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“Second stay at Paradise in French St Martin”
Review of Hotel L'Esplanade

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Hotel L'Esplanade
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 24, 2012

You would think your second visit to this hotel could not top the first one, but it did! The location is the best, everyday what views from your balcony. I already miss waking up having my coffee on the balcony with that view. What am I going to do without my sunsets! You cannot believe how beautiful. The staff is soooo great!! I had them change reservations so many times but they always did it with a smile. Everyone there is great! So much helpful information to help you with your stay. Walking to the wonderful restaurants in Grand Case is also easy access from this hotel. Thank you again Mark for your help in our room. We love your hotel!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Amazing staff, amazing rooms, amazing experience..... Don't come here expecting a resort or an all-inclusive experience, that's not the St. Martin experience -- at least on the French Side... this is a truly unique, special place to visit.... Perfectly situated on a hillside, gorgeous views from your two-story room.... not on the beach, but it makes no difference... you take a beautiful walk down a beautiful, rainforest-like path to Grand Case Beach Club where you set up shop on BEAUTIFUL Petit Plage with Creole Rock..... A BIG shoutout to Myriam and "Cash" Richardson.... We just left yesterday, no more rum punch -- you know who I am! xoxo and see you soon!

Room Tip: I don't think you could go wrong with any of them
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

A big part of me doesn't want to review this hotel because I don't want anyone else to know about it--it's too good, in some ways too good to be true. My husband and I always say that if we had to design the perfect small hotel this would be it. Scores of reviews say the same thing and no wonder they consistently win awards. We are repeaters, having spent a glorious 2 February weeks for the fifth year in a row at L'Esplanade. We have stayed in almost all the types of suites they offer and they are all great--tastefully appointed, immaculate, and elegantly understated. The beds are dream-inducing, The staff through and through are both accessible and friendly, and the owners will stop at nothing to ensure your needs are attended to. Kristin and Mark are the very models of hospitality. Location is also superb, 'on a hill, above the rest,' about an 8-minute walk down a lushly landscaped footpath to the French restaurant-rich town of Grand Cas, where you want to be every evening after you have watched the sunset from your balcony, cocktail in hand. And every morning you can breakfast on that balcony overlooking the sea, surrounded by hummingbirds and palm trees. The traveler who doesn't like L'Esplanade doesn't like life.

Room Tip: All rooms face the sea and have a balcony. You simply cannot go wrong. It's only a matter of whe...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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kcpingc, Owner at Hotel L'Esplanade, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2012

We just wanted to thank Raisinbread for the very poetic, touching review. It really brought tears to our eyes! Your last sentence was the icing on the cake for us, "The traveler who doesn't like L'Esplanade, doesn't like life." It seems that over the years you've really caught the L'Esplanade bug! Nothing makes us happier than when people "get" what we are doing here! Thanks ever so much for your loyalty over the years!

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Reviewed March 30, 2012

I had to postpone my initial reservation due to illness. They were extremely understanding and helpful, permitting me to reapply my deposit when I was again able to travel. Six months later, we arrived for a long weekend in March, 2011. I let them know it was my wife's birthday and asked them to recommend a restaurant for her birthday dinner. They did, and made reservations for us. It was fantastic, and the restaurant gave us the extra attention one appreciates on a special occasion. The hotel also noted the event with flowers.

Our room, a loft suite was roomy, comfortable with a lovely terrace overlooking the water from which we sipped wine and watched the sunset each evening. The location is an easy walk to 'restaurant row' in Grand Case and the local beaches. This is definitely a world-class hotel - I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

The hospitality of the staff and the owners was out of this world. The view from the hotel was breathtaking with gorgeous sunsets from our balcony every night. The pool had a wonderful swim up bar and served a tasty lunch. The details in the room were incredible from the decor to the comfortable beds, I could have stayed in bed all day. The quaint town of Grand Case was fantastic; fine dining, great local food and wonderful music, we danced until 2 am to a great reggae band one night. I would highly recommend Hotel L'Esplanade.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We booked here largely on the strongly positive reviews, and were not disappointed. This was our first trip to St. Martin, and first to the Caribbean in general not staying in a resort, so we were a little apprehensive about driving around the island, walking through the towns etc.

We're not inexperienced travellers by any stretch, but just unsure about things.
Well, bythe end of the first night, we felt right at home. The hotel is truly a lovely oasis, just high enough above the town and noise to be as serene as could be. No fancy services like resorts, but that suited us just fine. The breakfasts were great, the room was large, well appointed and spotless, the welcome basket of snacks was well used, a/c and bathroom very nice. We only had one real issue which was a headboard that creaked badly every time someone rolled over, but their maintenance fellow came right away when we reported it and tried several methods for quite a while until it was truly fixed. Great service! Folks in the office were very helpful with advice, directions and dinner reservations whenever we asked.
Finally, the position of the hotel was great. The 5-10 walk to such a large variety of great restaurants was ideal - we enjoyed walking off the big meals, and not worrying about drinking and driving. And of course there are a large number of good beaches within a short drive.
All in all, the #1 ranking for hotels in Grand Case seems well deserved.

Room Tip: Both the lofts and one-bedrooms appear equally great.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

This is a top-notch hotel with free Wi-Fi, a must these days, and delicious optional breakfast. Nice view of the ocean. Unfortunately, you need to walk to a nearby hotel and use its beach at 15 euros per umbrella, a distinct disadvantage.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel L'Esplanade

Address: On the Hill of Grand Case | St. Martin, Grand Case 97150, St Martin / St Maarten
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Location: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Saint-Martin > Grand Case
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range: $245 - $495 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel L'Esplanade 4.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amid lush tropical gardens, affording its visitors privacy without sacrificing its panoramic ocean views. Spacious interiors blend harmoniously with the Mediterranean architecture. Magical sunsets come to you on your private terrace to touch your soul. A delightful footpath leads you on a journey of discovery. We invite you to find your own rhythm, knowing that our staff is there to ensure that your every day is a perfect day, knowing that your comfort is our excellence and with us, you are home. For those who appreciate privacy, enjoy an uncrowded atmosphere, gracious hospitality and seek relaxation in exclusive, blissful surroundings...Welcome to Hotel L'Esplanade. Introducing our new Ti Spa for all of your beauty and relaxation needs! ... more   less 
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