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“Relaxing vacation” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Palm Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   115 Welfare Road, Cole Bay 3035, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cole Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Relaxing vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Great location in St Marteen- you can walk to numerous restaurants Skipjack, Lee's and eat at the resort. Do not recommend the eatery near the fish market or the Harbor Queen across the street. You can catch a local bus- mini van if you want to go downtown or rent a car and it will be safe at the resort. The beach is rocky and you may want beach shoes. There is some snorkling around the rocks and especially the back side. We stayed in a 2 bedroom/2 bath.
Every morning you wake up with a balcony with a table for 4 and see Simpson Bay and all the yachts and every evening see the sunset. The rooms are very clean with firm beds, living room holds 6 comfortably, with a big screen tv and cable and there is a full kitchen with dishwasher, icemaker and all cookware. There are several grocery stores close by and a mini market in the shopping center where you can get fresh pastries and bread in the am. There is an excellent selection of french and dutch foods in the stores along with reasonable wine and liquor. They have a gym to work out- one of the few on the island.

The traffice does get bad when the bridge opens- but it is fun to watch the yachts go thru- and traffic is bad at 4-6.
We have stayed here several times and always have a relaxing time.
There are many nicer beaches on the island- Mullet Bay, Orient, Baie Rouge- but do not leave anything in your car!!

Room Tip: Try and get a higher floor.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Eldred, New York
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67 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Stayed at the Royal Palm at least 5 times. This resort is very accessible to many restaurants(IZI, Lee's, Toppers, Pineapple Pete's) and beaches. And a major plus close to the airport. I have stayed in many places but the rooms at the Royal Palm are top notch. Very spacious. Plus it feels very safe. Also the staff is attentive. Only negative is the noise on the strip(especiallly La Bamba). A good night sleep is 50/50. Otherwise recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro, NC USA
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

It is near one of the best reastarant on the island. Royal Palms St. Maartin is the BEST place on the island. Scenery location is ideal. Clean nice. You can not stay at a better place. The people there are very friendly. Views are great and beach is nice.

Room Tip: Any room above the first floor.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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diamondresorts, Manager at Royal Palm Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Making sure that our guests can relax surrounded by picturesque scenery and in a friendly atmosphere is important to us and we are glad to read that you have spent some memorable moments on the island. We hope we will have an opportunity to be of service to you again soon!
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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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89 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is our second time here. My cousin comes every year--it's the perfect location! Right on Welfare rd across from about a dozen great casual restaurants! Mini market & stores are on the grounds, as well as, larger stores down the street.
Resort is right on the beach down from drawbridge(fun to watch giant yachts enter)
Condos can be rented thru owners(VRBO) or thru Resort. Nice size rooms. 2 bedrooms (king beds), 2 baths, full kitchen & nice living room with views of water.
Resort is kept very, very clean-- always someone cleaning outside & pool. Everyone is very friendly.
Security is always here walking around.
We think it's the best location on the Island!

Room Tip: We love first floor. Small wall that separates us from beach so noone walks right past your window...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton Ont
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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

My wife daughter and I came here for the second time. The rooms are clean beyond expectations. The front desk staff went out of their way (Lynroy, Shirley and Roseline) to be more than helpful - they always called me by name and made me feel welcome.

The grocery store near the resort is priced way too high (not on the resort) -I would suggest going to the Grand March or if that's to far there is supermarket in Cole Bay. For one / two type items the small convenience store in the resort is quite good

All the TV's are newer and work well. Fridges are new and ice makers work really well

Laundry machines are no charge

WIFI is in the rooms and works great

The activities is a bit weak if you have kids - they run a bingo which is popular, but its only a few times a week - The Bingo was the only item I saw a lot of participation in (it was free) an they should consider running it more.They try to have good prizes, but even token ones would work just as well (like a diamond cooler jacket, or free drinks)

You can spend a week here and never walk to the same restaurant for dinner. All of the restaurants on the road serve good food

The bridge goes up at least twice a day and the parade of expensive yachts is almost worth the trip in itself

we will come back -- great place

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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diamondresorts, Manager at Royal Palm Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you for taking the time in providing our followers with a detailed review of you and your family’s recent stay here at Royal Palm Beach Resort. We are truly thankful that you made a return trip here, and that our accommodations, amenities, location, and staff contributed to your great stay here and your recommendation of our resort. The tips you have provided, not only for our resort, but for the surrounding area, will truly be helpful for our followers and future guests. We look forward to seeing you and your family again soon!
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Norway, Maine
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113 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Second time in St. Martin. First time at the Royal Palm Beach Resort. Great location... Walking distance to several great restaraunts. Grocery store is just a two minute drive. Great bakery a few miles a way. Easy walk or drive to the Casino and to our favorite Red Piano Bar.
We had a two bedroom2 bath condo. It was perfect. Had everything we needed. Was cleaned daily. No complaints. Nice little balcony overlooking the beach. Loved the staff - so friendly and helpful. Take the time to get to know them - it will make your trip worth while. Loved the beach/pool area. No Wi-Fi in the rooms (which I loved). However, my college age daughter went down to the lobby every night and skyped with friends. Tons of fun at the poolside bar. I can not wait to go back!

Room Tip: Would have loved to have been on the first floor so you could enjoy cooking on the outside grills an...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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93 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We try to come here every year for 3 weeks or so. when we got here this year the kitchen had been completely updated with all new appliances. there were some new lamps and little things. the kitchen has all you need to make what you want. nothing elaborate but it works. the people who work here do everything they can to make your stay wonderful. if i call maintenance they are here in a timely manner and always fix the problem. i can call housekeeping anytime if i run out of paper towels and they bring up a roll. the staff at the desk are helpful. they have upgraded their beach towels so it is nice to not have to travel with one. i the new addition of internet this year has been very welcome.

Room Tip: The entire resort is ocean front so there is really no bad room. if you are on the first floor then...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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diamondresorts, Manager at Royal Palm Beach Resort, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Our aim is to provide home-like atmosphere to our guests and we are pleased to know that you have been satisfied with our efforts - thank you for your words of appreciation. The Royal Palm Beach team are devoted to provide excellent customer service and standard of accommodation to all our guests and we are looking forward to see you again in the future!
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Additional Information about Royal Palm Beach Resort

Address: 115 Welfare Road, Cole Bay 3035, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Cole Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cole Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Palm Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 140
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Also Known As:
Royal Palm Beach Hotel Simpson Bay
Royal Palm St Maarten
Royal Palm Beach Club St Maarten

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