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“We want to go back, Heaven on earth...”
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LOVE
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
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“We want to go back, Heaven on earth...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2010

My fiancee and I were looking for a quiet spot with access to everything. Sounds like a lot to ask for, quiet and action right? But we found it. A lovely boutique hotel in the middle of grand case bay. Quiet and yet walking distance from many restaurants. They themselves have a wonderful french cuisine menu. Try the Goat cheese salad and you're sure to fall in LOVE. The Owners are a wonderful young french couple from Nice that moved to the island and run the hotel. They are warm and welcoming.

We felt at home. The beach is stunning, and the hotel is literally on the beach. I would go back in a heart beat, actually we are! We've decided to go back for a long weekend in November.

If you go, say hi to Murielle and William for us, they are the owners of this fine establishment.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Randolph, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2010

I give this cozy B&B 3.5 stars but that isn't an option on Tripadvisor.

I loved the location. Located at the end of Grand Case Blvd, it is within walking distance of all the great cuisine of Grand Case. Parking was always easy in the month of May - we were never more than 2 blocks away. The location is a perfect location to explore the island during the day and great dining at night.

Unfortunately I thought the room was merely average. There was no hot water when we were there and often times the water pressure was near zero. Even when the water was flowing, it is a very weak flow. The AC was also pretty weak and took forever to get the room somewhat cold.

Overall, I think it is a good value for the location. I would recommend it with the above caveats.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cape Coral, Fl
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2006

We stayed the first week on a villa on the Dutch side which was lovely. We planned to stay the last 2 nights at Chez Martine. We were impressed with the reviews on Trip Advisor. However, we did not have the wonderful experience that so many others described.
When we arrived, our reservations were not recorded, so we were not expected. We only spoke English and he only spoke French, but we were able to figure each other out. He gave us the choice of 2 rooms- both were simple and clean. However, both had been closed up a while and were VERY HOT. We turned the AC on and went to the beach which was very calm and quiet. After returning in a few hours, the room was not much cooler. We left at 6:00 to go over to Simpson Bay and participate on the Pub Crawl on the Celine- Well worth it as a side trip!!. When we returned about 11:30 pm, the whole place was TOTALLY dark (the restaurant was closed for renovations and we were the only ones at the hotel). We made our way up and found our room still very hot and a giant roach on the wall.
We decided to try and sleep and figure it out in the morning. After 20 minutes, the door started banging as if someone was tring to get in! We jumped out of bed and after a few minutes realized it was only the wind, but were sufficiently nervous. The door continued to creak and rattle- so with sweat soaked clothes we decided to pack up, head out and hope that we could find a place at midnight! All of Grand Case was deserted at this point and we headed to Marigot where we came across an open hotel and stayed there for our last 2 nights and it was only $30 more per night!
With language help from our new hotel we were able to get a refund for 1 night.

  • Stayed June 2006
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2006

If you read the previous reviews and want to stay at the Chez Martine because of the top tier management, do not come here. In the last month there was a staff change and it was apparently a change for the worse. The owner, manager, and cook are unfriendly and frankly, creepy. Also, breakfast was not as described and only included coffee, warm juice, and bread.

The actual hotel was as decribed, basic and nice. The location is prime and the view is great. If we were to go back, we would stay on the same street, but in a different hotel. There are many newer, beautiful hotels with private balconies to choose from. Enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2006
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2006

We stayed on the 2nd floor where we found the accomodations nice and the veiw of the bay breath taking. The restaurant was excellent as all are on Grand Case. The manager ( Mr. Richardson) was very helpful and acted upon our requests in good response time. The only negative was that the beach was very narrow and one of the scary locals had set up a squalid shanty under the restaurant terrace which kept the hotel quests away from the beach because he and his buddies were all ways in command of the hotel lounge chairs.

  • Stayed February 2006
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London
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17 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2006

When you book a room at this hotel, make absolutely sure that you get a room upstairs and preferably beach-side. Our room, no.1, sat on the corridor along which clients approached the hotel's restaurant. So, we didn't gey any peace until about 2 a.m. Then, being next to the main road, we had to put up with the sound of clubbers returning home with their stereo's blaring loud, as they drove along the main street, on which the hotel is situated.

Furthermore, do not choose this place if you are looking for convenient access to shops or the airport. Grand Case is really in the middle of nowhere, with very few places open during the day.

The only selling point for this place is that it sits right on the beach, and I mean RIGHT ON THE BEACH! the room's decor and bathroom were tawdry and with a distinct feeling of being not quite clean.

An eyesore during the day, Grand Case at night transforms into a myriad of beautifully lit late-opening, boutiques and restaurants. However, the prices to eat at these venues is formidable and anyhow, why on earth would you come to the carribean to eat french Cuisine?!! Luckily, there a couple of cafes on the main strip where you can get local cuisine at an inexpensive price.

All in all, if you were going to stay on St. Martin's, itself a wretched dump of a destination, you would want to stay in Grand Case. Only because it is the only place that was not overly developed in a tasteless manner for mass tourism. There again, that isn't saying much! Save your money and go to Benidorm or some other Eurotrash destination, as you'll find the same stuff there as at St. Martin's, an absolutely awful destination!

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Marengo, OH
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2005

If you are simply looking for a "base of operations", this is the hotel for you. This is not a resort, it's a small but excellent french restaurant with a 7-room hotel attached.

We stayed in the "suite" for five nights and then moved into one of the other upstairs rooms for our last night. Our first night we were frustrated by the lack of screening on the sliding glass door to the private deck (mosquitoes bit us all night, every night). We also found problems with the bathroom cabinet door (handle fell off in my hand), the closet door (wouldn't open) and the shower head (detached from wall).

However, our first morning we loved waking up to the sound of waves washing up on the beach outside our room. We ran right downstairs and straight onto the sand. The location is excellent.

Grand Case looks like a typical caribbean village (poor) until you get to the beach road (blvd du grand case). All the shopping and restaurants are here. Almost all of the restaurants are expensive, french and very good. For a more reasonably priced alternative, the lolos (especially Talk of the Town) also offer great BBQ.

The week we were here, the town was fairly uncrowded. Most of the time there were only a couple other people on the beach. The beach itself is quite long and varies in width from about five feet to 20-30', depending on the tide. The sand is nice and soft, and I collected quite a lot of beach glass. (be careful of the glass that is still a bit sharp!)

Here are some other details. Only the suite (room 7) faces the beach directly. Rooms 4,5,6 share a patio space that overlooks a sort of garden area. You can see the beach, but only if you are at the rail. Room 3 faces a dark upstairs corridor. Rooms 1 and 2 are on the first floor.

Each room has a mini-fridge, but all rooms share the same "kitchette". (see photo) The beds were rather hard, and the pillows ran the gamut from compressed down-filled to lumpy polyester. The bathrooms all had double sinks and plenty of counter space. Room 5 did not have a bathtub but the shower worked. Room 7 only had a hand held shower nozzle. The limit of the hot water is about five minutes.

Breakfast is included. You eat in the small dining room, overlooking the beach. Every morning is the same croissants (plain and chocolate), baguette, ham & cheese, orange juice, preserves and coffee. The Miami Herald is also available Mon-Saturday.

Rudy, the manager, is very amiable, however we didn't really meet him until the third day. The owner doesn't speak a word of English, but is also very friendly and helpful.

We had some trouble with our car. The battery was stolen right out of it, as it was parked in front of the hotel! The owner, despite significant language barriers, was tremendously helpful. He made dozens of phone calls for us and even drove my husband to the airport trying to find someone from the rental agency.

All in all, we did have a wonderful week. We were looking for something quiet and convenient to the beach. We didn't want lots of other people around, or noisy pool areas. We visited the Grand Case Beach Club one day and Orient Beach another day, and both areas had lots of activities but were too crowded for us.

If you are looking for a modest hotel, without frills or amenities, this is definitely your place. You won't overspend and you'll be right on the beach.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Additional Information about LOVE

Property: LOVE
Address: 140 Boulevard de Grand Case | Saint Martin, Grand Case 97150, St. Maarten-St. Martin (Formerly Chez Martine)
Location: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Saint-Martin > Grand Case
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LOVE HOTEL & RESIDENCE are located on the beautiful bay of Grand Case, bordered by turquoise Carribean Sea, offering a private and luxurious experience. An ideal setting to relax on the beach and enjoy refreshing cocktails and lunch feet in the water. Families can enjoy the sound of crashing waves while children are entertained by one of the multiple beach activities. Directly on the very lively and animated Grand Case Boulevard, you will be able to enjoy the fine French cuisine at THE PETITE TABLE, situated in front of the HOTEL. You must also take some time to visit the local art galleries, boutiques, bars and so much more! ... more   less 
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