This was my third stay at L'Hoste Hotel, and I'd like to quickly dispel some of the unfavorable opinions expressed by fellow contributors. This hotel is a tremendous value, the staff are beautiful and accommodating to your every request, and location is everything.
The beautifully-tiled floors in the rooms are cleaned daily. Contrary to what others wrote, I never detected the smell of any cleaning solutions - arriving 10 minutes after they were done. In fact, they leave the doors open to allow the floor to dry before they leave.
The room is huge compared to more expensive hotels with a sliding glass door overlooking the trees but so close to the ocean, and the waves will lull you to sleep on a cool night. The very efficient air conditioning is adjustable down to 16C/ 62F, and indeed, my room was a very comfortable 72 degrees in August while hot and humid outside. One cool trick: they have an electric window storm shutter you can lower (switch is on the right ride of the window) which provides both darkness during the day and eases the AC in its efficiency on hot days. The room is absolutely quiet.
Super Tip: If you need to buy Euros, and most places will no longer accept credit cards, especially restaurants, go to the Change place next to the US Market in Grande Case on the right side, and if you buy more than US$ 100, they will give you a great rate. But if you buy more than $1,000, you can negotiate the daily rate banks charge! I bought Euros at 1.2378 because of the amount I bought, which was the daily rate worldwide! They apparently want American dollars and even gas stations will give you $1 for one Euro on the price. But the best restaurants want Euros in cash, so be prepared.
One comment about prices at L'Hoste and the surrounding areas: I paid almost half per night at L'Hoste than I did for a very small hotel room in Paris in a quiet and safe neighborhood a Metro ride from the tourist areas, and for the best restaurants in Grande Case, I averaged $70 per person for an incredible meal and great wine, compared to an average of $160 per person in Paris for lower quality food and service. I worry people commenting on the cost of hotels, restaurants, or even food at the grocery stores are used to the lower cost-of-living towns in the US, and not accustomed to European prices. I've traveled throughout Europe, and St. Martin is clearly a "Best Buy"!
I need an effective refrigerator for my medications, and my thermometer read a perfect 38F degrees with lower settings available. The bathroom has a deep tub with a side seat (see photo) and a shower head with a long connector. Some of the rooms have showers. I used the “foot washer” by the swimming pool to wash off the beach sand before I came into my room, and took quick showers if I'd been swimming in the ocean, so I never had a grain of sand in my bed, on my clothing, or near my camera equipment.
The wonderfully large private pool provided a clean and safe alternative to the beach, and children were in it every afternoon. It is surrounded by beautiful trees and plants, and available 24 hours. It cannot be seen from the road, so you have privacy from all but other guests. They have plenty of cushioned recliners and umbrellas. Such convenience.
The free breakfast has changed slightly to coffee/tea, french bread/croissants, pain chocolate, yogurt, cereal, and fresh juice, but the fruit tray is now an extra 8 Euros. The dinette inside your room for cooking (see photo) comes with all the plates, pans, and utensils you'd ever need. I bought and cooked Rainbow trout, microwaved potatoes, used the wine glasses happily, and often made my own American-style breakfast with fresh eggs, ham, juice, and fresh French pastries.
Another suggestion: The water in the bathroom reached 160 degrees and the sink was perfect for washing all my dishes, utensils and glasses (although the cleaning lady normally does it for you). I highly recommend bringing some dish detergent and a small amount of laundry cleaning fluids for those potential spills onto your holiday clothes, and take advantage of the hot water in the bathroom!
I was there in mid-August and never saw one bug. No mosquitoes at Orient Bay! I saw a cute white kitten everyone adored, though. I was also there during the brief Tropical Storm Isaac, and everything was cleaned up in hours. We never lost electricity.
The television is a plasma 42 inch HD television with DISH cable channels. The Americans can watch CBS, ABC, and NBC out of New York. There are plenty of stations from France, local stations, and the best American cable stations. They also have some STARZ, HBO, and Showtime channels. If you’re sunburned or just can’t stay out in the sun the entire day, this is a welcome luxury over some of the other (more expensive) hotels.
Grocery shopping is easy, convenient and close at the Grand Marche in Phillipsburg. They closed the Match in Marigot, but there's a US Market in Grande Case which is closer but not as large. Dining in your room is comfortable, affordable, and you can buy some great wines at Grande Marche or US Market.
L’Hoste is a top choice for St. Martin because of its location to Orient Bay. La Playa is on the beach, offers free loungers for L'Hoste guests, and they'll bring you drinks until closing at 6 pm.
Because of the deterioration of the island's "ring road", if you want to go to the store or around the island, rent a taxi on an hourly basis rather than renting a car as I did. The sides of the roads have potholes that are dangerous in rain.
The off-season rate I paid was very low, and deals can be found on the Internet. I suggest calling Kelly and asking for the best rate, and she is wonderfully honest. As I mentioned, breakfast is free and available between 7 am and 9 am at La Playa overlooking the ocean. I recommend the restaurants in Grand Case for dinner, especially Estaminet (open 6 pm for dinner only).
I love Trip Advisor because it affords everyone the opportunity to review hotels, restaurants, etc. I highly recommend L'Hoste because the staff are friendly, caring, and dedicated to making you feel like you're visiting their home. If someone claims the staff are rude, I am suspect of the behavior of the guest, not the staff. When people claim there are bugs, I can only say I saw nor felt any, and the place is kept in impeccable condition. When they thought Tropical Storm Isaac might affect the guests, they provided clean instructions, extra drinking water, and suggestions on food to buy in case electricity was lost.
One final side note: My flight back home was cancelled due to weather, and the L'Hoste manager, an engaging and friendly lady (Judith), said "no problem" and gave me the same discounted rate for the extra night. She also said "safe and comfortable travels" and I thanked her and said I look forward to returning. I cannot express how I felt as though I was staying at their home, not their business. It was all so wonderfully personal. I did not encounter one person not fluent in English!
In my opinion, the staff at L'Hoste, from the owners to the cleaning staff, actually do care very much for their guests based on my experience after staying a total of forty days over three different years. I come to L'Hoste because they treat everyone like family, and what more can you ask from hoteliers?
In my opinion, all rooms are equally clean, quiet, and with a great location.
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