Just returned from our tall-ship sailing cruise and want to let everyone know that the Pasanggrahan hotel is very, very nice.
Great location: a super location Philipsberg, in the heart of St. Maarten's beach, shopping, restaurants (Dutch side of the island)l.
Beautiful vintage hotel that opens onto the main shopping area from the front and onto the beach from the other side. Lots of Caribbean flavor and color. We stayed two days prior and one night after our sailing cruise and it was super. We were in the new wing, with the OMG-large suites. Each the size of three hotel rooms, with a huge bathroom featuring walk-in showers as well as large tubs and enormous dressing area, with separate toilet area. Then a huge bed area and a (you got it) huge sitting area, plus a balcony. I'd guess these suites are probably close to 600sf.
A fellow passenger was there, and she was in the older wing, and we got a glimpse of her room. Smaller, yes, more typical, but very nice. Lower price than the new suites, of course. I wouldn't have minded staying there at all, especially since she was on first floor and had sliders that opened onto a verandah just steps from the beach. Be sure to request beachfront rooms. Streetside is noisy.
Food at the Pasangrahan was excellent. We had breakfasts there twice and dinners there twice. Really really good food and a delightful outdoor (covered) dining area on beach side, of course. Lots of cool breezes. The folks working the dining room, and especially the bar, were great! Menu not extensive for dinner, but a nice variety. Our friends said the calamari steak was to die for. I'm not a fish-eater, so I didn't try it. Bar was offering 2-for-1 drinks each happy hour, and you just gotta try the guavaberry coladas! YUM! Guavaberries are native to St. Maarten, and they make a darn good rum. Lots of outdoor seating at/near the bar, with thatched palapas and lots of flora, fauna, and a one-eyed cat (Ginger) who loves to have her chin scratched and her back rubbed.
Go out to the beachwalk and turn left and walk to the end of the beachwalk (the ferry boarding area, equivalent of a block or so), and there is the Green House Restaurant. This is very good, too! Quite a varied menu and really good prices. Bar also has 2-for-1 drinks after 4 or 4:30pm. Walk the other way from the Pasanggrahan on the beachwalk and lots of funky little places to eat, and drink. A good homemade ice cream shop. And of course, lots of places to buy jewerly. I don't know how all the jewelry stores survive, but they sure have lots of specials! Live entertainers along the beach walk, adding to the Caribbean atmosphere.
Walking on the street is more hectic and crowded, and again, more jewelry stores! Some excellent cotton-wear stores. Good pharmacy nearby. Also at least one casino nearby. We didn't endulge.
Highly recommend the Pasanggrahan, altho some of our other shipmates were at Holland House, and they said it also was very nice. It's more "hotel" looking, without the Pasanggrahan's Caribbean feel...at least from the outside. It's about a block or less from the Pasanggrahan so it's also in a really good location for being in the middle of it all.
- 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 Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg