This hotel was an excellent choice for us. We were considering La Samanna, but decided against it because there seemed to be a lot to do in St Martin and we planned to go to Anguilla and St Barts. It did not make sense to spend a lot of money on a hotel that we used only to sleep at night. The mixed reviews about La Samanna also worried me This hotel had great reviews on trip advisor and it was half the price of La Samanna, so we took a chance.
I have to admit that I was taken aback a bit when we arrived because the entrance seemed like we were visiting someone's home. We are used to large resort properties or large chain hotels, and this was very different. You ring the bell at the gate, and someone lets you in. After you check in, your room key opens the gate. A bellman was not automatically available to help with you bags, etc.
The hotel was a nice surprise though. The room was great. We had an oceanfront loft room, and it has every thing you need. The décor is modern with a Caribbean vibe - the room pictures on the website are very accurate. The room had a small, but full, galley kitchen, including cookware and dinnerware. The room also had a dining area and a sitting area that led to the balcony. The balcony had a lounger and a dining table and two chairs. The building is very close to the water - so the sound of the waves was very soothing at night.
Service at the hotel was great - staff was friendly. The great attitude of the staff really stands out since St Martin did not seem to be the friendliest island. The staff did a wonderful job keeping the room and grounds clean, and they seemed to care. Jerome at the Sunset Café was wonderful. Depending on what you are looking for, the location is excellent or just good. It is only a few minutes walk to downtown Grand Case, which seems to be the heart of good cuisine on the French side and perhaps even on the island. Almost every building on the street in downtown Grand Case has a restaurant or a lolo. On the other hand, Grand Case is on the north side of the island, and if you plan to be doing a lot on the Dutch side, it could take 20-45 minutes to get to the attractions on the Dutch side depending on traffic.
The food at the Sunset Café was good - some items were really good - e.g. the calamari rings. The included breakfast for two is exactly two pieces of French bread, two regular size croissants, two small croissant type pastries, and two eight ounce glasses of orange juice.
We did not use any of the water sports equipment because we spent very little time at the hotel. The beach at Grand Case is okay. If you are a beach connoisseur, you will not be impressed. It is definitely not at the level of the beach at the Ritz Carlton on Grand Cayman or Horseshoe Beach in Bermuda or even some I have seen in the Bahamas, but maybe that is not a fair fight.
In sum, this is the little hotel that could - great room and service; good location on the French side. Not many frills, but you really don't need the frills because there is so much to do on St Martin and the surrounding islands.
- 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:
- Grand Case Beach Club Hotel Grand Case
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