivery, very courteous and seemed very knowledgeable about the goings on for St. Croix. We stayed at the Hibiscus Hotel and found that although it was "out of season" the manager and grounds crew were very friendly and helpful. The room was always cleaned and the prompt service was terrific. Dinner was lacking but then again it gave us the opportunity to roam the island and try out different places. Our room was right on the beach, there were plenty of hammocks and lounge chairs to provide the relaxing atmosphere that we were looking for. Once we got bold enough and got a rental car on the third day there, the island opened up so much that we have decided to go back in the spring because we didn't see everything we wanted to. Just driving along the winding mountain roads, stopping at a break in the brush to visit the beach, or looking out from the Eastern most point of the US is breathtaking. I highly recommend the first day using a cab to get adjusted to driving on the left and the few road signs that are available - then do your own thing and enjoy the island! Saw no crime - would have expected none since everyone (even the one homeless man we saw late at night in the downtown area who "held a parking spot for us") was considerate which provided a warm and enjoyable vacation. The Diving was excellent - S.C.U.B.A. personnel provided expertise and friendly surroundings which gave us the opportunity to concentrate on having fun and not worrying too much about the details of the dives. All in all it was a great time, we will be going back and I highly recommend it to others.

Hibiscus on St. Croix and restaurants

from A TripAdvisor Member
I recently stayed at the Hibiscus and really enjoyed it. First, their restaurant is very good and the view of the ocean is incredible. The staff is also very nice and accomodating. They have hammocks on the property and a nice strip of beach to lay out or go swimming. I would advise swimming closer to the Comerant, since the water just 100 feet down the beach is much easier to enter and there is less sea grass for some reason.

Here are my choices for good and bad restaurants: Hibiscus - good food, pretty reasonable, nice bar. Rum Rummers - favorite on the island.
Great food and drinks. Great view, too. Buccaneer - I was not impressed with the Buccaneer. The view from the restaurant is incredible, but the food is very pricey ($100 for 2 people with appetizer and dessert), and it wasn't that good.

Top Local Tips for Christiansted

very seasonal August, September or October not good months.Hot muggy and a lot of things closed.Hurricane season.

Expectations - Realities Try the smaller nice jewelers that make their own like Sonya, IB and Crucian. I bought things from two of the three and really appreciated the original designs. The island overall is very downscale and not at all fancy. These three stores and also one with handmade glass were the highlights for me. Make sure to go during the day 10-5. Even though i have visited over 50 countries i probably wouldn't go here alone at night. Almost the whole island could use a coat of paint. The natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere make up for most of it. Top restaurants i went to include Elizabeth's at H2O (the Hibiscus Hotel) and Salud. The other ones were inconsistent and spotty especially on service. Don't order the asian noodle salad at Cheeseburgers and realize that every refill on their small sodas is another $2, which you don't find out until the bill arrives, at least their chicken sandwich was very good.

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  • Address: 4131 La Grande Princesse - Christiansted - 00820-4441 - Virgin Islands U.S.
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