This hotel has undergone significant renovations since our visit.
We will update our photos and review as soon as we can.
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Small, typically quiet, time-share-style hotel on a great stretch of beach
The Elysian Beach Resort is a time-share hotel that shares Cowpet Bay with the St. Thomas Yacht Club on the island's East End near Red Hook, close to the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas and Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. It's a collection of vacation condos, not a traditional resort, so guests should expect less service and fewer amenities. But the large, lovely, white sand beach is one of the best on the island.
Being a small complex (just 67 guest rooms), the atmosphere shifts depending on who's visiting -- sometimes it's filled with rowdy twentysomethings, sometimes families, sometimes a relaxed group of retirees. But unless there happens to be a coverband playing late into the evening at the popular on-site restaurant, the resort remains fairly quiet.
Not a full-service hotel; for just about everything -- including room cleaning -- you're on your own.
Just five minutes from bars, restaurants, and yachting in Red Hook
The Elysian is on the East End of St. Thomas, next to the Ritz-Carlton. Like most other resorts in St. Thomas, there's nothing to eat, see, or do within walking distance of the hotel.
One of the best beaches on St. Thomas, although you may need to drip-dry in the morning (towels are scarce)
Old and kitschy, but the balconies have excellent views
Turquoise walls, old rattan furniture, plastic plants -- you could call the room kitschy (though ugly might be a better word).
Stick to the high-quality (and free) pool -- the spa and gym cost extra.
Generally, this is a well-maintained resort, but watch the steep cleaning fee.
While the hotel is worn in some areas -- the awning above the lobby is faded and moldy -- it's well maintained overall. My room was clean when I arrived -- and I kept it that way because I didn't want to pay an extra fee for housekeeping.
Two on-site restaurants, both on the beach, loved by locals as well as tourists
A basic resort with a time-share focus, the Elysian has funky old rooms, one of the best beaches in St. Thomas, and two beachside restaurants that even locals frequent. But service is nil and everything costs extra -- the gym and even room cleaning costs something steep! Worse still, there's a fee-per-night "energy surcharge" -- just to keep the lights on!