Hillcrest Guest House- Vacation Rental Suites with ocean views; have kitchenettes, air condition, cable, screened in top floor lounge, minutes to supermarkets, churches, banks with ATMs, beaches and restaurants. St. John, US Virgin Islands is a US Territory and no passport is needed for US Citizens. Complimentary menu includes Spanish and Italian Coffee; Japanese, Chinese, Kosher and Irish Tea. Many beaches are available for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and sailing. Here is the google map that will assist you in finding Hillcrest, https://maps.google.com/?q=157+Enighed%2c+Cruz+Bay++St.+John%2c+US+Virgin+Islands+-+00831. Here is a link of St. John Activities, http://www.vinow.com/stjohn/SandL/ Hillcrest Guest House, St. John, US Virgin Islands, has six (6) individual suites: 1. Front Suite -Top floor - 2 people. 2. Caribbean Ocean View -Top floor - 2 people. 3. Sunset Suite -Top floor - 2 people. 4. Tropical Garden Suite -Top floor - 4 people. 5. Orchid Suite -First floor - 4 people. 6. Peaceful Retreat -Ground floor - 4 people. RATES April 16-November 15-LOW SEASON 1-2 People: $195/day 1-2 people: $175/day/double occupancy, Peaceful Retreat and Orchid Suite - - - - - 0 - - - - - - November 16 to April 15-HIGH SEASON 1-2 People: $245/day 1-2 people $225/day, Peaceful Retreat and Orchid Suite Call (340) 776-6774 & (340) 998-8388.
3.2 on February 24, 2015
We spent a week at Hillcrest and had a very relaxed time. Phyllis, the proprietress, was very friendly and gave great guidance when we needed to find a laundromat, the closest grocery store, etc. We rented the Orchid Suite and our toddler slept very well on the futon that was available. The air conditioners cooled the suite quickly each time we returned from an outing. Although there was some general "wear & tear" to some of the structure probably due to age and the local climate, the rooms were very clean and the linens were like new. While there was a good selection of beverages available in the suite (soda, coffee, tea), we were underwhelmed by the 12 eggs, 8 bacon strips, and 3 muffins available for a full week's worth of breakfast. Perhaps we were supposed to ask for replenished supplies when we ran out, but that seemed an awkward thing to do. Not a huge deal though, because the Dolphin Grocery was just down the hill and the suite had a great selection of cookware for the meals that we prepared. I should also mention that there was a selection of liquor available in the suite if we had been interested. The stove, microwave, etc were very clean as were the shower, toilet, and sinks. Also, we genuinely appreciated the availability of DVDs to watch while our toddler napped and the beach toys and snorkel gear that we were free to use for our beach outings. Potential guests should know that the availability of Wi-fi was hit or miss. Hillcrest is conveniently located within a few blocks of the shopping, restaurants, taxis, and ferry dock of Cruz Bay, but please note that it is aptly named; walking to and from town involves a short (perhaps 50 yards) but very steep hill. For the price, we think that Hillcrest is a great value if you want a comfortable, clean place to sleep and cook while visiting St John. We would stay there again.
It was a pleasure having you and your family here. Guests make request prior to arrival and also once they arrive at Hillcrest Guest House. Some don't want bacon, some don't want liquor, some want bread and many let me know what type of beer they want. I make every effort to comply. Many are surprised of all the items placed in their suite at NO EXTRA CHARGE. My welcome card encourages guests to make request. They can do it personally, by texting (340 998-8388 cell) or calling me at Hillcrest (340 776-6774). Regarding Wi-Fi, I am so tired complaining to "Choice" about their service. St. John is limited in the choices of Wi-Fi, unfortunately.
3.8 on February 14, 2015
Although the guest house was not the most updated, I did not have any of the problems of cleanliness mentioned in other reviews. The fridge was well-stocked and we enjoyed sitting in the common screened in area. The hill up to the guest house was definitely steeper than I expected. It was fine to walk up when we didn't have bags with us, but I would probably take a taxi up with my suitcase next time. Phyllis was helpful and accommodating with holding our bags after we checked out.
It was a pleasure meeting you. Many guest need a little extra time before departing St. John. The Hillcrest structure was started in 1966 by my parents; specifically the Peaceful Retreat (Ground Floor Apartment). I was away at school, around 1969 when they built the second floor (Where my apartment and the Orchid Suite is located). The top floor should have been built around 1973 when my first born, Tanya, was born. Mom and Dad were real pioneers, since a lot of the roads leading up here were dirt roads and turned to mud after each rain; not paved like they are now. Every step was a major ordeal, but Mom pushed ahead and enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. Her second language was Spanish and she was great at it.
3.6 on February 10, 2015
Very short walk to town. Great place to prep breakfast in the morning, clean up before dinner, and rest your head at night after a day of island adventure.
Thank you for your kind review. Many updates were completed in time for this season. New Mattresses, Egyptian Towels, Egyptian Sheets, Peaceful Retreat Updated to include a screened porch, Lounge Updated to also include a screened in porch, security lights, ceiling fan were purchased. Trying out a international style of Coffees and Teas, which the guests all seem to enjoy. The coffees include Italian, Spanish, French and Santo Domingo Coffee. The teas include Irish, Japanese, British, Chinese, India, Kosher and American Indian.
2.8 on August 14, 2014
rooms and facilities are "island clean". Host is very helpful with info guests may need. bed is comfy. 360 degree views. host provides equipment you may need to enjoy beach (towels, ice chest, chairs, etc), movies for the evening, and a hook-up for your mp3 in-room. keyed safe in bedroom is helpful but hackable. generally quiet neighborhood. walkable distance to town and amenities but really steep hill. "mahogany-bird" traps on main counters. Mosquitoes n no-see-ums can easily get inside from cracks and holes in screens etc, but thankfully its a dry year. Not all items on grocery list were included in room as advertised but owner will tell you where to go buy them. Not sure if water was potable, gallon of water in fridge was open/unsealed. It felt a little dicey walking back from town at night as some of the route is in pitch black, seems straight up-hill (will wind you in temp/humidity) and there are rude-boys running the street up to the house that have no respect for adults and especially tourists and are aggressive even if you are polite or alternatively, ignore them. we found it Best to take the $4 taxi from town than risk the possible danger, but judge for yourself. It's all typical USVI, so you just have to be aware. Overall, we would likely stay again.
I now have a new cleaning lady who spends from 2-3 hours minimum on each suite. She is very efficient and takes her tasks seriously. Repairs are made as the problem occurs. Now that we are near the end of the season (August), my workman and I will be going thru each room for anything not reported. Items on the complimentary menu have been reduced for several months, but guest were and are still encouraged to make personel suggestions. The Peaceful Retreat will be placed back on line and the Orchid Suite rates have been reduced, to attract more customers to $175 to 205/day/double occupancy. The young men can be flirtacious. Just ignore them or politely respond. Regarding security. I am here 98% of the time and so are my rottweiler dogs, Taj and Dora. I live on site and keep an ear for unusual noises and so do my dogs. I have security cameras all around, so that I know what is going on. Im around and about the premises. Hillcrest enourmous light bill clearly reflects that my place is well lit at night. Motion lights are also on site. Each door has a dead bolt lock and guest are encouraged to use it. The lock box is the last deterent and helps to keep things out of sight. Some places don't have it. St. John is a country town with normal pest. Electronic devices from HSN and QVC has curtailed visitors from entering the suites. Doors should be kept closed to prevent entrance. This is also explained at arrival. The Peaceful Retreat has a screen door and will have a screened in porch for the new season in October.
5 on May 03, 2014
I stayed at hillcrest With My 11 year old son and we had a great time. The lady helped us when we Got in a little trouble and the room was great.
2.8 on January 03, 2014
3.0 on July 09, 2013
The view from our suite was stupendous. The value of this room is very good compared to anything else you can get in St. Johns. Phyllis was a wonderful innkeeper. The issues are lack of real cleanliness in room and loud music from town during some nights when there is entertainment in Cruz Bay. The breakfast was packaged muffins and other packaged goods from the grocery store. On the plus side, frig equipped with complimentary rum and wine.
St. John has Carnival from the end of June to July 4th. It includes music, food, parade and finally fireworks. I remind all who book around this time about the event. If the suite was not up to the guest standard, I apologize and will let the head housekeeper know of your displeasure. Upon arrival, I do a walk thru with all my guest,but I may have missed something. I will try to be more through.
4.0 on April 11, 2013
Room was very clean, and the bed was very comfortable. The frig was very well stocked. Great location. Owner is very nice and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.
4.0 on October 28, 2011
We spent four days with Phyillis at her Guest house. She was terrific and our room was stocked with wine, rum, bacon, eggs, sodas, drinks, bagels, muffins, coffee, popcorn, ice cream, etc. She had snorkel gear available for us to use, along with beach chairs. There was also a large selection of DVDs and books for us to use, all free of charge. There was also wi-fi, although we didn't use it since we were busy hiking and snorkeling the amazing St. John trails and beaches. We had a wonderful view from the balcony and ate most of our meals sitting outside on the covered patio. Our suite was not the most modern or luxurious, but it was clean and quiet and located close to Cruz Bay up a steep hill. We had a rental car and spent most of our time exploring the island. A great stay for sure and we would definitely stay there again and recommend to any of our friends.
4.0 on October 07, 2011
We spent our 28th wedding anniversary at Hillcrest Guest House in late September. Phyllis Hall is a lovely lady and always available for your every need. The location is perfect. We enjoyed all food and beverage that stocked our suite. This is a very economical B & B that is a true St John experience. We loved the Orchid Suite. We'll be back. Marie and Joe Westfield,MA
Studio accommodates 2 people. Queen size canopy Bed, Kitchenette and screened lockable Lounge. Cable, free Wi-Fi. The Caribbean Ocean View Suite is located on the top floor. It is between the Front and Sunset Suites, also on the top floor. Private bathroom with a shower in suite. The kitchenette consist of microwave, hotplate, coffee maker, large refrigerator, counter space and kitchen sink; to prepare your meals. View of ocean and St. Thomas. Lounge/Patio Area is where you can relax, read the books provided or bring your own and meet other guest
Nightly Rate: $195 - $245
Large Apartment with a full kitchen, Queen size bed and queen size futon. Lounge is screened and lockable. Cable, free Wi-Fi. The Tropical Garden Suite is located on the top floorIncludes a full kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom and large private balcony, which you can see from inside. Another dining table and chairs are also outside, lovely view all around. Also has 32 inch flat screen TV/DVD and Bose radio from QVC, two air conditioners, Bread Maker, Espresso and Cappuccino Maker. Bedroom has a queen size bed and living room has a queen size futon with an 8 inch thick mattress.
Nightly Rate: $195 - $245
Large apartment with a full kitchen and screened Pagoda. Queen size bed and full size futon. Cable, free Wi-Fi. The Orchid Suite is located on the first floor and there fore has only one small step at its entrance. Private entrance. Includes a full kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom and large private screened pagoda! Bedroom has a queen size canopy bed and flat Screen 20 inch TV/DVD combo. Living room has full size futon with an 8 inch thick mattress, a 32 inch flat screen TV/DVD combo! Full kitchen includes: large refrigerator, gas stove, microwave. Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $225
Studio suite to accommodate two people. Queen size canopy bed and screened in Lounge, lockable. Cable, free Wi-Fi. Front Suite is located on the top floor and has a private balcony with a Million Dollar View. It is a corner suite. Monet picture on the wall, Air condition and ceiling fans for additional comfort- Natural cool breezes flow right through! The kitchenette consist of a microwave, two burner hotplate, coffee maker, large refrigerator, counter space and kitchen sink; to prepare your meals. Ocean views all around.
Nightly Rate: $195 - $245
Large apartment with a full kitchen, Queen size bed and full size futon. Screened in lockable private porch. Cable, free Wi-Fi. The Peaceful Retreat (Ground Floor Apartment) is located at street level. This the first apt. the Hall Family lived in while the first floor was being constructed. Bedroom accommodates a Queen size bed and the livingroom has a full size futon. A 32 inch TV/DVD combo in the bedroom. Apartment is air condioned and a screened in porch. Kitchen has gas stove, microwave and large refrigerator! Private bathroom with rain shower. Large porch for seating and dining.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $225
Large studio accomodates 2-3 people. King size canopy bed and full size futon. Cable, free Wi-Fi. The Sunset Suite overlooks the southern ocean side of Cruz Bay, St. John, St. Croix, St. Thomas and displays hot fiery sunsets. It is a corner suite and is located on the top floor. It is approximately 308 square feet, decorated in white and neutral tones of gold and auburn. Tulip-shell shaped lamp, CD of wind chimes, thundering rainstorm and ocean relaxing surf, large refrigerator, microwave and electric two burner hot plate. Suite also has private bath with a shower. Cable.
Nightly Rate: $195 - $245
Hillcrest Guest House Check in at Red Doors. Cable, free Wi-Fi. $175 to 245/day. E-mail: hillcrestguesthouse@yahoo, (340) 776-6774 or (340) 998-8388. 1. Front Suite -Top floor - 2 people. 2. Caribbean Ocean View -Top floor - 2 people. 3. Sunset Suite -Top floor - 2 people. 4. Tropical Garden Suite -Top floor - 4 people. 5. Orchid Suite -First floor - 4 people. 6. Peaceful Retreat -Ground floor - 4 people.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $245
Planted this year, the garden has lots of flowers and now fruit trees of mandarin, figs, lemon, papaya, passion fruit, banana, orange, lime, sugar apple and sour sop.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $245
Lounge is located on the top floor and is screened in and lockable. Seating for ten (10) people. Two lounge chairs and four couches.
Trunk Bay Beach is owned and operated by the US Virgin Islands National Park. Trunk Bay is famous for its "Underwater Trail", marked by red, white and blue buoys. Many Destination Beach Weddings are performed here.
Island, Mountains, Small town, Tropical, Waterview
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT-Cyril E. King Field) 6 miles
How to Get Here...The nearest Airport is located on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Taxis are waiting to take you to Red Hook, St. Thomas, for you to get a Ferry Boat to St. John, US Virgin Islands. The boat lands at Cruz Bay, St. John, where you get a taxi for Hillcrest Guest House. The boat cost $5.50 per person, each way. The ride to guest house is about 2 minutes.
Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Ocean, Mini-Golf Course, Horse Back Riding in Coral Bay., Trunk Bay Beach, US National Park, Annaberg Ruins, Coral World, St. Thomas, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ruins
Other, Boutique Hotel, Apartment
Alarm clock, Library, Movie library , Liquor, bacon, eggs, muffin, Italian coffee, Spanish Coffee and Chinese, Kosher & Japanese Tea and tea set.
Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wet bar, Wi-Fi
Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports
Some Spanish, English
I enjoy meeting my guest and raising my 2 dogs The dogs names are Dora and Taj. Animals do not have access to upstairs, near the suites. They remain downstairs on my level and apartment.
, Items on menu may be, substitued for another of your liking.