My husband and I recently celebrated our two year wedding anniversary in St. Maarten. I think that it is important that readers understand what to expect if staying at the Holland House. There are both pros and cons to consider and I will try to evenly highlight both. First off, the Holland House is obviously not a five star hotel. If that is what you are expecting, stay elsewhere. I must admit, from reading the reviews, I expected much more from the basic ocean view room before I arrived. Me and my husband were disappointed when we arrived in our ocean view room. The room was rather small, a bit dated, and had a strange, unpleasant odor. We immediately called down to the front desk to see what could be done about the room. To our surprise, the management upgraded us to the Junior Suite. This room was sooooo much better. It smelled very clean and was very spacious. The balcony also offered a great view of the beach. I realize that this room is much more expensive than the others, but if you are staying at the Holland House and want a spacious, comfortable, and modern room, book the Junior Suite. The regular ocean view doesn't even compare. If you are ok with a small and dated looking room, try the street or ocean view. The Junior Suite has two televisions and an amazing ceiling fan that goes at such a high speed, sometimes a/c was not necessary. The only con to this room was that there was a strange sewage smell that came from the bathroom during the evening on two different occasions. The smell lasted for about half an hour each time, and eventually fully dissipated. This may have been due to some issue within the entire hotel, I am not sure. Overall, this was a very good room. I cannot stress enough, if you are picky about your living quarters, book the Junior Suite!! It is even more modern that the Penthouse Suite. We had an issue with our key during our stay and management offered to upgrade us again to the Penthouse. While it was very large and roomy, it was definitely more dated than the smaller Junior Suite, so we opted to stay in the Junior Suite.
The breakfast buffet was included in our booking and it was awesome. Along with the buffet, we were able to have the kitchen prepare another complimentary item each morning. We mostly asked for omelettes, and on one occasion we had french toast which was delicious. The area where you eat is very nice and offers a great view of the beach and board walk. Ceiling fans were on to keep the area cool. The eating and lounging areas are some of the nicest things about the hotel.
The people at the front desk were great about helping request a taxi for us whenever we needed to go out for a distance. They also sent up a complimentary bottle of champagne on the night of our anniversary, which was very nice.
All in all, staying in the Holland House is all about what you are expecting. Again, if you want a five star experience, you should probably look at the more expensive places on the island. If you are looking for comfort and great access to the beach, boardwalk, and Frontstreet, stay at the Holland House and request the Junior Suite.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holland Hotel Beach
- Holland Beach
- Holland House Beach Hotel St. Maarten-St. Martin/Philipsburg