St. John is the smallest and least developed of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t filled with tropical wonders and a wealth of things to do. From feeling the cool trade winds on your skin while standing on its unspoiled, sandy beaches to reveling in its hopping nightlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy on St. John! And, if the picture we painted for you has you convinced to go, you’ll be needing accommodations, of course. We’ve got you covered, so keep on reading to find out more about the top rated places to stay in St. John, USVI.
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The Top Rated Resorts at St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Featuring lavish amenities, beautiful scenery and excellent customer service, the resorts on St. John are typically larger than standard-sized villas and range in size from Caribbean-style cottages to large compounds that have 6-8 spacious bedrooms. The Westin and Gallows Point Reserve are two of note.
The Westin, St. John Resort
"The villas are FABULOUS"
"a great family resort"
Address: 300B Chocolate Hole Great, Cruz Bay, 00830, U.S. Virgin Islands - Click to Call for Reservations at 1-340-513-7199
If you are looking for a large resort experience, the 47-acre Westin on the southwest coast of St. John is the closest thing you’ll find to one. The premium resort was awarded the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence by guests who give props to their expansive rooms, stunning grounds and distinctive amenities. There is also onsite Snorkel's Bar & Grill where you can enjoy Caribbean-infused cuisine while listening to the crescendo of crashing waves. Nearby attractions include Bamboo Studio, Scott Bay Beach and Maho Bay Beach.
Gallows Point Resort
Address: 3 AAA Gallows Point Road, St. John, St John 00831, U.S. Virgin Islands - Click to Call for Reservations at +1 800-348-8444
Guest reviews on U.S. Travel & News include raves about the fantastic views at Gallows Point Resort, and it’s no wonder. Located at the mouth of Cruz Bay Harbor, the resort boasts enchanting, panoramic views of the turquoise-colored waters that surround the peninsula it’s housed on. There are four suite options, and guests can choose from a harbor view or ocean-view suites on the lower and upper floors. Visitors can enjoy yoga classes, fiery sunsets and more. When it's time to eat, the resort's on-site restaurant, Ocean 362, serves island-to-table fare. The menus feature seafood, Caribbean cuisine and fruity rum cocktails. Other amenities you’ll find at Gallows Point include an in-room kitchen, pool & spa, concierge service and a gift & gourmet coffee shop.
The Top Rated Hotels at St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands
The wide array of hotels on St John US Virgin Islands is certain to cure any wanderlust you’re feeling. We’ve listed a couple of top-rated hotels you’ll want to check out below.
"Definitely A Hidden Gem"
"The location was perfect"
Address: 5000 - 4A Estate Enighed Route 107, St John 00830, U.S.V.I - Click to Call for Reservations at (800) 727-6610
Rated a “Wonderful!” hotel on Expedia, and located in the heart of Cruz Bay, is Marketplace Suites, which takes its name from the popular gathering spot – The Marketplace. St. John is known as the “Beverly Hills of the Caribbean,” and a stay at this luxurious suite with its beautiful décor and spacious rooms puts you “this close” to a dizzying selection of unique storefronts. In short, a stay at this gorgeous hotel is basically a shopaholic’s dream. Make sure you reserve enough funds to splurge on the myriad of outdoor activities, vibrant dining and entertainment scenes that await you there, too.
St. John Inn
Address: 277 Contant & Enighed, Cruz Bay, St John 00831, U.S. Virgin Islands - Click to Call for Reservations at +1 340-693-8688
Tripadvisor rates St. John Inn “#1 Best Value of 49 places to stay in St. John,” and even the pillows at this quirky inn welcome you with mantras like “eat, sleep, beach.” The sentiment pretty much sums up the home-away-from-home location, which has an exterior that is painted in vibrant, royal blue Caribbean colors. Onsite amenities at the charming hotel include outdoor grilling areas by the poolside, free snorkel gear and a free sunset rum punch happy hour. Other St. John fun to be had while you are staying at the Inn can be found at the numerous nature trails and popular beaches nearby.
Top Rated Bed & Breakfast at St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands
There is a small handful of Bed & Breakfasts in St. John, USVI, and they fall somewhere between a private vacation rental and resort experience. These quaint little places sleep around 2-3 and are well known for offering convenient oceanfront vacation accommodations to USVI travelers on a budget. Here are two of them that consistently receive high praises.
House of Open Arms
"More than 10 Stars"
Address:15-2 Estate Fortsberg Coral Bay, 00830 St. John - Click to Call for Reservations at 1-340-513-7199
House of Open Arms is a popular cottage and vacation villa that’s garnered the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for all the 13 years they’ve been in business. Located in Coral Bay on the peninsula of Fortsburg, the locale sits on a green hillside where you can enjoy the 180-degree water views that wrap around the property. House of Open Arms is owned and managed by Virgin Islands potter and watercolor artist, Catherine Perry. Along with the usual assortment of nice services and amenities, you can feel Ms. Perry’s artistic influence through onsite pottery classes that allow you to explore your creative side.
Garden by the Sea
Address: 6D Cruz Bay, Box 37, St John 00831, USVI - Click to Call for Reservations at +1 340-779-4731
Classic Caribbean B&B, Garden by the Sea, received the 2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best award for its role as a perfect romantic retreat in terms of beauty, value and comfort. Outside of the rooms of this boutique hotel, you can enjoy rich Caribbean architecture and lush, tropical gardens. Frank and Turner Bays are just a stone’s throw from your room, too. For breakfast, you can choose between a made from scratch breakfast of Eggs Benedict or Pina Colada French Toast on their shaded veranda that is surrounded by banana trees and a variety of palm trees.
Top Rated Family Friendly Hotels at St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands
St. John destinations are the most family-friendly ones you’ll find within the three islands. Accommodations there are focused on providing fun outdoor activities for everyone. As such, the island provides plenty of top-rated family-friendly hotels to stay. Here a few to rest your heads in between the times that your little pirates aren’t seeking adventure and treasure on your St. John family vacation.
The Hills, St. John
"A Phenomenal Stay"
Address: 1 Bay View Terrace, Cruz Bay, St John 00830, U.S. Virgin Islands - Click to Call for Reservations at (800) 727-6610
Renting a villa can keep costs down and provide comfort for kids of all ages. Not only will you have more space and privacy at a St. John villa, but it is easier to prepare meals for your children and offer them a routine. The Hills, St. John in Cruz bay is a family-friendly villa that is rated superb by guests on hotels.com. With activities that range from eco-adventures to hiking and snorkeling and more, your family has everything needed to create a memorable family vacation. The Hills, St. John has spacious rooms and resort-like amenities that include a private pool, clubhouse dining, a fitness center and concierge services. Read The Hills St. John reviews and more.
The Starlit Escape
Address: 6g6, Estate Carolina, St John 00831, U.S. Virgin Islands - Click to Call for Reservations at (800) 965-1650
The Starlit Escape is ensconced within a forested valley on St. John’s unspoiled eastern side, and it’s known for its seclusion, tranquility and natural beauty. Former guests rated the hotel highly on TripAdvisor but gave fair warning that you need to rent a jeep to conquer the bumpy road that leads there. The Starlit Escape features garden-level suites that accommodate up to four guests, making it perfect for small families. Things that make the hotel so family-friendly include amenities such as a playground and babysitting services that allow parents to escape and do things like enjoying the Caribbean lobster that’s prepared freshly on the property.
There you have it, some of the highest-rated hotels on St. John, US Virgin Islands. Whether you're planning a family trip to the USVI or looking for a place to conduct business, if you need help booking accommodations at one of these hot Caribbean travel destinations, contact Marketplace Suites at 1-800-727-6610. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form, and one of our friendly concierges will be happy to quickly call you back. And if you're looking for a more permanent vacation home in the USVI, you can check out Holiday Homes VI to explore St. John real estate.