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Historical Traveler Reviews L'Hoste Hotel Orient Bay
Great little hotel on Orient Beach
We just returned from a wonderful 10-day stay in St. Martin at L'Hoste. The hotel is in the middle of Orient Beach, which is one of the best beaches on the island (make sure your rent a car so you see the rest of the beaches). It is only a 10 minute drive to the restauants in Grand Case and there is a little village of shops within walking distance of the hotel.
The hotel has a very laid-back feel, and the hotel staff is very friendly and helpuful. They were very helpful in making recommendations and reservations for dining and activities. There are plenty of restaurants, beach bars, and restaurants in walking distance, but almost everything closes by 10:00. We especially enjoyed the fun atmospheres of La Playa and Oasis which are right next to the hotel.
Since this was our first trip to St. Martin, it was a tough decision on whether to stay on the French or Dutch side (we don't speak any French). We are glad we chose the French side for a relaxing vacation. The beaches are prettier, the people are more friendly and laid-back, and the food is usually better. However, if I wanted more activities and nightlife, I would stay on the Dutch side.
We have been to a number of islands, but St. Martin is our new favorite. We are planning on going back next year and staying at L'Hoste again.
First Trip to St Martin, Great Choice with L'Hostel
My husband and I just returned from our first trip to St Martin. We tend to be creatures of habit, and Negril had been our vacation choice for many years. We decided to try St Martin, and what a wonderful choice we made in selecting L'Hoste on Orient Beach. The location was perfect, the hotel is very clean, friendly and offered a very nice continental breakfast. Orient beach is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. There are several restaurants and shops within walking distance however, renting a car is the way to go. We discovered many nice restaurants throughout the island. You quickly learn that the island is safe and the people are friendly. I would highly recommend St Martin and L'Hoste for a wonderful and relaxing vacation.
Loved it but .....
We returned February 21 from a 2 week stay. The location on this hotel is prime on Orient Beach. Rooms are very spacious and clean and within walking distance to a mini mart. We had a car for the duration and ventured all over the island to shop for groceries etc. The kitchen in the room consisted of a mini fridge, 2 burners and a microwave oven.
Although the hotel provides the kitchen facility, they were reluctant to provide the kitchen utensils. We found this strange. It took 2 days before we had a set of pots / pans etc. They would not provide a can opener or knives other than dull butter knives. This was a bit of an inconvenience but we managed.
We booked with Signature Vacations. The package includes chairs and umbrellas on the beach (standard with most hotels in the Carribean).
The big catch however is that L'Hoste and La Playa (the beach club directly in front of the hotel) have made a business arrangement to provide chairs to hotel guests from many surrounding hotels (Cap Caraibe, St. Tropez, L'Hoste etc..). The staff at La Playa are very snooty and were telling people they could not bring their own bottled water, soft drinks or sandwiches / snacks to the beach. VERY annoying to the point of being harrassed numerous times each day. I can understand where they are coming from but I think it is something they should take up with the hotels if the arrangement is not satisfactory (not boosting sales at their beach bar) for them. Keep in mind that nothing of this sort is mentioned in the Signature Brochure nor was it mentioned at the front desk upon check in. The other side of the story is that not all guests are "cruise shipper" who are in and out in a day. They need a place to park and most will purchase lunch at the beach bars because they have no choice. I was rightly perturbed at the suggestion that I HAD to eat lunch at La Playa everyday because the waiters were missing out on tips. At the end of the day it is my holiday and they can't dictate where or when I will spend my money.
This seems to be a growing problem on Orient Beach. The French side is really suffering due to the Euro and exorbant prices.
Just to clarify for all the naysayers...yes I travel very much and can go with the flow of the Islands. Again, this is just an observation and a heads up for all those heading to Orient. As well, we did have lunch at La Playa and were disappointed considering the island is known for great food. When my first round of 2 Cafe au Laits arrived luke warm I didn't complain. I did order 2 more and nicely asked if he could try to make them hotter. He shrugged his shoulders and said he couldn't help it - it was the machines problem. He was using the machine not in use (therfore water not hot) as opposed to the one in use by other waiters 20 steps away in the restaurant area so I asked him if he could try the other machine. I am a Food and Beverage Manager for a prestigious Ontario Golf Course and am familiar with a few of the tricks. Needless to say his nose was out of joint and the coffees were slightly warmer.
$ 15 Euro for 4 small cups (just a bit bigger than an Espresso cup).
Disappointing to say the least.
We flew to St. Barths again and cannot say enough. It is fantastic.
Going back for a week in April. Also sailed to Anguilla to againg experience some of the best beaches in the world. The sight of Cap Juluca on Maunday's Bay is hard to beach. Went to Olivers for Grilled Anguillan Lobster and recommend it to everyone. Spectacular views of Long Bay Beach.
Hope this helps with your plans.
Great functional, casual hotel. Friendly, helpful staff. Great location. The ultimate relaxing holiday. Will be back.
French Chic with Caribbean Casual
My wife and I spent a week at L'Hoste and it was incredible to say the least. We were there last February and the water and also the air was perfect. L'Hoste is right in the middle of Orient Beach which is perhaps the most famous clothing optional beach in the world. Nearly all the ladies were topless and perhaps a third to a half of everyone was nude. The closer toward Orient Beach Club you get, the higher the percentage. The atmosphere is very casual with none of the life- style issues which you might encounter in Jamaica. There were numerous excellent massage therapists the entire length of the beach. For dinner you can stroll the mile long lenght of the beach and have a gourmet French meal while still keeping your toes in the sand. L'Hoste is perhaps the most economical hotel on the beach but not lacking in any way.
Spacious rooms, convenient to everything, great staff, reasonable prices, and a luxurious (only one on Orient Beach) complimentary contininental breakfast.
This is one of the top ten hotels on St. Martin
Caring and civilized are the only words that can describe the service at this hotel. Carl and his staff do a wonderful job. Our time at L'Hoste was a true celebration of life. Trust this hotel is twice the dream. Laugh, smile and be joyful at L'Hoste and then keep forever in your heart what it is that makes you so happy in St. Martin (19yrs+ in hotels) June 2002-June 2003
L'Hoste Hotel Orient Beach
Just returned from St Martin,stayed at L'Hoste for 1 week.This was our first visit to the Island and we were very impressed with the hotels' cleanliness and the friendliness of all the staff.During the time of our visit restaurant and bar hours were somewhat limited.Next visit We will go in high season (Dec-April) when more facilities will be available.The hotel is ideally located about the middle of Orient beach.Pretty quiet in this area, except when cruise ship visitors arrived and on Sunday.(Sunday, being family day, "clothing-optional" was not at option at most places except Orient Beach club). The weather was ideal although there had been a lot of rain the previous week.- Nov 29 2003
Just returned from a one week stay. The staff was friendly and helpful, the room clean and furnished nicely. The only thing needed was a coffee maker, but there is a continental breakfast provided starting at 7am. Highly recommended!
The best in casual elegance!
I can't imagine wanting to stay anywhere else on the entire island of St. Maarten! With spacious, elegantly decorated rooms and grounds, onsite restaurants, and the best beach anywhere, this is the place to stay!
With only 28 rooms, their staff is extremely attentive and helpful. The owner, Philippe, always had a big smile and greeting for our group (not to mention some complimentary drinks!) and helped make our stay the best. This is a wonderful place to stay either with your family (the nudist folks mainly stay down at the far end of the beach, with the exception of a few on their early morning constitutionals; topless sunbathers are not unusual, but not everywhere either), a group of friends, or just for a nice quiet stay as a couple. The prices are reasonable, and definately check out the specials they have going during the low season of April through December 15th. (They shut down, btw, from September 1 - October 15 normally; many hotels do).
If you plan to see the sights, you're probably best off to rent a car; otherwise, you can get a taxi to run you into Grand Case or Marigot for shopping, dinner, or just to see some other parts of this very French island!
Helpful tip whenever you enter a French shop: Always say hello, good morning, Bonjour, etc. to the shopkeeper. Don't just creep in, prowl around, and creep out. This is seen as very rude by the French, so make the effort! You won't be sorry! :)
TripAdvisor Reviews L'Hoste Hotel Orient Bay
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... them to breakfast."
"Oh no," I said trying to force a laugh. "I got them from over there. They are for later".
"Later? When later?" He asked.
Now I had been thinking on my feet, and not very well. I was going to excuse myself by saying we'd take the tea bags to the room to make hot drinks, but I suddenly remembered they don't allow you to make drinks in the room, no kettles or coffee makers and no irons for ironing either. It's all to do with health ...