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Le Grand Bleu
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   115 Parc de la Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St Maarten-St Martin (Formerly Caraibes Beach Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Orient Bay
Pasadena, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We just got back from a week at Le Grand Bleu, and can't wait to go back! Gerard was so hospitable, it was almost like a bed and breakfast!! You are steps away from the beach and the hotel grants free chairs and umbrellas at both Waikiki and La Playa. GO TO LA PLAYA, we unfortunately chose it on the last day, spent the rest of the week at Waikiki...

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We could copy just about any positive review about Le Grand Bleu, repost it and be accurate. We found Le Grand Bleu using TripAdvisor and were thrilled we did.

Here are the negatives. Almost no view from the room and one evening a week there is music. The way to deal with the music is to go to the party, have a drink and dance. You can't fight them so join them. As far as the lack of a view the patios and decks are nice, you see green and it is tranquil.

Okay, on to the positives. Location. Location. Location. There is a new sign so you can find it now. The hotel is about 1,000 feet from the beach. You can walk the wooden boards to the beach and don't even need sandals. There is a little village walking distance with lots of restaurants, a small grocery, and just about anything else you could need and might find in a small village. The beach is beautiful. Also, Gerard and every employee there is so nice.

So, what is the catch. We are going back. It was so nice and we liked it so much we will become regulars. I know it sounds BORING, but we really like it. I know next February my wife and I will be staying with Gerard and sunning ourselves on the beach.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My wife and I spent 2 weeks at Le Grand Bleu at the end of January. We will go back there. The hotel is clean and well managed. It is well located but I would highly recommend renting a car to see other parts of this beautiful island. It is not a 5 star but it has everything you need including a very helpful staff. The beach is great and there is a small village near by that has very nice restsurants.
Enjoy Le Grand Bleu, we did!
Ken

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We just came back from St. Martin where we stayed three nights in room 213 on the second floor of Le Grand Bleu. We have to say we liked it very much. The staff is friendly and talk several languages, the location is very convenient, good parking availability, the beds are simply GREAT (pillows could be less bulky or high, but this is a matter of taste), rooms are very clean and have a pleasant smell when you walk in. One negative thing that we noticed was that hot water is not available at all times. I had to take a cold shower once. Also, on Saturday night we went to bed around 12:00 and weren't able to sleep until after 2:00am because of the loud music from Waikiki which is right behind. Maybe you can ask for a room farther from the music. Besides that, everything was great and we do recommend it!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We stayed at Le Grand Bleu for the second time in two years and were as pleased this time as the first time. Gerard and Daphne were very welcoming and did everything to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. The location of the propery cannot be beat! It is steps away from Orient Beach and very handy if you happen to forget something in your room, etc. It is also a short walk to the restaurants and grocery store. We stayed on the third floor this year and had a beautiful view of the ocean, The rooms were cleaned every day. We would definitely recommend this property to our friends and family.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

I went with a gal pal for 4 nights the last week in January. Le Grand Bleu is a wonderful place to stay in St. Martin. Gerard, the manager, goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. All of the staff are friendly and make you feel at home. The beds are comfortable, the location is close to lots of good restaurants, and you can't beat the beach behind the hotel: it's the loveliest one on the island with plenty of beach bars where you can hang out and enjoy the Caribbean sun and the turquoise water. The only reason I didn't give this a 5 star rating is that it's not The Four Seasons. However, you really don't go to the St. Martin to hide away in a luxury hotel. You want something more rustic where you feel comfortable walking up to your room with a bit of sand still clinging to your shoes and everybody you meet says Bon Jour. That's the way it is at Le Grand Bleu!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterloo, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Spent 2 nights at Le Grand Bleu pre-cruise. Great access to beach, convenient to shops, very clean rooms, helpful, friendly staff. Pool is a little dated, but we didn't use it. Extra cost for 2nd and 3rd floor rooms is worth it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 115 Parc de la Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St Maarten-St Martin (Formerly Caraibes Beach Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Orient Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Le Grand Bleu 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caraibes Beach Hotel (formerly Cap Caraibes Hotel), one of St. Martin’s finest beach front hotels, is directly situated on Orient Beach, most popular beach on the French side of the island. This 3 story, 35 junior suites, Mediterranean styled hotel has beautifully appointed rooms designed to suit a wide variety of tastes and features personalized attentions and services to each of his guest. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Le Grand Bleu Hotel Orient Bay
Hotel Cap Caraibes
Cap Caraibes Orient Bay

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