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Belair Beach Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Little Bay Beach | P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #5 of 13 hotels in Philipsburg
Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Great location! Friendly staff! Loved it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

My wife and I went here for our 35th anniversary. Hotel is conveniently located on the BEACH!
If you are looking for high end place, this isn't it. but its CLEAN, COMFORTABLE, FRIENDLY AND SAFE! The restaurant on site is great!
Lorna at the excursion desk is the best!
Staff is on duty and keeps stuff up and well kept.
We stayed on first floor and literally walked out onto the beach in ten steps. Can't beat that.
Beach chairs and umbrellas each day. Monday night there is a party with great gifts, drinks and food! Lots of folks we met there had been coming for many years.

We will definitely go here again!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
You've said it all! Thank you. We look forward to seeing you next year!!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Reston, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We had been to the Belair Beach Hotel 10 years ago on our first tip to St. Martin. I guess our recollection of what it was like was as dated as the hotel.

Good things:
- Beautiful beach
- Excellent location, close to Phillipsburg, the airport, and the French side of the island
- The hotel was clean
- Good restaurant on site Gingerbread Café). Too bad the staff was indifferent AT BEST.

Bad Things:
- As I mentioned, we have been going to St. Martin for 10 years, and have never seen such an unfriendly staff.
- We had two bedrooms, unfortunately, the second bedroom wasn't even big enough to change your mind. Master bedroom was marginally adequate.
- Furnishings were the same as our first trip.

Room Tip: Not possible, all rooms are two bedroom "suites" with nothing to recommend.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
We are constantly renovating, updating and improving our resort. The furniture and everything in the unit has definately been changed at least once, if not more, since you were here 10 years ago but we keep the Caribbean flavor in the furnishings and atmosphere so you might think that it is the same, but it is not. If this is dated then so be it! The size of apartment was the same as it was 10 years ago well as all apartments are the same size. We have been complimented many times on the friendliness of our staff but it goes both ways. Not everyone likes the same things We are glad you enjoyed the beach and the location.
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New York City, New York
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Friendly staff, great beach and the best bbq in St. Maarten on Monday nights. Hotel is not fancy but rooms are kept very clean. The housekeeping staff does a wonderful job keeping the rooms clean. Beach chairs are assigned at the beginning of your stay which is great. Large terraces which all face the ocean. It was a tough week but someone had to do it so why not us lol.
Looking forward to a couple of weeks at Belair again soon

Room Tip: Views are better on the second floor and above. The first floor goes right onto beach so in my opini...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
We are so happy that you had a wonderful vacation. The majority of our staff have been here over 10 years and really care. That makes a world of difference.
We look forward to seeing you on your next vacation in St. Maarten.
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Renton, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had a 2 bedroom/2bath room at the Belair Beach Hotel April 20 - 27, 2013. The hotel check in was very quick & easy. The furniture is a bit outdated, but we expected that and it was fine with us. We were in Room 317 and had a gorgeous view of the ocean and were able to watch the cruise ships come in and out of port daily. We could actually see the island of Saba directly across from us. The only thing I could say that would have made this hotel a 4 or 5 star would be to get more comfortable beds. The master had a king size bed and the 2nd bedroom had a double, both were extremely uncomfortable. The furnishings are outdated, but I understand they are updating a little at a time. The café had good food and drinks. The store was very convenient (a bit expensive though). Overall, the four of us (2 couples) had a wonderful time at the Belair. I will say that out of all the beaches we visited, Little Bay was the best!

Room Tip: All of the rooms face the ocean, so it just depends if you want a room with a better view or you wan...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
You had many good things to say about the hotel. The only negative was the beds which is each persons individual taste. The mattresses are only 3 years old. Yet you gave us a 3? The furniture is caribbean style in bamboo and easy, just like the resort. Sorry you didn't say something to us when you were here about the bed. We might have been able to assist you. We certainly try to make everyone's experience a happy one.
We do hope that you will give us a try again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

The Belair allows you to enjoy St Maarten the way it use to be.
The only thing you overlook is the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Awake to the waves, watch as ships parade pass your terrace on the way to the harbor. The staff is friendly and really mean it when they say good morning. Your beach chair and umbrella awaits your arrival. If you are looking for all the luxury of home, the noise, the entertainment and the crowds, the Belair is not for you.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
You really have Belair Beach Hotel down pat! We are exactly as you stated. We are totalling Caribbean, decor, staff, etc. and we care about our guests. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.
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Concord, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This hotel is not for everyone, especially if you want high end appointments but if you want a good, clean room with lots of hot water, TV, kitchenette and a good size living area with a beautiful view, Belair Beach Hotel is just what you want!

My husband and I fell in love with BBH on our first trip to St. Martin. We have since made friends with Kevin and Zekkie the car rental guys, Carlton the security office and Paulina at the Front Desk as well as many others. We travel to the island every two years in November and enjoy the special attention we are always given at the hotel and for that matter on the entire island. I have never encountered any of the employees of the hotel to be rude or non-attentive.

We will be going again this year and we are already looking forward to visiting with our friends/family at the hotel. If you can't get along with these people then the problem might just be you instead of the hotel!

Room Tip: 2nd 3rd and 4th floors in the center has the best panoramic views
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
We are always hapy to see old faces back and we do get a lot of them. Our staff, the majority being here over 10 years seems to remember everyone's name and welcomes you to your home away from home. We go that extra mile when someone needs something.
We look forward to seeing you in November.
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We would definitely come again. The best thing about this resort is the beach. It is beautiful, clear turquoise water, and soft sand. The water is gentle enough for swimming, but you can also body surf or boogie board (rent for $5/day or $25/week at the towel hut). When you arrive, go out to the towel hut and reserve your beach chairs for the week. You can sleep in and still get the same chairs everyday! We drove around the entire island, stopped in Great Bay and Phillipsburg, Oyster Bay, Orient Bay, Marigot, Simpson Bay, and Maho Bay. We liked Little Bay the best. It is quiet, beautiful and not at all crowded. If you are looking for a party scene, this isn't the place. We prefer enjoying a beach without stepping over people to get to it, and Little Bay was absolutely perfect for us. The pool at the resort is very small. We never even used it as the beach was so incredible.

The building itself isn't amazing. Everything was very clean. We had daily maid service and they cleaned everything very well, even washed our dishes. It is dated however. If you are looking for a plush resort experience (like the newer timeshares that we have stayed in while in Mexico), this is not it. I would say the decor looks like it is from the 90's. You should just know this, as we did, before you book. If not, it might be a shock. I am very bothered when things aren't clean, and I felt very comfortable there. I do think they could greatly improve the first impression people get by simply painting the lobby area and getting some new pictures to hang behind the desk.

The kitchen is small, but worked perfectly for us. It has a full size fridge, 2 burners, and a toaster oven. It was sufficiently stocked for us. We cooked two meals a day and ate out one. The living area and kitchen have huge windows (basically a wall of windows) that overlook the ocean-Amazing view!!! The living area has two couches and a decent sized flatscreen with maybe 20 channels, all in English. There are two bedrooms, but one is very small. I think maybe the smaller one has just a full size bed in it, and it pushed against the wall to have enough room to walk around it. The larger of the two rooms has a king size bed. Both rooms have bathrooms (bath tub with shower in the larger room and shower in the smaller one). We never had a problem with hot water. Only the larger room has a TV in it, although it is maybe 10 or 12 inches. We never used ours, so if watching TV in your room to relax is important to you, you might get stressed just squinting to see it. The AC worked great. The balcony is the best part of the suite. It is large with a lounge chair, a small table and chairs. Each and every room overlooks Little Bay. The view is worth the stay.

We found the customer service at the resort to be great. I think that some of the complaints from other reviewers may come from differences in culture. We noticed that the people on St Maarten aren't as time oriented as Americans are. For example, when going out to eat, we almost always had to ask for our bill (and we weren't in a hurry). Time just moves slower there. We had requested a fourth floor suite for the higher view and less foot traffic, we got a fourth floor room. There was a question about our bill and they quickly resolved it when we asked about it. It was no problem to get a later check out. Housekeeping was very friendly and accommodating. There was one major deluge that showed there was a leak in the ceiling in our living area. The front desk immediately sent maintenance up to address the issue.

We didn't go to the Gingerbread Cafe. We heard mixed reviews from other guests. We just wanted to explore more of the island. We did go to Divi's (the other resort on Little Bay) outdoor grill and enjoyed it. One thing that we learned while trying different restaurants... don't buy mixed drinks while out and about in St Maarten's! I am an incredible lightweight. One beer makes me tipsy. I couldn't even taste the alcohol in the cocktails. Basically spent $8 on juice. Other guests commented on the exact same thing.

Food and dining out is very expensive in St Maarten. We got 2 crepes and 2 sodas and it was $20 plus tip. Dinner for a couple burgers runs about $40. We went to the Grand Marche and bought groceries. It is about a 7 minute drive from Belair. It has a good selection of foods that we were familiar with, and even had some of the specialty foods (like Boursin cheeses or Earth Balance butter) that we recognized from home. All of the food there is expensive as everything needs to be shipped in to St Maarten's, but it is much cheaper than eating out. We also brought some food with us from the States and customs gave us no trouble with that. We brought some tuna, granola bars, tortillas, PB, honey, etc. We also brought True Lemon water flavoring packets for the water. We did drink tap water and were totally fine. It was just okay tasting, so we often added the True Lemon to it.

We rented a car from Starlite Rental for 3 days and it was a great experience. They are located on site at Belair. Kevin picked us up from the airport. Since we were only renting the car for three days, Kevin offered to take us back the following Saturday with him as he went to go pick up more customers. It was seamless service. Nivi (?), the lady at the Starlite desk, was also very helpful and accommodating. She gave several recommendations on where to eat around St Maarten, all of them that we tried were excellent. Starlite is a bit more expensive than some of the other car rental companies (I compared for the dates and car make on Kayak before reserving with Starlite), but the convenience of having the rental company on site was a big deal for me.

Some people have said that you need to rent a car. I think it really depends on what you want to do. We were glad that we rented it for the three days. We got to drive around the entire island, go out to eat at more distant locations, go experience a plane flying in at Maho, but we were also glad just to lay on the beach and read. If you feel the need to explore daily, then definitely rent a car. It'll be cheaper than taxis.

Phillipsburg is a short walk away. We walked back and forth from the Belair in the heat of the day and it took us 20 minutes at a leisurely pace to get to the closest part of Front Street. There is a little hill that you need to climb. It was fine for us, but we are in our early 30's and in decent shape. I wouldn't recommend walking this at night just for the reason that you are on a narrow sidewalk on a busy road for maybe 5 minutes of the walk. Drive or get a taxi if you want to go into Phillipsburg at night.

We loved it at the Belair and hope to go back. The employees were very helpful. The guests were so friendly and kind. By the end of the week, people knew each other by name. We felt very safe with the 24 hour security. If you are looking for luxury, casinos, hopping night life, this isn't the place for you. If you want a gorgeous and quiet beach, this place is perfect.

Room Tip: The fourth floor has the best views in my opinion, but all of the rooms are beach front and you just...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
We are always glad to hear that you enjoyed your vacation with us. Our staff tries hard to please nad they really care. As you said "if you want to be on the beach, you can't get closer to it than the Belair". We are not for everyone but no place is.

Sorry you didn't try the Gingerbread Cafe. It really is great place to have any meal overlooking the beach. The staff is helpful and the food very good.

Hope to see you back soon.
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Address: Little Bay Beach | P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Belair Beach Hotel 3*
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