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“Blast from the past...Right in the middle of it all”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of LOVE

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LOVE
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Blast from the past...Right in the middle of it all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

This is one of those "throw-back" kind of hotels...what most caribbean island accommodations must have been like 40-50 years ago...before jet travel opened the region up to almost everyone, including mega resorts. Service is very "French"...which means, pleasant but at their own pace. Bar service was friendly. Room was comfortable and sparse...but you can see that from the online photos. Be prepared for a minimalist bathroom/shower. The shower stall featured an open concept, in that decorative concrete blocks inserts were open to the outside. Didn't bother us at all, but made it difficult (if not impossible) to air condition the bathroom. If you're that modest, you'll probably find more in common with the dutch side of SXM. The small beach DIRECTLY behind the hotel is PERFECT...and you can bare it all if you like... and we like. Just down the street (2 minute walk) you'll find the best restaurants on the entire island. What else could you ask for in a hotel? Oh yeah... more parking, because there is none, but you can't drive anyplace in Grand Case anyway...very little parking. Will we go back? You bet !!!

Room Tip: We had one of the three rooms on the second floor on the "side" of the hotel...any of thes...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Beautiful small boutique hotel on the beach. Perfect location in grand case, walking distance to restaurants & shops. Wonderful small bar & restaurant on site with amazing views. I prefer keeping my reviews positive rather than negative but I will say that service was spotty at times. Lots of locals hang out at this small intimate hotel in the bar & on the beach. Thats fine unless it affects the quality of service that an actual LOVE hotel quest receives. To be totally honest at times the quality of service that I received suffered due to having to compete for service with all the locals hanging out for the day. I observed locals getting waited on within one minute of arrival on the beach while I waited 30 minutes and finally had to flag down the waiter just to get a menu. They received drinks on the beach within minutes. I waited one hour for waiter to come back and take my order and finally gave up & went inside and placed my order.

Room Tip: Upstair rooms
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Baton Rouge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

We just got home from a wonderful stay in St. Martin at the LOVE Hotel. The hotel is small, but big with personality and fun! The beach is beautiful, drinks (mojitos) are delicious and rooms are spotless.

William and Muriel made us feel at home and were so friendly! When we had questions about where to eat, they had answers and were spot on with their recommendations.

When we checked in, I was happy to see a safe in the room, along with a refrigerator. However, the hotel does not provide beach towels. Be sure to pack some from home before you go.

If you are looking to recharge and relax without a TV, this is the place to be. An added bonus, it's within walking distance to all the fine restaurants on the island! My wife and I would definitely stay here again.

Room tip-- Make sure to reserve a second floor room. All have views of the sea when you walk outside.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Furstenfeldbruck, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at LOVE hotel. It is conveniently located as it faces the beach on the restaurant side (you can look at the ocen while eating or dringing a cocktail) and the Blvd de Grand Case on the other side, which is the street where all the restaurants in town are. So the beach and the amazing food are right in front of the doors of this hotel. The downside to the cool bar in the hotel and the Blvd street in front of the door is, that it may be quite noisy at night (you might need earplugs if you don't have a very good sleep).

When the bar is open, guests talk and smoke in front of the doors of the rooms on the ground floor (and yes, the smoke gets into the room as well, even if door and window are closed). A lot of people seemed to smoke in the bar which is a little sad since the food and drinks are absolutely amazing in the LOVE hotel bar so that I would rather have smelled the food instead of the smoke. We were not used to that much smoking around us since it is prohibited in bars and restaurants in Germany. However, these are about the only things I can complain about, we didn't think it was too bad and still enjoyed our stay.

The hotel design is really stylish and great to look at, the room we had was spacious, comfortable and clean and we absolutely loved the bar and also enjoyed being served cool drinks and tapas at the beach in front of the hotel. The staff was always very attentive and helpful.

I definitely recommend this hotel for a relaxing stay in Grand Case.

Room Tip: Rooms close to Blvd de Grand Case will be noisy since this is a busy street, so the further away fro...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Port Jefferson Station, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

This is a quaint and charming little hotel on the "French side". The rooms were spacious and clean. With the possible exception of not enough outlets this hotel is an amazing vacation destination to relax, recharge and fall in love again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

We didn't stay here but had drinks in the bar and spent an afternoon on the beach. Friendly service with reasonable speed. Great views of the water. Pretty bohemian vibe if that is your thing. Give it a try for cocktails at sunset!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

We spent a week at the Love Hotel in Grand Case and LOVED every minute of our stay. To be honest, I was very hesitant about coming to St. Martin and Grand Case after reading some of the negative things other people were writing. But everything was perfect and if you are well traveled and have an open mind to what the real French Caribbean is, then you will love it here. Grand Case is not your typical American style Caribbean resort destination. If your looking for big resorts and loud tourists drinking beer then go to the Dutch side. Grand Case is on the French side and is a rustic Caribbean seaside village with a true French flair. When you stay in Grand Case, you are immersed in true Caribbean daily life with everything that goes along with it. The Love Hotel is a small hip and modern boutique hotel that offers great value, clean rooms and a great European vibe. The staff is young and laid back but attentive to your every need. Whatever we asked for we got and we got without having to wait. For example, we needed a rental car and the owner used his own cell phone to make arrangements for us. The bar has great drinks and the tapas were excellent. The beach is small but perfect for relaxing and swimming (they even have a small watersports desk). The rooms are simple yet modern and very very very clean, thanks to an adorable cleaning women (did you get that...very very very clean!). All the great French restaurants are just a few steps away and every meal was amazing. We walked home every night on the beach and felt safe. We used a little bug spray every night on our legs and did not get a single bite the entire trip. Make sure to visit Friar's Bay and Happy Bay nearby for a great beach day. Also try the LoLo's for great local eats. We loved the hotel and Grand Case so much we stayed an extra day! We will be back and thank everyone at the Love Hotel and St. Martin for one of the best trips we have every been on.

Room Tip: Get room 3,4,5,6 or 7 upstairs for great ocean views!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about LOVE

Property: LOVE
Address: 140 Boulevard de Grand Case | Saint Martin, Grand Case 97150, St. Maarten-St. Martin (Formerly Chez Martine)
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Saint-Martin > Grand Case
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Grand Case
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LOVE HOTEL & RESIDENCE are located on the beautiful bay of Grand Case, bordered by turquoise Carribean Sea, offering a private and luxurious experience. An ideal setting to relax on the beach and enjoy refreshing cocktails and lunch feet in the water. Families can enjoy the sound of crashing waves while children are entertained by one of the multiple beach activities. Directly on the very lively and animated Grand Case Boulevard, you will be able to enjoy the fine French cuisine at THE PETITE TABLE, situated in front of the HOTEL. You must also take some time to visit the local art galleries, boutiques, bars and so much more! ... more   less 
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