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All reviews garden suite beautiful simpson bay white sandy beach within walking distance hear the waves i highly recommend this hotel laid back small hotel rental car lounge chairs and umbrellas st maarten small kitchen perfect beach short walk down the beach literally steps each morning french bakery
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Reviewed 15 December 2018

If you get a good rate, this is a more-than-acceptable beachfront motel in St. Maarten. But be aware that Simpson Bay isn't exactly paradise. It's more than a bit ramshackle and could be considered a bit gritty. Mike's place kind of fits in with this vibe, but the owner is friendly, the place is clean, it's right on the beach, and the neighborhood feels safe enough. While certainly not the best beach in the world (too much of a slope to really walk on, and the slope creates some backwash in higher surf), it's a decent beach, and Mike puts out adequate chaise loungers to relax on. The motel is probably only 30 yards from the water, and the beach is uncrowded. Rooms could be described as functional, but comfortable (you'll probably find the fridge and microwave useful, there was also a coffee maker but you need to bring your own coffee). Don't expect an actual boutique "art studio" vibe at this motel.

Rental cars are cheap on St. Maarten and you might want to rent one to get around, but be aware that there's only street parking available (not far from the motel) and traffic on the island is bad. The surrounding neighborhood is convenient to the airport and pretty central to the island, but it's not a neighborhood that could be described as "nice." There are, however, a a few decent places to eat (about 10 minutes walk)
including a beachfront bar or two if you don't have a car. Overall, though, if you're looking for anything other than budget accommodations in a modest neighborhood, you might want to consider staying elsewhere on the island is the price is acceptable to you.

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
4  Thank Dave R
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Y6887PQmichael, Owner at Azure Hotel & Art Studio, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2018

Dear Dave, thank you for the nice review! I understand what you mean about the neighborhood, it is a little disheveled at the moment, but if you had seen it after Hurricane Irma, you may say that it is looking a lot better.
The recovery from the worst storm in the history of the Atlantic basin was a struggle to say the least. Simpson Bay is still comprised mostly of families that have been here for generations with some tourist accommodations mostly on the beach. The native people keep an eye on the area and keep it safe for tourists as well as locals. It is not the typical tourist area that you may find elsewhere, but that is what makes it special. Forgive me, I do not mean to sound "cheeky", but the term "motel" is not an accurate description of the Azure. The actual definition of "motel" is a roadside hotel designed primarily for motorists, typically having the rooms arranged in a low building with parking directly outside. Just want to be clear about that since we are not on the roadside and do not have a parking lot. We are in fact a licensed hotel, officially and by definition. The recovery from the storm has also set back our artistic endeavors, some paintings have to be stretched again for display and others are ruined. We have plans to get the studio back in to full swing again this year, provided we are spared by nature. All the best and thank you again!

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Reviewed 14 December 2018

A very comfortable, pleasant, friendly, peaceful hotel right on the beach of Simpsonbay. What a luxury! Next time in St. Maarten we certainly will go back to the Azure Hotel. Best recommended to our friends and family.

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank HermannWilhelm
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Y6887PQmichael, Owner at Azure Hotel & Art Studio, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2018

Hello Hermann, thank you for the fantastic review, it was a pleasure having you stay with us at the Azure, see you next time!

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Reviewed 13 December 2018

Funky boutique hotel on the beach. Our room (#1) was comfortable and spacious with a kitchen with mini-fridge and microwave. Though we had a courtyard room we had a view of the beach and ocean from our bed.

As of December 2018, the hotel still has some rebuilding work underway from the 2017 hurricane, though this did not disrupt our stay.

When we were there the WIFI was out of commission. The phones are VOIP, so without internet access the phones didn't work either. That made travel arrangements a little difficult and we had to rely on the 4G cell coverage which can get expensive.

The owner (Mike) lives on site. While the office was never open, the owner's place is right on the courtyard and you can just knock on the door if you need help. Mike is friendly and helpful.

The beach and ocean is the major attraction and it is right on your doorstep, with lounge chairs and umbrellas provided by the hotel. It is a short walk from several restaurants, bars, and markets, so you can get by without a car. With the difficult traffic on St Maartin, taxis seem like the better option anyway.

We would stay there again.

Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Clint W
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Y6887PQmichael, Owner at Azure Hotel & Art Studio, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2018

Dear Clint, thank you for the nice review! Our apologies for the wifi situation, it turns out the antenna was burned out, but they could not get a technician to work on the weekend. Such is life in the Caribbean. It is fixed now and even faster. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 9 December 2018

Great location, right on the beach, a short ride from the airport, walking distance to restaurants etc.. Mike was very friendly and helpful. A very relaxing and quiet place to stay as there are only a few units in this hotel.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Y6887PQmichael, Owner at Azure Hotel & Art Studio, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Thank you for the excellent review and thank you for staying with us!

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Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

I stayed at Azure for around 5 weeks. Originally I booked for 3 weeks but decided to extend my stay as I was enjoying the island too much to want to leave. Mike and Fawnette are good people and good hosts. Azure is a laid back atmosphere on the beach with free beach chairs out front to enjoy the beach and ocean views.
Located in the center of Simpson Bay it has close beach walking access to a great beach bar to the west called Karakter with good food, DJs and beach chairs with wait staff. Further on in walking distance is El Zafiro with a beach bar, restaurant and beach chairs with wait staff. To the east is Kimshaw beach also a good beach with a bar and chairs.
The hotel has a grocery store with beer and liquor sale a block away and the rooms have kitchens with everything you need. Within walking distance there is good night life in the city with alot of great bars, restaraunts, clubs, shopping, strip clubs and casinos.
Simpson Bay is a great location and Azure is a nice little comfortable hotel in the middle that is safe with good rates, hosts and rooms.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Y6887PQmichael, Owner at Azure Hotel & Art Studio, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Thanks Code, it was really nice having you stay with us at the Azure! All the best and we hope to see you again soon!!

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