This charming West Indian-style guesthouse was once the summer home of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina. It's not fancy in the blown-up Versailles style of royal summer palaces, but it does enjoy a prime location beneath shady palms along the seaside boardwalk in Philipsburg. Indeed, who but a royal could afford those delicious Great Bay views? The oldest hotel on the island is an ode to colonial Victoriana, with a lobby done up in peacock bamboo chairs and vintage spool tables. The Pasanggrahan has gotten something of a royal makeover, however, and what was once a fading relic is trending boutique. Ten fashionable and spacious suites added on to the property in 2013 are furnished in modern plantation style, with deep soaking tubs—although nostalgists may prefer the quaint idiosyncrancies of the older rooms, many with fourposters and antique desks. All but the Fisherman's Quarters have sea views. At the beachfront Moana Steak & Sea Food restaurant, dine on fresh fish caught on the hotel's own deep-sea fishing boat—or reel in your own on a sport-fishing charter.
St. Maarten/St. Martin
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Pasanggrahan Royal Guest House
19 Front St., St. Maarten
Our Rating Neighborhood Philipsburg Phone 721/542-3588 Prices In season $155–$200 double, $288 suite, $1,499 penthouse, off season $100–$150 double, $200 suite, $950 penthouse, extra person $75 in season, $55 off season, closed Sep Units 30 Amenities Restaurant, 2 bars, free Wi-Fi Web site Pasanggrahan Royal Guest HouseBook a Room Now