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Turquoise Shell Inn
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
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“Nice friendly place !!”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

We stayed at this property with my daughter who is now attending Medical school in the island.From the moment we arrived, Carter the owner made us feel right at home,gave us small tour of the property and showed us the room which it has everything you need for your stay.TS is very well located in the middle section of Simpson Bay close to several good restaurants, little supermarkets, banks,etc.The hotel is not fancy but Carter and his staff make you feel like you are in a five star place.Thank you and keep up the good work.!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Bolivar, Missouri
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Our stay at Turquoise Shell Inn was fabulous! Carter, the owner, was great at making us feel right at home. He made sure we had everything we needed...books, suntan lotion, hair dryer, the best deals for area attractions... Our unit was neat and clean with all we needed to cook in our room or just keep snacks fresh. Turquoise Shell Inn is located in a great spot; right by the beach that connects to several beaches, including within walking distance to the famous 'Sunset Beach', great restaurants and not stuck in the middle of the busy Cruise boat area. We would definitely stay here again and hope to come back with friends.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New Hampshire
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

My husband and I stayed here Jan 13-20 (2014) and have to say...this was one of the best stays we had. We have tried several other resorts on the Island as well. The both of us would rather stay here. Carter and his staff we fantastic. You will definitely find us here again in the future.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Overall, we enjoyed our stay based on these factors and would return:

- Location is close to the airport ($10 taxi ride), there are plenty of places to eat within walking distance, and a grocery store for preparing meals at the hotel. We did not rent a car for this trip.
- We stayed at this location because our main reason for visiting was because we are aviation fans and wanted to see the airplanes land & takeoff at SXM. This hotel was a 40 minute beach walk to the airport.
- The beach was just across the street, nice soft sand, plenty of people, & pretty clean. We enjoyed walking the beach several times on the way to SXM.
- The room was very dated, it is not fancy, but it is clean and had everything we needed for our short stay.
- The staff was very friendly and helpful.


What we did not like:
- The beds in our unit were very hard & we prefer a medium soft bed. It made for some difficult sleeping but we were there only 3 nights. Our backs were pretty stiff when we left.
- Although we didn’t need the internet often; when we did need it, the internet would not stay connected and was unreliable. Our unit was far from the main office, perhaps that was the reason. As an advertised amenity of the hotel, it should work properly

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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TShellSxm, Owner at Turquoise Shell Inn, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
We appreciate the feedback for reviews that "tell it like it is" overall this guest seemed please but ther were some issues. Regarding the mattresses in the rooms I have also received comments that the beds were too soft. I suppose that it depends on what a person is used to. The internet was "acting up" during this guests stay. I let all of the guests know that our internet in the Caribbean is not up to US standards. But the performance during that time was less than optimal. Finding service people for technical issues is also a challenge here in St Maarten. Since this stay we DID get a technician to check our system and make some helpful improvements.
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New York
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Note that this review is not for a stay at the hotel, but for their excellent customer service. My spouse and I booked 3 rooms at Turquoise Shell Inn, and had to cancel our plans and hotel reservation. The staff at Turquoise Shell Inn was prompt in responses, and made both the booking and cancellation easy.

Kudos to them for making what could have been a frustrating cancellation into a stress-free and simple matter. We will certainly stay with them the next time we book a place to stay in St. Martin.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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TShellSxm, Owner at Turquoise Shell Inn, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Cancelling a trip to a sunny destination is always stressful, as the plan is usually to get away from that and relax. . I am glad that we were able to make this potential guest's cancellation easier to handle. We look forward to seeing them at the T Shell in the future.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We love to stay at the TShell Inn and we keep coming back to spend our winter vacation here.
The location is convenient to restaurants, bakeries, shops and the great Simpson Bay Beach. The unit is kept super clean. Carter, the owner is very helpful in arranging special trips and he makes you feel at home.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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TShellSxm, Owner at Turquoise Shell Inn, responded to this review, January 12, 2014
Returning guest give us confidence that we are satisfying the guests needs
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Guilford, Connecticut
2 reviews
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Simple place, just right. The owner is great, accommodating and friendly. Location is central in Simpson Bay. Beach is right across the street. Would definitely stay here again next time we have a few days on St. Maarten.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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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
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