Wife and I stayed in one of the suites facing Simpson Bay. The view was spectacular and interesting during breakfast (with our croissants from the front desk - WONDERFUL) and Cafe Britt coffee (from the grocery next door). Sunsets were AWESOME and equally as enjoyable with martini's and snacks.
Much of the section we were in was under renovation as was the pool and spa area but there was no impact on our visit.
When our flight got canceled on our checkout day due to the presence of a tropical storm the staff quickly provided support and a trip back to our room for another wonderful night (martini's/cheese/crackers/olives).
Proximity to Marigeaux and Philipsburg are plus', but you need to rent a car to take full advantage of the island. The Catholic mass in Marigeaux was a joy as various parts were said in French, English and Spanish.
Staff was very helpful and unlike some of the other comments, our transport from the room to the onsite restaurants or our car or car to room went without a hitch. Bellman named "Granville" was golden.
As it was the off season, the Peg Leg Bar and pizzaria were closed but the sushi and italian restaurants were open and the meals were excellent. The Italian restaurant was a little noisy as it was adjacent to the casino. The gounds were being groomed for the "busy season" and the plant selection was perfect. Some of the beds were still in the "prep" stage and barren, but the overall picture was excellent.
The comment on the "beach" being a joke is - well - pretty accurate as it is maybe 20 meters (60 ft) long so this is NOT where you go to "hit the beach." To do that - head to Orient Beach and find "Boo-Boo Jam." A little tricky to get to but well worth it and without a doubt the BEST Margarita's on the island (though the cherry on top threw me).
All of our kitchen appliances were functional and we had no problem asking for and receiving extra towels. A/C was SUPERB and a welcome aspect after a full day in the sun. The bathroom did have a minor faucet leak but that was repaired the first day.
All in all, we would definitely stay there and are considering purchasing a timeshare there. Will let you know how that goes Fall 2012.
- Also Known As:
- Princess Port De Plaisance Hotel Philipsburg
- Princess Port De Plaisance Resort And Casino St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg