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“The Perfect Hotel”
Review of Hotel L'Esplanade

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Hotel L'Esplanade
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“The Perfect Hotel”
Reviewed February 25, 2006

My husband and I selected Hotel L'Esplanade based on TripAdvisor, and it met all expectations. We booked a Deluxe Studio and were upgraded upon arrival to a Deluxe Loft because of construction (which we didn't even notice was going on). The room was amazing - like a little apartment, and our view of the island was spectacular from the patio. Having a fully equipped kitchen was the best; each night before dinner we would relax on the patio with a bottle of wine, cheese and bread. The hotel is a 5 minute walk to all of the restaurants which was ideal for us so we wouldn't have to drive. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We didn't rent a car the first day there and found that the cabs were expensive, and once we decided we needed a rental they organized it in under 30 minutes. The breakfast was definitely worth getting each morning and the pastries and coffee were delicious. We would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed February 24, 2006

After first discovering this little island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin I have not gone one year by without returning. I was recommended Hotel L'Esplanade and the sister hotel Le Petit Hotel by a friend and have a thanked many a times for this little advice. Its the perfect base for discovering the island and also the surrounding islands.
The staff of the hotel have all been there for years and they will always greet you with a smile! They always remember your name and they even have a nice present for return guests! I think longevity in staff says more about a place than anything! They make half of the experience! The girls in the office + the cleaning staff will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Dont ask for something you do not want, because you will get it! They will go above and beyond to satisfy any request. I have not experienced the same level of customer service anywhere, I believe this comes from the General manager, an American lady, who now calls the island her home. She has taught her staff very well! The town of Grand Case is a quaint little fishing village and thank god for French Government it has not been allowed to built high rise hotels as on the dutch side! Dutch side is great for a visit but French side is where you want to be for relaxation and gourmet delight! Though as great as the restaurants are in Grand Case, the rest of the island has some pretty amazing restaurants. Go to the front desk of the hotel and they will gladly point you towards any new and exciting restaurant!

  • Stayed November 2005
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Reviewed February 22, 2006

I have never written a review before, but our trip to St. Martin so was such a perfect experience, I thought the hotel(s) and staff deserved mention. My husband and I planned a last minute trip to the island before the holidays and arranged to stay at both L' Esplanade and Le Petit Hotel around a visit to one of the surrounding islands. Our first destination was L'Esplanade, the larger of the two properties up on the hill overlooking Grande Case. From the moment we arrived, we were able to shed our bags and plans and just relax. Kristin and Marc showed us our room, pointed out the path to the beach from L'Esplanade, the walk to "restaurant row" and encouraged us to just relax and have a good time.
They have thought of everything here. I travel a lot for business, so I am particular about a lot of things. The bed, the linens on the bed, the towels, the choices of bath products- all the little things that make you feel like you are being taken care of- have been meticulously thought out here. Our bed was large and plush, not two twin beds pushed together to make a king, it was a real king size mattress with breezy white linens. The bathroom featured local, french bath products and freshly clipped flowers. From our deck we had a beautiful view of the beach below. We could have stayed here for the whole trip. But we planned to pack in a few destinations on this trip.
When we returned to St.Martin, we stayed at Le Petit. Our boat got in late, but Stefanie had prepared for our late arrival and made sure we were taken care of. I LOVE this hotel. It feels like home, that is if I could have a beach house in the Caribbean. The room we stayed in had a porch which led directly onto the beach, which simply can not be beat. The room has been designed to feel like you are in Bali or Tahiti with heavy teak stained wood and crisp, clean cushions. Again the bed was incredibly comfortable. We lazed around our porch in the mornings over delicious pastries, fresh squeezed juice and Real coffee.
They have truly designed a place where you feel at ease. There are no wicker pieces or other usual tropical trappings, Le Petit and L'Esplanade are classy, comfortable and cool properties. They give their guests enough information to be self sufficient (even have little kitchens for your own food) but are incredibly kind and helpful if you should ever need their help or advice. We had the best trip and recommend it highly to anyone who is planning a trip to the Caribbean.

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Reviewed February 21, 2006

We've just returned from St. Martin and absolutely loved the hotel l'esplanade in Grand Case. The hotel is beautiful-set atop the hill overlooking the sea.

The staff couldn't be nicer-they couldn't do enough for you. Our room was an efficiency with a full kitchen, except microwave, and had a balcony overlooking the sea. The room was immaculate with luxury linens and daily maid service.

The pool bar is wonderful as is the bartender-Alan. He makes a great lunch.

The location is perfect as you can walk to the main street in Grand Case. Also, you can use the beach at Grand Case beach Club.

Karan

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Reviewed February 11, 2006

The best hotel value this side of the moon!
I was astounded by the extraordinary beauty of this magnificent, intimate property. As well as the incredible cleanliness and unrivaled attention to detail. Never have I been more pleased with every aspect of a hotel experience. Never have I felt more well tended to. There aren't words to explain this most perfect setting. Sweeping panoramic vistas of a crescent bay. A handful of motor yachts and sleek sailing vessels bobbed at anchor on the tranquil, azure sea. Breathtaking sunsets from a private, (and I mean really private) balcony. The architecture and quality of materials used in constructing this hidden gem is truly a feast for the eyes. The abundant gardens dripped with multi colored bougainvillea and hibiscus blossoms. The uncrowded oasis pool is sheer paradise, dressed to kill with a mahogany swim up bar, imported tile and crystal clear water. Who could ask for more? Did I mention Petit Plage? We found it to be a gorgeous and special little beach only barefoot steps away. The management of this fine family run boutique hotel could teach the 5 star hotels of this world a thing or two about customer service. The ever present, cheerful, professional staff can't do enough for you. By the end of the first day, I felt like a family member. To say they treasure their guests is an understatement. Shhhh, let's keep this one quiet, everyone returns year, after year, after year and...if the word really gets out none of us will be able to get back in. If you want a sure fire winner...run don't walk. L'Esplanade will spoil you for anything else.

  • Stayed January 2006
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11 Thank xanjaz
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NYC, New York
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Reviewed February 10, 2006

My fiance and I traveled to St. Martin in November 2005 and I have not had a chance to write a review, but after reading the previous negative review, I felt compelled to write. Hotel L'Esplanade went above and beyond our expectations in terms of rooms, service and value. We stayed in an oversized deluxe loft and I must say that we have never stayed in a room as beautiful or with such breathtaking views (see attached pics). When we first stepped into the room we were just blown away at the size and the loveliness of the room. The grounds were perfectly maintained and the flowers and greenery gorgeous. Every amenity imaginable was available and when we asked for a voltage converter, it was immediately delivered to us. The staff booked our restaurant reservations prior to our arrival and helped us revise them when our plans changed during our stay.

Location - L'Esplanade is located on a hillside, not directly on a beach, but this was not a problem as we rented a car and traveled to the different beaches on the island. We actually prefer the variety and seeing the differnt sights, but if you do not rent a car you can walk to Petit Plage at the base of the hill, which is small, but pretty and uncrowded. You could also try the beach at the sister hotel Le Petit. Many of the restaurants in Grand Case offer use of their beach chairs if you eat at their establishments-La California and Los Calmos being two of them. Orient Beach has a nice strip of beach and many water activities,(along with nudists), but we found it to be overcrowded and not as relaxing. If you want large, crowded beaches stay on the Dutch side or Orient Beach. If you prefer a low-key environment, privacy and relaxation try Grand Case and the other beaches on the island not surrounded by resorts.

Restaurants - Grand Case offers a variety of top-notch restaurants. A few that we would try again are Le Pressoir and La California and Marios's Bistro in Sandy Ground. We ate at La California for lunch on the day of our arrival and went back there many times for their delicious food and friendly service. In fact, we traveled on to Anguilla after our stay in St. Martin and took the ferry back to St. Martin for a day because we missed Grand Case and our lunches at La California. On a side note, Anguilla has some of the most beautiful beaches we have seen, soft, powdery white sand, but other than that there is not much to do. Take a day trip there to experience the beaches, but stay in St. Martin for some flavor.

Night Life - Grand Case does not have much of a night life and therein lies the beauty of St. Martin. Just drive over to the Dutch side for casinos and shows and drive back to the French side for peace and quiet. Los Calmos Cafe in Grand Case is open late and you can have late-night drinks on the beach which is a nice touch.

For us Grand Case felt like a cultural experience as well as a vacation. Usually when traveling to Caribbean islands, you get the beautiful weather and beaches, but everything is commercialized and the experience becomes generic. In Grand Case, the locals mix with the tourists and you get the true feel of the island - not your cookie cutter experience behind resort gates. All in all, St. Martin has something for everyone. If you prefer big resorts stay on the Dutch side. If you prefer privacy and tranquility, stay at L'Esplanade for unparalleled service, accomodations and ambiance. You won't be disappointed. We plan on returning to L'Esplanade for a longer stay in May and we can't wait! Hope this was helpful. Enjoy!

  • Stayed November 2005
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16 Thank Fatmire P
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Easton, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2006

I read all the reviews about this hotel and it's location before we booked a week there the end of Jan. Everyone of the reviews was so glowing. But to my stunned amazement the reality turned out much differently. What view there is is somewhat less than spectacular. And Grand Case? The "Grand" part is somewhat of a misnomer. The town seems depressed and depressing, as does the rest of the island. What beach at the end of the short path down the hill is everyone talking about-the pathetic strip of sand to the right known as Petit Plage which is abutted by concrete walls? My girlfriend likened it to Soviet Russia. We did have a problem with the airline breaking the main latch on one of our bags, and the women that attended us at the hotel was extremely accomadating-I think here name was Fanny-couldn't have been nicer, making arrangements with the airline etc. We booked out of there after one night-took the plane over to St. Barth and had a wonderful rest of our vacation. Please please PLEASE know I am not a complainer, but this was a mind blower.

  • Stayed January 2006
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25 Thank levinemartin
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, Owner/Manager at Hotel L'Esplanade, responded to this review, February 8, 2006
In response to our recent guest from Fairfield, CT., St. Martin is obviously not for him and I feel he took out his dismay with the island on our hotel. He came through a travel agent so perhaps the agent mislead him? Often times people that love St. Martin, dislike St. Barths and visa versa...this is why we own a property on St. Barths as well! I think it is clear from all of our other reviews, as well as out TripAdvisor award that we strive to give our guests the best customer service possible. We are a small, family run business and we bend over backwards for our guests. If anyone has any questions or concerns as to whether or not L'Esplanade is for you, please feel free to email me. Thank you.
-Kristin Petrelluzzi
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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
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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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