Travel Blogs from Grand Case
... to the tiny, idyllic Pinel Island. This is a place people rave about. The beach here is perfect, the waters calm, snorkeling available off to both sides of the sand, and the food served by two beach restaurants reputed to be excellent.
Pat and I disembarked, hoping to do more walking on Pinel, and evaluate the beach possibilities and snorkeling for our group. First, however, we discovered that toplessness was the dress code for many of the ...
The night before at practice, I told Ashevan I had something for him, but didn’t want to give it to him in front of the whole team, so we agreed to meet at the La Savane court at 5:00. As I walked down the dirt parking lot, he saw me and started walking towards his new ball. It was a nice red and black rubber LeBron ball. He was excited. He thanked me and took ...
... Devin, and Bernardo were doing some spear-fishing. We said hi and then started on our way around the bay and as we were leaving, Nicholas yelled to us, so we turned back. Nicholas told Stephane a few guys on a nearby boat needed a ride back to shore, so he did. They were two French guys who seemed tired from a day of boating. When we got to the dock, they invited us to the lolos for a drink. They had cokes and I had my favorite Ginger Beer. After hanging out ...
... to me, which was frustrating because I really wanted to get through to him. So, I asked him if he heard me, and then followed up with, ‘so what do you do if you get knocked down?’ I tried to make it funny by telling him to brush the dirt off his shoulder whenever he gets up from being knocked down, but he wasn’t cracking a smile. Then, I used a bribe. I told him that if he answered, I would bring him back something from the states, as I ...
... a few years back. I could immediately tell she was from the states by her midWestern accent. It was a quaint little boutique with a room separated by a big glass window that was set up just like a chemisty lab but with oils and all the necessities to make perfume. There was an oil “organ” of 300 something scents…so exciitng for someone like me who can spend an hour in Bath & Body ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel L'Esplanade Grand Case
High Above It All
This hotel was a gem in Grand Case's roughness. The hotel was clean with a simple uncluttered Carribean design. My husband and I stayed in a loft and had great views of the water. The people were friendly and the pool is beautiful and relaxing. It's a hike to the beach, but a pleasant walk. The town is a little sketchy, but you are high above it at the hotel. Highly recommend it. Don't spend the $$ on La Sammana, this place is a much better value and just as luxurious.
A fantastic hotel in a fantastic town
Arrived in Grand Case (via Guadeloupe) without any reservations. French St. Martin was my 5th country on a 5-country tour of islands in the area.
Hotel L'Esplanade immediately took me in showing me a tremendously large suite, very clean, with a terrific view of the ocean. Amazing sunsets.
The staff were polite, the service was excellent, and a peaceful beach was just down a path.
I cannot say enough about this tremendous facility. I will return.
Spent 8 nights at Hotel L'Esplanade and it was wonderful. At first we were a little leary because the hotel is not on the beach and we were used to carribean beach resorts -- we got over that quickly. The rooms are extremely clean and spacious. We brought food with us for breakfast -- parmalat milk, tea, english muffins, ice tea mix etc and had a wonderful relaxing breakfast overlooking the crystal blue seas on most days. During high season, the hotel is open for breakfast & lunch at the pool area. It is like having a private chef -- we had a wonderful breakfast of bacon & eggs outside by the pool for $6. Our only mistake is that we would have rented a car, we took day trips to various beaches and the taxis got quite expensive. If we were to do it over we would have rented a car for the day and just walked to the restaurants down the street at night. The hotel is located in the best spot for dining -- one restaurant was better than the other. At first I was trying to pay attention to all the reviews that I had read on tripadvisor but we soon found that all the restaurants were great so we would just stroll in. We did take a trip to Temptations for dinner (attached to the Atlantis casino) what a beautiful restaurant -- the food was out of this world -- so if you're looking for a night to dress up a little and sit in air conditioning that's your place. We would definitely recommend this hotel -- you won't be disappointed.
We enjoyed our stay at the Esplanade. We had a deluxe loft which was spacious, nicely decorated, and had a lovely terrace overlooking the ocean. It was clean and very comfortable. Comfy beds and big bathrooms. The staff was extremely low key, friendly and helpful. The only negative was that there was no restaurant, so the pool (which was adorable) didn't serve any food and the hotel didn't serve breakfast other than pastries. If you are not a breakfast person, this hotel is perfect. After 2 days of delicious croissants and pain au chocolat, I was dying for eggs! But.....the location was A+ because it's only short walk to the best restaurants on the island and a quick drive to all the nice beaches. We would definitely return to this hotel if we ever visit St. Martin again.
A truly memorable experience
My wife and I stayed at L'Esplanade to celebrate our 25th anniversary in September 2003. It was a wonderful choice. It is quiet, the rooms and property are kept immaculate, and the location was wonderful. It was walking distance to the wonderful Grand Case restaurants, to the beach, a short drive to shopping in Marigot, and to Orient Beach. The staff were most accomodating. The room itself (an oversized loft) had a wonderful view of the town and beach. We enjoyed many moonlit evenings on the patio. Having the kitchen was also a great choice for us to enjoy some leisurely breakfasts and lunches at our own pace. We look forward to our next visit to the island and will certainly stay here.
Enjoy. Bob and Sharon
Stayed with my wife in Oct. 2003. I would recommend this hotel to everyone, its clean, the rooms and the pool are great and the location is perfect for dining in Grand Case or going to Orient Beach. The hotel is in a peaceful location and is a nice change from the more congested Dutch side...a nice change from the traffic and casinos.
We just recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in St. Martin/St. Maarten at the lovely, intimate, friendly Hotel L'Esplanade in Grand Case (French St. Martin). I knew from the moment I found their website that this was the place to be. A very small hotel (I think 30 some rooms), it boasts spacious rooms, clean-as-a-whistle accommodations, lovely large balcony (where we breakfasted each morning). The staff was friendly and helpful in every way, arranging a rental car, advising of restaurants, etc. Although it doesn't have its own beach, we were surrounded by beaches (!!) and chose a new one each day. Over 30 restaurants to choose from in Grand Case. Pool area was beautifully landscaped, private and clean. Although the swim-up bar was closed (it was late in the season), we nearly had the entire pool to ourselves. We truly enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a quiet haven in paradise. One note -- stay away from Philipsburg! It is crowded, ultra commercial, and we had our car towed from on-street parking which was NOT marked with a no parking sign. It turns out, this seems to be a money-making ploy. We ran into about 8 tourists at the garage where they dump your car (each pay a $60 fine). We were not a happy group. Stick to the French side. They are much friendlier there! Bon Voyage! (and stay at the "L'Esplanade".)
Just got back from St. Martin. L'Esplanade exceeded my expectations. It was fantastic. I was somewhat concerned given that I had the family along and it was not beach front. But it was perfect. You will want to drive all the different beaches on the island anyway - so having a beach front hotel is not necessary. But walking to all of the wonderful restaurants in Grand Case and not taking your life in your on hands by driving at night is wonderful. L'Esplanade is a beautiful hotel and I highly recommend it.
Beautiful and Service Oriented - Low Key
My husband and I just got back from St. Martin, where we spent 5 nights at Hotel L'Esplanade. We can not say enough positive things about this hotel and its staff and managers. Kristen and Mark Petreluzzi are the management of both this hotel and the Petit Hotel on the other side of Grand Case. They are fantastic, very guest oriented and an amazing source of information. The hotel is low key, quiet, and beautifully decorated with blue Mediterranean-like tiles, flowers, and interesting decorative touches. The room we stayed in was a deluxe studio loft - all the rooms have views of the water. A short walk gets you to the main strip of restaurants in Grand Case, which have delicious food (at NYC prices, I must add). The beach in Grand Case is small (but pretty), so if you are looking for a place to spend time on a large beach, you will likely have to take a short trip over to another ST. Martin beach. We spent most of our time at their pool, where we felt like we had it all to ourselves. While the hotel was full, it did not feel crowded, and the other guests were extremely friendly. I would highly recommend this hotel, or the Petit Hotel to anyone who is looking for a quiet, luxurious, and beautiful hotel.
Hotel L ' Esplanade was great!
I visited St. Martin during the low season of September 2002 and I was delighted to find the Hotel L'Esplande open. It was quiet, very nice, and I felt like I was at home. The 10 year old hotel seems brand new, set off on a hillside in a quiet place. My studio room was large, with a big refrigerator. Parking for my rental car was right outside my door. The Hotel is convenient to many restaurants and a short drivng distance to Orient Beach and Pinel. Marigot is 15 minutes away. Kristin ,the general manager, and Summmer were very helpful. They connected me to excellent scuba diving arrangements on Saba and gave me suggestions on restaurants and island sites. The grounds of the hotel are very nice, I found the pool particulary relaxing and refreshing. You can use a hotel with beach access in Grand Case (thru the L ' Esplanade) but there's not much beach , although a friendly place. Over all I was very pleased with my stay, and felt I made the right choice. Bob