Hibiscus Beach Hotel, Christiansted
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hibiscus Beach Hotel
Great place.from A TripAdvisor Member
Friendly staff, Great food, Excellent servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Pleasantly Suprised!from A TripAdvisor Member
All the best for continued success!!
The beautiful beach at Hibiscusfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 settingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
A Lovely Cruzan Holidayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The bloom has fadedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 stinkerfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great time in St. Croixfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Hibiscus on St. Croix and restaurantsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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.
Other names for Hibiscus Beach Hotel
- hotel hibiscus beach
- hibiscus beach christiansted
- Address: 4131 La Grande Princesse - Christiansted - 00820-4441 - Virgin Islands U.S.
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