Choice Hotels International added the 78-room Alegria on St. Maarten to its Ascend Hotel Collection.

The hotel is the fourth Caribbean property in the Ascend Collection, joining ones in Aruba, Dominica and Puerto Rico. 

Alegria is in Simpson Bay, adjacent to Maho Beach and a short ride from Princess Juliana Airport. Nearby attractions include the Loterie Farm Nature Reserve in French St. Martin, the St. Maarten Zoo, historic Fort Amsterdam that was built by Dutch settlers in 1631 and nearby casinos.

Alegria's facilities include two pools with a swim-up bar, the Good Life Spa, and the adjacent Sunset Bar & Grill, one of the premier spots for watching planes land at the airport.

In-room amenities feature free WiFi and balcony views of the garden or beach.

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