We found out about this condo at the site VRBO.com.
Like many of the previous posts we also rented from Amaury and Thibault Meziere. First let me say that the brothers are very helpful, outgoing and responsive to your requests. They were very accessible by phone and email and always took the time to make sure that your every request was taken care of. They have been in the condo rental business for awhile and they are very professional in their business.
Located right on the northern most part of Orient Bay the complex is steps from Orient Beach which is our favorite beach on St. Martin. Lots of activity, bars, restaurants, shops and sights unique to a true "European" beach. You are also close (by car) to the great restaurants of Grand Case.
Our condo apartment was located on the second floor had a million dollar view of the beach. We kept the sliding glass door open at night and were lulled to sleep by the crashing sounds of the waves. The condo is an updated studio, nicely decorated with ample space and a full working kitchen with all appliances. The kitchen was equipped with a toaster, coffee maker, dishes, silverware and pots and pans, so you are able to prepare meals if you wish. We prepared breakfast each morning and ate it on the balcony as we watched the windsurfers. There is no housekeeping, so be prepared to make your own bed and clean up after yourself. There is a washing machine to do your towels, but be you will have to air dry them on the rack on the balcony.
The fresh water pool is one of the largest that I have ever seen. The pool was always sparkling clean and surprisingly quiet with few guests taking advantage of it. Warning! This pool could be in its last days, as it is very old vinyl liner pool. The vinyl liner was separating from the pool walls and the floor base and you could feel the concrete crumbling beneath the liner. If the liner on this pool goes, it will be a very expensive fix! The wood deck surrounding the pool is in rough shape. Be sure to wear sandals or shoes as the edges are rough and the boards are no longer level!
The grounds of the property show signs of wear and is in need of major repair and maintenance. While we saw workers each day working on the grounds, it is like trying to bail out a sinking boat with a teaspoon! Located on a hill, the walkways are steep, the railings are deteriorating, or missing and some of the old stairways are treacherous. The original lobby, restaurant and activity center of the old hotel is in the very slow process of being torn down to make room for more parking. Located at the entrance and center of the complex it is a major eyesore.
Parking is inadequate and if you are out too late, expect a very long steep walk back to your condo.
Overall we were very pleased with the unit and it was as advertised. As condo owners you really dont have much of a say with the grounds.
With the incredible view and the very comfortable condo we found this to be an excellent value for the money and we would not hesitate to rent from Amaury and Thibault again.
- Also Known As:
- Mount Vernon Beach Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin