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Marriot's Frenchman's Reef 12/09/2004
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
After reading reviews from others, we decided to rent a car. Some of the roads have turn outs that allow you to stop and take it all in. There are some breath taking views, especially on the other side of the island. It isn't too hard to get around, but avoid the evening rush hour. We rented a small car (Toyota Corolla) to make it easier to get around. The roads are mostly narrow and hilly, but the speed limit is 35 mph. Most of the drivers we encountered were extremely friendly and hospitable. Even at the most congested intersection near Havensight Mall, people take turns and every one is able to make progress -- remember things are running on "island time" here.

Our room was comfortable, with the in-room refrigerator and ice maker, we were able to stow away plenty of moderately-priced snacks. We were happy to find that most of the places had reasonably priced menu items. Of course, we also ate at some fast-food places like Subway and Wendy's, as an example, a footlong sub runs about $6 in Charlotte Amalie, etc. Also, some of the seafood here is excellent. Since we're from the midwest, we don't get to eat really good seafood very often ;-), but we're also more in tune with the slower pace of life that is evident all over St. Thomas.

At Frenchman's Reef, we really enjoyed the pools which are open 24 hours a day, and we also enjoyed watching the cruise ships going in and out of the harbor in the evening. The tennis courts were under repair, but everything else was working well. We found the staff to be extremely friendly, even at the manager's reception it was clear that they are concerned with improving their image. Overall, we had a great time, and we will be back.

Mitch Neilsen





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