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Grand Case Beach Club
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A TripAdvisor Member
Rockville, MD
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Reviewed July 26, 2005

Grand Case was perfect for our honeymoon. The views were great of torquoise clear water with lots of colorful flowers on the grounds, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the rooms were clean and tastefully decorated for such a low priced hotel. They have a restaurant at the hotel, Sunset Cafe, which was okay, but Le Tastevin and L'Auberge Gourmande are the places to eat in Grand Case and are only a few minutes walk away (I suggest walking into Grand Case, since parking is scarce after dark). Le Tastevin is on the water, but L'Auberge Gourmande adds more elegance. Either has great food and service. Be prepared to spend around a $100 a day to eat for a couple, unless you go over to St. Maarten, but the money spent is well worth it.

We did have to move out of our room after the first night, which was irritating, because the owner was coming back (the rooms are privately owned, but rented through the hotel, or something like that), but after that the stay was perfect. The immediate area around the hotel is peaceful with lots of flowers. Although some on this website say the area outside of the hotel is bad, we didn't see anything like that and walked to the town of Grand Case (only about 10 minutes away) on a number of occasions. The last night we were there we were told that it is easier to walk on the beach to the town (supposedly shorter), but like I said, the walk along the street was fine. We didn't like St. Maarten (the Dutch side of the island) at all, and to me it was too Americanized (which is why it's cheaper). Why would you want to go on vacation to be like back home in the U.S.?? St. Martin (the French side of the island) had a number of other hotels that looked promising, but I think Grand Case was the best for the money. They have a great beach next to the Sunset Cafe, and a smaller one directly in front of the rooms. The smaller one is quieter. It just depends on what you want. The larger beach has a guy who gives you snorkeling equipment and rafts, so talk to him if you want anything like that (including info on tours or sailing). We kayaked out to a little island near the larger beach and got lots of pictures of fish while snorkeling. All in all, the perfect honeymoon, thanks to Grand Case Beach Club!

  • Stayed: July 2005
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10  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed July 20, 2005

My wife and I researched all St. Martin hotels w/Trip Advisor and selected Grand Case. We were not disappointed. Ocean view room was good w/balcony and a great A/C and mini-bar and cable TV. The view each morning of Grand Case Bay was paradise.

St.Martin is "the friendly island" and we agree. All the staff at the Sunset Beach cafe, the water sports desk, and the front desk were friendly and helpful.

A short (10 minute, be careful of cars on this narrow country lane) walk to Grand Case led to some great food. We ate at Il Nettuno (twice), L'Auberge, and the lolos (Talk of Town). All were great. Expect to pay $100 for dinner (2 people w/ a glass of wine and dessert). The veal is flown in from France, the beef form the US, the bread baked locally. Later in our week we ate at the a lolo: great ribs and chicked all for less than $30

Car rental at Grand Case Beach Club was easy: expect $5/day for car and $20/day for insurance. We filled up the tank before we returned it at $4/gallon (about)

Getting to and from the airport was made easy though our travel agent who arranged for a driver to pick us up and return us at the end of our stay. Recommended since traffic and roads are confusing to a first time visitor.

Overall, GCBC is an idyllic and relaxing resort, a good alternative to the Orient Beach or Simpson's Bay locations.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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6  Thank AHW
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New York, NY
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Reviewed July 16, 2005

like all of us out there the internet lead me to this little, secluded gem as a result of price, layout & seclusion. tucked into a nice cove, the beach is wonderful for couples or families with small ones. the clear and lengthy shallow water takes the ease off parents so they might put their drink flag up every now and then. my wife and i went ourselves and we are looking again there to take our infant. the fruity, rum concoctions at the bar are delicious as is the food at the restaraunt. it is the only one i believe on the grounds but within walking distance there are many, many places to eat representing fine examples of caribbean and worldly cuisine. from the beach you can snorkel, kayak, and do sailing trips plus the grounds have tennis courts. next cove you can do jet skiing (they will pick you up). the rooms are nice and big with doors opening up right to the water - a good spitter can land one in the water from their deck chair! the staff is real nice and can accomodate most requests. stays can be cashless and everything can be put on your room tab. just don't pull your back out like i did....oh well, loved it anyway. looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed: April 2004
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Reviewed July 10, 2005

Towards the end of a wide-ranging business trip acros the Caribbean me and a colleague had the good fortune to stay at GCBC.

We couldn't believe the warm and friendly welcome, together with complimentary wine, upon our arrival (thereby knocking any more work that day on the head!)

We received an upgrade, and are still not certain why, and were very impressed by the cleanliness and space of the suite. The views were stunning.

This is not the place to go for a throbbing nightlife, although we saw some pretty impressive action while having dinner one evening in the hotel restaurant. The views from the tables are out over the water and we watched amazed, together with the waiters, while 5 or 6 barracuda herded a large school of fish into the shallows and proceeded to dine alongside us!

Sadly our trip only allowed us to stay a short while, but we both would return with families next time we are in the Caribbean!

  • Stayed: June 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 8, 2005

We just returned from a four night stay at the GCBC and had a wonderful time. If you are looking for a fancy high rise with lots of excitement this is not the place for you. It is smaller, very relaxed, peaceful and quiet. Everyone on the staff is very friendly and helpful, and you feel like you know them personally when you leave. The bottle of wine at check in is a nice touch. Take the time to go to a store in town and buy some snacks and drinks that you can stash in your kitchen. Be sure to take plenty of dollars to pay in cash - you'll often pay more if you charge. Most restaurants and shops are one for one (dollar for euro) but not all. Ask or check ahead of time. We took a taxi from the airport when we arrived. There are plenty of car rental places there, but it is about a thirty minute trip to Grand Case, and we decided to leave the driving to someone else. Good choice - it gives you a chance to look at the towns, communities and the awesome scenery. We did rent a car one day from Prestige right at GCBC. Very reasonable - $25 for the day. You can drive all around the perimeter of the island very easily in a day, even stopping in larger towns like Marigot and Phillipsburg to eat or shop; check out all the beaches, too. Just take a good map and you'll be fine. Some streets are not marked well - it's dificut to tell what are the "main roads". They're ALL bumpy and full of holes. They also love speed bumps - they are all over the place. The natives drive crazy - there is not much regard for pedestrians or even other cars. Be careful! The hotel itself is very beautiful and well maintained. Our room was cleaned every day, but I don't think the sheets were changed every day. Altho we were upgraded to a larger room when we got there, I complained about the strong smell of stale smoke in the room. Nothing was done about that. Everthing in our room other than the smoke smell was really nice except the water pressure in the shower is pitiful. If you have an ocean view bottom floor unit, you can walk a few steps to your lounge chairs and overlook the water - then walk a few more steps to the beach. This is just awesome - you feel like you're in the middle of a postcard. As everyone else has said, the restaurants in town are numerous, but pretty expensive. You will spend at least $100 for two, and that's without wine. Our favorite was the California - the polaroid photo at the end is nice! Eat cheap at the lolos in the center of town - you can get great local cooking (chicken, ribs, johnny cakes, etc) inexpensive and you get a feel for the native cuisine. The complimentary breakfast at the Sunset Cafe is nice - coffee/tea, juice and a basket of assorted breads. The view is awesome! If you want more, they have an excellent menu and you just pay for it yourself. We never ate dinner there, altho I heard it was over priced. If we had been there longer, we probably would have tried it. If you are there on Monday, be sure and go to the managers reception at 5:30. Free drinks and snacks and a great chance to meet the manager and other guests. Another nice touch was the collection of paper back books in the office. You just borrow one to read and bring it back when you are done. There is an internet connection in the office, also, if you need to send an email. Altho we didn't use it, it seemed reasonable. There are two shops to buy t-shirts and other stuff. Go and have a great relaxing time. If you have any questions, I'll be glad to try and help.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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14  Thank Piccolo
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