Mercure St Martin Marina and Spa
What We Love
- Direct access to a private beach overlooking a lagoon
- The French-Creole dishes served at Les Voiles
- Spacious rooms start at 431 square feet and feature a balcony or terrace
What To Know
- The hotel offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including water sports, tennis and swimming
- Located between Marigot and Maho Beach, a 15-minute drive from the airport
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In French St. Martin, between the bustling port town of Marigot and lively Maho Beach, the Mercure St. Martin Marina and Spa is a bright and breezy beachfront escape. The colorful Creole-style rooms are housed among five low-rise buildings and are surrounded by tropical grounds dotted with palm trees and modern sculptures. Some rooms feature a balcony or terrace with views of the lagoon, pool or garden and come with free WiFi. Kick back on the private beach or indulge in a massage at the spa. Active types can try their hand at jet-skiing, flyboarding or tubing at the marina’s water sports center. End the day with a French-Creole feast at Les Voiles, with a terrace that overlooks the lagoon and swimming pool.
In the Area
Pop your head below the ocean’s surface with Sea Trek, a helmet diving tour that takes you to see colorful fish and sunken shipwrecks without the need for diving certification. Another unique way to explore the island’s coral reefs is with Coconut Reef Glass Bottom Canoes; the company also runs a surf school and snorkeling tours. With 25 miles of trail and itineraries ranging from mountain treks to shoreline strolls, St Martin is a hiker’s paradise. Start at Loterie Farm for guided and self-guided hikes. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, check out the open-air Marigot Market, on the wharf just below Fort St. Louis. It features fresh produce, spices and fish from St. Martin and neighboring islands, plus enough samples to satisfy your adventurous culinary spirit.
How to Get There
It is an amazing propriety. The sad part is that it suffered a lot of damage during hurricane Irma (2017) however the good news it is that the passionate ownership is doing everything in their power to make sure that they are fully functional with all their units. The propriety faces the lagoon but it is in short distance drive to anything else on the island. The rooms are nice and well appointed. It is indeed a great place to enjoy and relax.
I was there in the end of February 2019. Photos on the Internet were simply wrong, from before the hurricane. A single construction site, more than a dozen one- to two-story buildings, practically all of them either scaffolded, or roofing and / or drilling, hammering, cutting works in the rooms. I had been confirmed a quiet room via the Internet, receptionists give me first room opposite the laundry, where it goes all day. Then I get room in adjoining wing. Room itself ok, except that you cannot sit well anywhere, chairs etc. have very low backrests. In front of the EC-room there is a wooden plank instead of a terrace. By the way, with a 30 cm deep and wide gap between Zimmer sliding window and plank, where I promptly fall in the dark on the first evening and beat my foot bloody, with luck and reaction no longer happens. For two days I am urging a sunbed with a parasol so that I can read and sit there. According to the reception there is no sunbed and no beach umbrella in the huge hotel (except two pieces at the pool). Then get broken couch with rusty iron pipe as a headrest. There is no umbrella. Permanent work with incredible noise all day, from 7 o'clock in the morning. Also in both rooms next to mine is hammered all day, drilled etc ..
Service and breakfast in the small street restaurant is very bad.
According to the hotel description, you can both swim at the lagoon, but also outside of the hotel over the road over it on the Caribbean beach.
Facts: lagoon is despite protestations of the receptionists that they go there quite bathing, completely dirty, even hotel sewage flow in. In addition, there is a kind of floating, rusty shipyard in the middle of the "beach", where a crane with incomprehensible loud diesel engine repairs boats all day long. The neglected also the beach chairs at the pool, where there were a few working beach chairs with umbrella, because it is just too loud to read. The Caribbean beach in the north, actually built with private houses, which are usually being repaired, is also unattractive and dirty, there is nothing there, neither chairs, nor umbrellas, nor a restaurant.
Excursions hardly possible, wait an hour in the blazing heat on the allegedly regular minibuses between the airport and the French capital Marigot, but no one comes.
Towards the western tip of the island was registered in the guide a bathing bay, but I came after half an hour only to two small streets, where "private property", "access prohibited" and any company names on it. Later the manager of Mercure showed me, how to get to the beach. That was after three days ignoring me, but he approached when he saw me taking videos of the construction works. Later he gave me an old car for a half day to see a beach, because I told him that I am journalist.
Back home I wanted money back for 5 days torture – I have payed 250 Euro per night for one person, without breakfast. The only reaction of the manager: I am not human…
We only stayed at this hotel for one night prior to our cruise (we booked on our own, not with the Windstar that also uses this hotel as pre-cruise). We arrived early at 3 pm hoping we could check in a bit early. We were told the room wasn't ready and to come back in one hour. When we returned after 1 and 1/2 hour, we were told that there was a flight crew checking out late and the room wasn't ready yet. They offered us free drinks each at the restaurant. We were finally able to get our room at 5:50 pm!
The room was nice, with a balcony with the view of the pool and a partial view of the lagoon. The pool was nice but there was no pool bar and nowhere to get drinks. There was some kind of conference or a party under a tent near the pool with a lot of people. Fortunately the party was finished early and it was quiet after 10 pm. However I woke up at 6 am because some guys that appeared to be drunk (they looked like the construction workers) were jumping in the pool, some wearing T-shirts and yelling, for about 15 minutes.
The restaurant is quite expensive, with a small menu, it's in the parking lot and the patio overlooks a busy road.
We had snacks and drinks there and then dinner, which was OK and the service was good.
For breakfast we just wanted a coffee but there was a line up to get in the restaurant. It was a buffet style, and another line up to what looked like a self serve coffee machine. So we walked down the road to the gas station about 5 minutes away, had a croissant and coffee on the patio there. I think it would be helpful if the hotel had at least a coffee and pastry station for people like us that don't want a full buffet breakfast and don't want to line up.
The hotel was near the airport but far from anything else, so I wouldn't recommend it for a longer stay. The beach wasn't very nice, you're looking at boats and catamarans damaged by the hurricane. Large parts of the hotel are still being repaired and there is a lot of construction.
I understand that it takes a long time and a lot of work to recover from the damage, however the price we paid should reflect the lack of services. Our friends got bumped off the return flight after the cruise due to the grounding of 737's and found much nicer and cheaper hotel elsewhere.
The hurricane beat the dickens out of the place. The owners are working diligently to put the place back in good order after a catastrophe. Front desk well organized. Staff is pleasant and helpful. Pricing is reasonable. Small restaurant on property is quite good. Rooms neat and clean. Great TV's. Beach and pool are neat. Prices are reasonable. Enjoy!
I am torn on how to phrase all my thoughts so I will look at pros and cons.
On the minus side, the hotel is still being repaired. There was no bell boy, porter, or anyone to help with luggage. Our room was up a flight of stairs so we had to muscle them up ourselves. There was some kind of music festival going on around the area so for six straight hours we had listen to the thump of techo bass blasting out over the complex. I went to the pool area but had to leave as it was giving me a headache.
On the plus side, the staff was very friendly. There were two young ladies at the front desk who were very helpful and friendly. We wanted to get a bite to eat at a restaurant down the road and they arranged for a young staff member to drive us down. He gave us hints on what was good at the restaurant. He also took us to the airport when we left. Our room was nice and comfortable also.