There is so much to praise about this little hotel that I really don't know where to begin. It has so much charm!
There are some things it is not, and doesn't pretend to be. Do you need nightly turndown service?
Really? Well, there's none. And no, there's no on-site restaurant. But aren't the fabulous restaurants a 10 minute walk from the Hotel, one reason you chose to stay in Grand Case? If you want quiet, casual, Caribbean elegance, however, stay here.
My wife and I spent a week in an "Over-sized loft". They are large, air-conditioned, nicely furnished, one-bedroom suites. The bedroom upstairs has a cozy porch, an incredibly comfortable king-size bed, and a really sexy bathroom adjoining it. Unless your libido's on life support, once you see the shower, you're going to want company!
We had breakfast delivered to the room several times - quiche, croissants, coffee etc. We also enjoyed eating at the nice little bakery, a short walk from the Hotel. We also made our usual pilgrimage, when in St. Martin, to Sarafina"s - an incredible bakery in Marigot. The full-size, in-suite, kitchen comes in handy for stocking up, and serving bakery goodies. It's also good for reheating the pizza the Hotel will order, and have delivered to your room!
The pool area, a short walk down some stairs - I'm 71, and going up and down them posed no problem for me - and along a lovely garden path is a nicely landscaped, cozy, spot. Alan, who mans the poolside bar while serving up fast food, makes you feel special.
The staff at a hotel has a lot to do with determining the quality of a guest's experience. Here, they clearly enjoy being of service. From the husband and wife managers, to the ladies in housekeeping, they are genuinely happy helping you. When we mentioned in passing to someone who we assumed was head of maintenance, that the WiFi in our room was temperamental, he jumped on the problem immediately. It turned out to be Marc, of the husband and wife management team. The enthusiasm in this place is contagious!
We didn't rent a car, as finding a parking space at the places we like on the Island can be challenging. Taxis arranged through the Hotel, suited us perfectly.
My wife and I know St. Martin/St. Maarten well. We live on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, which is close-by. St. Martin - so convenient to get to - was our first choice when deciding where to celebrate my 71st birthday. However, we were quite firm! If we couldn't get reservations at L'Esplanade, so much for St. Martin, we were heading to Quebec, Canada for the week.
The rave reviews of this property on TripAdvisor . . . they're very much deserved!