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“An Oasis” 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
New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“An Oasis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We were looking for a quick getaway from the bad weather up North and Captain Oliver’s was part of a Getaway air and hotel package on the Jet Blue site. I don’t think that we got a particularly good deal price-wise, but it was an easy way to make a last minute decision. Next time I would try to check with the hotel first to see if I could work out a better deal.

After the fact I can say that I would go back to Captain Oliver’s hotel, as there were many things about this small hotel that I appreciated. But in the beginning we had some disappointments where things were not what we had been lead to expect. That can sour you at first. Let me explain.

The hotel is not on a beach, which we knew. The hotel is on a marina and a bay facing out to the ocean. If you pay a bit more for a room with an ocean view--as was recommended by others on Trip Advisor, and advice that we followed--you will find yourself with a beautiful view, watching boats coming in and out, and I must say a large lovely comfortable room.

The disappointment was that the hotel was advertised as providing complementary transportation to a nearby beach (and this is still in the brochure and web), but upon arrival we were told this service was discontinued.
Taxis on the island are not cheap, and we did not want the bother of a car rental, which was recommended by the hotel. We did splurge one day and took a cab to Grand Case, where we had a nice swim in the Caribbean and lounged on beach chairs having lunch and drinks. Lovely, but the taxi cost $25 each way!

The other disappointment was that Jet Blue usually has vouchers from the airport to the hotel on these packages, but said they could not arrange for such unless they had 5 days notice and we had booked just a couple days before. We were given the name of the two taxi companies and told they usually would work with you when you got there, but we found they were totally unreliable and we had to pay.

From what I read in the local paper, some of these issues with the cabs arise from the taxi owners wanting to make some money and not liking the voucher system or the hotel arrangements for beach shuttles. I do not begrudge them the right to try to make a better living, but it is hard on the pocket books of budget travelers: it is an example of the world moving in the direction of serving the super-rich and the middle class not having too many options anymore.

Now you might wonder why I say that I might come back here. If you can do without a beach right there and don’t want the hassle of a rental car, here are the good and convenient points:

The room was quite sizable, clean and comfortable, with the lovely view. There was a small kitchen with an electric water kettle. You can shop at a very nice little market about a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

The pool was quite nice with a transparent glass side that made it like a “people aquarium.” Most of the time we had it all to ourselves. There were two small bars down by the marina that were quite fun late afternoon/early evening. People were friendly and drinks very reasonably priced. The restaurant at the hotel was okay, but we preferred to eat dinner at a small French place nearby, Quai Ouest, which I shall review separately.

Breakfast was pleasant and relaxed overlooking the marina. Although advertised as a full breakfast, it was continental style. But the coffee was good and the croissants excellent, both plain and delicious chocolate ones. So can’t complain too much.

I might also say that the staff at the hotel do their best to make your stay relaxing and as stress-free as they can, though it may be done in Caribbean time and manner, which means leave your impatience and wanting perfection back home. The Wifi only works in the lobby, so it was amusing to be sitting there at times with others also buried in their cell phones cum computers.

I personally prefer small hotels like the Captain Oliver to the large noisy resorts that cater to the all-included package deals. If you want a scene with lots of music and noise and food, this would not be your place. But if you want a quiet spot where you can stay put and they try to make you feel like part of the family, then this is it.

Room Tip: Ask for an Ocean view, might cost more. Email or call the hotel directly to see if you can get a be...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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English first
Nashville, Tennessee
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83 reviews 83 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This is in a nice location. Restaurants & a couple of markets are nearby. Lovely views of the marina/mountains/Caribbean from room balconies. This was probably once a 5 star hotel. Still nice, though. There are restaurants on site, not my favorite on the island. For the BEST crepes on the island walk up the hill to BZH (closed on Sunday). There is a ferry to St Barth's from the resort-I did not make use of it as there is so much on St Maarten. The staff is friendly and most helpful. For those with rental cars keep in mind the parking is tight but I would strongly recommend having a car to get around-this is a lovely island to explore-I used Triple "a" car rental-they are not on sight at the airport but they will pick you up & take you to your rental-the reviews I came across for the major car rental companies had bad reviews...Triple A was fabulous. By the way the rooms side of the resort are on the French side & use their type of electricity-us electronics do not plug in-you may want to check into what is needed to allow us electronics to work.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Location **** (out of max 5) very nice location ca. 8 km from Philisburg on the French side in the bay of Oyster Pond. Supermarkets, coffee shops, restaurants either within the resort are in close to the hotel
Room. ** (out of max five). Old fashioned large room with nice view to the marina. Mountings in the bath partially do not work properly (too old). Room very clean.
Infrastructure *** (internet, reception, pool etc). Most of the time nobody at reception. Pool nice located but old fashioned. Internet sometimes ok sometimes not.
Breakfast ***( out of max five). French breakfast (croissants, baguette and marmalade). Everything else has to be paid CASH. They do not accept credit cards (for breakfast) or charging to the room. Two scrambled eggs 5 USD.
Overall rating. *** (out of max 5). Too expensive for the price asked under booking.com. They gave me a deduction of ca. 30% at the reception. Hotel is 30 – 40 years and needs to refurbished.

Room Tip: room with view to the marina.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Great, large rooms. Quick drive to Philipsburgh. Beautiful view of water and bay. No sandy beach but the pool isn't crowded and is away from the hotel rooms. Day trip to St. Barth's and sailboat chartering is at the dock area. Many convenient restaurants in area, especially the Dinghy Dock Bar.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the ocean, not the marina.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Large and clean rooms, friendly and accommodating staff. The pool isn't big but it wasn't crowded when we were there. The only big drawback is a lack of sandy beach. You can jump off from the dock and swim in the bay which is nice and calm, but its not something that the little kids could enjoy.

Stayed December 2013
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English Harbour Town, Saint Paul, Antigua
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I booked Captain Olivers for it's location recalling how bad the traffic can be from Simpson Bay into Phillipsburg and it worked out well. It is no more than 15 minutes drive from Oyster Pond into Phillipsburg where I had to be for a few days. The hotel is ok for the price, the rooms could benefit from a refit but they are spacious, comfortable, and quiet, and the fridge in the room is a bonus. The restaurant food is ok and their Sunday lunch buffet excellent. When I booked I did not realise it was on the French side consequenntly they have 220v sockets not 110v.

Room Tip: The superior rooms with the ocean view are worth the extra money, the cheaper rooms are over the car...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Crestwood, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Found the staff very accommodating and friendly. The rooms were surprisingly spacious. Clean and cool, a little dated, but comfortable. Thought it was a great location just over the French side. Couldn't ask for better! Will definitely visit again.....

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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