The staff at Hotel L'Esplanade were extremely good to us both during the reservation process and even more so during our stay. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable, but the best part of this hotel is the view. As many have already said, the hotel is built into a mountain overlooking the sea. This is a double-edged sword in that the view is priceless, but you do need to do a bit of walking (or car) to get anywhere. You are also largely responsible for your own entertainment and sustinance. Don't get me wrong, the staff will assist in whatever you need and were quite nice about it, but this is not the kind of hotel where you just plop down and get waited on hand and foot. We were fine with that, although having some form of nightly entertainment and an on-site restaurant would have been better. The pool is average to small, but is well maintained with plenty of places to sit. Allen at the pool bar is an awesome guy and will keep you smiling the whole time. The welcome basket and the free internet access in the lobby (not sure about wi-fi since we don't use it) were wonderful touches.
As mentioned, the hotel is not really convenient to the beach or to much of anything. Consider a car rental if you are the adventurous type and aren't content just chilling on the balcony or at the pool. Restaurant Row is really nothing more than a narrow side street with an eclectic mix of restaurants, houses, shops and motels. Foodies will surely find plenty of gems tucked away in the mix and makes the French side (and Grand Case in particular) worth staying on, but do not expect a hot/exciting night life. I hear the Dutch side is the place to go for that (and another reason for a car if you are so inclined). The LoLos have some very good food at reasonable prices, but beware of the high pressure sales pitch as you walk by them. The first one, called Sky's the Limit, is particularly annoying in this way. Don't be afraid to keep walking. As a side note, the LoLo called Scooby's is very good.
One last word of advice. If taking a taxi from the airport, don't fall for the story of how they can't get up to the lobby area of the hotel. They can, and there is room to turn around up there if you have any clue how to drive. We were left at the bottom of the hill to drag our bags up to the lobby, and that was with being super nice to the driver the whole way there.
Overall a fantastic choice!
- 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