Unhelpful staff, any problems reported were NOT considered to be the hotel's problems but our own to deal with. Example: mix-up in the room reservation on their end (they could NOT find our reservation when we arrived), missing and/or insufficient linens in the room for number of guests, items STOLEN right out of the hotel room! On the day we checked out, we reported that a cellular phone had been taken from our room and we were told by the helpful clerk at the front desk that it was funny since we were the FIFTH client to report something missing from their room that very morning!!! They did NOT feel that this posed a problem! It was simply a coincidence for them.
The hotel is clean overall but very dated. Everything is old and in dire need of being refreshed and/or modernized. It feels like you are walking straight into a 1970's time-warp. Worn-out beds, flat pillows, 13 inch antique tv in the room, 4 ..... OK.....maybe 5 minutes of hot water in the shower, plus what they call a mini-bar or fridge is more like a cupboard, everything you put in is kept lukewarm. The lounge chairs inside and around the hotel have all seen much better days.
Warning for the unlucky travelers with island view rooms (ahemmm......more precisely STREET view) : the noise in horrible. There is a nice long stretch of straight road in front of the hotel and the locals with their motorcycles, scooters, motocross, quads, (YES....these all ride freely in the streets) are compelled to accelerate thereby blaring their respective engines quite loudly from early in the morning until late into the night. Not to mention the cars and trucks which drive by with the music blasting so loudly that they set off the alarms of the cars parked in the hotel parking lot. (This is not even a joke)
Do not have high expectations of the hotel, but it is centrally located if you wish to explore the island and have quick access to most of the areas.
Another good thing: the pizza at the small but quaint restaurant at the corner of the street is absolutely incredible (don't miss it!).
The island is magnificent, lots to see and do. Incredible beaches. Good food everywhere when you dine out. Don't miss going to Palm Beach at Orient Bay. Also take the boat out to Pinel Island for the day (a little piece of heaven). And go eat and drink at Sunrise on Maho Beach and watch the airplanes, the food and drinks are good there.
Lastly: Be careful. If you get your cellular phone stolen on the island, its NOT for the phone, they steal them to load them with long-distance calls which your carrier will hold you accountable for. Also: they steal spare tires out of rental cars and you will be charged for them by the rental car company. Important tip: if you rent a car, when you leave it anywhere, open up all the compartments to show there is nothing to steal: glove compartment, cup holders, etc... Thieves often break the windows to get into the cars so its best to clearly show there is nothing of value hidden. You might even notice that some locals leave their doors open (really) to avoid any break-ins.
Other than that, the island is breathtaking and we had a wonderful time on all the outings and loved all the (other) places we spent time at and ate/drank at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach Hotel is ideally located in front of the Caribbean sea, on a small beach of fine, golden sand at the heart of the Marigot Bay. The area offers a shopping mall, fine restaurants and a variety of nightlife entertainment. All 144 rooms and suites are spacious and fully equipped, with views of Marigot and the mountains, or sea views. Enjoy our restaurant/bar located by the swimming pool and facing the Caribbean sea.. Get ready for the perfect holiday with our dedicated activity desk, musical animation, beach bar, beach and pool entertainment, and solarium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Plaza Hotel
- Beach Plaza Marigot