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“Perfect place for a vacation! 10/7/2013” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Belair Beach Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews
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“Perfect place for a vacation! 10/7/2013”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

We just returned from a week at the Belair Beach Hotel. Gorgeous beach, crystal warm clear water and a great place to eat at the hotel on the beach (Gingerbread restaurant). The resort is clean, comfortable and the staff could not have been nicer!The view each day was extraordinary. Next to the Divi resort so you have access to beach sports, snorkeling for both. Do not miss the monday night Barbecue with the Steel Band and dancing at the Belair Gingerbread restaurant - hard to beat!I have travelled all over the region and this has to be the best view, beach so far.

Theresa

Room Tip: All have ocean views! Views are spectacular.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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gregoryevan, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
We await your next visit!! Our staff really caring!
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Kristiansund
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

Nice hotel, good location, friendly staff. We rented a car and went all over the island, exploring every corner, and be back to the hotel in the evenings, to relax in a familiar environment. This isn't a 5 star resort; however, it was nice and comfortable, but they need a renovation.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Susan H, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
Our staff sells us! We are an older hotel and we constantly renovate and update. We are not a fancy hotel with crystal and chandeliers. We are a comfortable resort. We have now ordered new couches for an entire floor of the building and every year do some upgrading. We have upgraded our stove tops on 2 floors and wil continue until all 4 floors are complete. In this way we keep our maintenance fees down and do not have surcharges, etc.
We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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The Villages, Florida
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82 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

First timer in st maarten. Friends traded a week for this lovely property right on the water. Every room is a suite and have oceanfront. Views of little bay are spectacular. The staff was very accommodating and Lorna made some wonderful suggestions for snorkeling, dining and sightseeing. The gingerbread cafe has a great happy hour every nite and the food is delicious as well. We enjoyed the karaoke and live steel band. Gotta love it. Close to Phillips burg and Simpson's bay.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dsugar
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Susan H, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
Glad you had a great time. Hope to see you back
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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14 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

We booked through our RCI Membership and so it seems that we got the one of the Old And Tired Unit When we checked in, the Elevators and Air conditioning were not working and our room is on the 2nd floor so the bellboy brought up our luggage.

THE OCEANFRONT Views are Amazing but that is where it ends. The Furnishings are Old White wash Wicker. The kitchen did not have a Dishwasher, the refrigerator was rusty in the bottom, there was a small microwave and 2 burner cooktop with No Oven. I do not consider that a Full Kitchen.

The INTERNET is NOT Free. I have a business that requires me to have Internet access so we paid the $35 for our week but Only One Device can use it at a time so that left my Husband without access and Offline.

There is a flat screen in the living room but the TV in the bedroom is not and is small and OLD.

They do not provide a starter Shampoo, conditioner or lotion. No roll of paper towels or more spices than salt and pepper. Which we did not realize these items were not included until we Returned from the Store.

They must have nice rooms here somewhere or No one will buy into it. But as an RCI guest we got one of the Old and Tired unit.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Susan H, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
We are sorry that you did not like our resort. The apartments are all the same. We are not a 5 star resort with the crystal, etc. and the building is 30 years old. You may not like the rattan furniture but it is not old. We decorate old caribbean style, not modern. We have to pay for the internet so we have to pass on the cost. It would not be fair to charge it to our owners. We upgrade and renovate something every year. We have changed all the TVs in the living room for flat screen TVs and are replacing the TV's in the bedroom with flat screens as they break. We will not throw out a good tv and raise our maintenance fees because of it. We have been having problems with one of our elevators but we do have another one. The bellman is there for your convenience. If you want the beach, you can't get closer than our resort and if you want a staff that cares and know about service, then again, it's our resort. If you want modern or 5 star, then we are not for you. We try very hard but we are not for everyone.
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Providence, Rhode Island
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26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

I stayed at the Belair Beach Hotel on Little Bay in St. Maarten on two occasions. While the service and the accommodations are good, the locations is tremendous. The hotel is getting on in age and I didn't notice any significant property improvements between visits. The price is reasonable for the rooms and the staff is always looking out for your needs. This hotel is within walking distance to Front Street in downtown Phillipsburg, a mecca in the Caribbean for shopping and dining. If you're on a budget, this is a great hotel to try if this is your first visit to St. Maarten.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the second floor or above for security reasons. The first floor walkouts to the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Susan H, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
There is no getting around the fact that we are 30 years old and not a modern, 5 star resort. We are a laid back and homey place with a staff that cares. We renovate something every year but we will never be modern. We decorate in old Caribbean style. As you said, we are what we are and are proud of it! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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North Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

We exchange through RCI and found this place to be what we expected. It is older and we come from an older generation so it did not have much of an impact on our accommodations and when you consider the view we had, it was truly worth it. The food and cost was better than we had expected. The staff was friendly, especially Dominic, who took special care to make sure that we enjoyed ourselves on the beach. We used Starlite Car rental and they were prompt in picking us up at the airport and wished us a Happy Anniversary. This made us feel welcome as part of the Belair family.

Room Tip: All the rooms have a special value and it all depends on your preference. We had a 4th floor room wh...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank wesmma
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Susan H, Manager at Belair Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 16 October 2013
We are delighted that you chose to spend your 49th Anniversary with us. As you noted, our staff cares and is there for all our guests needs.
We do hope that you spend your 50th with us as well!
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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

This was an RCI exchange. The exchange rate was cheaper so I'm not complaining much. The place is older, but clean. This isn't a 5 star resort; however, it was nice and comfortable. You are on a beautiful island with awesome beaches. You aren't spending a lot of time in the room to begin with. Speaking of beaches, this place has one of the nicest. You are able to reserve your beach chair location for the week. Each room has a large sliding glass door facing the beach. It was nice to wake-up and eat breakfast to the surf hitting the beach. The hotel is located close to Philipsburg and Simpson Bay. Many of great places to eat and shop. The staff we came into contact with were friendly. I'd stay here again.

Room Tip: The higher you go, the better the view.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Belair Beach Hotel

Property: Belair Beach Hotel
Address: Little Bay Beach | P.O. Box 940, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Belair Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 71
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Also Known As:
Belair Beach Philipsburg
Hotel Belair Beach
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