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... Since it is British territory they also drive on the opposite side of the road. That was a weird experience, riding in a vehicle and also negotiating the streets, making sure you look the correct way for oncoming traffic. Our paddle boarding turned out to be quite fun and I think Russ and I would both like to try it again. Thanks Paul for suggesting it. Then we got over to the ...
... soldiers that died there in 1983. That surprised me because that wasn’t that long ago. Normally when you see things like that in America, it happened hundreds of years ago, but this was so recent! It was pretty eye-opening.Well those are pretty much the highlights of what I’ve done so far. Obviously there’s a lot more to tell. We’ve reached the point where we are about to switch itineraries, so ...
... the Dutch along the southern -- and where they met they would draw a dividing line across the island. The French set off, having fortified themselves with wine, the Dutch with gin. The ill effects of the gin, however, caused the Dutchmen to stop along the way to sleep off their drunk; consequently, the French were able to cover a much greater distance. I thought this was a cute little story.
... them feel welcome. I love when I know people’s requests, and I’ve been telling people that if I don’t know their song, will make their best effort to learn it before they leave the ship. So far I’ve been able to do a lot of the songs, but there are some that I didn’t get. Actually, one couple requested a song in Spanish just to test me, and I was so mad at myself because I used to listen ...
... would be a ride back to the Dutch side of the island, but instead our bus from the Dutch side had come to pick us up; so no more complimentary rum punch on the return, and I was looking forward to it too! So we boarded the bus and made the short trek back to St Philipsburg and our ship. Our Explorer tour guide asked us if we noticed a difference between the French and Dutch sides of the island. Many said no, and then he stated it was because we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse Philipsburg
Wonderful place to just kick back
From the time we arrived at the Pasanggrahan it was a wonderful place to stay. The front door opens onto Main Street and the back is at the beach. What more could one want. The staff was ever so gracious and attentive and they absolutely went out of their way to make sure everything was correct. The owners, Oli and Tini along with their son Peter, were absolutely some of the finest people we have ever had the opportunity to associate ourselves with. We stayed for eleven nights and are definitely going back for two weeks. We rented a vehicle from Arthur's Car Rental and had a parking place right on the property. What a wonderful place to just kick back.
The Pasanggrahan House is a charming little guest house; it sits right in the middle of Philipsburg so you would not expect it to feel so private and be so quiet. We arrived on a weekend and it was as if we had our own private resort complete with private beach. Beach chairs are provided but they are put away quite early without exception, so you'll have to sit on the sand to enjoy the beautiful evening. The staff was accomidating; they offered us an upper level room with a better view, but we opted to stay on the ground floor for the direct beach access. It was amazing, but the beautifully landscaped grounds invited mosquitoes, so enjoying the patio was not an option. (apparently stayng in an upper level room would have prevented this problem). Mid-week the cruise ships arrived and the surroundings converted from our private little world to an impressive street scene...local vendors were everywhere and the activities surrounding us were actually a pleasant change. The boardwalk is apparently relatively new, and at night it was a treat to see all the children and dogs playing on the beach. We ate breakfast at the Pasanggrahan and it was wonderful, the view goes perfectly with their delicious coffee. Just down the boardwalk is Taloula Mangos...go there !!! the food , the music.!!! The staff at the guesthouse were not terribly personable, but it seemed to be the same reserved demeanor shared by many of the locals. This is no luxury hotel, but I enjoyed being away from the condo/timeshare/tourist areas that do not have the culture to offer that this location does. Just 2 blocks away from the ocean and you'll get the street food that is amazing as well as the better shopping deals. Enjoy, and be sure to pack your bug spray and sunscreen, prices are indicative of how important these items are.
Geat location with real charm!!
We chose the Pasangrahan for the first 2 nights of our trip and it worked out great. We were able to go ahead and spend a day in town and get all of our shopping done. The new boardwalk is very nice and we felt very safe walking to the restaurants and bars at night. We had planned to have dinner one night at the hotel but the restaurant is only open for breakfast on Sat. so I can not comment on that. The Deluxe room was very nice and the air conditioning will freeze you out. The balcony while very nice is not private as stated on their website. The hotel provides beach chairs with big comfy cushions and umbrellas at no charge. We really liked this hotel and would recommend to the person looking for something simple with real charm and clean.
Awesome place - beautiful hotel
Just returned from a fantastic holiday at the Pasanggrahan.
I have been to St. Maarten several times - but this trip was by far the best thanks to the attentive staff at the Pasanggrahan.
No request was denied and Oli is a fabulous hostess.
The food at the hotel is the best on the island (try the thai beef salad at lunch or the veal picata at dinner and the banana chocolate cake anytime) prepared by a fantastic chef.
The rooms were spotless with breathtaking views of the beach.
The ambience is old world charm with all the modern conveniences.
I would go back in a heartbeat.
we just returned from a weeks stay (3/22-3/28) and loved it. The staff was always courteous and friendly. The restaurant had some of the best food we had on the island and the beach bar had the typical drinks found at most of the bars. Prices for the room and food were about on par for the rest of the island. We found our room to be quite comfortable and the staff was very quick to clean and have everything in order after we left each morning. The beach in front of the hotel is excellent and not very crowded. We will definitely go back and can't think of any place we would rather stay. The only drawback is that some nights there are bands playing on the beach until midnight or so. The music was good but if you are one to go to bed early it may disturb you a little. I'm not sure if this is a year-round thing however.
Loved this guest house
My husband and I stayed at the Pasanggrahan in February, 2005 on two separate occasions and found it to be a charming, comfortable, welcoming establishment that we would recommend to our friends. We had excellent service from Oli Tinitali and found the convenience of the beach and town location to be outstanding. The staff were uniformly welcoming and helpful in their attitude and reflected the management's concern for our comfort and convenience.
Pasanggrahan a Royal Disappointment
We just had one of the worst experiences imaginable at a hotel. Picture a hotel that makes you wait an hour and a half for your reserved room, responds to any request with either indifference or defensiveness, tells you that the hotel manager or his wife cannot speak with you at any time that evening because they are 'busy' working with hotel staff, and then upon checkout responds to your calm feedback about your disappointing experience with -- a direct quote -- "Well, that's your opinion. We have been here over a hundred years and your negative feedback to others will have no effect on us whatsoever."
Picture yourself avoiding the Pasanggrahan Royal Inn, a royal disappointment!
Peaceful Oasis In The Middle Of The Action
I've had 2 stays at the Pasanggrahan over the years. This place is loaded with charm. The gardens create a truly peaceful oasis, still you are only steps from great shopping and restaurants. (St. Maarten has some of the best cuisine in this hemisphere.) The staff was always friendly and helpful. Like a home away from home. If Colbert Arthur is still there as concierge...greetings from Vince T. Special thanks to you for making my visits memorable. Greetings also to Mel Bliss, who graciously let me croon a few tunes in the lobby bar (many moons ago!). So many fond memories, and a big wish for a return visit soon.
Love this hotel
This hotel is the spot for rest relaxation, or anyone on the go. Rooms are perfect, ours had a balcony wich gave us an ocean view as well as wonderful breezes. Our room was clean..... well kept and the staff......the best. Always welling to please! The hotel premises were grand, a wonderful restaraunt and bar, quaint beach, and just a wonderful property. On the edge of the main part of town within walking distance of everything! In my opinion this hotel beats any of the large noisy hotels. You are treated like royalty, and there is no way you wil leave here without wanting to come right back. They treat you as if your the only one that counts!