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“Good location, nice room” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Atrium Beach Resort and Spa
San Diego, California
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47 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Good location, nice room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2011

The Atrium has updated some of the rooms- and they are very nice, with everything you will need, including coffee filters. We had a one bedroom on the 7th floor, with a view of the bay and the beach, with a wrap around patio. TV has cable with English channels, and wifi works pretty well most of the time. The beach is great- never had a problem getting a chair and umbrella. There is a beach bar nearby that sometimes has music at night, which can be heard from some of the rooms. If it will bother you, ask for a room away from that side. A short walk away is some of the best snorkeling on the island, at Pelican Rock. There's a great supermarket around the corner (groceries are very expensive everywhere- watch for "short date" sales - perishables that will expire soon, and sell for only $1 USD) There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and a bus stop at the corner (bus fare $1.50 to $2, depending on how far you go)

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank stez
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

My stay was amazing. The hospitality was beyond exceptional. The location is in walking distance of delicious food and the relaxing beach. I was impressed by the overall professionalism of the staff. They gave me direction on the best places to eat and areas to visit. I would recommend the Atrium to anyone looking to have a vacation to remember!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank casieg
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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

I just returned early this morning from a six-night's stay at the Atrium Resort. I was extremely pleasantly and unexpectedly surprised. For years I have passed the Atrium on the way to where I usually stay at the top of Billy Folly Road, and never gave it much thought. Due to the fact that there was no availability where I own, I opted use my banked timeshare week for a one-bedroom unit at the Atrium. The staff was friendly, grounds were clean, security was always present, units were roomy and airy and location was excellent. I did rent a car which I really did not need. The bus stop was at the corner (not even a five minute walk) which could be taken to Philipsburg, Maho, Mullet Bay, Cole Bay and Marigot for a couple of dollars. There is a fully stocked market within a two-minute walk, and a convenience market directly across the street. There are at least 15 restaurants within walking distance. The beach was beautiful - nicely kept sand and beautiful calm water. The beach chairs and umbrellas were in very good condition. The pool is small, but nice. There is a nice desktop in the lobby with internet access, and the staff allows you to use their computer/printer to print bording passes which was a definite plus!! I hope to stay at the Atrium again, and would definitely recommend. it.

Room Tip: DEFINITELY as for ocean view
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank amdqm
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

We stayed at the Atrium for our honeymoon and couldn't be happier. The room was not fancy, but it was very clean and well-maintained. We stayed in a studio, and it was very spacious. The restaurant that was "connected" to the hotel was also very nice. After spending the day on a boat, it was great to be able to just walk a few steps to have a nice dinner. The hotel beach was also very nice. We also went to the beach at Orient Bay, and we liked the Atrium's beach better. It was very clean, the view was great, and it wasn't crowded. The location of the hotel was perfect. Many of the boat trips leave from just a 5 minute walk away. Overall, we were very happy with our stay and would definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank 1955Vacation
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Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

My wife and I own a time share here and really enjoy the 3 years that we have stayed. It's a hotel in the islands and if I wanted everything to be waited on hand and foot, I would stay at the Ritz Carlton in Paris. The cleaning staff are very nice, the rooms are very clean and we love the laid back atmosphere that is here. We have always been upgraded without even asking and very pleased with the accommodations. The women staff in the office are very nice, the men could smile a bit more. Location is great and the restaurant that has reopened and the Buccaneer Beach Bar have very good food. So comfortable and relaxed and that is what we are looking for when vacationing. Really am confused when people complain about the most basic thing. lighten up folks...it's island time.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank moontide1010
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Sarasota, Florida
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162 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

What a dump... old and time has not treated this place well! The elevator tells you that it will get stuck and how you are to respond when/if it happens which it did 4 times. LUCKILY we were not in it! I feel bad for the Time Share Owners who are stuck with this trap! There are soooooo many nice places to stay in St. Maarten - sorry to say this is not one if them! YOU will hate this place - and we would not go back --- even if they offered to pay for the tickets and would let us stay for FREE! It is that bad!!

Room Tip: Stay someplace else - this place is a dump!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank HappyNudistCouple
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FestivaRep, Public Relations Manager at Atrium Beach Resort and Spa, responded to this review, August 5, 2011
We are sorry that you had troubles during your stay, but we do want to point out several renovations, updates and refurbishments that have been completed this year, including refurbishments currently happening at the resort. So far we have gotten lots of positive feedback from our owners and guests about these improvements.

1. The exterior of the building has been completely painted from top to bottom.
2. The roof has been repaired to prevent any further water leaks.
3. The generator has been repaired including a new muffler and radiator housing.
4. The pool has been resurfaced and changed to a salt based system to reduce overall yearly expenses for chemical usage.
5. We are currently in the process of completely refurbishing 28 rooms at the resort. A design color board showing the selected finishes is on display in the lobby. The improvements include:
- All new soft goods including sofas, chairs and patio furniture.
- All case goods including nightstands, tables, dressers, armoires, headboards, kitchen cabinets and counter tops.
- All appliances will be replaced with new energy efficient models.
- Shutters will be used to replace drapery at sliding glass doors as well as new drapery in bedrooms, etc.
- All artwork will be replaced.
- All faucets will be replaced in kitchen and baths.
- Lighting package will also be replaced.
- All bedspreads, skirts and accent pillows will also be replaced.

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6. We will also be refurbishing the lobby for a more inviting atmosphere during 2011.
7. One of the elevators will have the hydraulics replaced in 2011.
8. Over the course of the next few years, all rooms will be refurbished to meet the same standards as those being refurbished in 2011.
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Pittsburgh, PA
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41 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

We stayed in a spacious one-bedroom suite - great kitchenette with dishwasher, stovetop, large fridge, microwave, coffee maker, cooking needs. AC and ceiling fans kept it pleasantly cool at all times. Great location for easy walks to a diverse array of restaurants, shops, bakeries, and an awesome piano bar. A friend had recommended several beaches all over the island-- we visited one of the and decided , Why leave the hotel? Its beach is perfect --white sand, turquoise waters, not at all crowded, and beach bars in easy reach. Service was so-so, though there was a helpful concierge who arranged for an island tour.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank TheatreCouple
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Additional Information about Atrium Beach Resort and Spa

Property: Atrium Beach Resort and Spa
Address: Billy Folly Rd 6 | PO Box 1115, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Phone Number:
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Simpson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Atrium Beach Resort and Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Atrium Resort & Spa by Festiva Resorts is your getaway in paradise. The smallest island in the world to be shared by two sovereign powers (The Netherlands and France), St. Maarten provides a winning blend of Caribbean hospitality and European sophistication. Rolling hillsides, blue lagoons and breathtaking views are just a few reasons why so many visitors return every year to this island. With its half mile of natural beach and an array of nearby water sports, the Atrium is practically paradise. This quiet, beachfront resort overlooks the calm Caribbean Sea and is minutes from the glamorous nightlife and duty-free shopping of both the Dutch and French sides of the island.Adjoining the resort's pool area is a Spanish tapas bar, Picante. In addition to light and delicious fare, Picante also features a jazz club. If tranquility, luxury and a full-service staff are what you want, the Atrium is the place for you. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Atrium Resort And Spa By Festiva Resorts
Atrium Resort & Spa By Festiva Hotel Simpson Bay
Atrium Hotel Simpson Bay
Atrium St Maarten
Atrium Beach Resort And Spa St. Maarten-St. Martin/Simpson Bay

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