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The Ritz Hostel
Scharlooweg 27 | Curacao, Willemstad 1234XL, Curacao (Formerly The Ritz Lodge)   |  
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“Best deal in Curacao!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you're looking for the most affordable lodging in Curacao, this is it. What makes the Ritz Lodge great is the price, the location and the staff. The hostel is literally a 7 minute walk to downtown Punda where you can go to restaurants, bars and the floating fruit market. The staff here is super friendly, conscientious and the cleaning ladies are thorough; the shared washrooms and toilets were cleaned on a daily basis. The bonus to all of this greatness? The pool!!

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Ritz-studios, Owner at The Ritz Hostel, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Thanks for coming to the Ritz! The pool is a great place to relax and have a drink at happy hour! Glad you enjoyed it! We are so pleased you had a fantastic stay with us and vacation in Curacao! Hope to see you again!
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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Greenville, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

This place was absolutely amazing especially for the cost and being the only hostel in Curaçao. Fortunate for me, my bunk mate left after my first night and had the other 2 night to myself. Full kitchen and private bath. Gorgeous swimming pool and sweet Jamaican lady at the pool bar to serve breakfast. Front staff was very nice and helpful. Great location, walking distance from the city center. I would def stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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Ritz-studios, Owner at The Ritz Hostel, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Thanks for coming to the Ritz! The pool is a great place to relax and have breakfast. Hope to see you again!
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We loved staying in this hostel. Very friendly people and personnel. We slept very comfortable. It's close to downtown, restaurants, bars by the water. We rented a car onsite to go around the island. Highly recommended

  • Stayed April 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ritz-studios, Owner at The Ritz Hostel, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
We are so pleased you had a fantastic stay with us and vacation in Curacao!
Thanks for coming to the Ritz!
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Interlaken, Switzerland
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here on our last night of our 5 month trip through South America. We had found a budget flight back to Europe with AirBerlin and figured that Curacao was worth 48 hours... this hostel certainly added to our visit!
It was the only 'budget' option that suited us but when we arrived, we were amazed at the quality and cleaniness; it is not something I would compare to normal 'hostel' standards (you pay a premium though: dorms are upwards of $30/night/bed). We booked online a few weeks before our arrival and although I was confused at first with our reservation, it turned out we got a 4 bed room with a kitchenette and bathroom. The room is spacious (but with four adults, sometimes a bit tight) and there is large lockers that fit our backpacks in. Suitcases would easily be accomodated.
Breakfast was decent- you could choose between a continental or fruit breakfast for a reasonable price. It was served next to the pool which was always pleasant in the mornings.
We were able to easily walk into town for some sight-seeing, although the area might seem alittle dodgy-- we never had any problems (the reception told us what street not to go down!). There is plenty of restaurants and bars in town so we didn't really eat at the hostel, although they have a basic shop on site. The reception was always super friendly and had tons of infomation about the city-- perfect for our stay.

-- Our only issue we had during our stay was with our Taxi that had been called to take us back to the airport. We had known from the previous day that it should only cost $25 from the airport to the city and he charged us $35. After telling the driver we knew it was $25 he pretended he didn't understand (everyone speaks and understands english on the island). We weren't super bothered by this, as we assumed he may just get us there quicker. However that was not the case. While spending most of the time on his mobile, he took a 'local' way (as we called it!) -- the highway from the airport is tolled, and we assumed that the driver was not interested in paying the toll (its always good to clarify if your taxi fare includes this). The journey, which took 15 mins a few days prior, took almost an hour!! Unfortunately, we weren't paying for a sight-seeing trip! The driver couldn't really answer as to why he chose this route, and it was frustrating that he was on the mobile most of the time so we weren't able to converse with him. As this is to no fault of the hotel-- I would certainly recommend booking a private taxi with a reputable company. Its unfortuanate that the hotel uses them.

Highly recommend the hostel however to budget travellers to the island!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: Scharlooweg 27 | Curacao, Willemstad 1234XL, Curacao (Formerly The Ritz Lodge)
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ritz Hostel is the first and only real hostel on Curacao. Enjoy full service accommodation on a budget price. All rooms have air-conditioning, WiFi and free linen and towels. Meet other travelers and enjoy the facility of the hotel. The Hostel offers, breakfast, pool, pool bar, launderette, mini market, free supermarket shuttle, car rental and a great tour desk. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Ritz Hostel Curacao/Willemstad

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