Gallows Point Resort Hotel

, Cruz Bay, Virgin Islands U.S.
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Gallows Point Resort Hotel

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3A Cruz Bay - Cruz Bay - 00831 - Virgin Islands U.S. Hotel Website | 340-776-6434
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great time

from A TripAdvisor Member
just got back on nov2.. it was great again.. we had a great view.
wish I could have stayed an extra week

Gallows Point - Review

from A TripAdvisor Member
Just returned from 8 days in St. John, staying in Unit 10C at Gallows Point. We were extremely pleased with Gallows. Great location close to restaurants and shops. Beautiful grounds with lots of flowering plants, geckos and iguanas. Nice pool that overlooks the sea and has a great view of St. Thomas and wonderful sunsets. The beach is rocky and small, but provides access to very good snorkeling. I saw lots of different fish and plants, and two lobster in a crevice in a rock outcrop. The harbor units are somewhat noisy, since there is frequent traffic from the ferry boats. But we didn't mind this and enjoyed the harbor view. 10C also provides great views of the ocean and St. Thomas. Most annoying though were some very loud and persistent birds and frogs right outside the unit, and the windows are all louved so they do not close completely. Ear plugs help a lot if you are sensitive to noise. Gallows has a convenience store where you can buy supplies, rent snorkeling gear, and book trips to the other islands.
I also visited the Westin and found the beach, grounds, and rooms to be very nice. But the Westin is not really within walking distance of Cruz Bay, so it is a little less convenient. I highly recommend Gallows. Go to Woody's if you are in St. John. Great place to meet people.

Great place to stay!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have been to St John three times, the last visit in June 2004 we spent a week in Gallows Point. It was great. We loved the informality, the location, the room (harbour upper). The short walk to Cruz Bay bars and restaurants was easy. We really enjoy hiring a jeep and visiting the other beaches. We recommend Morgans Mango for good food and a great atmosphere, Stone Terrace for something a little more special and the Beach Bar to chill out. We also recommend the Magic Moments boat, quite expensive but really special - food, champagne, the lot! We are visiting again in November and cannot wait!

Great Island, Great Spot to Stay!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Gallows Point was great! Did alot of research here at tripadvisor.com and changed plans to stay in St. John instead of St. Thomas after reading all the reviews... and VERY glad I did!

Loved the Island, great vacation spot. Lots to do, and it easy to get around. Rent a jeep for the day ($50-$60) to see the other side of the island. All the beaches were beautiful, and the snorkeling was amazing.

Highlights:
Morgan's Mango (have a mango margarita!)
Skinny Legs (the Canal Bay side of the Island) Great burgers!
Stormy Petrel (-------------------------------) day trip to Virgin Gorda in the BVI's (Capt. Andy & Maggie were great!)
ZoZo's Restaurant/Bar at Gallows Point... great view, and excellent food!

Really enjoyable trip, great experience. Would love to go back. Be careful about going in Sept. - seems like lots of places close-up shop for a month, and head off the island (to hide from hurricanes, and to take a break) Just got back, and Aug. is very hot there. Near 90F every day.

Go. Have fun!!! Enjoy Island Life, St. John style!

Perfect Honeymoon Spot

from tcfranco28
Gallows Point was better than I could have imagined. After reading all of the positive reviews, and visiting their website with the steel drum "Day-O" background music, I figured this might be the place to go. We stayed in Unit 5, in an Oceanview Upper Suite. The unit was two stories tall and was directly on the water. We watched the sun set over St. Thomas each evening, and then walked into town for dinner (about a five minute stroll). If you want a mega resort experience, make your way to the Westin. If you want a quiet and relaxing get away, I can't imagine a better one than Gallows Point. The harbor view units won't give you the sunsets, but they offer a great view of the town and the boats coming in and out of the harbor. The lower level rooms don't offer quite the same views, but will save you money.

St. John is friendly, easy to get around, and not as developed as a few of its neighbors are. This island has beautiful beaches, excellent hiking and snorkeling, and the local Cruzan Rum is delicious. Be sure to rent a Jeep for a day or two, and get around the entire island. Trunk Bay is the most popular beach, and a definite stopping point, but get around to Maho, Francis and Leinster Bays as well. We rented a dinghy for a day, and saw the island from that vantage point. Well worth the money.

We spent the end of our honeymoon on St. Thomas, and realized that it doesn't hold a candle to St. John. Gallows Point was a wonderful place to stay!

Our kind of place!

from hungryinpa
This fall we will return to Gallows Point for the 3rd time in 10 years - the 2nd time just last October. We have visited St. John's 6 times in these 10 years and stayed in private homes 3 of those times. We have always had the best of service while staying at Gallows. The suites were clean and well-suited for us. We are not typical 'resort' people. We like t-shirts and shorts and comfortable surroundings. Gallows Point is perfect for us. It is a resort without all the fluff just friendly staff and upscale but not fancy accomodations. We have stayed in oceanview and harbor view lofts and prefer the harbor view and watching St. John's come to life each morning and go to bed each night. Never a problem with noise.
We always plan on eating in a few times and bring the few groceries we need with us in a small cooler. You can call or e-mail ahead to Gallows any additional items you would like to have stocked in your room prior to your arrival and the small on-site grocery will handle this for you - no extra charge. It's great to walk into your room - grab a cold Corona/lime out of 'your' frig and go straight to the balcony and start your vacation without having to run to the grocery first!!
We highly recommend the Reef Bay trail - we suggest the guided one because you go down the trail and then catch a boat back to the Park Office instead of having to trek back up the trail. Bring your bug spray and water. The trip is easy - downhill- but hot. Plan in advance for this trip as it is very popular and fills up quickly even in the off season.
Best snorkeling was at Waterlemon Cay. Best beach - Oppenheimer. Best breakfast - JJ's Texas Coast Cafe on the Park in Cruz Bay. Best lunch - Island Blue's in Coral Bay. Chateau Bordeaux has a very casual outdoor bar open around lunchtime serving simple sandwiches/hamburgers - stop for a drink just to see the view!
The locals are very friendly and helpful - just remember your manners - Good morning/afternoon/evening - it really does make a difference! No swimsuits in town - it's the law!
If you vacation to go shopping, gambling, enjoy night life, or can't bring yourself to wear t-shirts and shorts - don't come here! Stay on St. Thomas.
Try the trips to The Baths and Jost Van Dyke - both out of the Westin. Pricey but good!

Great Place To Stay

from Rubau
Gallows Point Resort, what a beautiful place. My fiance and I searched for a honeymoon spot for months. We decided on St. John, known for its quiet and peaceful atmosphere. We stayed for eight days, May 25-June 2. Anyway, Gallows Point Resort is not exactly a resort like you may be thinking. They are basically large apartments with a family room, full kitchen, bedroom and two restrooms (one shower, no tub). No room service, however there is a daily maid service and a gift shop by the exit. The gift shop is nice, convinient and reasonably priced. We bought many breakfast and lunch items from there ( English muffins, lunch meat, bread, waffles, juices, pasta/sauce, etc---you cook everything yourself). The gift shop also plans all of your activities- in-room massages, jet skiing, parasailing, helicopter rides, taxis, restaurant reservations, etc. And they are very good and consistent about getting everything you want and need done. They also rent out snorkeling gear, no reason to leave the resort to snorkel, they have the best snorkeling on the island (so many beautiful, colorful fish). They sell film, cameras, lotions, shampoos, shaving cream, razors, q-tips, etc... everything you need is there (not too much more expensive.) If you're going to St. John for night life, you've picked the wrong place. Almost everything is closed around 9-10 p.m. Reason being: everyone is out swimming, snorkeling, etc. that by 8 p.m. everyone is knocked out. St. John is not the place for you if you're not a water person- there's nothing else to do but swim and eat. Food is mediocre. You land in St. Thomas, take a taxi to the ferry dock, ride a boat to the St. John ferry dock, someone from Gallows Point will pick you up and take you to the resort. There is a pool- not so big, but a good size. Good Morning/Afternoon/Night go a long way. Bring singles for tips. View is amazing, I'm sure from any room you get. We stayed in a Harbor View 2-floor- beautiful. We went on a sunsetsail- very romantic. It is unlawful to walk around the city in your bathing suits. If you need a new watch St. John/Thomas is the place to go, they sell them for way less. My husband bought a $800 Movada watch for $500- and they're real, we checked. They give you the certificate and everything (I checked it out... I dont like to get jipped). What else can I tell you to help you out, oh yeah... If you like room service, big beautiful resort, a lot of people, late drinks, etc stay at the Westin. My husband and I went there for dinner, excellent. A bit overpriced though, but no matter where you go for a vacation will be the same deal. Gallows Point is clean, convinient, close to everything, beautiful landscaping, beautiful view and perfect if you want to be alone.

t stay away from paradise!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My boyfriend and I stayed at Gallows Point Resort in 2001, 2002 and this year from June 23 - July 3, 2004. We travel a long way from Arizona to St. John, and it's worth every hour of the trip.

Gallows Point has been the perfect place in Paradise for us. We originally looked at the Westin or Caneel, but based on other reviews, thankfully selected Gallows Point instead.

Len (the manager) and a lot of the staff at Gallows have been there for a long time, which makes coming back year after year feel like you're visiting old friends. Big smiles and hugs at our arrival made us feel like we had just left even though we made the mistake of going to Cancun last year! We were sad to leave, but again, the hugs and smiles gave us something to look forward to next year.

Gallows isn't a fancy overpriced resort with inconsistant and expensive food. If you are looking for a lot of high energy activities and lots of people don't stay here. Gallows is more casual, but clean and well kept. The rooms are comfortable and from the kitchen stocked with pots, pans, etc. (maids will even do the leftover dishes in the sink!), to the easy short walk into town for food or shopping (a day trip to St. Thomas on non-ship days net much better deals), to the great snorkeling right off our dock and easy access to most beautiful beaches I've ever seen, Gallows Point offers the perfect place to come and relax and create your own perfect Paradise. Our days began on our patio relaxing with tea for me and coffee for Gary looking out over the manicured bouganvillas to the spectacular Caribbean and watching the boats go by. Most mornings we were greeted by the lazy iguanas that came across our lawn and the seagulls flying over the sea in search of breakfast. Our days ended on the quiet of our patio looking across to the lights of St. Thomas. This alone is worth the trip!!

This year we stayed in 4B (ocean lower) and although the bedroom is just below ZoZo's (food was great - you must try the Calamari) there was rarely any noise. The restaurant closes at 9:00 and there is no loud partying going on at the bar. (more about loud partying later) I recommend any room in buildings 1 - 9 if you want quiet and great ocean views. The harbor view rooms have a little more activity with boats and ferries and occasional music from the Beach Bar, but there really aren't any "bad" rooms.

There is one small detail that I must mention here (this is the loud partying part!) that really has nothing directly to do with Gallows, but you should know for planning purposes. We chose to vacation this year at the end of June/begining of July and we were not aware of the local "Festival" that takes place every year for 4th of July and lasts about 5-7 days the week before. There is a party with food and local bands (loud!!!) every night from about 9:00 pm - 2:00 am and if the ocean breeze is just right (it was every night for 5 nights of our trip) you can hear the band like it's right outside the bedroom window!! We didn't sleep very well for the second half of our "quiet" vacation in paradise.

We've shopped around the Island and for basics like eggs, cheese, milk etc. and the small on property store is the most reasonable (they even have movies to rent and can arrange any activity or car rental you need). Although we chose to use the BBQ grill and eat some meals at "home", we have a few favorite restaurants: Cafe Roma for Italian, Lime Inn for fish and just good food (Wed. is all you can eat shrimp night), Woody's for great burgers, Happy Hour drinks, shrimp skewers and conch fritters, and Duffy's Love Shack for casual food and drinks, Joes BBQ shack has great cheap eats.

We just got home and I'm already looking forward to next year's vacation in Paradise!

I could go on and on, but you need to go to Gallows Point Resort and create your own perfect vacation in Paradise! Hope to see you there,

Linda & Gary

Hard to beat Gallows Point Resort!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I hope my opinions of Gallows Point Resort and St.John help those researching this beautiful island.
Feel free to email if you have any questions or concerns. My wife and I just got back from a week in St.John and absolutely loved it. Gallows Point met and exceeded most of our needs. We opted for 15C with no regrets. This unit backs up to the pool, has a outside harbor view AND a great view of St.Thomas and the sunsets. We loved watching the ferries and local boats entering and exiting Cruz Bay! Be sure to bring binoculers or telescope. The grounds are beautiful. Nicer and lusher than the photo's on the web site show. The interior, while a bit "rustic" is fine. We found that if we kept the windows, louvers, doors shut, and turned on the a/c, that took care of most of the mosquito problems. "No see um's" were no issue, but bring spray for the occasional mosquito.
Long cab ride from airport [St.Thomas] to Red Hook where it's a short ferry ride. Or....short cab to downtown [Charlotte Amalie [a mall Ya] and a 45 minute ferry to St.John. We like the long boat ride better than the long cab ride.
Let's see....restaurants....For us...the.best [and most expensive] was by far, Asolare. If money is no issue that's the place.
Zo Zo's upstairs bar was VERY nice. Food good. Fish Trap was VERY basic, but the food was great and the prices cheap. Morgan's Mango has a Lobster and live music nite on Tuesday. We made reservations for 8pm. Liked the bar and restaurant, but were a little miffed when told they were out of lobster and out of my second choice of Mahi Mahi. Settled for the Talapia and was pleased. I guess next time I will reserve a lobster.
Banana Deck was very good. Nice bar.
Ronnie's Pizza [delivered] and beer on our deck two nights. Very nice watching the sunset.
Rented the yellow dingy's twice and had a blast! We opted for the 14" with 30hp motor with no regrets. Great way to get to the beautiful beaches and snorkeling. Sign up for the Reef Bay hike [I hear one of the best hikes in the Caribbean] when you get there at the Park Dept. office north of the harbour. This is a guided hike [$20 includes cab ride to the start] with a boat ride back to Cruz Bay at the conclusion of the hike. We did not sign up in time, so we missed this VERY popular event. Mondays, Thursday's and Friday's I believe. Trust me....you can do the self guided hike of course, but you don't want to walk back up that mountain to your jeep. Do the "one way" and the boat home..
If you want fun and a GREAT workout....take a taxi to Annaberg. Snorkle Waterlemon Cay for a few hours, check out the ruins [very cool], then take the Johnny Horn trail [2 hours] to Coral Bay and then catch the $2 bus back to Cruz Bay. Take plenty of water and a good attitude. I promise you will sleep like a baby that night! [this is a good pizza nite].
Ram head was a lot of fun and beautiful. Good snorkeling off Blue Cobblestone Beach. We bought the books St.John Beach Guide & St.John Off the beaten track, by Gerald Singer. Wore out both books. Get a jeep for at least one day....get a map and take off. Well worth it. Bring more film than you think you need. Film is very expensive here.
St.Thomas downtown is a zoo. Unless you love shopping for jewelry and love crowds, I would not recommend it.
We found that a week is just not long enough to do all the things on our list, so we will go back soon. Sorry about the length of this review, I hope it helps someone.

Great place!

from KSTrvlr
We - two senior adults and an adult daughter - stayed at Gallows Point Resort in May 2004. We loved it! The unit we stayed in (13C) had a nice harbor view and was very attractively decorated. It was roomy, pleasant, and well supplied with towels, dishes, pots and pans, utensils, etc. We thought it was very reasonably priced - especially after the senior discount! We plan to go back soon.

Top Local Tips for Cruz Bay

Best affordable food Try Panini Beach, Stone Terrace, Fishtrap, La Tapa, Ocean Grill and Joe's BBQ.ll the others are so-so.

Driving Driving requires constant vigilance. Roads are very narrow with steep, hairpin turns. Not to mention driving is on the left side. Development seems to be at a peak and there are a lot of construction vehicles on the road adding to the hazards.

Rent a Jeep Rent a jeep to explore the island. There are dozens of beautiful beaches and hiking trails that are expensive to get to if you are taking a taxi everywhere. Driving on the left is not difficult, and the speed limit on the island is 20. The roads are in good shape, althoug steep in spots. Our trip would not have been nearly as enjoyable without a jeep.

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  • Address: 3A Cruz Bay - Cruz Bay - 00831 - Virgin Islands U.S.
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