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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
near Phila.
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101 reviews 101 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“We want to return next year - and stay for a whole week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

I stayed here when it was known as the Cap Caraibes, then Caraibes Beach Hotel, and now Le Grand Bleu. It is just a great place to relax. The room is large, clean, and contains a kitchenette, with a small fridge. The mattress is large and comfortable. The A/C is powerful, and quiet. The price is very reasonable.

Unfortunately, the hurricane shutters were removed several years ago. There are no longer any telephones in the room, but the owner will lend you a cell phone - you will only pay for calls made. Also, they advertise free use of parasols and beach chairs. But the owner of the beach chairs and umbrellas ( not the hotel ) will chase you away, if you attempt to bring your own food or drink on to "their" beach.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I originally chose Le Grand Bleu based on reviews from Trip Advisor. I had read many good reviews and when I arrived in St Martin was not disappointed. We stayed in a very clean and quiet room on the second floor and while we only had a sliver of an ocean view, our large balcony offered up a private feeling. Our room was large and included a little kitchen. We shopped at the nearby convenience store and enjoyed breakfast and several other meals on our balcony. Orient Beach was a very short walk from our room and once there, we enjoyed the complementary beach chairs and umbrellas. While the beach was always busy, it also was a great place to just hang out and relax. Our hosts at Le Grand Bleu were gracious, polite, and always helpful with anything we needed. We did not rent a car while on St Martin but had no problem finding really good restaurants within walking distance. And when we chose to dine in
Grand Case, the hotel arranged our taxi. Overall, a great experience. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: Third floor will give you best view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Just returned after spending (10) days here and would absolutely recommend the place to family or friend. The managers, Gerard and his wife Delphin, could not of been more courteous and hospitable. The rooms were clean and cool and quiet. The continental breakfast was more than adequate and you could have an American one if you desired. Parking was never a problem. For the cost, this place was worth it.

Room Tip: Only the 3rd floor has a view of the water if that is important to you.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Placid, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We just returned for Le Grand Bleu. After a week at our time share we extended our stay two nights on the French side. Our room was great for the price. Very clean and well appointed. We could walk minutes to a great beach. Chairs and umbrellas included. The staff excellent at the desk. Very friendly and helpful. Bring an adapter for your computer. They did have one at desk.
We will be back.

Room Tip: We were in a garden level room close to walkway to beach and restaurant. Perfect. Liked being on f...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Pasadena, Maryland
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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...

Room Tip: Choose a higher floor for a view!
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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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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.

Room Tip: The second and third floors are more private. You can leave the curtains open as nobody can see in...
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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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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

Room Tip: Try and get a room on second or third floor.
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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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Additional Information about Le Grand Bleu

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 ( WiFi ) 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*
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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