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The Crystal Palace 07/01/2008
Reviewers Rating: Excellent
This historical B&B is beautiful and comfortable, but what makes it standout is the service. Traveling with my daughters, 11 and 16, and my lady, we were greeted at the airport by our driver and driven to our rental car company. He waited while I signed the paper work and we followed him to the Crystal Palace. It is down a short private drive with plenty of secure parking.

Walking through the gate we were greeted by the parakeets, tortoises and Benji, the resident Labrador Retriever. Benji was quite a hit with my daughters and they played with him while went inside to get our room keys. The sitting room and dining room are very dramatic and decorated with comfortable period furniture.

The bedrooms were down a curved staircase in a cool lower level. We chose two rooms with a shared bath. The rooms were very large and the beds comfortable. There was a/c in each bedroom, but the fans were enough to keep us cool all night long.

The best thing about the Crystal Palace, for us, was sitting on the verandah and watching the ferries, boats and seaplanes come and go in the afternoon sun while sipping on our complimentary drink from the honor bar. After dinner we enjoyed the same view with the twinkling lights of the harbor. Breakfast in the morning was the same view with the complimentary breakfast. This was all accompanied by commentary from our host Ronnie regarding the current goings on of the VI Government, his historic restoration projects and the news from the St. John Rotary.

This was a perfect first night in the islands that let us get into island time rather than rush around in taxis and ferries. A new favorite spot for us, and itís a bargain.

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Cheers, RickG


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