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On the Hill of Grand Case | St. Martin, Grand Case 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Nashville, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Spent 7 nights in room 16 and were cant wait to get back. The hotel is very much what you read here. The rooms are spacious , clean, and private. The staff could teach a course in hospitality. They wil accommodate any reasonable request. We had no issues with any of the amenities. The only little drawback was the walk down and back to town. The trail is fine but lots of steps back to the room.

Room Tip: Room 16 is great
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Hove, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This place is truly wonderful, and every bit as perfect as described on their website, and trip advisor reviews. We selected this place carefully, as this was the place we were to spend the second half of our honeymoon, and we couldn't have been more delighted. Immaculate, peaceful and beautiful, the rooms were very well appointed with homely furniture, and THE most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. We had the oversized loft, which was laid out over 2 floors, with two balcony/terraces that looked over the peaceful Grand Case bay.

The 'wecome' pack we were greeted with as we arrived at 10:30pm included a freshly baked french baguette, and jam, which we were really grateful for the next morning before we had a chance to go out in search of breakfast.

All the staff here were exceptionally good, and a welcome relief from the slightly cold, fake, over-the-top customer service that we'd received in Key West for the first part of our trip. They were genuinely interested in our trip, gave warm congratulations on our recent wedding, and sent a complimentary bottle of champagne to our room to celebrate.

We did rent a car while we were here, which is pretty vital if you are an explorer and want to get around. There are plenty of beaches nearby, or you can head over the slightly busier and noisier 'Dutch side' if you want to spend the evening in a lively bar, or to watch the jets come in at Maho Beach (you MUST see this!).

There are many high quality restaurants within walking distance, on Grand Case bay - you could eat at a different one every night of your trip and not be anything less than delighted with your choices. However, in May, we found some of them to be closed as it's low season and fairly quiet in the evenings. Still plenty to choose from though.

Thank you so much for helping to make our trip so special! :)

Darren & Sam x

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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new jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We chose this spot based on all the wonderful reviews on trip advisor and were not disappointed. We had not been to St. Maarten in about 34 years and were so happy we chose the French side. We honeymooned on the Dutch side and were so disappointed when we saw how commercial it had become.
The French side is much more rustic and no large high rise hotels, beaches are great.
The hotel was perfect in every way, and yes the views are amazing, definitely one of the highlights of the trip was sitiing, any time of day on our balcony and taking in the view.
Rooms are beutiful, comfortable, loved the small kitchen, and bathrooms are great.
We loved making coffee every morning and having breakfast on the patio, we even picked up goodies and enjoyed a lovely dinner on the terrace a few evenings along with a great bottle of wine.
Location is great, within a short walk to all the restaurants.
Lovely pool area with charming swim up bar, never have to worry about reserving a char, not that kind of place!
We enjoyed using the sister hotel Le Petite, and used their beach many times, After checking out all beacheds n the area, we loved the small beach there , almost always quiet , and at times was the only one in the water!
Staff was very helpful and informative, always there to answer a question or give directions.
We rented a car through the hotel and it was stress free, included transfers to and from hotel.
We recommend renting a car to check out all the interesting spots on the island.
Would not hesitate to come back to this wonderful boutique hotel!

  • Stayed May 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

As we are packing our belongings to depart today, there is an extreme wave of sadness. We do not return home, or back to "reality", but instead we continue our island-hopping adventure through the Lesser Antilles. My husband and I seriously thought about canceling the remainder of the trip so that we could stay here, at L'Esplanade, with this amazing staff.

This is going to be long... Sorry in advance!

When we arrived on Monday, we were greeted with the most welcoming South African accent, to which we were introduced to Natalie, who is a true gem found rarely in the hospitality industry. To the owner of this fabulous hotel - Natalie is an amazing representation of your facility. She is welcoming, caring, full of knowledge, and the overall well-being of each and every guest she encounters. Although we fully understood this was not a "full service" hotel, Natalie's service made us feel more important and more loved than any other hotel/resort staff has before. We are not "world travelers", but we do enjoy our trips and vacations, and Natalie made this stay for us. She is above the rest. Natalie, enjoy your weekend off -- a much deserved, for such an amazing hotelier. If you ever decide to come to the States, please look us up. We would be honored to have you join our team!

My husband and I stayed in #12, a two story loft with two terraces, beautiful decor and ... CLEAN! Although we did not have the opportunity to meet any of the Housekeeping Department, we were absolutely blown away with the cleanliness of the unit. As hoteliers, we tend to be on the look out for "wrong things". We couldn't find anything. It was such an amazing feeling, walking into an establishment and feeling "good" about your decision. After planning a wedding, spending a week with close family and friends for that wedding, and leaving our home to travel to the Caribbean.... This was the first chance we had to... Just breathe. We walked through our clean and very well maintained unit, to the downstairs terrace and just took a breath. This. Is. Vacation. You will not regret your decision to stay here.

The staff gave us some great tips that we highly recommend including on your vacation:
1. First and foremost, before you unpack... Go see Alan at the bar. He is incredible. One conversation with him makes you feel like you've known him for years. Try the piña colada or his "special" rhum drink. He never disappoints. We stopped in to see Alan once every day.
2. Most will tell you to rent a car. We did not. We met a taxi driver, Benjamin, with Golden Boy Taxi, who took care of us from the beginning to the end of our trip. Give him 30 minute notice, and he will be sure to get to you. He showed us around, and told us some amazing stories of the island. Great recommendation by the hotel staff! Please continue to promote Benjamin!
3. Restaurant Row is a must. Try to mix up the favors-- eat at one of the Lolo's restaurants and at least one French Rstaurant. Staff recommend Le'Pressior... Wow! Best meal we have had in a while.
4. Orient Bay. It's a nudey beach... Nuff said. Staff recommended Waikiki and Bikini Bar... We loved both, and went to Pedro's and La Playa as well.
5. Loterie Farm- a must. Make sure you have tennis shoes/sneakers. Do not take a book bag, sunglasses and camera okay. We did the Extreme course, a two-hour course of zip lining down Pic Paradise. Andrew was a great tour guide. Stop in to see the beautiful Rose at the bar afterwards.
6. Pinnel Island. We heard was a must see, but we ran out of time. I will repost after our next visit.

My husband and I will be back. We love Hotel L'Esplanade.

Stayed May 2013
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Lovely room, great service, and perfect location for easy access to some delightful restaurants. The pool was quiet with a nice bar with grilled sandwiches. Wish the location had been on the beach, but it was just a short walk away. Parking was easy and the grocery was only a two minute drive away. Would go back again without hesitation.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The L 'Esplanade is everything it claims to be. Great views of the water; within walking distance of the restaurants in town; easy access to the main roads to Marigot and Orient Bay; and very nice rooms. Even though it's a hotel, the loft we stayed in has what amounts to a full kitchen. That makes it easy to save a little money on breakfast and lunch if you want, or if you want to get take out from of the places downtown.

The grounds are well maintained and the staff is very cordial and helpful. Take their advice and rent your car through the Justice car rental agency. They will pick you up at the airport, and deliver you back when it's time to leave. It is very convenient.

Take loads of cash with you if you are an American. A large number of restaurants and bars will accept USD as equal to Euro's if you pay cash. That's a pretty nice discount. There are also a pretty large number of places who will not accept credit cards at all. You need to be prepared.

You can go to Orient Beach if you want, but it's big and crowded and on windy days not very nice. We very much preferred Friar's Bay, and Baie Rouge. PInel Island is nice but it's an expensive day. We also highly recommend the 12 metre regatta adventure.

Room Tip: I suspect they are all good rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Rooms are modern and comfortable. Furnishings first rate. Nice views of harbor. Quiet.
Hotel is very well cared for, and staff is friendly and helpful. Swimming pool area is very pleasant with lots of trees for shade and a nice swim up bar.
Rooms have well equipped kitchens, but proximity to numerous wonderful retaurants makes eating in not likely. One missing feature is an on-site restaurant, which would be handy for breakfast, but they will bring in breakfast from an outside vendor on request. Also, it's an easy walk to the Sunset Cafe at the Grand Case Beach Club for any meal.

Room Tip: For couples, one bedroom suite is delightful. If you want an extra half bath, go for the one bedroom...
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: On the Hill of Grand Case | St. Martin, Grand Case 97150, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Saint-Martin > Grand Case
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amid lush tropical gardens, affording its visitors privacy without sacrificing its panoramic ocean views. Spacious interiors blend harmoniously with the Mediterranean architecture. Magical sunsets come to you on your private terrace to touch your soul. A delightful footpath leads you on a journey of discovery. We invite you to find your own rhythm, knowing that our staff is there to ensure that your every day is a perfect day, knowing that your comfort is our excellence and with us, you are home. For those who appreciate privacy, enjoy an uncrowded atmosphere, gracious hospitality and seek relaxation in exclusive, blissful surroundings...Welcome to Hotel L'Esplanade. Introducing our new Ti Spa for all of your beauty and relaxation needs! ... more   less 
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