We stayed for four nights over New Year’s. We normally stay in hotels probably one step up and I knew this wasn’t going to be fancy but we really wanted to stay on Orient Beach. But we knew that going in and were just looking for a clean room and a good night’s sleep. While the property is well maintained (I had actually stayed here 15 years ago and it has held up fairly well) and rooms are clean, they are not quiet!
The walls are paper thin at this hotel. You can easily hear other people talking even in quiet voices, sneezing, TV’s, etc. We could live with the hard beds, but the noise really impacted our sleeping. Add to that the curtains that do not block out the sun and we were up at sunrise with the Europeans (who hadn’t adjusted to the time zone yet) talking in their room next to us every morning. We wore ear plugs after the first night but just really didn’t sleep well at all. Getting a good night’s sleep is a basic for us.
Service at the front desk and breakfast was perfunctory but not what I would call friendly. They were completely unapologetic when the water stopped working one night right before dinner (nothing like a nice French dinner when you still have sand and sunscreen everywhere). We ordered taxis every night into Grand Case and the guy at the front desk kept calling his brother, who I don’t think was actually a taxi and would drive 20 mph because his car sounded like it was going to fall apart. This got to be annoying, especially after we had another driver the last night and made it over to Grand Case in no time.
The property did its job in giving us the Orient Beach location, but we would not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alamanda Resort, is situated on Orient Beach, the largest and most animated beach on St. Martin. Small in scale with its 42 deluxe Oceanfront rooms and suites, you'll vacation in style at Alamanda, St Martin's newest and most intimate full service hotel. The charming restaurant opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and hotel guests have charging privileges at 6 beachside restaurants serving French, Spanish or American cuisine. Multilingual staff, daily maid service, room service, 3000 sq ft convention center along with fax and internet facilities. If you looking to relax, where better than poolside in fresh water pool, sunning in the patio or sipping a drink to the poolside bar lush tropical garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alamanda Hotel Orient Bay