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Two days of travel is no mean feat but we have to tell you that it's worth every bit of it just to see the view as we flew into St. Maarten. We were excited to finally be seeing the end of our two American Airlines flights that were comfortable but devoid of any reasonable level of service. We gave them a 5 out of 10 for getting us here in one …
... in Philipsburg. That explained the confetti lining the major street. The town just mostly had old little shops and small houses. Although they weren't what you would typically think of as being nice, they were quite charming in their own way. When we came back toward the beach on the made road, we saw that the Carnival parade was lining up. We took a couple pictures and headed toward a music shop to buy me a ukulele. Because of Carnival, however, a lot of the ...
... shops are everywhere with the patrons trying to entice you in with this or that discount. We are just happy window shopping at the moment. We swing back out onto the beach front and locate a lively bar playing Soca Music (it's playing everywhere). We enjoy some beers and watch the world go by for a while. We continue along the beach front but swing back near the centre but this time to walk down the imaginatively named Back Street. We pop into a nice little shop ...
... br> The International airport is located on the Dutch side and is perhaps best known for very low-altitude flyover landing approaches due to one end of its runway being extremely close to the shore and Maho Beach. There are many videos on YouTube showing how low they are.
We arrived for a 45 minute explore of Marigot. Today was local market day so the traffic ...
... endless beauty!
It didn’t take me very long to move around before settling at the front of the catamaran where no one stood! I lay on the fish net while I watched the scenes pass by. Justin and Fiorella as well as Mili followed suit; we all had the best places for unique photos opportunities.
Drinks were passed along and while ...
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My boyfriend and I just returned from our stay at the Holland House located in the heart of Phillipsburg, St. Maarteen and we both agree it was a fabulous trip, largely in part to our staying at the Holland House.
The Holland House worked out great for us. We had a timeshare rental that ran from sat. to sat. at a different location, but airline flights that landed us in St. Maarten two days prior. The Holland House was a great place to spend a few days.
We spent three nights at the Holland House Hotel in mid Dec 2004 after spending a week in Anguilla. The hotel itself is quite nice and a good value for the money, BUT...
I just came back from my first trip to St Martin and stayed at the Holland House for 4 nights. I was a little nervous at first from the pictures that I saw and the fact that it is such a small hotel (only 54 rooms I think). When I arrived in St Martin I took a cab to the hotel which cost $12. The taxi driver informed me that she would have to drop me off near an alley and I would have to walk the rest of the way because of construction on Front St. This made me even more nervous about where I chose to stay.
I stayed at the Holland House last Feb. on a package deal. I loved it. I rated this above average because the price was right, it was on the beach and walking distance to all shopping and restaurants in Philipsburg.
The Holland House Hotel in Philipsburg is above average and quite recommendable. Pay a bit more and get sea view. Ask for the weekly rate if planning to stay seven nights. The only caveat is that if you rent a car it will be impossible to park it nearby. Maps are misleading, Front and Back Street are extremely narrow. No car traffic is allowed in the Holland House neighborhood on Front Street. And Back Street is literally filled up with people and cars during daytime.
We got a cab from the airport but he had to let us off at the end of Back Street as Front Street had roadworks. We were aware of this before we arrived as we had read reviews. Once we had got there and checked in, we very pleasantly surprised at how our room was. We had a Junior Suite with a beach view and the view was absolutely beautiful!! We had a fantastic view of the broadwalk, beach, sea and we could see the cruise ships coming in in the mornings. We spent 10 days there and every single day our room was kept clean and tidy. The bar man was excellent and made us feel welcome. All the staff were very welcoming. The restaurant was excellent too. I cant say enough about this hotel - If i were to return to St Maartens, i would definately be staying at the Holland House Hotel. Check it out!
My wife and I and another couple spent the last week of July '04 at the Holland House Beach Hotel in Phillisburg. We stayed in the ocean view rooms and absolutley loved it. It's an older hotel, but obviously well maintained and very clean. The staff was courteous and the food in the restaurant was very good and moderately priced for St. Maarten. The hotel is on very busy Front St. with the grittiness of a small city with a lot of traffic and pedestrian congestion. The rear of the hotel is quite a contrast from the street side. Very quiet and serene, it faces beautiful Great Bay with a newly constructed boardwalk and a fabulous beach with complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas for hotel guests. There are also a number of small beach front restaurants and bars in in short walking distance from the hotel. I highly recommend the Holland House and would certainly stay again.
We stayed at holland house for 2 or 3 nights in 2002, prior to our week in St. Bart's. It was really a delight. The room was adequate, not large, not fancy, but clean and comfortable...we had a decent view out the window. The staff was very accommodating and there was even a computer you could use in the lobby to check email, free of charge. Like many of the less expensive deals, the place showed some signs of wear and tear and updating will probably be needed (if it hasn't already occurred).
Have stayed at this hotel several times. Enjoy the view from the beach side--always get beach side room. Street side noisy. People are friendly and hotel is well cared for. Reasonable food in restaurant, especially breakfest and lunch. Restaurant directly on beach and great atmosphere at night.