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Hotel Fort Young Hotel Hotel 3 star
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Po Box 519 Victoria Street Roseau, Dominica -
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Built inside the walls of the ancient citadel dating back to the 18th century, the Fort Young is THE hotel par excellence in Roseau. Its bars and restaurants are frequented just as much by the local elite and businessmen as by tourists. A historical hotel with top quality comfort and facilities on the seafront, ideal for a stay in Roseau.

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    Location 9.6 /10

    It is difficult to be better located in Roseau than the Fort Young. In the ancient fort of the same name, the hotel offers a direct and pleasant access to the centre of the large village, home to 15,000 inhabitants, that is the capital of Dominica. The cruise terminal, the banks, the markets: everything is just a stone's throw away. And the sea runs alongside the hotel.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    Like the communal areas, the 73 guest rooms at the Fort Young offer a full or partial view of the Caribbean Sea. Only 4 of the so-called 'Standard' rooms overlook the hotel side, with a view of the road and the municipal library. These latter are to be avoided, and are only offered by hotel as a last resort. The 'Fort Rooms' are the most common, and are located in the upper part of the hotel, on the same level as the ancient fort at the base of the ancient citadel. They afford a large balcony/terrace with an at least partial, and in most cases full, sea view. Inside, the decoration is not particularly exciting, but there is no lack of space or amenities. Wooden and rattan furniture, a few frames on the walls. The bathrooms are practical with their shower behind a curtain. Air-conditioning and a fan, a safe, a small television with cable channels, a hair-dryer... the only thing missing is Internet access!

    The two other room categories, 'Oceanfront Rooms' and 'Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms', are located in the newer buildings, at the foot of the citadel. Guests staying in these rooms have a more than a 180 sea view. Very traditional and refined decor. Much larger and more modern than the Fort Rooms, these guest rooms are great for families, especially the Deluxe rooms which can accommodate up to two adults and two children.

    Overview 7.30 /10

    The Fort Young has been a hotel since the 1960s. In 1979 however, Hurricane David destroyed 80% of the buildings in Roseau, including the hotel. Reconstruction only began in 1986, and the hotel reopened its doors in 1989, then was extended in 2000. A second extension was added in 2004. The original entrance of the military citadel has been preserved and remains the hotel entrance. Once you enter the centuries-old walls, reception opens out onto the central courtyard, which is mostly occupied by the Balas Bar/Restaurant. It is one of the social centres of Dominica's capital, perhaps the most cosmopolitan in the country. Here you'll come across holiday goers, businessmen, politicians and cruise passengers on a stopover. This central courtyard is also the only place in the hotel where you can still see that you are in an ancient military fort. Everywhere else, the hotel has entirely covered over and bypassed the foundations of the citadel that survived the hurricane. The Waterfront Restaurant, the small spa, the gym (open 24/7), the swimming pool (a tidal pool), the Jacuzzis (a beautiful terrace with two free-to-use Jacuzzis), are all on the sea side, in the more recent buildings built below the citadel. They share a stunning view - the hotel's main asset.

    Food and drink 8.15 /10

    The Waterfront Restaurant is open to hotel and outside guests. Here, everything happens on the large balcony overlooking the sea. A delightful setting for breakfast, served in the form of a cold buffet with a large choice of international and Creole la carte dishes available at an extra cost. For lunch and dinner, it's one of the best restaurants in Roseau, with a wide range of dishes and drinks and an attentive service bordering on prissy. The menu is relatively expensive for the destination and the atmosphere could be more relaxed, but it is excellent (open every evening except Monday).

    With a lot less fuss and a simpler menu, the Balas Bar also serves food at lunchtime and in the evening.

    Lastly, the Marquis Restaurant - in tribute to the Marquis de Bouille who took the fort from the British in 1778 - is open Monday evening for a Creole buffet. Located in the ancient fort, the large, long dining room can also accommodate groups.

    To know

    As is often the case in the Caribbean, Friday is party day in Dominica. At the Fort Young this means happy hour at the Balas Bar, a barbecue evening at the restaurant, and a concert every week. A great atmosphere.

    Warning, even though it is the benchmark hotel in terms of 'international standards' in Roseau, the hotel does not provide electrical adaptors (American sockets).

    There are lots of stairs at the Fort Young, only the 'Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms' are accessible via a lift.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

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