Fodor's Expert Review Pasanggrahan Royal Inn
15 Front St., Box 151, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.
One of the few remaining authentic West Indian properties on St. Maarten is steeped in history. The island's oldest hotel once served as the governor's mansion. Walls of the entranceway are lined with pictures of Dutch royalty. Specialty rooms (such as the Queen's Room, referring to Queen Beatrice) have hand-carved furniture, four-poster beds with mosquito netting, and private balconies, although they are more about atmosphere than creature comforts. Standard rooms have more of an island feel, with plantation-style furniture. The hotel's restaurant, set in the tropical garden, serves reasonably priced meals; the view looking out over Great Bay isn't bad, either. In case you're wondering, pasanggrahan means "guesthouse" in Indonesian.
- well situated
- friendly staff
- on the main drag
- crowded beach
- bathrooms are basic
Rate Includes: No meals