I went to Joshua Rose guesthouse after reading the 3 other reviews, which gave me a good idea of what to expect. I was not disappointed at all for the price paid. Depending on the type of trip you want to do, this hotel might or might not be the one you are looking for. In our case, we were not looking for a luxury all-inclusive hotel since we wanted to travel all around the island to see the many exceptional sites on both parts (Dutch and French side). Hence, we needed a clean room to sleep and shower, and it was really adequate. It is ideally located in the heart of Philipsburg and really close to Great Bay beach (where all cruise ships stop). The staff was friendly and really helpful and always keeping our room really clean (we had new towels every day, the sheets were changed every day and the floors/bathroom cleaned every day. What is also interesting with that hotel is that you really feel part of the neighborhood instead of being isolated from local life. We really appreciated to feel secure at all times (as well as leaving our belongings in the room) and to live near the activity of Philipsburg. You also have access to a kitchen if you ask and there is a small fridge in each room.
I personally enjoy encouraging local people when I travel and sadly, there are not so many hotels of this type on the island (rather replaced by huge complex).
Other suggestions if you travel in St-Martin:
Renting a car in advance (they pick you at the airport) is definitely a good idea if you want to be able to visit the island and many secluded sites.
Dawn beach is not so far from Joshua Rose GuestHouse (need to go by bus, taxi or car) and a beautiful beach (sand, clear water, view, etc). The best is to park your car at Oyster Pond marina.
Baie aux prunes is a really charming beach, still unoccupied by bars and restaurants and not that frequented. A really good place to relax.
Anse Marcel is one of the most beautiful site of the island.
Grand Case is definitely a village to visit.
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- Joshua Rose Guest House Hotel
- Joshua Rose Guest House Hotel Philipsburg
- Joshua Rose Guest House St Maarten-St Martin/Philipsburg
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