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Review of Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club

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Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club
Ranked #12 of 24 Hotels in Palm - Eagle Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Toms River, New Jersey
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fabulous Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

I just returned from a week at this resort & the experience was fabulous! The wait staff, front desk, beach assistants were all friendly & always smiling. The wind never stops blowing but the building sheilds you a little from the wind. The resort is a bit pricey but the food was excellant & seervice was impeccable.
I take one week every month and travel somewhere in the world & I would definately return to this resort.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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1 Thank Jay G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stayed in the one bedroom unit which was plenty of space (with the queen sized pull out sofa) for 4! The extra large bath and vanity outside of the bath did make it more convenient to share. I didn't think it was possible for 4 women to share one bath, but we made it work. The bed was heavenly. Obviously, the full size kitchen and dining area was optimal for eating in (which we never did). The pool area was wonderful! Huge area so there was always a place to lounge. The poolside service could have been better, but the tropical drinks made by Carlo more than made up for the short walk to his hut! This was my fifth time in Aruba and I usually stay in a different hotel each time, but I will be returning to this one for sure!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ronda T
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Bruce, South Dakota
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed in the 2 bedroom/lockoff unit (timeshare trade) with friends. Beautiful unit. Check in was painless and they were friendly. They worked to get another couple we were travelling with close to our room which was nice. The concierge at the Ocean Club could have been more helpful a couple of times - we were looking for information and her response to my husband was to go down the hall and find some pamphlets. Weather was great - hot and very windy. Had it not been for the wind, it would have been unbearable maybe. Water was beautiful - Baby Beach especially beautiful. We rented UTV's from George's and couldn't have been happier. Best day out and about on the island. We to the natural pool which was an adventure - just getting there was the adventure - but glad we did. Everything is very expensive. Beer was $50/case at the local Super Foods store but that was less than the $7.50/beer at the pool bar. Dining out was around $100/meal per couple but it's nice to buy groceries and supply your refrigerator in the room to avoid the costly meals. Food was very good for the most part. We went on a snorkeling tour on Red Sail Sports which was fun. Husband said seeing the shipwreck on the snorkeling tour was cool - I didn't snorkel. The pool is small compared to other Marriott's we've been to and the pool bar is in the shade so if you like to get some sun, the pool bar isn't the place to be. It was VERY windy when we were there and if we sat on the beach would get pelted with sand often but overall the Marriott is a very nice place to stay. Beds are comfy, showers are spacious, rooms are nice and clean with nice balconies. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank s_vomacka
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Borgo Ticino, Italy
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is the sixth time we' ve been in Aruba and alwats loved it. It's the third time at the Marriott and, when possible, we try to book in there. We've always found both the atmosphere and the service excellent. Would highly reccomend it to any of my friends.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lewisville, Texas
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

We booked the Ocean Club for our 30th wedding anniversary. We arrived on a Tuesday in early May for a 10 day stay. The front desk was very friendly. We were checked in in no time. Our room was on the fourth floor. We got to the room and it was very comfortable. Nice kitchen, sitting area and bedroom. However, our balcony overlooked the service entrance of the Marriott Resort next door (see photo). The Ocean club is in the shape of a horseshoe and we were on the outside near the back of the u. We thought that oh well, we won't spend much time in the room so it won't matter. After the first day we tried sitting out on the balcony at night. Well we couldn't do it. What you can't see on the picture is that the Resort's loading docks are to the right of the employee entrance. All we could do was smell diesel. We went to the front desk the next morning and asked for a different room. They said they were full and maybe they could move us on Thursday or Friday. We stayed for 2 more days and they couldn't say whether they would be able to move us at any point. They said that because we arrived on a Tuesday rather than a Saturday or Sunday, we got the leftovers. At that point I went next door to the Resort and asked if they had a room and explained our situtation. The two girls ( I'm not sexist, I am old enought to be their grand father, so they are girls) at the front desk got us a room and we were able to move over at 9am because the room was empty. See my review of the Marriott Resort. On a closing note, the staff at the front desk of the Ocean Club was very polite and refunded our additional nights charges. If you stay here, arrive on a Saturday.

Room Tip: get on overlooking the pool. You won't be looking at the next door service entrance
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

Our family often stays at Marriott resorts. We love the big, clean spaces, oversized pools, washer/dryers in the units or on the floors, and overall level of service. The Ocean Club was a typically great Marriott experience. We rented a two-room suite, with a huge living room and kitchen. Every room had a new flat screen TV; the beds were comfy; the linens always fresh; daily service was impeccable; all of the appliances were in perfect condition; and the room was quiet. We especially liked the hotel pool bar (great drinks!) and restaurant, which, by the way, had exceptionally good fish tacos, with day boat grouper and all the trimmings. The ice cream/coffee/sandwich shop was also top notch, and there were an unusual number of stores in the building, with lots of inventory at good prices, which was a real plus. Oddly, the Marriott next door, the Surf Club, which is three times the size, had a much smaller lobby and cramped feeling all around. We choose the Ocean Club over the Surf Club on the recommendation of a good friend who told us the Surf Club was too hectic and too big, and we second that. The pool area at Ocean is very relaxed -- there's always chairs and plenty of room in the pool itself. We went to the Surf Club to check it out and it was chaos, with virtually no chairs around and floatation devices everywhere for use in the "lazy river," which was the shortest "lazy river" I've ever seen. Maybe the best thing about Ocean Club (and Surf Club) is it's location. It's near, but away from, the hectic scene in the shopping centers that abound the high rise area, and hence is much more quiet and serene at night. A real plus if you're with kids. In any event, if you're looking for an awesome place to stay with your family in Aruba, Ocean Club is it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Adam K
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

A friend owns a timeshare here at the Ocean Club and we have been every year for the last 4 years. Our 5th year is coming up in Sept/Oct. We love it here. We come at the sametime every year and it's the best. Sept/Oct is when we choose to come as it is not crowded and the weather is perfect.
Rooms- Beautiful rooms with great views. You can request certain rooms or views but if is not a guarantee you will get it. We have only once had an issue with this an while it was not 100% solved it was made up to us. We have a 2 bedroom lockoff with a full kitchen. Very large dooms with great bathrooms and a large soak tub in the main bedroom. The kitchen comes with everything you need and we make full use of it.
Service- The Marriott never falls short on service. Friendly, outgoing always willing to help. If you have an issue they fix it as quickly as possible. They are full of information when asked, never pushy and always smiling. We love that we see most of the same staff every year and they remember you.
Resort- Beautiful inside and out. Pristine in appearance inside and out as well. Love all od the glass artwork. Bright colors, not gaudy at all. A little coffee shop inside with some breakfast items as well as sandwiches and a few snacks it also serves as an ice cream shop. You will also find a gift/convient type mart inside with gifts, sundries and little things you need or forgot 3 boutiques (one with a small but decent cigar section)a perfume shop and a jewelry store top off the shopping just at the Ocean club. There is a restaurant in the Ocean Club called Champions the food is not bad but not as good as some on the island. That being said its good for a burger or fish and chips. It's a very large sports bar so on game nights its full of screaming Americans. The spa is fantastic very relaxing and soothing.
Pool and beach- Nothing bad to say about either. The beaches are beautiful and clean with sparkling crystal clear waters. There is no tide really on this side of the island which makes it perfect for small children. The palapas must be reserved and the guys that set them up for you are great. People get really possessive of their spots but come on its Aruba every spot is good. The Ocean Club has one of the biggest sections of beach area so there is plenty of room. The one drawback that ticks me off is people who don't get a spot and just take chairs and pull them right up to the edge of the surf and sit blocking the way. The pools are great. Not crowded, plenty of room. There is a small quiet pool, one large pool and a small little baby pool As well as a fabulous whirlpool up a set of stairs that has great views.
We love The Ocean Club. It's a home away from home and we look forward to it every year.

Room Tip: Inside ocean view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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1 Thank Susan J
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Property: Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club
Address: 99 LG Smith Blvd, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
Location: Caribbean > Aruba > Palm - Eagle Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#10 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#11 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 311
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