Mercure Simson Beach Saint-Martin
172 Baie Nettle, Marigot, St. Maarten/St. Martin, 97150, Caribbean
Dirty and Noisy
Our stay: January 6 - 13 , 2007. It turned out to be miserable.
Not only did the room look worn out and tired, it was actually dirty. It was very dusty, the shower was mouldy, the night table switches were grimy...
Half the rooms face the main road of the island. We were allocated a room facing the street. The cars, trucks & motorcycles zooming by as late as midnight were very noisy.
Our plane arrived in the evening. By the time we finished our check in, it was already after 10:30 pm. The fridge in the room was empty. There was no water kettle in the room & we didn't want to drink the tap water. You can only get drinks & water (included in our all-inclusive package) from the bar which closed at 10:30 pm. My husband was so thirsty that he went to the front desk to see if he could get any drinks or water. He was told that we could buy drinks from the vending machines in the hotel, so he gladly went to look for the machines, but found that they only took euro coins. We only had Canadian and US coins with us, so he asked the night manager if there's any way we could use our US dollars at the hotel and get a drink. The night manager condescendingly told my husband that we could not use US dollars & we should realize we are now in Europe. So we couldn't get any Euro change nor could we get any drinking water, and had to spend the night thirsty. It was one of the longest nights we had in our lives.
The restaurant service was slow and inefficient. The waiter served everybody around us who came later than us. We were not sure if it was because we spoke English, so we tried to use our broken French, but it did not work.
The old reviews we read on the internet were very good for the food. But then the hotel is still advertising a chef named Philippe Le Bigot who's no longer working there . No wonder the food we had was under par. The food was mostly bland , sometimes undercooked & the ingredients not fresh. There were usually no vegetables with the dinner.
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we will be back
I've been going to Saint-Marteen for the past 6 years now. Before I was always going to the Mao on the Dutch side. I heard about the Mercure so decided to give it a try. I went with 2 of my girlfriends and had a blast! The food was awesome... grilled fish and vegetables, good wine selection, best quality meat from Argentina... well delicious and a lot better than in oher resorts on the island... AND CHEAP! We found the room comfortable room (king size beds and a huge terrasse and a fridge). We really apreciated the staff especially Rudy the animator and we could never do all the activities that he organised... there are soooo many! We did a couple, jet ski, wakeboard and waterski, sailing. We also enjoyed Karaoke on thrusday night and the samba show performed by a bresilian company. We also met great people there and we will certainly organise our trip there together for next year.
Ok for the price
I stayed alone for a long weekend early May. The front desk personnel spoke French, but will assist you in English if you ask. The room is a nice size for the price. Initially, I did not have a tv. When I informed the front desk, she was surprised but assured me it would be brought that day. When I got back to my room that evening, staff was leaving a tv on the dresser. The bathroom was clean, though the towels a little thin. The beds were not the most comfortable, but after all day on the beach I was not bothered by it. The beach at the hotel is not a beach you swim in, there are boats close by and the water is dreary, it is a lagoon. Nobody swam in the water during the 3 days I looked out there, including me. The "kitchenette" outside was not usable for my room. The refrigerator was off and had a mildew odor. The morning breakfast is a great deal. Mine was included with the room and it was a full breakfast. Two cats and a dog live at the hotel property and feel at home in the restaurant to the point where the cat sits at the table with the best view and will not move. The front desk gave me information on going outside and just flagging the bus down, which will take you to Marigot or Phillipsburg for 1.50. Phillip in the lobby rents cars also and is very friendly. All of the staff was helpful if you had a question and were polite to them. Reasonable price, fair accommadations. You are not paying for the Ritz, don't expect it.
a good deal, for sure
Wrote directly to the hotel for a rate (via e-mail); they wrote back, I then told them my maximum $ per night, and they agreed to my price! Try it! Hotel is a little old, but adequate. Great location, near Marigot, capital of the French side. You definitely want to stay on the French side of St. Martin; the Dutch side has been Americanized to death. All staff at the Mercure speak English (as does everybody on the island; yes, even on the French side). St. Martin is an okay place, but if you're really looking to visit the French Caribbean, try Guadeloupe or Martinque instead; they are vastly superior and MUCH more beautiful. The Mercure does have a lovely beach right in front of it, by the way.
I just spent a week and half at the Mercure Simon Beach Coralia in St. Martins. I had such a great vacation. It was a great place to really relax and rest. The staff was very nice, friendly and attentive!!!
The food was delicious ..of outstanding quality.
The rooms are very comfortable, nice and clean and have a beautiful terrasse with a great view to enjoy!!
That the hotel is very close to baie rouge, the nicest beach of the island!!
If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy yourself.. this is defenitly the place to go to!!!
I just came back a couple of days ago and had so much fun. The hotel is in pretty good shape and very clean. Some of the rooms have undergone renovations (nothing that disturbed my stay)and the owners told me there is more to come. The food was fantastic(fine french cuisine) and the staff was friendly. Breakfast is uncluded, but I would suggest you get some sort of meal plan because it could get expensive. Also, make sure you keep track of what you charge to your room because before you know it you'll have a hefty bill waiting for you at check-out.
A great place to stay....
We just got back from a week in St. Maarten and we loved every minute of it. The hotel is situated on the French side of the island, in a quiet area close to anything you would need for a relaxing holiday to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, great food and the great weather of St. Maarten. Average of 85 degrees and sunny all week!
The pool is nice, the private beach on the lagoon is GREAT and our room was also very nice with a large terrace to relax outside on our own and have some wine. The outdoor restaurant and bar made for a very tropical holiday away from the cold, fast paced life in North America. A ten minute walk down the road and you are at one of the nicest beaches on the island, baie rouge. Absolutely breathe taking.
If there is ANYTHING to complain about at this hotel, it would have to be the service in the restaurant. NOT the best! One night took 30 minutes to get a menu! Otherwise, a great place and a highly recommended place to spend some time relaxing and not too fast paced like a lot of all-inclusive resorts in the Carribean. If you are looking for a crazy, drunken week of partying, stay away and let people enjoy their quiet vacations at the Mercure. This is not the place for you! If you are looking to unwind and enjoy the island for what it is and come home relaxed, this is the place for you!
A big thank-you also to Ruudee, the entertainment director at the Mercure, who made our trip that much more enjoyable. He makes everyone at the resort feel extremely welcome and although we did not get a chance to thank him in person, both Laura and I (Mike) want to thank him for a great week.
We will definetily return.
Lovely place to stay.
My husband and I recently spent 5 nights at the Mercure Simpson Beach which is located a few miles out of the town of Marigot on the island of St. Martin. The hotel was very comfortable and well-laid out. The beach was on the bay so that the waves were very light. (At the time the winds at sea were very strong and the beaches on the oceanside were taking a pounding.) The restaurant had an extensive menu that was reasonably priced. The pool was lovely and there was also a nice kiddy pool. There were many Europeans staying there and the staff was multi-lingual and accommodating to our needs.
Our plan was the cost of the room with extensive breakfast buffet included. Other guests were on the all-inclusive plan. If we ever return to St. Martin we would probably stay here again.
Just came back from my 2 week stay at the Mercure. How disappointed I was. Stayed there 12 years ago and had a wonderful holiday. We went on an almost all inclusive. Our biggest complaint was the fact that we had to almost beg for bottled water with our meals. We were allowed 4 soft drinks and 4 alchoholic drinks a day and never even came close to using this. We asked for a large bottle of water and were almost always served a small on to share. We dont even drink tap water at home let alone on holidays. And we would have gladly paid extra if we had to but were not even allowed this option.
We found that if you were French speaking the calibre of service was very different from English.
Our room was okay altho I did request a ground floor and got a 2nd floor room. Front desk did offer to change it the next day but we decided it was just to much of a pain to do so.
Room cleaning was sporatic some days okay others just the bed was made.
Food was good but not enough choices.
We wish the new owners good luck they seem like very nice people but really do need to talk with their bar staff.
Our English dollars are just as spendable as the French and I really feel that a good portion of the staff just dont give a damn.
Second week was a little better than the first I think we just became more aclimatized.
Pat Bath. Cobourg Ontario Canada
OH la la St. Martin!
We just got back from our escape to St. Martin and the Mercure! What I can I say besides the service was excellent, the food incredible and our terrace simply beautiful! Upon leaving the Simson we were leaving friends- every one was kind and welcoming to us.
The Simson is quaint- it is small and it has its own charm. It allows you to be independant travellor yet providing the comforts of Europe on a Caribean Island.
I was really impressed with the staff, the food and just the atmosphere that they have created, which is simple yet beautiful with its own uniqueness.
For the price, location and service- the Simson is an excellent choice!
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Address: 172 Baie Nettle, Marigot, St. Maarten/St. Martin, 97150, Caribbean