King Christian set to reopen

CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands -- The King Christian Hotel here will reopen by Christmas following extensive renovations to 28 of its 39 guest rooms.

General manager Janine Betterton said that the property, which has been closed since August 1997 due to ownership changes, planned to reopen earlier, but "shipment of plumbing supplies was delayed in Miami."

Renovations include new bathrooms, a lobby redesign and new air-conditioning and electrical systems.

The property has bookings for the holidays and beyond, although Betterton said that "we have to get the hotel name back in the marketplace."

Winter rates start at $100 per room, per night, double occupancy, in a standard room.

The on-site restaurant, closed since Hurricane Marilyn in 1995, will be rented out as a separate operation. Betterton said that two possible tenants "are vying for it."

King Christian Hotel, Phone: (800) 524-2012

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