Next door to Government House and in the middle of Charlotte Amalie’s historic district, Hotel 1829 (Government Hill, 340/776-1829 or 800/524-2002, www.hotel1829.com, $105–220 winter, $75–160 summer) is a departure from typical beachfront or hillside accommodations. Built by a wealthy French sea merchant for his bride in 1829, the three-story building remained a private home until 1906, when it became a hotel. The original kitchen has been turned into a bar and dining room where visitors can play backgammon or sip cocktails while looking out over Charlotte Amalie Harbor. The view is especially lovely at night. Decor includes original hand-painted tiles, life-size Italian chess pieces, and a Tiffany stained-glass mural. Rooms are furnished with mahogany furniture, cedar ceilings, and bamboo platform beds. The hotel’s 15 rooms include several suites with private balconies overlooking the harbor, as well as smaller rooms that overlook the hotel courtyard and pool. Despite amenities including air-conditioning and cable TV, the hotel holds on to its historic atmosphere and old world charm.
The Inn at Blackbeard’s Castle (37 Blackbeard’s Hill, 340/776-1234, $120–170 winter, $95–135 summer) is located atop Government Hill and in the heart of Charlotte Amalie’s historic district. The pirate theme prevails on the hotel grounds—there are large statues of pirates around the pool and restaurant—but the rooms offer respite. Hardwood floors, four-poster beds, and private balconies overlooking the harbor make this a pleasant, even romantic, choice. Rooms are equipped with coffeemakers, refrigerators, and televisions. There is a pool on the property.
The Green Iguana Hotel (37B Blackbeard’s Hill, 340/776-7654 or 800/484-8634, www.thegreeniguana.com, $119–149 winter, $89–129 summer) wraps around the side of Blackbeard’s Hill with views of Crown Bay and parts of downtown Charlotte Amalie. The rooms are clean and cozy and come equipped with modern amenities, including satellite TV, microwaves, coffeemakers, air-conditioning, and telephones. Large rooms have full kitchens. Guests can use the pool at neighboring Blackbeard’s Castle Hotel. The Green Iguana is within walking distance of downtown Charlotte Amalie, although climbing Blackbeard’s Hill on your way back will keep you in shape.
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