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“Nice resort is showing its age” 4 of 5 stars
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Captain Oliver's Resort Hotel
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Oyster Pond 97150, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Oyster Pond
Memphis
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Nice resort is showing its age”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

I stayed at Captain Oliver's for a few days in late December 2012.

This resort is in a very good area of the island, positioned directly on the border of French Saint Martin, and the Dutch side on Oyster Pond. I booked this hotel based on comments from this travel forum and agree securing a car is quite beneficial.

This resort has a marina, two different restaurants, a pool and an open air reception area. Interestingly, there is a caged red and blue parrot which will say "hello" and "goo-bye" to you if you stop to see it outside the restaurant.

My room was very spacious and clean. The room featured a safe, a deck overlooking the marina and the sea, as well as quiet efficient air conditioning and a small walk in kitchenette.

The bathroom was clean and had been remodeled recently to include an over sized shower head, nice lighting, new bath fixtures and a hair dryer.

The pros for this hotel:
* great location on opposite side of island from the SXM airport
* Spacious, clean comfortable room
* Front desk staff has a great "can-do" attitude and was most helpful
* Nice pool area (infinity-type pool) with padded deck chairs
* Room had safe, air conditioning, kitchenette, and a nice deck overlooking the bay
* Very good room rates are available

The challenges at this hotel:
* Parking is a bit limited, especially at night
* The resort is showing its age and needs some TLC from its ownership and staff
* Cable tv channels are quite limited
* Breakfast staff at the restaurant is not friendly and difficult to deal with, WHEN you are able to get their attention
* Wifi only available in the reception lobby, not in the rooms

Room Tip: Ask at front desk for a view of the bay/ocean, they seem to be very accommodating.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Pros: Staff is very friendly. People at the reception have a " can do" attitude. Best asset that they have. Good location.
Cons: very old, needs remodelation. Shower was occidated and stunk. Cable tv was never working. Tv was so old that was always making noises. Tons of mosquitoes!
Hotel has potential.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Syracuse, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I stayed in Captain Olivers 5 years ago, and it was a quaint, little place, however
I was EXTREMELY dissapointed on this visit. The villas are no longer surrounded by flowers but are surrounded by broken down buildings and the awful smell of garbage- Which when I inquired about it.. I was told by the desk clerk, and I quote " Welcome to the Caribbean, you know it smells like garbage, don't you".
Our bathroom was literally falling apart. We had to rig up the shower so that it would stay up and it the tiles were all falling off and surrounded by mold. When we asked for another room, and why the place was so run down, we were informed by the clerk..that, and I quote " The captain died 2 years ago and we have no management in this place, for the past two year". By the way, we didn't get a new room, because non of the other rooms had air conditioning that was working.
Thankfully we didn't let this ruin our trip, but I would advise you to stay elsewhere!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

We went to Captain Oliver's for honeymoon in February and loved the ocean front deluxe room that was big and clean. The large corner terrace with interesting ocean front view soothed us with the sound of lapping waves and gave us a nice landscape to look at. Because it's a marina with amenities such as a bar and a restaurant, we really never had to leave the premises if we didn't choose to. The food was good, and hot breakfast every morning started a lazy day out nicely. We enjoyed Captain Oliver and their staff so much we are returning this month... Twice in one year! It's a great find... Try them out.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

our sailing vacation began with a night at this property, room was very dirty, wonder if it had been cleaned in months, price point for this property very high if it had been cleaned, we found other quality properties nearby that were less expensive. staff seem unconcerned about our needs

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Yonk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

the property was very nice and well kept. they have 4 resident birds that offer hellos when walking by. The view from the room was amazing, overlooking part of oyster pond and looking out into the ocean. The room was quite large, the balcony was bigger then most hotel rooms i've stayed in before.
The stay included a breakfast that had a nice spread. everything from fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, pastries, rolls, pancakes and more, all while sitting in the open air restaurant right on the marina.
The stay was nice, but it is a little secluded in that part of the island. You can't really walk to much near by, though its only a quick drive to the other side of the pond to go to mr. busbys. The new westin is also there with a casino but we didn't make it there.
The propery has its own little bar, the iguana bar, with great views of the marina, bay and ocean, as well as the pool, but is kind of small.
The DingyDock is a bar within the marina, only steps from the restaurant and is a cool fun place for some cheap drinks and friendly service.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Ugh, where to begin?!? This is my second trip to Captain Oliver's Resort, and for both times, I could say the same... I guess, first of all the pros: the rooms are beautiful, spacey, with great views, and the hotel is situated in a very nice, quiet area. So if youre 60+ years old, looking to enjoy the view, relax and rest, this might be the place for you... However, if you're looking to make the most of your trip to St. Martin, you might want to reconsider. Unless you rent a car, you're stuck. All the main activities are, good restaurants and fun stuff, are in Simpson bay, (or Orient Beach) which is about 30minutes away ($40 cab ride), so you would be saying "why didn't I rent a car?!"..... Anyway, for those reasons alone, I'll give the resort a solid two stars.. Maybe 2.5 out of 5 if I could... But let's keep it real, there's a lot more to a "hotel" than the views....... The Cons: A)))) their parrots!!!!! Urghhhhhhhhhhhhhh...... They have these three nice looking Macaw parrots in a cage right near the corridor for the rooms, and I get how it's cool to have parrots in a hotel themed "captain..." but every morning starting at 5am (sunrise) they start screaming, alllll morning, all day... They sound like cats in heat, its horrible.. They are awesome if you like being woken up early so you can make the most of your trip. But. If you enjoy sleeping in a little on YOUR vacation, they make it nearly impossible.... I love all animals, but I think they should be relocated from the hotel setting ASAP... B) "Breakfast is included".. I put that in quotations, because their breakfast is unedible. Simply put. Not until my last day on my second trip there did I find out they can make pancakes and omlettes to order, which they gladly neglect to tell you.. >=( so make sure to take advantage of that should you go against better judgement and stay there.. C) you MUST rent a car if you plan on staying there for more than two days. D) the reception, staff, and restaurant staff could DEFINITELY learn a thing or two about customer appreciation, smiling, and attitude. A friendly smile and attitude once in a while won't hurt them.. The whole time I felt like they were doing me a favor letting me stay there, but then again, it's French owned...... D) the TV in the room has only half a channel. I say that realistically because only one channel works, only half the time. And E) last but not least; as others mentioned, their internet is slower than 56k modem... How much could broadband already cost?, even for an island? Internet is our only means of communications with the outside world, and they make that. Process nearly impossible. If you plan on using Skype for long distance for calls, forget about it. This is not an exaggeration.... Only works in the reception area, and even there, it BEARLY works. But other than A-E, my stay was "passable", for the decent price of course, which was reasonable... But until Captain Oliver's takes A-E into consideration, I will not be back. Our last names are Sipel and Mandeli, room 102, to show our seriousness in the matter. Unless they make serious changes soon, I will most Iikely not return, nor recommend this resort to a friend. Hope he truth helps....

Room Tip: Should you decide to stay there anyway, an ocean view deluxe room is a MUST.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Captain Oliver's Resort Hotel

Address: Oyster Pond 97150, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Oyster Pond
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 Hotels in Oyster Pond
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Captain Oliver's Resort Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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
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