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Le Petit Hotel 4.0

Grand Case, St. Martin/St. Maarten

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Pros

Cons

  • No pool or fitness room
  • No restaurant (though there is free breakfast)

Bottom Line

This hotel sustained significant damage during Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and is currently closed through at least 2017. We will update our review as soon as we have more information. Le Petit Hotel lives up to its name -- with only 10 rooms, the property certainly is small. Guests can expect a relaxing atmosphere, personalized, attentive service, and plenty of room to themselves. The rooms are spacious and sophisticated with full kitchens, modern bathrooms with rainfall showers, dining tables for four, and private oceanfront balconies. Other perks such as free Wi-Fi, a free continental breakfast, and a beachfront location help make Le Petit Hotel a top upscale choice in the popular Grand Case area. Due to its small size, the resort lacks some amenities that you’d find at a larger resort such as a fitness area and on-site dining, and there is no pool. Sister property Hotel L'Esplanade has a pool but no beach, while Grand Case Beach Club has both but its rooms are less luxurious. 

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Scene

Romantic, intimate, and secluded

The hotel is housed in an attractive, compact three-story building with Mediterranean architecture. A few steps lead up to the open lobby and elements such as white balustrades, colorful mosaic tile, and Moroccan lanterns lend the property character. The hotel is set fairly close to the main road but parking and road noise are not a problem. 

The hotel’s small size allows for personalized, attentive service. Staff members man the front desk every day and the manager lives next door and is reachable at night. The staff is attentive and friendly, and are happy to book excursions or give guests advice about the area.

The hotel is quiet and never crowded, and many folks feel like they have the place to themselves. The property has a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, and most guests are couples (though there are occasional families).

Location

On the main road, just south of Boulevard Grand Case

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The property is a five-minute walk from the start of Boulevard Grand Case, and the hotel provides a free shuttle into town.

Grand Case is one of the most popular areas on the island and a favorite culinary destination. Home to some of St. Martin's best restaurants, Grand Case has bistros, cafes, bars, and lolos (local barbecue joints). The neighborhood is lively and safe.

Since the hotel is a bit removed from town, the property is quiet and peaceful.

  • Five-minute walk to Grand Case's restaurants and shops
  • Four-minute drive to Loterie Farm, a nature retreat with tours and zip lining
  • Six-minute drive to Marigot, the capital of the French side
  • Six-minute drive to Fort Louis
  • Eight-minute drive to Orient Bay
  • 16-minute drive to Princess Juliana International Airport
  • 17-minute drive Maho Beach
  • 18-minute drive to Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side
  • 19-minute drive to Simpson Bay

Rooms

Sophisticated Deluxe Studios and a One-Bedroom Suite all have ocean views.

The hotel’s 10 rooms comprise Deluxe Studios and a One-Bedroom Suite, and start at a spacious 470 square feet. Each room has an oceanfront balcony furnished with a table as well as cushioned chairs. Decor incorporates plush white bedding, gray tile floors, and lots of attractive dark wood (including the wood ceilings). Modern, quirky accents such as paper floor lamps and colorful contemporary art add a homey feel to the space. 

The Deluxe Studios are divided into two sections: bedrooms with comfortable king beds and a dining/kitchen area, with a dining table for four. The kitchens have large vintage-style Smeg fridges, microwaves, stoves, and ovens, and come stocked with plates, glasses, cooking and eating utensils, and pots and pans. The kitchens are designed in a modern style with stainless steel appliances and contemporary cabinetry. The bathrooms are sleek, with floating square sinks, freestanding shelving for belongings, upscale toiletries, and large gray tile showers with rainfall showerheads. The Studios on the third floor have nice vaulted ceilings, making them feel even more spacious, and an Oversized Deluxe Studio with 540 square feet and direct beach access is available. 

The One-Bedroom Suite is 940 square feet and is located on the first floor with direct beach access. It has its own terrace that faces the beach. The living area is spacious with a couch and armchair and the kitchen is larger as well. The suite has a walk-in closet.

All rooms come with high-end amenities including flat-screen cable televisions with DVD players, stereos with CD and iPod docks, private wall safes, iron and ironing boards, Damana toiletries from France, and spa bathrobes. While the units are well-maintained with lots amenities, the rooms at the hotel’s sister property, L’Esplanade, are more spacious, starting at 560 square feet.

Features

Beautiful beach and free breakfast

Le Petit Hotel serves a free continental breakfast every morning near the reception window. Breakfast includes coffee, orange juice, freshly baked pastries, and fresh fruits. There is a coffee machine set up all day in reception as well as an ice water dispenser and cups.

Reception also has a small boutique area that sells T-shirts, flip-flops, postcards, and other travel merchandise. There is a small library with books and newspapers where guests can help themselves.

The hotel is a few short steps away from the beach. The beach is narrow but attractive with white sand and turquoise water. The hotel provides quite a bit of shade, especially in the afternoons, so guests can sit in the shade or in the full sun. The hotel provides chairs and beach towels for free.

There is free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

Le Petit Hotel does not have a pool. The hotel’s sister property, L’Esplanade, has a pool on-site. LOVE, another small boutique hotel nearby, is also located on the beach and is a bit cheaper.

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Address

248 Boulevard de Grand Case, St. Martin, Grand Case 97150, Caribbean

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