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Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club
Ranked #11 of 24 Hotels in Palm - Eagle Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 29, 2007

Luckily we do not own a timeshare at this property!

We had exchanged with Interval International to visit this property.


The room was excellent! A One bedroom villa. Very clean, newly refurbished.


The pool & beach are extremely overcrowded. Kids running everywhere!!

We could not find a spot near the pool to sit, so we ended up on the beach every day. Lots of palapas available, if you don't need to be right near the water. But still kids everywhere. I think each family must have had at least 3 kids! And the kids were running all over, unattended for.


One night when returning from the Casino at the neighboring Marriott Stellaris at 10pm, there were 4 children in our elevator all under the age of 10 with no parents!!



This was our first trip to Aruba, absolutely great Island! We will definitely return, but not to a Marriott.


The Marriott Surf Club next door does have a better pool, than the Ocean Club. But the beach in front of the Surf Club is almost non-existant.



Food was also way overpriced. $6 for a 10 oz can of beer. $8.95 for a hot dog & fries. Coke was $2.25 per glass!! Our room had a full kitchen, so we had our own snacks & drinks from the grocery store.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2007

We stayed at the Marriott Ocean Club Jan. 8-15 with our two boys, 18 & 12. We booked a one BR villa directly through Marriott online and wonder now in retrospect if we would have gotten a better deal renting from a timeshare owner. We were entitled to daily maid service, which was great.

The property itself is really beautiful and lush as well as immaculate. The beach is gorgeous and the water is perfect for swimming and lounging. No problem getting a palapa either reserved in advance or at 7:30 in the morning.

The room was very spacious, nicely decorated and clean. The kitchen was great for breakfast and some lunches. Saved a few bucks there. We had dinner at a different fabulous (and pricey) restaurant every night. The big jacuzzi in the room was a nice bonus. Our boys shared the sofa bed, and survived.

We ate at Simply Fish the first night and enjoyed it. Had drinks/snacks at Champions Sports Bar and lunch at the pool bar was always good. Had a good massage at Mandara. Didn't like the product sales pitch after by the masseuse.

The water sports were reasonable and readily available. Tried tubing and had a blast. Jolly PIrates 1/2 day trip which was super; 1/2 day trip to DePalm Island was lots of fun and horseback riding. Found the Marriott Concierge to be aloof and not really interested in helping us much. Everyone else was friendly, helpful and nice.

Not much in the way of organized activities for teens so my boys didn't have much opportunity to meet other kids their age. It was fine because we really spent some great family time together.

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed January 17, 2007

First know we don't have children, and don't cook our own meals on vacation. So putting that prejudice aside, the facilities are very nice. Great pools, nice rooms, but this entire area is VERY crowded in the winter. The beach is no tropical paradise. We stayed two days in Manchebo Beach (see my review Manchebo Beach resort). That area is a quite tropical paradise.
Here you fight for pool chairs at 8 am. Huts to reserve are $10 a day, but some are available free. Again start at 8am, but can get one by 10 am.
Great for kids, there is plenty to keep them occupied. The Surf club is completing the two new towers. When they open there is NO WAY they can accommodate the larger occupancy. The two pool areas will be a mad house. But both the ocean and surf club facilities are available for either guest hotel.
We stayed for a preview vacation. Meaning we paid a very cheap rate ($500 for 5 nights) but you are subject for a 90 minute vacation sales pitch at the end of your stay. And they are very persuasive. I obviously did not purchase one, but this is an option for those who want to save money, or are actually interested in buying. Families can take advantage of one -two bedrooms, or couples into a studio (guestroom). The property is huge, so bring comfortable walking shoes. The Palm Beach area has many casinos, water sports, restaurants, and commercials tourist areas to keep you busy. But peace and quite will not be found here. Head south for that.

Stayed: January 2007
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Reviewed December 21, 2006

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2006

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 12, 2006

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2006

Stayed: October 2006
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Address: Smith Blvd 99 LG, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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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 Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#7 Spa Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#9 Family Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#10 Romantic Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Palm - Eagle Beach
Price Range: $456 - $904 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club 4*
Number of rooms: 218
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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