The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten
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I have a beautiful large room on the corner of the hotel looking out on the ocean and have spent three days just sitting on the beach and swimming. Normally I like to travel around and see things when the weather is good -- but the beach is so nice that I am just sitting back and relaxing. Tonight I go back to freezing London (yuck...)
So our trip to St.Maarten/St.Martin is quickly coming to an end. We only had a few days left and contemplated taking a ferry to either St. Barth's or Anguilla. Unfortunately, neither of those came to fruition. Our newest travel partner was still adjusting to playing in sand and the thought of lugging all the things we would need to bring for a day …
Most of our days were spent visiting the French side of the island. We spent a long and lazy afternoon at Le Galion Beach so our little one could play in some shallow water. It’s a perfect beach for families with small kids or infants due to the calm waters. In fact, even in the shallowest of waters we saw some fish swimming about. The Tidal …
Having landed safely and now driving around in our tiny Hyundai Atos (not Smart Car tiny, but close enough) to the Westin Dawn Beach on the unpaved roads of St. Maarten, we noticed lots of construction going on. One thing to note, the maps provided by the rental car agencies are not well made and can be a bit confusing sometimes. If you’re …
... to drive the boat back which was a lot of fun. On the drive back to the cruise ship we opted to stop and look at some of the shopping. We got a bottle of white chocolate godiva liqueur cheap and have been enjoying it since we got home. We also had lunch in a restaurant there. I forget what it's called but it was the only one that accepted credit cards. The food was surprisingly good. Now that we've had a taste of St Maarten we've added it to our list of places we would like to go again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten St. Maarten/St. Martin
Stayed at Westin 1/13 to 1/18 with 4 other couples. Room not ready upon arrival and waited 3+ hrs. Travel agent went with us on this one and she ended up getting the first night for us at no cost-other than inconvenience. As the week progressed, we noticed that the lobby had a constant stream of parties waiting for rooms. The lobby bar was usually packed and service at the bar, desks, maids, restuarants, and poolside was always courteous.
We just got back from a five night stay and my comments really mirror the comments Iv'e recently read here in reviews. Here's my take on things at the Westin:
Like the past few reviewers said, this property is improving but is not yet where it should be. Some forms of construction are still going on in the hotel, not just in physically removed wings, but in areas you pass numerous times every day. The result is that there is a lot of dust, dings in the walls, occasional paint spills, etc., but no real disruption. Only one bank of elevators was working when we were there, although I think by February all will be up and running. In fact, by some time in February most construction in the hotel should be done (though not the condos), based upon the progress we saw in the 5 days we were there (Jan. 10-15).
I was a little scared about my stay here at the Westin after reading all the bad reviews, but it turned out to be one of the best vacations I have had. It still has a lot of work to be done, but if you can deal with a little construction noise, i would def suggest it. I am lil biased because i got the $199 special rate.
Will Be Great
I concur with my fellow reviewers - this hotel opened too early. While the key facilities were functioning (restaurant, pool, etc.) the lack of other amenities and a staff that is not yet fully trained precludes this hotel from being a true "resort". The staff is very responsive to immediate needs, but a resort guest's needs should be anticipated. If you find a great rate take advantage - the basic facility is really nice and it's close to Orient Beach, Pinel Island, etc. In six months to one year, however, this hotel will be a true resort. and will be great.
This is a long review, so apologies up front. Having just returned from the Westin, it is clear they opened six months too early. Even their own staff members told me that. However, my partner and I had a great time, despite some glitches along the way, all of which were minor. It helped that we were there on a special rate of $199 a night available to those arriving after January 1.
just returned from the westin st. martin. overall it was fine. however it is still under serious construction. we were there with our children (ages 4 and 1). they loved the pool however the ocean front (which was not finished and under heavy cnstruction) was just too rough for them. we took daily excursions to find calm beaches.
My husband and I stayed here from Dec 27 - Jan 3. We thought it would be a plus that it had just opened. It wasn't. The hotel isn't quite ready and it was small things like: when we arrived there was valet parking but the next day no valets, and they couldn't find our keys for more than 20 minutes, no one filled up our mini bar the entire time (despite requesting it), we didn't have a mirror in our bathroom for the first 4 days, the gift shop isn't open and there's nowhere to get sundries, etc. However, the pool and beach are fantastic. The food is good at the restaurants. The staff is friendly and very very nice. It's just not quite at its top efficiency and is unfinished in various areas. Spa isn't open. Lots of construction still going on. I think it will be fantastic in a few months, but right now, I'm not sure it justifies the high price tag.
Upon learning that we were pregnant, my husband and I booked this trip. We were under the impression that the hotel would have been open for a few months, but found out that it would only be open for 2 weeks when we arrived. Dec. 27-Jan.3rd