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Grand Case Beach Club Is Perfect!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Grand Case Beach Club for eight nights last summer and had a truly amazing time. We were upgraded to a lovely loft overlooking the ocean. The room was very well kept, clean and tastefully decorated. The balcony and the view were amazing.
The room had a kitchenette which was very helpful. You can drive into town and get groceries to keep in the room and eat overlooking the sea--which we did.
The hotel had arranged for us to be picked up at the airport by bus and then we got a good deal on a rental car at the hotel. I reccomend having a car, but the luxury of renting from the hotel is that you dont need to pay for it on days that you dont need it. Regardless it was so cheap it hardly mattered.
The staff was overall nice and attentive with the exception of a woman at the desk who would not make a dinner reservation for us because she wanted us to use the phone in our room and incur the charge. Otherwise things were stellar so I wont hold that against them.
The water sports people gave complimentary snorkle equip which was cool. They arranged trips depending on your needs and were very helpful. The beach at the hotel is among the nicer and more relaxing that we saw on the island. The waters are amazingly calm and the sand is very well kept.
The bar/restaurant was decent but there is much better food in town which is only a short walk. Grand Case (the town) is known for its food so you should take advantage of it!
I cant wait to go back and stay at the Grand Case Beach Club!
We had read so many mixed reviews on St. Martin. We were even afraid to go. We just returned 12/12/03. We have been to Aruba, Caymans, Puerto Rico, and found St. Martin to be absoultely beautiful. Grand Case Beach Club was perfect. The people on the island and at the hotel were nice and friendly. We rented a car and explored the dutch side and Orient beach. It was beautiful. Driving is very difficult as there are no stoplights on the whole island and people do drive crazy. But the beaches and the food were to die for!!! We will return.
Deserves its great reputation
My wife and I just returned from the Grand Case Beach Club in St. Martin F.W.I., following a 9 day stay. It was very laid back, very relaxing, and if I could figure a way to stay there forever, I c ertainly would. The food at the Sunset cafe on the beach at the hotel was fantastic, as the owner also owns two other gourmet French resturants in town, and has something inovative and exciting at every meal. The hotel was clean, very well maintained, and the two beaches are really all you need. We visited other beaches, some clothing optional, as is the case in St Martin, and found all beautiful, but as I said, GCBC is all you really need. The Hotel is within easy walking distance of the many fine resturants in Grand Case, from the 5 star variety to the LoLo's, the roadside BBQ stands which have great food. We will return.
A Hidden Paradise and a Fabulous Culinary Experience!
I came back from Grand Case Beach Club yesterday and what a fabulous vacation! Here are the highlights: (1) Grand Case is the Food Capital of the Carribean and for good reason. The food is a fantastic mix of French with an exotic twist. All the restaurants, including the Lolos were great! If you love to eat - this is your place! (2) Peaceful and relaxing - GCBC is not for the glitterati, it is for R&R. Although if you need a touch of hip and happening, Orient Beach is the place to be seen and Marigot has some awesome bars. (3) The staff are amazing.
Pierre and Sebastien at the Water Sports area can help you not only with water sports, but also with what to do while your there. The Sunset Beach Cafe staff are super friendly. Security visibly walks the grounds (day and night) so you always feel secure. (4) You can visit other islands by plane, but a fun way is to go with Scoobidoo. We took a day trip to St. Barts and even though it rained part of the way, the captain and crew made it a great day.
Good Time, despite AWFUL weather
Where to begin? 10 family members including 2 small children stayed at GCBC during the week of November 8/03. GCBC is a very nice quiet place.
We all had 2 bedroom suites which had newly renovated kitchens.
Spacious bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, living rooms, sattelite TV, CD player and new air conditioning units. Our rooms had patio doors which opened to out own grassy area with lounge chairs and a few steps away stairs down to a beautiful beach with pretty clam water. Used the sea kayaks, peddle boat and water rafts from the water sports desk too.
Restaurant on property was very nice with a beautiful view, but it was fairly expensive ($4US for 2 scrabled eggs, $8US for a fruit plate, $9US for French Onion soup, etc...). These prices are generally inline with other restaurants in Grand Case. Pool was small - we swam only in the ocean.
We also ate at La California (average (French Onion soup was terrible), Il Nettuno (excellent), The Lolos - Talk of the Town (great food & good prices), Calmos Cafe (average), Cheri's Cafe in Maho (excellent!)
We rented a car from the onsite company (Prestige). Very slow service and expensive. After an expensive lesson we found a great cab driver who we called whenever we needed a ride. He was great and very affordable.
It poured with rain every night and was overcast/cloudy/rainy everyday except for about 1 hour the last day we were there. This was extremely disappointing as it impacted every aspect of our vacation. Locals told us that NEVER happens.... not even during a hurricane.
Phillipsburg is nice but there is not much except shopping. (Which is fun!) Marigot is very nice too, and there is lots of hugh end shopping (DKNY, Tommy, Rolex, etc...) Maho seems to be the party place...good night life and some shopping too.
Overall it is a very friendly island!
Highly recommend it!
From check-in to check-out, staying at the Grand Case Beach Resort was a delight. Our oceanfront room was upgraded to an oceanfront with loft, which had a king bed upstairs, a couch/bed down with kitchenette and bath. When our hairdryer acted up, a maintenance person was dispatched almost immediately to replace it. Request for iron and ironing board was also taken care of quickly. Staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food and drinks at the on-site Sunset Cafe was quite good. Of course, all the lovely French gourmet restaurants within walking distance...just a couple of blocks down the road...was a plus of this quiet and relaxing location. We only stayed here three nights, following a Windjammer cruise, but I would definitely choose it again for a future stay. The only disappointment for me was the dive shop was closed on Sunday and I wanted to get in another day of diving. On Monday, the weather was rainy so decided not to dive before leaving for home. The beach is small, private, and lovely... If you want a wide, expansive beach more in the thick of things, you can always drive over to Orient Beach for the day... but for me, this was the perfect setting to end my vacation. Grand Case Beach Resort is a "class act."
Exceeded our expectations
We stayed at GCBC for three days in late December 2003. The hotel and staff exceeded our expectations. We stayed at Le Meridian for four days and then changed to GCBC for the following three nights. We had expected the Meridian to be the nicer hotel as we had stayed there 10 years earlier (before children), we were not sure what to expect from GCBC.
We had two different rooms during our stay. The oceanfront room was very nice (we have 2 children 5 and 7) with a King bed and a pull out couch in a seperate area with a divider. The next room we had was a garden view room which was fabulous. It was a duplex with a king bed upstairs with bath and two decks (both overlooking the ocean with lounge chairs on each). downstairs was another full bath with a living room (where the children clept) and another balcony. There was also a kitchen in each room (up-to-date with granite counters, etc. . .)
The beach is small, but very nice and never got crowded when we were there (and we were there when the hotel was sold out). The lounge chairs at the beach are the type with matresses on them (very comfortable) and next to each is a flag which you put up when you want service (someone will come almost immediately. The food and drinks are great.
The guys who run the watersports and beach (Pierre and Sebastian) are great. Not only were they helpful with everything we asked for, but they were charming and provided very personal service to all of the guests. They encouraged our children to snorkle and one day Sebastian derssed up in a Santa suit and arrived on the beach by speedboat and took all of the children on Bananna Boat rides. The also brought peppermint scented ice towels to each guest on the beach around 11:00.
A really nice touch.
All told, the GCBC really exceeded our expectations. We usually stay at very high end resorts (4 Seasons, Ritz, etc. . .) and were a bit concerned about going to a hotel that was not a "known quantity." We are so pleased that we did. It was not a Ritz, but it was Very nice, particularly if you want to get a laid back experience with very good service on a really nice stretch of beach and it is also very nice if you have small children.
It exceeded our expectations.
Our stay not as pleasant
We had an oceanfront studio room booked for 9 months at a cost of $305 nightly. Our room was not one of the recently renovated ones. Our bath was in dire need of remodeling. There was also, a moldy smell in the room which I later discovered was from a moldy,damp dishtowel left in a kitchen drawer. The coup d'etat was getting into bed the first night and finding sand in our bed. The front desk was called and they did apologize and brought us clean sheets--which we had to change because there was no maid on duty at that time. The next morning we requested a room change-but we were told the hotel was filled up. We tried calling home to our sons,several times and found the front desk people either gave us incorrect info or could not help us. The saving grace of the hotel was a man named Eddy,who e-mailed my sons on his office computer,since the internet usage for guests was not working properly.
This was the most disappointing trip we have ever taken.
Deserves the Great Reviews
Just wound up an extended vacation to Miami, Puerto Rico, and St.
Martin a week ago. Spent the last 3 days at GCBC, at the height of the holiday season (with inflated holiday prices, of course). Had an extremely comfortable oceanview duplex studio, with king bed in the loft and kitchenette (including dishware) downstairs. I also stayed at 2 other hotels in St. Martin during trip; the quiet seclusion of GCBC was a treat. It seemed more like an exlcusive gated community than a hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful, although I had an unpleasant experience with one of the night guardsmen. As for Grand Case itself, coming from New York City, and having the opportunity to travel a lot for work as well as leisure, I was not that impressed by the "gourmet restaurants" of Grand Case or St. Martin, in general. The food was good but not what I expected from other reviews, especially at the prices charged (even worse now with the dollar so down against the euro). Overall, would stay at GCBC again, and would recommend it highly.