We just returned from a 1 week stay at this gorgeous hotel last week. We fell in love with this place and couldn't believe how wonderful it was. We booked the entry level room (deluxe studio) and were not disappointed with all that the hotel and the room had to offer.
The Room: Kristen showed us to our room and we were immediately taken by how modern, clean, and fresh our room was! We had a full kitchen that included 4 place settings of flatware, glassware (wine, champagne, short and tall glasses), pots, pans, a variety of utensils, and other key items such as beverage container, juicer, cutting board, and very nice knives in a butcher block. We had a 4 burner stove, oven, refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave oven. It was nice to have the option to stock our kitchen with food for breakfast and lunch if we wanted. We took full advantage of this!
The rest of the room was spacious and full of light. It had a king sized bed with an amazingly comfortable mattress. The bed sheets were clean and appealing. The room is highlighted with a wall of glass that overlooks the water from atop the hillside. The view was spectacular...not to mention the amazing sunsets at night. There was a kitchen table that can seat four immediately in front of the window and a fabulous patio with a table and chairs for two and two lounge chairs. We spent a tremendous amount of time on the patio as it was so inviting!
The bathroom was incredible with a fabulous open shower with pebbled walls, freshly tiled floor, and an amazing shower head. Each room has its own water heater so that you can better manage the amount of hot water available to you...very nice feature. There was no shortage of hot water! The bathroom had plenty of storage space and a nice counter top / sink area.
Proximity to the best dining: The hotel has plenty of parking and is located on top of a hill over looking Grand Case and the Carribean Sea. There is a safe and convenient foot path that heads down the hill into town, most of which appears to be located on hotel property. We saw several guards around at night so we felt very safe. At the end of the path, you can turn right and head towards the local beach, or turn left to head into Grand Case and the most amazing restaurants on the island. Restaurant row is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. We enjoyed walking up and down the street each night to review the many different menus and dining options during our stay. This hotel is a dream for foodies! We enjoyed some of the best dining during our stay and found that our favorite places had chefs that were trained and worked in Paris or Lyon France.
Other things to note: The hotel is difficult to find if you rent a car at the airport and drive to the hotel. It was an adventure finding the hotel, but well worth the search! We had no problem after we cracked the code (i.e. the island has poor signage and it takes some getting use to learning your way around). I recommend taking a taxi to the hotel and working with Kristen to have a rental car made available to you at the hotel (pick up and drop off...less hassle). The pool and bar area look really nice. I regret that we didn't spend any time there as I heard that the bartender is amazing (Alan?) during high season. Each room's balconys appear to be relatively private. They are not all on the same level. You can hear other people's conversations but at least there is privacy of view. My only complaintl - the balcony smokers. The rooms are non-smoking so smoking is restricted to the balcony area. The island is very breezy so sometimes it will direct smoke from another person's balcony into your area. We had to go inside several times due to the smell (and restaurants allow smoking as well - so be warned if you are allergic to smoke).
Hotel L'Esplanade is a treasure. I put this at the top of my list of favorite hotels due to the beauty, views, ammenities, cleanliness, and the wonderful staff. We highly recommend this place and hope that you enjoy it as much as we did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amid lush tropical gardens, affording its visitors privacy without sacrificing its panoramic ocean views. Spacious interiors blend harmoniously with the Mediterranean architecture. Magical sunsets come to you on your private terrace to touch your soul. A delightful footpath leads you on a journey of discovery. We invite you to find your own rhythm, knowing that our staff is there to ensure that your every day is a perfect day, knowing that your comfort is our excellence and with us, you are home. For those who appreciate privacy, enjoy an uncrowded atmosphere, gracious hospitality and seek relaxation in exclusive, blissful surroundings...Welcome to Hotel L'Esplanade. Introducing our new Ti Spa for all of your beauty and relaxation needs! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel l Esplanade