When I called Interval to book I specifically asked for a building at the bottom of the resort (specifically the marina building) because I had stayed here many years ago and knew about the hills. My mother was with me and this would have been difficult to walk around for her. When we checked in we were told we in the B building. I expressed my concern about the hill and was told "we will gladly pick you up and take you anywhere on the property". We were taken to our unit and we were in the bottom of the building. It overlooked the parking lot and dumpsters with a small view of the ocean over rooflines. The room was VERY dated and puke green. I told my mom I was not settling especially since the first of October is very low season.
Went to lobby and asked to be moved. They told me Interval gives room assignments and when I told them I had been promised the Marina buidling they seemed surprised but after checking with a supervisor we were moved to the room right next door to what I was promised!! We also asked the availabiltiy of the new building and was told to upgrade was $650!! You would think if they are trying to sell the timeshares they would put you in the nicest room but those set empty.
Room was much better but still very dated but the color was turquoise not green. We did have a wonderful view though. The marina as you can guess has a view of marina and we could watch boats come and go. The room was large and the patio was huge. The room had all the essentials and was nicely laid out. The king size bed was comfortable.
I was not very impressed with the restaurants on site. We ate at Bon Appetite one breakfast but overpriced. Italian Rest no business and the the Stone expensive. The ice cream shop was closed the whole week we were there and another restaurant looked closed for quite some time. We walked to the Greenhouse twice (just down the road) and it was very good. We also ate at Zee Best on the main road which was good. We ate at Pineapple Pete and it was good and Grill Carribean flavors which was okay. We also went to the French side twice. Monday was a ghost town and Wednesday was fun because of the market. Also went to Dutch capital twice had fun shopping there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a hillside overlooking Simpson Bay, one of the most popular spots on St. Maarten, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is a peaceful Mediterranean-style holiday village offering comfortable suites and all the services guests could possibly need during their Caribbean vacation. With a sheltered private beach, five pools and colorful gardens full of bougainvillea, hibiscus and Allamanda, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is a captivating island hideaway where you can enjoy the best family vacation ever. A varied activity program, tennis courts, a spa, water sports, dining and evening entertainment make it a favorite with visitors of all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Simpson Bay Resort & Marina Hotel Simpson Bay
- Simpson Bay Resort And Marina
- Simpson Bay Resort & Marina St. Maarten-St. Martin