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Sea View Beach Hotel
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Los Altos
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings on this one”
Reviewed February 18, 2012

I had two separate stays here of one night each. The first night I arrived and they did not have my reservation paid for through Expedia. I had brought a hard copy of the reservation with me so they gave me the room I supposedly had reserved. Hard to say where the communication broke down on that. The room itself was very basic, but that's fine. There was no hot water in the bathroom - the knob on the shower for hot just spun - completely none functional. There was a huge roach (about a 3 inch body) in the hallway, but this is the tropics and there were no bugs in the room itself. About 4am there was a prolonged disturbance in the hallway of about 15 minutes of someone banging to be let into a room. Seemed like the hotel staff should have put a stop to it. On a good note, they successfully had a taxi there at the agreed time to take me to the airport. I was not looking forward to returning to this place two days later.

My return visit was quite different. Still had to show my hardcopy of the reservation for my stay, but they made a mistake and put me in one of their best rooms. It looked right out over the boardwalk and the next morning I watched as three cruise ships pulled in to port. No bugs in sight this time, hot water in the shower, everything worked in the room. It had a table and chairs by the door overlooking the boardwalk so it would be nice to sit outside. Basic room and a little run down, but quite pleasant.

The McDonalds across the street has free wi-fi.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Palo Alto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2011

The Seaview Hotel is located right downtown Philipsburg on Front Street. Very convenient if you like shopping, but if taking a swim early morning is your thing, you could not ask for a better place. The hotel is right at the Boardwalk and another ten meters you are in the water. The hotel has a balcony/walkway with chairs and tables. Great for sitting and watching the pedestrians and having a glass of your favorite or as we do: share a baguette and cheese and you have your evening meal with a fabulous view. The hotel itself is not the Hilton nor the Ritz. Think of Motel 6 or Super 8. Room 60 was clean with a comfortable double bed and an extra single bed. Writing desk and a refrigerator. Bathroom had a nice shower but very simple. Other rooms that I looked at on the same floor, rooms #62, #63, #64 looked equally clean. The staff was very helpful and very friendly. One drawback, if you need to have access to your computer (internet) you must go to the lobby, but internet service is free and the lobby is nicely furnished and comfortable. We did not try breakfast at the hotel, but it is available. I am a coffee drinker and found a very nice place off Front Street next to the Court House, which is about 4 minutes walk from the hotel. When you get down the stairs go to the right. This place is called Kangaroo Court. Great expressos! And the staff is great here as well. If you have rented a car to get around, here is what you need to do concerning parking. There is no parking at the hotel and the clerk was not sure what to do with my car when I arrived. I wanted to check if the hotel had some arrangement with a parking lot. They don't! However I have been to Philipsburg before and knew my way around. Here is what you do if you are staying at the Seaview and have a car: at night you park in the government lot, located two blocks from Front Street (facing the court house walk away from the waterfront 2 blocks passing the Kangaroo Court cafe and the outdoor market and there it is. It is $1.00 US dollar to park from 7 pm to 7 am. From 7 am to 7 pm parking is $1.00 US per hour. BUT at the Salt Pond there is free parking, walk another block in the same direction. What I did was upon my return to the hotel I would park in the free lot, then transfer the car to the pay lot at 7pm ( I felt it was safer ) and the next day I would pick the car up for the day at, say 9 am and that cost me only $3 US dollars, a great bargain and I knew the car was safe. I enjoyed my stay at the Seaview. There are other hotels along the Boardwalk but quite a bit more expensive and as I am not in the room except for sleeping the Seaview Hotel is a Great deal.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2011

Stayed in high season for just under $100 inc tax. Lobby and rooms are sparse but clean with excellent housekeeping. What separates this hotel, besides location and value, is the staff. Manager Conroy and Melodine at receptiion were consistently pleasant and helpful.

Others have given in depth reviews. Suffice to say I have cancelled a free night at a luxury out of town hotel to stay at the Seaview again in a week.

Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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fort myers fl
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

Overall nice hotel. Stairs from front street lead directly to lobby of the hotel. Lobby is minimal includes internet computer, snack machine and soda machine. Breakfast is available each morning from 7:30 to 10:30, for about $5. Room was definitely a 'Seaview' room...with 4 windows facing the beach. Views include port and cruise ship docks. There is no onsite parking, however there is a lot a few blocks away, not too inconvenient....The lot charges by the hour from 7am-8pm I believe...about $1 US per hour...with no charge for overnight. I only paid about $10 for my 4 day stay as most of the time there wasn't anyone to take my money. This hotel is definitely in the middle of all the action on front street.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Taos, New Mexico
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2010

This was one of the cheapest hotels I could find in Phillipsburg, St. Martin. It is directly above a casino, Parking in this area is a pain, no on site parking for the hotel. Run down looking lobby but the room was ok. Hot water, clean sheets, etc.

I paid $75 for sea view, other rooms were $60 low season

It is right on the beach, and there is a nice little restaurant a block down .

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2009

I have visited the Seaview on several occasions, it is ideally located with the front towards the main street and the back towards the beach.

The hotel itself is in serious need for a touch up, but if you don't mind things being a little outdated and needing a coat of paint, then this is your hotel.

Rooms are clean, sheets and towels are changed daily, there is no restaurant but who needs that when you live in the center of Phillipsburg??
oh, and the McDonalds is on the opposite side of the street ;-)

  • Stayed October 2007
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Christiansted, St. Croix
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Reviewed April 14, 2009

I am a travel agent. When I travel and stay in different hotels, I usually do an evaluation for my clients and fax the evaluation to the hotel for their quality assurance (no one ever knows that the evaluation is being done so nothing is ever staged or pre-planned). I entered into the hotel and climb up the stairs to be greeted by the owner, Mr. George. We paid $87.50 for four nights and stayed in room #50. The view was breathe taken. The beach was so clean with white sands. The view of the cruise ships coming into port was magnificent. The boardwalk was always clean. The hotel, located on Front Street, which is the happening place to shop, is lined with Casinos (their is a casino downstairs of the hotel). The sheets was changed everyday, clean towels, running hot water, cold a/c unit and they serve breakfast in the morning for $5.00. Taxi from the Princess Julianna Airport is $15.00. Tour guide wanted to charge us $60.00US for tour. Please remember that this is a tourist destination so they find a way to make money off of everything including the beach chairs (although they did it in a clever way, 2 beach chairs, 2 heinekens, 2 hot dogs, $15.00 US)

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sea View Beach Hotel
Address: Front Street #85C, P.O. Box 965, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sea View Beach Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sea View Beach Hotel features beachfront rooms, which are all seconds away from a beautiful, white-sand beach, ocean view rooms and standard rooms, some of which give views of the capital, Philipsburg. The Hotel is located on the boardwalk in the heart of Philipsburg and is well-known for its world-renowned shopping, including many jewelry, souvenir and electronic stores. It is also within walking distance to four Casinos and many fabulous restaurants, fast-food outlets and the Cruise Ship Harbor.Our Breakfast Dining Room opens daily from 7:30am-11:00am. Sea View Beach Hotel has been recently converted to non-smoking with designated smoking areas within the property.High Speed Internet is Available at an Additional Cost.Sorry no pets allowed, check out time is 12:00 noon and check in time is 1:00pm.Must be 18 years or older to check in. ... more   less 
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