17th century fortification is centerpiece of inn on St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas -- Blackbeard's Castle, whose stone tower was used as a lookout in the 17th and 18th centuries, serves as the centerpiece of a new inn on this island. But aside from the National Historic Site, which dates to 1679, everything else about the property is thoroughly up to date.

The Inn at Blackbeard's Castle opened last fall, following a two-year, $1 million restoration by the new owners and managers, David Abers and Amy and Craig Van Skaik.

The tower at the Inn at Blackbeard's Castle dates to 1679and was originally used as a lookout. Abers said that the inn's West Indian theme is carried throughout its 16 rooms and suites, which are furnished with four-poster mahogany beds and armoires.

Awnings and wrought-iron fencing complement the private balconies that offer views of Charlotte Amalie's harbor.

Rooms have private baths, cable television, ceiling fans and air conditioning. Facilities at the hilltop property include a pool, a restaurant and a piano bar with nightly jazz.

A waterfall tumbles from the peak of the former lookout tower to the swimming pool below. Guests can tour the tower's interior, and dinners in the tower can be arranged.

Ongoing exhibits by local artists are displayed in the inn's public rooms.

The restaurant serves lunch six days a week and brunch on Sundays and is open nightly for dinner.

Specialties include pan-seared crab cake with Asian vegetable slaw and sesame dressing, and calamari and sweet potato chowder with basil and chili powder.

Late dining until 12:30 a.m. is offered on the outdoor terrace portion of the restaurant.

It's a few minutes' walk from the Inn at Blackbeard's Castle into Charlotte Amalie, where visitors can shop and sightsee.

Magens Bay beach is a short drive from the property. Daily rates through May 15 start at $110 per room, double, for a garden room, $190 for a balcony suite and $225 for a junior suite. Continental breakfast is included.

The 8% room tax and 10% service charge are extra. Agent commission is 10%.

Inn at Blackbeard's Castle
Phone: (800) 344-5771
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.blackbeardscastle.vi

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