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Palm Court Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Parc de la Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Rensselaer, New York
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great location & value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This hotel came in a vacation package deal because we wanted to visit Orient Beach again but did not want to pay the exorbitant hotel prices of this area. My husband and I were more than pleasantly surprised at the comfort of the second floor room, the friendly staff and the beauty of the surroundings of this small hotel. This was truly a "little paradise" at Orient Bay. Alex, Natalia and Julianne were always friendly, helpful and welcoming. There is nothing like a personal touch when you are vacationing in a foreign country. The hotel is gated so we felt safe; it is only a short 5 minute walk to Waikiki beach where hotel guests get free loungers and umbrella. You can walk to several restaurants, shops, pharmacy and convenience stores. Village of Grand Case is about a 10 minute ride by car where you find the finest restaurants in the Caribbean. My only complaint is that there was no screen to the balcony so we were not able to enjoy the constant breeze at night. After speaking to Alex about this, she said that for safety reasons, screens were not added to the sliding doors. What a shame! With the screens, this would have been the perfect paradise.

Room Tip: I would choose the second floor due to the viewws and great sea breeze.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Cannot say enough good things about this quaint boutique hotel in Orient Bay! If you want a quiet get-away in a laid back setting this is the hotel for you. We just spent 9 days at this smallish hotel enjoying the Morroccan ambience and little resident dog "Poopy" , French for puppy, who liked to escort us down to the beach. Lots of dogs and cats roam freely in this area so if you don't like animals don't come to this part of St. Martin!
The hotel is a convenient five minute walk to Orient Beach and town restaurants for lunch and dinner. Grand Case is a ten minute drive if one wants more variety to dine out. The snorkelling and swimming is great along the pristine Orient Beach. Loterie Farm makes an interesting destination for those who like to hike and zip glide. The view from the mountain top is absolutely stunning.
The traffic jams and the agressive hawkers in Phillipsburg are the only negatives to St. Martin. Too many cars but what can you do?

  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

My husband and I loved this hotel - it was gorgeous! The bed was HUGE - a little hard, but I liked it okay. The grounds were well kept and the people there were very friendly and helpful. The 2 minute walk to the beach was GREAT! We also loved the security gate. The only thing I wouldn't do, unless you WANT to spend alot of money" is go to Waikiki Beach of Bikini Beach - walk further down to the right to ORANGE FEVER. GREAT food and good prices!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We’ve stayed in the Orient Bay area several times per year for 12 years. The Palm Court has changed owners several times but the buildings stay the same. Pleasant and a flavor of French Caribbean charm, yet not 5 star crazy opulent and sterile. The rooms could use a little updating but we didn’t pay $400 per night either. It’s a very nice small hotel and the rooms are large.

We love the Orient Bay area, with the village center just 100 yards walk. 5 or 6 restaurants, a convenience store (with awesome fresh Baguettes), and a large grocery store just 5 minutes drive back towards Grand Case. 10 minutes walk on the beach to Club Orient. The location couldn’t be better. At night, there’s usually one or more beach bars that has something going. Since the beach isn’t overcrowded, at night the beach bars don’t have enough business to all stay open so they alternate who’s open, you just have to ask at the bars in the daytime to know who’s open each night.

More specific about the hotel, the pool is clean and well maintained. The have a small bar/breakfast area around the pool which is simply wonderful if you don’t feel like walking to the beach. Everything is as well maintained as constant wind blown salty air will allow. Just about everything rusts in a year or two, including the refrigerators, what can you do short of throwing them out every two years? The grounds are lush with local vegetation and well maintained too. OK, a few chameleons running around and occasion bug or snail. I guess one could spray insecticide endlessly to be ride of them. We choose to tolerate a few bugs. OFF with deet is always good for the ankles anyway because sand flees are prevalent on any Caribbean island. So are a few mosquitoes, but nothing like we’re accustomed to in the hinterland of Wisconsin!

In regards to security that other’s have mentioned, as any traveler should do, don’t let your guard down! Compared to other islands or tourist areas we’ve visited, Orient Bay is safe BUT, you can’t always assume it’s paradise in all ways. We asked one of the owners (Cécile, she owns several of the rooms under OrientBayLodge dot com) about recent security issues. She told us they are working on the repair of several lights around the parking area that have been out for sometime. She was confident proper lighting will push a few derelict local teens back home to play video games instead of bothering guests. Also, being a smaller hotel, they simply can’t afford to keep someone at the front desk 24 hours per day. Ask for a managers cell number if you think you might need help in off hours. They’ve always been happy to give one.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Blandford, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We asked for and received a 2nd floor room. It was clean, Not a five star but that does not exist in the Orient Bay area. After reading some of the reviews I considered canceling my reservation. I'm glad i didn't.  Alex could not have been more helpful. She went out of her way to be sure we had everything we needed. We felt safe within the property and while walking to the village and the beach. Breakfast was as expected, coffee, juice, bread and pastries. They also have an "egg cooker", basically a crock pot filled with hot water and little wire baskets to hold the eggs. You put in what you want, and set a timer. Breakfast is supposed to start at 8:00. The Saturday girl, Nathalie, who sets up breakfast was just starting to set up at 8. Egg cooker water never did get hot. My wife tried an egg and even after 10 minutes of cooking, it was still completely raw. Coffee and pastries were good. Sunday through Friday there is a different girl, Julian, setting up breakfast. She is a sweetheart. She remembers what you like and makes sure you are happy. Julian was a wealth of local knowledge. Everything from where to shop for groceries and wine, to some of the local attractions. She had everything ready on time. She was very pleasant and suggested that we try 7 minutes on the egg timer. This will give you a soft boiled egg, the equivalent of about 3 minutes in boiling water. Afternoons, about 4:00 to 6:00 they have Crepes and drinks in the same area that they serve breakfast. No beer or wine, just mixed drinks. The Crepes are good with a variety to choose from. Crepes and drinks are not included in the room price like breakfast is. The same girl who does breakfast does the afternoon Crepes and drinks. Poopy, their dog os very nice. She took a liking to us. She would follow us to the beach and lay under my wife's chair. The nice thing is that when someone would try to sell us some useless trinkets, the dog would bark at them and scare them away. if I could add one thing to would be a clock in the room.
The beach chairs at Waikiki are included with the room at Palm Court. After reading some of the reviews about pushy beach attendants, and poor beach chair positions for the palm court guests, I was fully prepared to find the best location on the beach and just pay for the chairs. We walked the entire beach from the area known as Palm Beach, all the way to Pedro's. As far as I am concerned, the Waikiki area is among the best. We picked a couple of chairs that were already set up in the front row. Put our palm court towels on them and enjoyed the beach. About 10 minutes later Bengiman came by just to confirm we were staying at Palm Court and to see if we needed anything. He was available throughout the day, but not at all pushy. I noticed a few "reserved" signs at some of the chairs. I asked him how we could do the same. He asked how long we would be there and said that if we like where we were, those would be our chairs for the week. Simple as that. We had lunch at Waikiki. My wife had a large salad with grilled shrimp, I had the salad with grilled chicken. The food is OK, not anything special, but not bad. €20 each for lunch, €7 each for drinks . With the $ to € conversion $68 plug tip for lunch. Yes it's a bit high, but the chairs are free and you'r on vacation. The next day, our chairs were reserved for us as promised.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jupiter, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

It has been 25 years since we were in St. Martin and having traveled all over the Caribbean and read Trip Adviser reviews as I always do to make good decisions before choosing places to stay. Well this time it was a really bad decision to choose Palm Court. If you are expecting to see pink cheeked French ladies with flowers and fresh baked bread in their bicycle baskets smiling as they pass you are in the wrong place. This dump is smack dab in the middle of a gypsy ghetto and you will see scars ,missing teeth,tatoos,squinty eyes and smell poor hygiene. Now when you go through the security gate you will notice razor wire strung out and shining in the sunlight and if you look at the small window in the toilet room it is screwed shut from the inside and there is no vent fan. This joke of a hotel has no security and the office is only open for a few hours each day and is staffed by people who are not experienced in the hospitality business. My wife and I went for a 10 day vacation centered around our 38th anniversary which was 5/30/12 we arrived 5/26/12 and were given room #13 on the first floor. The first night when Kathy tried to shower there was no pressure or hot water and the office was closed for the evening,she and I cleaned up as best as we could using the shower near the pool area. Waking up the next morning we were covered with ant bites and found them all over the room. When the office finally opened we mentioned this to the girl on duty, she reached under the counter and slammed down a can of insect spray an told us to return it when finished . We told the chamber maid about the problem and she changed the sheets and sprayed the room. The next night i woke up to find a large cockroach crawling over my arm,we went to the local market they had plenty of roach spray, it took us two days to kill the family of them that lived under the sink. When we told the management about this problem they responded that the person who takes care of that will not be there until Monday because this is a small French hotel she snapped back at us. We went to the beach which was pretty good and loved Bikini Beach bar. We were looking forward to celebrate our anniversary on tues. 5/30. Monday evening we went to the food court and had a pricey hamburger at Happy Days and it was pretty good. We left our room at about 6;30 to eat and upon our return at 8:30 we unlocked the door and decided to watch a movie on the laptop computer, when Kathy went to get it she could not find the bag that it was hidden near the suitcases. On the floor we found our passports and magazines which were in the computer bag, looking around the room other items were missing and a sick feeling came over us...WE GOT BROKEN INTO AND ROBBED! Our money and small valuables were locked in the room safe, but they got the Mac laptop,Ipad,Ipod,amplifier dock,voltage adapters and a bone handled German switch blade knife. The sneaky gypsy weasles had entered the room through the 11x22 inch toilet window and ripped us off. Now what to do? we did not know how to contact the police and Kathy went to Bikini Beach bar where Corina helped call them. The Gendarmes arrived quickly and called a forensic team to take finger prints. They told us that there is a lot of trouble in that area and have been to Palm Court before. Look at some of the pictures other people took of the front of the rooms and you can see the small window to left of the door. The next morning when the office opened they knew of the break in ,but did not come to our room to express any regrets and when we asked what they were going to do we did not receive a sincere apology . Next we asked about their insurance and were told that a police report with serial numbers and receipts of the stolen items would be necessary.. We went to the police station the following day and Kathy was able to obtain some for the laptop and the Ipad. We requested to change our room which was done because the shower drain would back up when the toilet was flushed and the a/c was not working well. Being very angry about the bad situation we walked around the area to check out the surroundings that shocked us when we saw where we were. We considered going to another hotel but thought that Palm Court might comp us for the stay...wrong they only took off for the night of the break in.
Chapter 2 "The French runaround"
Upon our return back to the US after a lousy vacation we gave PC hotel all serial numbers ,receipts etc.and emailed them about what their ins. co. was doing and when we could expect an answer and payment after all we did nothing wrong and did not leave anything out in the open an securely locked the room it was lack of security and no video to protect it's guests. Well email after email, stall and delay we finally got an answer"the amount of the stolen objects is less then their franchise?" but we will cover you for the cost of the damaged window in the amount of $398.00...we lost over $4000.00 of electronics and that is all we get! When asked about refunding part of our stay they forgot how to speak English. I contacted the St. Martin tourist bureau and was told by a Mr. Sam Fusco that he hears many times about robberies and the police never solve the crime or retrieve the stolen property. I got the $398.00 yesterday.
Chapter 3 Moral of the story stay away from Palm Court unless you are French because they don't care much for Americans and don't have good plumbing. Before you book any place that you have not seen ask about security and safety. The French have strange ideas about integrity and fairness and we were victims of that kind of thinking. What kind of hotel has razor wire to keep out vandals and crooks, if you ever see that turn around and run. I do not plan on returning to St. Martin.And thoughts in closing ..who knew exactly when we left for dinner that night and when we would return? Who knew that we had an expensive computer and ipad that was not in plain view? Who knew that the ipad had a GPS but never turned it on? Maybe this was an inside job made to look like a random robbery? Everything stated here is fact and can be documented...what smart answers do you have now Palm Court! Dick Kalaman

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Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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JSHH, Front Office Manager at Palm Court Hotel, responded to this review, August 9, 2012
I personally want to answer you as I find your review to be very unfair and untrue.
First of all, I am sorry if you didn’t appreciate Orient Bay and its surroundings and if you find Orient Bay to be a “gypsy ghetto”.
Then, when you say that when you enter the hotel, people will notice a razor wire, I am really shocked. It seems like you forget that we placed this razor wire the next day following your robbery and you personally told me that you felt safer this way (especially when you chose to stay at Palm court even when I proposed you to change hotel – very weird to chose to stay in a dump when the receptionist personally asks you to help you move because you said you felt unsecure).
Same thing when you talk about the bathroom doors screwed shut: we did this following your robbery and same thing, it made you feel more secure at the moment.
The management thought that, since your robbers went through this window (and this is a fact since the gendarmes stated this!), it should do something so this doesn’t happen again! And again, Mr Kalaman, you said it was better.
Now, concerning the plumbing, I am sorry but I wasn’t aware of this problem. Maybe you saw this with my coworker but you never mentioned it to me (and we saw each other many times unfortunately because of what happened to you).
You say you requested to change rooms because of an AC not working and a problem with flush but this is not what happened. I proposed you to change rooms when you decided to stay at the hotel after the robbery and even put you on a higher level for you to feel more secure.
It is true that we have limited office hours as we are a small structure but every guest is told at check-in (and it is written in the rooms as well) that the guests can reach us on our cellular’s anytime by dialing 9. I am truly sorry that you didn’t remember that the night of the robbery.
You also seem to forget that this night, I knew about the robbery because the gendarmes dialed the hotel’s phone number in order to enter the gate. Then, when they explained me, I called you in your room and talked to your wife. She told me that she would deal with the gendarmes. I called an hour after to ask if everything went ok with the gendarmes and if you needed anything.
Then, the next morning, I personally came to see you to apologize and know exactly what happened!
You also forget that I came with you by the gendarmerie to record the robbery and help you with the translation and French paper work.
Now, yes, you’ve been robbed and we feel very sorry about this. And indeed, if you contact both tourism bureau (because Mr FUSCO is a member of the dutch tourism office), they will tell you that there can be robberies, like everywhere in the world. Maybe you didn’t experience this in the other Caribbean islands but it could happen and I am sorry that it happened to you on our lovely island.
Palm court is always doing its best for guests to feel secure and this is why, after what happened to you, I did everything in my power to feel good and safe (I even hired a security guard for the rest of your stay!). I am sorry you are now using this to denigrate our hotel (like it was there from the beginning of your stay).
I am also sorry that you didn’t have insurance for all your APPLE outlets and that you only got $400 but these are the insurance terms. This is unfair that you decide to put a fake review on TripAdvisor just because you expected the hotel to refund you everything!
There is one thing that I will stop right there: your insinuations about a possible inside employee responsible for your robbery.
The gendarmes made an investigation and found out that only a young teenager (or child considered the size of the window they got into) could have done something like that. Then even found fingerprints so I really doubt any of our employees has this size and besides, we trust our employees who’ve been there many years with us without such a problem and such accusations.
I am not writing this in order to start a fight but to tell the truth and show the trip advisor’s readers that some reviews can sometimes be just be written in order to do some wrong at the hotel (with no real reason).
Mr Kalaman, I’ve been correct with you from the beginning to the end and I am always at the disposal of my guests so again, I understand that you are mad about the robbery but totally don’t understand why you would lie about the other stuff.
Anyway, I wish you and Kathy well and to have a better experience in Saint Martin (which is a nice island when you take the time to discover it) even if it is in a different hotel.
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Where to begin...

1. The owner is not a people friendly person.
2. This place is advertised as a full kitchenet, but the cooking top did not work, the mini fridge was not cool enough to keep food.
3. The toilet is in it's own seperate room and the owner had bolted the bathroom window shut so you could not open it.
4. There were ants all over in the room and I have received multiple bug bites from the room.
5. There is not a constant person at the front desk to assist you even though there is a sign that says the reception is open from 8:30 am to 7 pm.
6. Most of the TV channels in the room are in french and 3 channels at the most in english.
7. Most of the night life happens on the Dutch side down by the airport which is way to far to drive back to the hotel if you have been drinking.
8. Orient Beach is like the wild west, Very busy and happening during the day, but once dusk comes, all of the beach bars close down and everyone heads inside.

I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy.

Room Tip: No room is worth paying for in this place as you will not be able to buy food and cook for yourself...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Parc de la Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Palm Court Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palm Court is situated in Orient Bay, just two minutes walk from the beach and all local amenities. Orient Beach is on the windward side of the island, so the hotel is blessed with the cooling Caribbean trade winds for most of the year. The breeze not only keeps the temperatures comfortable, but also provides ideal conditions for watersports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. ... more   less 
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