St. Croix's Iconic King Christian Hotel Unveils A New Look

The summer renovation is complete, and the results are nothing short of impeccable.

One of the most fascinating things about visiting St. Croix is experiencing how well the island blends its rich history with modern creativity and innovation. Just as travelers can view 18th century architecture and landmarks in Christiansted and Frederiksted, they can have a heck of a lunch at La Reine Chicken Shack before enjoying a few of Chef Todd's creative cocktails at the Mutiny Island vodka distillery. Just when you think you've seen it all on this island, it delivers something new, and that's certainly the case at the King Christian Hotel.

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Elemental Architecture founder Chris Pardo redesigned the hotel's accommodations to be unmistakably Caribbean. | Meredith Zimmerman Photography

Thanks to a summer renovation effort, this property—with one of the best locations anywhere in the U.S. Virgin Islands—is displaying a brand-new vibe, and it's one that guests who love that blend of history and paradise will especially appreciate. All 46 rooms and suites have been remodeled with Caribbean tones and décor, as well as modern touches like refrigerators and Bluetooth speakers. The suites are especially bolder, as guests will be thrilled to kick back on the spacious balconies and enjoy the ocean views.

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The privacy of the new pool and sundeck will spoil guests. | Meredith Zimmerman Photography

But what will really have people buzzing is the new pool and sundeck, which offer style and seclusion for those moments when the beach is too busy and it's not quite time for dinner and cocktails. However, when the urge for a snack or sip strikes, a new poolside menu awaits, and it can be considered a teaser for a rejuvenated culinary experience that will make King Christian a tough room to book in the years to come.

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The dramatic nautical design of Breakers Roar is bested only by the lounge's creative cocktail menu. | Meredith Zimmerman Photography

The six on-site dining options are collectively a stellar example of St. Croix's creativity, as the Peacock Room and Breakers Roar will be every influencer's favorite cocktail lounges in the Caribbean for years to come. El Leon will be the cherry on top when it opens in early 2023, as Executive Chef Liliana Ojeda will combine classic Mexican dishes with local flavors and ingredients, including lionfish.

Located in downtown Christiansted, this hotel sits near the Christiansted National Historic Site and offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the Danish influence and history at Fort Christiansvaern.