L'Esperance Hotel is a lovely place to stay when visiting St. Maarten. We went on a holiday to the island in October of this year and found that we had booked the right hotel for us since we prefer small-scale, homely places. We felt very much at home indeed because of the flowery patio with swimming pool and the rooms where you can sit and relax. Also, the owners of the hotel were really friendly.
Unfortunately, upon arrival there was a problem with the toilet in our room and because of that we couldn't check in right away. We were really tired because of the long flight and weren't too happy about this, also because it was unsure how long it would take for the toilet to be fixed. When we finally entered the room, the toilet was still not working properly - it was leaking (clean) water - and during our stay, despite the several attempts that were made to fix it, the toilet kept on leaking. The owners apologized extensively because this was indeed not the way it should be.
However, the room was kept very clean every day so the leakage didn't cause too much trouble. We very much liked the room because of the separate bedroom (with air-conditioning) and the small kitchen with refrigerator in the living area that made it possible to prepare simple dishes. Also, the television came in handy when a tropical storm hit the island and we couldn't do much for two days.
About the location: the hotel is situated in a quiet area and we knew beforehand that it wouldn't be close to a beach. Because we like to drive around during our holidays we had a rental car so that was not a problem for us. There are loads of stunning beaches on St. Maarten and because the island is small they're never too far away from the hotel.
All in all, we had a lovely stay. Hotel L'Esperance is a nice, homely and clean place!