- Nice quieter beach on St Martin with good snorkeling right off the shore
- Ample area around the pool to relax during the day
- Really nice views from the ocean view rooms - you are right on the ocean and there's a nice wave break on a reef
The bad (or inconsistent):
- Restaurants at the hotel are overpriced, better options exist if you are willing to leave the premises (particularly in Grand Case, but also at Oyster Bay)
- Service staff at the hotel were hit or miss - some were friendly (mostly at breakfast), others were indifferent at best (check-in, activities coordinator, pool bar)
- Casino - we're not gamblers, so the casino definitely detracted from a relaxing hotel experience (and it never seemed that busy). I wouldn't have minded if it was in a separate area, but every time you come and go from the hotel and at check-in the casino is front and center. People were also allowed to smoke in the casino area which seems to go against the smoke-free atmosphere of the rest of the hotel.
- Be prepared to be asked to take part in the time-share sales pitch. The scratch off cards are the most common tactic, if you get three 7s then you are most likely to get a Cancun stay for 4 nights (at a 3-star hotel, non-Starwood). Just go in eyes wide open and don't let them pressure you to stay longer than the 90 minutes required.
Note: You will definitely want a car while on the island so that you can explore different places and get around. The Westin is about 40 minutes from the airport, 25 minutes from Grand Case (where a majority of the really great restaurants are) and ~20 minutes from Phillipsburg (where the cruise ships station)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches, The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten offers guests a true getaway. Scuba dive, take a ferry to Anguilla for the day, or just relax. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- The Westin Dawn Beach Resort And Spa, St. Maarten
- Westin St Maarten Martin
- St Maarten Martin Westin
- Westin St Martin
- Westin St. Maarten/St. Martin
- St. Maarten/St. Martin Westin
- Westin St Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa