Stayed 5 days from May 6 - May 11th
We exchanged some Hilton timeshare points to RCI to stay here. We booked a studio and were upgraded to a one bedroom which was a nice surprise when we got to our room.
Upon entry, it is a no frills lobby. The front desk lady was extremely warm and security was helpful and nice. The nice thing about this timeshare is that it is quiet and we felt safe. When you check in, they give you 2 towels (which we changed daily) and a lock for the safe. Both required a $70 deposit upfront which you got back when you checked out. Internet service is $16 a day or $50 for the week. We didn't get it since we went to a bakery every morning and everyone (most restaurants too) had free wifi.
The accommodations are dated, but clean. The bedroom and living area had a tv and we were grateful that there were good programming of US channels (incl Bravo, Food network, ESPN) since we like to watch tv as we wind down for the evening. Kitchen had a microwave, dishwasher, dishtowels, paper towels and soap. It was also great having a refrigerator. The hotel itself is probably a 3 star - on par with a holiday inn, but the location is awesome and staff bumped it up to 4 for us. Maid service was great - our cleaning lady came on Wednesday and spend quite a bit of time cleaning. She sprayed the bathroom with clorox and while that sit, she swept and mopped. Very thorough.
They do have a hertz rental service in the hotel and if you need it, you can rent a crib for the week. Parking is an additional $6 a day.
This location is about a 5 minute drive from the airport. We rented a car from a place call (Rent a Wreck - yes, odd name for a car rental) when we got off the plane. Cab would be roughly $7, but car rentals are so cheap it is worth it for 20 bucks a day.
This is in between 2 casinos and the 'strip' is really short - only about 8 places to eat including the piano bar, bamboo bernies (see my separate reviews), Paris restaurant, and a few more on the back street (italian and chinese). Also, 4-5 shops and a really good ice cream shop at the end of the block. Very conveniently, there is a grocery store next store that has everything you need - incl. liquor, water, good variety of food (hot and packaged), sunblock...etc.
The beach is fine, but there are so many great beaches that mullet bay is just an 'okay'. The cool part is that the planes land really close and to my surprise, I didn't hear them at all from our room.
Drive to Simpson Bay is about 10 minutes, Phillipsburg is another 10. Everything is super close so I strongly recommend a car. Great place to explore.
- Also Known As:
- Royal Islander Club La Terrasse Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
- Royal Islander Hotel La Terrasse
- St Maarten Royal Islander
- Royal Islander Resort La Terrasse