We traded our RCI Gold Crown week for our week in St. Maarten and my first reaction was...gosh this is much smaller than I expected. The air conditioning was antiquated and you needed a card to work it...we did not have ac until Wed. It was very hot...but it was clean and a great view of the caribbean. We were within 20 feet of the beach. My feelings changed as the week went on. We began to enjoy ourselves and loved not having to rent an umbrella or lounge chair...they were all free. The beach was cozy and we got to know many people there. Now the pool needs a facelift. It was very small and with 10 people in it, it was crowded...We never even swam in it. The food at the Gingerbread Cafe was fantastic. Our daughter and son-in-law stayed at the Westin. It was better than the Westin so we began to feel fortunate. Also at the Westin which was gorgeous was on the ocean and very rough with a big undertow. So if you are looking for cozy and a very at home feel, the Belair Beach Hotel is just fine. It definitely needs updating, but serves it's purpose. The staff was just ok as they took their time with everything. Don't waste your money on the Butterfly Farm, ($12 each) or $10 if you buy it in advance at the Belair Activities Center. We took the Dinner sunset cruise and enjoyed it immensely. Definitely rent a car and bargain with the guy in the hotel...He will also let you take the car to the airport when you leave and someone will be there to drive it back to the hotel. We had a great time, but will probably go somewhere else in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Belair Beach Philipsburg
- Hotel Belair Beach
- Belair Beach Hotel St Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg