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“Exceeded Expectations!”
Review of Hotel L'Esplanade

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Hotel L'Esplanade
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 June 2008

This is a great hotel, that far exceeded our expectations. The hotel arranged our car rental for us (car rental is an absolute necessity to exploring the island), and a taxi met us free of charge at the airport.

We stayed in a one bedroom suite (free upgrade courtesy of Jonathan) that was absolutely beautiful. Over 1000 square feet, with a breathtaking view of Grand Case Beach. Suite had large bathroom, large bedroom with walk in closet, spacious living room and eating area, and nice kitchen with all necessary amenities (fridge, microwave, stove, pans, plates, etc.). Can't forget the large balcony which was great to sit outside and eat breakfast on to start out the morning.

The hotel staff and service were both great. Jonathan offered us several great tips for dining in Grand Case, while other staff members offered parking tips, directions, set up excursions for us, and so on. Dining options are about a 5-10 minute walk or a 2 minute drive down the street. Do not worry about the lack of direct access to a beach. All beaches on the island are public, and small beach (by Sunset Cafe) is only about 5 minutes down the road.

This hotel is great for a romantic getaway- I would absolutely stay at Hotel L'Esplanade again if I return to the island. After spending time around the island, I am convinced it is in the best location.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2008

L'esplanade, Grand Case, St. Martin
June 27, 2008
Trip Advisor Member - upstate NY

We just returned from our first trip to St. Martin and L'Esplanade. Our accommodations could not have been better. The hotel is set on a hill (be prepared to climb) and is absolutely beautiful. Our room was gorgeous with a view of the ocean, and the cleanest hotel room I've ever stayed in. I'm very particular about "bathrooms" - ours was sparkling clean everyday. Myriam and Philomena were wonderful to work with and really care about their guests. Myriam was a great help with renting a car, and also with our reservations for a catamaran trip to St. Bart's - a lot of fun and great people to sail with.
Grand Case is "food heaven." Every restaurant we ate in was great - Spiga, Calmos Cafe and the Sunset Cafe to name a few - also, be sure to try a least one "lolo" - the ribs are terrific. Breakfast each morning was at the "Sunset Cafe" at the Grand Case Beach Club (a short walk from L'Esplanade.) It was wonderful, especially the "fresh fruit plate" and the "coffee." But make sure to go back there for dinner. I'm not a fish eater, but my husband said the "Mahi Mahi" was unbelievable. One of the owners works the breakfast shift (her husband is the dinner chef), and she's terrific. She and her staff made the start of each day very pleasant.
The beaches were beautiful, but be prepared to "search" for some of them. It's apparent that neither side of the island spends a lot of money on road repairs or signs, but that actually adds to the island's ambience. We actually found one beach (Mullet Bay) because we saw a lot of cars in the parking lot and decided to drive in to investigate.
To sum it up, we had a wonderful time in St. Martin. The people are great, and the beaches are beautiful, and there are still many restaurants we would like to try. We are looking forward to a return trip - yes, we will stay at L'Esplanade.

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Reviewed 25 June 2008

We have recently returned from staying for 12 nights at the L'esplanade Hotel. Due to technical problems our flight arrived over 4 hours late.
As was advised on a previous review, we had booked a hire car through the hotel - this meant that we were picked up at the airport and taken to the hotel. The car and driver were excellent.
We were checked into the hotel by a very pleasant and efficient receptionist, who took our bags to the room. After a long day travelling from the U.K., we dined at the Spiga French restaurant on our first night and had an excellent meal.
The first impression of our room - a converted loft - was that it was clean, nicely furnished and practical. The view from the balcony was pretty, however the chairs on the balcony were probably the most uncomfortable that we had ever sat on and there was a plastic sun lounger! Why? The sun lounger was tiny and the balcony never got the sun.
The room was dark, even during the day and the internal furnishings were not comfortable.
We found after a couple of days that our room was not very practical - in that - with the loft bedrooom being open plan - their was no privacy,every sound echoed throughout the apartment and every door, cupboard and floorboard creaked! Whilst the wardrobe space was plentiful, the same could not be said for the floor space around the bed.
The pool was beautiful, bar service and food excellent and there were always sunbeds available. Why the pool was not cleaned until 10.00am remains a mystery.
Whilst we knew in advance, that breakfast was only offered as room service, we found that this meant that we very rarely met other people in the hotel.
The hotel was very pretty and the staff were excellent.
We have stayed in far better hotels on our vacations and certainly do not feel that we received value for money.
We only booked this hotel after reading many reviews on trip advisor and our view is that the hotel is vastly overrated.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank eregbarry
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Reviewed 21 June 2008

I have just returned from a 5 night stay at the Hotel L'Esplanade and in reflection I have to say I quite enjoyed it. Although we were somewhat skeptical of the area upon our arrival, the Hotel L'Esplanade proved to be a great place to unwind.

First of all I have to say that the photographs displayed of the property on the hotel website are very impressive. You can quickly tell from where and what angle all of these photographs were taken. Make no mistake, this is a lovely place to stay but I must admit from what I saw on the website I built up an idea in my head of what the surroundings would be like and that is where we were a bit surprised.

We stayed in a Deluxe Loft which was very nice and very spacious. The furnishings are very nice, lots of dark wood and very comfortable. Having a kitchen is great as is the half bath on the main floor. The service at the hotel is fantastic and the grounds are kept to the nines. I have nothing bad to say about the L'Esplanade and I would definitely stay again. Loved the pool, very quiet and nice to relax by.

Grand Case is definitely not the nicest area. There are loads of restaurants but the town itself is a bit of a dump. I would highly recommend renting a car because there are much more beautiful areas to spend your days than Grand Case. Orient Bay just around the corner is spectacular as is Le Galion Bay which is just a little further down the road.

The beach is not as close as I would have thought but if you are going to go to the beach I would recommend the one at Grand Case Beach club over the main Grand Case beach.

I would not hesitate to stay again or recommend a stay at the Hotel L'Esplanade.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with friends
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3  Thank FlyJayClass
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Reviewed 21 June 2008

Bottom line, for the seasoned Caribbean traveller, this hotel is great... bar none...the island is depressed, the beaches over rated...the food GREAT. I'd forgo the great food for a great stretch of beach and non-run down town area. Too bad this hotel isn't on another island...I'd return over and over. But even compared to it's budget-priced sister islands, St maartin is a sad ghost town of a place...The E'splandade provides a nice oasis, but I'd never return to this 3rd-class island.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed 9 June 2008

My husband and I have been going to St. Martin for 13 years. Needless to say, we love the island. We normally stay in a villa on the French side. We have previously stayed at L'Esplanade on a shorter visit, but this was our first full week in a one bedroom suite. WOW! The furnishings are ultra-chic, the rooms are very spacious and clean as a pin, the grounds are immaculate, the service is very friendly and attentive, the views are magnificent, etc., etc. We love it here and literally count down the days until we return. Oh, and the soaps and lotions...divine. Yes, the hotel is close to the tiny Grand Case airport. We adore the sounds of the small island planes and do not find them bothersome whatsoever. Do not miss dinner at Le Pressoir in Grand Case. Absolutely delicious French cuisine in a delightful setting.

Stayed: June 2008
2  Thank Lyke2Travel1
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Reviewed 5 June 2008

We really liked this hotel. We prefer smaller properties and ths was the perfect size and in a wonderful location.

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The rooms were large. We had a room with a loft and it was more than adequate in size and floorplan. The pool was quiet and very pretty. The bar service was excellent and I had a wonderful pina colada made, not from a mix, but from fresh coconut milk. Upon arrival their was coffee, a baguette, and some cookies in the kitchen. The staff was terrific - particurally Anna. The first couple of days the housekeeping staff placed flowers througout our room and it was wonderful to come back to. We loved the proximity to the restaurants. We ate at some great places and we also ate at the Lolos, which shouldn't be missed. Loved the bath products they provided and the bed was very comfortable!

Cons
Although I really liked this place and not only would go back but would reccomend it to friends, there were a few things that folks should know. I found it strange that after our coffee was used up, it was never replaced. We chose to get pastries in town and make our own coffee rather than pay $30 for the two of us to have breakfast delivered each day by the hotel. When I finally inquired after a couple of days, I was given another bag of coffee but told I would be charged for it. I can't remember when I have ever been to a hotel that did not keep coffee replenished. The Grand Case airport is literally next to the hotel. I often heard airplanes taking off. They were small prop planes and did not make a huge racket - but I was aware of them. Although we had an ocean view from our balcony, the ocean felt far away and I missed being closer to the water. Maybe next time I will try Le Petite. Also regarding the view, our bedroom loft had a window that was opposite the bed. When lying in bed you could look out it. Our view was of a rooftop - which was a disappointment. As mentioned above, flowers were left around the room the first two nights. This may sound very picky, but I was really disappointed when that stopped! We had some maintanence issues while we were there - the bedroom's overhead fan made a clacking sound that forced us to keep it off and the shower drain was clogged. We reported these things, but they were not address during our stay.

All that said, this is a wonderful boutique hotel in an ideal location close to the town of Grand Case and it's shops and restaurants. I didn't give it a perfect 5 - but it was a high 4.

People were polite and friendly and we never had an issue with the French/English language barrier. A note about the dollar to the Euro - everything is very expensive! While we were there, the Euro was at 1.57, which meant we were paying an additional 50% on the prices. ouch!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: On the Hill of Grand Case | St. Martin, Grand Case 97150, St Martin / St Maarten
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Region: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Saint-Martin > Grand Case
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range: £186 - £375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel L'Esplanade 4.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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 
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