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St. Martin and St. Maarten Hotels

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino


  • Huge resort complex
  • Lots of shopping
  • Nonstop nightlife


  • Resort is aging and requires renovations
  • Not for a quiet getaway
  • Limited dining choices on all-inclusive plan

Updated 03/13/2015

Fodor's Review

The island's largest hotel, which is on Maho Beach and typically caters to big groups, isn't luxurious or fancy, but this full-service resort offers everything right on the premises at reasonable rates, and it is located very close to the airport. A major renovation is in the works at this writing; in the meanwhile, be sure to ask for a room on an upper floor. There is a long beach, a big pool area, casino, gym, and spa. The complex has a theater, five clubs, three restaurants, and 40 shops. Seven other restaurants and an outlet mall surround the resort complex. Go for an oceanview room if you can.

Hotel Information


1 Rhine Rd., Box 834, Maho, St. Maarten

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721-545–2115; 800-223–0757; 800-766–3782

Hotel Details:

  • 537 rooms
  • Rate includes All-inclusive; No meals

Updated 03/13/2015

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May 18, 2013

Sonesta Maho Dream GetAway

My husband and I travel alot, through out the Caribbean Island chain.We love the blue warm ocean waters and white sand beaches.We recently spent 4 glorious days at the Maho Beach Resort, superb facility. We loved the fact that Sonesta Great Bay(sister hotel) at Phillipsburg was available to us as well. The staff were friendly, helpful and curteous, especially the younger ones. The 3 restaurants were fantastic, with a wide variety of choices, from

breakfast to dinner.The nightly entertainment had a truly Caribbean flavor.Our Ocean View room on the 8th floor was a dream come thru especially for aircraft landings. Maho Strip and night life made us feel like Las vegas all over again. Car rental was very cheap and the island can be driven in 2 hrs. Shopping in Phillipsburg was great.Sonesta Maho Beach Resort will definitely see me again. Joan en Pieter van Velzen

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Aug 14, 2012

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino Review

Stay away form this one,,,, my company put's us up here for the lay overs and i have never heard a kind word spoken about it my first trip the handles for the water in the shower came off in my hands and i cuold not get the water to stop had to call the maintinace dept. up they couldn't shut it off eather for about 1/2 hour ,,,the a/c did not work,second trip no a/c and they were doing a remodle of a room over me till 11 p.m. 3rd trip no a/c and no

towels took her three hours to bring me some towels so i could get cleaned up after flying and laying over for 12 hours,,,,over all i've been stuck in this dump 7 times each trip seems like it's getting worse,,,,,realy if you are paying for this trip do not stay here the food sucks and there is not a coke machine any where on the property no joke if you dont like tap water you wont drink any thing with out a trip to the streets,,,,very rude and crude staff they really and truely do not care if you stay here or not and it is evedent in the property hope this helps you

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Dec 2, 2009

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino Review

I had booked the premier ocean view room, the best room category in the hotel other than the suites. They put me into a room that had a connecting door that didn't close or lock and a hallway door that didn't lock. I was told that they had no other rooms in my category available, that no upgrades were available, and tried to claim that the room that I booked was already an upgrade. No it was the room that I booked at the listed price with no incentives

other than the online rate. They even refused to downgrade me at a discount because "they didn't want me to lose the view." As if view is more important than safety. It took three hours of maintenance calls, most of which went unanswered, and complaints before I finally started to yell at the manager who told me that they would look into the issue the following day but that I just had to deal with it that day, before they suddenly found the supposedly unavailable upgrade. Fair warning on suites in this hotel. They can only be accessed by key card and the key card readers on the elevators are routinely out of order. One never worked, the other 2 were spotty at best. At one point none of them worked. To give you an idea what to expect the penthouse suite that I was upgraded to had stains on walls, floor and ceiling, multiples of each. Several evenings I had absolutely no water pressure, could not get so much as a drop to come out of the shower, other times I only had cold water. Instead of the ocean view I had booked I had what they call a bay view. You could see the bay but first you saw the water tanks and trash and it was those that you smelled so the balconies were pointless. I can't comment on the food. I did not get the AI package, which from comments I heard was a smart move. There are numerous restaurants right outside the door of the resort, as close as maybe 20 steps, so there really is no reason to eat on the resort.

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Aug 13, 2007

You get what you pay for

My first experience at an all inclusive and I will never do it again. The buffet was awful. We ate at the beach restaurant, The Palm, to avoid it but there is so much hamburger and pizza one can eat on a weekend. Drinks were not the best either. The hotel lobby, pool and rooms are large and seem like they used to be grand, but not anymore. It feels 80's and a little tacky. The casino is outside across the street and the ambiance is ok. Nightlife is

good in this area different from Marigot which was dead after 10pm. Mullet bay beach is worth it. It is very close to the Hotel and gorgeous. Basically eat outside the hotel, rent a jeep, go to the beaches (Orient and Mullet)and party close to the hotel and you'll be OK. Streets and traffic are a BIG pain s avoid rush hour.

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