Reviewers Rating: Good
Casa Blanca is located in the Frank Bay area of St. John; go up the hill and to the left of Gallow's Point. It's in a 2 unit dwelling and occupies the top floor. If you've driven in that area there's a big blue marlin on the wall by the driveway (Blue Marlin is the downstairs unit).
Casa Blanca has many things to recommend it, but a few negatives too.
location to Cruz Bay-bit of an uphill walk but not really bad at all; not necessary to rent a car unless you want to get to far away beaches
private pool-this was GREAT to hang out in-very private-not for use by the people in Blue Marlin-includes a great view of Frank Bay from here too
crow's nest-this is a very interesting structure-has 2 flags on it-Puerto Rico and USA-we found that we could even see these flags from the Cruz Bay overlook (on the way to the North Shore beaches) -gives you an idea of the height of the crow's nest. When you're standing in the driveway: CB is the gated entrance on the left; Blue Marlin is the entrance on the right. The crow's nest is available to both units, but accessible from the Blue Marlin side-past the laundry facilities. It has an outstanding view of Cruz Bay; Frank Bay; St Thomas etc. And it's very breezy! This is totally charming with a couple of chairs up there, made for a nice sit out and drink wine/eat crackers sun set.
cat that came around-we missed our home pets and enjoyed having his company!
Have to say my initial impression was I'd made a bad choice of a place to stay. It's not the cleanest place unfortunately. And it's pretty shopworn and dated too. I like decent linens.... I think putting out $500 and buying new sheets/towels, updating some furniture would go a long way, along with a really good scrubbing of floors, fans etc. But I know this place sells out all or almost all the time so they probably figure why bother.
Overall-We'd stay here again for the ability to walk downtown and for the pool, crow's nest and the laundry. It's a good deal $ wise. So the pluses outweighed the minuses as the days progressed.
If it were spruced up inside it would move to a great/excellent rating.
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