Pasanggrahan Royal Guesthouse
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... walking along the waters edge. That should not be allowed - you either partake or respect their privacy and leave them alone. There was a pathetic little sign saying no cameras, but I'm pretty sure that's ignored. Onto a beautiful beach up the road for an hour and a half - most of which we spent in the water. Then onto the famous airport beach to see planes fly in almost within spitting distance of you. A blackboard sign posted arrival ...
... Lamb Curry and Chocolate Banana Strudel. After dinner we decide to be a little cultural and go to see the show in the theatre. The entertainer tonight is Analiza Ching, a Violinist. She was a contestant on Britain's Got Talent a couple of years ago. Not sure how well she did but think she made the finals. She is clearly very talented but think she would be more suited to the Bridgewater Hall rather than a cruise ship stage. I can tell Peter is struggling with it and so ...
... starfish which felt really creepy. It was fun and we felt safe as we had life vests and flippers on as well. There were probably about 20-30 people on the boat, quite a mix. There was another Australian family - Susie, David & their sons Nick & Pat. They were from Newcastle area (Maitland) and were very nice, we got along well. We thought we might catch up around ...
... of Port Canaveral. There are 14 of us, Mom, Bill, Ted, Kaye, Bonnie, Duane, Russ and me, Teddy and Lou and Ted’s son Tom, his wife Julie and their baby Becky. Quite a gaggle!
We spent the first three and a half days at sea. That is way too long to be at sea.
But, we got to have some quality time with the family.
The first couple of days were ...
Great snorkelling at two of the best reefs that Saint Martin has to offer
Lunch at Pinel Island
Dessert and a dip at Tintamarre Island
During our lunch at Pinel Island, we also did some snorkeling. The captain invited us to hop in the water and see the sea turtles in the water with our snorkeling gear (which was included in the price). We swam around for a bit and then walked up to ...
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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!