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La Playa Orient Bay
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 14, 2013

I enjoyed my stay at the Hoste hotel. The rooms are very large, with either 2 king size beds or one king size and a sitting area. The shower is large as is the counter space in the bathroom. The air-conditionning works well,the housekeepers do a good job and there is a closet, dresser with 6 drawers and a cupboard with shelves. Frankly, this is a lot of storage. I loved this.
There is a small area with a microwave, a sink and 2 burners and a few basic dishes. We used only the microwave for tea and I think it would be tight to do any major cooking. The refrigerator is large enough and very handy.
There is a small grocer a few steps away, and a hairdresser, natural products, magazine shop,a bakery and a few clothing shops. It is very handy. Across the small street is a rotunda with about 6 restaurants, all of which are wonderful. The food is great and affordable.
Breakfast is generous, with yogurt, fruit, croissants, breads, tea, coffee, cereals and hot chocolate. It is fun to eat while watching the waves on the beach.
Very good quality for the price.

Room Tip: I prefer the second floor.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Hotel is located a few steps from the beach and has it's own restaurant/bar on the beach. The main shopping and restaurant area is also very close to this hotel. Rooms are large and are equipped with "small kitchen" (fridge, microwave and stove). Beach bar has free wifi. If staying on Orient beach, I'd recommend this hotel or at least this area.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

One of the nicest, great location hotels --JUST IN BAD SHAPE.

The management is working on this, but at this time not anywhere as nice as two years ago. Food not as nice, rooms both dirty and need upgrades.

Location is fantastic-hope they improve

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stayed at this hotel a few times before. Unfortunately, this was the last time we’ll stay there. There are three major areas I strongly disliked.
1) A family of at least six cats living on the hotel grounds. They are not toilet trained to perform their private business in the bushes; hence, they urinate and defecate everywhere. Their feces were left unattended and dried in the sun by the poolside for at least four days. I could not believe it.

2) No wi-fi service in the guest rooms. Hence, everyone who wants to get online is sitting in the open area near the front desk and being bitten up by mosquitoes in hot weather.

3) Breakfast was the worst ever – they eliminated hotel’s kitchen and subcontracted breakfast to the restaurant next door, La Playa. The food was terrible, and they no longer provide fruits or eggs.

The best part about the hotel is it is that it is 3 minute walk to the beach. Unfortunately, I do not wish to give up services that other hotels offer to be close to the beach.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
4  Thank From_HongKong88
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

I cannot believe I had such a great time here. If you have read many of my other reviews I admit I am a hotel snob. Anyhow ths place seemed nice on the internet. We had stayed at the Westin last April and weren't happy, it was too sterile and secluded. We decided we wanted the French side. This was on the further end of Orient Beach where there is a wider beach so the beach was excellent, nothing is better than Grace Bay Beach in Turks and Caicos, but ths was nice.

We arrived and had 2 rooms, one was for our daughter and son in law and the 2 children. we were all sick when we saw this pace, we arrived from NYC about 8PM and no one was at reception, but there was a note that the rooms keys were in the draw. We took the keys and saw the rooms and we were all a mess, The rooms had been a mess, with rust and grundge everywhere. The next morning, we opened up our very liud NY voices and got put into other rooms, they were better but still pretty bad We wanted to leave but to be honest not too much of the smaller hotels on the French side are alot better. The 3rd morning we moved to a better room on the 3rd floor. Still not great. They do have a fridge and microwave etc. but its across from the bathroom so no way would we eat and sleep and anything else in this room. The terrace view was major ugly.

The grounds are unkempt and disgusting. The free breakfast is nothing to write home about However the people are FUN, everyone there was a person of means and yet came back year after year for like 12 and 15 yrs. Its so much fun at this dump, the staff does keep the rooms very clean but they are so shabby its hard. I gathered the place has been getting run down and its been recently sold and the new people will restore it. The location is maybe the best on the beach, the beach is the best on the Frech side.

Its so insane but after being there a week, we know we will go back, how insane are we, but it was an adventure and we met amazing fun people. I never thot I could have a great time at a place like this.... People stay there for 3 weeks at a time... Its a terrible mess but you'll miss it when you leave..

Don;t stay on the ground floor, if possible upgrade to the 3rd floor. Don't stay in the first 2 builidings furthest away from the beach either..

Room Tip: only stay in the rooms from the beach til the reception area and not past reception. Don;t stay on t...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We had a wonderful time at L'Hoste. The staff were friendly and eager to please. A short walk to the beach and Orient Village. Housekeeping did a great job- room was kept very clean. Room was spacious with American TV, WiFi in lobby and at La Playa restaurant. Free breakfast was a nice selection of pastries, yogurt and cereal, which suited us fine . The view was spectacular from the breakfast area. We have stayed many places in St Martin, but this is our fav.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ya-ya
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The wildly mixed reviews of this place indicate that the expectations of the travelers affect their impressions of this property. If you want all inclusive vacation packages, go somewhere else. The charm of this place is that it is VERY French. They do speak English, but not universally. The Breakfast is served out doors in a pavilion on the beach, Fantastic if you are okay with Continental breakfasts. Croissants, coffee, tea yogurt and cereals. For those who need more American style breakfasts, maybe disappointing. Don't flash a lot of cash. Don't bring expensive electronics or jewelry. The weather and the beaches are the draw. The exteriors are colorful and in decent shape, but the rooms are big, clean and very comfortable. Beware that just after sundown the mosquitoes come out to feed. There is one 120 v. outlet hidden in a cabinet over the microwave (sharing the circuit).

Room Tip: I've heard that the lower levels get burglarized occasionally, so we stayed on the 3rd floor and...
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about La Playa Orient Bay

Address: 116 Parc de la Baie Orientale | Bp 5146, Orient Bay 97071, St Martin / St Maarten (Formerly L'Hoste Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Saint-Martin > Orient Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Price Range: $166 - $373 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Playa Orient Bay 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly on the beach, the Hoste is a hotel offering 56 spacious Junior Suites and a Creole Hut « la Cabana ». The hotel is made up of small buildings (2 floors) with an outdoor freshwater swimming pool, a private beach area with sun loungers and a Bar Restaurant «La Playa" set in an exceptional location where you can enjoy breakfast by the sea the feet in the sand. On the beach you will find a small shop, a massage service for relaxation and a water sports center. Also available are sun loungers and parasols. ComplimentaryWiFi in all Rooms and the entire Hotel ! ... more   less 
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