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Hotel Riu Palace St Martin
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Anse Marcel
Reviewed July 27, 2009

I read all of the reviews (after I booked the hotel) and was a bit concerned about the roads, the bathroom, the flies at the breakfast buffet and other things reviewers noted. I should not have worried. The road is steep but not treacherous at all! This was our first trip to St. Martin, we rented a car at the airport and navigated the roads without a problem. In fact, I stopped at the top and took photos of the lovely marina at the bottom. Breakfast is served indoors now and the staff is exceptional. The bathroom was not a problem, the sliding doors left a small opening but we thought overall it was a beautiful bathroom. The C restaurant - the service was very, very slow. Try the Le calypso across from the hotel - ask for Remy!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

My mother and I stayed at the Radisson the second week in July. As the previous reviewer noted, the hotel is not new. It is located where Le Meridian used to be. The location is very remote and the road leading down to the hotel is treacherous at best (hence the Descent Dangereuse sign). The spa and exercise room are still under construction however the rest of the hotel is completed. From the time you drive up, you feel that you are at an old plantation house. The lobby is spacious and breezy and the grounds are beautiful as is the infinity pool. The previous reviewer indicated that the grounds are poorly maintained but I disagree. The lawn sprinklers weren't functioning properly so that may be why the grass looked a bit parched but they were working on it. The rooms are rather utilitarian but functional. Be aware that there is no ocean view from any room. All of them face the courtyard with a slight view of the pool and of the ocean the further down you are. The marina suites face the marina which isn't very impressive. The restaurants are mediocre; dine in Marigot or Grand Case. I wasn't impressed with the beach but I'm a devout Aruba lover and have yet to find a beach or water that compares. The beach itself is brown sand and, while the water is clear, the effect of sand and water washing up on the beach is murky. The staff is well-trained and more than willing to assist especially the activities director, Sunshine. I can't say enough good things about him. I would recommend this hotel if you're looking for peace, quiet and true relaxation.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

Do not stay here!. The hotel is old, not new as the advertising states. The remodeling is not done and what is done is poor. When we were there they had 2 hotel rooms for the fitness center, 6 machines. The spa was being built. Same man made brown sand beach used by the hotel next door. Two overpriced restaurants with average food. The grounds poorly maintained. The hallways flooring was cracked and dirty. The marble flooring was not installed. In order to leave you had to rent a car. The hotel was in a cove, no access to a real beach or dining. The pool and employees are nice. We would have left, except the trip was paid in advance. Expedia should have the correct information on all properties booked. Very disappointing. No night life.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2009

Thanks to all who reviewed before; we are very happy with our choice. The grounds are stunning, and extensive. There is a great pool, and an excellent secluded beach which is for all practical purposes only populated with Radisson guests. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and we liked our room a lot - good size, clean, comfortable bed, and a large a bathroom area. It was really convenient to have buffet breakfast included (and until 11:30AM!). The location of the hotel, for us, was ideal. It was away from all the crowds of the Dutch side, and yet so close to Grand Case (the BEST restaurants) and Orient Bay (one of the best beaches).

This would have been a 5 rating if not for the following things:

1) The gym was out of order for the whole 11 day stay. The alternative was not convenient or very nice (I went once to the substitute facility). This info should have been clearly stated on the Radisson site.
2) The food was not very good. We ate once at both Le C restaurant and Le Marche, and it was expensive and subpar at both places. To be fair, the view at Le C is pretty awesome...
3) There was no hot water for the last 5 days of our trip, with no expectation that it would be fixed soon. Wow. Now, it wasn't cold, but it never got past lukewarm. Sounded like a major problem when talking to the staff about it. They did comp us room service one night to make up for it, for which I do give kudos.

We drove around the island a lot (you'll want to rent a car), and except for some luxurious private residences, I didn't see much else that compared. But, if you want to party and go to casinos, this is not the place for you, for sure.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2009

My wife and I just spent a week at the Radisson St Martin and it was one of the best vacations we have ever had. Everything about the hotel was as good as or better than we expected and we would not hesitate to return or to recommend it to others.
We would like to thank all the previous Trip Advisor reviewers whose positive comments about the Radisson were what led us there in the first place. We have traveled quite a bit in the Caribbean, and like to stay in small locally-owned and -operated hotels, but we were having a tough time finding a hotel that fit our criteria for this, our first visit to St Martin.
What were our criteria? Well, we wanted to be on the French side, to be on the beach, to have calm water for swimming (floating), to be away from the crowds, for the hotel to be relatively small and to have a true Caribbean feel to it, and lastly, to have all this available on a teacher's pay!
After searching high and low, the only place that seemed to offer us all this was the Radisson, thanks in part to the "Summer Sale May Special" that was being offered at the time. Although we were somewhat apprehensive about going to a "brand-name" hotel, we went ahead and booked a week.
Without going into too much detail, here are our impressions:
– the physical condition of the hotel building and grounds is absolutely first-rate;
– the room we had (Superior) was a good size, with a nice balcony, a very large bathroom (don't pay any attention to the complaints about the bathroom door not providing any privacy), was well equipped, and had a really comfortable Sleep Number bed;
– the hotel staff couldn't have been better, and although St Martin is French-speaking, just about everyone we dealt with spoke English as well;
– the free-form pool is incredible, although we only swam in it once because it was too warm to be refreshing;
– the buffet breakfasts are excellent, with a very large selection including cooked items such as scrambled eggs and bacon, omelettes prepared to order, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruits, breads, juices, and coffee;
– the beach is beautiful, with soft, white sand, and the water is perfect; there were plenty of chaises and umbrellas; free watersports equipment is available; the staff came and took drinks orders, and even offered us fresh fruit slices and cold face towels;
– we only ate at the beachfront restaurant "Le C" once, but we asked for and were given a torch-lit table right on the sand with the water lapping at our toes – talk about decadent!

One last thing that should be said about the Radisson St Martin is that it is somewhat remote, and that's a good news/bad news situation – it means that although you are well away from the crowds in a very quiet and peaceful location, you need to either rent a car (which we did) and be prepared to drive up and over Pigeon Pea Hill to get to and from the hotel; use taxis whenever you want to go somewhere else; or stay and eat most of your meals at the hotel or at the two restaurants that are just steps away from the front entrance. In our case, we spent a lot of time just relaxing at the hotel, but also ate at the Lolos in Grand Case several times, visited Orient Beach, Oyster Pond, Philipsburg, Marigot (including the Saturday market), took the ferry to Anguilla for the day, and checked out some of the other hotels, including La Samanna. For us, the Radisson St Martin was just about as good as it gets!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2009

My husband and I just returned from a 6 night stay at the Radisson. Although I can't say St. Martin was our favorite island, I am so glad we chose to stay here. The location was beautiful. It is tucked away between the mountains on a quiet cove. The hotel room was clean and modern, with a large bathroom. We didn't eat any meals at the hotel other than breakfast at Le Marche which was included in our package. After 6 days, we were bored of the same food, but overall there was a good selection to pick from.

Note: There is construction going on to the spa and fitness center. I had taken clothes to work out but they advised the gym was closed and a hotel up the hill was allowing Radisson guests to use theirs. The bellman could take you up or you could drive up yourself and show your guest pass to the Radisson. I never went, as it didn't seem as convenient as just walking over to the fitness center at our resort. They had very limited spa treatments available in cabanas by the pool. The construction of the new spa and fitness center seemed to be coming along, so I would assume it will be opening soon. The construction noise was minimal. We hardly noticed it.

The swimming pool was beautiful and huge. We hung out by the pool on a cloudy day relaxing and overlooking the cove. The beach at the resort is a nice quiet cove, with calm crystal waters. Great for small children and families. We did spend one afternoon here, but ventured around the island the other days to check out the other beaches.

After driving the whole island and seeing other areas and resorts, we are so glad the Radisson is what we chose. It is a little secluded, but Grand Case is only ten miutes away with some fabulous restaurants where we ate dinner every night. I will write separate reviews on all the great food we had.

Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

The hotel has been renovated and the rooms are clean and modern. No really upscale finishes but nice and with a Caribbean feel. The pool is excellent and with the hotel virtually empty during our stay I shared it with my daughter and one other child for an hour in the morning before check out.

Breakfast was good especially the fruit and pastries. The rate we paid included breakfast so was a good deal. We ate dinner at La Locanda, the Italian restaurant just outside the hotel and vegetarian pasta dishes cost about 15 euros (about $20) dishes with meat/fish cost about double. Our meal was good but quite expensive.

Overall we liked the hotel and although it was remote and the beach was disappointing (after a week on Anguilla!!) we would consider staying here again and it is a great hotel for young families as the pool is perfect.... zero entry area, waterfalls, hot tub, infinity edge... it has something for everyone and the staff is attentive.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Address: Bp 581, Anse Marcel 97056, St Martin / St Maarten
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Location: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Saint-Martin > Anse Marcel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Anse Marcel
Price Range: $348 - $480 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace St Martin 4*
Number of rooms: 252
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Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin Hotel Anse Marcel
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