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Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa

4.0 of 5 19 Little Bay Rd, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Positives are: location, food, access to taxis, beach, 2 pools (1 an infinity pool), big whirlpool and lots of hot water in the shower. Negatives are: daily issue of running out of towels, safes in rooms do not have locks, musty smelling rooms on ground floor, had to pry information out of Ellie at the Tour Desk, and front desk... More

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Binghamton, New York
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

I have been to Sonesta Great Bay twice in the last three years. I can honestly say that the staff and service are second to none..Mike in the bar is outstanding, remembering names and what you drink. He will even go out of his way to give you a tour of the island. Kevin in activities was very helpful in... More

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gmgreatbay19, General Manager at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

We appreciate the review and mention of the staff. We will share your travel comments in our staff training sessions. We are making some nice changes to the resort with improvement in our buffet restaurant with nice new features, the addition of a mini-kids club for families, new activities, more night-time entertainment and much more. We look forward to your... More

Toronto
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

On the same trip I was fortunate to stay at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort and Casino in St. Maarten on the dutch side. This hotel is further from the airport, 40 minutes in St. Maarten horrible traffic (20 cab ride for two people, shouldn't be more and can be less if you have more people). The resort is... More

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gmgreatbay19, General Manager at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

A happy holidays to you! We appreciate the review from your recent stay. Your review is very informative with regards to our resort and the island of Sint Maarten. We encourage all guests to visit the island and really enjoy the island life/culture. We are sorry to hear about the WiFi, YES, we have been having some trouble, even with... More

Oley, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

My wife and I are seasoned Caribbean travelers and we routinely research our destinations and resorts. This trip was no exception given that we traveled with our three of our parents. We selected the Sonesta Great Bay for it's location within walking distance of Philipsburg, its selection of restaurants and its overall amenities and room choices. The distance to Philipsburg... More

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Oshawa, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

The room was fine - do ocean view, the view of the Bay and the Cruise Ships and watching all the weirdos in the scummy hot tub, are truly priceless... But the food. Oh no. I've been going to the Great Bay Resort for the last 12 years. The food was a=ok during that time. Especially in Jan, 2010 -... More

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gmgreatbay19, General Manager at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the review. I guess we just were not for your taste in a vacation destination. We do our best to consistently make improvements with training, menus and restaurant designs. We have spent $$$ this year to renovate the Bayview with new buffets, new grille bar with fresh offerings and more options. Our ala carte dining... More

Oley, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011 via mobile

My husband, parents, and mother in law just returned from a 6 night stay at the Sonesta. We are frequent travelers to the Caribbean and did due diligence researching a resort. We ended up choosing the Sonesta due to its close proximity to Philipsburg. We also requested (and paid for) an ocean view room on the highest level possible. When... More

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gmgreatbay19, General Manager at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for the travel review, it is appreciated. We did not meet our expectations on service, you can contact me directly to discuss a reimbursement. In regards to a room request, we can only consider a request, unfortunately, we cannot meet all requests. sincerely, Juan- G.M More

Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

I stayed at this resort between Dec 4-11 with 3 other girlfriends. Pros: The location is great and some staff are really nice once you get to know them. Props to Leo and Michael at the bar and the kitchen host, Yvonne. The food was tasty but I wish there were more local cuisine and fruit options. The Caribbean dinner... More

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Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

My wife and I just came back from a 8 night stay. We have visited many Carribean Islands and have acquired considerable vacationing experience over the years. We've stayed at the Ritz a few times as well as a 2 star resort on occassion, and every type of resort/hotel in-between. We've made our share of good and bad decisions. Reading... More

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Boston, MA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Although this hotel had a good location near Phillipsburg the rooms had a funny smell and the staff were fairly indifferent. We stayed here for the night on our way back home from Anguilla to do some gambling, shopping and dining at Antoine's ...had fun but would not stay at this hotel again...just too busy with rooms that are in... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

Location - only a few minutes down the beach from Philipsburgh. Resort - smoking everywhere - great if you smoke, but not so great if you are a non smoker. Hotel rooms were humid and smelled musty/moldy. When we returned home we had to wash the clothes we did not wear, in order to eliminate the musty smell. Our ocean... More

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gmgreatbay19, General Manager at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for the travel review, we will be sure to post and mention to the staff your wrote in your comments. Our staff works very hard to make Great Bay 1 of the best resorts on the island of Sint Maarten. with hospitality, Juan- G.M More

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Address: 19 Little Bay Rd, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 257
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Also Known As:
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort And Casino
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel Philipsburg
St Martin Great Bay Hotel
Sonesta Philipsburg
Great Bay Beach Hotel
Philipsburg Sonesta
St Maarten Great Bay Hotel
Hotel Sonesta Great Bay Beach
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa St Maarten-St Martin/Philipsburg

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