Hotels in Roseau

Roseau is the capital of the Caribbean island of Dominica. It is situated in the west coast of the island and has been the capital from colonial times. The town like the rest of the island is rich in culture and has been well preserved. It is a great place to stay as you are centrally located, and close to principal businesses, government offices, shopping, and entertainment and within close proximity of many of the islands primary attractions. Roseau is only a 15-minute drive from the Trafalgar Falls; is within walking distance of the Botanical gardens; and scattered all across the capital are many featured historical and architectural attractions. The Canefield airstrip a mere 15 minute drive away, and the Cruise Ship Berth and the Roseau Ferry Terminal are located on its grand boulevard.

The range of accommodation is wide, from multistoried hotels, to apartments or rooms, there is appropriate accommodation within the capital for all styles, budgets and needs. Roseau has many unique and great places to stay while on short stay, extended vacation or just for a relaxing weekend. There are three main hotels in Roseau: The Garraway Hotel, the Fort Young Hotel and the Sutton Place Hotel. All three offer modern amenities; air conditioning, internet access, private bathrooms, bar and restaurant services, housekeeping services, room service. All three are categorically different from each other, which makes it even more interesting to choose.

The Garraway Hotel- a family owned and operated modern 30 room multi-storied hotel, located on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard in the historic French quarter of Roseau. This hotel is very popular among business travelers and has a large conference facility which caters for seminars, business meetings and conferences. The hotel has a great view of the Caribbean Sea is in the commercial area of the city. Though the hotel does not have a pool, it does have a reputation for its excellent Creole cuisine, affordable buffet service and a very popular “happy hour” on weekends with local entertainment.

The Fort Young Hotel overlooks the Roseau bay and provides a spectacular view of other villages in the south of Dominica. It is located on Victoria Street, the street on which you will find the historical landmarks such as the Public Library (Victoria Memorial) the Government House, and the House of Assembly. The hotel was constructed on the Historical site of The Fort Young, which was built by the French in 1771, and then expanded by the British to protect the Roseau area. The main features which differentiate this hotel from the others, outside of the historical background, is the presence of a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, dive centre and diving services, duty free shopping, and its own jetty. The Fort Young Hotel is in close proximity to shopping areas, banks, the local produce and craft market.

The Sutton Place Hotel is located on Old Street, what can be described as the “Heart of Roseau”. The hotel was built on remnants of an original structure which dates back from colonial times and was converted to a guest house in the 1960’s which was destroyed by Hurricane David in 1979. The hotel is very small but quaint. It is also a hands-on family owned and operated business, which makes it a very personal experience. The rooms area all furnished with antique Victorian and French pieces, has wooden floors and is warmly decorated.

Vena’s Guest House located on the corner of Queen Mary Street and Cork Street also has Historic significance to the island. The hotel was once the home of international novelist Jean Rhys. Jean Rhys was born in Dominica and lived the first sixteen years of her life in that house and even made mention of it in some of her early writings. Services provided include a restaurant. The guest House itself is relatively small with only 12 rooms available.

Another small guest house located in the capital is Symes Zees Guests House which comprises of eight bedrooms all with hot water. The Guest house also has a restaurant/ bar which comes alive with Jazz music in the evenings. This is a great place to sample local cuisine and music and mingle with the locals. Symes Zees is situated on King George V. Street.

Bon Marche on Old Street is another fantastic place to stay. It is a full service guest house with three bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. It is located near the Roseau ferry terminal and is inexpensive.

Dominica’s hotel industry like most aspects on the island is not widely commercialized but the guests will be treated to and will enjoy a great atmosphere and the hospitality of friendly people The accommodations are all up to international standards, but very unique in their own way.

There are many advantages to taking up accommodation in the capital, but none more important that the opportunity to socialize and experience the culture of the people in a most secure atmosphere.

In the areas surrounding Roseau there are many recommended accommodation. These include: Anchorage Hotel, Evergreen Hotel, Roseau Valley Inn, St. James Guest House, Castle Comfort Lodge, Reigate Hotel, Pete’s Casa and Tranquile Villa. All the above mentioned accommodations are located within 15 minutes away from Roseau.


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