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Hotel L'Esplanade
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
new york
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“incredible spot”
Reviewed March 1, 2009

L'Esplanade is not on the beach, but unless you're willing to die for that, this is the hotel of your dreams. The location is terrific--a five minute walk to the beaches of Grand Case and into the village with its restaurants and shops. the rooms are spotless, the owners --Kristin and Mark--ever present, and the service just outstanding. At the pool bar, Alain gives great advice, plays great music and serves wonderful drinks (he also rents cars!). this was our fifth year at Esplanade; we love it more each time we go. In the village, try La Cottage for dinner. The food is wonderful and always follow their advice for wine--great quality and good prices. This is a GREAT vacation!!!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Leverett, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2009

L'Esplanade is an absolute DELIGHT!

It is so often a struggle to find sophisticated lodging in an environment normally packed with cruise ship tourists… the French side of St. Martin’s is quieter, classier, more natural, and hosts small luxury hotels like L’Esplanade. The town of Grande Case is intimate and chock full of world-class restaurants in addition to the beachside rib places (the “lolos”). L'Esplanade in its white stucco and blue tiled glory sets just a 3 minute walk up a very slight (and lovely, well-lighted) hill from the end of Grand Case’s main thoroughfare (a perfect evening stroll down to eat and back). This setting allows for the sensation of complete privacy while at the same time feeling close (enough) to all the activity. Even at the hotel pool (with a full hotel) we felt there was barely another soul at the place.

Kristin (GM and co-owner), Myriam and all the staff were exceptionally helpful and kind with any and every request. The rooms were classy, large, tastefully decorated and comfortable (the bathrooms stocked with top of the line eco-friendly toiletries), the kitchenettes complete with pots, pans, and all the accoutrements needed (IF you needed) - AND all had amazing views of the bay (with terraces surrounded by fuchsia bougainvillea and humming birds). We travel the world and like to find the charming, elegant OFF-the-main-tourist-strip kind of places - the ones that are in "a class above".

L’Esplanade is truly a gem. We would never stay anywhere else on St. Martin.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Buffalo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2009

My husband and I were extremely disappointed with St. Martin and the Hotel L'Esplanade. We thought that since it was a short walk to the beach and dining that it would be a great way to spend a vacation. The beach at the base of the hotel is just OK and you are at risk walking the path to Grand Case at night. Difficult to get a taxi as well. We felt uncomfortable spending as much money as we did staying there and seeing a guard protecting the parking lot from theft. St Martin charm is gone and the hotel amemities not worth the price. Puerto Rico, Barbados, & St. John's are much nicer islands.

Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2009

Hotel L'Esplanade is the perfect choice for St. Martin. I've traveled quite a bit and I was perplexed by the hotel choices in St. Martin. There seemed to be no hotels with consistently positive reviews, except La Samanna (which is the best without question, but quite expensive) and Hotel L'Esplanade. We were very happy with the choice. The hotel rooms are beautiful with balinese furniture. I believe all rooms face the ocean. The rooms are very comfortable and luxurious. The hotel is on a hill above Grand Case. It is beautiful. There is no restaurant on the property, but it is a short walk to Grand Case where there are many choices. There is a pool, which is enclosed by pretty landscaping. Its a good place to spend time and it is possible to get sandwiches for lunch at the pool bar. If you go down the hill and go right, there is a small beach. Grand Case beach is pretty narrow and is in front of many restaurants along the beach.

This is definitely a hidden gem. The one thing to know about St. Martin is that the food is incredibly expensive. The food is better than most other caribbean islands, but you will pay for it. Its hard to each lunch for less than $20 each. The French side of St. Martin is quieter and in my opinion, much prettier because of the lack of development. If you have a rental car, remember not to leave anything of value in the car at any time.

Hotel L'Esplanade is peaceful and well worth it.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank PaigeCK
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Annapolis,Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2009

My husband and I stayed at Hotel L'Esplanade last Jan for a 4 day get away and it was wonderful. We booked a rental car through the hotel they use Justice rental cars but they pick you at the airport and take you back so you don't have to worry about finding the rental car etc it is at the hotel. The people are just beyond wonderful here, everyone was so friendly. We checked in and they upgraded us from the studio to the studio with the loft which was very nice. All the rooms face the water so good view from any room. The staff had great recommendations for food, you can walk down the the row of restraurants in Grand Case and the beach is a short 10 min drive away. They had a welcoming happy hour that Friday which was not expected but lovely. The bartenders are so friendly and they even went into to town and picked up a special dinner and prepared it for another couple staying there. I never felt so relaxed as I did here, can't wait to return

  • Liked — The setting and the friendly staff
  • Disliked — parking, tight spots
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2008

great luxury hotel at a bargain price. For the seasoned Island tourist, St Martin dissappoints-very depressed. Not a decent beach close to the resort. Great restauarants & bars in season within walking distance. so many better island options. Won't be back (hotel is plenty nice don't get me wrong) If you're on a budget, way nicer vactions to be had stateside. Ask yourself. beautiful hotel-or beautiful island. Here it's one or the other.

  • Liked — great big rooms
  • Disliked — no BEACH, yucky island
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2008

Everything I want to say has already been said in the other reviews. I just want to reiterate how fantastic our trip was and how great the staff was. It was a real pleasure to be at this hotel.

Grand Case is great for food! For a fancier dinner, Le Cottage is absolutely fantastic. They have a 5 course lobster tasting menu for $55 that finishes off with your choice of soufflé and its really incredible (even if you don't want the lobster everything we had was 4 star). For a more laid back night, Calmos Cafe is a beach bar restaurant that is right in the sand off the water. Great drinks/cheap food, and a really fun venue.

Will def be back to L'esplanade at some point in the future, it (and Grand Case) did not disappoint.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank ajmak2001
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Property: Hotel L'Esplanade
Address: On the Hill of Grand Case | St. Martin, Grand Case 97150, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > 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 #2 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel L'Esplanade 4*
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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