Great Bay Beach Hotel and Casino, Philipsburg
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Great Bay Beach Hotel and Casino
Okay, but some problems . . .from A TripAdvisor Member
My friend on the other hand stayed on the opposite side of the hotel.
The room's air conditioning was not working and neither was the toilet.
To their credit, she was given a major discount when she checked out.
And, yes, she did complain and ask for the air and toilet to be repaired, but she did not get any satisfaction during our stay.
I honestly can't say whether or not we would stay their again.
Fun Fun Funfrom A TripAdvisor Member
s ups and downsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
liked it so much, we went back for a a 2nd stay!from A TripAdvisor Member
Great Vacationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Although tips were included in our all-inclusive price, a tip of $1.00 a person per meal got us exceptional service. The food was excelent. To really make the most of the vacation, car rental is a must. Purchase duty free items on the Dutch side and enjoy fine dining on the French side of the island. Exchange your money to Euro dollars on the French side or expect to pay extra. U.S. dollars are best on the Dutch side.
The Vacation Express flight left a lot to be desired. Expect delays.
Eat before you get on the plane. It's hard to make it 5 hours on just animal crackers and oreos.
Great Tripfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic! Best trip ever!from RichieRich
I purposely waited over a week to post a review to get over the initial excitement of having spent a week at one of the better hotels I've stayed at in recent memory. I guess the excitement is still there.
The 3.5 stars assigned to Great Bay Beach Hotel and Casino is on the low side as it could easily be a four star. To start off, we had an oceanview room which is highly recommended (the view is incredible).
The rooms had all the basics and I could easily say that the bathrooms were the best I've seen, even compared to some 4.5 star resorts.
Quick note: I've read one or two reviews complaining about smell. We made about 50 friends at the hotel and not one of them "smelled" anything.
As for the staff, most were very enjoyable and fun to be around (I miss a few). I noticed that the bar staff weren't as friendly (even after leaving tips) but we made jokes about it rather than complain. We chalked it up to the relaxed mood of the island itself.
Food at the hotel was also very good. Huge selection for breakfast, including made to order omelettes. Buffet style lunch was also good but you can also order sandwiches and other items from a menu. Dinner was a choice of buffet or a la carte. Again, unless you're going on vacation specifically for food, you'll have no complaints here.
You are also across the street from the car rental place (rent one for a day or two and go exploring) and very close to town. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the best situated hotels on the island.
Aside from the hotel. We did a couple of tours including the Rhino run in which you take a very quick two-person boat around the island for snorkelling. The other was a catamarran trip to Anguilla which lasts the day. Anguilla has one of the top ten beaches in the world so it is a definite must. Loved it there.
I may be biased because my girlfriend had a lot to do with making the trip fun. But everyone I talked to who made the trip down talk about going back and staying at Great Bay Beach Hotel.
Two thumbs up...
Believe all the 1 star reviews!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed there June 2003. Got an oceanview room for 4 nights through AA VAcations. I don't know whose fault this is (AA or Great Bay), but I paid extra to get breakfast bullet daily and $50 in casino vouchers, but the hotel check-in person said that it didn't say so on my vouchers. Good thing I printed out the e-mail that proved that I should get these things, he had to copy it and I finally got what was purchased.
Had to switch rooms FOUR times because the smell of mildew was nauseating. Think of the cheapest Ocean City, MD motel you can think of -- smelled like that but about 5 times worse. Finally the manager upgraded us to a jr. suite which was definitely a nicer room (and bigger) so the smell was more bearable, but we were still afraid we'd have bacteria spores grow on our lungs through the night. The staff (including the cleaning staff) was well aware of the smell too, it definitely wasn't imaginary (someone had posted the same comments on this site but I thought that maybe it was just his/her room). Besides the manager (who was very accomadating), the staff wasn't friendly AT ALL. And I tried smiling first, saying hello, etc., but overall, it was a very unpleasant atmosphere.
One more side note -- Is there any Carribean island where they treat Asian-Americans NICELY? Similar to Barbados, we were called racial slurs on the street while driving by attempting to enjoy the scenery. I notice that Caucasians/British *didn't seem* to suffer this kind of treatment, and I can tell you that we found this very disheartening and it definitely put a damper on our vacation(s)...
Good time at Great Bayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Casinofrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Philipsburg
Orient Beach is one of the three best beaches on the island Rent a car and visit Orient beach. It's the windward side of the island so it has cool breezes to give a break from the sun. The sand is outstanding, the water is cystal clear and comfortable, and there's plenty of places to get great food, drinks and enjoy water activities.
Dont bother to rent a car!~ Save your money on car rentals! Unless thats just really what you want to do! Utilize the islands 'bus' system, its much cheaper, and since its such a small island, it doesnt take 3 days to get there like you would think most 'bus' rides would.. Most of the buses on the island are minivans, although they DO have some buses that look more like a traditional tour group bus... Very cost effecient way to get around... word of advice, ASK how much to your destination BEFORE you hop on board.. If you are wanting to get to particular area and not sure which bus to take, ask the locals, they are always willing to help!
Excursion Take the trip on the Bluebeard 3 on Thursdays out of Simpson Bay (Lady C) to Anguilla to beautiful Shoal Bay. Good beach, good food, fun crew.
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- Address: 19 Little Bay Road - Philipsburg - St. Martin
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