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“Nice hotel right in the middle of town” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Scharloo
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   van den Brandhofstraat 12, Willemstad, Curacao   |  
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Ranked #12 of 30 Willemstad B&B and Inns
Bussum, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Nice hotel right in the middle of town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Good place within very easy walking distance of all highlights of Willemstad. Nice, very clean and big room, good bathroom. Friendly and good service. Two things keep this from a 5: the room I was in looked onto a blind wall and was thus a bit dark, and while the hotel has a very nice garden and dipping pool it was kind of quiet when I stayed. Still, I'd say absolutely value for money.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for 9 nights in March in an apartment facing the main patio/ courtyard area. I travelled as a single woman and was glad that I chose an apartment where I could cook meals instead of eating out every day. The rooms were very clean and had both fans and A/C. I was NEVER too hot.

It took a little while to adjust to the lack of glass windows which made the rooms feel a little darker than I'm used to, but I'd seen similar comments from travellers at other hotels in town. After a day I was fine. You can open the slats for some light or I also had the option of leaving one or both of my front doors open during the day (and even into the night).

I felt quite safe at this hotel. The gate locks at 6pm every night (guests are given a key) and the security guard was very friendly.

The location of the hotel itself was perfect. I didn't rent a car and was able to walk to Punda (the main town area) in a couple of minutes via 1 of 2 bridges. The bus station was also close by so I took frequent trips to the beach by mini bus (about $2 US). The Seaquarium beaches (Cabana Beach, Mambo Beach, etc) are about 15 minutes away and cost $3 US for entry plus another $3 for a beach chair.

Also:
- eat at the food hut close to the bus station if you can. They make great, cheap local dishes! The lemon water (not at all acid) was also a nice thirst quencher.
- a small grocery sits across the street from the food hut.
- have a shake at one of the Batido shake trucks (had a great watermelon shake there - have it with milk). TASTE your shake before you leave though. Once I was given the wrong shake.

Room Tip: Loved my room facing the main patio. If people are a little loud while eating breakfast in the morni...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Across from the floating market, on the edge of Scharloo/Waaigat, we stayed at this lovely little hotel. It has a small number of very comfortable rooms surrouding a small inner garden with flowers, trees and a small pool for relaxation.
All main attractions are within walking distance and after a night on the town this hotel is an oasis of silence.

Room Tip: Any room is good, if it doesn't have a balcony it has a small terrace outside.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vantaa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Great location and frendly staff. Rooms are clean and bathroom is with warm shower.
5min walk and you reach New Market where you can eat breakfast less than 3$, pancake and coffee. If staff arrenge barbeque dinner at hotel, you should go there. At 25$ you can eat and drink as much you like.

  • Stayed March 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Hotel Scharloo is full of character and a very nice place to stay, right in the heart of town and with in easy walking distance of everything. The room we had was clean and spacious and overlooked the pool area. Ine and the staff were friendly and very helpful and we had no complaints about anything.

It was our first time in Curacao and we enjoyed our stay. The best place to eat is The Old Market where you can eat local food at cheap prices and it's only half a mile from the hotel but it is not open in the evenings. Take the bus from the bus station (next to the old market) to the local beaches but get off at the Aquarium because you can enter the beaches for free at that end. Cabana Beach and Mambo Beach are lovely and the Aquarium right next door is worth a visit.

Room Tip: ask for a room overlooking the pool area where you will have a veranda and a view
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sugarloaf
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Willemstad, Curacao is a great place to visit and the hotel Scharloo is located right in the heart of the town. The staff is super and I had a great room (room # 14) on the second floor. Never had to use the air conditioner and it was quiet. It is only a very short walk to the floating market (across the street, actually)to the ferry, bridge, and local bus stop. The Plasa Bieu at the end of the main street is a local eatery where there are at least eight stands of local cooks on one side of the building and on the opposite side are picnic tables (all under roof). The meals are delicious and very reasonable. Outside of this building is a vendor who makes fresh fruit drinks for a song.
Across the bridge about two blocks straight ahead is the local bus stop which I used for the airport ($1 US). Right on that strip is a bakery shop with the most delicious sugar donuts and sticky, cinnamon raisin buns in the world, again for a song. You simply will not taste anything better!!! Because I travel alone with a backpack, ordinary tourists would never experience or find this place (I'm 72 yrs. old). Walking the bridge is delightful and when it is moved to the side to let the larger ships go thru, one can take the ferry for free. When the bridge is in place the ferry does not operate. Just loved this island and I know you will also.

Room Tip: I prefer the upper rooms for air but some of them face a concrete wall so ask for one that faces an...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Brescia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

To start with, the hotel is very nice (old building in the centre of Willemstad) and the room was big and clean. We give them one star less for the problems we had on our arrival: we booked a transport from the airport via the hotel but the taxi wasn't there so we had to take a different cab to get to the hotel. Once there, we were "welcomed" by the night warden (it was about 8pm) that was almost as nice as Jack Torrance after a few weeks in the Overlook hotel. We entered our room and there was a terrible smell coming from the toilet but the night warden couldn't do anything so we had to sleep there basically without using the toilet.
The morning after we officially checked in and our room was changed, we've been upgraded to a bigger room that was nice and clean. Toilet was small but with everything and with a window so for the last 3 nights it was fine.
We rent a car with the assistance of the hotel manager and it was fine.
The hotel is recommendable but there should be someone in charge constantly, not only from 9am to 5pm

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: van den Brandhofstraat 12, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Scharloo 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Scharloo is an elegant Historic building; it has a cozy atmosphere and is beautifully located in the charming City of Willemstad. The hotel offers a stunning view over de quay with the floating market, and the multi-colored historical Dutch colonial style buildings. Hotel Scharloo is in walking distance of restaurants, terraces, shopping centre and entertainment, and the world famous floating bridge. The hotel has 18 rooms with all his comfort and luxury. All rooms have AIRCO, CABLE-TV, FREE WIFI, A safety-BOX, and a FRIDGE; Our DeLuxe rooms offer a separate dining room with fully equipped kitchen. The most rooms are located in the villa with all his historical details. In the enclosed garden you can relax in the great lounge swimming pool or on the loungers under need the black olive tree. Visitors also come to Curacao for the spectacular sandy beaches, scuba diving, sailing and other beach sports, these are all in the surrounding area of our Hotel. Also nearby is the bus stop, for fast frequent services with great value fares, or hire a car and explore the Island. ... more   less 
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