After reading some of the complaints from other reviewers, I want to stress that the Radisson is a FOUR STAR hotel - not a five star. People seem to expect more from this hotel than they are paying for. It is a beautiful setting and the hotel is very comfortable.
The rooms are not luxurious, but they are very nice and have a tropical feel with the tile floors and bright colors. The bathroom door seemed to be an issue for some reviewers and I was anticipating a wide-open viewing of the toilet. It is actually about 1/2 inch gap in the sliding bathroom door - not much of an issue. The housekeeping was good and our room was clean each day when we returned. Amenities were not restocked consistently, but I am not that picky and bring my own soap, shampoo etc. so it was not an issue. We had a deluxe room which faced the garden/hotel grounds and it was very pleasant to sit on the patio and watch the palm trees blow in the island breeze.
There have been some complaints that the breakfast menu did not change during the week, but I think they hotel did a good job of providing a really nice breakfast. I was a little concerned when one reviewer said there were flies all over the food and they wouldn't eat it. The food at the breakfast buffet is covered and was kept very clean. You are eating at an open-air restaurant and you might have a few flies, but the beautiful setting was worth it. The selection varied slightly each day and we were glad to have an easy breakfast to start our day. It was a nice touch.. We did not eat any other meals at the hotel, so I do not know if the other meals served were good or not.
The hotel grounds are really nice. There is plenty of room and you do not feel crowded if you take a walk. The pool, as so many others have stated, is stunning. It is one of the nicer pools we have encountered in our travels. The towel return/exchange at the pool is a little strange...You receive a card which you must exchange for towels and if you don't turn your towels in, you are charged 25.00 per towel...you will see people at the hotel guarding their towels and clinging to them so they are not misplaced. It seemed a little extreme for ugly blue towels, but I am not in the hotel business, perhaps towel theft is a big criminal enterprise on St. Martin.
If you are afraid of heights, as I am, the trek up and down the mountain each day to the hotel can be really scary. It is a narrow two lane road and there are not many guard rails on the edge of the mountain. The drive did not bother my husband at all, so if you are not afraid of heights you will be fine. To get around the island, I think a car is necessary. We wanted to explore and go into town to try some of the restaurants and it seemed like people waiting for the cabs were waiting a LONG time. So definitely rent a car if you are up for a drive in the mountains.
The trip to Angulla was our favorite part of our stay. We took the ferry from Marigot and once we landed at the dock in Aguilla, we took a cab to Shoal Beach. We were going to rent a car, but you much purchase a driver's license to rent a car on Anguilla and it seemed like too much trouble. The cost of the ferry was 20.00 per person each way and the taxi ride to the beach was 26.00 each way. So the entire cost of the trip was about 150.00. The beach was perfect. "Beer commercial" white sand and turquoise water.
I know that you can book excursions from the hotel to Anguilla, but we wanted to be on our own time-frame. It worked out really well.
We tried to hit as many different restaurants as possible. leCottage was not open during our stay, which was very disappointing, however we did try the following:
Cafe du Soleil in grand case was very nice - good food with a great location on the beach for watching the sunset.
Tastevin in Grand Case was very good food, but small portions. We enjoyed the meal.
Talk of the Town in Grand Case was good, but after hearing all of the rave reviews we were a little disappointed. Really just barbecue food with not much extra.
Calmo's Cafe in Grand Case was our favorite. The setting is fun and relaxed and the food was excellent. The seafood is fresh and the presentation is exciting. Don't miss this restaurant!!!
Also, the little bakery and Ice Cream shop in Marigot across from the market was fabulous. The french pastries and home-made island inspired ice cream flavors were worth the trip down the mountain. We went there several times during our stay.
We loved our stay at the Radisson St. Marin. This hotel is great and the staff is friendly, helpful and truly want to make your vacation a beautiful experience. In our case, they succeeded!
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin Hotel Anse Marcel
- Radisson Blu Resort, Marina And Spa St. Martin
- Radisson Anse Marcel
- Anse Marcel Radisson
- Hotel Riu Palace St Martin St. Maarten-St. Martin/Anse Marcel