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Simpson Bay Resort & Marina
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Reviewed 17 October 2011

My husband surprised me for my birthday with a week away at Sint Maarteen. The resort staff is friendly and helpful, the pools and grounds well cared for. Rooms are nice, clean and well equipped. You will not use your credit cards on the island, just USD. The food and drink on the island is very reasonable for a vacation hot spot. You should take the Tango Dinner Cruise from the resort. Also try the "happy Hour" boat. Alexandrias cafe above Bon Appetite is great food and a great price. You will want a car for at least part of your trip. Be sure to go to Grand Case. Eat at LoLo's!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

In my opinion there is no better location in Simpson Bay. I much prefer this beach to Royal Palm or the beach right next to the runway. There is so much to do here that you can get away without a car and walk to a different place to eat every day. Although I do highly recommend a car to see other beaches. It's a very fun beach but far from St. Maarten's best. Here's the thing about SBR. Your opinion can wholly depend on the room you get. The newer building is the Villas. Everyone loves these. They are new and beautifully decorated. The older rooms are very old and some have been refurbished and others have not. Royal Resorts has just taken over this resort within the past year and my feeling is that the whole resort will be upraded to meet the quality that is expected of them. That said, even though my room was not refurbished we found it to be perfectly fine. It could use a new tile floor and new kitchen counter but overall it was very clean and well maintained. It didn't hurt that it was a large, 2 bedroom unit, right on the beach. The bedding and fabric on the furniture and drapes were all relatively new. The kitchen was clean and well appointed. The grounds here are always very nice and all the pools are maintained beautifully. There is a casino, deli and multiple restaurants. Most of the property has beautiful views. Just check out which unit you will have before you get here and you should be fine. There are some clunkers that face away from the ocean or have their view blocked. The AC units in some are old so if there is a musty smell that is a problem they should be able to move you to somewhere better. We have been here over the years and that happened to us once. We had to wait until Monday when all the timeshare owners checked in to see what was available and they moved us with no problem. What we like best about SBR is the great hotel beach. It's very nice to have an good beach right there for days we don't want to explore other things. Lots of chairs available with palapas and umbrellas. There are 2 good beach bars/restaurants right on the beach with happy hours etc. SBR shares this beach with the Flamingo which has Toppers by the Sea right there on the beach. The beach attendants are great guys, the towel lady can be a little off putting but we had fun trying to make her smile. Service in general was very good. If you are expecting the Ritz it's not for you. However, for the cost and location I really think this is a great place. St. Maarten in general is a busy island with lots to offer. It has recently been congested around this resort with traffic due to construction. There is a lot to do within walking distance and a great water activities place right there called Aquamania. Book a day trip to snorkel and visit another island and you can leave right from here.

Room Tip: New Villas building is the newest and nicest. Otherwise F building on the beach or Marina building...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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10  Thank LeenSNYC
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina October 2nd through October 8th. We used a time share bonus week which equated to $27 per night for our stay. We had an efficiency room located on the far side of the hotel. The room was adequate in that is was nice sized and clean. Maid service was provided only on Wednesday. The hotel is old and in need of modernization. Restaurants are within walking distance. This is a great hotel if you are on a budget and don't care about all the fancy necessities. The AC worked fine, we had 22 TV channels and free internet service.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank wblower
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

I'll start with the bad! My wife and I (mid 50's) have stayed at many timeshares and most times we find our trade to be acceptable. Fortunately or unfortunately we own one of the top 10 timeshares in the world as rated by other timeshare users so we are used to good accomodations. Our stay was for two weeks in August. We were given a very old room with a wall hung air conditioner that could not keep up; was loud; and because of the lousy AC, the room smelled of mold. My wife could not sleep in the bedroom because the smell was so irritating to her. But the view from this room was spectacular (M building) overlooking Simpson Bay. We put up with it the first week but were not real happy. The second week we were supposed to get a studio so we negotiated with management, and ended up paying an extra $300 for a 1 bedroom in the new building. If you choose to go to this resort pay for the upgrade. I hated having to do that but the rooms are more closer to what we are accustomed. I am surprised that Royal Resorts puts their name on this place. The new building, yes, but the old is not managed properly. We own a Royal in Cancun and find the mangement to be second to none. So the good part are the new Villa's. Exept it would be best to stay on the wing further up the hill. The sewage treatment for the complex is on the lower side and some days we would smell the odors and early in the morning they would discharge into the bay. I only hope it was treated sewage and not raw. Most of the staff were helpful but you could see that the employees were not exactly happy with management. Just a gut feel. This place is in a great location but they need to put some money into it to bring it up to standard.

Room Tip: Budget for the upgrade to the Villas
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank RichieV07
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

We got stuck in st. Maarten due to tropical storm Irene. We needed a nice place for one night on short notice. We ended up with a very nice room at a reasonable price. But the place is geared for time sharers. They couldn't take our reservation - they had to hand us a phone and speak to someone who knows where. Then, at checkout they couldn't give us a copy of our bill. Oh well, stilL had a nice night

  • Stayed: September 2011
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1  Thank Boomerandlibby
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Additional Information about Simpson Bay Resort & Marina

Address: Billy Folly Road #37, Simpson Bay, St Martin / St Maarten
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Region: Caribbean > St Martin / St Maarten > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Price Range: ₹ 6,870 - ₹ 16,267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Simpson Bay Resort & Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 342
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on a hillside overlooking Simpson Bay, one of the most popular spots on St. Maarten, Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is a peaceful Mediterranean-style holiday village offering comfortable suites and all the services guests could possibly need during their Caribbean vacation. With a sheltered private beach, five pools and colorful gardens full of bougainvillea, hibiscus and Allamanda, Simpson Bay Beach Resort & Marina is a captivating island hideaway where you can enjoy the best family vacation ever. A varied activity program, tennis courts, a spa, water sports, dining and evening entertainment make it a favorite with visitors of all ages. ... more   less 
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