This hotel is beautiful. It's historic ambiance mixed with the excellent decor created one of the most gorgeous hotel rooms we've ever stayed in. Location is excellent, on the heart of Front Street with easy access to the beach and shopping.
However, we had a horrible time actually sleeping in our room. The bed was very hard and the room was very loud. A loud banging came periodically from either our pipes or our refrigerator. The appliances in the room had lights on them that lit up the room at night like a nightlight. Animals and birds on the beach were very loud - but no one can control that. There was no informational sheet in the room, explaining how to operate any of the equipment or phone or with any information about nearby restaurants.
The staff was also very varied. Some of them were friendly, willing to help us, and answer our questions. However, others were not helpful. When we checked in, we were rushed through check-in with no explanations or answers to our questions because the staff member's shift was almost over. Several other times we were simply ignored while waiting in the lobby, hoping to get some information or advice.
So it was a beautiful building in a great location, but next trip I will stay elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse is St. Maarten's oldest and most charming inn. Formerly a rooster farm, Governor's home, V.I.P. guest house, and Dutch Royal Residence, it is ideally located in Philipsburg on a white sand beach amidst enchanting tropical gardens and enclosed within its original stone walls: a green oasis hidden on Front Street. A national landmark and one of the last bastions of West Indian culture, the Pasanggrahan is secluded and offbeat in the heart of St. Maarten’s capital, and it's a minute's stroll to shops, restaurants, casinos, banks and other institutions and activities. This authentic, colonial style inn has all the special features of a larger hotel including concierge service, the Sidney Greenstreet Bar, boardwalk beach bar, complementary chaise lounges, beach towels, and social hour. “A special place for special people” General Information"This vintage West Indian-style guesthouse has a prime spot on the beach in Philipsburg, sandwiched between the busy, narrow main street of Philipsburg and the harbor. It's set back and shaded under tall trees, a charming relic from another time. In fact, this was once the summer home of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, and the interior has a gracious, late-19th-century feel, with peacock bamboo chairs, Indian spool tables, and a gilt-framed oil portrait of the Dutch queen. The small- to medium-size accommodations have queen-size, double, or king-size beds with four-poster designs; some are in the main building and others are in an adjoining annex. The finest have genuine colonial flair, with antique secretaries and four-posters swaddled in mosquito netting, madras valances, hand-stitched quilts, beamed ceilings, and still life paintings. Set among lush palms is the harborfront Pasanggrahan Restaurant, which specializes in fresh fish caught by the hotel's own deep-sea charter fishing boat and family-style dinners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse Hotel Philipsburg
- Pasanggrahan Royal Hotel
- Hotel Pasanggrahan Royal
- Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg