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“Charming St Maaten Resort/Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Summit Hotel

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The Summit Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cupecoy Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Palm Springs, California
Level Contributor
65 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Charming St Maaten Resort/Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

I won a weeks stay at "The Summit" via "Everything St Maarten" website. Thanks EST!! We enjoyed our stay at the summit. The staff was very friendly and easy to get along with...the Activities Director was OUTSTANDING and made us feel welcome!! We met friends that were staying at The Summit, after there timeshare week, for an extended stay. The Summit was close to all the best beached....Maho Beach, Cupocoy Beach and Baie Rouge Beach which was GREAT!! Because we were at the beach daily.....beach bums during the day! If you want a relaxed quite stay....check out the The Summit Hotel!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the bay have a great view and porches to sit on and enjoy a great view of Simpson Bay!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ChuckHonse
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 14 March 2013
Dear Chuck,

First, let me congratulate you on winning your stay at the Summit on Jeff Berger's website, EverythingSXM.com. That was lucky! Second, thank you so much for your kind words about the Summit and the high ratings you gave us. I especially appreciate your comments about our Activities Director, Sasha, who works hard to offer guests a wide range of fun filled activities on the island to help them enjoy their stays. I'm glad you had a chance to stay with us and enjoy the easy access to great beaches and the comfortable, laid back atmosphere we offer at the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Best regards,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

I just returned home from my second stay at The Summit this year. The views are unbeatable and simply a joy to wake up to every morning - plus it was nice to have our own balcony. The staff was friendly and responsive, the rooms clean, and the beds comfortable. The grounds are quiet and beautiful, and I like that Maho and beaches are just a short drive away. I plan to stay here the next time I visit St. Maarten and would recommend The Summit to anyone looking for a relaxing hotel with island charm.

  • Stayed February 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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    • 4 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 KSL484
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 28 February 2013
Dear KSL 484,

Thank you very much for the wonderful review you posted on TripAdvisor about the Summit Resort Hotel. I agree that the views from our rooms, especially the Premium Water View rooms overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon, are simply incredible. With more than a 180 degree view, the lagoon in the foreground, gentle hills of St Martin/St Maarten in the background and the island of Anguilla in the distance, I often find that I get lost looking at the view myself! It certainly is a nice way to unwind. Having Maho, Porto Cupecoy and the beaches of the lowlands all within a few minutes drive of the Summit makes us a very convenient location as well. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to our beautiful island.

Best regards,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Graham, North Carolina
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177 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

Are finishing up our 10 trip to The Summit, and thought it was better than ever. It is one of the older places we've looked at in SXM, but we consider it quaint, charming. and a good value. Almost everything seems to work fine, and the staff very quickly takes care of any anomolies that pop up. All of the staff are friendly and good to deal with.The bar usually closes a little early ( around 10:00 pm ), but they have a great "happy hour" that attracts locals & those from other nearby hotels/resorts.

They don't have a fitness center or room service.

We will be back in the future !

Mike & Pat from NC

Room Tip: There are several different views available, so I'd ask for an explanation of what is available...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Mikeslots
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 28 February 2013
Dear Mike & Pat from NC,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of the Summit Hotel on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to have you back with us and glad to earn your "better than ever" comment about the hotel. I also really appreciate the work you and Don put into building the Corn Hole game and the picture you posted of yourselves posing with it is great! The game has become very popular down at the bar and is in great demand from guests. Regarding a fitness center, I am happy to report that we are making arrangements with a nearby gym to provide Summit guests with passes to use their facility. It is within an easy 5 minute walk from the hotel and should prove very popular with guests. Thanks again for your great comments and I look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

Best regards,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Burlington, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

We were at the Summit for our 17th year from Feb 6-23, 2013. We love the hotel and the fantastic view of Simpson Bay lagoon and part of the French side of the island. It is like going home. The staff is always very friendly and helpful. We enjoy visiting at the pool, bar and restaurant with the other quest and have made many good friends over the years. There was a group that I thought was louder than necessary, but they were on vacation and they were always quiet by 11:00. My husband and a friend built a Corn Bag Toss Game. The maintenance staff loaned a few tools and cut some boards to help. We had a few tournaments by the pool and generally had a wonderful time. The hotel has new TVs and new wireless internet that is free for quests. We can’t wait for next February to go again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Karen48990
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 27 February 2013
Dear Karen,

Thank you very much for your kind words about the Summit. I can't believe it's been 17 years! As you know better than most, the Summit appeals to those who enjoy and appreciate a quiet and peaceful setting, clean comfortable rooms, a warm welcoming staff and simply incredible views. Please let Don know that the game he and Mike built has become an instant hit down at the bar and has been in steady use since you left. Thanks again for all the kind words above. We all look forward to welcoming you back next year.

Best regards,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Vancouver, BC
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59 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

Firstly, the front desk staff were good and they are trying, and it's too bad that they are saddled with this rundown resort. Reading other reviews, they do not accurately reflect our experience, nor the state of the "resort" at all. Our opinion (unit 11B): tired rooms with badly cracked tile throughout, beat up doors and frames, holes in fibreglass shower stall, window crank and screen broken, remote control doesn't work for TV ("not set up for it" and no attempt made to set it up), broken strainer in bathroom sink drain.
The pool area is OK out on the deck but the area under the nearby canopy is seedy. The smell from the restaurant deep fryer wafts throughout the property and is very unpleasant. We couldn't sit out on our deck because of it. We just left the grounds every day. The concrete walkways are a broken jumble, difficult to wheel luggage and carts on. The woodwork railings and stairs are worn and tired.
The complex was noisy, as sound reverberates around the closely packed units. So, we got to hear the partiers (and there is a dedicated group of regulars) until 10-12 pm most nights.
I went looking for a water hose to clean feet off and wandered to the west end of complex away from the pool. What a dark, dreary, fetid secret hole that is, at the maintenance shack. I have never seen anything like that on resort grounds in my life.
It is time for a total makeover at this resort and people need to be warned not to stay here.

Room Tip: If for some reason you chose to stay here, down front on the windward and/or north side would avoid...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
4 Thank mikemniki
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 20 February 2013
Dear mikemniki,

I am very sorry to read your comments posted on TripAdvisor reflecting your perspective of the Summit Resort Hotel and, I must admit, I am puzzled at how your perception could be so completely opposite those expressed by most reviewers of the hotel. RCI has designated the Summit a Gold Crown Resort for 2013 based on survey responses they received from non-Summit timeshare owners who exchanged weeks at their home resorts in order to visit the Summit. These guests rated us highly enough to earn RCI's highest designation. TripAdvisor awarded us a Certificate of Excellence based solely on reviews they received about the Summit over the course of the past year. Jeff Berger, publisher of the EverythingSXM website, granted us an Award of Excellence based on his personal inspection of the property and visits to the hotel. I realize that it is difficult for any hotel to satisfy every single guest who visits but I am extremely proud of the quality, service and value the Summit delivers to guests and gratified by the overwhelmingly positive reaction and reviews we receive from most guests who visit us. I wish you the best and hope you will give us a chance to change your perception of the hotel on a future visit.

Sincerely,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Brick, NJ
Level Contributor
164 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

It is not a new resort but it is the Carib at its best. The staff are the friendliest people on the Island and will go out of their way to please you. We own 5 weeks there and wouldn't trade our weeks there for anybody. It is an older resort but very well kept and the grounds are lovel and the view of the lagoon is outstanding.

Room Tip: Take the Delux rooms They are worth it
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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3 Thank Nevs
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 20 February 2013
Dear Nevs,

Thank you very much for your kind words and wonderful endorsement of the Summit. I am delighted to hear how much you enjoy the hotel. As one of the earliest hotels on St. Maarten, and now celebrating our 40th year of operation, we strive to deliver "Old World Caribbean Charm" to those who appreciate clean, comfortable accommodations in a beautiful setting. I especially appreciate your comments about our staff, some of whom have worked at the Summit for decades and all of whom strive to ensure that guests are comfortable and think of the Summit as their "home away from home" in St. Maarten. I also agree that out view overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon is likely one of the best on the entire island. I look forward to welcoming you to the hotel again in the future.

All the best,
Bruce Jakubovitz
Owner
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Numansdorp, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

We have visited different hotels in Sint Maarten. We the SUMMIT since 1999, our choice that time was location based. A quiet and friendly area with a great view and walking distance from MULLETBAY. we returned since then every year for 2 weeks and always around christmas and new Year. Since our first visit we see the same great team of staff which is giving a comfortable feeling when you return. The ownership of the hotel changed and this change had a tremendous positive impact in terms of organisation and profesionalism. A great reception when you arrive, a fast follow-up to special requests, well guarded, great housekeeping, a nice family running the restaurant at the pool with nice entertainment, also for children, The restaurant and bar closes around 21.30 which guarantees complete silence for the later evening and night. A guard service not only at the gate but also walking around. We have visited different hotels to keep ourselves up to date, we visited friends that stayed over in other hotels and yes, you can get more fancy rooms around but if you want to feel home, feel welcome, feel appreciated,experience service, if you love quiet at your hotel area but party in the neighbourhood( like MAHO, MULLET, SUNSET BEACH BAR), if you like spacious rooms with full kitchen with the right balance in price/quality, we can only recommend you the hotel and staff being called THE SUMMIT RESORT, WITH THE SUMMIT RESORT TEAM LOCATED IN CUPECOY, SINT MAARTEN. The Summit Hotel, people making the difference. Robert Brand van Lieshout & family

Room Tip: premium watrer view has more wind then the garden view room but you have a breathtaking view over S...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank RBrandvanLieshout
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 22 January 2013
Dear Mr. van Lieshout,

Thank you very much for your positive review and kind words about the Summit Resort Hotel in St. Maarten. I especially appreciate your recognition of our dedicated employees and the service they provide to guests. Many of our staff members have worked at the Summit for decades and they care deeply about the hotel and work hard to ensure that every guest feels like a member of the Summit family. On behalf of all our staff, thank you for your wonderful review and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Summit in the future.

Kind regards,
Bruce Jakubovitz
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Property: The Summit Hotel
Address: Jordan Road # 42 | The Lowlands, Cupecoy Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Cupecoy Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cupecoy Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Summit Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful, clean, quiet property with a spectacular view overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon. Close to the best beaches, restaurants and nightlife on the island but tucked away with lots of privacy. ... more   less 
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