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“Anyone coming to the Island should rent a car!” 5 of 5 stars
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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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“Anyone coming to the Island should rent a car!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

What a wonderful and inviting hotel......it is fantastic....Fresh water pool at the ocean with the best beach on the island right there. The sand is wonderful and clean. The pool has a swim up bar and what more can you ask for. The rooms are wonderful, clean and inviting. The staff are really fantastic, as they go out of the way to make you feel welcome. They are selling timeshares here as are every other resort here on the Dutch side of the island. They are a great deal....3 bedrooms 2 bath 1800sq feet of living space with all the amenities of the resort.

Lots of great restaurants within 5 minutes of the resort. Like the title states no one should visit the island and not rent a car as there are so many great restaurants and sites to see. My wife and I found everyone on the Island very friendly. We just did our traveling during the daytime.

This location is not party central but a great couples and family resort that has everything right here!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

As with one of the previous reviewers this place is really a 3 and 1/2 rating. Why?

Make no mistake about it. This place was built to host conventions & conferences, though the views are stellar, it is very removed from the rest of the island and you will need to rent a car if you are like me, one with wanderlust... I would not "avoid" going back to this this hotel, but I have no desire to rush back, and that is my criteria for a super positive review.

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The hotel is quite expansive, at least the space between most rooms and wherever in the hotel you are trying to get to...so be prepared for that!

The rooms are quite nice, clean and the beds are comfortable. The bathroom is spacious and we were lucky to get a room facing the ocean, so we woke up to a beautiful sunrise. Everything in the room worked well and the in room coffee service is quite good.

Most of the food service was adequate, some pretty good some not so good...

The pool area was exceptional, as was the beach with lots of beach loungers available. A good thing!

One of the great things about this hotel was the Concierge..She was originally from the USA and she knew St Maartin like the back of her hand..A great personality and she knew what people wanted and where to get it...she made this trip so much more pleasant! The rest of the staff was mostly welcoming and cheerful!

If you have a conference or convention at the Dawn, I would go.. you will be comfortable. However, If you want to see the island though I recommend that you maybe rent a car....

Room Tip: Try to get a beach-side view
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MODSXM, Manager at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review the Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the rooms, pool and the beautiful sunrises from Dawn Beach. We truly appreciate your comments about our concierge. She takes great pride in providing our guests with a memorable St. Maarten visit.

One of the great characteristics of the Westin Dawn Beach Resort is that we can cater to many different types of travelers like families, guests looking for a relaxing beach getaway, honeymooners, and groups. We are centrally located between the Dutch and French side of the island which makes getting out to Simpson Bay, Grand Case or just exploring an easy option.

I hope that we will be able to welcome you back to the "Friendly Island" of St. Maarten/St. Martin in the future.

Sincerely,
Daniel Beddor
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

This ocean front property sits on the Dutch Atlantic side- which means if you are coming here for the calm waters of the Carribean this is not the property for you . While it is a beautiful property with a welcoming staff you are very isolated. You are not able to walk down the beach as it is blocked on both sides - anything you want to do you will need a taxi or a rental car. The food at the hotel is very pricey and certainly adequate but you would not go out of your way to eat here if you didn't have to. In spite of these drawbacks it's a very nice place to spend a couple of days.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

My wife and I had a great week at the Westin Dawn Beach. The positives:

Friendly service from the time you arrive, starting with the bellmen who are very helpful and made for a pleasant start and end to every day.

The lobby bar was always a lively place, and one of the bartenders, Virginia, is the best.

The room we had, an ocean front room, was excellent. The patio we had was a bit small but fine for two people. The bathroom may have been the largest one we have ever seen for a hotel.

The swimming pool is the best on the island bar none, and the swim up bar is very cool.

The dining choices are limited but both are very good - Ocean as the main dining room and Aura at the high end. Excellent food and good service at both. The breakfast buffet was a bit pricy but had an excellent selection and equally good food. There are other good dining choices nearby, such as Canoa (our favorite!) and Big Fish (also very good).

We aren't big gamblers, but we found the casino to be just about the right size and had everything you need (plus bingo on Wednesday and Sunday evenings).

The beach is average, better than some but not as good as others we went to such as the Divi Little Bay Beach.

The big issue on the downside is the constant harassment to listen to their Dawn Beach Club timeshare schpeel. This started from the moment we arrived until almost the time we left. How many times do you need to say "we aren't interested!"? Short of this I might have given the Westin a 5 rating instead of 4.

In our opinion location was a plus as the Westin is quite far removed from the hustle and bustle of Philipsburg and other towns. However, it does make for a 20-30 minute drive to get to most places. If you are going to say at the Westin and plan to do much I highly recommend a rental car.

All in all a nice experience - we would definitely stay at the Westin again if/when we return to St. Maarten.

Room Tip: The Ocean Front rooms are excellent, highly recommended if you want a great view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Dawn beach is gorgeous and the Westin is a beautiful, clean facility located right on the beach with spectacular views. The one major drawback to the resort is its isolation. Without a car (fortunately we had one) you are a prisoner and the Westin's food is not good enough to keep people only at the resort.

Maddeningly there is another area (Oyster Pond) 1/4 mile down the beach with a few fun good restaurants but you can't get there walking across the beach because of a small rock formation that blocks passage. Instead you can either walk there (up and over a very steep hill with a poorly lit winding road) or drive. It really is a shame because less than 100 yards of a narrow walkway around the rocks would make the Dawn Beach Westin about 1000 times more inviting.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

If you have read any of my other reviews, you may find that we (a young-ish couple) are not the type that spend our entire vacation locked into the resort. We use the beds as sleeping and fun (wink wink) and expect clean rooms/linens/grounds, good service, and a comfortable atmosphere (including pool/beach and surrounding areas). that being said....
We stayed at this hotel for 7 days/6 nights in the middle of February. Our first encounter was with the friendly doorman and associates at the reservation desk. I will mention at the onset that nearly all the islanders are VERY FRIENDLY, as long as you say hello or smile at them. The front desk associate actually upgraded our room to an "ocean view" which meant that the room face the pool, but from the balcony you can easily see the beach. Our room had two double beds; we had booked an ocean-view king room, but CheapCaribbean.com does not guarantee the room you book, which was our mistake. I should have called the hotel to request that type of room. HOWEVER, the friendly front desk associate was extremely accommodating and did her best to help us out. 2 days later a king room became available and we were notified, but we found our room to be comfortable and we stayed put.
The room was clean and inviting, the bathroom generous with both an enormous shower and a tub (not a jacuzzi). Beds were comfortable.
There is a casino in the lobby, but did not make use of it. Not sure why others make a big deal of the lobby and it's ambiance. Who cares? Nevertheless, we found it to be nice, and not loud even though there's a casino right there.
The pool area is impeccably clean. Save for a random plastic cup that a guest left behind to be carried by the wind, I found the entire pool area to be very nice. Same goes for the beach. Do note that this is called "Dawn Beach" because (I assume) it's the best place on the island to watch a sunrise. That being said, you will have to face your beach chair away from the beach (toward hotel) after noon if you want to continue tanning. The current can be strong here also. You will not get to see the sunset here. But the pool bar and deli are convenient, if not expensive (all food is pricey on the island).
We found both restaurants to be very good. We enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner at Ocean, and at all of these meals we found at least one item that made us go "YUMMMM", more than the rest of the "yums" elicited. We actually had our anniversary dinner at Aura and enjoyed it immensely. I forget the name, but there is a tuna tartare appetizer that is to die for. Does Aura ship to NY???
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the SUPERIOR service that we got from both Nicholos and Alberto. Nicholos is a really cool guy that had great tips on island happenings. Alberto is one of the hardest working men at that resort. His passion for service is uber-evident, and management, if you're reading this, these two gentlemen deserve a juicy raise!
The location of the resort is remote. We preferred this. It's away from the hub-bub of Simpson and Mullet Bays, where the nicest neighborhoods are. It is advisable to rent a Jeep. Not a new one. Get a Jeep Wrangler and enjoy exploring the island via the one road that loops all the way around. It is a hilly island, and the roads are curvy and feature numerous potholes. The fact that it's hilly is part of the beauty, as you can enjoy stunning views from multiple areas. I read someone complain about that. If you want flat, go to Anguilla.
In the Dawn Beach/Oyster area, visit Busby's Beach Bar for breakfast/lunch, and that same place becomes Daniel's by the Sea for dinner. We had all three meals here, and each one was delicious.
We went to the spa too. I would say this is the one area of the hotel that could use an upgrade. They should consider a material other than tile in their steam room; grey grout tends to look moldy, even if it isn't. It WAS clean, just my opinion. The decorative feature in the center of the relaxation area used to be a fountain, and needs an update too. A little nit to pick. However, the masseurs were some of the best we've had. My hubby said it was his best massage ever!
In sum, the Westin is a very nice 4-star (it is not a 5-star, don't expect a 5-star, people!!!). They will try to get you to take a time share tour, but be smart: there's no such thing as a free lunch. If they're going to give you a free catamaran tour or something, expect to sit through an hours-long timeshare presentation. Instead, book your own tour, and be firm but polite to the timeshare sales associate. She's only doing her job!

Room Tip: Second floor rooms have better views overall.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We switched to the Westin after some issues arose at another property in St. Martin. The lobby is very dark and upon initial arrival, we thought we had made a big mistake. (Three quarters of the lobby was a casino that seemed to have no one gambling.) However, once we got to our room and looked out at the pool and the beach, we were very happy. The room was standard Westin -- large with a large bath room that included a tub and a walk-in shower and a small balcony. As noted we had a view of the large two-level pool and the beach. Service at the pool was prompt and the drinks were quite good. Food at the pool and at the hotel restaurant at which we ate was also good.

Room Tip: Make sure you've got a room that looks out at the sea. As noted, the lobby is dark and you don...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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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:
#3 Casino Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
#5 Luxury Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
#8 Spa Hotel in St Maarten-St Martin
#15 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*
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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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