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GCBC became our 'go to' place on St. Martin. Have stayed there nine times since 2000. Many of the employees remember us. Have our 'spot' on the beach. Look forward to going there every year.
I've stayed in Grand Case before and I thought it was the best place in the Caribbean. Things have changed. Our room was in desperate need of some TLC. No one uses the pool. There was garbage in the water in front of our room. We went on an excursion to a small island -Prickly Pear ($$). The snorkleing was terrible. Everything is covered with sand and debris so not much lives there. The town of Grand Case is a disaster. The road is basically unpaved. Cars park on both sides of the narrow road. There is no sidewalk and the locals drive fast though the whole mess. We were nearly hit several times. I would have rather stayed in Orient bay or the Dutch side.
Steps away from the best restaurants in the Caribbean, we really enjoyed our stay in Grand Case. The rooms were clean and well maintained, but then again I really wasn't interested in the room and more in the great beaches right outside. The security was great as well making us feel safe in what happens to be uncertain times in the St. Maarten area.
Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary, we wanted a beautiful place in the sun to kick back and relax for a week. The hotel was adequate, clean, and comfortable, though nothing like the pictures on the website. The bathroom was in great need of an update . Thankfully, we had a kitchenette. The website raved about the wonderful places to eat on 'restaurant row' within walking distance and were looking forward to delicious, romantic evening meals. Unfortunately for us (only two people), a meal on restaurant row would have cost us about $100.....way too expensive for our budget. Nothing on the website prepared us for such extravagant prices. We ended up finding a small market, buying food, and cooking in the room. Not exactly how we wanted to spend our vacation or our anniversary but it did save us several hundred dollars on food. Good news, the staff cleaned the kitchen the next day while we were out on the beach. Bad news, ants invaded the kitchen during the night. We were also disappointed with St Martin itself. We expected a beautiful tropical island but it wasn't. Most of what we saw looked hurricane and poverty stricken. On restaurant row, the inside of the restaurants looked nice, but restaurant row itself looked like a slum, with trash everywhere and houses/buildings looking poverty stricken. We were also warned to be careful after dark. Would we go there again? Yes, because for the price it looked like a luxury resort compared to the rest of the island. But we'd be more prepared, know what to expect, and probably never leave the hotel grounds except to go to the market.
I stayed at Grand Case Beach Club for 5 nights with my SO, my sister and her SO, and my mother and we couldn't have had a better time. We were drawn to the french side of the island, St. Martin, because we wanted a relaxing, slower paced vacation than what the dutch side offers. The resort is beautiful. The grounds are clean and well manicured. The rooms are very clean, well maintained, and up to date. The staff are very helpful. The beaches, both the north and south stretches, are pristine and never crowded. The onsite restaurant, Sunset Cafe, consistently served great food; I would order from their specials always. They have convenient flags on the beach chairs so you can order a drink right on the water. I read some other reviews complaining how the billing for the cafe is separate from the resort. Not sure what the problem is. You simply let them know your room number and you settle the tab before you check out. Easy. While the resort is located in a nice little secluded pocket on the island, only a 5 minutes walk away is the Grand Case strip where there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, and lolos (island bbq joints). Everything else is a bus or taxi ride away (max 30 minutes to anywhere on the island, at least for us). The only thing I can think of one should be aware of when coming here is that the free continental breakfast isn't really so. At the cafe, you are greeted with free orange juice and baskets of bread rolls, but anything other than that is extra that must be purchased. But really, I'm splitting hairs here. Out of a trip of 6 days with a large family, this was an extremely pleasant stay. I will be staying here again in the future.