Just returned from a 7 night stay and really enjoyed the Royal Palm. We read many of the Tripadvisor reviews on the Royal Palm so we knew exactly what to expect and what not to expect. The views from the rooms are awesome (beach, harbor, mountains and houses dotted on the hills). We asked for a room on high floor based on reviews and that worked out for us.
The great room room was huge, beds were very nice and appliances and cabinets/countertops looked rather new - hotels age in dog years so that was nice. Water pressure in shower as advertised -- not great.
One of the great things was that everyday at whatever time we were able to get a beach spot with a built-in thatch umbrella with as many chairs we wanted. They were positioning so as not to be right on top of each other like some other resorts. There is no beach-side service but you can walk to pool to get drink and food. Beach was good not great for snokeling - we saw all types of fish by swimming around rocks although not as crystal clear as some other places. Buy a pair of water shoes (some rocks in the water) and a cheap raft in the gift store. Great tropical breezes and temperature never went above 90 -- much better than NYC area in the summer.
With the exception of just one bartender at the pool bar working in the afternoon (she was not friendly AT ALL and should really not be in that position) everyone else was helpful and friendly.
Guests were Dutch, French, Canadien and American which added a nice diversity to the visit.
Rented a car for the week - watch out for the guys on cycles (some are crazy) and some of the roads have seen better days. Pinel Island was really picturesque and the , Loterie Farm (restaurant and pool look like a spread from a shelter mag) and we did the adventure course with zip line -- be ready for a work out - not just zip-line. Hop from beach to beach -- Friars Bay was like a postcard.
Took the sunset cruise on the Passat (sailing vessel) in the harbor which was fun.
Tip: Use some bug spray for the gnats in the main lobby (they bite and the bites really itch). You will spend some time there because that is where the wifi is in the hotel.
Thanks to the manager and staff for a good stay. It is obvious they are reading the reviews over the years and making the improvements they can to make it better.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Palm Beach Hotel Simpson Bay
- Royal Palm St Maarten
- Royal Palm Beach Club St Maarten