I stayed a week in this resort with my family and I am overall quite satisfied of the whole accommodation.
It’s a good, solid hotel and very possibly the best in the area which is referred to as “high-rise hoteles”. The lobby is very well appointed and welcoming. Check-in was super fast. We had a room on the second floor, overlooking the pool but still with a partial ocean view. The room was large enough, with a very large bathroom. Over good, but it’s starting to look dated. As usual for Marriots, there was a bath tub with a shower curtain, which is just ok since I prefer showers, but this is a personal opinion. Enough storage room, including a walk-in closet which you access from the vanity area of the bathroom. Everything was spotless clean.
We were on B&B rate and breakfast was served at La Vista restaurant. It’s a standard Marriott buffet breakfast, overall very good and plenty of options. My only complaint relates to French toasts and pancakes not being warm enough. On Sunday, the buffet was absolutely excellent, with several additional yummi options. Service people were all excellent.
Beach and pool: I’ve seen others have already described the reservation process for beach palapas, so I’ll skip this part. I’ve to say I did not experienced it first hand since I have never stayed the full day at the hotel. I rented a car instead and went off for visiting the island’s other beaches every morning right after breakfast. After one or two beaches, I used to come back to the hotel in the mid afternoon for final relaxing (shower, air-conditioning, bars, ecc…) and at that time I honestly never had problems in finding an available beach palapa or chairs at the pool side. Overall, the pool and beach area are well maintained. One word about the beach, which is called Palm Beach: it’s a nice sandy beach spotted by palm trees, but there are too many beach palapas plus the usual lot of beach sport huts and piers offering all types of activities. This happens for every hotel and since hotels are one after the other, the whole beach is crowded and overall spoiled. Beware: it is still a great beach, I am just making a comparison to other beaches in Aruba, among which my favourite was by far Eagle beach, where the low-rise hotels are.
Having a car, I have not used the internal restaurants except for the pool bar. They looked good but expensive. There is a large area close by where you can find all sorts of restaurants and bar. That is where other hotels are, such as the Hyatt, Radisson, Riu, etc. The Marriott is may be a 15 minute walking distance from there (or a 6 dollar ride, if you take a taxi) but it’s indeed quieter.
Would I go back? Yes, but I'd consider the low rise area too.