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Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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Ironton
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice quite little place.”
Reviewed September 3, 2009

The people are the greatest. Very helpfull. My wife and I have decieded to go back to St Maarten next just because of this place. Its not the the place to go to if you want to party at the hotel. You go there if you want quite and relaxation.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank 6thohio
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Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2009

This was our first extended stay in Philipsberg, although we had visited the island several times before via cruise ships. The Pasanggrahan was charming but slightly rustic. Cute room...don't expect hot water, but the weather was so hot, the cool showers felt good. Noisy A/C...Regardless, it was a great place to stay! If you can handle steps, stay on the 3rd floor. Beautiful views of Little Bay and beach area. Staff was EXTREAMLY friendly and very helpful. Great breakfasts...look for Ginger, the house cat.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank CMU76
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Port Charlotte, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2009

This place is an old favorite for lots of folks, and we found out why. It's right on the beach, has a very fun beachfront bar, and is really charming. We loved our two day stay while we waited for our liveaboard diving boat to dock to pick us and friends up for a week of diving.

  • Stayed February 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Eric99508
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London UK
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2009

Stayed for the 4th time from feb 8th - 19th, Everyone was helpful and could not do enough for us. The relaxing atmosphere especially after 4ish once all the Cruise ship passengers have departed is so chilled out, the mainly adult guests meant no children screaming and playing up which you get at other resorts. Grilled Lobster in the Restaurant is the best on the Island, Janet who tends the bar was Great always chatting and welcoming. Colbert on reception welcoming as always and helpfull organising Car Hire.
We stayed on the 1st floor (called 2nd) for the first time, same type of room as the ground floor , personally we do prefer to be on the ground floor

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank SouthgateLondonUK
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Denver
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Pasanggrahan while we were honeymooning in St. Martin. We wanted to stay in a hotel that had local charm, as opposed to an American resort chain, and we were very pleased with our choice! Our room had a beautiful view of the bay and the staff was friendly and accommodating. In fact, when they learned that we were on our honeymoon, they upgraded us to the third floor and sent up a complimentary bottle of wine!

The hotel is right on the boardwalk, and it is a pleasant walk down to the shops and restaurants. The hotel also has a beach on the other side of the boardwalk, and although there are perhaps better beaches on St. Martin, it was hard to beat walking downstairs from our room and straight onto the beach.

Although you may get miniature bottles of shampoo at other hotels, the ambiance and charm of the Pasanggrahan really can't be beat.

  • Liked — Charm, food, friendly staff, proximity to Philipsburg
  • Disliked — Only being able to access the internet from the lobby - but maybe that was actually a good thing!
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank anna-liisa
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michigan
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32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2008

Great location, friendly staff. Rustic accomodations, but very confortable beds and great view of the beach. Specialty rooms on the 3rd floor are very nice. Restaurant serves a good breakfast at reasonable prices. We immediatley rebooked for our next trip after staying here the first time. Close to all downtown shopping and casinos. Visit the beach bars nearby; several to choose from.

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  • Disliked — no elevator to third floor
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank chapmack
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USA Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2008

We stayed for 6 nights in mid-March. We have only positive feelings about the inn, less so about Dutch Sint Maarten. Location is perfect for anyone who prefers the "old" Sint Maarten
versus the Las Vegas/Atlantic City developments outside of downtown that appear to have sucked the life (and customers) away from "old" Sint-Maarten. If you don't need or want the glitz, the Pasanggrahan has the advantage of a location that provides easy access to the shops and restaurants of Front Street and to the new boardwalk that is a few steps from the rear of the Pasanggrahan.During our stay we found this part of town unexpectedly quiet, but pleasant - e.g., for early morning walks and for evening strolls that often included good music (e.g., at Oualichi an awesome rock band touring from Amsterdam - , Taloula Mangos, - dj on the sand - and Holland House - sax and piano while enjoying an end of the evening Sambuca and coffee).. Pasanggrahan also had perfect dinner music on one of our evenings. Enjoyed breakfast and dinner also at the Pasangrahan - relaxed, charming "ambience", with very friendly, helpful staff. The little bar between the "restaurant" area and the beach is a pleasant place for glass of wine before dinner. Other restaurants highly recommended within easy walking distance - L'Escargot, Antoine's, and for a change of scenery at breakfast, the Holland House is very nice. We had Room 26...no issues...a perfect room for sunrises and sunsets...But because we ended up driving to French St. Martin every day, we left the Pasanggrahan (with profound apologies) after 6 nights when we were able to secure a room on that side of the island. We also took the boat to Saba for a day-trip - an amazing place - took The Edge (the name of the boat ) from Pelican Bay resort. The Pasanggrahan staff made the reservation for us. Yes, the Pasanggrahan is a rare find in today's fast-changing Caribbean - you can be there and easily imagine Sint Maarten 50 years ago
while enjoying easy access to the 21st century Sint-Maarten.

  • Liked — atmosphere, historic character, charm, friendly staff
  • Disliked — no serious complaints
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank BayState44
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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 
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