I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in February when I had business that I had to complete before moving on and meeting up with my family in Anguilla for 10 days. I did a tremendous amount of research prior to booking and thought I was getting the best I could get for the amount of money I wanted to spend and given the limited amount of time I was going to be there (my other choices required a minimum 7 night stay, unfortunately). The most positive thing I can say about this hotel is that it is very convenient to restaurants for dinner - especially since I was a female staying alone and was concerned about safety (after reading a ton of posts on the SXM forum). Literally a 2 minute walk to a number of nice bistros and other dining establishments.
The accommodations themselves leave something to be desired. Very plain Jane, although my room was very clean. I had reserved a deluxe room, which I thought would have been on the 1st floor, but they must have upgraded me to a 2nd floor room which had a sliver of a view of the sea and a direct view of the pool. The furnishings need updating, as does the bathroom and kitchenette area. The bathtub/shower is very narrow, as others have noted, and water does tend to get all over the bathroom floor, but I did like that there was a more private toilet area in the space. The linens need replacing as there were some stains and they were not as clean and crisp as they should have been. Some other reviewers mentioned that the beds were uncomfortable, but I had no trouble sleeping on the bed in my room. The furniture was sparse, but the room was spacious, with a large balcony with 2 chairs and ottomans. There should be a fan on the balcony, however, because although the privacy is nice having the wall on either side, it results in no air reaching the area. The walls in the room are very thin and you can hear everything everyone says on both sides.
There were no amenities in the room other than toiletries and a few kitchen items - no bottled water, no mini bar and with no store close by, it was inconvenient to have to walk to one of the restaurants to get a bottle of water for the room.
I had to work for most of the time I was in SXM, so I did not have an opportunity to really get to know the area. I did get out on the beach for a few hours one day and am not a fan of the Orient Bay style lounging, which is very European and not of my taste - I prefer a little more space between loungers and no one between me and the beach. I also did not like the fact that the front row was reserved for "special" guests, which in this case was for visiting cruise ship passengers! That is astonishing to me that people that are not even staying on the island or at the hotel get treated better than those paying good money to support the SXM economy in a much more significant way. The other bothersome issue at the beach were the vendors - I was asked better than 30 times in the few hours that I was there if I wanted a sarong, jewelry, a massage, whatever. It was annoying when you just want peace and quiet and a few hours to enjoy the beach. I also did not care for having to walk such a ways to actually get to the beach as the website makes it seem like the hotel is beachfront when it is really not. I will say that the beach attendant that was servicing my part of the beach was very attentive and nice.
Continental breakfast was fine, with french bread, a couple of pastries, fruit, coffee/tea and juice.
Service was just okay - the front desk staff, although pleasant when engaged, was not very enthusiastic or concerned about your satisfaction. They helped me with my luggage when I arrived but nobody offered to help me when I was clearly struggling with it on my departure.
We lost water twice while I was staying. I could not figure out why my toilet wasn't flushing and when I called the front desk they informed me that there had been a water main break somewhere close by and we would not have water for several hours. It happened again the day of my departure, so no shower before heading to the airport for my flight to Anguilla.
I had dinner at the Italian restaurant (I don't recall the name) right down the alley from the hotel and it was lovely. I had a very enjoyable experience and the service and food was very good. I did not have dinner the 2nd night because I had to work through the night in my room.
If this were my only experience in St. Maarten, I would definitely have a poor overall view of the island. But, my family and I returned at the end of our vacation in Anguilla for one more night on the island before flying back to NY and, this time, we stayed at La Samanna - yes, a big difference in price but a world of difference in quality and a much nicer beach, in my opinion. I paid almost $400/night at Alamanda and do not feel like it was good value for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alamanda Resort is situated on Orient Beach, the largest and most animated beach on St. Martin. Small in scale with its 42 deluxe Oceanfront rooms and suites, you'll vacation in style at Alamanda, St Martin's newest and most intimate full service hotel. The charming restaurant opens daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and hotel guests have charging privileges at 6 beachside restaurants serving French, Spanish or American cuisine. Multilingual staff, daily maid service, room service, 3000 sq ft convention center along with fax and internet facilities. If you are looking to relax, where better than poolside in fresh water pool, sunning in the patio or sipping a drink to the poolside bar lush tropical garden? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alamanda Hotel Orient Bay