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“really enjoyed our stay”
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The Summit Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cupecoy Bay
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wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“really enjoyed our stay”
Reviewed 4 December 2009

We have been going to the island for 5 years and were lucky enough to find this place. We are planning to go back this year and are looking to stay for a couple of months. I have misplaced the phone #, if someone can help me out and also I would like to get in contact with Bruce (the owner). If I could get his e-mail or phone number to contact him directly it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 August 2009

My husband and I stayed here for 1 night awaiting our time share at the Pelican.
The hotel is very peaceful and quiet with breathtaking views of the Bay. Marge at the front desk was wonderful. We had the entire pool to ourselves that evening. The villa was clean and very roomy. It was just what we both needed after a long day at the airports. The only issue we have is that the restaurant on the premises has closed..thank goodness, there was a tiny bar/ restaurant at the dock....Without a car, there was no place to go and get something to eat.
Overall, the summit was great and we would stay there again..

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Valencia
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73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2009

We stayed here for a night late Nov 2008 before checking in the Belair Beach Resort for a week. The hotel is unique, with cottages divided in several parts to make separate rooms/apartments. We had initially planned on traveling 3 adults + 1 child, and this was what we mentioned when booking the night through Expedia.com, and paid the extra adult fee. At the last moment, a family member that was departing that same day back home, had to be added to our group because her flight had been delayed. When checking in, we saw that our room was comfortable enough for all of us: 2 double beds plus a sofa bed. I think this type of unit are their standard rooms.
The room itself is very comfortable although everything seemed a little outdated. But clean, which is what you expect. The bathroom is large and I think it has gone through renovation because it is more stylish. The entrances to our unit was though a balcony door (porch) on ground level. The parking area is large. It is a short walk to the Atlantis Casino, the largest one on the island, and next to a Medical School belonging to a local university. There are nice paths you can take between buildings and it was a nice walk in the morning. The pool was breathtaking: it is on a wooden floor area on a cliff and you have an amazing view of Simpson Bay. The pool is large and very clean, and there was renovations being carried out near the pool area but did not interfere with it being used. There are stairs that take you from the pool to Water Taxis; these boats take you to Philipsburg for shopping and I think other places and are convenient.
Now, a few negative points: one of the things we initially saw on Expedia's room description was a minifridge which our unit had indeed, but did not work. We did not notice it was not working until around 8pm, since we headed to the local beach upon checking in and returned at night. It seemed it only needed a convertor for the plug, but the gentleman in charge of the front desk that day said it could not be fixed and no convertor plugs were available. The minifridge was important for us since we wanted a cool place for our toddler's food, water, etc. There are also few dining options nearby so a car is practically a must at night if you want to eat late. About the cats....if you have read other reviews, other guests have found that the stray cats on the property are wonderful (if you are a cat lover) or a terrible thing (if you are allergic or simply not fond of these creatures). Well, let me tell you that upon cheking in, I was handed a notice explaining up front the situation. It seems that a few stray cats near the property, over the years, have turned into a health concern and they seemed to be trying to control the situation by sterilizing cats so they can no longer have kittens, and urge guests NOT to feed cats no matter what, saying that the hotel feeds them enough but additional food will draw more cats, rats, etc. to the hotel. One of the ladies at the front desk mentioned that they have a lady tourist from The Netherlands that stays there every year, and she loves cats and usually buys them tons of food and is one of the hobbies she has while she's visiting..! I don't particularly care too much for cats (I am more of a dog person), and must say that I think I saw over 20 cats near our unit and I was only there for a night. Each time you walk out your room you'll find a cat strolling by...they are waiting to see if you have leftovers or leave your door open. When checking in, we left our balcony door open a few minutes and soon found 2 cats inside our room while getting our luggage from our car! So I guess if you're careful and do not leave your door open and just ignore them, you'll be fine.
Upon check-out, the first thing I was asked, instead of, "did you find your room comfortable?" or, "did you enjoy your stay?", was, instead, "how many adults were in your room? Did you know we have an additional charge for extra adults..?" I immediately explained that there was, indeed, an extra adult at the last moment, and would not mind paying an additional fee, but also wanted to point out that the minifridge in our unit did not work and no one fixed or replaced it. The lady was nice enough to say she would not charge us for the extra adult, but when on to ask sarcastically if I had mentioned the minifridge not working only because we were about to be charged an extra fee for another adult..!! We did notice that when we checked in the day before, as we headed towards our room, an employee was nearby smiling and saying hello, but I think they are really aware of how many people stay in their units, so be careful, because eve if it is a last-minute thing like our case, or, if instead you are avoiding an extra charge, they will know.
I would recommend this hotel if you have rented a car to drive around to the beaches and dining spots, and if a beautiful view and lovely pool are a must.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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new york
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Reviewed 28 January 2009

Kind of out of the way & a bit hard to find, but centrally located is the Summit Resort Hotel in Cupecoy. Within walking distance to the busy Mullet Bay beach, the golf course, the Atlantic Casino & the Medical School of the American University of the Caribbean, the Summit is a hidden gem with very affordable rates! Though a bit hard to find, turn right before the Atlantis Casino, & just at the Medical School sign then up the hill it is only seven minutes from the International Airport & eight minutes to the beautiful Baises Rouge on the French side!
The restaurant & bar will be expanded by Michelle & Tracy the current owners of the delightful Deepbleu bar which is a great place to watch the lagoon have a drink & savor their menu. It's also a great place to attempt to practice your French with the effervescent & drop dead gorgeous Anita, behind the bar!! Give the Summit a shout!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Arkansas
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63 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2008

Stayed at the Summit one night--- Thank God it was only one night!

The room was adequate and clean, but if you're planning on being in St. Martin for more than one night, go somewhere else...

There was NOTHING at the hotel-- the pool was dirty-- the internet didn't work-- no restaurant/bar... As I said, go somewhere else.

  • Liked — It had a bathroom
  • Disliked — Everything other than the bathroom
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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2 Thank bigred
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 30 January 2009
Reviews of this type are always written by guests who book our least expensive room for a single night. Usually they are adding on a night before or after their timeshare week at another resort. We do appreciate the reviewer saying that the room was adequate and clean and pride ourselves on providing clean and comfortable accomodations that are close to major attractions such as Cupecoy and Mullet beaches, the Atlantis Casino complex and the American University of the Caribbean. It should be noted that the guest visited during the off season when renovations were being done to the property including the construction of a brand new pool deck, bar and restaurant.
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Fairfax
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Reviewed 3 September 2008

My husband and I spent 10 days at the Summit in August. Although I like the outdoor scenery, the rooms are very poorly maintained. For example, the carpet is very dirty, the sheets do not look clean, there were a few cock roaches. In addition, there was no water to take a shower 3 of the mornings we were there.

On the night before we left, my husband was yelled at by the manager/owner in the middle of the night for feeding the cats by the pool. Apparently, the owners of this property want animal welfare to come in and remove/euthanize the cats that are on the property. The manager's name is Tracy Kilbourne, and he is very rude and antagonistic. He literally screamed at my husband and threatened to have him "removed" from the property.

Cupecoy is a beautiful place. Although the Summit is inexpensive, I would not recommend it to anyone. There are too many other nice places to stay to waste your time there.

  • Liked — Close to Mullet Bay Beach
  • Disliked — Rude Staff; Old, run down rooms; mean to animals
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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3 Thank Tarapins
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BruceSXM, Owner at The Summit Hotel, responded to this review, 30 January 2009
We work closely with animal rights organizations on both the Dutch and French sides of the island to responsibly monitor and control the population of feral cats which are a problem all over the island. Both Animal Welfare (Dutch side) and Les Quatre Pattes/PAWS (French side) have captured, spayed/neutered and found adoptive homes for dozens of cats taken from Summit grounds. These efforts have been paid for by the hotel in an effort to treat these animals in as humane a manner as possible. Both organizations agree that guest feeding of stray cats makes the problem worse and literature from these organizations strongly discourages this practice.
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Gillette, NJ
1 review
Reviewed 29 March 2008

Great Hotel. Beautiful view. Great staff. Tons of cats! Really fun. All the rooms are in own little buildings. Like a little community. Great pool. Great food.

  • Liked — The cats
  • Disliked — not heated pool
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with family
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Thank twgavin
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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
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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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