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.
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
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]