A group of 13 of us were traveling to the island of Saba but got waylaid for 3 nights in St. Maarten due to what later became hurricane Raphael.We ended up at the Travel Inn Hotel. Half the group went more upscale after the first night; the rest of us stayed put. The staff was friendly except for one woman--we just tried to avoid dealing with her and waited for the friendly ones to return. Our fairly spacious room had a very comfortable king bed, AC, flat screen TV, refrigerator, desk, drawers, a couple of chairs, and tile floors. My husband and I both have bad backs that usually are worse after sleeping in hotels, but this bed actually made our backs feel better!
The bedroom was clean, but the bathroom could have used a good scrubbing. Ours had a corner shower with ok water pressure, but the door wouldn't stay closed. Others had bathtub/showers with zilch water pressure. After complaining to the management, our door still didn't close, but the water pressure increased quite a bit. A couple people moved to other rooms to get better water pressure and AC that actually worked. Eventually everyone was satisfied. We asked for a nonsmoking room, but ours had an ashtray in it, although the room didn't smell smokey. The room was quiet at night.
There was a restaurant attached to the hotel that served breakfast and lunch. The food was good and reasonably priced, although our last morning they were closed, so we went down to the Yacht Club where breakfast was a little more, but also a little better, especially the coffee.
Local phone calls were supposed to be $1.00/minute, but if we had the front desk dial, it was free. Since we were trying to coordinate taxis, flights, and ferries, we had to make quite a few calls. Maybe that was what the cranky lady didn't appreciate--she finally told us no more than 5 minutes, but we were never on the phone that long anyway.
The location was close to the airport and a few minutes from Philipsburg, either an expensive taxi ride or a $2.00 ride via the local van bus. One rainy day six of us took a tour around the island for something to do and had a great time with our Gitmo taxi driver--he was very entertaining.
Next time we're stranded in St. Martin, we'll probably stay at the Travel Inn Hotel again--upscale is nice, but saving money is also nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly Built 40-room Hotel, 1 Mile From St Maarten Airport, Within Walking Distance To Many Restuarants, Beaches, Water Sports And Casinos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Travel Hotel Simpson Bay
- Travel Inn Lodge
- Travel Inn Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Simpson Bay