We stayed at GCBC the week of Oct 6-13 2013. This was our third stay there in the last 8 years. The same high quality that brought us back the second time, made it a no-brainer to come back there yet again for a quiet week in the sun.
For the first time, we stayed at an oceanside loft, and were very glad we did. The view from the room over the bay is extraordinary, especially the second floor balcony off of the bedroom. The room itself was very clean, as is usual there. The oceanfront rooms have there own lounge chairs on the grassy walk above the water. We used the kitchen a couple of times to cook meals. The kitchen is well appointed, though if you need a specific kitchen appliance or tool, just make sure they have it before you go to the supermarché. Closest market is the Simply Market located on the main road near L'Esperence aeroport road - 5 min. from the hotel and a well stocked, modern market.
The Sunset Café was, once again, a very good option for breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately, our stay was during the last week of the low season, and the Sunset Café was not open for dinner. It should be open as of Oct 14. Say hi to Philippe and crew. They are very friendly, as are all the other staff. (Everyone at the hotel appears to be bilingual - French and English, so go ahead and practice your Française!)
Near half of the superb restaurants in Grand Case were also in the process of opening up after the low season, but we still found a couple of excellent ones. Try Piazza Pascal and Le Tastevin. Both served excellent dinner menus. (We have never had a bad meal in the restaurants along the main drag in Grand Case.)
Security at GCBC is very good as usual. A roving guard 24h a day and heavy controlled-access gates. I even caught the guard watching the gate as we drove in and out to make sure no one else entered. Very attentive. That said, we never felt unsafe takng an evening walk through Grand Case itself. Lots of kids and tourists around.
Both sides of the island seem to be going through a flurry of roadworks improvements. The most anticipated is the new bridge from the Airport Rd across the bay to join the road to Marigot just south of the international border. It will shave a good 10-15 minutes off the trip from Princess Juliana Airport to the French side, bypassing the heavy traffic on the Dutch side. It should be open in December. There are also roadworks in Marigot presently that are slowing traffic in the whole area. Try to stick to the road along the water to avoid most of the congestion.
Back at GCBC, the resort remains very quiet. One building remains under renovation, meaning there may be less guests than usual. WiFi is free, but can remain spotty in areas. Try going outside for better reception. It seems that most hotels that we stay at still struggle with this service, something that is absolutely essential for most guests now.
We look forward to the weekly Manager's "mixer" to meet some of our fellow guests from Europe and N. America.
Again, this was an excellent trip to what has become our favourite get-away in the Caribbean.
Pick an Oceanfront room. Well worth the extra cost, with romantic views of sunsets from your room.
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