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“Excellent location on Orient Beach!” 4 of 5 stars
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La Playa Orient Bay
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Orient Bay
Buenos Aires
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent location on Orient Beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My wife and I stayed at L´Hoste for the first time and loved the place.

As many reviewers have already stated, the rooms are very simple (and maybe a little dated) but they are clean and spacious. Ours had a king size bed (very, very comfortable mattress) plus a small "living room" area with a couch, coffee table and desk. There is a 32 inch LCD TV with lots of channels to choose from, both in French and English. The bathroom had a good shower stall and a separate toilet cubicle.

The staff is super nice and helpful. They speak very good English though I tried to communicate with them with my limited French (and they encouraged me to do so).

Breakfast at their beach restaurant is one of the highlights of staying at L'Hoste. Direct access to the beach is something that very few hotels in the area can claim and L'Hoste has it.

Wi-fi is only available at the reception area and the beach restaurant, but it works flawlessly and is faster than what I expected in this area of St. Martin.

We would highly recommend staying at L'Hoste if you want to be on the beach in Orient Bay and get great value for your money!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Nake
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Santiago
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52 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My lady and myself came across this hotel by instinct on 2007. Since, we have gone four times and although ownership changed recently, we still believe it is all we want.for vacations. Best beach,, excellent food and beverage almost anywhere you go close. Will return, if God permits on February 2014.

Room Tip: We prefer, no stairs, ground floor rooms, hopefully close to the beach.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank MAGN
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Belleville,Ontario,Canada
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Very nice staff & clean rooms. The breakfast was always great plus it had WiFi in the area plus at the foyer. Make sure you get a ride from and to the airport included otherwise it will cost you $50 each way...or rent a car for a week & explore the island... Safari Auto rental at airport is highly recommended!!

Room Tip: make sure you inspect the room before taking it as I had to request a change due to marks on the cei...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank exroyalmarine1944
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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We were booked into another hotel that has legal problems and no body on site. After waiting 40 minutes for someone to show, we decided to go next door to this property. The had a room available and even contacted the owner of the other property to tell them of our situation. The rooms are nothing special. They were cleaned and everything was in working order. Our HVAC did not work very well and I'm not sure how you could stay in the room if the outside temperatures increased. THe nice thing about the property is it is a short walk to the restaurant row. The property is connected to one of the beach bars and you can have everything charged to your room including the massages on the beach. The beach chairs are some of the best on the beach. The pool is centrally located although we never left the beach. The reception area is staffed with friendly helpful people. Maintenance was on the property repairing or cleaning. The property shows pride of ownership. The internet is available at the beach bar or hotel lobby. It is very slow so if you need high speed service, then good luck. We have stayed many places on Orient Beach. You won't find luxury or sleep comfort beds. You will have the best beach in the world, only a few hundred feet from your room. And that's what this hotel has to offer. Plus excellent staff.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with working HVAC and one closer to the beach.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Kelshe1
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Kingston
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Even had a private balcony and a large room with very comfy bed .
Planning to go back again this winter for at least 2 weeks with my Babe.
if you get a package deal make sure it includes an airport pick up & return (as it's $50 each way if you have to pay yourself)
Lots of places to eat & a feeling of safety as I often saw Police patrols.
Down sides.. No W-ifi in rooms,(only at restaraunt & foyer) & no phone in my room.

Room Tip: ask for a room nearer to the beach and inspect it well before accepting it as I had to change mine...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank worldtraveller100
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Carlsbad
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This was our first trip to St. Maarten. Every person we spoke to about our visit said to stay in Orient Bay on the French side of the island. We are so happy that we chose that location because the beaches there are magnificent!
L'Hoste is located literally steps from the beach. It is also just a few blocks away from Orient Village. There are some delicious restaurants there (Cote Plages was our favorite) and a little shopping mall, where you can buy groceries, toiletries, libations, etc. There are also several fun bars and restaurants right on the beach, including the one that belongs to the hotel. L'Hoste is an ideal location if you want to play in the waves, rest, relax, and eat delicious food every night for dinner. (Grand Case is another wonderful haven for fabulous restaurants, and it is only a fifteen minute cab ride from the hotel)
The hotel itself is quaint, clean and comfortable. Our room was on the ground floor, located right next to the pool and the lobby area, but it was still very quiet and private. Our room had a refrigerator, stove and microwave. We had a king sized bed and a nice sitting area, with a lovely little patio outside. There is an ice machine located right next to the lobby. You can check-out beach towels at the front desk.
The hotel has Wi-Fi in the lobby, rooms, and restaurant and bar area. It also has a nice pool, and a beach-side "spa" for massages and foot treatments. The beach chairs and umbrellas in front of the hotel are free for guests. Other locations on the beach often charge $15 - $25 per chair.
The continental breakfast includes fruit, yogurt, cereals, toast, croissants, coffee, tea, and juices. The restaurant also has a nice lunch menu, and you can enjoy your meals right on the beach.
The staff at L'Hoste is amazing! Everyone is so friendly and accommodating. If you need help making a reservation, or booking an excursion, they are more than willing to help.
The hotel is definitely a safe place to stay, but we always kept our passports and valuables locked in the strongbox in our room anyway. We also always made sure our patio doors were securely locked. It's better to be safe than sorry!
I packed a blowdryer, but there was one in our bathroom that worked quite well, so I did not need it after all. I also packed adapters (which I did need) to charge my kindle, cell phone, camera, etc. Our flat-screen television was an nice surprise, as were the numerous cable channels that were available.
We had so much fun on our trip! We are going to return again next year, and we are going to stay at L'Hoste. It felt like a little "home away from home." We can hardly wait to return!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank KMacleay
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Charleston, South Carolina
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is the second time we have come here. It is not a 5 star hotel, but certainly adequate. It is clean and neat. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is served on the beach at the bar which is lovely. Fresh Baguettes/Croissants/fruit/coffee etc. very nice indeed. The accessibility to the beach is wonderful. Local restaurants nearby for dinner at night make for a relaxing vacation.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank PetraJoel
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Property: La Playa Orient Bay
Address: 116 Parc de la Baie Orientale | BP 5146, Orient Bay 97071, St. Maarten-St. Martin (Formerly L'Hoste Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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