Boutique Hotels Abound in St. Thomas

St. Thomas is not all about glittery big-name resorts and cookie-cutter timeshare condos. Some of the best boutique hotels in the Caribbean can also be found on St.Thomas, from historic hotels in the hills around Charlotte Amalie to luxury bed and breakfasts. The best boutique hotels on St. Thomas come in a lot of different flavors.

Villa Santana tops the list because it hits all the marks in terms of view, history, location and service. Located on a hill overlooking Charlotte Amalie, the property belonged to General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana of Mexico in the 1850s and each room has been converted from a previous incarnation as library, slave quarters or pumphouse. Offering panoramic views of both the city and the harbor, the hotel has gorgeous decor, impeccable service and reasonable rates.

The Mafolie Hotel is roughly comparable to Villa Santana in terms of view, service and ambiance. Both have hillside locations overlooking the city, a small number of unique, well-designed rooms, excellent staff and an intimate feel.

The Villa Blanca is a more modest version of the Villa Santana. Located on Raphune Hill, about 1.5 miles out of Charlotte Amalie, it has less history and more basic decor but views over the harbor and toward St. John. As a family-owned hotel, the service is friendly and the prices moderate.

Galleon House Bed and Breakfast Saint Thomas


At the east end of Main Street, about a block from the main shopping area, Galleon House is accessible via a difficult climb, especially in sweltering heat. Nevertheless, its rates are among the most competitive in town, if you don't mind a...  Read More

Bunker Hill Hotel


We really suggest this guesthouse only if the other recommended inexpensive hotels are fully booked, as is often the case. Bunker Hill Hotel is not in the safest district in St. Thomas, so caution is advised, especially at night. But this clean...  Read More

Two Sandals by the Sea Inn - B&B


This small, quaint B&B in the East End offers clean, colorful, inexpensive rooms and cheerful service. Rooms are as low as $95 per night in the off season and feature queen-sized beds, fresh linens, air-conditioning, mini-fridge, TV, and towels....  Read More

The Inn At Villa Olga Hotel Saint Thomas
Photo courtesy of Villa Olga


Though it is owned by the same company that owns the Bolongo Beach Resort, this little hotel could not be more different. With just 12 guest rooms, the Inn At Villa Olga offers a boutique hotel experience in the heart of Frenchtown. There is a...  Read More

Mafolie Hotel
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Mafolie is a unique gem among the many interchangeable timeshare resorts and conventional hotels. It is really just a small guesthouse perched 800 feet above Charlotte Amalie harbor, with stunning 18-degree views. It's run by proprietor Michael...  Read More


Meet Karen Elowitt

Karen worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before becoming a travel writer. She worked for renowned  travel expert Peter Greenberg before going freelance, and now...  More About Karen