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St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino

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St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino

Pool at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, St. Kitts and Nevis

© Robert Curley 2007

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for a full-service resort in St. Kitts, with everything from a pool area with live entertainment and organized games to a casino and championship golf, the St. Kitts Marriott is your only real choice on either St. Kitts or Nevis.

Pros

  • Only full-service hotel on St. Kitts
  • Excellent array of international restaurants
  • Wide, sunny and sandy beach
  • Large Vegas-style casino on site
  • Walk to nearby beach bars for local flavor

Cons

  • Architecture dubbed "cruise ship on land." It's not really a complement
  • Typical Marriott, so could be anywhere. Look elsewhere for more authentic "Kittsian" experience
  • Hard to avoid outrageous phone charges on international calls
  • No outdoor bar scene at night

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Guide Review - St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino

The St. Kitts Marriott is the ideal hotel for a neophyte traveler on their first visit to St. Kitts and Nevis or anyone who craves the amenities expected at a U.S.-style large resort. The cavernous hotel artium may seem rather gloomy at times, but you can't argue with the Marriott's fine array of gift and duty-free shops, restaurants and bars. In both the main building and its guest wings, rather pedestrian entries lead to well-appointed guest rooms and public spaces, such as the excellent Royal Grille Steakhouse hidden in a lower-level corridor.

The Blu seafood restaurant has the advantage of its own building and an inspired "Art Deco nautical" decor; it faces the hotel's attractive main pool area, which is a social hub during daylight hours with activities ranging from Bingo and Backgammon to water polo and water-balloon fights. Families on a budget will enjoy the takeout pizza available poolside until 10 p.m.

Adults can walk a few blocks or take a short cab ride to Frigate Bay's famous beach bars, including the Shiggedy Shack (known for its lobster sandwiches and BBQ) and the Monkey Bar. The hotel sits directly on Frigate Bay, and the beach is wide and lovely, the water calm and inviting; the hotel pools are open 24 hours for night-swimmers, and there's a swim-up bar during the day.

The Royal Beach Casino has both table games and slots, and the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is the island's best. My spacious suite was simply furnished but had a jacuzzi tub, toilet and bidet, though I spent little time there as there always seemed to be something to do either at the hotel or on the many island tours offered.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Fantastic Service, Member asjli

When we arrived Jasmine upgraded our room to one on the first floor. We didn't want a third floor walk up. Everyone greeted the guests warmly. The concierge went out of their way to help. Reservations for dinner were easy to make or change. The waitresses were extremely friendly and helpful. Meals were delicious and plentiful, drinks were poured generously. The lounges were cushioned and comfortable. The hotel was clean and well kept. Local craftmen brought lovely jewelry to purchase. The free golf, spa package and casino credit was an extraordinary value. The casino was large enough for everyone to have a good time. Best of all I won some money. We had a marvelous time and would definitely go again. St. Kitts is beautiful.

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