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“Great, relaxing atmosphere with a beautiful beach” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   99 LG Smith Blvd, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba   |  
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Chisholm, Minnesota
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“Great, relaxing atmosphere with a beautiful beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We stayed here after staying at the Marriott Surf Club. The Ocean Club is a much more relaxed environment, with less children, and quieter. We stayed in a studio room and it was much bigger than the Surf Club. There is also wi-fi in the rooms at Ocean Club - which is handy. The beach and pool area is also very relaxed and has a great ambience. We will definitely be coming back.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

We are timeshare owners here & every year we say we're going to go somewhere else. But, every year we're back in Aruba! Staff is amazing, amenities are fabulous, good food, great drinks!! A must stay place!!

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Branford ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This is my second time staying at the M.O.C. This years experience was even better than the first. I rented an ocean front room on Red Week.com for approx 1800.00. This is the first time going thru a third party so I was initially nervous but it was the best thing we did. We saved over 2000.00 for the week and got the best room. We got a room 5191 and it was perfect. I would request this room if possible. This room had all the amenitites of other rooms, Kitchen, living room, hot tub etc but it had a balcony that was 3 times the size as a normal balcony. I would say it was like 40 feet long and 10 feet wide and it was overlooking the pool/ beach. I know most people would say "oh not really ocean front" but in the end having this "extra large" balcony was even better especially if your going with a bunch of friends or family. Secondly as you exit your door there is a door a few feet away that leads outside to the pool area, what is more convienent than that!

This being our second time we knew the drill with the huts. The first 2 days I woke up early and reserved a hut for that day. If you do this your hut is free. The keep all even numbered huts for day rentals. I would get there at 7.30am. The last 2 days of my trip I reserved them and paid cause I figured id want to sleep in at some point. The resort was surprisingly not overly packed. It was busy but not so bad you got annoyed. One thing to keep in mind is that the adult pool is not for O.C guests, that was kinda annoying. We did go to the surf club and use there lazy river, weather you suppose too, im not sure. Knowone really checks anything. You can really get off a cruise ship and act like you belong and use the pool and amenities.

Overall tips- Right when you arrive go tot he towel hut and reserve your huts if you dont want to get up early.
Get a Taxi to the super market and get food for lunchs. The prices at the pool for lunch are staggering. I think 2 burgers and 2 drinks was like 50.00- 60.00. Also pick up booze and some mixers. This will save you 100's of dollars. The cabbie wont mind waiting, they get it.
Try La Vista Restaurant for your first night. The buffet /food is great without leaving the grounds. We are always tired after a long flight and dont like to venture far.

Totally clean grounds, friendly people. I highly recommend.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Everyone who works at this location are happy to be there and looking to encourage your good time!

The sports bar was very accomidating to our american football needs on Sunday and everyone was enjoying themselves over beers and wings. The food was great as well as the atmosphere.

The rooms were excellently kept, room service definitely makes a point of putting the extra effort in.

THE POOL BAR AND GAME STAFF ARE AMAZING! Hands down, the best. Very friendly, remembering drinks, making suggestions.

Bingo at the pool daily was a real treat!

The only downfall to the resort is a total lack of night life and very little direction as to were to go to get some.

Luckily we had read some blogs before going down and knew to take the Kukoo Kanuku bus and walk down beach to some other resorts for night life.

THey could really use a band a few nights a week or a bar with some atmosphere for sure!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rochester, ny
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11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We generally do not like the densely-populated high rise area of Aruba but rented a unit thru Redweek.com because relatives were staying there. That said, the units are very nicely appointed and staff was friendly and accommodating. Expect families with kids but it is not nearly as obnoxious as the even more crowded surf club. This place is not for you if you crave peace and quiet (we love the Bucuti!) but is fine for families with kids. There are no laundry facilities in each unit but there are free laundry facilities available on the floor. I don't see how it is financially wise to buy one of these units with the high maintenance fees, unless you buy at a discount on the secondary market.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Staten Island, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I stayed here for a week with my wife and 8mo old in an ocean view studio. The kitchenette included a small fridge, sink and microwave. No range for those who like to eat in some times. The hotel itself is very clean and has really nice grounds. If you want to rent a free hut for the beach you have to get to the towel stand between 7 and 8 am. You can pay 15 per day for a reserved hut but there were none available when I went.

The Ocean Club, Beach Club and Stellaris are all on the same grounds and you can use the facilities in each although if you are in the Ocean Club you can not stay in the Beach Club Pool which I think is a larger and nicer pool. Although they can only identify you by your towel color so just bring your own beach towel and enjoy the other pool. The pool/beach menu is pretty pricey. Expect to pay about $10 for drinks and about $20 per most food items. A hot dog is $10. The 14" pizza pies are about $20 but can feed two people.

Palm beach is nice but overcrowded. If you want a beach with nicer sand, bluer water and less people go to Eagle beach which is a 5 min drive away. Huts are first come first serve so go early.

The 3 major shopping areas in Aruba are just a 5-10 min walk away. You can get there by walking down the beach and exiting through Holiday Inn which is the next resort down. If you're a meat lover I highly recommend Texas De Brazil. It's pricey at $45 per person but they have 16 different types of perfectly cooked, never ending meat.

The California Lighthouse is just a 10 min drive away and is a must do for picture taking. Theres also an Italian restaurant next to the lighthouse with breathtaking views of the island. You need reservations if you want to have a sunset dinner on the veranda.

Room Tip: Get a room on floors 4 or 5 if you don't want tree tops obstructing your ocean view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario, Canada
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We were there Jan. 18-25th. This was our 3rd time staying at the Ocean Club over the past ten years. The staff are always terrific, polite, and helpful. The room was well furnished and stocked. had simply an efficiency unit. Keep in mind that these are timeshare units not hotel rooms and hence there is not daily maid service unless you want to pay extra.we were there for the NYC crowd and that was not the greatest experience. To counteract we spent time on the beach at the hotel as well as down to Eagle beach for two days. Great meal at Ruth/Chris as well as a place called Pinchos (highly recommend both). Aruba has grown into a type of location that more resembles a USA tourist spot as oppose to a Carribean island, too bad. If I want a USA type experience I will vacation in the USA, but that is not what I am looking for and for that reason I will not venture back again for years to come. As far as the Ocean Club goes it is great and could not ask for more.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 99 LG Smith Blvd, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#12 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 311
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