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“Relaxing Stay at the Summit” 4 of 5 stars
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The Summit Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Jordan Road #42 | The Lowlands, Cupecoy Bay, St Maarten-St Martin   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Cupecoy Bay
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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“Relaxing Stay at the Summit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We were unsure about the Summit, thinking it might be just too quiet in the Cupecoy area, but we selected it based on price and location. We were pleased with the outcome! It's a great rate for the very decent room you get. We had a second floor water-view king bed room. The room had everything we needed: a well appointed kitchen, comfortable furniture, a good TV with satellite and music, and toiletries. It was very spacious and clean, bright and sunny. There was a coffee maker but no filters or coffee. Bring some in your suitcase! There was a teakettle. The grounds were kept very nicely. Housekeeping service was very nice, put fresh flowers in our room. Remember to tip - don't be cheap if you can afford to come to the islands! The staff was friendly; there is a security guard booth at the entrance and seemed to be manned every time we went by. The view from the balcony was gorgeous; so relaxing. The pool area was well maintained and nice, but the bar at the pool does close down by 10pm and is not extremely lively (not when we were there at least, April). True, this IS a quiet and fairly secluded location, however not as much as we feared from some of the reviews. It was an easy, close and safe walk just down the road - 100 yards maybe - to a great locals bar called BB's - we met the owner BB, he's from Aruba and was really great to visit with. The bar was mostly frequented by residents, and medical students from the adjacent University. They gave us great tips on restaurants and island happenings. Right below BBs was a mini-market grocery store which had a pretty decent selection - prices were comparable to those at the larger markets. There were also 2 pizza joints right by the Summit as well. It was a fairly easy walk to the casino which had several restaurant choices. They had great drink service at this casino! Drinks were free - and plentiful - while you're gambling. We really enjoyed Shak'Eat at the casino, which was much tastier than the name implies. The owner there has a very interesting story also! If you cross the street at the casino and walk to the edge of the golf course, you can take a short cut through there to get to a terrific overlook of both Mullet Bay and Cupecoy Beach. It was amazing there! And we saw iguanas. Mullet Bay is a lovely beach. we played in the waves for hours. There are shacks at the far end (closer to Maho) where you can get some food and drinks, but they also close early. It was a safe beach with a good amount of people. We never felt uncomfortable. You seem to run into the same people in this area, because it is more quiet and a little less touristy. We walked to Maho one day - it is a couple of miles and you can walk along the golf course, but it's easy to get a bus to and from. If you are going to St Maarten for a length of time, I think Summit Hotel would be a terrific home base from which to relax, meet locals, and explore the island.

Room Tip: go for the second floor to get the view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear randy s,

Wow, what a great review! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about the Summit Resort Hotel on TripAdvisor. I especially appreciate the fact that you were unsure about the Summit, as you said, but ended up being glad you chose it! We are indeed tucked away and off the beaten path and yet, as you saw, we are a few mere minutes walk to casinos, restaurants, markets and so much more. We are quiet by design and appeal most to those guests who love to explore all the beaches, sights and attractions that the island has to offer by day, but then want somewhere beautiful and peaceful to return to and relax afterwards. I am glad you met BB too as he is an interesting guy with a great story to tell. I look forward to welcoming you back to the Summit on a future trip and thank you again for all your kind words about us.

All the best,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We are owners of 2 weeks in this little resort. Even if we didnt own, we would come back each year. The staff is super friendly, and treats us as part of their family. The pool is as fabulous as the view. The beds are a tad uncomfortable but the rest of the unit is great. Flat screen tv, full kitchen, blender, full sized fridge. Happy hour at the bar/restaurant is fun. So close to everything, just a step off the beaten path.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear ShariS3,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Summit Resort Hotel on TripAdvisor. When you visit the Summit, you do indeed become part of the family as many of our staff have been with us for decades and are eager to make you feel at home. One of our other big advantages is that we are, as you stated "so close to everything, just a step off the beaten path" meaning that guests can enjoy the best beaches, restaurants and nightlife the island has to offer just minutes from the hotel and yet, enjoy our tucked away location and the peace and quiet it offers. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Summit on a future trip.

All the best,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Irvington, New York
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16 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed here for one night when we arrived in St. Maarten. Our room was clean and had a cute little porch with a beautiful view. Also, the property is landscaped nicely with jungle like pathways. There was always someone working on the gardens. The pool was nice. My only gripe was that there was not a lot of staff around. We had to wait 20 minutes to get a drink from the bar and breakfast was overpriced and took almost 40 minutes for our meal to come out (there was one guy as waiter and cook). I'd say eat elsewhere but it's a nice quiet place to stay and relax.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Coopercoy,

Thank you very much for your review of the Summit Resort Hotel on TripAdvisor as well as the 4 out of 5 star rating you gave us. I apologize for the slow service in our restaurant and you may be certain that the matter has been addressed with our staff there. I am glad you did not let it ruin your time with us. I am also glad that you enjoyed the peaceful quiet feel of the Summit as this is what we aim to deliver. Most guests run around the island to the various beaches, sightseeing and shopping during the day and then enjoy returning to the Summit to relax and unwind in our peaceful and beautiful environment. We hope to have another opportunity to host you in the future and look forward to welcoming you back to our little paradise.

All the best,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Canmore, Canada
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Wonderful quiet resort with a real Caribbean feel to it. Not glitzy or showy in any way, but certainly 5* for atmosphere and hill top location. Rooms are well appointed in 2 storey individual buildings and each with a balcony having wonderful views over the lagoon.
Staff are very friendly, courteous and with helpful tips on things to do and see. The onsite bar and restaurant has a small but adequate menu and is well priced.
Although the Summit is well placed with most needed amenities (beach, groceries and restaurants etc.) within walking distance, to saviour St Martin as a whole a car is needed. From the resort it is an easy 15 minute drive to Marigot (the centre of the French side) with its harbour front, market place and old fort.
Phillipsburg (the centre of the Dutch side) is further away and with the traffic can take some time to drive to. It is much more touristy than Marigot and is often very busy as this is where the cruise ships dock.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear suref00t,

Thank you very much for the wonderful review you wrote for the Summit Resort Hotel on TripAdvisor. I think you hit the nail on the head with your description of us as wonderful and quiet with a real Caribbean feel. As one of the first hotels on St. Maarten, and now celebrating our 40th year of welcoming guests to our little slice of paradise, we take great pride in being as authentic as it gets. For those who want "glitzy or showy" we are happy to recommend other hotels on the island but for those who want peaceful relaxation in a beautiful setting - not to mention the best view on the island - there is no better place than the Summit.

Thank you again for your wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

All the best,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Great hotel with a "homey" feel. Property has nicely landscaped walkways, with two-story units, each with one room downstairs and one upstairs. I paid the extra for a Premium Water view, and it was magnificent. Balcony was overlooking the pool and Simpson Bay, and was a perfect spot to enjoy a cup of coffee at sunrise and watch the mountains across the bay. Rooms are clean and well appointed with good quality free wi-fi. Multiple beaches are within walking distance, and there is a nice coffee shop just down the street. The Atlantis casino is also within easy walking distance with several nice restaurants. Actually, one of the best meals I had was at the restaurant on location! The staff is wonderful, and by the end of the week, everyone greeted me by name, which was very nice. Definitely plan to return.

Room Tip: Premium water view are the rooms with great views.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear jgracely,

Thank you very much for the wonderful review and top ratings you gave us on TripAdvisor. They are much appreciated. So too are your comments about the "homey" feel one gets staying here. That might be because many of our staff have been with us, quite literally, for decades or it might be because so many guests return year after year to what they think of as their "home away from home" in St. Maarten. Either way, we strive to make guests feel at home and I am very glad you felt that way at the Summit.

Thanks also for your nice comments about Tropical Heaven, our onsite restaurant. I will be sure to pass them along to our chef Tracey. I know she will appreciate them.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Summit on a future visit.

All the best,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Chappaqua, New York
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

What a wonderful place to stay in St. Maarten! The rooms are charming, and have a kitchen with everything you need. You even have your own private balcony overlooking the bay - gorgeous by day and romantic at night. The pool is great, and so is the staff. There is a restaurant on property, and a great bar. Plus, The Summit is near EVERYTHING, close enough to walk into town and the beach. We hope to return soon -- maybe for the next full moon party!

  • Stayed January 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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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear mikevmd,

Thank you for your kind words and great review of the Summit Hotel on TripAdvisor. I'm delighted that we could deliver another wonderful vacation for you and hope to see you return for many more. The advantage of staying at the Summit, as you noted, is that we're close to everything and yet tucked away and private too. It's the best of both worlds. I look forward to welcoming you back to the Summit any time at all although I do agree, full moons on the island are an especially fun time to be here.

All the best,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Palm Springs, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I won a weeks stay at "The Summit" via "Everything St Maarten" website. Thanks EST!! We enjoyed our stay at the summit. The staff was very friendly and easy to get along with...the Activities Director was OUTSTANDING and made us feel welcome!! We met friends that were staying at The Summit, after there timeshare week, for an extended stay. The Summit was close to all the best beached....Maho Beach, Cupocoy Beach and Baie Rouge Beach which was GREAT!! Because we were at the beach daily.....beach bums during the day! If you want a relaxed quite stay....check out the The Summit Hotel!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the bay have a great view and porches to sit on and enjoy a great view of Simpson Bay!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear Chuck,

First, let me congratulate you on winning your stay at the Summit on Jeff Berger's website, EverythingSXM.com. That was lucky! Second, thank you so much for your kind words about the Summit and the high ratings you gave us. I especially appreciate your comments about our Activities Director, Sasha, who works hard to offer guests a wide range of fun filled activities on the island to help them enjoy their stays. I'm glad you had a chance to stay with us and enjoy the easy access to great beaches and the comfortable, laid back atmosphere we offer at the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Best regards,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Address: Jordan Road #42 | The Lowlands, Cupecoy Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St Maarten-St Martin > Sint Maarten > Cupecoy Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Cupecoy Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Summit Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful, clean, quiet property with a spectacular view overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon. Close to the best beaches, restaurants and nightlife on the island but tucked away with lots of privacy. ... more   less 
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