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“Enjoyed out stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Turquoise Shell Inn
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Enjoyed out stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

We stayed here 2 nights pre-cruise and 1 night post cruise. We were within walking distance of restaurants, some shopping and the beach. The rooms we occupied were very accommodating and we had all we needed for our short stay. We also were able to enjoy the pool. Since we had to be off the sailboat (Island Windjammers) at 10:00, Carter allowed us in our room as soon as we arrived from the port and we were to stay until 12:30 this next morning since our flight was late afternoon. Good price and well worth it. Can be a bit noisy from loud music somewhere down the street but, the air conditioner drowns out most.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nancy T
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Aguadilla, null, Puerto Rico
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

The reviews here were very helpful and that is why we chose this place to stay. We knew exactly what to expect, and it was right on. Great location, walking distance to all the restaurants. Short cab ride from the airport. Carter was extremely helpful in all aspects. He called when I made the reservation to confirm our arrival time and to give directions. He also gave great recommendations on places to eat and how to use the bus system. His guidance made all the difference. The room was perfect! Nothing fancy but a comfortable place to lay our head after a full day of exploring. Rooms were clean, homey and we had all the basic necessities. It was like crashing at a buddies apartment for the weekend. We would absolutely stay again!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ruth T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Really enjoyed the vacations in st maarten and st barth. In st maarten had the chance to stay in this very nice inn with an excelent customer service. Thanks Carter and Cornelia to provide us this great experience! About the accomodatios they are very clean, with a good space and a very well equiped kitchen - for us this is very important as we like to cook!! Fair prices and good suggestions on how to enjoy the island.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Basseterre, Saint George Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

They have a variety of rooms and I was going with two friends so originally picked a room with two doubles, then was called later saying my reservation did not go through and he was putting me in a room with two twin beds. Not a huge deal, but I had picked the other room for a reason. When we got there check in went pretty smooth. However, he recommended a restaurant for us knowing we were a group of 20 that could NOT accommodate groups. We ended up waiting over 2 hours for our food. I just felt like he recommended it because he also worked there, not because it was a good place for us to go. The hotel was good though. Was right across from the dive shop we were using and close to lots of shops and restaurants. Worked well for what we needed and was a decent price for traveling students.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sarah T
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

After our first hotel cancelled on us last minute because they decided to close the month of September we had the great fortune to re-book at the Turquoise Shell Inn and it certainly lived up to its positive reviews. Carter did a wonderful job transmitting information to us before we even arrived, including directions to the hotel and getting our flight information. We were pleasantly suprised at the wonderful location of the hotel, 5-10 minutes form the airport and right in the heart of Simpson Bay and a five second walk from the Simpson Bay Beach. Carter greeted us warmly at the hotel check in desk and offered us several good suggestions for things to see and do on the island and places to eat. The hotel room was very clean and well maintained and the kitchenette was well stocked with cooking supplies and dishware. This inn is a great deal, in a great location, and was a pleasant experience that we will definitely repeat in our future visits to St. Maarten.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank teruki_neko
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Kirksville, Missouri
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

I love coming to St. Maarten and staying at the Turquoise Shell Inn, the hotel manager is excellent, friendly staff, wonderful pool and beach!

Excellent location, close to SXM, restaurants, shopping, and a bus ride away from the rest of the island.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

I am a repeat guest because the locational and friendly staff. Carter can help you decide on restaurants and excursions. The kitchen has everything you need to prepare meals and keep dining cost down. The Grand Marche was close by for groceries, hot take out food, and booze. We tried to eat lunch and breakfast in then eat out for dinner. One night we used the blender and had our drinks by the pool and hammock. Beach chairs and toys are available at no charge however the bars and restaurants on Simpson beach also offer them if you are a patron. Cool snorkeling spot by sunken ship in Simpson bay. Really don't have to leave Simpson bay. I have been all over the island and this is the dest area to stay in since beach is not crowded and lots of dining and entertainment in walking distance. Power on island does go out from time to time but just short periods. Don't waste your time on tv or internet while you are there. Pineapple Pete for lobster thermadore, Byblos for dinner and hookah, Karakter for drinks and apps on the beach, Helmas Windsor castle for lunch and conversation.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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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1 Thank Crystal A
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Additional Information about Turquoise Shell Inn

Property: Turquoise Shell Inn
Address: 34 Simpson Bay Rd., Simpson Bay 00000, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Turquoise Shell Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small 10 room Inn located in the heart of Simpson Bay. Easy walking distance to all manner of shopping. Simpson Bay beach just our the back gate. Each unit is a small one bedroom apartment with equipped kitchen and private air cionditioned bedroom ... more   less 
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Turquoise Shell Hotel Simpson Bay
Turquoise Shell Simpson Bay
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