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“Good times, Great location, Great Unit” 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
Frederick Maryland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Good times, Great location, Great Unit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Two couples stayed in a 2 bedroom 2 bath unit # 8126 owned by Van Nueman; see VBO for unit info. The unit was on the south side, 1st floor walkout to the beach. What a great unit Van has. I highly recommend contacting Van as the unit is in great condition at favorable rates. It has all the amenities you want or need. The Royal Palm is centrally located in Simpson bay and you can easily walk to restaurants, bakery, market and bars. I always get a car though as we love to travel the island.

Back to the resort. The beach is great for wading and swimming as there are little to no waves in the protected cove. Stay on the south side of the beach as the north side has large sharp rocks and seaweed. The public lot on the very end of the south side attracts people to visit for a quick dip and also attracts lovers for evening make-out sessions.

The Cabana restaurant at the Royal is not owed by the resort. We only had lunch there but it was very good with reasonable prices. The bar served us drinks in thin plastic disposable cups and that kind of turned me off to drinking at the beach bar.

Overall I think you will have a great time if you stay at this resort.

Room Tip: Get a ground floor walkout room for easy access to the beach or making food or drinks.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Spring Valley, Wisconsin, United States
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed here from October 5-12 in a 2 bedroom unit. The resort is great- all rooms have a view of the ocean. It was very hot so we didn't use our balcony but the condo had a/c which was much appreciated, especially for sleeping and for drowning out the music noise from the beach bar karoke a couple of the nights. After going on excursions and playing in the ocean we were tired at night. The staff are all very helpful. We ate at the Cabana restaurant 3 times and the food was very good. We went to Happy Hour at the pool swim-up bar almost every day and enjoyed the 2 for 1 drinks. Their are several restaurants right across the road which mostly had good food too. We will definitely be coming back here! The only complaint would be that our shower curtains were mildewy and the room had a faint smell of mildew when we first came in every day but after running the a/c it wasn't as noticeable. We used the mini-mart on property to buy fresh rolls every morning too-yummy!

Room Tip: Pick a room on the 4th floor or higher to get the best views. Pick one a ways from the elevators to...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We had an Excellent time at the Royal Palm Beach Resort, the room was big and clean, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living room, 2 bathrooms, it was an ocean front room with beautiful views. The Gym downstairs was good, they made some good protein shakes. The bar pool served some great Guavaberry coladas and the food was delicious. The beach was a 2 minute walking distance from the room and was quiet and peaceful. Royal palm is located right over the bridge a 10 minute ride from the airport to paradise.

Room Tip: choose an ocean front room.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Killeen, Texas
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Dirty and outdated and poor management of the resort. The room smelled so bad and so did the linens and towels. The elevators hardly worked and when they did you'd get stuck in one for a few minutes with no air conditioning. My vacation was ruined by this stay.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sarnia, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This was our first visit since purchasing a Diamond Resort International Time Share. We stayed for two weeks (Sept 2013) with another couple in a two bedroom two bathroom. Weather was humid, sun hot but we didn't complain! Beach, pool, activities, staff, top notch! Condo (5th floor) nicely furnished, kitchen well equipped, bathroom same with extra towels, bedding etc. you can pay extra if you want every day cleaning or if you are staying 5 days or more the cleaning staff came in twice to clean & change linens etc. laundry facilities are on main floor & front desk provides tokens for you to use washer & dryer. Towels for beach & pool are in your room & these can be changed at pool area every day. Mini vans/buses are readily available for $1.50/passenger that will drop you off anywhere I.e. Grocery store to pick up groceries or down to the main Front Street for shopping. Could go on and on but we found it to be very nice especially at this time of year as it was quiet. Some locals close their restaurants and shops for renovations/vacations. This was not a deterrent still lots to see & do! Highly recommend it!!

Room Tip: 5th floor top floor everyone has a balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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, October 10, 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your first stay here at Royal Palm Beach Club Resort. We were delighted to read that you and your party had a wonderful time, and that our accommodations and amenities met, if not exceeded, expectations. Your recommendation is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you and your family/friends for many years to come!
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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

My wife and I spent a week at the Royal Palm in August 2013 and were very pleased with the accommodations and service. We rented a car in order to explore the island, so we didn't need to deal with a taxi from the airport, but I can't imagine that would be an issue because the resort is all of about 2 miles from the terminals. There is on-site parking at the resort; they give you a pass to put on the dashboard, and they advise removing it when off-property, to avoid flagging your car as a tourist vehicle.

Check-in went smoothly, and we were soon in our two-bedroom unit overlooking the beach. The unit was fully equipped, except for washer and dryer, but that was not an issue. The only complaint we had was that the lighting was not very bright. That, however, is not something that management could fix -- it's just the way the light fixtures are set up and the type of bulbs specified.

We went to both the on-site market and a nearby market, the name of which escapes me (turn right out of the driveway and it's about 1/2 mile or less on the right). Both had a decent selection of basic necessities at what seemed reasonable prices.

The on-site restaurant served good meals, also at reasonable prices; at one time or another we ate all three meals on-site. One of the advantages of visiting in mid-August is that it's low season, so the resort was not at all crowded. Most of the time we were either the only customers in the restaurant or one of only two or three occupied tables.

The pool bar has daily happy hour specials, and is presided over by Kenya and Rasha, both of whom are friendly and fun. Even at full price, the drinks are not as expensive as one might expect at a Caribbean resort, when it's 2-for-1 it's a great deal.

We didn't make use of any of the activities, like water aerobics or anything like that, since this was a total relaxation trip.

Checkout was also pain-free, aside from the pain of leaving St. Maarten.

Almost directly across the road from the resort is a strip of restaurants. We went to Skip Jack's, where we had Caribbean lobster, fresh fish, "volcanic" (spicy -- but not really), and fresh scallops. Service was good. The Harbour Queen also has good fresh fish and service.

For a slightly less mainstream experience, go out of the resort lot and turn left on Welfare Rd., cross the little bridge and go maybe another quarter-mile to the Old Wife Restaurant. It's a little hard to spot: stand facing the statue, then look about 30 degrees to the right, and you'll see it semi-hidden under an awning. There are only maybe two or three tables, but the food is very good. The staff is from the Dominican Republic, so Spanish is appreciated, but I think they also speak English.

Finally, Islet Pinel (a small island off the French side) is worth a trip. See my separate review of the restaurant called Karibuni

Room Tip: If I remember, all of the units are on the beach side; the corridors are on the road side. Rooms rig...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This was a return trip to complete some business. We have never stayed at the Royal Palm but each time we passed by said we should. We got a great deal for the 7 days we were, back thru cheap tickets. We upgraded to t 2b/r and the first room had a view of a Palm. Mother nature playing jokes, but they moved us to another room that had a great view. The rooms were spacious and clean. The staff was friendly and always wanting to help. We were there during the off season (our choice) but there wasn't much to do there. The only thing bothersome was at the beach having the locals coming up trying to sell clothes, massages or conversation. The other place we normally stay have banned them from the property. Your trying to relax and they come by several times trying to get work. Overall we would go back and stay there. It was a great location and very nice.

Room Tip: We were in room 8428. Its on the end and it had a washer dryer. Very nice view. Just a little far t...
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  • Stayed September 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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