On the plus side, the staff was super friendly and helpful. The room was large and clean. It was very quiet where we stayed, yet very easy to access the beach and nearby shops. On the down side, we had a bit of difficulty finding the resort at first, since it was not mentioned on any of the signs until you entered the village to which it belonged. Also wi-fi, while free, did not provide a strong signal unless you were right on top of the main office. We were also able to get a free breakfast every morning, however it only included bread, fruit salad, juice, and coffee. Eggs, cereal, or yogurt were all available at extra cost. And while our room was more than satisfactory (we booked a villa with pool view), I would advise against paying for an ocean view as we couldn't identify any such villa.
This was my second stay at Esmeralda and will continue to return! The deluxe rooms are well worth the small additional fee - close to the beach, etc. Having a small market within walking distance was nice, rum and groceries readily available! L'Astrolabe, the restaurant on the property, was excellent for dinner and reasonable with regard to the euro-dollar exchange rate. The beach is, of course, over the top! Very quiet on one end and busy at the other - something for everyone. Early morning walks on the beach were a perfect start to everyday! From the friendly staff to the villa style accommodations to Orient Beach, this was yet another perfect week in St. Martin!
Great location with a very short walk to the best beach on the Island. We rented a car in advance to be able to freely travel from the French to Dutch side.....roads can be bumpy but navigable. Food quality was excellent and diverse from road side grills to fancy French. Be sure to ask in advance what the dollar to euro rate is and when in doubt use a credit card (you should get a fair exchange).
I believe I already wrote a summary about this hotel but for some reason can not find this. In short: this hotel is perfect if you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars of night for a decent and comfortable hotel. It's small and cozy and offers everything needed for a comfortable stay for a very reasonable price. Although not easy to find, even if you're familiar with the island, but once found, it's a gem. Although no five stars, the room is spacious with all needed features. A king size bed, a working tv, spacious bathroom (with shower only) and a separate adjacent toilet. There is indeed a lisol scent in the beginning but that's not a deal breaker if you're not too picky. If there's anything I could say as a con it would be that there are no elevators and that the rooms could use some upgrading, but in general the room we had was more than fine. Shopping and dining are right around the corner and the beach is right at the hotel. No WiFi in the rooms but if you really need to be on...
Great place to stay on Orient Beach. The staff were friendly and the breakfast poolside is a nice option. The room was spacious and comfortable, with cable channels around 45 or so available. The only negative was the beach help wouldn't serve us drinks, although they may not have been affiliated with the hotel itself.
What can I say? I've lived in Sint-Maarten on the Dutch side some years in the late eighties and early nineties and decided to visit the island, this time on the French side. We arrived in the early evening by car (rental) and must say it was somewhat difficult to find, even for someone who lived there once upon a time. Unfortunately also the checking in went somewhat array because when we arrived at about 19:00, there was no receptionist. After some searching and asking around it seemed that they close the reception at 18:00 and that they left the key in a drawer behind the counter. Once in the room, an hour or so later, we were pleasantly surprised. Spacious and with all the comfort one needs. The Lysol scent described is indeed present at first, but not unbearable. It's no five stars, but better than some pretentious 3-4 stars hotel I've stayed in. It's small and cozy, with restaurants and shopping right around the corner in the Orient Bay Village. The breakfast isn't much more than...
This hotel was OK for the money - if you are just looking for a place to sleep this should do the trick. The pool was OK - a place to cool off when we were without water for the day/night because of town work on the roads. But beware - several of the tiles in the pool are broken and have very sharp edges which resulted in small laceration on my husband's arm. The resort was well kept but walkway to town was a little sketchy and not very well lit. This whole resort area is for people who like the beach - the nightlife is non-existant. But after a full day on the beautiful beaches in St. Martin - not much else is needed. A few nice restaurants in walking distance - and the food and service - exquisite!
This was my husband's and my 3rd trip to St Martin (French side always!) but our 1st stay at L'Hoste. Kelly was at the front desk for most of our stay and she was very personable & helpful. She even let me use her computer to print our boarding passes the day before we left to come home. As has been said, if you want 5-star luxuries, this is not the place for you; however, if you want a nice, comfortable place that's right on the beach and is in walking distance of shopping (groceries to souveniers) & restaurants (highly recommend Safari Grill!!), you might want to give L'Hoste a chance. My one HUGE negative, and the reason for only a 2-star for cleanliness, is that both my husband and I were eaten up by bed bugs while there!! At first we thought we were being bitten by mosquitoes. As time went on, we were able to rule that out. Only as we were leaving and then after we got home did we finally realize 'who' the offender really was!! In fact, I found one of the little critters in my su...
L'Hoste Hotel is an excellent value property just steps from beautiful Orient Beach. Rooms are studios with adequate furnishings and a small kitchenette. Every room has a small patio or balcony. Breakast at Madras is always good, and the hotel and restaurant staff are always pleasant and helpful. L'Hoste also has a small but very nice pool with great lounge chairs. Wi-fi is free in the lobby, but no Internet access in the rooms. This was my fourth stay at L'Hoste, and I continue to find this hotel a good value considering that it is right at the beach and a short walk to the restaurants and shops at Orient Bay Village. I've stayed here with my wife; I imagine that it would be fine for a family with one or two young children. Older children might feel confined to the extent that thay had to spend time in the room. The Hotel has re-decorated over the past few years. I found my roomto be rather drab with a brown-tan-beige color scheme. As part of their renovation, the hotel now provide...
The Hotel is in a good location and the staff were very helpful. Especially Jeremy who helped us with several issues. The free internet only works near the pool and not in the rooms. This is a wonderful location, but all resturants in the area are a bit pricier that those in the States. Expect to spend around $60 USD for a meal for two (e.g. burger, fries, soda and Pizza, bottled water). The room does have a stove and microwave, but most all grocery items are about twice the cost in the states, but it is an island and everything is imported. If you are looking for a nightlife, the dutch side of the island is better for you, If you want slow and quiet this is an excellent pick.
The place has a great location, right on Orient beach. Everybody in the Hotel were very friendly, from the front desk Kathy to the Bar/restaurant La Playa lour friend Yuma. Definetely I will stay again.
We have stayed at L'Hoste many times. Staff always friendly and helpful. Hotel is due for updating especially bathrooms and buildings around pool area. We are glad they moved breakfast to the beach area. Location is perfect since we enjoy beautiful Orient Beach ,and Orient village. TV service is fine. We will return .but pricing should reflect status of updating.
This is not our first visit to L'hoste. The staff remembers us and are most accommodating. DeDe (sp) is just delightful. He will help with any arrangements you need to make and always has a smile. The ladies serving the breakfast are very cordial in the morning. While the breakfast is the same every day (fruit, yogurt, juice, bread, croissants, coffee/tea) it's enough to get you going and it's always fresh. The rooms have been updated with flat screen TV's and many more US channels. The location to Orient Beach cannot be beat. If you are expecting 5 star quality this is not the place for you. However, if you want clean, comfortable and quaint, close to everything and walking distance to the beach you can't go wrong staying at L'Hoste.
My husband and i had the most wonderfull time. By far this has been the best vacations in many years. Our second floor bed room was always kept very clean, and the bed was just fine. The open sliding glass door to our own private balcony over looking the guardens with the constint fresh ocean breeze was wonderfull. Inclued is the continental breakfest that is always very fresh and very good every morning. The lunch and dinner meals are also very good. The open dining area was always kept very clean at all times with the beautiful ocean views from your table. You also have beach chairs and unbrella that is also included in your room. We will be very thank full to Katie the hotel manager and her entire crew for being second to none. (We will be back sooner then later). Patty and Doug Sr. September 5, 2013
This is a small cottage type dwelling with close proximate to the beach and a courtyard with shops. Although they have remodeled the rooms back 2 years ago, the beds are hard and the out doors are aging but well kept. The view from the balcony is not worth looking at. The staff is very friendly.
Welcoming and helpful staff. Great location by a long, wide beach. Nicely decorated, comfortably sized room. Liked having a kitchenette and patio. Didn't need a car, plenty of restaurants nearby. My first floor room was behind the pool. I felt a lack of privacy. The staff recommended I close the shutter before going to bed. While this made the room secure, I felt as if I was sleeping in a storage container. Plus I couldn't wake up to the sun.
This hotel was very friendly and welcoming. The beaches were small but perfect for a relaxing day. Would love to go back.
Have returned to GCBC eight times in the past 11 years. We just love ST. Martin, and this property is just the right size for us. The staff members are all long time employees, and really are very caring, attentive people. The Monday managers cocktail party is something we look forward to, and get to socialize with other guests. Many great restaurants and shops within walking distance down in Grand Case. My wife and I have nothing but praise for GCBC. Hope to continue coming back for many years to come.
I stayed at Grand Case Beach Club for 5 nights with my SO, my sister and her SO, and my mother and we couldn't have had a better time. We were drawn to the french side of the island, St. Martin, because we wanted a relaxing, slower paced vacation than what the dutch side offers. The resort is beautiful. The grounds are clean and well manicured. The rooms are very clean, well maintained, and up to date. The staff are very helpful. The beaches, both the north and south stretches, are pristine and never crowded. The onsite restaurant, Sunset Cafe, consistently served great food; I would order from their specials always. They have convenient flags on the beach chairs so you can order a drink right on the water. I read some other reviews complaining how the billing for the cafe is separate from the resort. Not sure what the problem is. You simply let them know your room number and you settle the tab before you check out. Easy. While the resort is located in a nice little secluded pocket ...
Has a nice beach, although smallish, with attentive beach attendants and great snorkling. Very nice on site restaurant and bar, but hotel's best feature is it's proximity to great dining within walking distance. Not cheap (especially if you have U.S dollars), but some of the best French and Italian food you'll ever have on an island. The hotel itself is in ok shape, flatscreen tvs in rooms and I-pod players, but bathrooms are small and if you're over 5'9' make sure you're not on the 3rd floor or you'll be hitting your head on the loft ceiling getting out of bed. Maid service was OK, but they're tight with the soap and towels, so stock up when you see them. Also, make sure you exchange your beach towels before noon, because for some reason they won't do it a minute after.
We spent a week at the Grand Case resort and were very pleased! There is a lovely restaurant overlooking the ocean which has a nice continental breakfast every morning. The chocolate croissants were great! There are also plenty of good restaurants in town within walking distance. Lots of idyllic views and hammocks to sit back and relax. The watersports office also offered plenty of activities. I would stay again.
GCBC became our 'go to' place on St. Martin. Have stayed there nine times since 2000. Many of the employees remember us. Have our 'spot' on the beach. Look forward to going there every year.
Front desk was very friendly and helpful in everything I asked of them. Room was clean and comfortable. The restaurant food was good and the staff was great.It is a quiet and restful place to stay. Short walk to town many fine restaurants,the food was great,Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed our stay
This beach resort is an excellent place to get away and relax. The location is on the boulevard strip, the 'hot place' in the town of grand chase. The staff was very friendly and very helpful which made my stay even more enjoyable. The rooms were always tidy bath towels and wash rags were changed everyday...beach towels were changed at request. At Grand Chase there goal is to make u comfortable and to accomadate for any circumstances you may have. Overall i am very happy with my stay at Grand Chase Beach Resort and i hopefully plan to return.
I've stayed in Grand Case before and I thought it was the best place in the Caribbean. Things have changed. Our room was in desperate need of some TLC. No one uses the pool. There was garbage in the water in front of our room. We went on an excursion to a small island -Prickly Pear ($$). The snorkleing was terrible. Everything is covered with sand and debris so not much lives there. The town of Grand Case is a disaster. The road is basically unpaved. Cars park on both sides of the narrow road. There is no sidewalk and the locals drive fast though the whole mess. We were nearly hit several times. I would have rather stayed in Orient bay or the Dutch side.
Steps away from the best restaurants in the Caribbean, we really enjoyed our stay in Grand Case. The rooms were clean and well maintained, but then again I really wasn't interested in the room and more in the great beaches right outside. The security was great as well making us feel safe in what happens to be uncertain times in the St. Maarten area.
Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, we wanted a beautiful place in the sun to kick back and relax for a week. The hotel was adequate, clean, and comfortable, though nothing like the pictures on the website. The bathroom was in great need of an update . Thankfully, we had a kitchenette. The website raved about the wonderful places to eat on 'restaurant row' within walking distance and were looking forward to delicious, romantic evening meals. Unfortunately for us (only two people), a meal on restaurant row would have cost us about $100.....way too expensive for our budget. Nothing on the website prepared us for such extravagant prices. We ended up finding a small market, buying food, and cooking in the room. Not exactly how we wanted to spend our vacation or our anniversary but it did save us several hundred dollars on food. Good news, the staff cleaned the kitchen the next day while we were out on the beach. Bad news, ants invaded the kitchen during the night. We were...
Grand Case Beach Club makes for a calm, even serene, destination for families and adults alike. Missing (though not missed) is a 'meet market' atmosphere where booze and hormones intermix. One goes to the Dutch side for this, and also for neon commercialism. This, our second time at Grand Case, proved as laid back and relaxing as the first, with fine dining on the premises or a stroll away in town. (tip: Bring US cash because some restaurants accept physical dollars on a par with the Euro)
Wonderful location, friendly helpful staff. Beautiful view. Food was good. Could pay more attention to cleaning details. Continually brought glasses that were not clean. Also the room floor was sandy. Only had 2 bath towels in the room, and they do not provide beach towels.