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Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Buffalo, New York
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great place!”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

I loved our stay here! It was very reasonably priced and had so much to do. Some of the most delicious restaurants on the island were in walking distance. The staff was friendly and the place was very clean. The only thing that I wished was better was the sand on the beach. IT was a bit rocky...but the water was gorgeous so it was easy to forget :-)

Room Tip: The noise level really did depend on the location of the bedroom. If the bedroom was next to the ha...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tallahassee, Florida
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stayed here for a week with family. We had a wonderful stay with lots of activities right at the resort. The pools were numerous and awesome with swim up bars and happy hour daily. Beach towels were provided every day. It was within walking distance of a market and several restaurants. The property is very well maintained. Staff were constantly cleaning or pruning and always greeted us as we walked by. Lounges were set up on the small beach as soon as you arrived and lunch could be purchased at the beachside bar. My only reason for not giving a 5 star rating is the resort is not for the faint of heart or anyone who is out of shape. There are a lot of levels to get to various locations on the property, stairs and long walkways.

Room Tip: Our room was in the marina wing which I understand is due for renovation. The villa section is much...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Toms River, New Jersey
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Don't miss this resort when in St. Maarten.
Just arrived home last night & it was an awesome week.
The staff is courteous, friendly & helpful.
There are over 100 small restaurants in the area,
15 mins to the airport

Room Tip: Request a Bay front room @ what ever the cost.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Loimaa, Finland
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Big area with lots of walking up and down. Not for lazyass. Many pools and bars around the area. Stayed during Heineken Regatta and the sundaynight party was held right next to resort area on simpson bay. Great party =)

Free wifi was little bit disappointing but on vacation thats not so important afterall.

Front desk was helpful.

No complaints.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2014

The location of this hotel is excellent. Close to beach, marina, and easy walk to shops and casino. It is also a short drive to the airport. We stayed in a new unit in a C building overlooking the marina. The unit was large, clean and had everything we needed. The only thing was that housekeeping entered our room while we were in there but this seems to be a common occurrence throughout the island as it happened to us in our other resort as well. The pools are a little older but they have a swim-up bar and friendly staff. Would consider staying here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2014

My husband and I started staying at this resort back when it was still the Pelican. The Simpson Bay Resort management has tried to put it back on its feet and do some refurbishing. (More about that later.)

Checking in was s-l-o-w. It always has been, I guess it always will be. And this was even though I'd gone to the website and pre-registered.

Once we were in our unit (one-bedroom, C building) we were able to relax and remember why we keep coming back. The view from the balcony isn't as pretty as it was before the Villas were built, but it's still nice. There is an on-site grocery, several restaurants, a casino, Aqua Mania for booking trips, a beach, a choice of lovely pools. It's about a 10-minute drive to the airport (unless the bridge is up!) with rental-car row in between the airport and the resort. Very convenient. It's in the perfect area for easy access to the entire island and everything it has to offer.

The staff is very friendly and helpful. Yes, it's a timeshare resort, so you'll be asked to sit through a sales pitch, even if you're already owners. We go every year just to be good sports, and we have lots of laughs.

As for the remodeling - the old decor was very tropical: bright florals, wicker, exactly what you'd expect in a tropical setting. The new decor.... well... I may be in the minority, but it's so dark it makes me feel like I'm in northwest Canada. I was disappointed. Everything is clean and modern, but DARK.

This year we brought along our daughter and son-in-law, who stayed in a studio downstairs from us. It was the 5th time we've brought other family members or friends to share the fun, and none of them have ever been disappointed or had anything negative to say!

Book it, you won't regret it!

Room Tip: A balcony is more private than a patio.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great location, comfortable, clean and very welcoming. The staff were very friendly, courteous and extremely helpful. The resort location was excellent -- close to restaurants and a local market. Friends and I stayed in a nice 2 bedroom unit, recently renovated in the D section. Only downside was our view was a bit blocked by The Villas, but not completely. The resort has everything you need on site. I would stay at the resort again, and will certainly visit St. Maarten again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
Address: Billy Folly Road #37, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Simpson Bay Resort & Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 342
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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