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The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Casino
- Address: 144 Oyster Pond Road, Oyster Pond St. Maarten-St. Martin
- Phone: 721-543-6700
- Fax: 721-543-6004
- Price: $661.00
Ratings & Reviews
First, this is a beautiful place, the rooms,building and grounds the beach and pool are outstanding and to say the staff is friendly and helpful ,doesn't come close they were The nicest I've ever met. The bad, it is near nothing else, Philipsburg is $25 taxi ,Simpson Bay is $30. Rent a car at the airport if you plan on doing anything other than pool/beach. There are only 2 restaurants on site, anywhere else is a cab ride. Second, the relatively high room rate includes NOTHING else, not even beach chairs/towels..they add $20/day resort fee when you check out to cover that. Cabanas are $100.00,snorkeling gear is $20.00 If I went back to St Maarten, I would probably stay somewhere else, that included or were near water activities and restaurants. But if you want a quiet idyllic place, the Westin Dawn Beach fits that to a T. The picture is a view FROM the beach looking across the cove to Oyster Bay Resort.
My husband and I took our 16 year old and his friend there for a quick vacation. The resort is nice, clean and the staff is super friendly. We only ate breakfast there and the buffet is very pricy. We stayed in a suite and pleasantly surprised that it was 3 bedroom rather than 2 bedroom as they recently invested in a few upgrades. The suite was nice, however the sofa's were not comfortable. The pool is very nice, but not umbrellas, however the beach has cabana's and a few umbrella's. Nice hotel but not an upscale Westin. The location was great as it was easy and quick to get to many of the great restaurants and activities. The resort is young kids and adults but NO teenagers what so ever and they have NO activities for kids, but we had been told they would have activities and the sort.
We are just finishing a week here and are sad to head home. Every staff member was warm, smiling, and helpful. My favorite location was the beach as the pool did not provide much protection from the sun. And there are so many chairs and umbrellas along the beach and unlike other resorts I have visited, one does not need to wake up at 6 am to secure a chair. (Aruba Marriott comes to mind). Any time you arrive you will find a chair along this long beautiful beach. The snorkeling is also excellent right off shore. If you are lucky enough to have beach view and wake early you will be treated to the glorious sunrise. Dawn at Dawn Beach! We always rent a car when we stay here which allows us to travel each night to dine all around the island and to take a break from the beach to enjoy activities outside of Oyster Pond.
Our flight was delayed so we could not reach the hotel until following day. The Front desk supervisor was not willing to listen and not willing to give us refund for the night that we missed. The pool is very very dirty, and it took us 1 hour to check in. Lobby is out dated and stinks. The Casino seems like 100 years old. Internet is very slow and half the time it doesn't work.
This is a large and well run resort, but you do not have the feel that you left the USA. Higher price reflects the quality, too. We were there five days for a conference, but spent most all other hours away. You need a rental car, or will be otherwise stuck here.
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