Warning: I'm really tired of the resort hotels with thousands of guests all trying to do the same thing at the same time.
If you're still with me, then you should consider this hotel.
First, the view. Though neither of us are sailors, my husband became very interested in watching the bay action from our balcony. Marigot Bay is shallow, so no cruise ships, no crowds, just lovely sailboats and yachts anchored in the bay or going out to sea. The shoreline is barely 20 feet from the hotel, bringing the sound of surf all night.
Second, it's a walking location. Some of Marigot's best restaurants and shops front the Marina port la Royale which is 2 blocks away. A block in the other direction is a large (for the island) grocery store. The market in downtown Marigot is just a walk along the shore. The bus goes by all the time but there's also plenty of off-street parking. The hotel's beach with sandy shore always had plenty of open lounge chairs, not to mention the tanning on the dock extended into the bay. (see photo.) Also plenty of chairs by the pool and cushy wicker chairs facing the bay, one of our favorite places because of the nice breeze. There's a hotel lending library with books in 6 languages.
The rooms are ample, with a mini refrigerator, desk, armoire, and tiled bath. Nothing exotic; it's an older hotel but not built cheaply. It has good bones and it's quite clean. The air conditioning could chill a ballroom but is easily controlled with a remote and is silent. Most of the time we just opened the patio doors.
I liked the buffet breakfast that was provided with the room: no checking badges or scrambling for a restaurant reservation, just an oceanside space with courteous staff and a menu that's clearly meant to cover the preferences of their guests. Traditional sliced cheese/meat/yogurt for the Europeans; eggs bacon sausage and potatoes for the Americans/English; cereals, fresh breads, pastry, coffee, juice and a big fresh fruit spread.
Most evenings there was an musician in the main area but we didn't stay around much; there's lots to see in Marigot. There's also a big lobster buffet on Fridays at the hotel but we didn't go. Thursday night at the Marina Royale was a festival with live music, performers and crafts, plus the shops stayed open during the evening. There's a similar event on Tuesday evenings in Grand Case.
The staff spoke English and those at the lobby bar were thoughtful and informative, offering ideas about the area as well as attentive service. Ask for the crushed ice lemonade--non alcoholic but refreshing.
We made the trip to Orient Bay a couple times and drove through the hotels, villas and condos built in that area; we concluded that we made the right choice for our interests.
- 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