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“It's all in what you're looking for!” 4 of 5 stars
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Goldfinch Rd, Pt Blanche, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin   |  
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Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Philipsburg
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“It's all in what you're looking for!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We stayed here before and after a sailing cruise. Price was right and staff super friendly and helpful.

Seems to be combo hotel/long term rental property. Nice basic rooms with kitchenette & balcony.

Although close enough, wouldn't necessarily wish to walk back and forth to Front Street in the dark - for one thing, there aren't sidewalks the entire way and it might be a little unsafe - but in the daytime, totally doable and a nice little walk. It is an interesting area with commercial businesses, as well as residential area side by side. Honestly, not sure I'd recommend to single woman who doesn't really know the island.

Nice pool and inexpensive internet at $3/day - and we were NOT charged a deposit for the remote control - although there is not enough in English on the TV to be really worthwhile anyway!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Storrs, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Whether you travel alone or with a family, you will be pleased by the value of this hotel in Philipsburg! The grounds are kept beautifully, you are in walking distance to where the cruise ships dock, and you will not forget the incredibly friendly staff. If you are with your family, you can have a room with a kitchenette, a loft for the kids and a separate bedroom for yourselves. Hard to find elsewhere! Renting a car to see the rest of the island is recommended, but this is an outstanding base for all of your adventures. You are within miles of tranquil, blue seas; tropical paradise awaits! Upon your return to the hotel each day, in addition to the friendly staff, you will encounter many interesting people from around the globe who wisely choose to stay at the Tamarind Hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Decize, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Not super lux, but super comfortable and friendly. Staff is welcoming and very helpful. Spent a week there solo and used it as a base to tour the island by rental car and check out the beaches. Wasn't there for shopping so skipped Front Street in Philippsburg, but it's within walking distance if you are so-inclined. The room was spotless, with a kitchenette, flat screen TV, good WI-Fi and a balcony overlooking the garden. The pool was clean and refreshing. Would definitely stay at the Tamarind again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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frankfort,ky
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This hotel was terrible.
It is a series of efficiency rooms with minimum cooking facilities.
The hotel also offers television if you are willing to pay a USD $10 deposit for the remote controll.
That describes it all…
Only for backpackers..it has no beach, no view; is in the midst of an industrial park, it is a terrible place to sat on a beautiful island.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Paul I, Manager at Tamarind Hotel, responded to this review, January 5, 2015
I am sorry for a late answer to you're comments on trip adviser, I was looking for your name in our reservations but could not find it. This tells me that unfortunately the apartment you rented was not among the rooms managed by the hotel. A few apartments are owned and managed by the individual owners . In future if you want a better experience, I suggest you book through the Hotel . Our phone number is +1721 5424359. Also we have a wide range of self catering accommodation available to suit up to parties of 6 people. I presume your stay was in a studio apartment managed by an individual owner

Sincerely,

Tamarind Hotel.
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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

If you're looking for a beachside hotel or a five-star all-inclusive, "this ain't it." Last year we stayed for a month; this year for six weeks; and we've booked another six weeks for next year. The Tamarind has its own charm that for us is a welcome relief - believe it or not - from the major corporate tourist structures that, yes, have their own benefits. The staff went to great lengths last year to live up to their commitment to us of a full kitchen,and went so far as to install a new fridge and stove. We had a one-bedroom apartment with a nice balcony, tv and internet. As a very active couple who have been married for 40 years, it reminded us of our first apartment, and that was part of the nostalgic charm for us.

As for the location, it is not, as the previous one-night-stay reviewer commented, in the "industrial" area, but is certainly next to it. But no big deal. No noise. No bad smells. Just a few warehouses for the shipping business. Right across the street is a garden centre. Although you have to watch your step along the way (this is the Caribbean, not your home town) it took all of an easy 15 minutes to walk to Chestefields waterfront restaurant and Phillipsburg. Not a big deal. Remember, too, that on St. Maarten/Martin you need a vehicle to get anywhere, and will want to rent if you're staying for any length of time.

The grounds are very nice and, most of all, everyone there is very nice. If you're staying for more than a week, you can feel part of a community, just as you would if you moved into an apartment block.

If you want to spend $2,000 USD or more a week to live like a rock star, that's up to you. We've done it lots of times, too, especially when the kids were in their teens. But now, for the value, for our preferred pace of life in a long-term winter vacation mode, and the lovely absence of commercialism, the Tamarind is our residence of choice on "The Friendly Island."

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I stayed at the Tamarind for a night after my cruise on Island Windjammers, and would give it a less than stellar review. When we arrived, the clerk said they had no record of my reservation - even though I had the paperwork. While the room was spacious, only the bedroom had air conditioning. And finally, we were unable to use the pool because a family of other guests had commandeered it for a party that included kids running on the pavement, splashing and throwing things from the pool to the lounge chairs and several jumping into the pool from a railing.

The biggest flaw with this hotel, however, is its location. It's located in an almost industrial area outside the cruise terminal. It's highly unlikely you'd be able to walk anywhere from here, let alone into downtown Phillipsburg. So I'd only recommend it if you have your own car - and even then, parking was restricted.

I'm likely to go back to St. Maarten in the future and would definitely consider other options.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Paul I, Manager at Tamarind Hotel, responded to this review, January 5, 2015
n 2011 the current management company took over what was then a fading tamarind, now in 2015 the hotel as well as the area has so much more to offer, many rooms have been renovated and within 2 minutes walking distance there are now 3 supermarkets, within 10 minutes walk a Chinese restaurant and a very decent sea food orientated restaurant called Chesterfields. We consider the Tamarind to be in the higher end of the budget accommodation market. We are not pretending to be something we are not, what we offer is good decent, safe accommodation with free parking, free wifi, and 24hr desk and security. The town of Philipsburg and the boardwalk is less than 15minutes walk from the Hotel
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Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I stayed at the Tamarind hotel from 30 April 2013 until mid-July 2013 until I found my own apartment on Sint Maarten.

The reception when I arrived was amazing. I have travelled around the world, stayed in many and the nicest hotels, but I never got such a reception as at this hotel. I was received with open arms by the hotel manager and staff. And this same friendliness continued during my stay! My room was great, spacious, clean and with comfortable with a balcony, kitchen, wifi and all the trimmings. The swimming pool was just in front. The hotel just got everything you need, there is also a laundry facility and at reception there are snacks available. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They were happy to provide me with anything I needed. At night there is security, so it is a very safe place. The manager genuinely cares for this hotel with his whole heart. The hotel is in Point Blanche, a quiet and safe area. It is very close to the Cruise Pier and a 10-15 minute walk to the centre of Philipsburg. Closeby are some nice restaurants, like Chesterfields and The Greenhouse. The ferry to St. Barth's leaves from Bobby's Marina, about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. It has been a wonderful stay. Many thanks to the Tamarind-staff and all the best for the future!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Tamarind Hotel

Address: Goldfinch Rd, Pt Blanche, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Philipsburg
Number of rooms: 55
Also Known As:
Tamarind Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg

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