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116 Parc de la Baie Orientale, Orient Bay 97150 St Martin / St Maarten
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#1 of 7 hotels in Orient Bay
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Directly on the beach, la Playa is an hotel offering 56 spacious Junior Suites including 1 Executive suite that has been completly renovated in 2019. All units provide kitchenette (Except Superior Junior suite) with microware, 2 stoves and refrigerator. The hotel is made up of small buildings (2 floors) and offers one swimming pool with lounge chairs and umbrella, a private beach area with sun loungers and a Bar Restaurant "La Playa" set in an exceptional location where you can enjoy breakfast by the sea the feet in the sand. Complimentary WiFi in all Rooms and the entire Hotel !
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
Car hire
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Taxi service
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Convenience store
Mosquito net
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Italian

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Grade: 76 out of 100
23Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
1Attractionwithin 0.5 km
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Mirjam V wrote a review Jan 2023
2 contributions2 helpful votes
The room was nice, fantastic bed and shower, hotel staff is wonderful. They do there best to make your time there as pleasant as possible but breakfast/ bar is run by an external company and they are a different story. If you like resorts this place is ok but people at breakfast are unpleasant and not there to make you happy. They don’t mind what you think or want and then it becomes an expensive place for what it is.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you don’t like resorts find another place. Not very authentic.
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Alexis T wrote a review Jan 2023
Poipu, Hawaii36 contributions49 helpful votes
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This is a lovely hotel/resort on the beach. Nice hot and cold breakfast buffet daily, all tables in covered area just a few feet from the sand. The bar is there, too; drinks a little pricey but they have whatever you want. All rooms are at a slant, so you don’t get a full-on ocean view. We spent a lot of time on the large patio outside of the room. The jr.suite is all one room, but the toilet is in it’s own separate room, which is always nice. Double sinks, roomy bathroom. The front desk staff is super helpful and gracious, giving out towels or extra coffee creamers, etc. The room had a kitchenette, and a great expresso machine—better coffee than is at the restaurant. We were so happy to find plenty of stores and restaurants just a few minutes walk outside of the resort. Never had a bad meal at any of them. Nice dinner restaurants don’t open until 5:00. We also found one that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so we went there several times to get sandwiches. Pictures included in this review. The only downside was the house keeping service. They often came late in the day, so we would get back from the beach and find the room still hadn’t been cleaned. One time I think they forgot us completely; it was 3:40, still not cleaned. I asked at the front desk and they did send someone up. However, they never replenished towels, and sometimes didn’t take away the trash(?) Never had that lack of care at a nice hotel like this one. We went in January, and it was very windy every day.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Check out the nearby restaurants; avoid the one at the hotel.
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geneTDM wrote a review Jan 2023
Chagrin Falls, Ohio6 contributions7 helpful votes
Wow! What an amazing hotel in one of the best places to stay on St Martin. We stayed here with kids (14 and 5) and loved it. The management and staff are so amazing and professional. Special shout out to Katy and Elena. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and La Playa has direct access to Orient Beach and within walking distance to amazing restaurants. The bar by the hotel (GP’s Place) is perfect and run by great people. Thank you, GP! We will defiantly be back to stay at La Playa.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Alley B wrote a review Jan 2023
20 contributions4 helpful votes
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Wow wow wow! What a great hotel with excellent service!! The rooms are comfortable with small kitchenettes so we could stick to healthy snacks. We were there the week after new years and the weather was perfect. The beach is soft and sandy with turquoise water. Great walking beach too! Close to the town square with a nice choice of restaurants. The first day we arrived I left the car on and the front desk staff came to look for us at dinner to let us know. No easy task! I’d definitely go again! I’d stay at La Plays again for the beach, the pool, the comfort and the staff! We loved it!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Breakfast wraps up at 10a sharp- the traffic circles can be death traps, feed all the dogs and...
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Es M wrote a review Jan 2023
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We just returned back home to Los Angeles from a 9 night stay with our family of five at La Playa Orient Bay. Our kids are ages 19, 17 and 12. We had two rooms. We have travelled the world and stayed at the finest hotels; for this trip, we flew to St Maarten via Miami because we were in Israel the week before at the Waldorf. Here's why we loved La Playa Orient Bay: 1) The service was next level fabulous and attentive. Katy and Franck greeted guests personally often. Their staff in the front lobby, restaurant, beach, bartenders, housekeeping, coffee/tea service--in other words, their staff everywhere--were all very happy to take great care of their guests with warm and wonderful smiles, always. This service was consistent even throughout the emails I exchanged when booking the rooms many months ago. The restaurant recommendations we received via email before we arrived were spot on- excellent choices. Katy and Franck left us a handwritten note on our last morning before we left (so nice) and even the bellboy called us twice to make sure to carry our bags out when our airport transportation was there. Flawless service. 2) The rooms were huge, impeccably-clean, with very comfortable white bed linens/ mattress, with all amenities including remote control bells and whistles, balcony etc. Rooms felt almost twice the size to me as a typical hotel room. Even my teenage kids were thrilled with the rooms-- size, design, comfort, everything. 3) Food was fantastic-- breakfast buffet had everything we could want from fruit to eggs. We had a lot of sushi for lunch daily-- we loved the hungry roll and la playa tuna bowls. We mostly ate at the La Playa beachside restaurant tables and had a few lunches served to us at the beach chairs. Mixed drinks were perfect- nice amount of alcohol! 4) The beach is a two minute walk from the rooms-- perfect, easy, location and the beach chairs are right at the water shore. It was sunny and warm-- we all came home very tan. Hotel guests get to pick beach chairs anywhere in the VIP guest section along the beach and even in peak season, we found the best chairs every day...we went to the beach to reserve chairs around 9:00 am. We spent a lot of time in the ocean bodysurfing, boogieboarding and doing the nearby water sports (jetski, parasail). The ocean was warm enough and swimmable. 5) Orient Bay location couldn't be better as there's everything walkable including a supermarket and many restaurant choices. We loved the new years evening beach party at Bikini Beach next door (it went until 5:00 am with a fun DJ) and spent Xmas brunch at CocoBeach nearby for their day party. Fun, fun, fun. 6) We drove our rental car a few nights for dinner to Gran Case. Just a 10 min drive. Across all our travels and even over tropical vacations (Mexico, Hawaii etc), this was our best trip because of La Playa's hospitality, facilities, service and location. We enjoyed everyone's French style, fun disposition and cool accents because it was so different than other tropical vacations for us. Excellence and culture meets paradise--through and through! My teenage kids are still replaying French dance music because it reminds them of their stay there. Thank you to the team at La Playa for giving us a family trip we will remember forever.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Liz F wrote a review Dec 2022
Chappaqua, New York1 contribution
Fantastic hotel! It feels like a little slice of France in the Caribbean. Wonderful service and perfect location. Having breakfast (and lunch!) on the beach was luxurious. Great bar and bartender as well. Can’t wait to come back.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Filip V wrote a review Dec 2022
Brooklyn, New York2 contributions
Wonderful hotel. Right on the center of Orient beach. Great breakfast buffet, bar, restaurants and beach seating areas. Room was comfortable and stylish. Service was top notch. Elena is amazing! Our car ran out of battery and she helped us get sorted back to normal. Great time; I will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jane E wrote a review Dec 2022
Ontario, Canada3 contributions1 helpful vote
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We have stayed at La Playa annually for many years. It is our absolute favourite 🎄pre-holiday season get away. With comfy king beds, beach inspired and well appointed rooms, tropical grounds and wonderful beach front restaurant, it is the perfect vacation destination. The hotel and restaurant staff are all friendly, welcoming and helpful. We love nothing more than to start every day in St Martin with breakfast overlooking Orient Bay and lingering with an extra java of choice from the La Playa Expresso Bar. Then off to the beach to enjoy, a swim, a couple of beach walks, a good book and more of La Playa’s wonderful beach side service! There are lots of great spots to enjoy dinner out and a little grocery store to pick up snacks for an evening in. All just a short walk away. We highly recommend this sweet spot on Orient Bay. Katy and her team continue to impress us each year with all that they do to offer quests the best possible experience! Mark and Jane Walker
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Great Taxi service and rental cars available at the hotel
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FDetr wrote a review Dec 2022
42 contributions30 helpful votes
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Few feets from the beach, you get a cosy hotel and room. All renewed with very well designed and eauiped rooms. Nice place for a rest with friendly staff in the hotel part. The breakfast, drinks and lunch are taken on a separated part right on the beach and belonging to another company also providing the sunbeds on the beach. Here is the only issue we found, the coffee machine capacity is not enough for the peak hours, so you need to queue-up. But the issue is known and they are working on it. A second boiler with coffee was added at the middle of our stay and it improved a lot. All in all, a nice place to stay.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Kitesurf beach is 100 meters from hotel beach. For dinner go to Grand case. It requires a car to...
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Archimedesrules wrote a review Dec 2022
Amsterdam, The Netherlands206 contributions147 helpful votes
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We planned 5 nights, we ran away after 2. The pros: the beach is beautiful (more below), rooms are clean, hotel is boutique size, and is close to restaurants. The "baguette" at the restaurant is good. The cons: the website says it's a 4 star hotel, whereas it's actually 3 (as mentioned on the LinkedIn profile of the sales manager Beatrice, who happens to be an expert in real estate tax optimization). All pictures shown on the website actually show a part of the beach which is not accessible to hotel guests, but reserved for day rentals (30 USD / day / bed). The area where you can actually stay as a hotel guest is further away, and does not enjoy the same service: no removal of seaweed, no sand grooming. The beach attendant fancies himself as some sort of cool dude calling everyone "buddy". Staff is at best uninterested, at worst downright aggressive (special award to that same sales manager and to the restaurant owner / manager). We found some broken glass on the terrace of our "garden view" room, and said garden (rather a lawn with a fence) was occupied an entire day by a noisy repair crew. The really ugly: the breakfast is worth that of an average highway motel - we ate better in Best Western properties. There is one single coffee machine, slow, and at peak hour it can take up to 15 min to get a coffee (I was so incredulous I actually timed it). The cut fruits are not fresh, and neither are the juices. Daily menu consists of wet soggy scrambled or hard boiled eggs and/or bacon. We saw some people eating pancakes, but could never be fast enough to get a few ourselves. The restaurant is a separate business from the hotel and takes absolutely no responsibility for the promises made by the hotel (and vice versa). Smoking is permitted in every each area of the hotel and restaurant, including the breakfast area and beach.Many of the staff are also heavy smokers. We arranged for non-dairy milk 2 weeks prior to arrival, only to find it had not been arranged at all. The tragic: we are vegetarians, whereas the restaurant menu has only 2 rather sad options that do not contain meat or fish (an overpriced watermelon salad and quesadillas), and has a policy of forcing guests to consume only their food and beverages while on the beach beds. The restaurant owner complained he was "forced to stand our vegetarian food requests" - and made it clear he considered it our problem, not his. Any attempt to consume outside, vegetarian food on the bed is reported by the "buddy" beach attendant who spends his ample free time observing guests for illegal activities like eating non-approved food. As stated in several other reviews, "buddy" starts cleaning beach beds at 3PM, and you better be gone by 5. That same restaurant owner basically yelled at me that he "did not give a xxxx" about Trip Advisor reviews, so I am eager to read their reply to this one. In conclusion: massively overpriced, run by rude staff, and if you are not a combination of a meat eater, smoker, and French, expect to be treated like an annoyance. Check my other Caribbean reviews for better options.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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$272 - $477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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l hoste hotel orient bay
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
L'Hoste Hotel
LOCATION
CaribbeanSt Martin / St MaartenSaint-MartinOrient Bay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
56
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Playa Orient Bay
Which popular attractions are close to La Playa Orient Bay?
Nearby attractions include Orient Bay Beach (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Playa Orient Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at La Playa Orient Bay?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at La Playa Orient Bay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at La Playa Orient Bay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Playa Orient Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include L'Atelier Bar à Viande & Poisson, Astrolabe, and Le P'tit Bistro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Playa Orient Bay?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Playa Orient Bay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to La Playa Orient Bay?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort Amsterdam (9.0 km), The Rusty Parrot - Sint Maarten Pirate Experience (8.1 km), and Wallblake House (13.9 km).
Does La Playa Orient Bay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is La Playa Orient Bay accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.