This hotel is stunning. The rooms are very spacious, clean, well equipped and beautifully furnished, as is the rest of the hotel. Our room had a balcony over the sea, we woke up to the sound of the waves lapping below.
The Fort Young Hotel has 73 guestrooms and suites, all of which have a balcony or patio with ocean views. Rooms are outfitted with redwood furnishings and offer cable/satellite TV, direct-dial phones, and air conditioning. Deluxe Oceanfront rooms have hair dryers, iron/ironing boards, in-room safes, bathtubs, and coffeemakers.
Ranked #2 in all of Dominica.
The views over the Caribbean sea with Scott's Head to the left are incredible. The food is fresh and delicious and the staff can't do enough to help. Lovely memories, I'd go back again and again.
I picked Stonedge Hotel for my stay for several reasons : Price - $15 us per person per night and location - Mid west coast. You can chose to stay in 1 of 5 linked cabins or in a loft room in the main building. Both are basic accommodations having there own toilet, sink and shower. No TV, Radio or Phone. The cabins are painted in vibrant colours and are situated 20 feet from a sea cliff. You can swing open the double back doors to a beautiful view. The Hotel windows have shutters but no glass. I had all of my breakfasts and some of my dinners at Stonedge. All were good as well as the service. Bring bug spray as the mosquitoes can be a bother at night. Sleep under the provided fly nets. I would recommend this hotel for value conscience eco travelers and divers ( at least 1 dive center nearby).
The most outstanding characteristic of this hotel is the 44 year old Belgium born owner. Didier was a welcoming, helpful and easy going host. His directions and suggestions on things to do and see made my stay all the better.
wonderful stay in a luxurious ersort out in the nature of rainforest with nice view and access to a rough beach..very friendly people ...nice food
very flexibel in helping guests to complete their wishes
We had a wonderful time at the Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments. The manager - Julia - was very helpful. The apartments are located in Mero very close to Connie's Beach - nice beach with black sand and a nice restaurant (see my Connie's Beach Bar posting).
The place is lovely, everything is clean and well maintained.
I would highly recommend it. Good location to explore the island.
Great views from balcony - especially at sunset.
I stayed with my cousin this past March. When we arrived we were the only guests. A bit weird at first. They have a few options for rooms. They have three rooms upstairs next to the owner's room. Cool looking. Look like little tree house cabins. And then five beach bungalow type things. The water is cold and is a little unpredictable. The food is very good. Didier, the owner, makes good food quick. Didier is quite the character and a bit of an acquired taste at first. He enjoys the freedom of life in Dominica and the hotel is extra. He enjoys the company and gives free tours on Tuesday. He also has a beautiful ocean view. A few beaches close and a dive center as well close. Be careful of mosquitos! The hotel hosts bats at night, but they don't bother you. If you go to Dominica and can't handle bats...you probably shouldn't go anyway. The accomodations are cheap and has a good atmosphere. We watched a bunch of movies with Didier during the nights. He has a small staff...his girlfriend and one other woman. SO...when the place is packed I imagine it can be a bit tough to talk to Didier and get to know him.
Great view of the Caribbean. Good, hospitable host. Remember, your staying at his home! He cooks his food there...sleeps there...and everything. Very cheap and good quality rooms. Very clean. Again...beware of the mosquitos. Didier is a funny guy who attracts lots of French tourists. Its also off a main road where you can pick up a ride fairly easily.
This is the most modern of the hotels on the island. It has been recently renovated, so you can pick from old rooms or new ones. I stayed in one of the old rooms and it was great for island standards. We had a private balcony overlooking the pool, hot tub and sea. As the name suggests, this used to be an old British fort from back around the time the Brits were fighting Napoleon. They have two restaurants, one of which is a step back in the direction of civilization where imported steaks are served as well as fresh fish and creole dishes. I recommend this place especially if you want to stay in the city. The Garrison Hotel is right across the street with comprible prices but I haven't seen the rooms. It looks more like your traditional motel while Fort Young is like a litle community of bungalows.
We've been to Dominica twice, and will be returning a third time in '06. The stay at the cottages is a wonderful experience. The view is spectactular from the deck, the service is wonderful (thanks Gweneth!), and Augustus brings fresh fruit to welcome you, and Wendy shows up for hikes, cooking, and just to drink a beer(s).
Comfortable bed, cool refrigerator (for all my beers), amazing view, natural air conditioning from the wind, short walk to the ocean for a dip, and 1 minute from the town of Calibishie which is viewed as the most friendly place on the island to eat, drink, and hang with the locals. Make sure you stop by the general store to see Gus, he's a wonderful person to talk to!
We'll add more about our vacations later. Come back soon!
This past summer, I got married in Dominica. Almost our entire wedding party of 50 was booked into this hotel. We found quickly that it is not a hotel at all, in the accepted sense. There was bat guano on the walls, the plumbing was not working, there were cockroaches in some of the rooms and the air conditioning was very inconsistent. My room was pepto-bismol pink. The Chinese proprietors had opened the hotel just for us.
It is a beautiful setting, but that was all it had to offer. Well, the Dominican staff were very friendly as well.
The proprietors are dishonest people. They overcharged some of the guests. They also tried to charge my husband and me for nights we were not even on the island, because our bags were in one of the rooms and they said they had had to turn people away. Clearly, this was a falsehood, as the hotel had not been open before we arrived and there was no plumbing. I said that they ought to have told us that this would be their policy; we would simply have stored our bags elsewhere. In addition, they tacked on quite high service fees to all meals, and we discovered that they pocket the money and do not pass any of it on to the servers. Also, we had brought in our own decorations for the rooms and several parties—silk lanterns from Asia, hand-painted Chinese scrolls, hand-made masks—and they stole them, quite baldly. They actually took boxes of our things and hid them away.
We left after just one night, but most of our guests had to stay for the 5, so we returned there wuite often. When we checked out, they tried to charge us for 4 nights--and had brought in local police we believe they had bribed, in an attmept to enforce the fee.
In a nutshell: stay as far away as possible.
Great view of the river in the back of the hotel--but you can see it elsewhere on the island. Do.
I paid $95.00 US per night that only covered the cost of the room.
I felt like back in time in the days of the pirates and colonists. The rooms are excellent however while in there it is hard not to reflect on the history of the island.
It is even hard not to expect to hear the sound of soldiers.
For lovers of history and ancient buildings this can be a remarkable choice.
About $US75 for the room (we slept three and could have fit 10 more, it was a veryyyyyy large room with a hammock on one porch and a couple of chairs on the second porch).
The people staffing Bobby's Cocoa Cottages are all friendly, especially Bobby himself. If you need a hand setting up a trip (even one Bobby does not do), directions, or just advice on what to see, Bobby will sit with you for as long as you need. The atmosphere is fantastic, while we were there all the guests sort of turned into one single family!!
Fort Young hotel in Rosseau. I stayed at the Garraway though (more a business hotel). Fort Young was full (it was Carnival). The best beach hotel .. Castaways on the mid-west coast.
Fort Young (as they name would imply) is built on an old Fort .. on a cliff overlooking the bay. The old stone walls are evident throughout the structure, and the sunsets are gourgeous.
We stayed in three different guesthouses and, therefore, were able to experience a broad range of service. Our absolute favorite place was Roxy's Mountain Lodge in Laudat at the foot of the Morne Trois Pitons Park and a number of hikes (including the Boiling Lake). Owner, Marie Louise was building on to the main building so we expect an even bigger and better Roxy's soon. The set-up promotes community living--rooms have their own baths, but there's a common space with TV and a common kitchen. Rooms are extremely comfortable (the bed was the firmest bed I've slept on in my travels--ever!), but our view was what won us over. We were lucky to come during low season and were given the best room in the house for the same rate as the least expensive ones(which weren't bad at all--we took a peek). Upon opening the veranda doors of our room, we had a glorious view of the mountains. Roxy's will serve you meals with notice (the food was very good) and will arrange tours with extremely knowledgeable guides. The other two guesthouses were no competition at all and the entire time that we stayed at the other places, we wondered why we had ever left Roxy's. Before picking a place to stay, please check my tip on tourist traps!
Rates were very very affordable--we paid $40 US for a basic double and the great room we stayed in actually cost $75 per night.
As I already mentioned, the view was fabulous. This picture shows the view from the terrace after some rains that preceded Hurricane Debby. Also, everyone at the Lodge was extremely nice and accomodating. Roxy's also has a bar so you can enjoy a Kubuli with some other weary travellers.
US$95 - US$230
In 1720 a rough wooden Fort was built by the French on the same site that the Hotel sits on today. In 1761 British forces overran this fort when they captured the island and 9 years later major construction began on Fort Young, named after the island's first British Governor. These are the same walls that are now part of the Hotel.
Cherry Lodge Guest House, Roseau
Unbeatable price for low maintenance individuals: $E.C. 33-76 Eastern Caribbean dollars = $12-28 U.S. dollars per night!!!
For price, originality, true West Indian service, and low cost I STRONGLY recommend the Cherry Lodge Guest House. Everyone in the area knows this very antique guest house and a taxi from the Melville Airport can get you there in about 1 hour 30 minutes.
This is a quaint very old building, and this former 'mansion' has been in the Tavanere family for more than 100 years. There is no air conditioning or seperate bathrooms to each individual room. You can request a room with bathroom, however. Breakfast will be served every morning except Sunday at no later than 9 A.M. The wonderful and intriguing, Veron, will visit your room to clean daily. She is quite a character. When calling to book your room, you can ask for Zinnia Tavenere the proprietor.
Just back from splendid Dominica, we're sincerely eager to pass on OUR address, which SHOULD be listed by VirtualTourist : Cocoa Cottages
15 min above Roseau on the road to Trafalgar Falls, it is just THE PERFECT PLACE to choose to conveniently explore the many riches (nature and sea) around, without having to rent a car (frequent public mini-buses except on week ends, and hitch-hike works very well !)
Beautiful settings and views, intelligent local architecture, confortable room, a very efficient and friendly owner, Iris, who will be happy to advise you on your program and share with you her delicious dinners, if you wish. Her home-made jams at breakfast are a treat and her chocolate (elaborated from the production of her own trees !) is an absolute delight
Be sure to ask for Geoffrey as we did, her excellent, friendly and very knowledgeable chauffeur/trekking expert, and don't hesitate to call on Richard who operates on the premices a very professional canyoning operation, for both first timers and experts : Extreme Dominica.
Just in case, the website for direct bookings (as we did, browsing the Web from France) is
We'll definitely be back !
Altogether a very special place : convenient location, great views, excellent management, comfortable rooms, delicious food
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