We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Beautiful rooms, hard to sleep” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse

Lowest prices for {0} - {1}
Enter dates for lowest prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
We check up to 200+ sites for the lowest hotel prices
Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
44 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Beautiful rooms, hard to sleep”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Lee G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

245 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    101
    98
    27
    7
    12
See reviews for
30
108
24
20
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (73)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Perkinsville, Vermont
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

My daughter and I spent a week as guests at the Pasanggrahan Royal Guest House. Arriving just at the end of the season, the place was quiet ( we liked that) and management upgraded up to a ground floor, beach front room without extra charge. Food was excellent as was the service whether it was morning tea after and early swim or excellent Pina Coladas as the sunset. If you want to leave America behind when you go on holiday, then this is the place.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Tekohanane
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Huntington, New York
Level Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Just returned from our third trip to this property on the Boardwalk in Philipsburg May 2-16. We once again stayed in the new building. 3 suites per floor on 4 floors. View is of Great Bay Beach and lovely. Huge rooms with huge bathroom. King bed, couch, flat screen TV. Impeccably cleaned every day. Can't say enough about the staff as well from the manager Colbert to the housekeeping staff. Wonderful people and wonderful property. Parking garage under the new building takes away parking issues. Restaurant is well known for great breakfasts and, I feel, the best coffee on the island. Owners Tini and Oli are on site and most gracious as well. We will return here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Daniel T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New Haven, Connecticut
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

I didn't stay at the hotel but had a delicious, wonderful and lengthy breakfast here two days in a row. If I were to book my trip again, I'd stay here for the decor and ambiance alone. It has a rustic charm and the food was amazing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank BrookeAM
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ambleside, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
99 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

We did not stay at the hotel - but used the restaurant.

A boutique Hotel and Restaurant. This comfortable restaurant has a view over the beach and the cruise ship docks and provides both inside and alfresco dining.
The menu provides a good choice and the dishes we had were excellent and fairly priced.
A very nice location for dinner. We were advised that the restaurant will be closed for some months
whilst building work is undertaken.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Jeff B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Latham, New York
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed at the Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse 4/30/13 - 5/6/13. It is a charming hotel in the middle of Philipsburg between the boardwalk and Front Street. We were in Room #403, a suite in the new building, The room was large, clean and comfortable with a great view. Daily maid service. Hotel guests were allowed to use the beach chairs/ umbrellas for free (other set ups in Great Bay were charging up to $15). The one thing the room was missing was a coffee maker, we bought one at ACE and were set for the week. The entire staff was great. They were very friendly and made us feel at home.

Room Tip: Stayed in Room #403 - new building suite. Very large, clean and comfortalbe with a great location a...
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Caindog1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Spent the week and it was great. The hotel is old but it gave us a true feel of the island. The location and the price is great. Janet at the outside bar was great along with the entire staff. The food was also great.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Johnandcolleenb
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Philipsburg
0.1 mi away
Holland House Beach Hotel
Holland House Beach Hotel
#1 of 12 in Philipsburg
4.0 of 5 bubbles 754 reviews
4.3 mi away
Mary's Boon Beach Resort and Spa
2.5 mi away
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
2.4 mi away
Princess Heights Hotel
Princess Heights Hotel
#2 of 8 in Oyster Pond
4.5 of 5 bubbles 721 reviews
0.3 mi away
Sea View Beach Hotel
Sea View Beach Hotel
#10 of 12 in Philipsburg
3.5 of 5 bubbles 99 reviews
5.4 mi away
Mercure Saint-Martin Marina & Spa
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse

Property: Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
Address: Front Street # 19, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Orbitz, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline, Agoda and Travelocity so you can book your Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse Hotel Philipsburg
Pasanggrahan Royal Hotel
Hotel Pasanggrahan Royal
Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing