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Turquoise Shell Inn
- Address: 34 Simpson Bay Rd., Simpson Bay 00000 St. Maarten-St. Martin
- Phone: 721-545-2875
- Fax: 721-545-2846
- Currency Accepted: Dollar, Euro
- Credit Cards Accepted: Mastercard, Visa
- Complimentary newspaper
- Safe-deposit box
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Smoke-free property
- steps from the beach
Ratings & Reviews
This place is clean and quiet. I went with my daughter and we appreciated having a full kitchen so we could go to the local market and buy fish to cook. The kitchen was well-appointed and had everything we needed. The beds were fine, nothing special but a good, safe place to sleep. The grounds are well-kept with a small dipping pool which we used a couple times. It is a short walk to the beach which is only OK. You could easily walk it but beware of dogs off-leash as there are a few on the beach. The water seemed more like swimming in a working harbour with boats coming and going. Best to go to some of the beaches near-by. Really did not see much of the hotel manager as it was Christmas and was probably busy. What little contact we had was fine.
Do not let the immediate surroundings or even the external appearance of this hotel frighten you. This is very convenient place, perfectly clean, very pleasant and helpful manager and staff. Close to the airport, to a nice beach, and to several restaurants.
We love to travel, n have been to quite a few places. This is my first review precisely because St. Maarten, Carter n his staff at this lovely inn made the trip so worthwhile n memorable. The hotel may not be fancy, but the location is perfect in the Simpson Bay area. The accomodations have everything u need so that u could spend ur money enjoying this lovely destination. When the airline misplaced my luggage, Carter contacted them n even gave them his personal cell phone. Thank u man. Walking distance is Cafe Atlantico n Little Jerusalem. U will thank me later. Safe travels!
We stayed at the Turquoise Shell Inn in March, we had room #4, which was ideally located on the ground floor, with a small patio in front with a view of the pool. While not luxurious, it was nicely decorated and very clean, with a fully equipped kitchen and a separate bedroom with a quiet air conditioning unit. Great WIFI. The beach is right across the lane way, although you have to walk along the beach for about 10 minutes to reach the more sandy area, then it is gorgeous. Carter was very helpful, as was all staff. The bus runs right in front of the hotel, and there are restaurants and supermarkets close by. So all in all a great choice, we would go back. The only suggestions for improvement is that the pool furniture needs either to be replaced or needs a good scrubbing. As for Simpson's Bay area, the beach is great and it's close to everything, unfortunately there is no sidewalk and you take your life in your own hands by walking along the road.
While we stayed here as a super convenient airport stopover, we would not hesitate to come back and stay longer. Our room was clean, comfortable, and well equipped for a longer stay. We arrived in the afternoon and found easy access to the beach out the back and across the road. It was less than an hour from landing to "toes in sand." Carter was very helpful with orientation, setting up a taxi, as well as, drinking and dining recommendations for our short stay. There were many interesting restaurants (we could only try one) within walking distance. This would make a nice base to use from which to explore the island.
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