My wife and I stayed at Marigot Palms from Jan 19-26 at the same time as the previous three reviewers. All I can say is that I agree with all their statements. We had a very good stay. Rather than echo their remarks I will try to fill in some details that may be of interest to future guests.
Marigot Palms is a rectangular building with two stories and a pool, tiki bar and patio in front of the lower level. The building is situated about 100' above the water of Marigot Bay directly opposite the beach. The pictures of the beach that you see posted here are a good representation of the view you get from any room in the property. Our room, the Buckingham suite, was situated on the lower level and had windows and door right out onto the pool and patio area. The suite consisted of a large great room with full kitchen and dining area along with a seating area with a nice sized leather sofa and TV. The TV service appears to be sattelite service with ALL the US cable and broadcast channels as well as a sampling of Spanish and other worldwide features. There was a separate large bedroom with a large bathroom. The bathroom features a walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head and also a hand spray attachment. There was plenty of hot water. Although we didn't drink the water, it appeared that the water quality was good, no odor, very soft. I want to stress the fact that the room was absolutely spotless and brand new. The floors in the entire suite are shiny new beige tile. The bed is a US Queen size four poster with a white down duvet. We discussed with Steve that the duvet might be a little warm for the spring and summer season. He stated that he had plans already to swap them for a lighter bedspread. The mattress was quite comfortable and we slept well. The room was very quiet due to the fact that the lower level is built into the hillside and only has windows on the side facing the pool. The suite has air conditioning in both the bedroom and great room with separate controls. We felt that it worked well and used it everyday. We cooked breakfast in the room everyday. I thought the stove worked well. The oven is a convection model that we weren't real familiar with. I believe the temperatures were listed in Celsius which made things a bit unfamiliar. I'm sure if we wanted to use it that Steve could have provided some insight. We thought that the selection of kitchen utensils was appropriate for most cooking tasks. They provide a toaster and a coffee maker, I didn't see a microwave. The refrigerator is small, one of those under the counter models. The freezer is tiny. Steve allowed us to get ice from the bar, that was real handy.
The grounds of the hotel are well kept. We saw a few people cutting grass and trimming bushes while we were there. Steve stated there was some damage in the hurricane but you really wouldn't notice it. We never noticed a single mosquito the whole time we were on the island. Maybe it had to do with the time of year but we both felt that no bugs is a very good thing. Never saw a bug in the rooms either, impressive.
We rented a small jeep for the week. I guess this is a personal choice. We are fairly sophisticated travelers and are pretty comfortable driving in strange places. By the way, we felt that it was quite easy to drive on the island. You do drive on the left, but the main roads are pretty wide and well paved. If you didn't have a car there are many options. Steve can arrange for Cyrus or others to take you just about anywhere you want to go. Cyrus drives a brand new Suzuki minivan that is quite comfortable. We had him take us to the Anse la Raye fish fry on friday night with another couple who were staying at the hotel. We could have driven ourselves but felt that it might be nice to not have to worry about parking the car and driving back half drunk. We had a really good time and enjoyed talking with Cyrus. Cyrus also helped us with directions about everyday as we were studying our maps and deciding what to do. I would leave the car thing like this; if you are adventurous and want to save some money, then rent a car, otherwise take tours with Cyrus or others and enjoy having a local show you around. Be sure to discuss the cost of various destinations and tours with Steve and then make your own choice. Driving times to common destinations; Castries 25 minutes, Soufriere ("Soo-fray", Pitons, waterfalls, etc.) 1 hour 15 minutes, Anse la Raye 20 minutes, Anse Cochon (nice beach with snorkeling, free beach access by 300 yd path, Ti Kaye resort) 30 minutes, Rodney Bay/Gros Islet (shopping, dining, beach) 45 minutes. All these times were off season, midday, add time for traffic and high season. There is a large, modern, US style grocery called Super J located about 15 minutes away. The grocery was very similar to a typical mid-size store in the states including a lot of familiar US brands. They have a deli, quality produce and some decent meat. They take US dollars at the official rate of 2.67 which we thought was very handy. Everybody on the island took US dollars. We did not change money or get money from the bank machine. Be sure that your currency is in good condition, they look at every bill and really do not want anything with damage or writing on it. The exchange rate we got varied from 2.5 to 2.67 so we felt like we did pretty well.
Marigot Palms is a very nice small guesthouse with quality hosts and great new facilities. Marigot Bay is beautiful, quiet and peaceful. There are a few stores and restaurants here. For stays longer than a few days you will want to have a car or take a tour by boat or with Cyrus. The people on the island are very friendly, helpful and speak good english. The island is quite expensive and you must be careful and make choices if you want to stay on a budget. It is possible to save a great deal of money by cooking a bit in your room at Marigot Palms. Come visit Steve and Anne Marie at Marigot Palms, you won't be disappointed.
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