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“We loved it... bring OFF for mosquitoes” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Belair Beach Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Temecula, CA
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7 reviews
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“We loved it... bring OFF for mosquitoes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

My brother and I visited the last week of October and the weather was perfect... somehow we missed Hurricane Sandy except for a few swells that affected sailing and scuba. I loved overlooking the beach and watching the cruise ships sail in from our balcony. It was easy to get to all attractions. Very spacious and I felt the staff was very friendly. I would highly recommend mosquito repellent as that was the only downside to our stay. We had bite after bite. I spoke to someone who stayed on "The French Side" and she had the same issue so I think it was the time of year, not to mention they had a big storm a couple weeks earlier. Great value for the money (we did an RCI exchange with my Worldmark points).

Room Tip: We were on the 3rd floor toward the back. I'd recommend being up on 2nd or 3rd floor for a beaut...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
As for the mosquitos - When it rains we have mosquitos the next day. We spray and spray but unfortunately it is the entire island and the Government does not spray so we spray but other areas aren't sprayed so they just come back. This is one of the penalties of "living in Paradise" but it is worth it!

Hope to see you again soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kennewick, Washington
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is the second time I have stayed at this hotel because my folks have a time share here. It has gone down hill since my last trip eight years ago, even though they said, they have done upgrades. If you are looking for a nice beach you have come to the right place. The only problem is the lack of sand due to the hurricane. The people are friendly but overall the place needs to be renovated! The lani's are huge and you have a nice view of Big Bay and ships coming and going out of Phillipsburg. If you are a pool lover forget this hotel!! Gingerbread cafe has good food if you don't feel like going out. Locations is ideal if you have a rental car. The wi-fi is horrible!!!! Get mosqito repelant they are realy bad! Rooms are ok but we had to stay in the 2nd bdrm and it is SMALL! Overall it's just ok.

Room Tip: I would choose the upper floors.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

We are currently staying at Bel Air Beach and we are timeshare owners here. We have always traded this but decided to check this place out for a week. We really liked the closeness to the beach that is advertised and pictured. However, there is only a small (maybe 5 feet) strip of beach now, so chairs and umbrellas are on an elevated sandy area above the beach. We were assigned seats, which others, every day, moved and placed theirs in our space. When I asked the beach person for help, he just put me in a different place every day. On the fourth day, I had had enough and went back to our intial chairs. There, an old man showed up at 2 in the afternoon and was snarky with us because we were in his way.

This timeshare hotel is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath affair. Everything is serviceable but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to why they would use 4 different types of tile in the bathrooms, or why there is a hair dryer in one bathroom but not in the other. No toiletries besides soap are provided. As owners, we had maid service every day. The maid service was ok but there were balls of hair under the couches (not ours) and our table outside was never wiped down. There is a kitchen with microwave, two burners, a large toaster oven, and a full size refrigerator with ice maker. We went to Grande Marche and bought groceries and drinks and were just fine with the kitchen.

We ate most of our meals outside on the very large balcony, where the provided citronella candles did a great job of keeping the midges away from us. Beautiful views from the balcony. Very spacious. There are two bar stools and four chairs and a table to eat from inside, too. There is a flat screen tv with a dvd and vcr player in the living area and a small tv in the bigger bedroom but no tv in the other bedroom, which is very small. Closet space was in armoires and a small closet in the living area. A fold out couch gives you more flexibility but we did not use it. The cushions of the couches do not stay put - they slide all over as you are trying to get comfortable.

We were lucky enough to have Tropical Storm Raphael hit while we were here. Unrelated to that and after it had blown out, the phone went out a few times, and we lost electricity, hot water, and air conditioning for an entire day due to an upgrade being made. The floors were washed while the electricity was out and we were slipping on the tiles, which remained wet the entire day. Pretty dangerous. The microwave blew out while we were here and the maintenance man came and replaced it immediately. More than anything, it is the attitude of some of the staff which we found in disconcerting. During the wine and cheese party, a very surly woman was pouring wine. She was rude to both my husband and myself. The beach side help were often sitting in the shade or sleeping in the beach hut. Once the front desk lady was sitting at the couch, while I waited at the counter. After a minute she got up and went behind the counter and asked what I wanted. No good morning, good evening, how are you....

As for amenites - there is a tiny pool and a second floor outdoor library. No workout area or hot tub or directions to a walking path. There is a restuarant, where I tried the hamburger and fries - which were very good but the service was slow. I didn't go back.

All other employees seemed to be happy to tolerate us - in the restaurant, at the front desk and housekeeping. There were some front desk people who seemed concerned and were helpful to give us directions to places in Phillipsburg.

Room Tip: Go to Grande Marche for groceries and try The Green house for dinner - its a few minutes away with f...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Mimilah
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
It is a shame you had to be here when a storm was close and then hit the island. Mother nature has a way with all beaches. She takes it and then gives it back. We already have a lot of the beach back and by next week we should have it pretty much all back. When the sand departs and we only have the top of the beach as you stated we cannot give out assigned chairs as we normally do since the beach is too small at that point. That is why you had to move around. Our beach men try to accommodate everyone. English is not their mother tongue and they don't understand or don't know how to express themselves at times. They have been here a very long time and do care but there is just so much they can do when the sand departs.

We did lose electric and we did have some electrical problems last week. We have a generator which comes on within 10 seconds of the power going out (our electric company here has regular outages) but we could not turn on the generator for several hours because of the electrical problem. Since we did not know that the power would be off and for how long, the housekeeping staff did their work and yes, washed the floors. We also had problems with the airconditioner at the front desk. Since it was very hot the front desk clerk came out from the back to cool off. This is something anyone would have done just as when there is nothing for the beachmen to do, we do not expect them to stand in the sun. We also installed our new air conditioning plant and had to turn off the hot water for most of a day but we advised everyone about this the day before so they could leave the property if they wanted. We are continually upgrading and maintaining the resort. If we did not the resort would fall apart. Maintenance has to be done.

Our staff, as a whole are friendly and we have many return guests who love them but we all have off days. We do apologize for this and do hope that you will give us a try again.
Our suites are what they are - comfortable and well maintainted but we are not fancy and you can't get closer to the beach than our resort.
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167 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

My husband and I stayed for a week in late September in room 404. This is an older property, but is well maintained, super friendly caring staff in a secluded area. We loved the size of the of the 2 bedroom/ 2 bath unit. There was plenty of room in this unit, with the second bedroom a bit on the small side, but has it's own entrance to the second bathroom. The balcony on each unit has a fabulous beach/ocean view. Both bathrooms are newly tiled and modern. The hotel has a security guard at a gate, which made us feel more secure. The staff at the hotel are very nice, giving it a family feeling. Beuela (sp) at the front desk was a sweetheart! Take a jet ski tour with Troy and have fun out on the water. Make arrangements to rent a car onsite from Starlight Car Rental (formly Brinks). Nash will take care of you with great service & price. They will p/u at the airport upon your arrival & drive you + luggage to the Belair where you can rent your car and check in. Then they will drive you back to the airport on the day you check out. If you are looking for a resort with all kinds of fancy amenities in a modern hotel, this is not the place for you. But if you like a nice family style runned hotel that may have some age, but is kept up well, and away from the crowds, this is a great find!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Basset_Mom
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
We are so glad that you had a wonderful time at the Belair. That is what we are all about. We try to have our guests experience a caribbean vacation - relaxation, friendlliness and BEACH! We hope to see you back again in the near future.
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Arlington, Virginia
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168 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

I'm a timeshare owner and stayed here in November 2011. It was my husband, and another couple. We loved this place because the units are all two bedroom and spacious. The building is a little dated but worked well for us. The view from the balcony was amazing, you can see the cruises ships as they pass by. I woke up every morning and appreciated the view. The Gingerbread Café was perfect for breakfast and lunch, their drinks were also very delicious. The location is great, Little Bay is a few footsteps from your doorway and you can easily spend all day here without leaving. Love it, and would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rhi21
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

This was our first vist to Belair Beach Hotel and all we can say is WOW. It is a older tiame share but we liked it so much we purchased a time share there. There is nothing bad you can say about the place. All the staff were friendly, the food was good, the view great and where else can you go and walk out of your room, go to assigned chairs, go three steps to the beach and in the water. It is conviently located and easy to get anywhere. It is what it is and that is what they tell you. If you are looking for something fancy and elegent this is not for you, but if you are looking for a great beach and nice place to call home for a week this is it. Thanks to the employees for making it a great time

rick and rose

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rick I
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, October 2, 2012
We are so happy that you decided to become an owner here. We have many happy owners but you are right. You have to understand what we have to offer. We are not glitter and glitz. We are a homey place where you are "family". All our staff really care about our owners and guests and the apartments are furnished in caribbean comfort, not modern chic. We hope to see you back for years to come.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

The beach is amazing and the Gingerbread Cafe is a great joint. Thanks to Rufus for the drinks and great service!

Every room has a beautiful beach view, great to watch the cruise ships pass by. Go down the beach to the left for the best snorkeling.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jriek
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Property: Belair Beach Hotel
Address: Little Bay Beach | P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Belair Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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