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rae.seashanty



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:09 am    Post subject: Pre cruise Hotel stay in Grenada Reply with quote

Hello
We are 1st time windjammers and looking for some suggestions on a place to stay pre cruise. We are looking at a couple of options online - Allamanda, Flamboyant, True Blue, and some rental apartments as well. If anyone has stated at the above hotels and can tell us about the price they paid (please feel free to private message if you prefer not posting the numbers online) The prices on their websites are so different than those on expedia and so on that we are not sure where to book.
Any advice is appreciated!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey rae.seashanty. Welcome aboard! As where to stay will depend on what you want. If you want something inexpensive and on the beach, the Allamanda is the place to stay. It is not fancy; a 2 star hotel but clean and great staff. The rooms have a/c, small refrigerator, room safe, beach towels, tv, and balconies with table & chairs. There is a restaurant and pool and it is in the middle of Grand Anse beach. Perfect location. Within easy walking of about 10 restaurants, ATMs, banks, Spiceland Mall with grocery store, and the bus stop. We have been staying there for quite a few years. If you tell them you are sailing with IWJ you get a small discount. $120 for 2 Garden Room; $130 for 2 Ocean front room.

The Flamboyant is at the end of Grand Anse Beach, and is on a hillside which some people don't like all the steps to their rooms. It has a pool, restaurant and nice beach bar. It's more like a Holiday Inn, etc. A step up from the Allamanda. Haven't stayed there but know of folks who really like it.

True Blue is not on the beach, and a cab ride from everything. It does have a good restaurant and bar. Nice pool. We've stayed there before and liked it but just prefer to be on the beach. A little more upscale.

We've stayed at Blue Horizons Cottages at Grand Anse but it is not on the beach; only a short walk across the street and you get to use the beach chairs at their sister hotel, Spice Isle. Nice pool and restaurant. Self catering if you want.

Radisson (just changed from Grenada Grand). Apparently it is undergoing some renovations. Two pools, on the beach; have stayed there years ago and it reminded me of a Holiday Inn. has a couple of bars.

What kind of accommodations are you looking for??

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:35 pm    Post subject: Pre cruise Hotel stay in Grenada Reply with quote

Hi Sandra

Thank you so much for the response. The list of hotels you provided complements what we were looking at, so that was very helpful!

We now seem to have even more questions :(

Is the area at the north end of the beach unsafe - we saw a private B&B there but also read something about safety issues!!

Also - do hotels include breakfast? Can you tell us how much by taxi($) each one is from the airport and the cruise departure/marina?

We are worried that we wll be going during hurricane season and yes, we are looking into insurance. For hotels, we don't need pricey or grand / luxury, just a clean and safe hotel at a reasonable price. If they allow cancellation without penalty , that would be wonderful..We have heard conflicting reviews about whether or not and what kind of insurance to get, so we are hoping that if the hotel allows canc w/o penalty that is one less thing to worry about...!!

Thanks again for your suggestions..looking forward to August!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've stayed at Jenny's Place at the north end of the beach. I really didn't think it was unsafe but you need to use precautions just as you would at home. And do not walk on the beach at night anywhere.

Some restaurants include breakfast; some don't. The Allamanda includes breakfast; either a fruit plate with toast, tea or coffee and juice or eggs and toast, etc. Hopefully someone else will chip in about some of the other hotels.

Taxi to Grand Anse Beach area is about $10 US and about the same to the marina. The fares are regulated by the taxi assoc/gov. You will be offered taxi arrangements through Island Windjammers which is a good deal.

We always take trip insurance; usually through Allianz Global Assistance. I am more concerned about the medical coverage/air lift if needed than trip cancellation. We've traveled to Grenada many times during hurricane season and have never had any problems but that doesn't say it couldn't happen. Grenada is considered to be just below the hurricane belt. The last hurricane to hit the island was Ivan in Sept. 2004, and it did a tremendous amount of damage. Prior to that, it had been 50 yrs since a hurricane had hit the island.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We stay at the Flamboyant and, in fact, will be back there again for a week at the end of May.

I know some folks don't like all the steps but we look upon it as our daily exercise and we actually always choose the third floor of the Macarena block (no elevator) for the magnificent view of Grand Anse which is worth the walk up the extra flights of stairs!

Room rate depends on time of year of course and we have paid as low as $150 and up to $185 per night plus taxes and this includes a full breakfast (cereals, fruits, yogurt, toast, bacon, sausages, eggs etc).

There is a bar and a dining area on beach level and loungers are put out daily on the beach. There is also bar service on the beach but this can be a little sporadic depending on how busy they are!

When we go into St. Georges we usually walk down in the direction of the Spiceland Mall and catch the No. 1 bus into town (US$2 per person). On the way back we usually can persuade the driver to take us up the hill to the hotel!

On our last trip in January 2013 we were with friends who did not want to tackle the steps at Flamboyant so we reluctantly agreed to stay at the Grenada Grand Beach Resort (Radisson) and were not impressed. There were long lines at breakfast, slow service at the bar, no beach towels for days, noise from construction and I could go on! We vowed never to stay there again. Plus no loungers on beach and very little shade.

Hope this helps in your decision!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which of those hotels are closest to Diamant's dock? Any in walking distance, or is a cab ride recommended, especially with luggage?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing within walking distance with luggage. Sign up for the Island Windjammers taxi shuttle when you get the info prior to your sail. It's a good deal.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:41 am    Post subject: Pre cruise Hotel stay in Grenada Reply with quote

Sandra and Bermuda Onion!

Thank you once again for your helpful replies.

Bermuda Onion - I agree the daily exercise can only help offset the food indulgence :)

Sandra - I am definitely a bit relieved after hearing about your hurricane season experience. Will look into Allianz. Good to know what coverage we should think about..

Tried google maps to "locate" allamanda and Flamboyant...I am not convinced the locations are correctly shown !

Wondering - Is the Flamboyant to the left of Allamanda if you are facing the ocean? And is the Allamande really "on the beach" where you walk out straight onto the beach ?

Thanks!!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Pre cruise Hotel stay in Grenada Reply with quote

rae.seashanty wrote:
Sandra and Bermuda Onion!

Thank you once again for your helpful replies.

Bermuda Onion - I agree the daily exercise can only help offset the food indulgence :)

Sandra - I am definitely a bit relieved after hearing about your hurricane season experience. Will look into Allianz. Good to know what coverage we should think about..

Tried google maps to "locate" allamanda and Flamboyant...I am not convinced the locations are correctly shown !

Wondering - Is the Flamboyant to the left of Allamanda if you are facing the ocean? And is the Allamande really "on the beach" where you walk out straight onto the beach ?

Thanks!!


Hi, Saucy here - chiming in.

Yes, the Allamanda is to the left of the Flamboyant if you are standing in the water and looking on shore. Yes, it is directly on the beach; walk from the hotel buildings directly down the concrete path to the white picket fence: Thru the fence, across the sand and into the beautiful blue, tranquil waters!

You might also want to check MH Ross for travel insurance; it is the company recommended by Island Windjammers and it has very broad, very inclusive coverages. You should have received a link to their website when you made your reservation.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have usually stayed at the Allamanda because it is adequate as far as lodging, is very reasonable in price, location is great since it is right on the beach, there are several nice places to eat within about a block, a little mall for groceries or other goods is also within a block, and it is easy to get into town from there. Will probably meet others from the ship there and meet some of the locals under the tree. Umbrellas is a great beach restaurant just up the beach.

IWJ taxi service to the boat or airport is great. For sightseeing in town, take the bus (bus is actually what we could call a minivan). They run all over the place, give you the local experience (hop in with all the locals, pass the money to the front, and knock on the ceiling when you want off) and they are cheaper than a cab.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:13 pm    Post subject: Pre cruise Hotel stay in Grenada Reply with quote

Thank you Sucy and Jotum, The pic helped..I liked the Allamanda's location but we settles on Flamboyant (for this time!!)

Hopefully there will be other windjammers there pre-sail too..

Looking at MHRoss and others for coverage..and then we'll be all set :)
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

check Allianz for coverage.....offers good options. We opted to get an annual policy from them since we travel often.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sailor JM,
Thanks, we looked at allianz , they had a good coverage.. We ended up with CSA...it has what we need for a one off policy, sine we don't travel as much...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had CSA in past, altho never "used" em...thank goodness! But have heard good things about CSA. We went to Allianz for what appears to be an excellent annual policy.
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