It is important to note that though Sonesta is made up of a few dining venues, a casino, two pools, beach access and plenty viewing points for aircraft arrivals, there are differences between the two room towers: Sky Tower and Ocean Terrace. Sky Tower is the main building, with newer accommodations and higher floors. Ocean Terrace's rooms are a longer walk and are outfitted with rattan furniture, but the views from the room boast a far better angle of Maho Beach.
WiFi Connect: 24 hours of WiFi costs $16, via credit card (not billed to the room).
Rooms to book: We stayed in a regular 7th floor room in the Sky Tower, and can say that those on the 7th and 8th floors facing Maho Beach are all pretty awesome, view-wise. If you don't mind a longer walk to your room, go for the Deluxe Suite 601 in the Ocean Terrace building (giant balcony with prime view to Maho Beach & end of the runway) or 610, a regular room in the Ocean Terrace, which also has a knock-out view.
For more on St. Maarten, check out our brother site Jaunted, and their week-long series unfolding now, on what to do on the island (and where best to plane-spot!).
We stayed as guests of the Sonesta because the island was nearly sold-out for our last-minute stay, but all photos and opinions are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]