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“Perfect place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Rhine Road #1 | Maho Bay, Maho, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Maho
Denver, Colorado
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“Perfect place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

There were 6 in our party - my husband and me, our 2 kids, and my parents. We stayed in a 2 BR and the kids stayed on the pull-out couch - we had plenty of space. The kitchen was well appointed - except for an oven. We had a balcony view of the airport. I was apprehensive about staying here because I was concerned about the noise - not a problem at all. Our rooms were well sound-proofed - even with a wall of windows on the balcony side -- and we really enjoyed watching the planes. The staff was very friendly, the pool was great and there are some good restaurants within walking distance. We frequented the grocery store (n the same building complex) a few times - a lifesaver! There's a laundry room on-site w/ 2 washers and 2 dryers (coin op). We stayed a week, Strongly recommend you get a rental car - attractions are spread out over the island and you can spend a fortune in cabs (the facility has a parking garage - affordable day rates to park). Public transportation (we were there in low season) didn't work well.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Long Island
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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Royal Islander Club La Plage for a week and we had a wonderful time. The manager and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Also, we enjoyed their restaurant recommendations. We were upgraded to a two bedroom unit and the apartment was very spacious and comfortable. All in all, we had a wonderful week and would be glad to recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodbury, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2011

We went to La Terrasse with some reservations, given negative reviews we read about the place. Upon arrival we found friendly front desk personnel, who provided us with a speedy check in. Our two bedroom unit was clean, well equipped and very comfortable. Other reviews complained about the airport being so close (it's literally right across the road from the hotel), but the rooms are sound-proofed, there are no flights after 10 p.m. and to be honest, it's a constant show watching planes take off and people being blown around on the beach (they line up to be blown around). There is a well stocked grocery store at the hotel, with fresh baked goods, alcohol, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other food items. The strip of restaurants in Maho, along with shops, provided us with wonderful meals and shopping. The pool and terrace (two floors above street level) was clean, towels were always available, and the bar was open in the afternoons. The beach was across the street, and was wonderful. I would highly recommend a trip into Phillipsburg for a day of shopping, dining and dollar rum punches on the beach.

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  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2009

We stayed at La Terrasse Oct 31 through Nov 7. We had read the reviews and since our timeshare (Caravanserai) was not ready for the fourth year in a row. Caravanserai provided us access to La Terrasse. I traveled with my wife and seven other family members, we went there not expecting plush settings so we were not overly optimistic. The resort is dated in several areas but felt our room was adequate and comfortable for our stay. We had a total of five rooms ranging from efficiency, one bedroom and two bedroom. We never encountered lack of service when requested and didn't encounter any service equipment failures while there. We did go to the grocery store and bought food for breakfast and lunch. We went to dinner at a different location every night (resort has a restaurant; La Charolais, Paris Bistro just across the street, Cheri's, Green House in Philipsburg and a couple of others I forgot the name to. In most cases the prices are upscale. I wouldn't have a problem staying there again, they do need to upgrade their kitchen equipment.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2009

We go to Saint Martin every year (less a few times to Aruba and other Islands). I like Saint Martin as the French side is well, unique with good food and great beaches. We typically stay at Divi (we own a T/S there and love it) but have stayed at many other resorts. We stayed a few nights at this resort. It reminded me of a European style hotel. No services, the inside garage was scary, the front desk unfriendly and just handed you the keys. The room was very clean and neat but stunk of smoke. The outdoor terrace was nice and clean as was the pool area. The noise was aweful due to the planes and cars (you are right on the street). It was a good price and we needed a ffew nights, so I can't complain but I sure would not want to be stuck in Maho for long. It is the most cheap sleezy places on the Island.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

I have owned timeshares in both Aruba and Harborside and Atlantis. My friend and I arrived and were greeted with our first jumbo jetliner taking off, which to be honest you get used to. What took us back was the horrific mildew smell the minute the room to our villa was opened. The resort old and so are all the appliances and bathrooms. We couldn't use the dishwasher because it is so old the writing is worn off, so you just end up puching bunch of buttons to see if you can get it on. The kitchen cabinets had hardware missing and were falling apart. The kitchen sink was the size of one you might see in an RV. There was mold in not only the bathroom, but also in the kitchen on the ceiling! We had a two bedroom, but could not use the second one because the shower leaked and the tub was so high you could barely get in and out. The air conditioning unit is ancient. Its a big piece of machinery attached to the ceiling and could only be turned to med and hign, no temp, so we had to keep turning it on and off. The front door faced the street, most do, so you get all the traffic noise, including alarms that go on for hours. The pool was moldy in areas, there are no real activities around the pool, no music. No one to come around so you can order drinks or food. The only restaurant near the pool is cash only because they are not part of the resort. The staff is not accomodating at all. As for the island, I saw nothing pretty, just rundown, beat up buildings, graffiti, lots of traffic on potholed fill roads. We were told by many not to walk the streets at night alone, do not stop for anyone on the street if you are driving. There was alot of security around, so that should have been our first warning. The resort does not have parking, so you have to park in and underground garage across the street and pay for it. The only nice thing about the resort was the pool area, and thats because there was a hurricane last year and they had to re landscape. Other than that, nothing is updated, everything is old and beat up. Its off season, so alot of Maho Beach is closed, so all you have to do at night is watch tv, but wait, they were having trouble with the sattelite, so we lost most channels. I would never return to St. Maarteen and would never recommend the Royal Islander. It is more a time share motel.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

A group of 20 of us went to St. Maarten and half of us stayed in this hotel and the other half stayed at the Royal Islander La Plage which is 1 minute across the street. Both places are very nice. The rooms are great and the location is fantastic. You are literally 5 minutes away from the airport. The pool was great and the beach is close by. Eating out on the island can get pretty pricey, so we bought groceries from the market, which is a 3 minute walk to the corner. We would bring our own drinks and snacks to the pool and the beach and cooked breakfast and lunch in our room. We would eat out for dinner every night. I would recommend Cheri's for dinner. The entertainment is great! The casino is directly next door to the hotel which was always fun.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Royal Islander Club La Terrasse Resort

Address: Rhine Road #1 | Maho Bay, Maho, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Maho
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Maho
#4 Casino Hotel in Maho
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Maho
#4 Spa Hotel in Maho
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 159
Also Known As:
Royal Islander Club La Terrasse Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
Royal Islander Hotel La Terrasse
St Maarten Royal Islander
Royal Islander Resort La Terrasse

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