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“Had a Relaxing Time” 4 of 5 stars
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Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   L.G. Smith Boulevard 101, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba   |  
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“Had a Relaxing Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

So this was a nice hotel, very clean and exactly what you'd expect from a Marriott. That was actually my only complaint about the hotel - it was just like any other Marriott in the states, nothing tropical about it. The only thing that made me feel like we were in the Caribbean was that we were greeted at check-in with fruit punch. Outside of that, the appearance of the hotel is a bit business like (may or may not be a problem for you). The adjacent Marriott properties (Ocean Club and Surf Club) were much more tropical looking. I didn't see the rooms but if I went again I would probably stay at Surf Club. You can go back and forth between the properties and use the amenities in any of them regardless of which one you stay in it seems.

Drinks - they are not cheap. There is a 2 for 1 happy hour at the pool bar in the afternoon but that means 2 for $11, still not that cheap. I would suggest buying alcohol at the duty free shop in the airport (great prices) and bring a soft cooler with you and bring your own drinks to the beach and pool. That worked out great for us and we saved a lot of money.

Food - we didn't really eat much at the resort because it was so expensive but we didn't have to because there was so much nearby. We did eat at the pool bar a couple times - great fries and grilled cheese and prices are reasonable. We also ate at the cafe in the lobby and my BF had the best pastrami and swiss sandwich he can remember. I had an egg and cheese croissant which was very good and also reasonable. We ate at Smokey Joe's (famous for ribs) which was pretty good although the service was very slow. We also ate at Moomba Beach (great place on the beach within walking distance with breakfast buffet for $11.99) and Hadicurari - a bit more expensive for dinner which we didn't enjoy much but the breakfast was fantastic - I had pancakes for just $5 and they were yummy. The service was also very good here. Both Moomba and Hadicurari are walking distance- just walk through Ocean Club and through Surf Club and it is on the beach outside of Surf Club. Or you can just walk down the beach. 5 minute walk.

Room - very clean but business like as a mentioned. Great amenities however. Also, if you have Marriott rewards you get free wifi. Was very useful. Do not stay in room 352 - we stayed there and it was fine except you have no view at all and your balcony while huge, looks out to the roof of the building and nothing else - literally nothing. Very private though. We didn't bother moving since we didn't spend much time in the room.

Casino - pretty crowded, decent size, has a small stage with live entertainment. Many people have complained about the smoke in their reviews. Yes, you smell smoke in the casino but we did NOT smell smoke until we went inside.

Beach - the water is gorgeous and warm. There is a rough spot of sand that has a lot of shells and tough to walk on when you enter the ocean so you have to get past it to reach smooth sand again, and there is a significant dip so be careful walking in. It is very windy in Aruba and it caused the sand to smack us in the face so we only spent one day at the beach and the rest at the pool. Regarding the palapas, it is true they were a bit hard to come by unless you are out there very early or wait until the afternoon.

Pools - There is a main pool with a swim up bar and an adults only pool. We spent one day at each and enjoyed both. The adult pool is definitely more quiet but the main pool wasn't extremely loud either. The adult pool is smaller so it's harder to find a seat but certainly easier to find chairs at the pool vs. the beach. The chairs at the adult pool had cushions and were much more comfortable.

Location - this resort is at the end of the beach so the location wasn't the best but not horrible either. You can walk to the area with the shopping, bars and restaurants but it is probably a 20 minute walk. However, the resort has a guy that will drive you in a golf cart to the end of the Marriott properties which gets you more than halfway there. We did that each night. It is free and we just tipped him a couple bucks. Shaves a good ten minutes off your walk. One night we came back too late to catch the ride home though. If I ever went back to Aruba I might choose to stay at one of the hotels a little closer to the nightlife.

Service - lobby personnel were very friendly and helpful. Everyone was almost always smiling.

Speaking of nightlife, they have several bars and restaurants nearby. Senor Frogs seemed to be the most fun with the biggest crowd. Moomba Beach is fun at night as well (5 minute walk as mentioned earlier). They have a live band at night.

Transportation - Booked DePalm Tours for $20 per person round trip. Excellent service, they were right outside when we exited the airport and ride was smooth with no problems.

By the way, we did not do Tradewinds and I can't say I missed it at all. I think it would have been a waste of money other than the fact that I would have had a better view.

Room Tip: Try to get a high floor for the best view
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

The resort was wonderful, clean and well appointed. Our view was beautiful, ocean @ sunsets The casino was very nice and nice to us !! The beach is to crowded, the water is warm and the color is sooo incredible it does not seem real. They really say there are no sharks, that made me very happy. I do not know who told the sharks they could not come but that's OK!!!. Be ready to break the bank for food and drinks though, so bring plenty of money. No one warned us so we ate a lot of popcorn, it was fun. They island is not beautiful, lush. It is a desert. The beaches more than make up for that. Best of all are the people Lovely, friendly helpful, a true delight. Go with lots of money and enjoy!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

This was the first time my wife and I visited Aruba. If we return for the second it will be due to the friendly staff at this beautifully appointed hotel. Their beach tends to be a bit overcrowded, however, we stayed at the pool which was very nice with an ideal water temperature. The rooms were of good size and our view of the ocean was fantastic. I've been disappointed by inadequate air conditioning in my previous stays in the Carribean. Not here, it was quite up to our standards. We noted that families with children seemed to be enjoying the facilities.

Room Tip: Try and get a room with an ocean view on an upper floor.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We had a great time in Aruba and at this resort. Although our room was overlooking the roof, we really enjoyed our stay here. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful and a special thanks to Kimberly at the front desk. She is extremely helpful and defines exceptional client service. The resort is very lucky to have such a great employee working for them. She is knowledgeable and her smile lights up the room. We greatly appreciate her assistance throughout our stay. We will look forward to coming back to Aruba again. Love the fact that the water is one of the world's purest and the fantastic restaurants on the island.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

My wife and I recently returned from our annual visit to the Tradewinds floor of this wonderful resort, and we are already looking forward to next year. From top to bottom (literally), the staff could not be nicer. Up top, Margaret in the Tradewinds lounge is an absolute pleasure. Her smile brightens the day, and she cannot do enough for her guests. Sondra and Jayna are fixtures at the lobby bar, and we love spending time with them over a bottle of wine. Out on the beach, Hermina could not be nicer and more watchful over her guests. As the unofficial ambassador of Aruban beaches, she will tell you when to go in for lunch or when to get out of the sun. Add in great weather and great local restaurants and you have a wonderful vacation!

Room Tip: The higher up you go, the better the view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Located at the far end of Palm Beach the Marriott is away from the hustle of the center of the strip. It was nice at the end of the day to return to the more isolated part of the island to relax and enjoy the resort. We had rented a car for our trip. Parking was free and convenient and made getting around to sight see and dine quite easy, rather than waiting for a taxi. We greatly enjoyed the beach, pool and onsite casino. La Vista was good for a breakfast buffet and Ruth's Chris was the best meal we had while staying on Aruba. The Simply Fish restaurant was the best experience of the oceanside restaurants and we hit them all. The resort has a lot to offer, friendly staff ( especially Jasmine at the pool ) nice facilities and good restaurants and casino.

If I was to mention one flaw it was the pool lounges and palapas for the beach. You have to get up pretty early to reserve a chair that offers some shade and they charge for the beach palapas (which you can reserve for your week) unless you want to stand in line for the 20 free ones they give away at 4:00pm each day. I would think a lottery of interested room numbers would be a more convenient way than standing for an hour hoping that you were not the 21st customer. Other than that we enjoyed our stay thoroughly. I hope this information helps with your planning.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

I and a friend stayed at this hotel 2 weeks ago and I must say it is the best property I have been to in Aruba. The most noticable feature is the hotel has very good Air Contitioning and the rooms are dry as opposed to the other older hotels which provides Air Conditioning but the nrooms stay damp.

The staff is very friendly, I find this to be same for all of Aruba but this hotel, they go the extra mile to make your stay a very good one.

It has 2 pools, one for Family, with a swim up bar and one opn the other side of south tower which is an adult pool only where you can reserve Cabana's, umbrella with 2 lounge chairs or just soak up the sun any where else. It also has a bar, not swim up but pretty close to the pool and the GYM is adjacent to the pool area, very quiet.

Of course, this is a ocean front property with plenty of Palapas, must reserve these and lots of activities to do.

Jolly Pirate ship is right next to the hotel.

As for construction, I did not have those rooms but that side of the Ritz is completed so for those money concerned, get that room. They are located north of north wing tower but has limited view but you see the sea and a very expensive residential area in Noord.

First floor, very accesible but noisy is you are on family pool side, as fun is happening all day.

South side overlooks the adult pool so is very quiet.

There is a casino on site. 24 hours Lobby restaurant where you can grab a quick snack. Casino is also opened 24 hours. This property is also attached to the surf and Ocean club.

I put this info here as I have not found anyone else say it, NO YOU CANNOT USE THE CLUBS POOLS and there is a sign as you approach the property expecially, the lazy river.

There is entertainment in the lobby/pool/casino in the evening, very good singers.

There are a few shops on site, Bazaar has all your gifts needs and compared with Oranjestad shops, prices are competitive as you have very exensive stores like Gandleman which sells watch for an easy 35,000$. The lowest I seen if 5200$.

There is always lots of staff in all departments, I recommend learning Spanish if you want to relate to housekeeping staff and some of them don't speak English but all other staff do.

This is a newly renovated hotel so you can feel like you have a good room same as home hotels.

I did not put any photos here as there so some that shows everything already here.

Room Tip: West rooms has the best views of the water. Center has best view of Garden and water and sunset. T...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 101, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#3 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#4 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 411
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