We spent a lovely 2 nights here before heading to Anguilla. I am so glad we picked this perfect spot - far away from the tourist areas of St. Maarten and set in the picturesque area of Grand Case. We loved that there were only a few rooms, so the service was top notch. Views were great, pools were quiet and refreshing and great restaurants were just steps away...
Room: We stayed in a studio room - which was large enough by far for the 2 nights we stayed. The room gets very cold (make sure you keep the patio door closed for optimal A/C) and the bed was comfortable with fluffy down pillows and duvet. The bathrooms have been recently renovated (or so it seemed) and the huge walk-in shower was a delight. We had a small kitchen with full-sized fridge, stove and microwave but never used it. The voltage is 220volts but they will provide you with a converter to use so we were able to charge iPads, cameras, phones, etc. The patio area was so comfortable with two padded chaise lounges and a ceramic tile table with two chairs. The view is unbeatable - you see all the way down to the turquoise water below.
Service: From the front desk to security: everyone was very friendly and professional. They made dinner reservations, called taxis, got us beach towels, etc - really anything we needed they quickly provided. Would stay here again just because of the staff. Truly wonderful. Loved the cold cucumber water provided in the reception area: this was welcome in the summer heat.
Food: The hotel doesn't have an on-site restaurant, but some fabulous dining is just steps away. Have to mention Spiga and Le Tastevin - the crayfish at Le Tastevin was amazing. Grand Case Blvd is just down the path from L'Esplanade and there are restaurants lined up waiting for you. Our biggest complain was that we couldn't try them all!
Pool: Just down the steps from the main hotel building is the pool, all nestled in between palm trees and bougainvillea bushes. The pool was a perfect cool temps, and padded loungers are available all around. It was not crowded and at times had the whole place to ourselves. For those who need shade (like me!) there are umbrellas for all the loungers. Alan, the pool bartender was a riot and made the best drinks - including his special "Rum Jumbie" drink (make sure to ask for it when you are there!) He was funny without being over-the-top and was truly one of the nicest people we met there.
You will not go wrong with Hotel L'Esplanade - from the beautiful white linens to the resort cats who walk along the stone paths to the cool blue waters of the pool....you'll feel like it's your own tropical home away from home.