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“Excellent in every way” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

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Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
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New Jersey
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104 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Excellent in every way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

This probably is the most upscale of the hotels in Aruba .
Most of the rooms including the very last one give good ocean views , so there is really no bad room .
The pool areas , lobby , restaurants, service are all excellent .
The only con is that it is a little further from the strip of restaurants in the Hotel zone .
This being the last hotel on the strip , takes about 20 minutes to walk to the action area .

  • Stayed January 2013
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NavSatara
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Melville, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We just got back after spending 6 days at the Aruba Marriott Resort. There were 5 of us traveling (my wife and I and 3 adult daughters 21 - 26) and we had 2 rooms on the Tradewinds Floor which is their version of a concierge level. Overall it was a pretty good hotel experience, however there were things missing. The Tradewinds floor was a good choice. They have a lounge offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvre's and open bar in in the evenings. They offer beer and soft drinks all day. the whole family used this lounge extensively. The service in at the Tradewinds was excellent, check in in was smooth and easy. The concierge was helpful and kind. We are used to staying at very high end hotels in the Caribean and the service at the Tradewinds was as good as it gets.
The rooms on the Tradewinds floor were very nice, comfortable beds, enough space for the 3 girls in a room. The bathrooms are ok. Housekeeping service was top notch, and really most of the service at the hotel was excellent.
The reason for the average rating is the public areas of the resort. The Lobby bar doesn't have music in the evenings, the Gym is antiquated, with equipment I haven't seen in 20 years, the adults only pool is difficult to get a seat at, the other pool is overcrowded, the hot tub is not hot and seemed a bit dirty and the beach area is extremely crowded. The beach/ocean was a big dissappointment, the water was cloudy, not like regular Caribean water, and had debris that you would step on, maybe a can or plastic bottle or some other trash. This is the only time I have ever experienced this in the ocean and if you wakked the beach and went into the water elsewhere it did not seem as bad.
The service at the beach was pretty good.
Overall we had a nice time and they certainly try hard at the Marriott Aruba Resort, but the facility was just lacking a bit.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Larry M
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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We attended a barefoot beach ceremony facing the ocean - just amazing! Food was great and quite a variety....order room service a few mornings and Max Hillari and Annie Theophile were exceptional servers! Definitely going back to enjoy the pool and beach...I almost forgot - Juan makes a mean Mojito at the adult pool!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SteveDBoston
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Mechanicsville Virginia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed at the Marriott Stellaris in Aruba. We were blown away by the quality of the resort. The landscaping was paradise on earth. We went with the all inclusive package, which you must do, because of the expense of meals and drinks. The resort is right on the beach, and you can walk for miles in both directions. You will see some of the most beautiful water and beach in the world. I highly recommend this property, and we will be back here again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Michael L
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colombia
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Hi we were in Aruba from Jan 3-7. We are a family of 4. My husband my 2 daughters (18%16) and me. We stayed at the trade winds floor!!Best way to go!!Super rooms love the place!!Trade winds is the way to go, great breakfast, free drinks snacks.. We didn´t have lunch or dinner, because we prefer to stay at the beach an at night we went to restaurants.. But around 6 we had drinks and some food.
Because of the trade winds we didn´t have to do the stupid lines for the palapas, we just went and got one,,,excelent treatment, the service was super the freezing mint towels were a plus..
We took a bottle of grey goose and champagne and we ask if we need to pay a corkage fee and they say no!!So my husband was so happy!!
I had 18 years since I was last time in Aruba and we reallyyyyyyy enjoy it!!Super relax happy family time..Love the beach, the hotel the restaurants..Everything..Just one tip make reservations to the restaurants and don´t book with Alamo we had one day reservation to go around Aruba and they had the worst cars..In Aruba you need a jeep because there are so many open roads!!!
we would defintly go back to this hotel...

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank spyce
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Boxford, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

If you are a frequent traveler and have stayed at some nice resorts, this one may not be quite up to what you might expect for a category 7 hotel and the prices of the rooms. i found the majority of the employees to appear to be miserable and as though they did not want to be there, many employees significantly over weight and in no hurry to serve you with a smile. Bar staff seems very irritated when you ask for water. When you pay $850 a night, i don't think it's too much to ask to get a cup of water with a smile. The spa is a total joke. i booked spa treatments for the family for a Christmas surprise thinking they would relax in the tranquility room, maybe take a jacuzzi, have a snack etc. Don't be fooled. If you want a massage, that can be had and the service rendered was very good, however, this is NOT what you might expect or even consider calling a spa at a category 7 hotel. Very disappointed. The beach is jam packed, so if you like NYC when you are on the beach, then go for it. Same goes for the pool. We did not eat at the restaurants on the property, mostly because the whole place appeared to have attitude and we didn't care to be around it. We found many places off property where people were happy to serve us with a smile. Bottom line, over priced, over rated, and you should think about going to Mexico where the people are friendly and willing to bend over backwards to serve you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank missshelbie
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New York City, New York
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

I spent 7 days at this beautiful property the week before Christmas for my 40th bday. All of the staff were super friendly, in particular, Davika, Augustine and Elisha (Mandera Spa - I had a half day treatment). I had a fantastic corner room with an exceptional ocean view and only left the property two times to take an sunset catamaran cruise and then a separate dinner. I will definitely be back. I had free wi-fi and received 10% off beverages as a Marriott Rewards member which was a great bonus. The hotel was nice enough to send two slices of cheesecake to my room for my birthday.

The only reason I didn't give this location a 5, was the lack of free shaded areas/chairs etc... I don't think that should be an added cost. But I made do, and will still return. Additionally, at the adult pool, people were up at the crack of dawn and took over blocks of chairs under umbrellas and were then gone for hours! There should be a policy against this if possible. I was out on a few days by 8:00a, all of the umbrella locations were taken. I could've utilized some and been on my way by the time before those people even came back. BUT, I consider this a very minor complaint and I really had a great time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank KMScarlett
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Property: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 101, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#5 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 411
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on Palm Beach, our Aruba getaway is essential to your alluring Aruba vacation. Enjoy comfort and relaxing Aruba accommodations featuring the resort, adult exclusive pool, and the exclusive Tradewinds Club - an upscale hotel-within-a-hotel concept on the top floor of this Aruba resort. Savor in the upgraded amenities, five daily dining presentations in the private lounge, a member-only beach area, and full access to the Tradewinds Concierge Service ... more   less 
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Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Hotel Palm/Eagle Beach
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Marriott Aruba Hotel Stellaris
Marriott Palm/Eagle Beach
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