We have been to St. Martin many times and have always stayed on the French side of the island. However, this time we were getting on the Windsurf cruise and the port is in Philipsburg so we opted to stay here. We arrived early from our flight at around 1pm and were very pleasantly surprised to not only have our room ready but to get a upgrade to a suite. The room was very spacious, clean and had a great view of the bay with a balcony. We opted to go to the beach in front of the hotel which was pleasant (though does not compare with Orient Beach). They do not have beach service on weekdays, but the bartender was more than happy to help. The lounge is the best area day or night. They have multiple lounge chairs, umbrellas, chill music and views of the beach and water. Lovely spot! We discovered that we accidently left some clothes in the room once we were on our cruise. We called the hotel and they were very nice, found the clothing and set it aside for us to get upon our return. We did so and as our flight was several hours later we just opted to hang out in there lounge area prior to our flight as it was such a great vibe. If you are taking a cruise or want to be in Philipsburg where you can walk to everything downtown, this is the place to stay!