Reviewers Rating: Great
Since I enjoy a small, intimate, conveniently located facility, the
Island Beachcomber has been an all-time favorite with me since I first started traveling to St. Thomas in the mid-80's. It has a loyal roster of return guests, and I've personally experienced why; each of my visits there have been more pleasing and relaxing than the one before.
I love being within a few steps of pretty Lindbergh Bay beach with its enticing aquamarine sea and only a short busride away from downtown Charlotte Amalie with its cultural, shopping, and dining attractions. The Beachcomber grounds are surrounded by an abundance of tropical foliage, including philodendron and aloe vera growing at your patio doorway.
The staff truly can make or break a hotel visit. The Beachcomber staff, (most of whom are longtime employees) are quite warm, friendly, and helpful--from the fascinating owner/manager, Ms. Lorette Resch, to the housekeeping staff. On a recent visit, I told the room attendant that she didn't have to bother with my room on that particular day. Most employees would have just gratefully gone on their merry way. Instead, the lady whom I believed was named Hyacinth, stated, "Well, at least let me bring you a fresh bouquet of nice island flowers." Within a few minutes she was back at the door with a lovely handful of hibiscus. The staff just seems grounded in such pleasantries.
As a business traveler, I've stayed in some of the Caribbean's most luxurious facilities and some of the most benignly modest, but whenever I'm traveling to St. Thomas, the Beachcomber is always my first choice. The rooms are modest and clean, but the quiet, tropical atmosphere and warm, welcoming vibes are beyond price. By the way, you can hear an audio version of my love of St. T. and the Beachcomber at: http://www.goodnewsbroadcast.com/travel.html
Hmm, all of this "talk" about the Beachcomber and that marvelous, satiny blue sea by its doorway makes me just long for my next visit there. What a treat!