We planned a trip to Aruba from New York, as we were visiting there to see relatives we decided to make a 4 day break and get some sun at the beach. Unfortunately, hurricane Sandy was beginning to form and affected the weather in Aruba with a small amount of rain and cloudy overcast sky everyday we were there. Well cannot really complain, as there has been a lot of damage done by Sandy, and we were very fortunate to not be severely impacted by the storm.The beach is gorgeous and there is enough space between the palapas to give everyone some privacy. Walked down the beach, and you will realise that the Marriott has a nice quite stretch compared to the others along the way. The food at the beach served at the Marriott was very good, we had the Grouper fish sandwich and fish tacos on different days and it was fresh, tasty and I would not hesitate to eat there every time for lunch. The hotel is very clean, the rooms are large and the cleaning staff are excellent. We were booked for a garden view, but as a Marriottt member they upgraded us to a pool partial oceanview when checking in and we were completely satisfied with the room and soft bed to sleep on. The sushi bar has great tasting sushi, we went there for a snack after playing at the casino. No smoking restriction at the casino, so when you come out you will have to take a shower to get the smoky smell out. The breakfast buffet is standard Marriott fare that is served everywhere, nothing really unique. The front desk and concierge was very helpful in making reservations for dinner at off site restaurant. Highly recommend Amazonia (Brazilian Steakhouse) and Aqua Grill (Seafood), but avoid Le Petit Cafe unless you want lousy food and bad service. The only issue I have was with the doorman, who seem to think that if you were not asking for a cab and only taking the shuttle to the Marriott Timeshare area that you are not worthy of being greeted the same as others were who were asking for a cab. Just a reminder to this individual, who was a elderly gentleman, that you cannot judge an individual by the way they look and should not assume that they are not worthy of the same service as others, shame on you. Anyways it was a great hotel in Aruba, so do not hesitate to stay here.