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... as they wanted a picture to go on their Facebook! Not sure if we have been conned but hey we have a new dinghy and freezer and now lots of other goodies too as we had to spend it before we left St Martin! Just waiting for Mark to arrive and away we go - due to land at 22.10 this ...
... for the States (WOOHOO HOME! - Mom, I'll call I promise!) as we meet the family in St. Thomas and then set back out to international islands for Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands for a week long family charter with 12 members in tow, luckily all but 2 of which will be staying in a hotel.
But for now I'll enjoy the end of my fabulous time off, rubbing my full belly and resting well. It's amazing living and working in paradise, each and every day off is a tropical ...
... jiggling - ew. We stopped at another picturesque rocky beach in the north before stopping in Marigot, the capital of the French side. We went to the famous French Bakery, Serafina, and bought some croissants and macaroons. We also shopped in the little open air market for souvenirs.
We continued on to the west coast where we stopped at Maho beach. This is a beautiful, white sand beach with big waves but ...
... s departure for two weeks that began Wednesday, March 28. We departed Brewer’s Bay at 0830 for the short motor back to the Hassel Island anchorage. From there we could take the dinghy into the Crown Bay Marina where we could dock it and lock it. The airport is a reasonable walk from the marina. On the walk from the airport back to the boat Dave scouted the anchorage at Lindbergh Bay adjacent to the airport. As we suspected, it was found to be a ...
... day, during the week don't have time to get browner so have to work on that during the weekend. In the evening I went with Jonathan and Laura to Sky Beach which is awsome! Then Hawaii party in Soggy, so one more day of going out;)
Sunday one more time beach day. During my first week here I remember that I was chillin on the beach by myself, this time we were with group of 12! It's getting busier in our building:) In the evening I worked. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Beach Plaza Marigot
My friend and I just returned from 4 nights at the Hotel Beach Plaza (16-20 July) and had a great time. I booked this hotel based on reviews that I saw on this site and the price. The hotel is very well kept, the beach is great and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The restaurant food was ok at best. Location is great as it is only a 5 minute walk to the Marina Royale's shops and restaurants. Overall, the hotel was clean, comfortable, great location and helpful staff. I would stay there again and would definately recommend anyone else to stay there.
The best ever holiday in the world
I loved this holiday so much i want to go again the people are so freindly!
Enjoyed our stay
My wife and I stayed at Beach Plaza Hotel March 21-26, 2004 and really enjoyed our stay. We liked the short walk to town and places to eat.
You must rent a car, Hertz has rentals at hotel, to see the entire island. The free breakfast was excellent. I recommend an ocean front room. One on the street has too much noise. Also do not get a room that has a water pump for the AC. It will keep you up all night. Maintenance man knows which rooms have the pumps. Suggest eating at the "native" places and not the upscale ones. Grand Case has some good places to eat as well as the market at Marigot. Food is just as good or better for one third the price. Contrary to what some people said, we had not a single safety or security concern during our stay. Also, all the natives were very friendly. We would go back.
I can't agree with the previous reviewers. This hotel does not honor its reservations. I reserved an oceanview room for 3 days over the New Year's celebrations 2003-2004. On arrival I was told that there no oceanview rooms were available but I could take a cityview (at the lower, cityview rate). You can imagine my disappointment, after planning for the trip for months. Having arrived in the evening at the height of the holiday season, I had no choice but to accept the cityview room. Cityview rooms look right onto the main highway, which is busy from 7am until around 1030pm: the nconstant oise from passing cars was unbearable. Apart from this, I had to pay a $50 deposit just to borrow an iron and ironing board. When I tried to use the iron, the circuitbreaker kicked in and turned off the room's electricity. As a frequent traveler to Europe, I was not personally very impressed by the breakfast spread, but perhaps more telling was the ugly shouting match that broke out between one of the breakfast room staff and one of the hotel guests. To be fair, I have to admit that the hotel's central atrium, with lots of plants and pools, is beautiful. And I did not feel unsafe at all at any time, even walking the 15 minutes to Marigot at night; but then I am a young man, and according to several in Marigot I look like "one of the natives." On whole I would not stay at this hotel again. After staying the 1st two nights here, I spent a night at the Maho Beach Hotel & Casino, then 3 more nights at the Grand Case Beach Club, both of which I would highly recommend -- the former has rooms similar to what you might find in any large hotel in the US or around the world, the latter is much smaller, with rooms that might better be described as similar to rental apartments.
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Hotel Beach Plaza in February 2003.
We were there for 6 nights and had a fantastic time. The hotel is within a short walk of Marigot, which has plenty of nice restaurants and shops. The hotel has a rental car desk and an activities desk as well. We utilized both. 2 of the days we were there we rented a jeep wrangler and had the top down on it. It was great. We drove around the entire island, and used it to go to Cupecoy, Orient and Grand Case. The island is very mountainous, so the views were breathtaking. The hotel seems to be brand new and the rooms are very nice. A/C worked very well, since we were cranking it all night. It has a nice pool as well.
The beach isnt as big as i would have hoped but it was just fine to spend a few days at. The hotel staff was very attentive. We had an oceanview room, overlooking anguilla. I have heard the non oceanview rooms are significantly different rooms as they look over a ship graveyard and the mountains. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant one night and it was nothing great, but the complimentary breakfast every morning was superb. A huge spread of pastries, juices, fruits and other breakfast foods. There are so many great places to eat on the island, i wouldnt suggest eating dinner at the hotel, Grand Case or Marigot would be my suggestion.So overall, i would absolutely recommend the hotel.
Had a great vacation
We stayed at Hotel Beach Plaza over the march break in 2003. We took the advise on this site to pay the extra money for the ocean view which was correct. It turned out it was the Heiniken regada celebration the first night we were there. It was quite a rocking party. The following day things quieted down dramatically which thankfully turned out to be the norm. There were many beautiful catamaran sailboats on swing anchor about 50 yards away from the beach. We made use of the in-room safe and only carried what we needed. Note: there is a unique opportunity to do some pretty high end shopping for designer clothes and accessories in Marigot so if you buy things it would be best to keep them low profile.
We did not experience crime when we were there. The food was fantastic in Marigot. We did not buy the food package from the hotel although we ate breakfast in the hotel almost every morning out of convenience. The hotel restaurant has a beautiful view overlooking the water and the pool. Lunch consisted of walking down the street to the patisserie and bringing it back to the beach. We ate our dinners in the various restaurants around the marina. La Belle Epoche was in particular very good and reasonably priced. A great surprise was a day trip to Anguilla and subsequent taxi to Shoal Bay (amazing amazing amazing beach). My wife asked a local Anguilla resident about it before we got in the taxi and he said "most beautiful beach in the Caribbean or I cut off my left leg". The boat to Anquilla is just a 5 minute walk from the Hotel (bring passport). Raymond was particularly helpful finding us an umbrella, chairs and snorkel equipment once we got there. Grand Case is also a nice day trip from Marigot. Overall we got what we were looking for. Non all inclusive, quiet, no kids, good food, nice beaches and opportunities for exploring.
Clean but ????
Hotel was nice and very clean. The native staff was very nice but the European staff was fake nice. Be careful, shop around, the hotel staff tried to rip me off by renting a scooter/car/tin can jeep for more than the advertised price, saying it's the old price. I was surprised at all the loose dogs on the streets with no owners (heard it's the same everywhere in the Caribean), even on the hotel grounds. If you're newlyweds show them proof of marriage and they'll upgrade your room for free.
The natives are very nice and friendly, but I was told to be careful at nights. We got our scuba gear, camera, clothing and my eye glasses stolen from our rental car ( My only other friend who's been there got their rental car stopped by bandits and were robbed). Get out early in the morning and go to the fisherman's market it's an experience, just to go and see. You have to rent a car and go to all the tourist areas on the Island, it can be easily covered in a week, rent the car from a reputable company like budget/hertz/enterprise. Get the all inclusive package if you can, the food is expensive, my wife and I are hearty eaters and we spent $600 US for the week on food alone.
Would we go back, maybe in another 10 years.
Loved it!!! Will return soon!!!
My husband and I stayed in Hotel Beach Plaza March 18-25, 2003 and we loved it. You can get to the Marina and to downtown (where all the boutiques, shops, and restaurants are) in a quick 10 minutes. The easy accessibility to all the patisseries and boulangeries made staying at the hotel worthwhile. We rented a car one day to explore the island, which isn't big at all (37 sq mile). The hotel had beach access which was nice. Bring your own beach towels. They say they have beach towels, but they charge you for it ($1 every time you exchange for a dry/clean one). The breakfast is superb. The fruit is fresh. It beats having to forage in the morning for breakfast. We did not experience or hear of any crime directed at tourist while we were there. Though there are a lot of scams, so beware. The hotel is situated on the main thoroughfare into and out of town, so it does get pretty noisy if your room is facing the island or lagoon. It's not any different than living in Manhattan. Overall, I was pleased with the rooms. They were clean and spacious. The staff was friendly. I would definitely stay there again.
Be Careful !
We were in Marigot from February 28th through March 4, 2003. We stayed at the Hotel Beach Plaza, which we loved. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from downtown, and on the last evening of our trip, around 9 PM, we were crime victims. We were about 30 feet from the entrance to the hotel when a man jumped out of a parked car, and cut the chainlink strap to my handbag (I was wearing it across my body, not resting on my shoulder). Whatever tool he used cut the metal and leather like it was a piece of tissue paper. It took him about 5 seconds to do this, return to the car, and have his accomplice drive off. These men were professional thieves. We filed a police report in Marigot, but the license number of the car (which another person managed to record) was a Dutch plate, so the French Police have to turn it over to the Dutch Police. I don't expect anything to ever be resolved. Both the hotel staff, and the police told us that crime has increased dramatically in the past few months on their island. The hotel did say that we were the first people they knew of, however, that had been robbed right outside the fence of the hotel. I lost $103 USD, and one credit card. I always keep all other credit cards and the rest of my money in a hotel safety deposit box. I was glad I did that. Also, I had a list of the phone numbers for the credit card company in the safety deposit box, so the hotel called them, and we were able to cancel the card immediately. It could have been worse. There was no weapon involved, and we were not mugged. However, I recommend that you ask your restaurant to call a taxi for you, rather than walk around at night.
The Beach Plaza Hotel
My husband and I just returned from nine days at the Beach Plaza Hotel near Marigot. It was great. We had not been back to St. Martin in seven years, and this is the only really nice hotel in a five minute walk to all the restaurants in Marigot. The price included a terrific buffet breakfast. The rooms (we had an ocean front) were really nice with balconys. The beach is certainly swimable. To get to the legendary beaches on the Island (Baie Rouge) we rented a car. But staying on the beach at the hotel (padded lounge chairs and shade provided was very relaxing. I would go back.