We stayed at the Royal Palm this past week as a family of 5 (me and my spouse, my brother and his spouse, and my father). We enjoyed the hotel in general. The location is great, with their own private beach and swimming area and a great view of Simpson Bay. The room was comfortable enough; we were happy to have a sunny breakfast nook and a small balcony. It was rainy for a few days, so the big flat screen TVs were nice for movie nights.
My one issue with this hotel was the service. The front desk staff were very friendly, but not at all helpful or efficient. They would promise to follow through on requests (for example, to contact housekeeping for us, or to bring my lost suitcase to the room once the airport delivered it to the hotel), but we would have to contact them several more times or take matters into our own hands to get anything done. Service issues usually do not bother me much, but it was like pulling teeth to get even basic requests fulfilled at the Royal Palm. Plus, they always seemed to be out of clean towels. For a hotel on a beach, this is problematic.
The best perk of this hotel, for me, was the gym. They have the largest and most well-stocked fitness center that I have ever seen at a hotel/resort, and I am a fitness nut who travels a heck of a lot. They have nearly every type of machine, weights, or fitness gadget you could ever want. My only regret is that I did not have more time to go to the gym during my vacation....it would have helped offset the decadent meals!
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Palm Beach Hotel Simpson Bay
- Royal Palm St Maarten
- Royal Palm Beach Club St Maarten