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Stunning and friendly place, service less than expected for the cost
Otlleys has the most stunning grounds of any hotel I have stayed in - including a beautifully maintained stretch of rainforest. The hotel too is beautiful and historic, and the restaurant is excellent although expensive (this is just as well, because it is a long way into town - the hotel runs a complementary shuttle service, but only once a day). It was also an intimate and friendly place where we got to know other hotel guests. The pool is a proper size to swim in too.
For the price, however, I would expect better service. The hotel restaurant has restrictive opening times (only 7pm till 8pm or so). The restaurant bar remained open till 11.30 but the other, really beautiful, bar in the main hotel remained shut despite the hotel being at full occupancy (and despite the bar appearing on a Bacardi ad!!)
Watch out for the hotel's main taxi driver - who turned up to collect a number of us from the ferry to Nevis, giving the impression it was the complementary taxi service, and then proceeded to charge us a total of $50US for the trip. Just don't like to feel like a sheep to be fleeced.
Still - go there for the grounds!
Beautiful Inn, Too Bad about the Owners
My husband and I went to Ottley's for our honeymoon last October and stayed in one of the Royal Suites (a full cottage with plunge pool). The grounds and accommodations at Ottley's are truly gorgeous. The food is excellent and the staff is friendly and gracious.
Sounds like a perfect honeymoon, and it could have been, if the owners knew anything about customer service. On our first morning at Ottley's the power went out. Not a huge deal--the most irritating thing was that there was a generator near our cottage making a constant buzzing noise. Unfortunately, the generator did us no good, it only powered the restaurant, and as we learned later, the owners' homes. The most appalling thing was that when I questioned the owner about the power outage, he actually got angry and defensive with me. I don't expect to be yelled at when I'm on vacation.
We gave it a couple of more days but decided we were too uncomfortable to stay, so we transferred to Montpelier Plantation Inn on Nevis, where we were pampered and treated like very special guests.
Doesn't get much better than this...
Ottley's is a special place, a step back in time with graciousness, good meals and gorgeous scenery. The staff were absolutely great and the owners treated us as if we were guests in their home - part of the family. It's plantation living at its best. We stayed in a Supreme room -- which is part of the stand alone cottages, with a private plunge pool and whirlpool tub. We made good use of both. I managed to get a look at the Standard rooms in the Great House, and they were charming.
I really don't understand the negative reviews about the service...probably these people would be unhappy anywhere in paradise.
Ottley's Plantation Inn-Our best vacation ever!
My husband and I recently returned from a glorious vacation at Ottley's Plantation Inn. Not only is this property more beautiful than photos can possibly show, but the rest of the experience matched the beauty. The rooms were beautiful. The food superb. And best of all, the friendliness and service offered by owners and staff alike. We felt as though we were their long-lost friends, and no request would be too much for them to handle. We didn't need to ask for much, though, because it seems they have thought of everything. There's much to do on the island, and the friendly staff helped arrange our excursions. On property, we had a massage in the charming spa cottage, or just hung out by the pool at our room. Came back totally relaxed, and thinking of going back next year for more of same!
Peaceful, one owner needs to give breathing room.
Recently spent two nights here. The accomodations were very nice and clean and the grounds are beautiful. We were here on a quick stopover before going to another island, so we made last minute reservations. The food was very good, very expensive but very slow getting to us. We ordered our dessert and coffee, waited 15 minutes for a slice of cake and then another 10 minutes for coffee. I almost fell asleep at the table. One of the owners (I believe the son in law) should cut his chit chat when guests are trying to eat dinner. We were visted three times through our meal and as we looked around the dining room, he was doing the same to others. I'm sure he means well...but he's overstaying his welcome. The food tops the list !
We just returned from a week at Ottley's and the stay was absolutely perfect: the owners were extremely friendly, the staff thoroughly charming, the accommodations entirely tasteful, the food altogether excellent, and the grounds utterly spectacular. I cannot have imagined a better or more relaxing vacation. It was expensive but worth the expense. We had considered the other plantation homes as well as the Marriot, which was offering dirt-cheap rates, but after seeing all of the alternatives were very glad to have chosen Ottley's. Rawlins looked nice enough but was very remote, the Golden Lemon appeared to be in decay, and the Marriott, while beautifully situated, was just gaudy: it had a far too ornate lobby that opened onto a tawdry casino. For that, you may as well go to Vegas. If you want graceful and genteel, go to Ottley's.
And while I will admit that I have had some better meals in my lifetime--at Babbo and Union Square Cafe in New York, at La Chronique in Montreal, at Arrow's in Maine, and at a few of the finer restaurants in Paris--the food at Ottley's was nonetheless very, very good. My ONLY complaint is that the wine list left a little to be desired.
If you're thinking about Ottley's, I highly recommend it. We went at the end of May and hence at the end of the shoulder season, and while we had some unusually hot weather and a few tropical downpours, the weather was a minor concern, and, because it was off season, we had the entire place to ourselves.
Ottley's- an introduction to bliss
We have just returned from sampling three different plantation inns in S.t Kitt´s and Nevis. Our first 5-day stay was at Ottley´s. We were initially a bit concerned after having read some negative reviews, but we found precious little substance in them, at least on our visit. We did not have the pleasure to meet mr and ms Keusch, Art and Ruth, but were heartily received and warmly welcomed by the gracious and kind daughter, Karen, who took a personal interest in our well-being for the whole of the stay.
We found the staff to be unfailingly courteous, and the reception girl managed to get our elsewhere rented Suzuki Jimny to be exchanged to a huge brand new mitsubishi 4wd for free when our car had a malfunction of certain vital aspects (battery, window, transmission and speedometer!)And delivered to our door! We stayed in the great house and had an incredibly spacious room with a fan and A/C which was in very good shape and immaculately upkept. However, the lack of "communal" hammocks in the vast gardens made us promise each other that we would stay in one of the villas with plunge pools next time. The grounds are beautiful, however, with a very own rainforest. One of the local labradors immediately not only followed us, but actually led the way through alll the trail one morning!
We have nothing but good things to say about Karen and Marty, the co-owners, who even willingly listened to the very few suggestions of improvement we had! And I actually think they did it out of interest and concern and not because it was the low season.
Others have suggested that guests MUST order their dinner at breakfast. NOT TRUE. Nor that You have to sign away chits for more than one rasher of bacon. However, breakfast options consists of either juice or a fruit plate as first course. Juice is a small glass of ordinary juice, and another glass comes with a charge. The fruit plate is a very large plate heaped with tropical fruit which will satisfy both palate and thirst for everyone. That, with a plate of toasts and muffins, an omelette with sausages and things and pots of coffee will definitely satisfy even the hunger of an american.
We never tried lunch. Dinners were reasonably varied and You can always exchange all courses from the a la carte menu if You do not like the suggestions of the day which is a very generous touch! We found the wine list to be more than adequate and certainly not ridiculously expensive. We would not mind, however, to have a wee bit more west indian touches to the meals, but that is a matter of opinion. If it was good-well, in 16 days in the islands I went up from 86 to 93 kg, unfortunately.... Unfortunately a stay at Ottley´s is not to be had for free, and all this comes at a price. However, we had horrible meals in Basseterre and on beaches for the same price as delicious ones at Ottley´s, so I guess they hold their own pretty well. We would recommend Ottley´s to anyone wishing to have a few days of old world charm and would gladly return. In a new jacket every evening just to show that such style fits the place much better than a hawaii shirt, but that is of course also a matter of opinion.
Wow,Ottley's is the place
After reading some bad reviews about ottley's, we still decided to go to Saint Christopher, we arrived at Ottley's and it was awesome, the place, the grounds oh what perfect picture.We did not meet the Kirsches, but we met their sweet daughter Karen who showed us everything. There is a girl in the Restaurant we think her name is Meslyn, the hostess, the supervisor, the one who just pulls everything together, we love her, her style, her quick eye, we top you dear just keep doing what you are doing, we will tell everyone about you and the great staff that you have, they are wonderful, service ,the food was delicious, the choices we had, we ate so much we put weight on,and it was only because it was such great food, we laugh, the staff are so friendly, we slept so peaceful...the room..we stay in one of the cottages..our own place for one week, our own pool, garden,privacy,we had a wonderful time , so to anyone who wants to go, we say GO.....GO, you would love it, we will definitely go back we love to be pampered.
A Little Taste of Tropical Heaven
We recently enjoyed a seven day stay at the historical and beautiful Ottley's Plantation Inn in St. Kitts. We knew we were in for a treat when we arrived very late, but pastries and fresh fruit were waiting for our arrival in our lovely cottage, and rum punch only a phone call away! Without exception, the staff and management graciously provided us with luxurious accomodations, delectable meals, gorgeous grounds, and, despite that the Inn was nearly full, made us feel like we were the only couple visiting that week. Along with the amazing breakfasts, lunches, and brunch on Sunday, the restaurant serves gourmet 4-course dinners each evening. Complimented with gentle ocean breezes, the quality of the meals, their presentation, variety of menu choices, and the attentive, dedicated staff rival many fine restaurants we visit here at home in Dallas. Our room was located in one of the cottages, where we enjoyed a private patio with private plunge pool just for our use. Ottley's made our island holiday unforgettably special -- sharing the island's history, culture, and its vast beauty through the experiences of its own island family. Our first trip to Ottley's will definitely not be the last.
Ottley's has some of the most beautiful grounds around and the rain forest it amazing, but after our stay at Ottley's I would strongly recommend a day trip only. We stayed in one of the Royal Suites (a full cottage with plunge pool), which claimed to have air-conditioning. It has a wall unit that you would find in a 2-star motel, not in a luxury resort. The unit would not cool off the room and we had to sleep on top of the sheets. If having no A/C is not a problem for you, then you would not mind this. But please do not be fooled by the claim that this resort has A/C.
The grounds at Ottley's are truly gorgeous. The food is very good. If you enjoy the B&B atmosphere you will like the people.
We decided to leave early (but still paid for the time we had booked), and were made to feel very bad by every staff member. They really tried to convience us as every turn not to leave. That is a lot of pressure when you want to leave. If you are considering a Inn, please look into Montpelier in Nevis.