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Turquoise Shell Inn
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Tortola
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice room !”
Reviewed 1 May 2012

This was our first short break in St. Martin and we loved it! The inn is very clean and the manager very polite and hand-on. This is a friendly environment so you feel like home. In addition, Simpson Bay is a good location, many restaurants around, clear beach and stunning sunset. We rented a car at the airport and explored the whole island on a weekend. Enjoy the Dutch and French sides.

Room Tip: Rooms downstairs is close to the parking and quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manning, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2012

We spent two nights here before going to Anguilla. Great place to stay, beach, restaurants at Simpson Bay. Safe secure place under the beauty of trees and tropical plants. Carter is very helpful with all your needs.

Room Tip: Great place to stay if you do not want to move around or rent a car.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2012

Very convenient, affordable, and very easy to have a rental car (you can park right there and they will arrange to have one dropped off for you). Or, catch the bus if you don't rent a car. Everything you need is close by and if not, the staff will assist you in getting it. Loved having the kitchen too, that was a bonus and helped save money by not eating out, which can get pricey on the island. If we go back, we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

We just returned from St. Maarten and the Turquosie Shell Inn was our first stop. I love that the owner, Carter, is very organized and environmentally conscious. Our room, #6, on the second floor was spotless and he provided a very detailed orientation when we arrived. He was very honest that the wifi wouldn't be what we were accustomed to in the states (true of many locations on the island). It was sufficient for our needs. The hotel was an easy walk to almost all of Simpson Bay. Given its location and the fact that Simpson Bay is hopping on the weekends, we did fall asleep to the sound of music on Friday night. The beach access was a quick walk across the road and the beach felt almost private.

Room Tip: There are two floors and no elevator. All the rooms face the same direction.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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3 Thank EatSantaBarbarian
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North Jersey, NJ
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

"You should rethink your vacation plans" was a direct quote from the owner (Carter) after I explained to him that I needed email access from my laptop in the comfort of my room. After his snide comment, he directed me to the pool area for WIFI. After about 15 min. of mosquito bites, I gave up. Also, I asked him to be switched to another room, closer to the internet and the answer was "no, we're booked". Although our reservation said room 4, we were given room 1 which was bottom floor, closest to the entrance, furthest from his internet connection. I do not know why our reserved room was not given to us BUT your room location can make a difference in this complex.

I would not recommend Turquoise Shell Inn because of the owner's attitude and limited amenities. Spend the extra money at a hotel to be comfortable. Things to consider here:
- $50 cash deposit required at check in.
- 3 nights pre-payment required.
- WIFI only by the pool.
- Cats running around.
- Neighboring dog barking.
- Loud bass music from the auto body shop and car wash behind unit 1 during business hours.
- Electricity can go out in this complex. We were lucky and only lost it for 20 min. during our stay.
- Big pot holes trying to pull into the property from the main street.
- No safe in the room.
- AC unit is only in the bedroom.
- Outdated bathroom.
- TV is in the living room so you cannot watch tv in bed.
- No room cleaning on Sundays.
- No chaise lounge chairs for the beach.
- Arrange your own car rental so you are not surprised at the price. Carter said $30/day but it turned out to be $44/day.
- Beach access is across the road but closest beach bar is about a 20 min walk with free chaise lounge chairs.

Room Tip: Go to a hotel!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank labern116
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TShellSxm, Owner at Turquoise Shell Inn, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
I was very sorry to read that this guest had a bad experience. I was, also,surprised that top speed internet was the first priority for someone on vacation. Our caribbean internet is not up to US standards and therfore this guest's expections were not met. Other guests routinely have no trouble checking email and doing some basic google searches. We were busy at that time and there was not another room available to position the guest closer to the wifi signal. We try hard to provide personal, caring service. In this guest's opinion we fell short.
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Westminster, Colorado
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

We stayed at the Turquoise Shell Inn for seven nights in March 2012. My wife, 15 yo daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Carter takes great pride in his property with top notch cleanliness, service and helpfulness. The property is very convenient to restaurants, gas station and grocery stores in Simpson Bay. There are also a number of excursions that depart nearby. After a day of being at the beach we enjoyed winding down by the pool at the hotel where it was much quieter. The beach is right across the street. This has to be one of the best values in hotels on the island. i highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Note: some of the nearby hot spots play extremely loud music until 2AM Saturday morning and 5AM Sund...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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3 Thank Secrest302
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2012

This place is absolutely great!

You have just cross the street to be at the beach. We went to walk along Simpson Bay Beach to photograph the beautiful sunset!

The apartment (living room with open kitchen + bedroom + bathroom) is spotless!

Air conditioner is perfect. Free wi-fi. Excellent restaurants, supermarket, banks less than TWO minutes walking!

Rented car was kept under a huge tree inside the hotel premises (gated).

There is a nice swimming pool but we were going to the beach "all the time" and did not have time to use it.

The lady that cleans the rooms is a sweetheart. Couldn't be more friendly.

Carter is an excellent host, always present and was kind enough to provide us with beach chairs, umbrella and beach towels.

When going to Sint Maarten.... THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Turquoise Shell Inn
Address: 34 Simpson Bay Rd., Simpson Bay 00000, St. Maarten-St. Martin
Region: Caribbean > St. Maarten-St. Martin > Sint Maarten > Simpson Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Simpson Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Turquoise Shell Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A small 10 room Inn located in the heart of Simpson Bay. Easy walking distance to all manner of shopping. Simpson Bay beach just our the back gate. Each unit is a small one bedroom apartment with equipped kitchen and private air cionditioned bedroom ... more   less 
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