I read almost every review of this place before we arrived and looked at pictures so I felt I knew what to expect and I only knew about half of what I thought.
We came from California so we didn't land until 9:30 pm and caught a cab to hotel. Cab driver stopped for gas and took the long way to the hotel so we would have to pay him an additional 25% cab fare (after 10pm rule) whatever 40.00 USD and we were tired so no use in fighting over it. We were greeted by a very nice security guard that stayed with our luggage while we checked in. Nick helped us and was very nice and gave us room keys, safe key and wireless code (wireless worked perfectly in our room). Our room was 212 which was an oceanfront studio on second floor. It was small but clean and had everything we needed. (I have seen pictures online of nicer rooms so maybe next time I would ask for something a bit nicer)
Security guard walked us to our room and helped carry luggage up the stairs. He told us to ALWAYS use the safe and leave nothing out and same if we had a rental car (we did not get a car but if you decide to want one they rent them at the front desk). I am kind of freaking out that maybe we are staying somewhere dodgy and we are going to get robbed. It's actually a good rule of thumb to lock up your things at any hotel /resort and we experienced nothing dangerous, no theft and only encountered the nicest warm people you can imagine.
We woke up to a beautiful view of a crystal blue ocean, great coffee, nice people, sunshine and all was well.
Town was an easy walk and it's safe at night. The hotel post security guards to pretty much look out for their guests walking to and from restaurants. You may want to pack shoes that can handle dirt road and uneven pavement. I was fine in flip flops but I saw ladies in heels and it didn't look easy.
We ate at a two LOLO's in town and decided Talk of the Town was our favorite. Lunch was great at the Sunset Cafe at hotel and it was the easiest place to grab a bite of food and a cocktail and run right back down to the chaise lounge to digest.
The front desk will make reservations for you for any restaurant you want and they also have a room with some menus to look at for places that will deliver. In that room they also have a bookshelf filled with paperback and hardback novels you can borrow. They are really warm and nice people and I wish I would have had more time to spend there and enjoy them.
The hotel has the continental breakfast included with your stay which is coffee (great coffee), OJ and a bread basket with 2 chocolate filled breads, 2 French breads, croissant and a sweet bread slice. They have a full menu and we ended up ordering an omelet, potatoes, and eggs benedict for under 20.00 USD on a couple of mornings that we needed more than just the bread. Some mornings the bread and coffee was more than enough. You can bring your coffee pot from you room’s coffee maker and they will fill it up for you and give you cream, sugar and bread to go. I always tipped two dollars for the coffee and bread when I grabbed to go.
Sunset Cafe had daily promotions and it could be a free bottle of wine with lunch or two for one happy hour. Check the board each day and see what they have going on. They really do make an effort to be reasonably priced and their food and service alone was reason to spend a lot of time there enjoying the view.
The two hotel beaches are great. The small one to the left if you are facing ocean is less crowded and there are little chairs you can pull into water and just relax in. The beach to the right has chaise lounges and more people but is too very nice and relaxing. There is no saving of chairs and people really respect that. There was always enough to choose from and if for some reason you didn't get a chair they will but an umbrella in the sand for you. People seem to come and go all day so there was always enough to go around.
The beach hut offers free use umbrellas, floats, paddle boarding, kayaks and masks and snorkels (you have to buy a mouthpiece for snorkel (5.00) or bring your own. Be sure and tip these guys as they really hustle all day in the hot sun to make your day more relaxing.
Your hotel room has a fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, pots and pans, silverware and utensils but no coffee filters or salt and pepper. You can buy everything in town or just don't cook because you are on vacation and this town has the best food.
Things I wish we would have known before we arrived:
~Arrange a taxi with hotel for airport pick-up. They might be less inclined to rip you off.
~Store New Era in the middle of town right past Sexy Fruit on left side of the street from hotel has about anything you could ever want or need. We would buy wine, salami, bread, cheese, fruit and beer and it was cheaper than the grocery store at home. She takes USD cash and matches to Euros.
~Bring the right plug (we brought Euro plugs which are square and these plugs are more flat and wide looking but same two prong set-up) New Era store sells the right plug for two dollars thank goodness.
~Bring more cash than you think you need as most stores and restaurants do even matching of dollar for dollar USD to Euros with cash and it goes fast.
~Bring more sunscreen or buy from town. We didn't have or want a car so we found everything we needed between New Era and EPICERIE which is the market right past little bridge in town (first store you come to) they also had the best French wine. The store on the hotel premises isn't too bad either and they are not priced as most hotel stores are. They sell sunscreen, clothing, swimsuits, cold beer, water and some other sundries that will tide you over.
We are planning to return to Grand Case and we will stay here again. It seems everyone else we met staying there have been year after year. Some for 20 years. That says a lot for the place. Be mindful that US standards are not the same in St Martin but they have their own set of standards so slow down, relax and remember you are a guest in their country and they only want to make you happy the best way they know how.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Intimate and relaxing, small but large enough to have just the right amount of service that brings back our guests year after year. We are constantly improving and have updated and upgraded nearly every aspect of our resort, and will continue to do so. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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