Gustavia hotels offer significant convenience with access to dozens of great beaches that really aren’t far away at all. (Can anything be considered far away on an island comprising a mere eight miles in length?) Gustavia itself is the main port welcoming all arriving cruise ships and airplanes. It is situated on the island’s west side and encompasses two extremely popular St Barts beaches: Shell Beach and St Jean Beach. Though the best hotels in Gustavia St Barts are those such as exclusive Carl Gustaf, there are some reasonable and less expensive lodging options to choose from.
One of the best hotels in Gustavia St Barts for economical rooms is the Sunset Hotel, a hotel in traditional West Indies style featuring ten guest rooms and one of the best views of Gustavia Harbor. With this view also comes prime access to the port’s best shopping, restaurants, and other top attractions such as the town’s museums and galleries. Gustavia accommodations at the Sunset Hotel are a rare blend of both convenience and charm, which is difficult to find in St Barts when you’re on a budget that doesn’t include a million-dollar pocketbook. The three-story hotel has air-conditioned rooms featuring mini-bars and TVs as well as direct-telephone service. High chairs and cribs are available upon request. For a small fee, guests can enjoy breakfast on their private terrace.
Gustavia hotels are not as abundant as you might think, even though this is the island’s central nave. The island inventory of cottages, apartment rentals, and villas comprise the highest concentration of Gustavia accommodations. Yet within the island port, you can still find some good lodging options. Only a few minutes walk from St Jean Beach is Hotel Le Village (pictured), a full-service hotel and one of the best Gustavia Hotels for charm and diversified lodging options; hotel rooms, cottages, and self-contained villas are the choices. The whirlpool tub and infinity pool, set on an expansive sundeck, provide a place to sunbath, swim, and relax. The restaurant lounge peaks over St Jean beach and the entire hotel shines with sleep appointments. French Caribbean decor dominates, inspiring rejuvenation.
Carl Gustaf Hotel undoubtedly tops the list of best hotels in Gustavia St Barts. The hotel and spa combo features the most exclusive Gustavia accommodations available and spectacular scenery—the hotel and restaurant overlook the twinkling harbor. One- and two-bedroom suites, the Spa Suite and the Royal Suite are the main components of this Gustavia accommodation.
The true gem is the Villa Golden Reef, an incredible seven-bedroom villa with the finest views, decor, and amenities one can buy on the island. Owned by a French business Magnate and run by his daughter, this fantastic island hotel has every right to boast of its fine offerings.
Hotels around Shell Beach and St Jean Beach, both in proximity to the capital’s center, are good places to look for beachfront Gustavia hotels. For those who desire a port-side location, deep pockets are usually in order. If a stay at the Carl Gustaf is something of a dream, be sure to look over the ongoing vacation packages offered to enjoy a lower-than-average nightly rate. Another popular option is simply renting and sleeping on a yacht in the port or anchored offshore.