Mary's Boon Beach Resort and Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mary's Boon Beach Resort and Spa Simpson Bay
Excellent hotel, would definitely go back
My husband and I went on our first trip to St. Maarten last June. After doing some research we chose Mary's Boon and it was even better than we expected! The rooms are large with furniture from all over the world. The beds are extremely comfortable with soft linen. The beach is only a few steps from the room and the staff is courteous and friendly. The housekeeping service is very attentive and the planes really didn't bother us at all. After taking a few day trips to other beaches we realized the best stretch of quiet beach was right outside our hotel room! We will definitely go back to Mary's Boon.
Interesting Place to Stay but Beware
Stayed at Mary's Boon with full knowledge that it was located right at the end of the airport runway, thus I can't complain about the noise. The rooms, while not special, were in line with my expectations based on the price and reviews that I had read. We stayed for seven days and were generally pleased with the hotel for five of those seven. Problems that did occur included theft from the room and poor attitude that we experienced from management when this was reported. The theft occurred during our next to last night at Mary's Boon where one of my wife's suitcases was stolen, and lingere was removed from the dresser. Not a big loss money wise but it did require that we make an unplanned trip into town to purchase a new suitcase prior to leaving St. Martin. Management, upon being informed about the theft did not seem at all concerned advised against making a police report and suggested that we must have left the room unlocked. In fact, it appeared that entry was gained through a street level window. The other problem occurred when we dined at Mary's Boon restaurant and were late for the "family style" service. We had made reservations a number of days in advance and were told to arrive at the restaurant at 8:00 and duly informed not to be late as it was served "family style". On the day we were to dine at the restaurant, I had forgot the time that we should arrive and read through literature in the room to find the correct time. Literature indicated that dinner would be served at 8:30 and upon arriving at about 8:20 we were treated quite poorly by staff. Returning to the room, I found additional literature that correctly stated the serving time, however, as the guest, I do not feel that the attitude of the restaurant staff was at all appropriate.
This place is next to the runway of the airport, so you are nervous at first. But is was a gem! A three mile secluded beach (one of the best in the area). The rooms were big and beautiful with refrig, microwave, hot plate and coffee maker. Close to everything, small library, small area to play chess/backamon and look through a telescope in the community room overlooking the ocean. They let you check your email in the evening at no cost and share whatever is available. As for the airport...there were only 3 or 4 big air craft a day that were loud, the others were small and without noise and nothing flies at night. I actually found enjoyment watching the planes take off and land while floating in the ocean a few hundred feet from my hotel room. I would not let the location of this hotel affect any decision.
If its good enough for Greg Brady...then !
We have stayed at Mary's Boon many times and have found that even their worst room is much nicer than most hotels best room. We have even stayed in their more budget priced or so called (basement) lower lobby rooms which are really nice, just no view. It was large rooms with king size pillowtop bedding and kitchenette and high window. When we booked the room they did explain the room was partly below ground level with no view. But who cares, as the price was right and only 10 feet to the best beach on the Island. We stayed in NYC once and paid $300.00 per night to only get a view of the alley! They are kind of firm on their booking policy but I understand as they tend to be very well booked and hard sometimes to get into. That says a lot about how most people feel about this charming and special hotel with great international mag.reviews. I think if you are a savvy traveler most people would love this place. The last time we stayed there Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady from the TV series) stayed next to us and I under stand is returning at Christmas. Its has a really nice group of guest that mostly return year after year. The USA family owners and island staff could not have been nicer. Very friendly place. It is without a doubt in my opinion much nicer that most St.Maarten Hotels, and we have stayed in many. Hey, if its good enough for Greg Brady, then its good enough for me!
BE CAREFUL of Mary's Boon
We would not recommend this hotel. We were required to prepay for our 3-day stay, and signed up for a "lower lobby" room, the only one available. When we arrived, we had the unhappy discovery that the room was in a basement, with only a very small horizontal window -- definitely dungeon-like. We left, for much more comfortable accomodations elsewhere. The kicker was that, although we were willing to pay for part or even all of the first night, when we asked for a refund for the 2nd two nights, the owner refused. Her rudeness and lack of island-hospitality was astounding.
It's Ok if you don't mind
It's ok if you don't mind planes flying overhead at 7am in the morning or there not being enough lounge chairs for all the guests or people getting up at 5am to put towels on the availble chairs or the staff peeking in your room thru the shutters or the water coming out of the shower in a trickle. If those things don't bother you it is ok.
Stay at Your Own Risk
I stayed at mary's Boon for one night in November 2003 while on my way to St. Barth's. On the morning of one day stay while I was in the shower getting ready for breakfast someone broke in to my room and robbed me of $2,000. I had arrived at the hotel about 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and left at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday so there is no possibility I lost the money elswhere on my trip.
I only realized that the money was missing when I arrived at the airport to leave the isand so I could not advise management until I arrived in St Barth's. I left a message for the owner to call me and explained why I needed to speak to them. I had been robbed. I never got a call back but I left three messages.
I have since tried to get management to respond to me about the situation but have heard nothing and it has been over six weeks. The morning I was robbed was a Sunday, almost no guests were at the hotel, no-one else was visable to us and on a small number of staff were working. The only time my money was not in my pocket was while I was in the shower.
The incident was very stressfull to me and my traveling companions.
However the owner's lack of interest in helping to investigate who took my money is just as disturbing.
Going back to Mary's Boon!
We recently spent two weeks at Mary's Boon in St. Maarten. The hotel is one of a kind! The rooms are beautifully decorated in colorful Caribbean themes. Some of the staff has worked there for 30 years! They can tell you so many stories. The beach on Simpson Bay is secluded and quiet. Mary's Boon also has a fantastic restaurant. Their Lobster Creole is the best I've ever had! I know most people worry about the Airport being nearby but in all our years coming to St. Martin we don't feel that is is any better off anywhere you go on the island. The staff is courteous and thoughtful. We are definitely going back to Mary's Boon next year!
Best Hotel in the Carribean
Well Managed. Awsome Landscaping. Great Food. Woderful Staff. Clean Rooms. Professionally decorated. Best Hotel ever. Enough said
Mary's Boon a must for the savy traveler
Mary's Boon was an excellent place to stay at. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The rooms were clean and very well laid out. The staff was helpful and courteous and the dinner was excellent.Breakfast was disappointing better to eat elsewhere. The beach was very nice and the airport although close didn't bother us at all. I would recommend Mary's boon. Caution the sunset bar is best driven to and remember this island closes on Sundays. A good day to go to the beach.
TripAdvisor Reviews Mary's Boon Beach Resort and Spa Simpson Bay
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