Better than a hostel, though not as nice as the townhouse villas at the Four Seasons, guest houses are a great way to stay in Nevis without breaking the bank, and the best way for the adventurous traveler to get immersed in the local culture. For the tourist willing to spend a few more dollars per night, Nevis also offers a plethora of mid-range options, such as small inns and bed & breakfasts, in some truly spectacular locales.
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The Five Star Guest House
For a uniquely local experience, try the Five Star Guest House, situated at the base of Mt. Nevis in the villa of Gingerland, and only a short walk from the main hiking trails through the rainforest. Rooms are equipped with a full kitchen/living room as well cable television. The guest house in general is a quiet affair, but don't expect to sleep in. Each morning was greeted by a cacophony of roosters, donkeys, dogs, and peepers. You'll need to rent a car to get around. Single and double rooms are available; given their size, the best value favors travelers who bring at least one companion. Information: email@example.com
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Philsha's Guest House
Just a short walk away from Pinney's Beach, Philsha's Guest House sits amidst pretty wild gardens, palms and mango trees. As with many of Nevis' guest houses, the rooms are reminiscent of a 1950s motel, which might make Philsha's rates slightly off-putting. Still, it offers pretty vistas, is within walking distance of local beach hangout/eatery the Double Deuce, and has a full bar and coin-op pool table. Non-smoking.
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JP's Guest House
JP's Guest House is clean, affordable, and right in the heart of historic Charlestown, Nevis's only city. The rooms have basic amenities: a double bed, television, air conditioning, and bathroom, and run for under US$100 per night year-round. Best of all, JP's is situated above the terrific local luncheon the Caribbean Kitchen, and it is within a minute's walk of the ferry to St. Kitts. For the type of traveler who would rather be downtown than in the hills, JP's Guest House is far-and-away the best accommodation for its price.
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There are only three rooms, and they can only be booked November-April, but the Banyan Tree Bed and Breakfast is one of the most beautiful and affordable places to stay on Nevis. Renovated by a New Hampshire couple, the B&B is located down a dirt road and nestled amidst palms, mangos, and the titular Banyan Tree itself, a 300-year-old natural beauty. Two rooms sit to the back of the main house (the former has two single beds, the latter a queen-sized one). The third room, the "Bamboo House," is a short walk away in its own building, with sea and mountain vistas from the porch and a capacious bedroom. All have private baths but no TV, AC, or phone (wireless Internet access in the main house).Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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The Old Manor Hotel is a converted sugar plantation only a few steps from the Five Star Guest House, but more tastefully cultivated to mesh with the rainforest that creeps down from the mountain. Rooms and dining areas are integrated with the stone ruins of the former Great House, providing a sense of history in addition to the natural solace of the place. There is no air conditioning in the rooms, but with large ceiling fans and many wide windows, the temperature was never a problem. For entertainment, there is a pool, full bar/dining room/restaurant, as well as cable television in a common room. Staff is friendly and generally very helpful.
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Golden Rock is located higher up in Nevis's rainforest. Tropical wildflowers and trees abound, with the mountain looming at Golden Rock's back, the sea beckoning down its slope. The old stone estate buildings have been transformed into a bar and restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Thirteen rooms are spread out into separate houses (two partitioned rooms per house) each with its own unique theme and island-color scheme, antique furnishings and local art. For those looking to splurge, the Sugar Mill is a large suite inside the hollow edifice of the former mill that rises majestically above the rest of Golden Rock.
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While the Oualie Beach Club may be at the higher end of affordable accommodations on Nevis, it does have what many other guest and plantation houses do not: the beach. Oualie also offers a full-service spa, restaurant, and bar, plenty of swimming, and access to a variety of activities, from scuba-diving to windsurfing, mountain biking, kayaking, and even deep-sea fishing. This makes Oualie one of the most accessible accommodations for families who don't want to pay top-dollar for the Four Seasons. And unlike many of the other resorts, it is not necessary to rent a car. There is enough to do on-site that the occasional taxi would suffice.