I recently stayed at this hotel for several nights and I thought I would try to offer a different slant from more recent reviewers! Because, out of necessity, I was there for longer than most reviewers, I think it only fair that I try to stress some positives.
Yes, hot water was a premium but the staff tried hard to raise the temperature, just a little. The food was actually ok; in fact, I had one of the best pieces of snapper I've ever had and when I asked for more fresh fruit, it arrived in abundance. The beach is beautiful and the walk up to the 18th century Fort Barrington is a joy. The pool wasn't dirty, it was worn- there is a difference. Try to imagine a former supermodel, once beautiful, glamorous and immaculately presented. Now she has reached the winter of her life and he looks have gone, and her celebrity life has taken its toll. This former grand hotel is not just tired, it's exhausted. It hasn't seen a major renovation since it was built in, I think, the eighties. Maintenance for Mikey and his team is a constant, unwinnable task and if you are allocated a room below floor 5, get it changed. Floor 8 is the best. Like most of the Caribbean, you get no where if you make enemies of the staff, if you're pleasant and do your best to get alongside them, they will do their best to make things better for you. The staff in this hotel are generally good people working in a really run-down hotel. The financial history matters not for the purposes of review but for them it is significant. The site is very remote and Antiguan taxis are expensive; you're better off trying to set up a reliable driver for regular use, it's cheaper and they will take you to the better places to eat and see. There is nothing worth going to within walking distance so I hired a car; I would say that this is a good option. The regal nomenclature of this hotel does not reflect its current condition but the rooms I saw were clean, the view from the balcony over the lagoon and out to the ocean is spectacular and I actually did enjoy my stay- believe it or not- in spite of the flaking paint, discoloured plaster and cold, hot water!
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Hotel St. John`s
- Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort Antigua/Saint John Parish