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“Fabulous Food on Wednesday...Horrible on Sunday!”

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Holland House Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
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New Orleans
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81 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food on Wednesday...Horrible on Sunday!”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

We did not stay at Holland House but four of us had lunch there. The open-air seating is wonderful with a fantastic view of the beach just across the walkway. The service was excellent and so was the food on Wednesday! The men both ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger made with Kobe, Chuck, Short Rib, Brisket, and Cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses. They proclaimed it the "best ever" and "none better." I had the Club Sandwich with Gouda, Ham, Bacon, Egg Salad with Truffle. It was Excellent!!! My friend ordered the Tuna Sashimi Sandwich, which was wonderful! in fact, we enjoyed everything so much that we returned on Sunday and ordered the EXACT SAME FOOD! The Cheeseburgers were extremely disappointing: not as thick, not as good, and the buns were hard. They were under cooked and had to be sent back to the kitchen, only to return flattened. The Club sandwich had more ham and less egg salad and was not as good. The Tuna Sashimi was not the same grade tuna.
The only bright spot was the Caesar Salad which three of us shared. It was very good. Oh wait! the Pina Coladas were outstanding!
Could the Chef been on Holiday??? It was definitely not the same on Sunday as it was on Wednesday!

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Xenia, Ohio
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

It is a great place to stay. Right on the boardwalk in the middle of shopping and restaurants. The only downfall is that there is no onsite parking. This is really only a problem for loading and unloading, but it is far from convenient.

Room Tip: The street view side is a little noisy.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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caribbean
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

the service in this restaurant is so great makes you want to go back over and over again, the food is amazing, their chicken wings, club sandwichs, mozarella sticks, and their brunch super good, balanced, well stocked, and the view of the beach and the boardwalk just makes it a great combination not to miss when visiting st marteen

Room Tip: we only went to the restaurant but heard the hotel is amazing too
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

The Isle of St Maarten is an intriguing Netherlands Antilles destination with sand beaches, upscale thriving economy, generally safe environment with lush green hills. The Holland House Beach Hotel is an outstanding hotel in the heart of Philipsburg, one of several towns on St. Maarten. The Holland House uses an open-air motif and opens directly onto the beach and boardwalk on one side while the other is on Front Street where Phillipsurg's upscale shops are found. Individual rooms are spacious with a comfortable Dutch Modern interior design of simple lines and bold deviation from tradition. The bathroom is the most delightful expression of this with glass walled showers and usual vanities. Breakfast, included in the base price, is a elegant full service event in the cool morning shade right on the boardwalk overlooking the inviting blue waters of the Caribbean. Dining decor is, again in Dutch Modern. Plan time for a casual breakfast for maximum enjoyment. In my experience, dinner at the Holland House is also memorable with well prepared and unusual dishes. The Holland House is not the least expensive lodging or dining value on island, but in memories it is a real gem. Service is excellent with in-room WiFi, newspapers, a safe and other conveniences. There are balcony room choices that allow either beach view or city view.

The Holland house is an easy taxi ride to the airport. On both trips (2012 and 2013) we arrived from a scuba live-aboard boat which docks within walking distance from the Holland House.

Room Tip: Choose a beach view room. The front desk will accommodate various check-in and out times when possi...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Stouffville
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

We actually found the Holland House by mistake one night as we were searching for a specific reasturant. We saw there reasturant and said why not, lets try eating there. Well, dinner turned into a 3 night stay. We have stayed at the Holland House 4 times now and we are always so pleased. The Hotel is always clean and the staff are the most helpful and friendliest of staff. My favourite part of the Holland House however, is the reasturant. The food so just soooooooooo good. I have never had a bad meal or a bad service ever. The best thing is you also feel safe. The prices are more reasonable than you may think for a Hotel on the Beach. How can one complain when they are sitting looking out over the boardwalk into the ocean, with a soft breeze blowing and a drink in your hand. Even if you only have one night to stay on St. Maarten, you should take the opportunity to stay at the Holland House. I guarantee you will go back. We now book our time at Holland House annually as we go between Canada and Montserrat.

Room Tip: The rooms on the beach side are absolutely wonderful. Very sunny during the day, but you can close...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

Excellent place for a relaxing holiday. We have stayed at the Holland House for many years and we will go back again. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the rooms are cleaned every day. The beach, which is very clean, is steps from the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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PaulBoetekees, General Manager at Holland House Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 21 August 2013
Dear Anjou, Thank you for taking the time to post your review of the Holland House! We look forward to welcome you back! Kind regards, Holland House Team
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Suwanee, GA
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

The hotel is located right in heart of shopping district and visiting cruise ship people traffic. The food and staff are top notch. My only 'complaint' relates to location of parking lot. It requires walking several streets over - request Security Guard escort to locate the lot and, if traveling alone, and when you need to go to the lot.
I felt the bathroom was odd with shower layout/glass wall - I actually had concern about running into/hitting the glass wall and cracking/breaking it.
The room was spacious and clean. I will definitely stay at this hotel for my next business trip.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Holland House Beach Hotel
Address: Frontstreet 45 | Saint Martin, Philipsburg 00393, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
#4 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holland House Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly located, right on the beach in downtown Philipsburg, the Holland House offers great charm, a unique ambiance and a rich Caribbean experience. Meet the friendly Islanders, relax and enjoy all that St. Maarten has to offer. The hotel is also located on Front Street, where you will find the best shops and boutiques on the island, all still Duty Free! The Hotel offers 54 rooms and suites all recently renovated, an award winning restaurant and wine cellar, a beautiful outdoor lounge deck and a magnificent beach right in front of the hotel with personal and attentive service. It's great to be here! ... more   less 
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