My wife and I booked a marina view room for two nights in March 2012 before joining a cruise ship to cross the Atlantic. Our time in Captain Oliver's was the low point of a fabulous holiday. It is beyond me how other reviewers can rave about this place. It is run down and truly terrible. It cannot possibly be the 4* resort it claims. We were relieved that we only had to endure two days at this dump.
The only good thing to say about the room was that it was large. The furnishings were scuffed and well beyond their best and the room was filthy throughout our short stay. The mattress was thin and set on a solid wooden base that made it uncomfortable. Bed linen was stained. The storage in the room was so dirty that my wife decided not to unpack her clothes during the stay. The bathroom was appalling. Tiles were chipped, there was mould in every corner, shower fittings were broken and the shower and sink could not be used together as the water pressure was inadequate.
The bar and restaurant had an ideal position looking over Oyster Pond and the marina but it was scruffy and the food was no more than adequate.
I found the staff neither particularly friendly nor helpful. A $20 deposit was required before they would call a taxi and I was required to sign for a $150 deposit for the lock for the room safe.
The room was absurdly expensive for the standard offered.
The location of Captain Oliver’s gives it enormous potential but until someone decides to throw a lot of money at the place to bring it into the 21st century it should be avoided. We will probably return to St Maarten but nothing on this planet would get me to stay in this resort again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three star hotel located at the border between the French and Dutch side of the island, our rooms are spacious and offer beautiful views of the ocean and the St.Barths island or the Oyster pond marina. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Captain Oliver`s Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- Captain Olivers Resort
- Captain Olivers Hotel