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Grand Case Beach Club
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   21 Rue de Petite Place, Grand Case 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence 2014
New York City, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Perfect for family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We have been going the Grand Case Beach Club for more than 10 years,before and after kids! Besides all the water sports amenities,tennis and swimming pool, you are in walking distance from all the best restaurants on the island.You can hire a babysitter on the hotel as well for a night out!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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St Louis
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Grand Case Beach Club is a great way to receive convenient reliable service, beautiful rooms, on a beautiful property on Saint-Martin, but without being captive to an artificially manufactured environment. This place is about the beauty of Saint-Martin, the tranquility of a beach, and the pleasures of french, creole, and italian cuisine. What's more, you can have security, seclusion, and peace, while still being right near all the fun and dining of Grand Case. Situated on the east side of the bay, it is on the leeward side of a steep hill. The trade winds are steady, generally out of the E/NE, making the surf quite strong on the opposite side of the bay, but GCBC is fairly protected. Their rocky promontory makes the beach shoreline inconvenient for non-guests to access. Thus you can take one of the plentiful beach chairs and lay in the sun looking at turquoise waters without any competition for a place. No passers-by walking the shore, very few boaters came in close to swim. Their grounds are well manicured and tastefully designed. Their staff is helpful, accommodating, and upbeat. Their on-site partner businesses ... Sunset Cafe, and Creole Water Sports, are very well integrated with the hotel and are also extremely nice and cheerful. They deliver excellent service. We ate dinner at Sunset twice and breakfast daily except for two excursion days. Not a single complaint or disappointment. My whole red snapper our first night in was superbly prepared. Meanwhile Sylvie at Creole Water Sports and her entire staff (Ben, Jade, Charlie to name a few) were so helpful, giving good advice and helping me do as many activities as I could. So, while you are on property, you can count on a wonderful visit. Everyone speaks pretty good english so language is absolutely no issue. But the real value of GCBC is that after all that, you can take a short stroll to a lively restaurant row or hop in a car to any part of the island, without having any noise or traffic on your own street. We walked to Grand Case for a few lunches, and for dinner almost every evening. Many many good meals, but our short list of top dinners were at Le Pressoir, Le Cottage, and Le Tastevin. I'll review them under their own names, but they were superb. The main road thru Grand Case becomes a crowded and lively experience at night ... narrow, colorful, and fun. A gourmet meal here, crèpe shack there, boutique, casual joints called Lolos. Some restaurants having dining areas overlooking the beach! We just loved our time there. But when ready to turn in, it was back to our quiet and secure little corner of the bay, to the sound of waves and wind and Zenaida doves and peeping frogs. Some nights we slept with the balcony door open to hear the sea.
Every place has some downside, some misstep, or some opportunity for improvement. At GCBC I would say that it was not as easy to find and enter if you're arriving on your first day after dark. We had no instructions on where to park, enter, or how to get thru the gate. At night the combination of lighting and signage allowed us to drive right past. Once we knew the place it was simple and easy. There was a little confusion about the water sports available, being misstated in response to my email inquiries. For the record, when at GCBC you CAN do stand-up paddle board, sail a Hobie, paddle a kayak, or snorkel. You CANNOT do windsurfing. Also, the strong trade winds are shielded by the hill behind you, protecting the hotel and beach. But the wind finds its way half the time around the point, and half the time thru the gap in the islands's hills from the opposite direction. These competing forces make for constantly shifting and gusting winds in front of GCBC, so that sailing a small craft near shore would not have been fun anyway. My solution ended up being an excursion one afternoon to Gallion Bay on the east side of Saint-Martin where one can rent windsurfers for fairly cheep in a large very windy bay with a protective reef to cut the huge surf. Just saying .. don't stake your hopes on finally learning to windsurf or sail, right at the hotel.
The rooms are very very nice. We stayed in a bedroom loft unit 214. It was spacious, the shower was very nice, nice little kitchenette, double balcony looking out over the water, sunset directly out our balcony! The beds was firm and linens comfortable. There's a stereo ipod player and radio, a flat screen with a decent number of channels (although we only watched tv once). A table to sit down at to eat w 4 chairs, a few living room pieces, bedside tables both sides. You can pull a curtain across the arch to the downstairs bed, separating it from the living/dining room area if need be.
Survival Tips:
1) pay for meals on your card, most places won't put the tip on the card, so bring enough cash to pay your tips that way. it adds up since the fine dining prices are fairly high. some places include enough for the tip in the bill already so ask if the "Service is already included in the price", what they call "Service comprise". Dutch side ATM's give US $, Yay!
2) sometimes there are little sand fleas or some other practically invisible bug that bites. seems to get on your feet and calves first. this only happened in places overlooking the beach or in the more rustic and casual establishments. you can get bug spray can for $6 at the reception desk
3) all the restaurants in Grand Case will let you in casually dressed, although some folks do show up dressed nicely. I say if you like dressing up, save it for the few top restaurants, and if you don't like to, don't worry about it at all. Shorts and sandals are common, but no one sits to eat in a bathing suit. A great opportunity to buy some nice garment to wear over a woman's bathing suit. Try the boutiques in Grand Case (nice stuff but $$), or the Wednesday market in Marigot (more booths than you can count with plenty of neat colorful fabrics and better t-shirts than the bars).
4) there's one public (free) parking lot in Grand Case, but during the dinner hours it is often full. there's one private (pay) lot a little further west in an alley. Unless you really hate walking or just feel uncomfortable at night, it really is close enough to just walk. Take an umbrella. Sometimes it rains suddenly, although usually only for a few minutes. The side road that is essentially GCBCs driveway, is dark, but there is a security guard patrolling all evening. Once you see how the place is laid out, the real risk walking is the traffic ... be careful to note when the 2-way stops and 1-way begins and hug the sides to let the cars pass. Motorcyclists are unpredictable on the entire island. they go wherever and whenever they dare.

We stayed a week Jan 5-12 2014 and had the most wonderful relaxing romantic time. Everything we needed while on property, very easy to pursue other activities off property, nothing artificial here. If you want to interact with French, Dutch, and Creole culture, mingle explore and then retire to a tranquil spot each night, this is a great choice! If you want a 600 unit all inclusive with 9 restaurants serving mostly americanized knock-offs of other cuisines, and an infinity pool, with hundreds of strangers walking your beach, then just go somewhere else. If you want your own space, with a sincere service done very nicely but not overdone, a place to relax, read, talk, and energize for excursions on a very beautiful island. .. try Grand Case Beach Club.

Room Tip: ocean view definitely worth it here! upper floors have better view if you don't mind lugging the...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Wonderful on every level. Great location, easy walk to restaurants, wonderful swimming beach. Rooms were large and updated with beautiful ocean views and enough privacy. Friendly service. Decent restaurant on gorgeous setting.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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
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NJ
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We have recently returned from our third visit to this hotel/resort. It is nestled in a little corner of St. Martin and within a 10 minute walk to the area aptly called "restaurant row." GCBC will book a taxi for you at a reasonable price if you don't want to walk. GBGC is not your typical resort. It has a small beach, a tennis court, a small exercise area, and non-motorized water sports available, but it is a one of a kind charming facility. Everything at GBBC is well kept. Our delightful room overlooked the ocean and a secondary swimming area. The grounds have many plants, some labeled, all well tended, with the intent to look natural in their environment. There is a boardwalk around some of the grounds. GCBC's staff is excellent. Everyone is welcoming and friendly, and by our third visit, we almost feel like part of the family. This is a great place for a relaxing vacation. For those looking for a little more action, one can easily rent a car on site. GCBC is our "go to" vacation destination.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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new york
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We just got back from 8 nights at the GCBC. This was our 4th stay there and wonderful as always! We went with my whole family, which included my 2 year old daughter. It was perfect. The location right on the beach makes it very easy with a young child and the 2-Bedroom set up was perfect for a larger group. The accommodations were clean and spacious and the kitchen worked great for making easy lunches in the room. The nearby "Simply" market was great to pick up french bread, cheeses and meats for lunch on the patio with a bottle of cold wine. My only complaint was the pull out couch downstairs that was not very comfortable. However we told the office about this and they provided us with a egg crate which helped.
I have nothing but great things to say about all the staff; from the office (Hi Ruth) to the water staff, to the Sunset Cafe (Harper misses you Sabrina!) everyone was friendly and accommodating. The location also can't be beat. You are in walking distance to all the wonderful restaurants in Grand Case. Our favorites are La Villa & Spiga.
The resort was at full capacity when we were there (during Xmas week) but it never felt crowded. A lot of guests sit right outside their rooms on the lounge chairs, and around the resort. This is not the type of resort where you need to save chairs at 6 am, which is very nice!
The GCBC is truly a magical place and we are already counting the days until we go back!

  • Stayed December 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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Greenwich, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Nicely appointed "apartments". Our 3rd time here over the past 5 years, four "moms" on a restorative "treat". We hardly ever left the resort...and when we did, it was only a short walk into "town" for gourmet meals and nightlife. Rooms were very tidy, and the staff very welcoming and helpful. Small but clean beach, service with drinks/food when and if you want it. No pressure. The view is spectacular, and the restaurant is commendable, with reasonable prices.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

just got back after the most amazing week in GCBC.there is not much to add given the previous reviews..
WE HAD SUCH A GOOD TIME..
I must mention some of the great people who were so nice;
ruth in the front desk always has a big smile and ready to help even with laryngitis ,
sunset cafe i have no words.. this restaurant is a big part of us having such a good time and i must mention sabrina who kept the kitchen always open for us even if we were very late right before closing ( you know who we are 214)..karine chantel tony and lolo..thank you thank you!
can not forget sylvie jade and ben at the creole water sport desk..so professional kind and eager to please…
definitely going back..

Room Tip: worth to pay extra for water view
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Address: 21 Rue de Petite Place, Grand Case 97150, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Saint-Martin > Grand Case
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Case Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate and relaxing, small but large enough to have just the right amount of service that brings back our guests year after year. We are constantly improving and have updated and upgraded nearly every aspect of our resort, and will continue to do so. ... more   less 
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