My husband and I just got back from our trip to St. Martin and would go back to L'Esplanade in a heartbeat. We got wonderful service from each service person at this laid back boutique hotel. And, just to clarify, I mean the atmosphere for the guests is laid back, but each hotel staff person we encountered was professional, yet made you feel like you were part of the family. When we checked in, my husband mentioned to Kristen, the hotel manager, that we wanted to go deep sea fishing and Kristen gave us the name/phone number of a family friend who also captained a private charter fishing boat. (Had a great time on that excursion!)
We had a deluxe studio room and I agree with everything I'd read previously. Very nice room, comfortable bed, always kept exceptionally clean, incredible view (I believe all rooms have fantastic views). My husband would have liked a more comfortable chair to sit in, but that would be our only complaint about the room.
We loved the location of L'Esplanade; very doable walk into town for dinners or over to the Grand Case Beach Club/Sunset Cafe for breakfast or lunch. The hotel has a small pool (appropriate to the number of rooms at the hotel) with it's swim up bar was a real hit with my husband. And Allan, the pool bartender/chef/car rental agent/jack of all trades, was a real treat, as well as his extended family that assisted him at the bar at various times. They made us feel at home from the very first day. If you do have any issues with walking, be aware that there are a lot of steps to get to/from your room and the pool and you have to walk down a hill to get down into town. I injured my knee midway through the trip, so that made it a little difficult to get around. In terms of restaurants, we didn't have a bad meal. With the exception of some breakfasts and lunches at the Sunset Cafe at the Grand Case Beach Club, we didn't eat anywhere more than once, just because we wanted to try a variety. I believe we went to Spiga, Le Pressoir, Bistro Caraibes, Spicy, The Sky is the Limit (one of the Lolo's) and Il Nettuno. While you don't need a car a lot, you do need one periodically if you want to do anything outside of Grand Case (and you should!).
Unless you are looking for a large hotel with lots and lots of amenities, you will not be disappointed by L'Esplanade. Thanks for making our trip to St. Martin so special!
- 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