Belair Beach Hotel3.0 out of 5.0
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We survived a Category 5 185 mph hurricane while at the BelAir Beach Hotel due to the construction of the facility and the attention/planning of staff. It is built of reinforced concrete, has Kevlar hurricane curtains, strong doors/windows, its own generator and water supply. But above all it has the best hotel staff that anyone could ask for. Valerie's experience was ours as well. The staff was with us (literrally) all the way through the storm up to forming a convoy to the airport for evacuation, staying with us until everyone got on our C130 planes to San Juan. While the storm devastated the island including the homes of the staff, they were there for us. The advanced planning resulted in our relative comfort after the storm. The staff stayed at the hotel. After the storm passed, houskeeping showed up to mop the wet floors, give us towels, etc.The Gingerbird Restaurant had been reinforced during previous years, had its own generator and was stocked prior to the storm. The day after the storm we had meals available and a very happy happy hour. The small store had stocked up prior, so we had whatever we needed. The generator went out during the storm but was working within 24 hours. As Valerie stated the Divi resort next to us did not fare as well. Their roofs were ripped off, they had no water or power. We have been visiting the BElAir Beach Hotel for over 25 years. Beleive me, we will be returning next summer if the island is receiving visitors.
We ALWAYS travel in early September. There is always a hurricane brewing. This time Irma hit. Belair is a solid hotel and had armor/wind/tarp/screens for the balconies and exterior halls. We were on the fourth floor and felt pretty safe considering the situation. They checked on us once during the storm (!!) to ensure we weren't flooding. The restaurant stayed open, even though we helped everyone get served. They had happy hour post-hurricane every day to help us all cope. The Internet worked in the rooms only until the hurricane of course. BUT most importantly, Paulina helped get us out on Saturday! She took the initiative to go to the Airport and find out we could wait there in case planes came. So they convoyed us there and waited for us as we waited FIVE hours (2 storms) to get us out of the Dutch Airport. The resort next to us didn't have that luxury. Would I stay here again? YES. Pool is smaller but the beach is lovely and they have a mini mart on site and they CARED ABOUT OUR SAFETY! Thank you to the staff at Belair for helping us be as comfortable as possible after Irma. We felt a sense of community and had a wonderful adventure at Belair after Irma. Wishing the best to the people of St Maarten as they recover from this disaster.
If you're a beach bum, this is a good choice for you. Particularly if you have kids because you are literally on the beach and you won't have to drag stuff -- and the water is calm. The facility will have chairs and umbrellas assigned to you for the duration of your stay. There are body boards, noodles, and sand toys available for guests to share. The beach itself has beautiful sand, clear water. The units are dated, but clean. Ours had plenty of space and it was good to have a kitchen to keep some stuff. We had packed coffee and a few granola bars/snacks, although you can readily find a grocery store on the island. The kitchen has a microwave and general supplies, like that coffee maker. The best rooms are the lower floor as the sliding glass doors go to the beach. The pool is small but seemed to work for the kids and fits the property. Staff is kind and helpful. Brenda and Brandon at the Gingerbread Man were great. The onsite restaurant actually has good food and drink prices and really enjoyable food. We ate there a bunch. The staff will help you book tours for the week. On Monday mornings they have a 30 minute presentation with an overview of choices. They also do a 25$ tour of the island Monday afternoon so new people can get a sense of the island/what they want to do (which was just OK). It's useful to know that some boat trips leave from Little Divi, a two minute walk away, instead of Simpson Bay. There is also car rental on site. Philipsburg proper was a 5$/person cab ride; Simpson Bay is 20$; I think Marigot/Grand Case was 35$. All in a good, non-luxury trip, with tons of relaxation. I'll be back next year.
We were somewhat apprehensive about this place at first, but the rooms turned out to be very nice, a nice kitchenette in all rooms to use. Very nice balcony overlooking the beach and the water, we got to watch the sunset when we were in. Very friendly owners, there was a sense of community that we could see as first-time visitors, but it didn't exclude us. Decent restaurant downstairs, very nice beach, soft sand, clear, calm ocean water and a quaint pool. Wifi was somewhat slow and unreliable at moments, which made working from the room a bit difficult at times. Overall a good experience, better than we had expected based on their website!
We bought at this resort 25 years ago and we still love it. We come by for 2 weeks and it goes very quickly. The hotel is very clean small and quiet. We didn't want to be at a noisy resort and this fit the bill. They have a great beach and pool. We are on the 1st floor and all have large terraces.....Love!
I have owned a timeshare at the Belair for some time. This year was not a very good stay. We had water leaking through the wall onto the bathroom floor. It wasn't pleasant using the bathroom at night and walking through water. We told hotel about it but it took 9 days to get it looked at. Then it continued. We weren't offered a different unit until we had complained for 9 days, 4 days before we left. By then we didn't feel like packing up to move so we just left towels on the bathroom floor. One of the kitchen cabinet doors was falling off when we arrived. As an owner there, I was quite disappointed. The cleaning at least in our room was not the best. We cleaned up dead bugs and other not so good stuff in the bathroom. Tipping the maid didn't seem to get any better service. The beach is still nice and the beach staff did a good job. The staff was friendly as they have always been, but the condition and cleanliness really took the edge off of our vacation this year. Hopefully management will do better to bring the hotel condition back to what it should be.
We used timeshare points to come here (three friends) and it was great! Nice quiet beach, with access to water sports and even snorkeling by the rocks. The staff are very friendly and kind, and the place seems quite secure. The units are not new, but they are well kept up. Our unit had two bedrooms and two bathrooms (wonderful), a functional kitchen, comfy living room and beautiful balcony overlooking the beach. We were on the 2nd floor and enjoyed watching the birds in the palm trees. We had rented a car from the airport (great deal at Ace, $100 for the week) so we could get around, and that worked well with Belair Beach as our base. Bradley at the bar and the rest of the staff at the Gingerbread Café are such great hosts! We were happy to be there in late July (not super busy but perfect weather and quiet level) and are already planning to return next year!
Just returned from Saint Maarten and Belair Beach Hotel. We had a wonderful time and the staff is friendly and extremely professional...Vincent, Scottie, Bradley and so many more made our trip and stay there special so thanks! We'll be back! Only complaint is the slow wifi and only one person can use it at a time but who's there for that?!? The beach is incredible and the Gingerbread Cafe has excellent food and service
The Belair Beach Hotel is a charming older hotel. The beach is wonderful! You are assigned chairs for your entire stay...avoids you of having to save a chair early in the morning. The staff is kind, friendly, always with a smile! Small bar and with great drinks!! Also a restaurant open air...the best food and service beyond! Always on Island time which gives you more time to relax. The rooms are nice...older flair but clean and serviced daily. Lot to see and do. The hotel has special nights with local talent and food, plus vendors from local shops right there. The Hotel is on the Dutch side of the island the other side is the French side which has great restaurants, just so much to see and do on both sides. I highly recommend this vacation Island and the Belair Beach Hotel !! Thyey do have Wifi...it's not free but more affordable. $30.00 for the week. They have computer for your use.The view every day off your private balcony is the best!! We went in Jan. 2/17 and back again in March 2017
As others have said, the Belair is not super fancy. We got over our initial disappointment at the lackluster room, and discovered that the good far outweighs the bad at this place. First of all, the beach is great. It actually feels more like three beaches: a public section that is not associated with a hotel, the Belair section, which is marked on either end by jetties, and the section that belongs to the Divi. Together they make a long sandy stretch along Little Bay. The swimming is great, as is the snorkeling around the jetties. We loved having access to the Divi for equipment rentals and even more snorkeling at their dive site, which has a sunken helicopter and an underwater scuba path. The Divi also has some shops, a deli, a gym, a couple of restaurants, as well as nightly entertainment. It was nice to have the Belair's quiet vibe next to the more lively atmosphere of the Divi. The rooms in the Belair were very spacious, as were their balconies, all of which overlook the sea. The restaurant at the Belair was actually far better than I expected it to be, and we found that the service in the restaurant was pleasant and attentive, whereas I didn't always find that to be the case behind the front desk. Philipsburg is a 20 minute walk up and over a hill. There's a boardwalk there with shops and restaurants along with a parallel road (Front St?) with even more shops. However, when there's no cruise ship in town the place gets real quiet and lots of the shops close. Simpson Bay is a short cab ride in the other direction ($6 per person,) and has many dining options. Otherwise, Little Bay is a bit out of the way. For example, for a family of 6 to head up to Grand Case and back for dinner the taxi fare was $100. We didn't rent a car, but if we were to return we probably would. The roads are in good condition and there were parking lots at the many beaches that we visited. Fortunately, there's a car rental facility right at the Belair. All in all, the Belair was a great destination for our group, and we would certainly return.
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
- Outdoor pool
- WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)
Located within a mile (2 km) of Fort Amsterdam, Belair Beach Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit. This 3-star hotel has 234 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. It's on the beach and also close to Cyrus Wathey Square and Philipsburg Courthouse.
Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's café, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 8 AM to 11 AM.
The 234 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchens and balconies, and there's space to spread out with dining areas and sitting areas. Guests can expect WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players. Other standard amenities include coffee makers, safes, and phones.
Guests of Belair Beach Hotel enjoy features like an outdoor pool, WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. There's free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a convenience store and a porter/bellhop.
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78% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 465 reviews