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- Reviews: 437
Wellington House Hotel: Stay where the Duke stayed - Perhaps
The Wellington House Hotel, an 18th century Georgian style building, is perfectly located in the centre of Jamestown. This is a very comfortable and friendly hotel managed operated by the very affable Ms Ivy Yon.
The hotel’s most famous guest, after whom the hotel is named, was the Duke of Wellington who passed through St Helena in 1805 en route back to the UK from India. Whether or not Wellington stayed here is subject to debate but his doing so is not inconsistent with his own assertion that he stayed at Briars Pavilion. He could have stayed at both. I revisit this in another tip.
Being of an age when every inch of space didn’t equate to dollars the rooms are very spacious though none have an en-suite. Normally, my main criteria for an acceptable room are that it should be quiet, clean and have an en-suite. The Wellington house gets full marks for the first too. Bathroom facilities, located on the second floor, are plentiful and are immaculately clean - I never had to wait to use the facilities. The hotel has one double room and the remainder are twins.
My room was basically though comfortably furnished – and sported neither TV nor phone (neither of which I missed).
The only slight downer is the lack air conditioning, but then again the Consulate Hotel – at two and a half times the price – across the road doesn’t have any either.
A good sized and tasty served breakfast is included in the rate. I did not have lunch or dinner here (if you do wish to, remember to pre-book in the morning) but a couple I spoke to who had dinner here spoke very highly of it. There is a guest lounge with TV and video player which I didn’t use. There is no bar but one can imbibe in a number of establishments within a very short walking distance of the hotel.
Hotel staff met us on disembarkation from the RMS St Helena and took us to the hotel – a few hundred metres away. We chose to walk back down to the dock on departure.
While no accommodation on St Helena can be termed cheap the Wellington House Hotel, probably represents one of the better value for money establishments and would be my choice again if I were to return to St Helena
Rates per night per person:
Bed & Breakfast: Half Board: Full Board:
£54.00 sole use £74.00 sole use £87.00 sole use
£40.00 sharing £55.00 sharing £66.00 sharing
I recommend you book via the St Helena Tourist Office - http://www.sthelenatourism.com/pages/wellington-house-hotel.html
- Reviews: 437
All: Accommodation on St Helena - General
I am not (in this tip) recommending or advising against any particular accommodation on St Helena but rather drawing your attention to the fact that you must arrange accommodation on the island in advance of arriving and provide some general comment on accommodation which you may find useful.
One of the conditions for entry to St Helena is that you have pre-booked accommodation. While no inquires were made in this regard by immigration staff (though you have to provide details on your arrival documentation), I recommend you make arrangements beforehand as you may have difficulty locating a place on arrival, especially if you arrive at the weekend or there is a sudden influx of people for any reason. Business tends not to come looking for you here!
On St Helena, there are three establishments classified as hotels – two in Jamestown and one in the centre of the island. In addition there are a number of guest-houses and an assortment of self-contained accommodation some in Jamestown with the remainder elsewhere on the island.
On the assumption that you will hire a vehicle for the duration of your stay (I very, very strongly recommend that you do) it doesn’t really matter where you stay location-wise. Inland is stunningly beautiful and cooler at night. Jamestown is where the ‘action’ (very loosely defined) is at night-time. Be aware however that the roads on St Helena are narrow, steep and winding – you may not like driving at night. All accommodations (apart from self catering establishments) provide dinner and other meals on request and you will find the quality there-of higher than the very limited eating establishments in Jamestown.
I chose to stay in Jamestown and would do so again if I were to return – really a personal choice though.
All hotels, etc will meet you at the docks on the arrival of the RMS St Helena – and will return you there. If you are staying out of Jamestown and are booking a car ensure you know where your car will be when you arrive – in town or at your accommodation. I suggest you book it wherever you are booking your accommodation.
Details of accommodation on the island can be found on the St Helena Tourist website (http://www.sthelenatourism.com/) along with contact details. The site invites you to contact the accommodation provider directly or to book via the tourist office.
I booked my accommodation at the Wellington House Hotel and a vehicle via the tourist office, which provides a fantastic service – both before you get to the island and while you are there.
The three pictures attached are the three properties classified as hotels. I have a separate review on each (Wellington House Hotel under Hotels and the Consulate and the Farm Lodge under Restaurants as I ate but did not stay at them).
- Reviews: 112
Royal Mail Ship St Helena: Aboard the RMS
The accommodation on the RMS is unbelievable.
Here is an extract from an advertisement for the RMS:
“There are all the traditional ocean-going pastimes of beef tea, the sun deck and swimming pool, deck games, films, discos, bingo, race nights, quizzes and many other ideas from the fertile minds of the Pursers and their staff. Sometimes there is even cricket!
“There is plenty of time to do just what you wish. Lounge on the sun deck by the swimming pool with a cool drink and a book (the ship has a well-stocked library of books, videos and audio tapes). For the interested, RMS St conducts visits to the Bridge and these are organized by the bureau.
“For the more energetic, the deck games; for the really dedicated or over indulgent, there is an exercise room.
Perhaps, most significant of all, the chance and time to meet new people, converse and make good friends.
“The galley (dining room) is one of the Ship's greatest assets and would grace many of the world's best restaurants. The chef and his galley staff pride themselves on the quality of the meals they serve. One of the great pleasures of the ship's day is the six-course dinner served in the attractively appointed dining saloon, with every senior officer hosting a table.
“Both breakfast and lunch may be taken in the dining saloon or, for the more abstemious, continental breakfast and a buffet lunch are served in the sun lounge.
“Any type of special diet can be provided for with pleasure: you simply need to make your requirements known in ample time before the ship sails to ensure that arrangements may be made to have the ingredients available.
“Beef tea is served every day in the sun lounge while the bars in the main and sun lounges are open at lunchtime and in the evening.
“Afternoon tea, with cakes and sandwiches, is served in the main lounge in the afternoon.”
Every word above is TRUE!!!
The quality of service and of food served is outstanding.
- Reviews: 112
Timmy and Sharon Scipio (friends): Live as the locals do
For the first two weeks of our visit to the island we stayed with two dear friends, Timmy and Sharon Scipio in Half Tree Hollow, just outside Jamestown.
Sharon went out of her way to introduce us to all the special delicacies of the island during this time: pillau (there are so many spellings for this one-pot curry dish), island fishcakes (some with bite and others without bite) and a variety of stews and puddings. Timmy is a school teacher. Being a proficient guitarist and vocalist, he entertained us in the evenings with indigenousness "island" songs. As we went on our daily walks into Jamestown and the country side, our hosts provided the best guidance and direction in the mornings before we departed.
Warm, friendly hospitality and honest in-depth conversations about the island and its people.
Best place to pick up on local gossip about whose who.
- Reviews: 112
The Consulate, Jamestown: Olde World Charm at its best!
We attended a friend's wedding reception in The Consulate and we took the opportunity to peep into the guest rooms and chat to the staff. If ever I need to make use of hotel accommodation when visiting St Helena, this will be the place to go.
The rooms were spotlessly clean, with the friendliest staff that you have ever come accross and the food - well - I do not have enough adjectives to describe it.
Stay at this hotel and allow time to move backwards a hundred years or so and enjoy life as it used to be in the "good old days".
Friendly Friendly Friendly staff
This is the place where you will get yourself spoilt rotten
- Reviews: 74
Wellington House: and at last
early 1800 type building
you can see this hotel picture in the photo section picture of main street has this hotel in it.
- Reviews: 74
Jubes' COURTYARD FLATs, JAMESTOWN: Good B$B in Town
The premises lie within the main shopping area and there are four restaurants within easy walking distance.
Jamestown Bay, the Castle, Library, Swimming Pool and Public Gardens are five minutes walk away and the main taxi rank is within 100yds. Our rates are £15 per night for a single person and £25 per night for two.
This flat is ideal for a self-catering holiday and has a small well equipped kitchen, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
Jube can guide you around the Island but mind you it is not easy to get lost in our small country.
- Reviews: 74
Farm Lodge INN: Another one of three your choice
Built about 1750 as an East India Company planters house, Farm Lodge is set in its own five-acre grounds, 15 minutes drive from Jamestown. The property is situated at the end of its own road, affording privacy and peace. Now restored to its Georgian elegance, Farm Lodge offers three double bedrooms, all with en suite facilities. Accommodation is on a full board basis and is available at a supplement of £15.00 per person per night.
country Georgian elegance
- Reviews: 74
Consulate Hotel: St Helena has three hotels and a few B&Bs to pick
Located in the heart of Jamestown, within a five-minute walk of the harbour and the waterfront, the Consulate is an 18th Century building in the old colonial style. All bedrooms are en-suite and comfortably furnished. All have a radio, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities. Accommodation here is on a bed & breakfast basis, although the hotel does have a restaurant and snack bar where meals may be purchased.
it is the old heart of Jamestown, within a five-minute walk of the harbour and the waterfront, the Consulate is an 18th Century building in the old colonial style
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