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“Clean, courteous staff, lovely lobby”

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Holland House Beach Hotel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Philipsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Glenview, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Clean, courteous staff, lovely lobby”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

The hotel is on a main drag in Philipsburg. It is located in the midst of a heavy touristy retail area. However, it opens out onto the beach and has a lovely breeze going through the lobby. The staff was very helpful and the rooms were clean and big enough, though not spacious. Restaurant was good, not great, and wine selections mediocre. We stayed here for one night immediately before a cruise and it was a very good option. Beach, shops, casino, all in vicinity and it was an easy cab ride to the ship.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Just back from a cruise. Purposely we booked this hotel for 2 beachfront rooms on 11/30/11. I confirmed them 3 weeks before we arrived and it was 'confirmed' with the hotel itself. Unfortunately, we arrived (at 3:30 in the afternoon) and were told they were overbooked and there was only 1 oceanfront room. We gave it to our friends who have never been to St Maarten or on a cruise so we wanted them to wake up and see the cruise ship. To say I was seriously disappointed doesn't even begin to describe it. They did give us a $85 coupon for the restaurant....that was nice, however, it didn't compensate waking up and seeing the tops of rooves and pigeons the morning of the cruise. I have read where this is apparently a concern from others with this hotel.

Beyond that disappointment, the location was fabulous. The beach was lovely, and the seating area beachside off the lobby was a great place to rest and have a drink. The restaurant, although I thought was pricey, was definitely good. Breakfast was definitely expensive and our friends didn't eat at all since the only choice was a $17 buffet. You couldn't order coffee/juice and fruit separately.

Our room appeared to be clean albeit somewhat sparse. Be aware that at least on our floor (3) there are a couple of steps to the room (this is beachside) or 2 steps in your room from the bed area into the bathroom. Now that is a middle of the night disaster waiting to happen., DH has trouble with steps so we slept with the light on so we could both remember the steps and not fall up/down.

I would probably stay here again...just be prepared to not get what they say. Cruise on WindSurf was fabulous!!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

We stayed at HHBH twice In March 2012 on both ends of our Windstar Cruise. The restaurant and bar were fantastic except for the tobacco smoke which we were not able to evade anyplace on the island. Te beach was beautiful with great service from the bar. The hotel needs a little updating, but the staff more than compensates for this. We enjoyed the Dutch side of the island and literally didn't move from our beach chairs, once planted. Night staff, security, waitstaff, room attendants were truly on the job and paying close attention to what we needed.

Room Tip: Ask for ocean side, high floor and include breakfast so you don't have to go wandering around in...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

We have stayed here for the same two weeks in February for the last 5 years and hope to do this forever!
The location is fantastic..right in the center of town and also in the middle of the beach!

Staff is very accomodating; ocean bar usually a lively retreat!

We stay in a street side room for the excellent value.

Room Tip: Ocean rooms have great views but are pricey
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

I have stayed at this hotel now five times in the past 6 months while on business and each time it gets better. The service in the restaurants in much improved and the bar and front desk staff are very accomodating and welcoming. Food still priced on the higher side, Front Street is still a questionable area at night (forget Back Street-not safe at all) however you cannot beat the location and views during the daytime hours.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Holland House Beach Hotel

Property: Holland House Beach Hotel
Address: Frontstreet 45 | Saint Martin, Philipsburg 00393, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Philipsburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Philipsburg
#1 Romantic Hotel in Philipsburg
#4 Family Hotel in Philipsburg
Price range (per night): ₹ 11,824 - ₹ 22,428
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holland House Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly located, right on the beach in downtown Philipsburg, the Holland House offers great charm, a unique ambiance and a rich Caribbean experience. Meet the friendly Islanders, relax and enjoy all that St. Maarten has to offer. The hotel is also located on Front Street, where you will find the best shops and boutiques on the island, all still Duty Free! The Hotel offers 54 rooms and suites all recently renovated, an award winning restaurant and wine cellar, a beautiful outdoor lounge deck and a magnificent beach right in front of the hotel with personal and attentive service. It's great to be here! ... more   less 
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Holland Beach
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