Mercure St Martin and Marina
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Business took me to St. Maarten. This was my first visit to this island. Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It encompasses the southern half of the Caribbean island, while the northern half of the island is French territory. Its capital is Philipsburg.
Before October 10, 2010, Sint Maarten was known as …
... stationed here to defend the land against British pirates attempting to steal the land's livelihood, salt. A hike up the steep hill and it's 92 steps to the top provided a breath-taking 360 degree view of the entire island and its neighbors. Saint Martin's biggest town is a bustling harbor packed with shopping stalls, open air cafes and boutiques. Everyday the town's center is filled with craftsmen selling their arts and gifts, welcoming you in their native tongue and ...
The Phillipsburg’s city lights slowly disappeared from view as darkness soon enveloped us.
This evening, I made it on time for our dinning reservations but since the sea was on the rough side, I just couldn’t stay. I was starting to feel motion sick again and had to leave! Sorry folks!
... a nice chat with the second place finisher in our class in the Heineken Regatta. We were very happy he took the time to both seek us out and drop what he was doing to come meet us, busy entrepreneur that he is. We talked for about 20 minutes before he had to leave.
The dinghy swap went as planned the next day. Finally, that long process was completed, except the Country of Origin certificate we’d need to import the new dinghy into the ...
... back to the dorms I jumped in the shower for a quick scrub. Just as I was finishing I saw this massive bolt of lightening and almost instant smack of thunder right outside the window which cut the power to the building. It was crazy! Its only just come on again now about an hour later (thank goodness because I was getting worried about the fridge and freezer defrosting)!
I've just made myself some sliders (mini hamburgers) ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure St Martin and Marina Marigot
This hotel has so much potential but the place is rundown, the food choices are weak and the new owners just don't know how to run a hotel.
We stayed at the hotel for 2 weeks this month (Feb. 2005) We encountered the hotel manager every day... not once did he say "Hello" . The rest of the staff are very unprofessional and unless you speak French are very rude.
This hotel is perfectly located for those who want proximity to the European atmosphere of Marigot, the action of the Dutch side and a quiet beach environment. However it is not for those who expect anything more than basic accomodation. The low rates for this hotel make up for most of the shortcomings.
Not very good
I was in this hotel in February
The Staff in hotel is still living in the French collonial empire and them treat the customers like the conquerors treated the natives.
The hotel itself have old decoration and furnitures and needs a renovation
I don't recomend this hotel.
This hotel is terrible although it has potential. We found the staff at the front desk,for the most part, to be arrogant and rude, and not the least bit helpful. We were given no orientation as to how the all inclusive package worked, and had to go continually to the desk to ask questions. Very few activities were included - snorkeling equipment had to be rented. In the room, there was no instruction as to how to use the phone. On the morning we left, the TV was showing soft core pornography. We traveled with our teenage children. The room they were given reeked of sewage. Upon further exploration, I found that the septic system outside their ground floor room was failing and the lid of the septic tank was broken. The air conditioner unit sat directly over the septic tank, blowing sewage odours directly into the room. I complained 3 times during our first day to the same front desk staff and was advised that there was nothing that could be done other than to send someone to put some deodorizer into the septic tank. One staff member actually said that it was too much hastle for them to change rooms. When new staff came on in the evening, I again complained and they very quickly stated that there was no problem and we were given a new room. I wonder why they couldn't have done that right from the start. However, the air conditioning in the new room did not work.
This was our first trip to St. Martin and the stay at Mercure was wonderful!! The setting was beautiful and the hotel was lovely. Having a room on the ground floor initially concerned me about security but I have never felt as safe in a hotel. Damp swim suits and towels left on our deck to dry along with items in our refrigerator went undisturbed. Our room at the hotel was huge, housekeeping staff was excellent, and we were very comfortable during our week's stay. The French cuisine at the restaurant was very tasty and well presented. If there was any challenge during our stay it was that the staff had difficulty understanding English over their native French. I loved the island atmosphere at the hotel and preferred the French side of the island much more than the Dutch side. Should a vacation to St. Martin be in our future, we will stay at the Mercure. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!!
Very impressed with the Mercure Simson
Just spent a wonderful week at the Mercure Simson Beach. I work in a major hotel in Victoria, Canada, and was very impressed with everything that was offered. The room was European in flavour, nicer than expected, with a fridge and stove on the outside deck. The food was very, very, good, and the location was great. The staff are all french, and very nice. I only found at times that the food and bar service could have been better....But all in all, we had a great time, and wouldn't hesitate to go back
We booked into the Hotel after flying all night we were greated by a very friendly front desk staff, who spoke english fluently. When we got to the room we were a bit disappointed as the photos of the room on the internet were a little bit deceptive, our room was in need of a upgrade. The room had a lock box, Key supplied by the front desk on request. The air condition worked well- we set the control and it work flawlessly for the 14 days. Maid service arrived 1200-1230 daily (they could put a little more effort into the cleaning of the room!) Bed was average , linen was clean and in good shape. The hotel has undergone a change of ownwership which occured during our stay, The first week the meals were served Buffet style- not the best way of providing service to so many people. Week 2 breakfast remained a buffet style- but lunch and dinner you were provided with 2 choices for the main course. Food was good! But in comparision to any of the many fine eating choices you have on the island it is extremly average. But the recent change has caused a bit of disruption with the food serice staff and it was obvious by the actual service they provided, but by the time we had to go home the food service staff was adapting to the new processes and service had improved a bit. The activity desk was undergoing changes as well, But the you man we dealt with was great fluent in english and was very knowledgeable and provided us with many answers. The hotel is in a great location with huge potential - The new owner when I talked to him seem set on making the changes required to improve his hotel as there are a few problems ! If your looking for a quiet- value hotel, Book this hotel.
Great potential but stay away for now....
This hotel is in an ideal location but desperately needs renovation. The rooms are nice size with large balconies but in terrible condition. The beds are lumpy, the walls peeling, bathrooms moldy and smelly. The place has enormous potential but has been severly neglected. Even the paint on the roofs of the buldings is peeling. Not a very attractive sight upon arrival. The free breakfast buffet is nice as is the pool and beach. Forget about being in your room here. Staff was somewhat understanding when I checked out after 1 night after initially demanding full payment for the 4 night stay I booked through their corporate website.