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“Crazy Nice!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Azure Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6 Roberts Drive, Simpson Bay, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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STAY ON THE BEACH FOR $99
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
new york
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Crazy Nice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

If you are looking for the best view, and a great beach to walk and swim that is in walking distance to restaurants at a great price, than look no further. It does not get nicer than this. You can take the bus to see the other beaches, but you will realize that everything is right here in Simpson Bay for you to enjoy. Michael is a wonderful host and will help you with any plans. Make sure that you walk down to Karacters for lunch and dinner right on the beach. The food and atmosphere can't be beat!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a place where the little touches are part of what make it so special and somewhere you'll be thinking about long after you go home. Azure was wonderful from beginning to end. It was five minutes from the airport and we were welcomed and shown to our room by Michael, the owner. My boyfriend and I stayed in the Deluxe Garden Suite which was not on the beach but had a full, separate sitting area/kitchen and two bedrooms (which means I have somewhere to move if snoring starts). We felt like we were in a beach apartment. The king bed was really comfortable as was the second bed. The half fridge worked great to hold beer/wine and a few other items.
The hotel provided a unique and "homey" experience including a tortoise habitat in the middle of the small courtyard. We stopped each day on our way out and in to check on the resident tortoises and take a look at the lizards, birds and plants. But there was more! The chairs, umbrellas and small tables set up against the palm trees on a beautiful (mostly deserted) beach, the chairs and tables on the patio, the attentive housekeeping staff that brought us more towels than we could use (that is a lot!), the hospitality of Michael who booked a jet ski reservation for us and always wanted to know how we were doing. Perfect combination of making sure we had what we needed and letting us enjoy the experience.
Michael and his family live on the property and never made us feel like we were intruding if we had a question. We enjoyed exploring the capitals and the entertainment on the island and our experience there was doubled knowing we were going "home" to such a wonderful place. Thanks Michael!
A few notes:
- It is near the airport and you do hear planes, but after a day or so, we really didn't notice. Granted, we usually left around 8:30 to go explore and returned around 2.
- Azure is close to everything. A great coffee place, grocery store, bars, restaurants and more.
- There is a coffee maker in the room, but no coffee packs, so put that on your grocery list.
-There is soap but no shampoo/conditioner in the shower (I had plenty and was fine, but just an FYI)
-There was construction going on during our trip and they started at 7 a.m. but it wasn't constant and we were fine.
- Non hotel note. Use the public transportation system. It was cheap ($1.50 per person per one way trip), easy (just flag a bus down and say "Stop Please" when you get where you are going). We used it the entire time and probably saw and did more because it was easy. Taxi's are cheap as well, but the bus is the way to go!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Reception and hospitality with a Big SMILE;) after our caribean sailing odyssee, the Azure Hotel smiled at us. It is a very nice family owned place, located at beautiful beach site, with splendid large rooms and excellent beds.
Service is great and even the 6 turtles at the inner court smile.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Kansas
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I just returned from a 10 day stay at the Azure. The room was clean, big enough for two and our large suitcases, and very comfortable. The bed was actually more comfortable than my bed at home! The towels and beach towels were great, and we were able to get new beach towels each day. Although we didn't cook anything extravagant, the small kitchenette contained everything that we needed. Michael and all of the staff were very friendly the entire visit.

After spending time around Saint Maarten it became very clear that the location of The Azure is one of the best on the Dutch side of the island. It is an easy walk to several bars, restaurants, an ATM (when it's working), and even a small grocery store. However, it should be noted that you are right next to the runway for the airport and it can be very noisy when planes are taking off (which stops early evening).

I think that my only complaint is that I am a fairly light sleeper and I was glad to have ear plugs.

I would not hesitate to stay here again, even with the noise of the airplanes.

Room Tip: The Garden Suite opens to both the beach and the garden.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
274 reviews 274 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 95 cities Reviews in 95 cities
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

I researched this property well here on Tripadvisor as well as other sites. All the reviews were good, and rightfully so. I stayed in the Deluxe Garden Suite which was exactly as advertised. I didn't like that there is only 1 bathroom for 2 bedrooms, but I knew that before I booked it. Otherwise, the room is fine. The bed in the master wasn't that comfortable, but the bed in the smaller bedroom was very nice. The futon is just ok. All the appliances worked well, as did the AC in every room. The location is excellent. Simpson Bay is really uncrowded and the beach is great. The water was clean and calm, and we spent days on the beach and in the water. The beach is soft sand (no rocks or shells). There is quite a bit of topless sunbathing that takes place on the beach and even in front of the hotel so be advised if that bothers you. There is a small store one block away that has basics, and a larger grocery store about 7 minutes walking. There is also a small pharmacy on the way to the big store. Between the three, they had everything we wanted and needed. Walking further down the main road, you will find a number of restaurants within a reasonable walk. Walking even further down across the bridge there are more restaurants and a casino or two. There are numerous bars and nightclubs along the main road before and after the bridge. There are also two adult entertainment establishments within walking distance if you are interested. When the sun is out it is HOT, and walking becomes a problem. We ended up renting a car for 3 days to explore the island and move around locally more easily and comfortably. The French side of the island is interesting, especially the beaches and the town of Grand Case. I didn't like Philipsburg at all on the Dutch side. Also, the hotel is right next to the end of the runway, and the plan noise can be extremely loud when the jets and expecially the jumbo jets fly by. I like planes, but others didn't seem as thrilled as I was when the big planes went by. They start at around 800AM and stop around sundown. All in all we had a wonderful time and enjoyed the hotel very much. The one big, huge detraction is the major construction project going on right next door. They are building a hotel or condos and the sawing and hammering starts at 730AM every day. It woke us up. The construction noise also bothered me while I was on the beach. Also, there were cement trucks and construction trucks in the street a number of times which delayed us a little. I would suggest that if you are sensitive to noise or like to sleep in, you should pass on this property until the construction is done.

Room Tip: Rooms on the beach enjoy the sound of the ocean all night. Rooms close to the road will suffer from...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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yakko, Owner at The Azure Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear reader,
we have been getting a lot of questions about the neighbor's construction project, so I will take this opportunity to share what we know and offer some feed back from other guests.
The project has one more floor to be added, the forms and cement pouring are the loud parts and it seems that it will be over soon (they said in October). The phase that follows is mainly interior finishing so it will be much more quiet. The work comes in phases, so it will be noisy for a spell and pretty quiet for a a few days. The majority of guests aren't bothered by it. It really depends on how early you wake up and what days you are here. I will say that the Caribbean Suite and Bay Suite are the closest, if you have booked one of those rooms for a visit before November and are concerned, give us a call. Our US number is (727) 388-9822. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at the Azure soon! :)
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Los Angeles, CA
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed at the Azure in late May and enjoyed our trip. We actually picked this hotel due to the trip advisor reviews. This is a small intimate hotel with a wonderful owner, Michael. We did run into a few small issues and even though he was off property due to a family wedding he quickly responded and addressed the issues and even had the staff give us a nice bottle of wine. Very nice touch! I echo the other reviewer’s comments about a little bit of noise with the construction site and the airport but that didn’t start up till around 7am. Also the last plane lands around 9pm so as long as you get to bed before midnight, the noise isn’t a problem. We had a room that opened out to a patio and then directly onto the beach which was great. We didn’t use the kitchen much but it was well equipped and it was nice to make a cup of coffee in the room and then head off to walk the beach first thing in the am. The beach was always empty and the chairs and umbrellas were very nice. The Wi-Fi even worked from the beach. It’s about a 25 minute walk to Sunset bar via the beach and there is a really nice little beach bar named Karakter that is only about a 10 min walk if that. You are within a 5 to 10 minute walk of the Grande Marche, ATM, bakery and several restaurants and bars which made the location superb. Make sure to rent a car and go explore all the wonderful beaches that St Maarten/Sint Martin has to offer.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

In 1 word an excellent place to stay for your holiday on beautiful St. Maarten.
They are located on a great place for a perfect value.
It's located right at the beach and for activities/restaurants right in the middle of everything.
The hospitality has been amazing, clean rooms, friendly and helpful staff, thumbs up!!
An absolute GO!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6 Roberts Drive, Simpson Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Azure Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Azure is family owned/ operated boutique hotel on the most spectacular/ uncrowded beach on Saint Martin. Completely renovated. Watersports, marinas, restaurants, casinos, bars, shops all within walking distance. White sand beach, crystal clear water, the world's biggest mega yachts within a stone's throw. Kitchens, US satellite TV, AC. FREE WIFI, FREE INTERNATIONAL CALLS (most countries), FREE CELL PHONE USE,concierge. Lounges with umbrellas on the beach. Let us plan your activities. Our friendly staff will make sure you have everything you need! Azure for sure! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Azure Beach Studios Hotel Simpson Bay
The Azure Hotel St Maarten-St Martin/Simpson Bay

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