Princess Heights Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Princess Heights Hotel St. Maarten/St. Martin
St Maarten - The way it's supposed to be.
We stayed at Princess Heights in early December. Everybody has this mental vision of the way St Maarten ought to be and the perfect hotel to spend time in. Princess Heights is exactly what you should be looking for. It's far enough from the airport and Phillipsburg to be away from the traffic and craziness of St Maarten, but still close enough to take advantage of the great restaurants,shopping, and nightlife that St Maarten offers.
It's small and has only 15 units, but that's what makes it terrific. The level of service is outstanding just like you would get at a bigger hotel, but it's small enough to be kind of private. It operates like a condo/hotel. Some of the units are one bedroom, and some of the units are two bedroom. They have multiple balconies, kitchens, washers/dryers and just about everything that you could ever want in a condo. But they operate just like a hotel. It's awesome! They offer plenty of room and the views over Dawn Beach are some of the best on St Maarten. We stayed in # 803 which had just been re-decorated and has the best views in the building, because it's high up. It was gorgeous. You have views of both the hills behind the beach and you can see all the way to St Barths. This unit is better than any hotel room that you could ever think of.
You should absolutely rent a car if you're going to stay at Princess Heights. The beach below is fantastic, but there are so many wonderful beaches to visit and restaurants to go to on other parts of the island, it is a terrible waste to not take advantage. Princess Heights straddles the Dutch/French sides so there are restaurants close by that offer different kinds of food and different dining experiences. Dine at Grand Case and shop in Marigot. Always go to Orient Beach if you want a whole new definition of beaches in the Caribbean. Mr Busby's beach bar, located right below the hotel is as authentic as you're going to get.
St Maarten is a wonderful place for a vacation and Princess Heights is easily your best choice on the island. You'll have a great time!
We stayed here during mid Aug, 2004. Our baggage didn't make it to the airport when we arrived in St. Martin. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that our room had been upgraded due to the availability issue of the original room type. This helped us recover from the shock of missing baggage somewhat. And the next day when they arrived, everything was alright again.
When we got inside, we were surprised for its nice ocean/mountain views and the large clean room with marble floor and high ceiling. It even came with the full kitchen with dishwasher and the laundry room w/ washer, even though we didn't really use them. No dryer, though. One peculiar object in the kitchen, which looked like a racket with steel net, caught my attention. I later found out it was an electric bug catcher. With this device, we almost killed a little white lizard, that followed us into the room, thinking it was some kind of a bug...
Compared with the other 5 star resorts I've been to, such as Ritz or Park Hyatt, this one was 5 star all the way with a very clean, large and luxurious room, minus the big and expensively decorated lobby, cheesy staff, and a restaurant of its own. This was perfect for us because the cleanness and spaciousness are on top of our list. We did miss though, the convenience of a private beach in a short walking distance.
They also offered to deliver breakfast at a reasonable price. But, the nearby restaurants suggested by the staff lady were all good, especially the Busby's. Mosquitos were annoying during dinner times, but food and wine was delicious. A bit pricy it seemed, compared to US, but not so, compared to other places in the Island.
The dawn beach in front of the Busby's was among the best, although the $10 fee for the chair/umbrella required some getting used to. The pool at the hotel was clean and secluded and even had a slide, but too deep for non swimmers. We practiced snorkeling in the pool and it was fun.
We also had a lunch at the La Samana's pool side restaurant. Their food was good but very pricy, yet their pool was smaller and crowded. Some odor from the outdoor bathroom nearby the pool was memorable. Although private, their beach wasn't very impressive.
I think a car is a must at this hotel despite the on going construction around the hotel. The island roads are quite easy to get around. And it takes only about 3-4 hours to make a complete circle. You can spot nice scenary just by driving around the edge of the island.
Honeymoon at Princess Heights
My husband and I have been planning our honeymoon for 4 months with the wonderful people at Princess Heights. They have been nothing but wonderful and that was only via e-mail. When we arrived in November 2004 our room was everything we could have wanted and more! The staff was friendly and vergy helpful. We had breakfast delivered to our room every morning, it was delicious. The hotel is right across the street from Dawn Beach, which is stunning. When we were trying to plan activities for the week, Saskia and Marjorie asked us what we wanted to do and booked everything for us without hesitation. Overall I give Princess Heights and staff 5 stars! We will be going back for our 3 year wedding anniversary.
Perfect in every way
Unfortunately our trip from the UK to St Maartin was cut short due to awful travel delays- so we only stayed for 5 days. I have to say that it was still worth the time to get here. It was perfect in every way. We stayed in the 2 bedroom suite - it was very spacious, tasteful and extremely well equipped (washing machine/ full kitchen etc) Pool was lovely as was Dawn Beach - very quiet, powder sand/ clear calm water. We ate at Busbys- the food was great and reasonable (unlike the places on the French side) Supermarket by Busbys was outrageously expensive - there is a much better one across from the bowling alley en route back to the airport (which is also good fun!) Oh and by the way the view is to die for! The staff are wonderful and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone!
Will be returning for my 5th visit in October.....
We will be returning for our 5th. visit in October.
We wouldn't consider staying anywhere but Princess Heights. Just love the cozy home type feeling. Yes, you do need to rent a car to get aroun the island, its well worth it......The staff is friendly and could not be more helpful...We must say at Princess Heights we have experienced our most relaxing and most enjoyable vacation of all time. THANK YOU......to all the staff of Princess Heights...We will return whenever possible......
We just loved our stay at Princess Heights.
It was quiet and had us relaxing quickly. The rooms were immaculate and very spacious. The view from the balcony was excellent. Dawn beach was down the hill and was beautiful. The surf was the biggest on the island but not to good for the boogie board since the waves break on the shore. A car is a must for the stay at Princess. It is away form all the action on the island but I would stay there again anytime. Most of the time we had the pool to ourselves and it is big. Rent a car, get your groceries at the store and you are set for an excellent vacation.
A magnificent property
This property is magnificent. The two master bedrooms were large and each had an immaculate bath. A lovely living room, dining area, and Siematic Kitchen. Marble floors and granite are every where. Beautiful view over Dawn Beach. Everyone there is quiet, professional, and efficient.
GREAT PLACE TO STAY, I WOULD GO EVERY YEAR.
Enchanting pool. Just across the bay is Mrs. Busby's beachfront restaurant. We ate in Grand Case at Le Pressior for 450.00 UDS and it was not worth it. We ate on the Dutch side the next night at the Famous Italian Restaurant for 375.00 USD and it was not worth it. The grocery store prices are outrageous, but for 150.00 UDS Mrs. Busbys beachfront restaurant had the best food we found on the island. Really good steaks and pasta dishes and seafood. No traffic jams either, from Princess Heights. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you are in Marigot, Goldfinger, The authorized Rolex dealer, saved my watch and my sanity. He dropped everything to fix my watch with water in it.
The Lonchamp store on the French side is superb.
Little Switzerland is on the Dutch side and owned by Tiffany's. You can get any STANDARD Italian jewelry in St Martin on the Dutch and French side the same as getting it in the states on the internet for the same price and maybe a little better. But the variety of unusual jewelry, you can not get state side. So pick a very special designer piece. Take the America's cup yacht sail, it is incredible. Go to Cheri's if you must, some fun. Traffic is tough on Dutch side sometimes.
Don't gamble much, spend money on unique jewelry and incredible French perfume, and pastries.
The Droste Dutch chocolate is a must for everyone.
So you have to go to the Grocery store. Buy French or Dutch Baby creams and chocolates as gifts for people stateside. They are wonderful.
Even the small airport has some wonderful gifts as you are leaving. Everyone on the this island has a good education and is very pleasant and easy to talk to.
This property is fantastic.
We stayed at Princess Heights for our honeymoon; and, had a wonderful time. The apartment/condo was spacious and clean. The view from our balcony was breathtaking!! We could see Dawn beach and St. Barts (across the ocean) perfectly. The landscaping was beautiful too-- with lots of tropical flowers everywhere. I was very impressed, and I will stay here again next time I visit St. Maartin.
Loved princess heights
Princess Heights is a small and intimate condo style property in St.
Maarten. Since we travel with our two children, we always prefer suites with kitchens. This gives us the option to eat in, instead of always having to eat restaurants.
The suites at Princess Heights were very spacious. This is another big bonus since it allows the children to sleep in the second bedroom giving us parents some quiet quality time while they sleep.
Princess Heights offers babysitting service. Actually, we used their regular babysitters who are actually the housekeepers that babysit at night. They are super friendly and great with the kids. As a matter of fact, the owners of the property use th same babysitters for themselves.
We loved our stay. The suites were clean with beautiful views. Although they don't have a restaurant on property, the place is quiet and just perfect.
Just about perfect
These apartments are simply gorgeous, and they are maintained impeccably. The style is Mediterranean with marble and plenty of light.
The view from the balcony is fabulous, and the beautiful Dawn beach is so close!
Since we are family, we didn't mind at all the fact that the place is not in the "center" of any town. We actually preferred it. And in less than 15 minutes drive you get to most of your destinations, anyway (a car is a must on this island, by the way).
The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, and all promises were fulfilled to the letter. It helped that we got three price "breaks": first, we paid the cheaper summer rates, although our week straddled the two seasons; second, we got one free night on our week's stay (available with summer rates); and third and most significant, we were upgraded to a larger apartment because one was available.
We like to try new destinations, so I'm not sure how soon we'll be back to Sint Maarten, but when we do, no doubt that we choose this place again!
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