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“Wonderful, quaint boutique hotel in St Martin” 4 of 5 stars
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On the Hill of Grand Case | St. Martin, Grand Case 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Wonderful, quaint boutique hotel in St Martin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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St. Thomas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

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!

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  • 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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.

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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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Hove, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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
29 helpful votes 29 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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
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
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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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