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“Amazing oceanfront views; friendly service; a little tired”
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Belair Beach Hotel
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego
Level 6 Contributor
315 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
“Amazing oceanfront views; friendly service; a little tired”
Reviewed 10 January 2011

Great location – right on sandy Little Bay beach (although rockier than the beach at the Divi next door); very friendly service, and a casual relaxing feel. I agree with prior reviewers who say that the exterior and interior are looking a bit “tired,” and it could use a makeover, but it’s a comfortable place to stay. All the rooms have big, long balconies with beautiful ocean views, and you can sit and listen to the rolling waves.

There’s a cute little beach bar/restaurant on site, the Gingerbread, which has a nice, small wooden deck overlooking the sea, fairly reasonable prices, decent food, and happy hour drink specials 4-6.

Amenities: there’s a small pool w/ lounge chairs between the hotel and the beach; massages are available in-room; they have car rental (although they were out of cars when I was there, so they directed me to the Divi next door), a few activities, and laundry facilities (took advantage of those – get tokens at the front desk).

The room – we were in a 2 bdrm/2 bath. The kitchen was pretty small and basic w/ 2 burners (no oven), toaster oven (no microwave); no dishwasher; round dining table that seated 4; plastic table on the deck seats 3, and lounger. There was coffee maker, but no coffee. (It’s always nice when they supply at least 1 day’s worth of coffee, but I bought some chamomile tea and local lemons from the little grocery store on site; I also bought a savory chicken pastry which they get daily from a local bakery, which was delicious). The décor was “tropical” with colorful floral patterns; there was a TV in the living room; a comfortable king-sized bed in the master bedroom; the 2nd bedroom was very small – not much bigger than the bed. Bathrooms had nice showers (but only soap, no shampoo, conditioner or lotion).

Nearby – you can walk to Phillipsburg in about 20 minutes, a bit of a hike, but not too bad. But, if the cruise ships aren’t in port, there’s not much open/going on. We only found one restaurant/bar open – Toula’s, and had some bad wine and a jerk chicken quesadilla that was just ok.

Overall, it was not fancy, and could use a facelift, but it’s right on the ocean, and is very peaceful and enjoyable. At the end of our trip, we stayed at the Divi Little Bay next door. Wow. It’s in another league. (see my Divi TripAdvisor review). If we come back to St. Martin, we'd probably stay at the Divi, but there's no bad days in paradise - at the Belair, you’re still in for a relaxing beach vacation.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Venice, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2010

We spent two weeks at Belair and found somethings better and some not so good.
The wave runners on the beach were moved and the junk on the east end of the building taken away. Great improvement!
The beach was a mess for the whole stay. (all rocks and very difficult to get in and out of the water). We found the beaches on the other side of the island much better.
The elevator's have finally been replaced. The new ones are great!
The service was fine and friendly, the views are the best, however the rooms need to be upgraded to modern day standards. Also need to replace out dated TV's with flat screens.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2010

We enjoyed it enough in 2008 to come back in 2010. It is an older but well built building that withstands storms. We saw staff constantly cleaning walkways, wallls, flower beds all week. This time we were on the 1st level, which was good because the elevator was out - with a new one due in 2 weeks. The proximity to the beach is a highlight as well as entertainment around the pool - barbecue and music. Definitely a family friendly place. This time we learned that we could safely walk to Phillipsburg by going thru Divi and to a sidewalk that went right to town. ( We did take a taxi back. It's a lot of uphill). Hurricane Igor stirred up the water during the week so it was unsafe to go in ( undertow and heavy breakers) but interesting to watch. Met nice and friendly people around the pool, one who owns 7 weeks there..

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Centerville, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2010

I was pleased with the service at the hotel, but not at the restaurant.
There is nothing great about the rooms or the hotel building itself.....a makeover would actually do wonders for the rooms and the lobby area.
The most impressive thing about Belair Beach is its location being right on the beach in Little Bay. It is not a modern hotel, but it has air conditioning, a small kitchen and a pool.
I liked the fact that it is close to Philipsburg and Simpson Bay, where there are tons of great restaurants and other fun activities.
I did not like the very small ants in the kitchen.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ontario
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2010

The resort is dated which seems in keeping with most of the island. Our a/c didn't work properly and was never repaired. Rufus and crew at the bar/restaurant are great. Food was OK. Best food was at Antoine's in Philipsburg - really outstanding.
Pool is small but OK. The beach is tough entry but the water is fantastic.
A rental car is a necessity due to lack of public transport. Parking is free.
Unit amenities are OK. No dishwasher. 2nd BR pretty small but didn't affect us as we were only two. Location on Little Bay is picturesque and all units have ocean view.
On site tour agent is great. We booked everything through her and service was superb.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bennington, VT
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2010

First off this was the first visit to St Maarten for my wife and I and we loved it. The Belair Beech hotel is really nice due to several factors. Firstly the Hotel is located outside of Philipsburg which is within walking distance but not too close to be swamped by cruise ship patrons like some downtown places. The hotel features apartment style rooms with two bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen(minus an oven). The ground floor units (one we had) was best because you could walk out on your patio and be in the ocean in about 20 steps. The views of little bay from our room were great. The hotel staff was helpful and took care of all of our needs.

The main gate/entrance to the hotel has a 24 hr guard to keep unwanted persons out and there is a guard who walks around at night. I didn't really see a need for a guard because I felt safe pretty much everywhere we went.

A lot of reviews complain about the cats over running the property. If you hate cats then leave them alone. The cats live on the property and really don't bother you unless you feed them.

The rooms are spacious and updated not too long ago. The room was very clean and in good order. The hotel offers wifi at a cost of $35 a wk which is a little slow but good enough to check facebook or emails... Next door is the Divi resort which is much nicer, although the oceanfront rooms are not sweets and just plain hotel rooms. If you rent a suit or timeshare unit they are behind the property with somewhat of a view of Phillipsburg harbor. There is a pretty nice bar over at the Divi which you can walk to from the Belair. Make sure to say hi to Leroy the bartender who usually works nights.

The Belair has a restaurant and bar which is pretty nice. Every monday is the managers party where they put out a cheese and cracker type spread and offer free wine for an hour. After there is a BBQ dinner served that is all you can eat for $20 a person. They also have live music usually a local DJ who sometimes has a tin pan player with him.

The beach at the Belair is really nice and every room has assigned beach chairs and umbrella's. Usually the ocean at the beach is very calm and like swimming in a pool. When we were there the remnant of some tropical storms blew through and caused some rough seas. We opted for the pool on those rough days which was pretty clean but very warm. The pool is not very big but big enough for a few people to relax in.

If you are looking for a five star brand new hotel then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a relaxing place that is convenient and reasonable then this is your place. We saved a bunch of money by shopping at the local supermarket and eating breakfast and lunch in the rooms. This helped out because there are a lot of great restaurants on the Dutch Side that you must visit!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2010

We stayed in a 2 bedroom suite for 1 week. The views are unbelievable the beach is stunning, crystal clear waters fine white sand and you get beach chairs/loungers assigned for the week! The staff could not have been more helpful.. when we went to leave we had asked to store our bags whilst we went to the beach. We came back expecting to change in the bathrooms and were told to go to the 5th floor where there was a room we could shower in.... they sent us to the Penthouse for us to get cleaned up.. best of all we didnt even have to ask.
Gingerbread (the restaurant) was great, food was delicious and the ambiance great.
This is a quiet resort that makes you feel right at home. I would love to go back someday

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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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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