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“A charming boutique hotel with a good restaurant”

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Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Ambleside, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A charming boutique hotel with a good restaurant”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

We did not stay at the hotel - but used the restaurant.

A boutique Hotel and Restaurant. This comfortable restaurant has a view over the beach and the cruise ship docks and provides both inside and alfresco dining.
The menu provides a good choice and the dishes we had were excellent and fairly priced.
A very nice location for dinner. We were advised that the restaurant will be closed for some months
whilst building work is undertaken.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Latham, New York
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2013

We stayed at the Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse 4/30/13 - 5/6/13. It is a charming hotel in the middle of Philipsburg between the boardwalk and Front Street. We were in Room #403, a suite in the new building, The room was large, clean and comfortable with a great view. Daily maid service. Hotel guests were allowed to use the beach chairs/ umbrellas for free (other set ups in Great Bay were charging up to $15). The one thing the room was missing was a coffee maker, we bought one at ACE and were set for the week. The entire staff was great. They were very friendly and made us feel at home.

Room Tip: Stayed in Room #403 - new building suite. Very large, clean and comfortalbe with a great location a...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Spent the week and it was great. The hotel is old but it gave us a true feel of the island. The location and the price is great. Janet at the outside bar was great along with the entire staff. The food was also great.

  • Stayed May 2013
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1 Thank Johnandcolleenb
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Michigan
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

This was our first visit to the newly constructed side of the Pasanggram Guest House. It has hot water and air conditioning that actually works extremely well! However....there are tiny things that still need to make these accommodations rate as a first-class resort. It is the things such as: all handles attached to dressers, toilets not leaking, and staying bug free. On the plus sides, housekeeping is wonderful and Colbert, the manager, is always accommodating and attentive. I have no complaints about the staff. They are wonderful. BTW...this is our third extended visit to the Pasanggram. Food was also very good. Great beach area.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the new section. Don' t get a room in the old section (a different building) b...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank CMU76
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Mullica Hill
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68 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2013

We just returned from our second stay at the Pasanggrahan on the Dutch side of St. Maarten. It was like staying with dear, old friends. Once again, the rustic rooms were immaculately clean and very comfortable. Janet, the best bartender in St. Maarten and probably the Caribbean, greeted us with warm hugs and ice cold beers. A welcome fit for royalty as far as we were concerned! The food was wonderful. Try the "pancakes" for breakfast....More like a delicious crepe actually. Thin and crisp on the outside, warm and moist on the inside. Couple that with the finest fresh squeezed OJ around and you are set for the morning! Lunch and dinner are not to be missed either. The food is prepared fresh and is always a delicious experience, especially when served by Maggie or Joyce, two of the most warm and beautiful people on the island! everything about the Pasanggrahan is casual and relaxing and it was so good to once again be treated like family. We are already planning our next trip back to St.Maarten and will never stay anywhere else!

Room Tip: We love to stay in the original building which is quite old. But we love that rustic charm. There is...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Andrea616
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Columbia, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2013

Stayed here a few years ago and it was wonderful. Having the fabulous restaurant on site was delish and convenient. We were meeting family here prior to a Barefoot Windjammer Cruise (that shows how long ago this was). Was a perfect start to our trip!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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3 Thank Cindy M
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Miami, Florida
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96 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2012

This is one of the best stays you could opt for in St. Maarten when you are on a budget...
This hotel faces the ocean and it's in the heart of the action... shopping shopping and more shopping...
It also has a lot of restaurants if you would chose to indulge somewhere else rather eat at the hotel... but one thing I would strongly recommend is to try their coffee, this is something I couldn't just have one... It's a local supplier who provides them with this great coffee....
The staff are friendly and the rooms are clean enough.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse

Property: Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
Address: Front Street # 19, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Philipsburg
#4 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"The Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse is St. Maarten's oldest and most charming inn. Formerly a rooster farm, Governor's home, V.I.P. guest house, and Dutch Royal Residence, it is ideally located in Philipsburg on a white sand beach amidst enchanting tropical gardens and enclosed within its original stone walls: a green oasis hidden on Front Street. A national landmark and one of the last bastions of West Indian culture, the Pasanggrahan is secluded and offbeat in the heart of St. Maarten’s capital, and it's a minute's stroll to shops, restaurants, casinos, banks and other institutions and activities. This authentic, colonial style inn has all the special features of a larger hotel including concierge service, the Sidney Greenstreet Bar, boardwalk beach bar, complementary chaise lounges, beach towels, and social hour. “A special place for special people” General Information"This vintage West Indian-style guesthouse has a prime spot on the beach in Philipsburg, sandwiched between the busy, narrow main street of Philipsburg and the harbor. It's set back and shaded under tall trees, a charming relic from another time. In fact, this was once the summer home of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, and the interior has a gracious, late-19th-century feel, with peacock bamboo chairs, Indian spool tables, and a gilt-framed oil portrait of the Dutch queen. The small- to medium-size accommodations have queen-size, double, or king-size beds with four-poster designs; some are in the main building and others are in an adjoining annex. The finest have genuine colonial flair, with antique secretaries and four-posters swaddled in mosquito netting, madras valances, hand-stitched quilts, beamed ceilings, and still life paintings. Set among lush palms is the harborfront Pasanggrahan Restaurant, which specializes in fresh fish caught by the hotel's own deep-sea charter fishing boat and family-style dinners. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse Hotel Philipsburg
Pasanggrahan Royal Hotel
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