One day René & I will be moving to the Caribbean and the plan is in the USVI. Thanks to my amazing in-house travel blogger and points enthusiast, I recently got to spend a few days in warm and sunny St. Thomas aka STT for a quick getaway.
I was booked on Delta burning a bump voucher out of Grand Rapids Michigan or GRR and it was December, so it was interesting watching the snowplows working furiously as the lake effect machine was in high gear the morning of my departure. Then after 3 de-icing showers we finally got on our way. As a Gold Medallion both my segments to and from STT cleared to 1st class and I got chicken on the outbound and mahi on my return and both were delicious.
Since this was just a quick break for me there weren’t a lot of requirements on my list for my stay. I wanted to go somewhere warm and stay somewhere easy to get to with a pool and a restaurant so I could have everything simple and relaxing for my 4 day break. We booked my stay at the Lindbergh Bay Hotel and Villas for those reasons and that it was just a 5 minute walk from the airport and a restaurant and it was very reasonable on Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
On my flight in to STT from Atlanta I overheard some locals discussing the failings of Google maps, and the location of my hotel was off a bit. I arrived after dark as well, so the easy 5 minute walk from the airport proved a bit more challenging since there was no lighting to speak of and only one sign pointing to the right where there were 3 directions to go.
When I finally managed to check in I was informed that the restaurant was closed. I assumed she meant for the night but in the morning when I inquired about breakfast I was instructed that the free hotel shuttle would take me to their sister property, the Emerald Beach Resort, since their restaurant was closed, evidently permanently.
I decided to spend some time in the sun so I asked how to get to the pool, across the street and down the stairs. I was not offered a towel so I presumed they were poolside, which turned out to be incorrect and I got a towel from the front desk later.
When I took “the shuttle” to the sister property, it proved to be a very old, beat-up and dirty pick-up truck and it really wasn’t that far just around the bay so I chose to walk back and forth there. The sidewalk runs alongside the runway so there were some AVGeek moments.
My room was basic but clean and sufficient for my stay. The wifi worked and was fast enough for my needs as well. I was satisfied with my stay for the most part, but I would opt to stay at the sister property before I would return to the Lindbergh Bay Hotel again. There did not appear to be any effort underway to re-open the restaurant and this, I feel, should have been disclosed when I booked my reservation. The website still shows photos of a functioning restaurant and it clearly has not been in use for some time now. I did learn that the hotel was originally built as a US Naval hospital during WW2 and the Cyril E. King airport now occupies the golf course where Charles Lindbergh landed in 1928 for his first visit to the island.
The view from my balcony was pleasant as well, and all in all this trip proved to accomplish the relaxation getaway I needed. The hotel was somewhat disappointing in not having a restaurant and the staff was friendly but not overly helpful. When I asked about a late check out I was told to ask in the morning. I asked each morning and only on my final morning did I learn they had meant to ask on my final morning, and then they gave me 30 more minutes in my room as a late check out. I can’t wait to call this island home, and I am very pleased that our next trip to visit is booked at another hotel! – Lisa
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