We stayed at the Le Petit in Grand Case 15-17 March 2012. Being our first trip to SXM we relied on TA for recommendations.
The hotel is decent, typical for a boutique hotel on a Caribbean island. The room is well appointed, but no A/C. The vents in the patio door and ceiling fan kept it comfortable for sleeping. Our room had a sitting/dining/kitchenette area with a small refrigerator, microwave, etc. The complimentary breakfast was light, but adequate. We took it back to our room and enjoyed it on the balcony.
The people here were very friendly. We made arrangements for a rental car during our stay and that worked out perfectly. The only issue we had was a missed reservation for dinner on Thursday night. Got to the restaurant and they had no record of the hotel calling, even though I saw the desk clerk write it down in her book. We did not see her again at the hotel to find out what happened. But that was minor.
The beach area is small but nice. You can walk the beach to some of the Grand Case restaurants, but it's a pretty good hike. Coming back in the evening they recommended walking along the road since it is lighted, but there are no sidewalks so BE CAREFUL of the traffic! There is no pool, but you have access to their sister hotel and their pool facility, but it requires a car or taxi to get there.
Grand Case is a really nice area for exploring shops and restaurants. It is away from the cruise ship docks, so it has a more intimate feel. In the spring they have a street fair on Tuesday nights and close off the main street to auto traffic so artists and shop owners can show their wares. It is a wonderful setting and really has that island vibe.
Overall Le Petit is a good hotel. After touring the island and seeing what else there is available, I would suggest maybe staying here a few nights, and then explore other options. There are some beautiful high-end resorts in Anse Marcel. More pricey, but if you are looking for 5-star, big resort atmosphere and amenities, that will be more to your liking. But if the quaint, boutique-style hotel with a laid back Caribbean attitude is your thing, Le Petit delivers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set upon the sand of Grand Case Bay, this is St. Martin's true boutique hotel. Le Petit Hotel has an air of casual luxury, yet assures an impeccable attention to detail. Stylish and thoughtfully appointed rooms feature Balinese furniture, Frette linens, Damana amenities, fully equipped kitchens and marble bathrooms. Sunlight plays upon the surface of the sea while you enjoy soft tropical breezes from your own private terrace. Time to unwind, time to relax, time to wine, time to dine...A mood to remember. Le Petit Hotel...For the lucky few. ... more less