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A hotel in Basseterre is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Basseterre hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Basseterre are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Basseterre hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Basseterre hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Basseterre have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Basseterre
An upscale full service hotel facility in Basseterre that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Basseterre hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Basseterre hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Basseterre
Boutique hotels of Basseterre are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Basseterre boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Basseterre may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Basseterre
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Basseterre travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Basseterre focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Basseterre
Small to medium-sized Basseterre hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Basseterre traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Basseterre hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Basseterre
A bed and breakfast in Basseterre is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Basseterre bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Basseterre B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Basseterre
Basseterre hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Basseterre hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Basseterre
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Basseterre hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Basseterre lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Basseterre
Basseterre timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Basseterre often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Basseterre on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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A Basseterre motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Basseterre for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Basseterre motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Skyline of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Location of the city of Basseterre in St. Kitts and Nevis
Location of the city of Basseterre in St. Kitts and Nevis
Coordinates:  / 17.300; -62.733
Country Saint Kitts and Nevis
Island Saint Kitts
Parishes Saint George Basseterre, Saint Peter Basseterre
Settled 1627
• Total 6.1 km (2.5 sq mi)
Elevation 15 m (50 ft)
Population (2013)
• Total 13,000
• Density 2,541/km (6,200/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (UTC-4)

Basseterre /bæsˈtɛər/, estimated population 13,000 in 2011, is the capital of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. Geographically, the Basseterre port is located at  / 17.300; -62.733  / 17.300; -62.733, on the south western coast of Saint Kitts Island, and it is one of the chief commercial depots of the Leeward Islands. The city lies within the parish of Saint George Basseterre and the southern part of the parish of Saint Peter Basseterre.

Basseterre is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean.

Basseterre: History

Wesleyan Chapel, Basseterre, St. Christopher's, West Indies (1850)

Basseterre was founded in 1627 by the French, under Sieur Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc. It served as capital of the French colony of Saint-Christophe, which consisted of the northern and southern extremities of the island of St. Kitts (the centre was yielded to Britain). When Phillippe de Longvilliers de Poincy was made the French governor of St. Kitts in 1639, the town turned into a large, successful port, commanding Eastern Caribbean trade and colonisation.

De Poincy then quickly made Basseterre capital of the entire French West Indies colony, which included the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and remained so until his death in 1660. The city was made capital of the entire island of St. Kitts in 1727, following French expulsion from the island and full British control.

The city of Basseterre has one of the most tragic histories of any Caribbean capital, destroyed many times by colonial wars, fire, earthquakes, floods, riots, and hurricanes. Despite all of this, a considerable number of well-restored buildings still exist in downtown Basseterre.

Basseterre: Geography and climate

Basseterre: Geography

The city of Basseterre skirts a 2-mile (3.2 km) bay on the southwestern shore of St. Kitts, Basseterre Bay. The city lies within the large Basseterre Valley, almost completely surrounded by lush green hills and mountains. It is primarily low-lying, which is one explanation for the name which the French gave unto it, as Basseterre translates to "low land" in English. However, the name Basseterre is also due to the fact that the island is on the lee of winds of the island, and is thus a safe anchorage.

The name Capesterre, given to the region to the North, was dubbed so as it was facing the wind. Basseterre is surrounded by the Olivees Mountains to the north and the Conaree-Morne peaks to the east. The city is drained by the College River and the Westbourne River, which are locally known as "ghauts" and are dry most of the year. They even form streets in downtown Basseterre. This engineering folly has proven quite disastrous though, as College River has been the scene of many disastrous floods in Basseterre history. Port Zante, located in the centre of the bay, lies on 15 acres (61,000 m) of land reclaimed from the sea in 1995.

Basseterre: Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification, Basseterre features a tropical rainforest climate. As is the characteristic of cities with this climate, temperatures remain constant throughout the course of the year, with temperatures averaging 27 °C (81 °F) year-round. Basseterre has no dry season; all 12 months on average see more than 60 mm of precipitation. On average, 1700 mm of rain falls on the city annually.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Avg high °C (°F) 27 (80.6) 27 (80.6) 28 (82.4) 28 (82.4) 29 (84.2) 31 (87.8) 31 (87.8) 31 (87.8) 32 (89.6) 31 (87.8) 29 (84.2) 28 (82.4) 29 (84.2)
Avg low temperature °C (°F) 24 (75.2) 24 (75.2) 24 (75.2) 24 (75.2) 26 (78.8) 26 (78.8) 26 (78.8) 26 (78.8) 26 (78.8) 26 (78.8) 25 (77) 24 (75.2) 25 (77)
Avg sunlight (hours) 7 7 7 8 8 7 8 8 7 8 7 7 7
Rainfall in. (mm) 4.8 (122) 4.4 (112) 4.4 (112) 3.5 (89) 3.8 (97) 4.4 (112) 6.1 (155) 7.2 (183) 7.7 (196) 7.7 (196) 7.1 (180) 5.5 (140) 66.6 (1692)
Source: [1], BBC Weather

Basseterre: Around town

Downtown Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Basseterre is a very small town which is laid out in a grid pattern. It has four main streets running west to east, and they are listed here in sequence from south to north: Bay Road, Liverpool Row, Central Street, and Cayon Street. The main street running north to south is Fort Street/Bank Street, which is home to the bulk of the island's main shops and banks. The city has 2 centres, at The Circus, which is geared towards tourism, and the Independence Square, which contains the cathedral, courthouse, and most of the older buildings.

Basseterre is the main commercial and industrial centre of St. Kitts. It is also the country's main port of entry for both sea and air travel, as well as the road and rail transport hub. It houses the administration buildings for the federal government (those for the island of Nevis are in Charlestown). It also houses the headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, as well as the headquarters for many other regional financial institutions.

Despite its small size, Basseterre played host to Carifesta VII (the Caribbean Festival of Arts) in 2000, outbidding rivals many times its size. The city was able to outbid the United States of America to host matches for the 2007 World Cricket Cup. The Warner Park Sporting Complex was the site of the allocated first round matches of the tournament. This made St. Kitts and Nevis the smallest country in the world ever to host a World Cup event.

Basseterre is home to two private, for-profit medical institutions founded by Robert Ross: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and the International University of Nursing. The city has four secondary schools, two of which are government-owned, and two are private schools.

Basseterre: The city

Basseterre: Landmarks and points of interest

The St. George's Anglican Church in Basseterre.
  • Independence Square (formerly Pall Mall Square)
  • The Circus
  • St. George's Anglican Church
  • Basseterre Co-Cathedral of Immaculate Conception
  • The Cenotaph
  • St. Kitts Heritage Society
  • National Museum
  • Amina Craft Market
  • Public Market
  • St. Kitts Sugar Factory Museum (under construction using the grounds of the sugar factory which ceased production in 2005)
  • Warner Park Sporting Complex
  • Pelican Shopping Mall
  • Queen Victoria Statue Roundabout
  • Basseterre National Park (under construction)
  • Fort Thomas
  • Springfield Cemetery and Chapel

Basseterre: Religion

There are a large number of Christian churches in the city for its size. Most are Protestant, due to British colonization, but the cathedral in Basseterre is Roman Catholic. The Anglican, also called the "Church of England" has the largest number of members, followed by the Methodist. Other Protestant denominations include Moravian, Church of God, Baptist, Seventh-day Adventist, Jehovah's Witness, Rivers of Living Water and Pentecostal. Afro-Christian syncretic sects are also widespread.

Basseterre: Economy

The Police Station in Basseterre.

The city of Basseterre has established itself as a financial centre in the Eastern Caribbean. It is home to the headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, as well as the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange, which lists securities for companies and corporations in the region. The city is also headquarters for the St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank, the largest bank in the Eastern Caribbean, in terms of assets.

The city is also a major Eastern Caribbean industrial centre; its main exports being bass, electronics, beverages, apparel, and salt. The once dominating sugar industry closed in 2005. This was due to overwhelming debts and further predicted hardships from major price cuts planned by the EU. There are specified industrial estates which carry out sub-sonic technology, food processing, light engineering, bass (instrument) engineering, and rum distilling.

Basseterre: Transport

Basseterre is hub for all major roads on the island of St. Kitts. Driving is done on the left. The speed limit in the city is 40 km/h (25 mph) everywhere, with special caution to be taken around school zones.

Basseterre: Public buses

Public Buses have a green license plate starting with the letter "H" There are 5 main bus routes on St. Kitts:

  • Basseterre to Sandy Point travelling West, starting at the Ferry Terminal,
  • Basseterre to Capesterre travelling West, starting at the Ferry Terminal,
  • Basseterre to St. Peter's travelling North, starting at College Street Ghaut,
  • Basseterre to Molyneux travelling East, starting at Baker's Corner and
  • Basseterre to Saddler's travelling East, starting at Baker's Corner.

All bus fees are $2.50 for a trip 5 miles (8.0 km) and under, $3.00 for a trip 5 to 10 miles (16 km), and $3.75 for a trip over 10 miles (16 km). (EC dollars. 1 US = 2.7 EC)

No public buses travel southwards to the main resort areas in Frigate Bay and the South East Peninsula.

Basseterre: Taxis

Taxis have yellow license plates starting with the letter "T" or "TA". The taxi station in Basseterre is located at the Circus (466 6999). The taxis will take you just about anywhere for a pre-calculated price.

Basseterre: Harbour

The Deep Water Harbour in Basseterre is capable of both hosting and berthing of cruise ships or the handling of cargo. It is located to the extreme East of Basseterre Bay.

Port Zante, in the centre of the Bay, is for use of docking cruise ships only. The Port can accommodate the largest cruise ships in the world; it also has a marina facility.

The bay is also home to the bustling ferry operation which takes place between Basseterre and Charlestown. There are numerous trips daily served by as much as six ferries. Ferry service between Basseterre and Oranjestad, Statia as well as to St. Maarten also exists, but the trips are irregular.

Basseterre: Airport

The Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport serves the city of Basseterre, and is located in the city's most North Easternly area. It has direct flights to London, New York, and Miami and seasonal flights to Charlotte, North Carolina, Atlanta, and Philadelphia in addition to other major cities in the United States and Canada during tourist season.

Basseterre: Railway

St. Kitts' 58 km of narrow (0.762m)-gauge railway centre in Basseterre, and swoop the island in a circular pattern. The railway lines, originally built to transport sugar cane to the central sugar factory in Basseterre, are now used to transport tourists via the St. Kitts Scenic Railway which currently runs from Sandy Point to Basseterre.

Basseterre: Twin towns – sister cities

Basseterre is twinned with:

  • Cape Verde Praia, Cape Verde

Basseterre: Prominent people

Famous people born in Basseterre include:

  • Joan Armatrading (1950-) singer.
  • Dr. George Astaphan (22 May 1946 - 18 August 2006) physician accused of doping
  • Kim Collins (1976-) sprinter.
  • Bertil Fox (1951-) bodybuilder.
  • Kayamba Gumbs (1972-) footballer.
  • Erasmus James (November 4, 1982-) Former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Desai Williams (1959-) Olympic bronze medalist, (4*100m relay, 1984, for Canada.)

Basseterre: References

  1. "UNdata - Country Profile - Saint Kitts and Nevis". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  2. See Basse-Terre Island for the origin of the name.
  3. "Wesleyan Chapel, Basseterre, St. Christopher's, West Indies". Wesleyan Juvenile Offering. London: Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society. VII: 18. February 1850. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  4. "A brief history of St. Kitts - St. Kitts Scenic Railway". Retrieved 2015-10-22.
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