Stay in the Heart of it All

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We get a lot of emails and Facebook messages here at News of St. John. Oftentimes people inquire about island happenings, events and gossip, but more often than not, they want to know about accommodations and location. They ask about the best place to stay to catch killer sunsets or perhaps the sunrise. Others are looking for an affordable place to stay within walking distance to “everything.” Well today we have that answer for you – Hotel Cruz Bay.

For those of you unfamiliar with Hotel Cruz Bay, it’s a quaint little boutique hotel right in the heart of town. Located across from The Lime Inn and above DaLivio’s (which has great pizza by the way),  Hotel Cruz Bay was formerly known as the Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel.

“Everyone kept calling us ‘Hotel Cruz Bay, you know, the boutique hotel,’ so we just went with it,” said Denise Walker, who owns the hotel with her husband David.

Denise and David opened the hotel in late 2010 and recently completely a pretty extensive renovation. The hotel now boasts 10 guest suites and one penthouse apartment suite. Each room is clean, modern and decorated very tastefully. Guests can enjoy a full complimentary continental breakfast, as well as free wifi.

New Bedroom


The best part – rates for the guest rooms are only $155 a night in low season and $210 a night in high season. The penthouse apartment, which has a full kitchen, living space and separate bedroom, is only $200 a night in low season and $275 in high season. The hotel does lack parking, however you can rent a car at any of the nearby rental companies and park in their lot for free.

As part of the renovation, the couple recently installed 52 solar panels and four solar drum hot water heaters, which provides power for more than 60 percent of their energy usage. That’s a pretty big number if you ask me.


Papa News of St. John spent some time over at the hotel back in November and absolutely loved it. He loved it so much that he plans to stay there on his next visit, rather than staying with me at my place. Now that’s saying something… (or perhaps he’s trying to get away from me – lol).

Hotel Cruz Bay still has summer availability, so why not book a trip to paradise? For more information on the hotel, please visit www.HotelCruzBay.com

Grande Bay Takes Top Honors

Grande Bay Best Hotel

Once again, Grande Bay has taken top honors as the island’s best resort. The latest honored was bestowed by readers who voted in the Best of VI poll. This is the first year that Grande Bay has taken this specific award.

Grande Bay’s been receiving a lot of good accolades lately. Check out what some recent guests had to say about their stays at the resort:

“We rented directly from an owner on our return visit to St John to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. 10 years ago, we stayed at The Westin for our honeymoon. We LOVED St. John but did not love The Westin. Grande Bay is was perfect for us. We loved St John even more this time than we did on the first visit and it’s because of the awesome location of Grande Bay. We rented a jeep and explored a new beach everyday. It was so nice when we returned in the late afternoon to park the jeep and not worry about transportation for the rest of the day or night We would just walk Cruz Bay every night and stop in the bars for happy hour and then have dinner.

“We stayed in a studio and it was very clean and stocked with everything we needed. We used the pool once briefly and it was great. The workout area is small but will do. I liked that they had coffee and pastries in the morning. We did notice that Grande Bay had cocktail receptions at MOTU next door (don’t miss this for great cocktails ) for their guests. Though we never went, I thought it was a really nice touch.

“We cannot wait to return to St John and will definitely be staying at Grande Bay on our next visit.”
-NYBeachLover, TripAdvisor review

“We stayed in a 1-bedroom condo for a week over spring break. The location is absolutely perfect and I cannot imagine staying anywhere else on the island. You are right in Cruz Bay which is the ideal size beach town. Many choices for restaurants as well as souvenir shops. The condo itself at Grande Bay was just the right size for our family of 4. Perfectly stocked and having a garage downstairs for our Jeep was extremely convenient. I would recommend Grande Bay Resort to anyone coming to the beautiful island of St John! It doesn’t get any better than this!
-cutemomoftwocutekids, TripAdvisor review

Want to know who else was named to the Best of VI list? We’ll have a full list winners later today.