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Holland House Beach Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Frontstreet 45, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Southington, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“LOVE IT!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We have stayed at HH 3 times for 10 days each the last 3 years in February, and another time in SXM in December. We vacation four times a year and Holland House is are absoiute FAVORITE! I can't believe anyone can give a negative review. From the moment you arrive until you leave all the staff from Esther at thr front desk, Vern the beach boy, the BAR staff Tory, and the great evening mgr.all are the best and have gone above and beyond inn welcoming us and assisting us.

First of all this is a BEACH HOTEL! This is a landmark, one of SXM firsts I think. The characterr is amazing., No, it's not a Marriott, AND THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF IT! Very island. Yes, the elevator is small, who cares? The beds are great, showers are beautiful. We never experienced any noise at night, nor filthy streets, or unfriendly people. The wait stgaff in the restaurant were great as well. Walking distance to everything, but we do take taxis to nightlife and in general in the evening. There are severaL VERY Good restaurants iin walking distance. The walk from the cruise ships is a nice walk if you are up to it, but if not they do have a Tender. We can't make it this month due to work, but we are going for 10 days in April and cannot wait. We have met many weonderful people at the Holland House who return year after year. The weather is also always perfect. You will not be disappointed.

Overall, you can see that the majority of people, give this hotel an excellent rating. I guess the sayhing "you can't please everybody" is true, but the Holland House certainly goes the extra mile to please.Picky from Connecticut.

Room Tip: Depends on how much you want to spend. Street view good bargain wasn't noisy. Like third floor...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The positives - nicely remodeled. Clean rooms, very comfortable. Public spaces were nice.
The downside - almost non existent beach service. I would order something, 30 minutes later I'd see the guy and he had forgotten it. Hours later saw him again, still without my order. The front desk was rude and incompetent. I had to go to the front desk every time I wanted to sign some thing to my room. The Bar staff was just downright disrespectful. The manager ended up giving me a bottle of booze just to apologize. Its a very nice gesture but I'd rather just have good service. There was an overall tone to the place that the staff doesn't enjoy the service industry. I would see them drinking alcohol on duty or eating fast food in the lobby areas. It was just strange. Avoid this place.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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24 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

I really wanted to like the Holland House Beach Hotel, but this place has a lot to work on. Despite having a beautiful website which makes the place look like a trendy boutique hotel, the truth is the place is a cheap motel that had an Ikea facelift. The lobby has so much potential -- it is open air and has both a bar and the front desk, but the staff didn't seem keen on cleaning the space, garbage was left in the open for hours and the furniture was falling apart. Rooms are okay but the facelift they had a few years back is quickly giving way to chipped furniture and peeling paint. Not going to say for certainty that there were bedbugs, but we had two rooms and each of us had bites that developed during our stay; another reviewer mentioned this and i would simply say, please be on alert if you decide to stay. By far my biggest complaint is the staff -- they are poorly trained and the european management seems intimidated and unable to curb the poor work ethic and an obnoxious attitude the pervades the ranks. The staff seems more interested in entertaining their friends, who swarm the hotel, than to assist guests with even simple requests (like getting a drink or checking in). I want to over communicate on this point -- there were a few good eggs in a heaping pile of bad ones, but simply put, the management has no control over their property. Restaurant is expensive but good, I recommend at least one meal there, even if you're not staying at the hotel. If you are taking a cruise, my honest suggestion is to find another hotel and take a taxi to the port, this hotel is half a mile walk to the port...and not a scenic one. If you're looking for a beach vacation, Great Bay in front of the property is a nice swim and the hotel does offer a nice beach atmosphere, but there are other nice beach hotels on the island. For those thinking Phillipsburg is a destination -- it's not, as soon as the ships leave, place turns into a grave yard and you'll need to taxi to Grand Case, Marigot or Maho.

Room Tip: Beach rooms have an awesome view but the hotel often plans loud events on the patio, definitely inqu...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Surf City, New Jersey
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Holland House is the perfect place for a pre or post cruise stay. We stayed before our Windstar cruise and booked a street side room, which was fine. Loved the large enclosed veranda. The bar/lounge area with comfortable seating overlooking the boardwalk and beach has a great ambience. The breakfast included was great. There is a buffet and you can also order additional items from a menu. The french toast was the best I've had in years. The beach offers chairs and umbrellas for guests and service was provided by a pleasant young Dutchman. The hotel is only a short walk to the cruise terminal, but water taxi or regular tax is available. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would choose Holland House again.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

The location is great, right on the beach. At one point they had to shut off our water and when we got back at 10pm there was a note saying we had to move temporarily across the hall. All the next day we kept checking back when they asked and it wasn't until 4pm that we could finally get back in our room. No compensation for the inconvenience.

The staff for the most part was friendly. We had pre-paid our breakfast for the week. The breakfast crew did manage to successfully ignore us a couple of times, so never got coffee. Went to the buffet, ate and left. The food in the buffet was good.

One thing I didn't care for is there was music playing all the time in the open air restaurant and bar area, often competing with music playing along the boardwalk. It would have been nice to sit and listen to the ocean.

Room Tip: Our temporary room was on the ocean side. It was ok except for the perpetual music and I was REALLY...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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The Netherlands
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31 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We had an excellent 8 days at the Holland House. Right on the boardwalk next to the beach.
Rooms are big enough, bathrooms even more spacious. We were at the 4th floor, no noise at all and a great sea view!
Clean rooms and excellent beds, almost as good as at home.
Friendly and helpful staff at the reception, who arranged for a ferry transfer and car rental during our stay.
The private beach, including chairs and service (if you like to have a drink or lunch) was excellent.
Note: as soon as the cruise ships leave port (around 6 pm) the village of Philipsburg will be almost empty and all shops will close. During the evening, there is not much going on.
Most restaurants will stay open till 9 pm, so an early diner is recommended.
The hotel restaurant serves great food for lunch (inside or at the beach) and diner. Note: it is a bit pricey. Breakfast was also OK.

Room Tip: Request for a sea view room on the 3rd or 4th floor to enjoy the nice view over the bay and see all...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We spent 3 nights at this hotel before boarding our cruise ship in Phillipsburg. The location was convenient to everything, the beach, shops, restaurants. The room was a good size with a very comfortable bed. The restaurant offered a great breakfast buffet and full service lunch and dinner. I loved the outside lounging area next to the bar. My favorite part was the free beach lounge chairs and the bar service while on the beach. Great service, beautiful area!

Room Tip: Elevator is small and slow so a room on the first floor was convenient. Rooms facing the street can...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Holland House Beach Hotel

Address: Frontstreet 45, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
#1 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holland House Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly located, right on the beach in downtown Philipsburg, the Holland House offers great charm, a unique ambiance and a rich Caribbean experience.Meet the friendly Islanders, relax and enjoy all that St. Maarten has to offer. The hotel is also located on Front Street, where you will find the best shops and boutiques on the island, all still Duty Free!The Hotel offers 54 rooms and suites all recently renovated, an award winning restaurant and wine cellar, a beautiful outdoor lounge deck and a magnificent beach right in front of the hotel with personal and attentive service. It’s great to be here! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Holland Hotel Beach
Holland Beach
Holland House Beach Hotel St Maarten-St Martin/Philipsburg

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