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“Pleasant accommodations in a pleasant location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Les Balcons d'Oyster Pond

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Les Balcons d'Oyster Pond
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Oyster Pond
Certificate of Excellence
Westchester County, NY
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63 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Pleasant accommodations in a pleasant location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

I feel I need to qualify this review by making it clear that my wife and I are of "early retirement age," as this may have affected our reactions, while younger folks may feel differently. First of all, we both expected the furnishings to be a little more luxurious than they were. Individual thermostats for the two rooms were a real plus and worked fine. The deck was pleasant with a lovely view. We were not prepared to have to supply virtually everything--toilet paper, soap, shampoo, coffee and filters. The site manager was very pleasant, but not always available. And they charged extra for every little felicity (e.g. beach towels). The description cited TVs, DVD and CD player, but several of these did not work. The manager replaced one of them, but shouldn't these have been checked in between guests? The location itself took a while to get accustomed to, although once we learned what was available and where, we were glad to be located where we were, rather than in the noisier, more urban areas, or the ridiculously over-developed luxury areas. The night before we left home, we learned of a serious mosquito-borne illness that was running rampant. This too detracted from the sense of a carefree vacation.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Limmson
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Vestal, NY
Level Contributor
99 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

We spent a nearly perfect 10 days at Les Balcons. After reading reviews, we changed our reservation to one of the upper rooms to preserve our old legs, and had a comfortable room and terrace overlooking the marina. The area is scenic and quiet. Each morning we were visited by tiny yellow breasted birds with whom we shared our croissants and baguettes. Carinne and David were welcoming hosts who helped us with advice and tour reservations. The island is truly filled with friendly people and we are planning a return trip...perhaps with children/grandchildren at a future time. Only caveat: driving on St. Martin is a contact sport. I had no problem because 1. I learned to drive in NYC and 2. I was lucky, but many people we encountered said they preferred to use taxis to get around the island.

Room Tip: Upper level rooms are best for people who have difficulty walking.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Grandmajoan
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Phoenix, Arizona
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Just returned from St. Martin with nothing but good things to say about Carine Poret and her lovely place just over the French side of St. Martin. We stayed in Rooms 3 and 4 with the large patios, and found them very comfortable. While this is not a full service hotel, there are plenty of restaurants nearby, as well as the beach on the Atlantic side. Because this is on the French side, the voltage is 220 vac, so if you come from the U.S., you'll need adapter plugs for your cell phones, iPads, computers, etc. You'll also need either a transformer for your hair dryer, or a dual voltage dryer.

I gave the hotel five stars, even though our airconditioner failed on the last night of our stay. Carine was so gracious, she had an empty room which she let us use for sleeping that night. In addition, she arranged a very complex car rental arrangement with Philip at Helios car rental (who was also very gracious and helpful). We could not have arranged two 9 passenger vans during the busiest week of the year with our special dropoff and pickup needs without her help.

I highly recommend Les Balcones, especially for a couple who are looking for a quiet, relaxing place, away from the crowded tumult of Philipsburg or Marigot.

Room Tip: Room 3 is especially nice.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank reviewer1937
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Miami, Florida
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed here for 8 nights, the room was simple but nice, price was right, the staf was very attentive to our needs, easy access to the rest of the island, definately rent a car, only complaint is the internet isn't any good

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jim M
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New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

My wife and I stayed at Les Balcons in late December 2013 for 8 nights.
The view to the marina is perfect, and the suites are perfectly designed, including some very spacious patios.
Thanks to Carine and David for taking good care of us! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mc76
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Quincy, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Our vacation in St. Maarten was amazing. We only wish it could have lasted longer. Our stay was in the Sweetie Cottage. We found it to be paradise in paradise. It was comfortable, well decorated, and gave us everything we could possibly need for a lovely stay. There were evens doggies and kitties that came to visit us throughout our stay, especially at dinnertime! The owners were very kind and accommodating. The sweetie cottage was perfect for us, and the fact that it had a private pool was the icing on the cake. We loved sitting in the pool after a day exploring the island. The grill and kitchen were perfect for us to cook some amazing meals, when we weren't out sampling the local cuisine. Overall, an amazing stay. Would love to go back sometime in the future. Highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tnorton134
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Hungry Horse, MT
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

We would have loved a longer stay! Carrine was a very gracious host and went above and beyond to be accommodating. The room was like a little home with a comfortable bed, nice little kitchen, and large shower. The best part was the balcony and the view of the Oyster Pond Marina. The location is perfect. Walked to the beach, restaurants, and bars. Highly recommend Led Balcons d'Oyster Pond!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank notaskier1999
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Property: Les Balcons d'Oyster Pond
Address: 15 Avenue du Lagon, Oyster Pond 97150, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Oyster Pond
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Oyster Pond
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Individual bungalows in Caribbean gardens with swimming pool. They are situated on beautiful Oyster Pond with a marvelous view of the marina and sail boats. You will be in a peaceful, quiet, familial and casual ambiance.Our bungalows can accommodate 2 to 5 people. Each unit has a private terrace with splendid view and barbecue grill. ... more   less 
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