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“An Oasis in the Frenzy of St. Maarten” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten

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The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   144 Oyster Pond Road, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Wallkill, New York
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“An Oasis in the Frenzy of St. Maarten”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Any trip to St. Maarten is wonderful. It is an island filled with great reastaurants, beaches, and hotels. It also has a great mix of ethnic workers from other Caribbean islands who have come to this island to work in the tourist industry. They call St. Maarten the friendly island and it lives up to its name.
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort takes you away from the frenzy of the larger cities and puts you on the Atlantic side of the island right at the border between the Dutch and French at Oyster Pond. They have a great multiple level pool, wonderful long clean beach, fabulous restaurants and all the other normal great hotel offerings. They also have their own casino! Even if you are not a compulsive gambler, it is a lot of fun to pop in and try the slots for a few minutes and be right in your own hotel.
The people we have met here that make up the staff, have all been carefully selected for personality and eagerness to please the weary traveler. I have been here several times and know this is not a lucky chance on my part to have had a good week. The staff and service is consistent. Any issue I have ever had was immediately resolved. I highly recommend you looking at this as a great place to stay.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Laval, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

From our point of view, the rating of this hotel should be way higher.
(28 on 84)
True that it is a little bit far from the city but...
Rent a car for 40$ a day if you really want to get out!
We came back last week and really enjoyed our stay.
The hotel is fabulous, the room was super clean, great service, staff is very friendly, the food is excellent compare to all restaurants we did (that were alot more expensive!!)
The pool and the beach are one of the nicest on the island.
Don't get me wrong, it is not cheap and not an all inclusive.
For example we had entrees (the ceasar salad is very good!), filet mignon and tuna steak for....54$ US Pretty good no!
Quiet.. no need to run for chairs on the beach or at the pool.
Snorkeling on site.
Worth the visit.

Room Tip: Every room is exceptionnal cause you're sleeping on a «heavenly bed»!!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

Location is terrible for this location...Nothing is walking distance...

Service was below average for a brand company like this...

Restaurants are not all that in this hotel...

The best thing it had was the Bed!!!

Beware, you can get a better hotel, better rate and better location on this island...

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

The good:
- Nice quieter beach on St Martin with good snorkeling right off the shore
- Ample area around the pool to relax during the day
- Really nice views from the ocean view rooms - you are right on the ocean and there's a nice wave break on a reef

The bad (or inconsistent):
- Restaurants at the hotel are overpriced, better options exist if you are willing to leave the premises (particularly in Grand Case, but also at Oyster Bay)
- Service staff at the hotel were hit or miss - some were friendly (mostly at breakfast), others were indifferent at best (check-in, activities coordinator, pool bar)
- Casino - we're not gamblers, so the casino definitely detracted from a relaxing hotel experience (and it never seemed that busy). I wouldn't have minded if it was in a separate area, but every time you come and go from the hotel and at check-in the casino is front and center. People were also allowed to smoke in the casino area which seems to go against the smoke-free atmosphere of the rest of the hotel.
- Be prepared to be asked to take part in the time-share sales pitch. The scratch off cards are the most common tactic, if you get three 7s then you are most likely to get a Cancun stay for 4 nights (at a 3-star hotel, non-Starwood). Just go in eyes wide open and don't let them pressure you to stay longer than the 90 minutes required.

Note: You will definitely want a car while on the island so that you can explore different places and get around. The Westin is about 40 minutes from the airport, 25 minutes from Grand Case (where a majority of the really great restaurants are) and ~20 minutes from Phillipsburg (where the cruise ships station)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Milford, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The Westin Dawn Beach is just lovely. We stayed 10 days from November 9 - 18th, 2012. The staff was friendly and polite. There is a casino there but it was not bustling or noisy. There is a Spa, there is a "Beach Club" membership (which I believe is a time share) for sale and somehow we managed to avoid being asked or pressured to waste our time taking the "tour"! The vacation package we bought included the breakfast buffet every day and believe me it was fabulous. This resort is on the beautiful pure white sand Dawn Beach. There is an infinity pool, a beach bar, and an on-site restaurant. Our room was large, and clean, the bed and pillows were DE-VINE!!! The bathroom was large and well equipped. The only things we did not like about the room were #1- that even though there was plenty of room, there was no place to sit and have coffee or a snack together in the room. The patio (we were on the ground level) had 2 comfortable chairs and a patio table, but sometimes it was too hot to eat outside and it would have been nice to have a little nook to eat at in the room. And #2- we would also have liked it better if the room had a small refrigerator.
There is only 1 restaurant at this resort, but if you just drive out and take your first right there are a couple more restaurants right on the beach, a small well stocked convenience store, and a marina.
If you want to a gorgeous relaxing place to vacation at, you should go to The Westin at Dawn Beach!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Walpole, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We traded a week of time share and although our paperwork indicated Dawn Beach Resort, we were actually in a 3 bedroom Westin Suite -- the unit was wonderful. We unpacked quickly hoping they wouldn't make us move if it was a mistake! The rooms were beautifully appointed. We had a full kitchen, laundry, balconies off the master and living room. The beach was a little rough but there was an unbelievable pool with nice cushioned loungers. One afternnon they had a duet singing - beautiful voices and the selection of music was peaceful - no rowdy crowds even at the pool bar. We had spent the week prior on Anguilla so we like the fact that this place is tucked away. You can do all the investigating you want on busy St. Martin but have someplace to relax when you want to. All of the staff went out of their way to greet us and insure we had what we needed. Did a day trip to Pinel and lunched at Grand Case Beach Club. Mr. Busby's was also great. We always use Kenny's Car Rental and they are excellent! The staff are very friendly, prompt and professional. This time they met us at the Simpson Bay Ferry instead of the airport. Someone even led us over to the Westin as we couldn't remember exactly how to get there. When we arrived at the airport for our return home, they were waiting for us to take the car. Don't you love it when everything works!!! Great trip -- would happily repeat all of the above in a minute!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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New York City, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The area of the island is quiet but the service is top notch. We told them we were on our honeymoon and not only were we upgraded but they also gave us a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries! 10 minutes later they called to ensure everything with the room was ok. The rooms are clean and well decorated. You'll need to cab it ($15) to Philipsburg for some action, though the hotel does have a nice sized casino, fantastic pool, and a private beach. Would stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Address: 144 Oyster Pond Road, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Casino Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
#6 Luxury Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
#10 Spa Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
#19 On the Beach Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten 4*
Number of rooms: 311
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten offers guests a true getaway. Scuba dive, take a ferry to Anguilla for the day, or just relax. ... more   less 
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