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Hotel L'Esplanade
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Our recent stay at L'Esplanade was certainly as memorable as the many before. We had just flow in from Jamaica and found St Martin as tranquil, and as restful as always. We generally try to travel during the shoulder season. We have found the area less hectic, the restaurants more available and the shop keepers more willing. We try to avoid hustle and bustle! L'Esplanade is one the the nicest boutique hotels that we visit in the Caribbean. The rooms are spacious, the bathrooms very generous, and we love the kitchenette set-up for small meal preparation. The staff, as another reviewer stated, is what makes the hotel. Patricia, Ana-Marie, Natalie, Philomene, Alain, all make the extra effort to keep their guests happy. You are always warmly greeted! The housekeeping staff, including my friend, Edith, is always so willing and helpful. The pool and spa area is relaxing and well-maintained. It is a short walk to the beach, and a short walk to the main street of Grand Case. This main street gives the visitor plenty of restaurant options. If you use cash, the exchange rate is 1 euro to the dollar! If you decide to stay at the hotel for lunch Alain can fix you up with some real treats, even fresh lobster right off the boat with advance notice. Try his Rendezvous Cocktail. There is always fresh flavored water, and coffee in the lobby, with wine offered during happy hour. A light continental breakfast of fresh croissants, french bread and juices can be ordered the night before. Delicious! We were delighted to have all our laundry washed, folded and returned the same day for $20.00. Philomene was even able to spot clean one of my tops! Exploring Marigot, driving around the island, checking out the many beaches is always high priority. If you want night life and casino action you can readily visit the Dutch side, far more accessible, now that the new bridge is finished. Since so many English speaking tourists visit, there is no real language barrier. The French side is far quieter, with much better restaurants than the Dutch side, although shopping is generally more plentiful and cheaper
with the Dutch. Just a few hints, remember that French shops close for a two hour break after lunch and watch out if you drive for the many motor cyclists who fly in and out of the traffic! Also, it is often easier to withdraw from an ATM on the Dutch side, one located right between the two countries. Bon Voyage! Have a great trip!

Room Tip: The suites are super and all have a great view!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

The swaying of the palm trees sound like the breaking of waves. The pointy volcanic mountains in the background. Gorgeous tiles leading you up the stairs to your room. (And our bathroom was spacious and also beautifully tiled). A mysterious grassy foot path down to town surrounded by tropical foliage, including cactuses and tamarind. I love this hotel - we were there for my husband's 65th, complete with a bottle of champagne waiting for our arrival.

In Grand Caisse, don't miss Lolo's for their great ribs; L'Shambala for their beautiful beachside bar and elegant dining (the tartare of fish) and the crepe man's food truck on most evenings near the salt refinery sculpture.

Breakfast is one place only because you'll be hooked: Serafina's in Marigot; an authentic French patisserie with every fruit tart imaginable and custom cakes made from mousse and macarons.

Best nature walk is Orient Bay, past the nudist beach to Galeon, a beach where you can watch the natives play in the water, and refresh yourself with a shrimp salad at the little cafe on the beach, next to the windsurfing place.

Rent a car for $40/day - the hotel arranges everything.

Room Tip: Get the rooms on the top floor.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

My wife and I stayed at L'Esplanade for the first time during the last week of April (Apr 24th to May 1st in suite 10) and really had an excellent stay. Not only was this a GREAT boutique hotel but it was WAY better than any other place we’ve previously stayed on the island (3 times at the Esmerelda and once at a rented villa in Mont Vernon). We booked the oversized loft which was really nice and spacious with a kitchen, living room, ½ a bathroom, and large terrace downstairs and a sizable bedroom, full bathroom, and a smaller terrace upstairs. The loft setup and accompanying high ceiling layout made it feel even roomier. The room was very clean with simple, yet tasteful furnishings. The king sized bed was very comfortable; the pillows were a little soft for our taste but not a big deal. The views from the terraces which face west toward Grand Case Beach were amazing, particularly at sunset. We had two TV's (one downstairs and one upstairs), and although we only watched TV once, we were surprised by the number of premium American cable channels they offered (enabled us to watch a replay of Game of Thrones on Monday night after dinner!) They have a small pool which is in a nice garden-style setting a few steps down from the lobby of the hotel. There is also a pool bar there, and although we had heard great things about the bartender, Alain, we did not have drinks there. The other staff, particularly Stephanie, was very accommodating, friendly and helpful. Upon our arrival, the refrigerator had a few complimentary sodas, waters and beers which was a nice touch. The cleaning crew did a nice job every day. They also have a little happy hour every evening in the lobby (complimentary wine).The reason we decided to stay in Grand Case this year was the easy access to the restaurants in town which are the best on the island. It’s a short 5-10 walk down a well-lit path to “restaurant row” in Grand Case. They also offer a golf cart service to the town if you desire but I thought the walk was very pleasant. Also, the location in Grand Case allowed us easy access to other parts of the island including a 5 minute drive to Palm Beach (our preferred spot on Orient Beach). I can’t say enough good things about our stay here; the location, room, and staff were great. Highly recommended. We will definitely be back.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank 628Michael
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We stayed from April 27 - May 2 for our anniversary and it's one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in! We were looking for a low key, relaxing vacation and we couldn't have picked a better place.

Upon arrival, Harry from Justice rental car picked us up in our car and took us to the hotel to complete the paperwork. We emailed the hotel in advance so it was a free transfer with the rental. The cost for a taxi was the same price as a car for the day. I would definitely recommend getting the smallest car possible. The roads are tight and parking spaces are tighter.

We stayed in a studio room approximately in the middle of the hotel and had a great view overlooking Grand Case. The room was spacious and clean, as well as the rest of the property. The only minor complaint is that the bed is quite firm. We were a little worried about the hotel not being on the beach, but it wasn't a problem. Grand Case beach is nice, but there's so many other beaches to see you'll be driving to them anyway. Plus it was great to take the golf cart shuttle down to restaurant row each night and be able to enjoy the short walk back to the room.

The staff is what truly makes the hotel. Natalie lived up to her excellent reputation from previous reviews. She helped us with restaurant recommendations, excursion bookings, and every other day to day questions. She booked us on the day trip to Anguilla on Winners-Touch. I would highly recommend this company. The food and crew were great, but the biggest advantage we saw was that the back half of the boat is covered. The other tour boats we saw were basically catamarans with minimal shade. This was huge to us given that my wife is a fair skinned red head and the trip is from 8 - 5.

Alain the bartender deserves a review all to his self. He is a true artist when it comes to mixing drinks. I would recommend telling him what alcohol you like and let him take it from there. Most of his drinks are of his own design and of the several that we sampled, every one of them was good. Along with mixing drinks he's also an excellent chef. We were lucky to sample one of his jerk chicken sandwiches. Since it was the beginning of low season we also were very fortunate to be able to hang out with him while we ate and drank. I've heard during the busy season this usually isn't possible given all the people.

This was trip was just what we were looking for and we definitely plan on returning to Hotel L'Esplanade!

Room Tip: The center rooms appear to have a better view of Grand Case Beach
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Home away from home. Room 5 oversized loft, waiting for us even though we were early. Nice goodies in the room, a new touch. muffins, balsamic/olive oil, chocolates and the usual baguette, water sodas and beer. I asked for 2 bottles of rose in advance of our arrival. They were in the fridge and quite refreshing to sip on the balcony with friends after we settled in. We return because of everything you have read. The staff is a huge part of it. The housekeeping staff is also part of it. I had become ill and didn't want to infect my husband. Candida, made up the sofa bed in our loft for my poor husband. She was so sweet and helpful. she remembered me when we first arrived one morning when I went to the lobby for fresh juice and a newspaper. Natalie called the doctor down the hill for us. Alain, brought lunch to our room bc I was too sick to go down to the pool. This is a class establishment. And, why we will be back in December.

Room Tip: we like the lofts bc of the outstanding view
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

My husband and I stayed at Hotel L'esplanade for the long Easter weekend for 3 nights. The service was excellent when we made our reservation and even leading up to our stay. They were able to make our dinner reservations and book an in-room massage for us via email. The room was a loft and had a beautiful view of the sea and a fantastic balcony that served as our breakfast and reading area for most of our stay. It was quiet and clean with an enormous and comfortable king-sized bed. They left complimentary beverages and a baguette for us when we first arrived, as well as champagne because I had mentioned in passing that it was our anniversary. The pool is secluded and has a great bar that serves drinks and a limited lunch menu that they grill right there in front of you. It isn't on the beach, but there is only a short walk to the public beach, with chairs to rent and a nice cafe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was also only a short walk to the restaurants and boutiques in the area.

Some cons were that there is not a full breakfast menu available. There are some delicious pastries that can be delivered to your room (very promptly, might I add), but you have to decide by 8pm the night before. Also, if you have any mobility issues, this is not really the hotel for you. If you don't come and go in a car, you have to walk up a very steep hill or 48 steps. However, there is a golf cart that can take you off site, which we did not use. They are also happy to call a cab for you. This is also a very expensive area. All of the local restaurants and boutiques are high-end. However, these 'cons' did not detract from the overall excellent experience we had and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who asked.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights after 5 nights at their sister hotel, Le Petit Hotel. This one is larger and not directly on the beach but has a beautiful pool area.

The rooms were spacious, clean and well appointed. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. There was a well lit/maintained path that went into town and/or beach, about a 10 minute walk to each.

This location was not as quiet as the other, local barking dogs (understandable) and neighbors (you can't pick) who don't know how to close doors quietly, keep in mind you don't have the ocean sounds hear to mask outside sounds.

Overall, I would recommend and would return in the future.

Stayed: April 2014, 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 #3 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range: £185 - £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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