Location: Great! I will say that this is the big plus about this timeshare. It is centrally located and even without a rental car (which we had) there is plenty to do around the hotel. Including a casino across the street, plenty of restaurants, shopping, etc.
The room: We stayed on the ground/pool level. Which for us was just steps away from the pool (that was nice). However, as a result (we speculated) we had some "locals" drop by our room.. I don't mean people. Can you say cockroach?.. Yes you heard me roaches!! We saw three the week we were there, which freaked my friend and I out a bit. Not to mention we also had a centipede looking thing crawling around one day too. There are also cats roaming around the grounds. So if your on the ground level don't leave your bathing suit, towels, etc on the chairs outside on the patio (which we did and learned the hard way), cuz the male cat(s) will pee on it marking his territory and it will stink like feline urine! Yuk!! Oh yeah, the bathrooms don't have exaust fans.. need I say more!
Other than that, the maid only came one time, which I guess is standard for time share people.. don't know why? The kitchen is nicely stocked and if you do cook or keep left overs from dinner you have what you need to re-heat, etc.
The Hotel: The grounds are nice and seemed clean enough. The beach is nice, but due to the location of the airport and runway you will see many airplanes zipping by all day.. Which gets pretty loud. So if your looking for peace and quite your not going to get that here. The lobby is open air... meaning NO air conditioning. It gets pretty hot when your standing around waiting for service. The activities desk seemed to never have people around when we wanted to ask questions or plan a trip. So we would go to the hotel next door, the "Sonesta", literally a few yards from the front door. It's a lot nicer (your gonna wish you stayed there) and they have a Fabulous activities desk and people who are so helpful! Plan all your stuff with them!
The people/staff: Most of the staff was nice and tried to be cordial. However, we did get the feeling when we would call the front desk to ask a question, etc. like we were bothering them.
The Island Food: Great! There are a lot of restaurants to choose from on St. Maarten/St. Martin. That's one of the things which excited us about the island. We expected that Grand Case due to our research was the place to go for good food. But we went to an Italian Restaurant in Grand Case and it was way over rated.. not to mention expensive. Which all the nicer restaurants are on the island.. very, very expensive!! Be prepared to spend some cash, especially on the French side of the island. Do try Temptations and Raw both on the Dutch side, awesome! Whenever possible, eat at local places for good food, at good prices. Fashion Cafe for breakfast in the morning $12 included tip!
In conclusion the place was not what we imagined a gold crown resort should be.
- Also Known As:
- Royal Islander Club La Plage Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- Royal Islander Hotel La Plage
- Royal Islander Resort La Plage