Never thought that Radisson would have such a lovely property in its portfolio.
The Hotel itself is very secluded and quaint, situated on the far end of the French part of the island.
Being on the French side, we thought that we would have a hard time communicating with the locals. Au contraire, mes amis. Turns out, most of the locals do speak fairly good English.
Everyone on the hotel’s staff was polite and receptive to all our requests and questions. Claudette, the concierge, shared a wealth of information regarding the local restaurants. Front desk and lobby bartender (Claudius) were super and gave us pointers regarding local beaches and how to get there. We received a room upgrade without even asking for it. A nice touch.
Buildings are situated a bit off the beach, but a 100 yard walk is not a big deal. The entire property is immaculate, including the beach and rooms themselves. The mini bar is well stacked. A bit pricey when converting to dollars, but this is not a three star hotel. Besides, there are stores on the main road where one could purchase bottled water and snack, if desired.
Bed had an air mattress and bed sheets were well taken care of and of nice quality. Plenty of good pillows on the bed and towels in the bathroom. Though the toiletries were a bit sub-par quality and toilette paper reminded me of an office bathroom. A/C was working good, no noise and no condensation spots on the ceiling.
As mentioned before, the entire place is well taken care of. Paint, caulking, plumbing, floors.
Breakfast was a typical island breakfast. Variety of items was more than sufficient. I can even say that at times it was an overkill and redundant. The selection of cold cuts and cheeses was a lack luster. But again, this is a minor thing. Coffee press and espresso machine were a nice touch.
In conclusion, reluctantly, I have to say that the hotel restaurant’s menu is not what one would expect from a place that I have just praised. Restaurant’s aspirations that are so eloquently described in its menu, fall short of its mark. It offends my intellect and my pocket. An appetizer that blatantly combines baby octopus (ordinary Japanese restaurant appetizer), spicy calamari ( we get that in Costco) and plain seaweed, hardly is a worthwhile choice, especially for17 EU.
Place gets overall high marks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin Hotel Anse Marcel
- Radisson Blu Resort, Marina And Spa St. Martin
- Radisson Anse Marcel
- Anse Marcel Radisson
- Hotel Riu Palace St Martin St. Maarten-St. Martin/Anse Marcel