I'll try to keep this short so not to lose you.
I've narrowed my choices down for my 1 week vacation in April to the following (I will list my concerns and likes with each). My concerns and likes may not be correct, but these are the vibes I was getting reading the forums. We are renting a car for the entire week. Looking for any advice.
Radisson Blue: Great reviews, not too big (258 rooms), great service, cleaniness, not too far from Grand Case, near great restaurants, on beach, has bar and restaurants, appears to have a lot to do on-site, and has a view. Concern: Far away from other parts of island.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino: Close to a lot of night life, many places to go during day within walking distance. Concerns: Too Big, Honky Tonk, getting run-down, busy, and noise.
Grand Case Beach Club: on beach, in great area to walk to restaurants and bars, service. Concerns: getting run-down, far from other places on island, (not sure if there is a restaurant here).
Hotel L'Esplanad: Beautiful, peaceful, great service, great reviews, cleaniness. Concerns: Too small, not on beach, far from other parts of island, not a lot to do on-site, no restaurant on site.
My budget is average $2000-$3000 for the week. I love to try different restaurants whether it is a hole in the wall or upscale. I am always looking for great food. I need to run, so I hope I posted enough information.