My husband and I stayed at The Atrium for our 10th Anniversary trip through our timeshare trade. Initial impressions left a bit to be desired. The front desk staff was a bit surley but the baggage person was very personable and showed us all about our one bedroom suite. The suite was beautiful (we got a newly refurbished one) with new furniture, two balconies and a beautiful kitchen area. The bathroom and bedroom were fine but fairly unremarkable. We had a view of the mountain behind and the lagoon in front -- stunning. During our week's stay there, we had difficulty closing the sliding door to the main balcony and we had to jimmy it open and closed -- appeared that the lock catch had been majorly "remodeled" at some point. One morning I was in the unit alone and heard a buzzing noise and realized that it was the lock mechanism on our front door (which looked rather ancient from the get go). I could open the door from the inside, but it would not open at all from the outside. While the people were very nice and came to fix it immediately, that was two hours that they asked me to stay in my unit while they came and went to get the right tools, and switch out our card keys. Eventually, the handle to the sliding door broke and the shower rack fell down and we just fixed these ourselves.
The reception area of the hotel looks out onto a rather scruffy but harmless street and the first day we were there, we were accosted by MANY people trying to get us to timeshare presentations, which was annoying. These same people were at the Monday night cocktail party, so we didn't go. By Tuesday, all these people were gone and we did not run into them again.
We never got the "warm fuzzies" from folks at the front desks, but then again, we shirked the cocktail party on Monday and felt that perhaps this put us on a black list somewhere.
The beach is terrific -- quiet and warm with two bars nearby to get drinks from. Plenty of chairs, plenty of sand. The pool is really nice as well but we prefered the beach. The mojitos from The Greenhouse will rock your socks off, and during the time that we were there, they were doing 2-for-1 drinks from 11am to 7pm for Atrium guests.
The grocery store around the corner, while expensive, has everything you might want to cook in. We did not visit the convenience store across the street.
We ultimately ended up renting a car to drive the island because the buses were not as frequent and far reaching on the island as we'd hoped. We rented a car and drove the entire island AT LEAST twice and still only used a half-tank of gas. Easy driving in general, except at night, when the streetlights are dim and people are walking very close to the road since there are few sidewalks.
We had a later flight out and the hotel did set up a "hospitality room" for folks to shower and change in before heading out. That was very nice but the AC in the room was dripping all over the floor so everyone had to keep their luggage up on the beds. This was also a not yet refurbished room so it gave us a perspective on ours -- definitely go for the refurb.
I gave this hotel a "very good" rating because over all, our experience on the island WAS very good. However, we do not feel compelled to re-visit St Martin, and if we did, we would not feel compelled to stay at The Atrium again.
- 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 & Spa By Festiva Hotel Simpson Bay
- Atrium Resort And Spa By Festiva Resorts
- Atrium Hotel Simpson Bay
- Atrium St Maarten
- Atrium Beach Resort And Spa St. Maarten-St. Martin/Simpson Bay