Perched above the Caribbean’s restaurant row, with a beautiful view of the bay, L’Esplanade has much to offer. The rooms are big and airy, the staff attentive and helpful and the property meticulously maintained. I was surprised then I was told it is 20 years old. I thought it was new, on a few years old, as we were there last year.
A limited lunch can be had at the quiet pool bar is and the burgers, fries and hotdogs are cooked to order by friendly barman. Breakfast options are limited but between the baquet provided and espressos or coffee and tea and a full kitchen in many units, not to mention Grand Case an easy walk below (the walk back though is a little tough but you have a full stomach) the lack of an on site full-breakfast does not bother me.
What does bother me is the lack of security on St Martin. In passed years the area tried to handle muggings and robberies by stationing enough men in black T-shirts marked “Security” and I felt safe. (The Island should have handled their poverty and unemployment problem with more money spent on education and job training, not police) This year no. One of our party was mugged, but at 2 in the morning after a few drinks even Times Square can be rough. What bothered me was as our car battery died so we left our car in the main parking lot over night to and someone having tried to steal it, cutting the ignition cable in the process. Maybe a place insecure for man or propert is insecure for our future visit.
Balanced view; I like the low key but comfortable L’ Esplanade. I like all the good restaurants in Grand Case, so I have to relate the security issues and remember Jamaica, Antigua and St Thomas have security issues too.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Esplanade