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“Great Hotel but the island was a disappointment” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino

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Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   John F Kennedy Boulevard | Piscadera Bay, Willemstad, Curacao   |  
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“Great Hotel but the island was a disappointment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2004

We were there the first two weeks in January. Everything that has been said about the hotel is true. The resort is beautiful, the people are wonderful, the beach was nice (we had a 2 year old and found a nice quiet area for him---but is was mostly rocky..a disappointment), and the food was very good on the resort and off. The island is expensive (burger/fries US10, soft drinks US$5 and an entree at a 3 star is about US$20 +). We rented a car the 2nd week and found a grocery store just 5 minutes from the hotel which was a god send it was fully stocked with everything you could imagine wanting to eat at reasonable prices. While the island we were told was dry they had more rain than usual (it rained almost every day but usually for 5-10 minues except one day was lost entirely to rain) so it was pretty green. The town of Willemstad is nice but does not compare to the Netherlands shops but for the caribbean it was nice. A must see is the Hotel Kura Hulunda which is a UNESCO heritage site, now this place feels european.. don't bother going to the Seaqurium there is nothing really interesting to see (flamingos, small sharks, touch star fish) we were there 1 hour (we were not interested in spending US$60 to swim with the dolphins) and cost us US$50 for 2 adults and child. The big problem that most people reviewing this hotel/island are not saying (probably because most have only been there one week and you don't have time to explore) is the refineries on the island. Venezuela refines the oil and you will see everyday at least 5 tankers going by the resort as well as a plume of brown smoke overhead . It is very obvious once you leave the resort but it is such a shame as the refineries are about 5 minutes away and line the entire bay near the town. My husband is sensitive to smoke and had a sore throat the entire time. In addition from the beach you can see the water filtration plant which billows out black smoke most of the day which turned us off. To summarize we loved the hotel (we had an oceanfront room), food was always good, but beacuase of refineries smoke and that of the water filtration plant it took away from the idealic feeling that one wants on a holiday in the caribbean.
Unfortunately we will not be returning and will seek another island in the sun for our next holiday

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2004

My husband and I travel often with our two young children. We truly enjoyed this vacation. The price was fantastic and the hotel was lovely. We generally don't like all-inclusives, but with two small children and the low price for the all-inclusive option we thought we would give it a try. It was fantastic. The food at the hotel was top notch and the service was excellent. Most people are not on the all-inclusive option and you don't wear any wrist bands or other silly device. You simply sign the bill as if you were not on the all-inclusive plan and at the end of the trip... there is nothing on your bill. When my kids found out they could even order room service on the all-inclusive plan they were in heaven... ordering ice cream in the room after they put the pajamas on. The Sunday brunch was fantastic and should not be missed. The beach was lovely, but you need to go out early and put your towel or book on a chair to get the ideal spot. The beach is divided into different areas and the area near the dive shop is the best. It has no rocks and fantastic fish only 20 feet off shore.
The island itself is not the most exciting. There is little going on, but it seemed safe for exploring. We rented a car for a few days and explored most of the island. The grottos and caves were interesting.
The flaminco's unimpressive (at least when we were there). Overall, it was an ideal hotel for a family vacation. Great room, great food, wonderful pool and service....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2004

We stayed at the Marriott in Sept, 2002. We were orginally checked into Breezes, upon changing rooms 3 times, I knew we could not spend 7 nights at that property. We were fortunate to deal with a great gal from Air Jamiaica who worked to get us transferred to the MArriott. We procedded to have the best vacation ever. We travel alot and stay at Ritz Carlton's, Westin's etc, but we have never had a better experience than we did here. Everyone was so attentive, but not overbearing or annoyng. The restaurant Portifino's is my absolute favorite anywhere.
We complimented the chef the first night on how great everything was, and for my birthday he made me all my favorite things. I could go on and on about the food, but it is simply superb, and I am a very picky eater. Probably the only negative thing was the beach. It is very rocky with shells and coral pieces, but the pool is so lovely and overlooks the beach so we just stayed by the pool. The casino though small, was so much fun. It was so laid back compared to Vegas or Atlantic City.
One thing that really struck me was my husband brought work along and made a makeshift desk with some of the furniture in the room. When we were coming back from the pool, we saw the maids were bringing in a desk, lamp, and office chair. They noticed he was working and wanted to make him comfortable. The bar tenders would deliver lunch up to our room, or take our afternoon lattes to our balcony. I could go on and on, but I will never forget my birthday dinner in Curacao. Dom, flowers, lobster it was the best ever. I would go back any chance I get. I am waiting until our son gets older to take him along. Although we are American, there are alot of Europeans and everyone was so nice and friendly. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2004

We stayed at the Marriott Hotel for 12 days over New Year's. The hotel was everything we hoped for and more. The staff was friendly, the hotel was clean and the breakfast buffet was plentiful.

The variety of food at the hotel was good in that they have a Deli (good pizza!) that was open from 7am till 2am, the lunch menu at the swim up bar was typical fare, but above average in quality, an ocean side dining area and a pricey Italian restaurant. Pool and beach chairs are at a premium. If the hotel is full expect 25% of the guests will not have chairs. The beach is clean but some what rocky.

Some traveling tips for Curacao: Cabs are expensive (a 3 mile trip to town is about $ 10.00 US one way) so... consider renting a car for a day to explore. Shopping is limited in terms of hours and quanity, but overall the city is clean. Sights not to miss: Fort Nassau Bar and Restaurant for a beautiful sunset view of the island riding on the floating pontoon bridge under an orange flag and Amstel Bright- a refreshing beer unique to the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2004

My husband and I stayed there from December 14 to 21. We went through Apple vacations and paid $799 pp. Plus, taxes etc. The snorkeling was the main reason we went to Curacao. We've been to Jamaica, Acapulco, Ixtapa, Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Bahamas and lots of other places. We only stay at good (5 or 6 apple) places.

THE HOTEL It was nice, clean and had great food. Snorkeling right off the beach was excellent. Lots of fish. Amazingly, most people didn't do more than swim. The water is warm, clear and not really rough when you get in. The pool had a swim up bar and was nice (the water is heated) and clean. It wasn't really crowded. Plenty of chairs by the pool or on the beach. The staff brings food and menus out to you, also. So you could sit by the pool or beach all day.

THE BEACHES We rented a car and went to many beaches that were listed on other websites. Some you pay for (Casa Abo) and some are free. The "free" ones are so scenic that you can't believe you have the whole beach to yourself! Of course, if you get hungry/thirsty etc, you're screwed. You're out in the middle of nowhere and if you drive somewhere else, it's not like there's gonna be a McDonalds to stop at. So pack food/drink if you want to spend the day driving and stopping. Email me for particularly good snorkel area. I wrote them on my map and rated them 1 to 5 and can tell you what they are. We also went out with some divers (there's a dive shop on the hotel property that has outtings every day) and we snorkeled while they dove. The water was 30 to 50 feet deep and full of fish. Best fish we've ever scene snorkeling - high variety and quantity. Schools and schools of them! A+ for snorkeling in Curacao overall.

OTHER It's expensive. Food killed us and we are not big eaters. Hotel buffets will set you back $20 each. Lunch is $10 for a sandwich. Plus, if you plan to drink liquor, you'll be broke in a day. $7.50 for a margarita, $6 for a beer (tiny cans) etc. Rent a car, go to a supermarket and pick up cheaper food and only eat at the hotel once a day. Restaurants in Williamstead are expensive, too. I personally didn't care for that town. I was there for the water - which did not dissappoint. Snorkeling right off the beaches was great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2004

We arrived in Curacao the first week of December 2003 and the weather was just beautiful. The Hotel and staff were great! We went snorklingat the hotel and I saw so many beautiful fish. The Beach does have alot of washed up broken coral but it really didn't bother us to much. The whole hotel is spotless. My husband even won some money in their Casino. The Hotel wasn't crowded which made it even better!! We didn't wait in line for anything. I just wish they had a few more restaurants to choose from. We plan on going back the same time every year if possible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2004

We visited Curacao Dec 3-10, 2003 and had a wonderful time! Reading previous posts, you'd think the place was infested w/bugs (it HAD rained a few days before we got there), but our family encountered NO mosquitos (plus fantastic sunny weather!) The property itself was gorgeous. We had a nice room oceanview on the second floor and a stone's throw from the pool, beach and jacuzzi, which was perfect for the kids, ages 7 & 10. We had chosen the rate which included breakfast, and ate at the breakfast buffet every morning (which was also perfect for the kids!) The staff was extremely friendly and accomodating, suggesting restaurants for us to try and giving us the detailed direction sheets to any and everywhere we wanted to go. We used the "Kids Club" program one day, and ours kids didn't want to leave! They also arranged for a babysitter one evening so the adults could enjoy a more "grown up" restaurant and gamble a little at the casino. As we went during the off season (before 12/15), the resort was very uncrowded- no wait for pool chairs! This was an ideal getaway for us, and we're going back next December!

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Address: John F Kennedy Boulevard | Piscadera Bay, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#3 Luxury Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
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Hotel Class:4 star — Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 247
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Bay Casino are located directly on a private beach in Willemstad, Curacao. Spend your days basking in the sun at our resort pool or beach, or experiencing all history and adventure Curacao has to offer through our on site Tour and Car Rental desk. Once the sunsets, you will experience amazing dining by sea at our beachfront restaurant Seabreeze. ... more   less 
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