I stayed at Hotel La Plantation from 2/4 to 2/7 and had a great overall experience. The hotel is in an enclosed community which was perfect for a short vacation and solo travel. Upon arrival the very kind woman at reception led me to my studio and explained all the locks in the room. Pay attention because as other reviewers said the back patio door lock was especially tricky! Nothing to worry about though, and you can always call reception from the room if you have questions. The room was perfectly clean, I stayed in 612 and the room also had a new, modern kitchenette (2 stove burners and mini refrigerator), cookware is however minimal. The bathroom was also clean, and as mentioned the shower could use a little more water pressure but I think you have to keep in mind that you're on a small island, not at home. I also had no problems with the bed. No, it's not a super soft pillow top mattress but this also isn't a luxury hotel so it met my expectations. The TV in the room was also brand new, good selection of channels if that matters.
I think what I enjoyed most was the privacy you get at this hotel. Each room/studio is in a villa with at most 2 adjoining rooms. You have your own driveway and so it feels more like you're in a condo than a hotel. The staff was also so helpful and the hotel has organized trips to places like Marigot and Grand Case if you're interested. There's wifi in the lobby and pool area only. The lobby also has a large library of books in a ton of languages. There's also a shower and luggage room in the lobby, very useful!!
The breakfast at the hotel was free and you should definitely take advantage of it. It's buffet style with coffee, tea, juice, scrambled eggs, fruit, yogurt, cereal and milk, bread, croissants, and sliced cheese and meats. Pretty standard offering and better than what I've had at most hotels. No, there's no waffle maker, it's not a Holiday Inn. In addition to breakfast there's a bar and dinner service in the evening. Every guest gets a coupon for a free cocktail which is just a simple rum, juice and grenadine. It's just ok, but who's complaining, it's free. Otherwise I didn't eat at the hotel because the prices were very high and from what I saw of the food, I couldn't justify 20 euro a plate.
The deal that the hotel has with the beach stands is really convenient! I spent my days at CoCo Beach which gives you free beach chairs and umbrellas. The chairs at CoCo Beach were very comfortable and it seemed a lot cleaner and newer here than at some of the other beach stands. I did eat at CoCo Beach 2 days which I half regret. Their menu is very pricey and the quality of the food wasn't worth it. I had a caesar salad and a panini. The panini wasn't bad but at 8 euro, you're better off walking down the beach for something better. Restaurants at the other end of Orient Beach had beers for $2 compared to the 5 euro Coco charged. If money isn't and issue for you and you want someone to bring you your food and drinks on the beach, go for it, but for better quality and price, I'd eat somewhere else next time. If you don't want to leave CoCo Beach, the snack stand is a lot cheaper than the restaurant's menu. Still can't beat those comfy beach chairs though...
Overall, I really enjoyed Hotel La Plantation. I was looking for a more non-traditional hotel, I wanted to get away from the all-inclusive resort and party scene and this was perfect. Orient Bay is also beautiful which for me, made Hotel La Plantation a perfect pick. If you drive to the hotel in a rental car, there is a large supermarket a little north of the hotel and a good gas station on the way to fill up before returning to the airport. This is a unique property and I think the price is very appropriate for what you get. Don't expect high luxury but it's clean, well maintained, the staff is friendly and you can't beat the location!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the north Atlantic coast of St Martin in the heart of the beautiful Orient Bay Resort, LA PLANTATION voted one of the best small hotels in the Caribbean, features St Martin’s most popular beach with its 3 mile stretch of white sand and turquoise waters. Hotel LA PLANTATION unites French West Indian Charm the comfort of modern amenities and personalised service.17 Stylish colonial villas are set amidst 7.5 acres of tropical gardens. A harmonious blend of luxurious palms, banana trees, bougainvilliers , hibiscus and alamanda encircle the Creole coloured villas capped with shingled roofs. Each ground floor villa comprises one suite and 2 studios which maybe rented separately or combined through interior, connecting doors. The atmosphere is decisively exotic, guest rooms are tastefully decorated in warm colours and original art work. The large terraces are cooled by the trade winds and offer for the upper level categories panoramic views over the bay, surrounding islands and the marine reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Plantation Marigot
- La Plantation Hotel