We had a free stay certificate and chose this facility because we wanted to go to the islands and this was the only place available that said it could accommodate 6 (my husband, myself, and our 3 adult children made 5). Luckily our middle son made other plans with friends because the two pull-out sofas in the living room were just big enough for our other two kids.
The location is excellent. We walked to everything in Philipsburg (restaurants, shops, etc.) and were right on the beach. We had a wonderful view of the bay and were close enough to the boardwalk action to get to it within minutes but far enough away to not be bothered by the noise.
The facility was disappointing -- old and in disrepair. It was clean and adequate but just not what we're used to. For example, there were cracks in some floor tiles and the bathroom tub was in bad need of regrouting. Also, one night the A/C (mounted on the wall above the bed) began to leak. It got hot and the mattress got soaked. We had to wait until 1 or 2 am for a new mattress and A/C repair!
The room layout was weird as well. You walk into a long hallway. The bedroom is a door off this hallway with no outside windows. There is a window to the inner hotel hallway but NO SUNLIGHT! When my husband and I would wake up, there was no way to know whether it was the middle of the night or the middle of the afternoon. At the end of the hallway is the living room with the other 2 beds (pull-out sofas). So our kids were treated to the beautiful bay views. You're left to choose privacy or view. We've stayed in places where the living room is BESIDE the bedroom so both have views.
I think some old places are charming. This one was just old.
The restaurant on the first floor is independent. The chinese food was average at best but the prices were rather high. Unless it's raining really hard and you don't want to go outside, skip this place!
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Palace Philipsburg
- Hotel Sea Palace
- Sea Palace Resort St Martin / St Maarten/Philipsburg