Hotel L'Esplanade, Grand Case
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The best place to come home to!from A TripAdvisor Member
I do suggest renting a car (or open air Jeep which we had), so you can see the entire island and sample the different towns, shops, restaurants and beaches. Orient beach (much more active and built up) is about a 10 or 15 minute drive with wonderful views along the way. Pinel island (Yellow beach) is a short boat ride and worth the trip. Lotterie Farm is a fun venture for healthful eating, and Marigot has a great market Wednesday through Saturday.
The town of Grand Case is considered restaurant row, so no need to drive when going out for dinner. The only thing I would suggest is going a little earlier in the season, as some of the better restaurants were closing (Hurricane season). Le Cottage was still open, and if you want great wine, great service, and a great meal go there!
Now, to the two sides of the island. We traveled twice to the Dutch side—Phillipsburg (streets torn up...rebuilding etc. for the cruise ships), and to Simpson Bay. And I do have to say, the French side is the nicer, cleaner, more tropical, friendlier, and less commercialized side. And, after 2 trips to that side of the island, we didn't need to go back. We realized we were in the best place on the island—Grand Case and Hotel L'Esplanade. It was great to come home to after our many outings.
What more can I say, but ENJOY! We will definitely be back!
The Only Choice on the Islandfrom acumom
The attention to guests, especially from Patricia, was incredible. The staff will take care of everything for you. They helped with reservations, rental cars, even checking to see if my sister in law and I got lost on a crazy shopping expedition in Marigot. They even called us when my husband forgot his passport in the room after checkout, They tracked us down in 5 minutes after we departed the property on the way to the airport!!! All I can say is wow!!!
The rooms were soooo clean. The studio kitchen had Corian countertops. The shower was immaculate. Not a spot anywhere!!! The pool was beautiful, the pool bathroom was spottless. We also had room 18 and the view was gorgeous. The landscaping was the nicest. Every detail in the property was perfecto!! The housekeeping staff was very kind and incredible.
I would also like to recommend La Source resturant. It is healthy, clean and the chicest place on the island. All the hip shopkeepers ate there. There is no other place like it on the island. The owner and staff were great.
The pharmacy in Plaza Caribes in Cul de Sac had the best selection of French cosmetics and she had the best and biggest selection of herbal and natural medicines as well.
Phillipsburg was filthy and really nothing except a million jewelry shops. The casinos were dirty ,too.
The butterfly farm was amazing and peaceful and so was Dona Bryheil's studio.
You will see a magnificent white horse on the way to these places.
If you are a picky picky traveller and like things to be top notch, these places are for you!!!
Caribbean Boutique Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The lofts are well worth it for the extra expense - spacious, very romantic accomodation. If you are staying in a studio (which we did on our first 3 nights), ask for one with good views (room 18 was gorgeous with one of the best balconies ever!). Great kitchens, swimming pool and gardens. Everything is beautifully kept. Staff are fabulous.
In Grand Case, Calmos Cafe is a great bar for the evening. French Bread is the place for breakfast. There are too many good restaurants to list! If possible, take a day trip (or more) to Anguilla - much quieter than St Martin with spectacular beaches and only 15 mins ($10 each way) by ferry.
Wonderful Hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
believe the reviews for oncefrom yangbness1
Believe the reviews - This hotel is fantastic!from A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic Room!from fgaliber
We were somewhat concerned about the hotel's lack of adjacent beach front. As it turned out, we didn't mind the short walk down a path to the beach. It was good to get a little exercise after all the fabulous French food in Grand Case! The hotel is affiliated with L'Amandier Beach, which allows guests to use it's padded lounge chairs for free. L'Amandier is quite small but charming, with a small pool and nice bar as well. We expected to try out lots of beaches, but chose to spend most of our days there.
The wonderful restaurants in Grand Case were just a 5-10 minute stroll from the hotel. We especially enjoyed Le Pressoir. Have the staff of the hotel make a reservation. They will reserve the best tables for you at any restaurant, many of which literally have water lapping at the edge of the dining balconies. I would recommend this hotel to everyone, as it made for the perfect Caribbean getaway!
Possibly the best hotel in St. Martinfrom l0ve2fly
t miss this resort!from A TripAdvisor Member
The walk is short from the hotel. You can grab a light breakfast at the L'Esplanade hotel or walk about 5 mins to the Sunset Cafe which is great and on the water. Lots of breakfast items and what a view. We liked Spiga and Rainbow OK but La Marine for dinner outdid them all!
Best view and French food. Try the scallops in vanilla cream sauce or ask them to substitute shrimp! You can get a cheap lunch at the BBQ places near the beach . Just a short walk. Really good! The hotel has a few free drink passes to the better restaurants so see the bartender who is more than helpful. Like the owners, he is VERY informed and booked us a water view table at the very new La Marine. We had a loft unit at the hotel and a view that you could not beat. This place is perfect and we plan to go back! Better beach than the one in Maui at the Hyatt. Don't miss this hotel! If you miss your pizza and salad try The California at lunch. I loved the cocoanut rum drink that ended the meal compliments of the house. They have an intenet computer available for a teen and it is right on the water. Ok back to reality!
Top Local Tips for Grand Case
So many choices! Great dining - plan ahead and make reservations. Many of the restaruants have great web sites. Look at www.bestgastronomy.com
Grand Case many restaurants even up on exchange--dollar for euro
Head to Calmos Go! It's got a great bar with really cool guys or you can sit on chairs in front of the ocean and hear live music. The bartender, Alex was a wonderful person and we enjoyed closing up shop with a nice shot of rum with him.
Other names for Hotel L'Esplanade
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- hotel l esplanade
- Address: Bp 5007 - Grand Case - 97150 - St. Martin
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