Staying at the Holland House is a mixed blessing. You pay a lot, but you get a lot. Once you arrive there, it is good, clean, quiet and wonderfully convenient to beach and shopping. However getting to the hotel is really difficult on ultra busy weekends when many streets are blocked off and tourists are arriving in Philipsburg by droves. That's not a slam on Holland House, but on the taxi driver who dumped us three blocks away because she couldn't get through the gridlocked streets -- and then gave us wrong directions for walking the remaining distance.
The trade winds blow through the hotel lobby, the beach is just a few steps away, the restaurant and bar look out onto the beach and the bay. Pretty nice. Walking out the back puts you right on the walkway paralleling the beach. Walking out the hotel's front door leads to the street and many shops, and walking out early Sunday morning gave us sounds of a local church.
Staying in Philipsburg, and Holland House particularly just before Christmas seems to find everything at "Market Price". For example, the room had two bottles of water of approximately 0.75 litres. The tag said that opening each would add $5.50 USD to the room bill. YIKES! The restaurant has some really interesting offerings, however it is slanted more for those who put food quality and presentation over budget considerations.
For the highest rated hotel in this area, the prices are about what we expected and therefore we enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly located, right on the beach in downtown Philipsburg, the Holland House offers great charm, a unique ambiance and a rich Caribbean experience. Meet the friendly Islanders, relax and enjoy all that St. Maarten has to offer. The hotel is also located on Front Street, where you will find the best shops and boutiques on the island, all still Duty Free! The Hotel offers 54 rooms and suites all recently renovated, an award winning restaurant and wine cellar, a beautiful outdoor lounge deck and a magnificent beach right in front of the hotel with personal and attentive service. It's great to be here! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holland Hotel Beach
- Holland Beach
- Holland House Beach Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg