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Is the Renaissance open yet?

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Is the Renaissance open yet?

The Marriott website says it opens Dec 2008. I'm wondering if it's open yet.

We are honeymooning in Curacao in May and I can't decide whether we should stay at the original Marriott and plan to stay at the Renaissance. Hopefully people will post reviews in time for us to make the best decision!

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21. Re: Is the Renaissance open yet?

if i were you, i would call kura hulanda to make sure you do have reservation there. I would also call the renaissance and try to get money back from them or vouchers for dinner. Try to get as much money back as possible. Also, do you want to be beach front or just located downtown. Kura Hulanda as 2 hotels. The Hotel that they booked for you is downtown and not close to a beach. The Lodge is on a beach but is the furthest hotel from down town. If you want a beach I would make the Renaissance put you up at the Lodge and make them pay for transportation from the airport.

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22. Re: Is the Renaissance open yet?

Believe me I have written to them expressing my disappointment. I have not gotten a reply.

We'll see....

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23. Re: Is the Renaissance open yet?

lullman1:

I would raise bloody hell with Marriott, especially given the short notice. I would start with Yolanda Nuñez, since you already have her name and title. If she wasn't helpful, I would insist on speaking with her manager. Kura Hulanda is an interesting property, but not for everyone (for example, I want oceanfront). Why can't they book you at the existing Marriott, which is a very nice property ?? I would push REALLY hard to lock into that switch, and insist on oceanview, considering your inconvenience and stress. I refuse to believe this accommodation cannot be made.

By the way, an article in yesterday's Charlotte Observer said the Renaissance Curacao Resort and Casino "is set to open March 1"...

I hope things work out to your satisfaction. Curacao is wonderful, and you should be looking forward to a terrific trip, not having to deal with this BS...

Regards,

JRN

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24. Re: Is the Renaissance open yet?

I think it would generate even more unneccesary stress to go raise hell with the marriott. They probably booked you at the Kura Hulanda because location wise, its not a big change, so if you chose the renaissance because it is in town, you will still be in town with this hotel.

Unlike the rest of the Caribbean, American tourists account for only about 20% of all tourists visiting Curacao, so the recent credit crisis in America has little influence on the tourism in Curacao, so right now, in the middle of high season, the marriott just like many other hotels might be running on 100% occupancy.

changing from renaissance to kura hulanda really isnt a bad trade! its a lot fancier and sophisticated. i think staying at this hotel complements the curacao vacation as a whole; it gives you a real curacao experience.

I think its just wrong to start off your vacation like this.. just start getting into the caribbean mood so you can enjoy your stay even more than you originally planned to.

however, it is up to you ofcourse to choose your plan of action :)

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25. Re: Is the Renaissance open yet?

Trust me when I say that I'm a firm believer in "you get more with honey"....

I have not gotten a reply from the woman who sent me the "I'm sorry to inform you" letter, and have followed up with a letter to the U.S. Rep. for this hotel. Perhaps she will help me out. I will not let this snafoo ruin my Curacao vacation. I have been to eighteen Caribean Islands and it will take alot more than a hotel problem to ruin anything about my vacation. I'm trying out Curacao as an island I haven't been to yet and want to find out if it's a destination I want to return to. I'm hoping it is.

This is not my first time dealing with the "we're so new we're not open on time" problem. The first cruise we were to take our kids on was to the Panama Canal on Princess' newest ship at the time, the "Coral Princess" Two weeks before we were to leave we got an e-mail telling us that the cruise was cancelled because the ship would not be ready. This was to be a Christmas/New Years cruise. They gave me a Free Cruise at a later date as compensation. I was able to schedule a simaller trip for the same time frame on a different ship, and save the holiday. I really hope this Hotel does the right thing as I was looking foward to this place.

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26. Re: Is the Renaissance open yet?

Inb the past I have had reservation switches with the Marriott chain - not on Curacaoi but within Canada. I was given a breakfast as compensation but platitudes as an explanation.

I got nothing worthwhile.

They did, they gor my Mariott card back,,,

4 years... I don't miss them

But---- I don\t think tjhey miss me.

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27. Re: Is the Renaissance open yet?

That suprises me they didn't switch you to the existing Marriot as somebody else mentioned. But I guess if they both are not owned by Marriott, and at least the Ren is just "managed" by Marriott that may explain some of it.

Good luck I hope you have a great vacation.

I guess I should just plan on staying at the "regular" Marriott for our trip in May.

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28. Re: Is the Renaissance open yet?

We just returned and the Rennaissance opened on Monday February 3. It looks beautiful, even though some of the surrounding ground level shops are not yet open. The lobby is spacious and colourful. The restaurants open concept, big casino. I would suggest that your decision depends on the kind of holiday you want. The Marriott is a true beach resort, with the chance to have your room situated so you can walk right out onto the beach, and have an unobstructed view of the sea and gorgeous sunsets. The Rennaissance gives you easy access to town, to lots of restaurants and shopping and nightlife.., so it depends on how you see spending your holiday... i hope that helps

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