Expect a 7% government tax, 15% service charge on top of quoted rates & sometimes a 5% surcharge. The tourist office has a list of home rentals.
The Talk of the Town, one of the longest established hotels, has been leased to the new medical school on Statia and is not seeking other guests for a few years. AL Old Gin House, T82319, F82135, www.oldginhouse.com Re-opened 1999 after renovation, built with old bricks of 18th-century cotton gin house, 14 rooms, large beds, a/c, TV, phones, breakfast included.
AL-B Kings Well, between Upper and Lower Town, north end of beach by Smoke Alley, T/F82538. Run by Win and Laura, about the nicest place to stay, popular with divers and sailors, rooms sparsely furnished but large, includes breakfast, ceiling fans, not always very clean, some rooms overlook bar, more expensive have spectacular sea view, accepts Visa/Mastercard.
A Golden Era Hotel, Lower Town, PO Box 109, T82345, F82445, Email: gold...@sintmaarten.net On the beach, modern, 20 rooms, not much charm but convenient and dive shop on premises, manager Roy Hooker is also the cook, friendly but extremely slow service, snack bar/restaurant good, credit cards.
C Country Inn, at Concordia near airport, Biesheuvelweg, owned by Mrs Iris Pompier, T/F82484. 6 guest house rooms, noisy a/c but essential, TV, fridge, includes breakfast, other meals on request, hot and cold water, travellers’ cheques but no credit cards.
C Henriquez Apartments, Golden Rock, T82299, F82517. On road to airport, 3 mins’ walk, 9 apartments, 1 or 2 bedrooms, a/c, TV, mini-fridge, bar and restaurant, barbecue, weekly and monthly rates negotiable. Off the road towards The Quill, D Daniel’s Guest House, on Rosemary Laan, T82358. Unmarked, ask in Brown’s supermarket at bottom of road, Miz Brown is very helpful, no hot water but use of kitchen, taxi available.