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“We had one of the best dinners at this charming little hotel.” 4 of 5 stars
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Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
#19 Front Street, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Philipsburg
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“We had one of the best dinners at this charming little hotel.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

We did not stay at the Pasanggrahan but decided to eat dinner there one night and we're so glad we did. The bar is outdoors and you can choose to sit on the porch or outside under the trees. We chose the porch and had the ocean breeze and ceiling fans to cool us. The people who work there are some of the most pleasant and service oriented that we encountered on the island. My husband ordered the lobster special and he is still talking about it! I had a fish special and it was absolutely delectable. Dinner was leisurely, but not too slow and we will definitely put it on a list to do again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ironton
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Stayed there the first two times we were in St Maarten, Stayed somewhere else this year. That was a mistake. Stop by to see the new building and loved it so much that we went ahead and booked for next year. Quite charming and the nicest enviroment on the island.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We choose to stay here for 2 days after our cruise arrived back so we could explore St. Maarten. We usually like smaller local hotels for the experience. Pasanggrahan is conveniently located as it is sandwiched between the beach boardwalk on one side and main shopping street on the other and across the street from a casino (if you are so inclined) You can walk everywhere from here or just sit on the beach. (The hotel provides lounges and towels). While it is touted as a charming guesthouse with antique and plantation furnishings, it is just really just old and badly in need up upgrade. Mirrors are cracked , rust is happening, and the paint is pealing kind of upgrade. We choose to stay in the older section on the third floor ocean front. It was just okay – basically the air worked and the bed was comfortable. We saw rooms in the newer section which was just being completed and there is a world of difference. The rooms are large with lovely décor and new wicker furniture, granite, wet bar, etc. Stay in one of these rooms with a view of the ocean and you will not be disappointed but I think they will be pricey. The new street side rooms would be ideal for carnival parade or similar happenings. But don’t stay in the old section – it is old,not charming!

Breakfast was good. Happy hour was a deal (2 for 1). Staff was pleasant and most accommodating – arranged a rental car for us, made restaurant suggestions, and arranged an early airport pick up for us.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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St.Adele
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Hotel has a great location.We felt very good and safe.I would recommend to stay in new part...saw rooms and they are very nice and modern, but of course if you want to have a old caribbean feel stay in old part.old part is in need of some up keep and as we heard it is already planned, so we are looking forward to stay there again...had breakfast and dinner there ...good service..good food ...breakfast kind of pricey compare to the other places. All together we had a great time!

Room Tip: New part is really new, modern... Gym is about to open.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

We have had some great breakfasts here in the past but this time we only made it for lunch. The service was indifferent. The waitress wasn't all that excited that we were there. The food was bland but one person in our party had the fish and chips which they said was great. We were pretty disappointed especially when we have had such good meals there in the past.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mullica Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

We just returned from a 4 night stay at The Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse in St. Maarten. We were tired of doing your "typical" hotels and wanted something with a rustic, island feel. We were not disappointed. The guesthouse is very old and if you are looking for perfection, this is probably not your safest bet. The hotel and restaurant were very clean, but it is in need of some minor TLC. For example, the handle on the sink faucet kept coming off and there was a post broken off on the 4 poster bed. However, the staff here, as well as the guests(many of whom are repeat clients) made this one of the most remarkable, relaxing trips ever! Janet at the bar made us feel like old friends and ALL of the staff, from groundskeepers to wait staff to the front desk and beyond, welcomed us like family. The food is exquisite, the rooms spotless and the bed was super comfortable. We loved our stay so much that before we left, we booked a week for next year so we can enjoy the Regatta. If you are looking for something that really makes you feel your in the islands and you want the most wonderful staff to help you enjoy your stay, look no further than the Pasanggrahan. We will never stay anywhere else!

Room Tip: We stayed in the original building, which is several hundred years old. We had a wonderfulview of th...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

One of the worst hotel experiences ever. The room was dark, dingy, and the floors filthy. The bedding tthe first night was almost a gray color. The front of the frig was all rusty. We didn't feel the area was safe at night. The staff was not helpful at all except one time when I needed to make a phone call, which didn't work out. The staff was even more unfriendly when I complained about the dirty floors.The room safe didn't work, the curtain was falling off the rod and the furniture on the balcony was so disgusting I wouldn't sit out there. The price was $175 plus tax which we felt was a lot for what we got. The general appearance of the room was not inviting. Every time you changed the tv channel it made a loud hissing sound. It wouldn't take much to paint and update the rooms, but they instead invested in a new building on the other side of the original. The worst part was when they lost the keys to our rental car. The owner thought they were his and he took them off our rental key chain. We spent the better of two hours looking for them. We were given a free breakfast for our trouble. Upon check-out we were given the wrong bill. Thankfully we were able to leave 2 days early. It cost us $39.91 to make a phone call to Miami because the phones at the hotel didn't seem to work. They didn't sell stamps or cash travelers checks. Not sure what we did get for our money. We had a view of the bay but is was partly blocked by a palm tree. The first night of our stay I mentioned that the safe couldn't be fixed and I was very disappointed about the room and the safety factor and was told it would look better in the morning. Yes, we had a great view of their laundry area which we didn't see at night. I see some of the reviews are very positive and people return. I can't imagine why. We don't like a lot of frills and services, but it would be nice to have a clean room and to feel welcome, especially for that price. I had a lot of what I thought were mosquito bites on my legs, but after reading some other reviews, I am not so sure. You can certainly find a much nicer hotel in the area. We saw some in Simpson Bay. Please don't be fooled by the nice pictures and the location on the boardwalk-a real bad choice. I sent an email to the hotel a couple of weeks ago and got no reply to my comments. At least I gave them a chance to reply and defend the hotel before my negative posting.

Room Tip: We asked for a room on the second floor because of the views. We were given that, but as I mentione...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse

Address: #19 Front Street, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"The Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse is St. Maarten's oldest and most charming inn. Formerly a rooster farm, Governor's home, V.I.P. guest house, and Dutch Royal Residence, it is ideally located in Philipsburg on a white sand beach amidst enchanting tropical gardens and enclosed within its original stone walls: a green oasis hidden on Front Street. A national landmark and one of the last bastions of West Indian culture, the Pasanggrahan is secluded and offbeat in the heart of St. Maarten’s capital, and it's a minute's stroll to shops, restaurants, casinos, banks and other institutions and activities. This authentic, colonial style inn has all the special features of a larger hotel including concierge service, the Sidney Greenstreet Bar, boardwalk beach bar, complementary chaise lounges, beach towels, and social hour. “A special place for special people” General Information"This vintage West Indian-style guesthouse has a prime spot on the beach in Philipsburg, sandwiched between the busy, narrow main street of Philipsburg and the harbor. It's set back and shaded under tall trees, a charming relic from another time. In fact, this was once the summer home of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, and the interior has a gracious, late-19th-century feel, with peacock bamboo chairs, Indian spool tables, and a gilt-framed oil portrait of the Dutch queen. The small- to medium-size accommodations have queen-size, double, or king-size beds with four-poster designs; some are in the main building and others are in an adjoining annex. The finest have genuine colonial flair, with antique secretaries and four-posters swaddled in mosquito netting, madras valances, hand-stitched quilts, beamed ceilings, and still life paintings. Set among lush palms is the harborfront Pasanggrahan Restaurant, which specializes in fresh fish caught by the hotel's own deep-sea charter fishing boat and family-style dinners. ... more   less 
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