The hotel is very nice, the rooms are very convenient, and the atmosphere of the place is great. The property is very well kept. The restaurant is a bit pricey.
There are a lot of restaurants walking distance away. The beach is very wavy, and not good for swimming.
This small hotel is a gem! We spent 10 days at The Marquis in a large well appointed room with a spectacular view of the bay at Ance Marcel from our terrace. The staff was unfailingly professional and friendly. The service was first rate. If you are looking for a first rate hotel that is a bit off the beaten track, this is the place for you.
We stayed at marina view end unit 15. Spacious! You get 2 BR and 2 floors (21 steps up), private patios overlooking marina on both floors. We enjoyed the patio views and visitors (birds, iguanas). Gated parking, though tight. Five restaurants and pizza place a short walk. Dawn Beach is a short walk thru Mr. Busby's Beach Bar. We rented two beach chairs and umbrella combo for $12/day. The shore during our stay was piled with seaweed, and much also was suspended in the water. We could still get in for a swim in areas relatively weed-free. Though snorkeling can be done, the surf was too rough for us to try it. We did visit Islet Pinel and took Aqua Mania trips to Shoal Bay, Anguilla, and to Saba; these were enjoyable and worthwhile. You need a car (or hire a taxi) as there's no hotel pick-up. We also toured Philipsburg and Marigot; other than looking for beaches or restaurants, there didn't seem to be much outside of the capitals.
Stayed on the Dutch side before staying at the Riu and it was such a pleasant surprise. Very quiet, peaceful, and clean. The beach is so still and perfect. Felt like a little piece of heaven. Besides the renovations going on, this hotel was just close to perfect. Everything is new in an old French style. Beautiful!
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