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Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

Our stay at the Marriott Stellaris was "enchanced" with the Tradewinds Club--While it cost more ,it is worth the cost- the service is excellent--- breakfast-lunch-afternoon tea and dinner including name brand wine etc. from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.--alcoholic drinks are very expensive in the hotel---The special area for Tradewinds on the beach is nice--away from the crowds--only drawback is the limited number of Palapas in this area--some guests,including myself, had to get to the area at 6:15A.M. to get the limited number--Hermina the individual in charge does a "great" job accomodating guests--6:15A.M. is not what expect while you expect to do on vacation--however there are more positives than negatives--Simply Fish[on the beach] wa a good experience although "pricey"--Ruth Chris's steak house is located in the Marriott a good bet although prices are about the same as in the U.S. however the "quality" is worth the cost--all in all we enjoyed our stay

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

Overall great facilities. Minor issues with the TV reception.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed February 6, 2011

Room- We were on the Tradewinds floor (8th floor) in an oceanview room. We had a beautiful view over the pool to the water in the distance. We paid for our stay with points, but paid an extra $150 per night to upgrade to the Tradewinds. It was worth it to us for the upgraded view, free internet, separate section of the beach and Tradewinds food/services. If we had just been paying for a room though, the difference between getting Tradewinds and a standard room was a lot more than $150, so I don’t think it would be worth it personally. The room was very spacious and nicely updated. The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom had two sinks. My only real complaint about the room is that it smelled like smoke. It wasn’t a strong smell in the room, but it was noticeable. I didn’t go through the effort to try to change rooms, because I knew that they were full and the whole hotel smelled smokey, so I figured it wouldn’t make a difference. Before we left I read reviews complaining of this, but I really didn’t think the smell would permeate all the way from the first floor casino to our 8th floor room—I was wrong! This is the main reason I wouldn’t stay at this hotel again.

Beach- This was one of the reasons I was glad that we had upgraded to the Tradewinds. There is a section of the beach that is dedicated to the Tradewinds with it’s own beach attendant. This meant you didn’t have to wait in as long of lines as the regular section to get towels, reserve a hut, etc. Also she set up the towels on the chairs for you and came around periodically with free bottles of cold water. The palapas were still limited and you had to get up at 7 to reserve them, but if they ran out of palapas, they had chairs with individual shades on them which were not offered in the regular section. They also had free floats for you to use; in the regular section you had to pay for them. The beach in general was way too crowded for my taste. But I knew to expect this because it is such a large resort and we were traveling in high season. Even though the beach was crowded, there were surprisingly few people swimming in the ocean. The water was very calm and beautiful shades of blue and green, some of the prettiest I have seen in the Caribbean (except for Anguilla). The first day, the water was not very clear. Even at waist deep I couldn’t see my feet! We didn’t use the hotel beach until two days later, and that day the water was very clear. It did seem like the ocean floor was a bit slimy—I hadn’t noticed this at other Caribbean beaches.

Grounds and Lobby- The grounds were lovely and the pool was large with waterfalls and a swim up bar. There were plenty of chairs available around the pool. Given the size of the resort, it was still a pretty quick walk to get to the beachfront. The lobby was large, but indoors and reeked of smoke seeping out from the Casino.

Food/Restaurants- We at breakfast each morning in the Tradewinds Lounge and it was pretty good. There were the usual continental offerings, but also scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, bacon, etc. They also offered lunch, tea, and appetizers/cocktails in the evening. In addition you could get free sodas, water, and beer throughout the day. We enjoyed the appetizers and drinks each evening. You could have made a dinner out of it if you wanted. But we wanted to go out to Aruba’s restaurants for dinner instead. We just didn’t order appetizers once we went out to the restaurants, so it still saved us a little money. The lounge was always surprisingly uncrowded when we went. We had lunch once at Waves, the beachfront restaurant, as well as at La Vista indoors on the day we were checking out. The food was better than I expected it to be. The service was very quick at Waves and a little slow at La Vista.

Miscellaneous- On our first evening the power went out. We were offsite at a restaurant down the strip. Luckily that restaurant had a generator and we were able to enjoy our meal. But by the time we left the restaurant and arrived back at the hotel, the power was still out. I am not sure if this happens often or not. But the elevators didn’t work at the hotel, and it appeared that the lights weren’t working in most of the rooms. Of course, the casino had full power. I know the casino makes them money, but why not direct their generators to the rooms and elevator for the comfort of their guests? The front desk did give out glow sticks to the guests. We decided to trek it up the 8 flights of stairs because we were tired and did not want to sit in the dark, smokey lobby. Luckily when we got to our room, our lights were working. However, the water and air conditioning were not working. So we just went to bed as it was pretty late anyway.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank laurenj31
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Reviewed February 2, 2011

From the reception area, with Beverly, to every service personnel there, this was a delightful and upscale experience.
Having been a frequent visitor to Aruba, we were very pleased with all services.
If available, you must upgrade to the Tradewinds floor (8th), for the special amenities, including food, internet, and hospitality!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JoanneChar
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Reviewed January 31, 2011

I am a frequent visitor and love the Marriott. Great prices via on line bidding sites. Many reviews note the smell of cigarette smoke in the lobby. This is 100% accurate. It is mind boggling that such a great hotel can't fix the ventilation issues in the lobby.

Rooms are large. Balconys are large. The staff is great. Tons of chairs at the pool. A logical system to get a hut on the beach. Good food at the pool. Breakfast buffet is obscene in price if not included in your stay.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Medic_5
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

After have a horrible experience at another hotel, we moved to this one using an online booking site and got a great deal. Despite the fact that we basically had made three reservations at three rates in two names, the girl at the front desk went way out of her way to make everything easy and keep us in the same room all three nights with no extra checking in or out. the room was very clean, modern, and had everything we needed. The hotel has a nice pool, and several good restaurants. Its not far from the strip on Palm Beach if you walk down the beach, so plenty of other options are available. The beach is perhaps a little crowded, but nothing too bad. Very nice 24 hour fitness center. Overall, really enjoyed the stay here and would recommend.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank jessee70
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

I left a nightmare hotel and wound up here. This was a nice change and a great upgrade. Everything here is perfect and amazing!

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Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard #101, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
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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 Airport Transportation
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#1 Casino Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
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Price Range: $291 - $1,135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 411
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on Palm Beach, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is an essential getaway to your alluring Aruba vacation. Enjoy comfort and relaxation at our oceanfront resort in Palm Beach, Aruba featuring an adult exclusive pool, and the exclusive Tradewinds Club - an upscale hotel-within-a-hotel concept on the top floor of the 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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