We choose the Renaissance because it was a brand new resort on the island and because of the great reviews. Also we were able to use our Marriott Rewards points for 6 free nights. I know Curacao pretty well because my family is from here and we therefore have visited the island many times. The last time we were here we stayed at the Floris Suite Hotel and at the Marriott.
The hotel has an excellent location right in the center of town. This is obviously great for shopping, visiting museums and dining. Also the Renaissance is located in the Rif Fort, a smallish shopping and dining experience. But the dining is very touristy and therefore overpriced in my opinion. We preferred the local food at the Plasa Bieu for example. Great value for money and a real local experience.
But after a couple of days you tire of the centre of town - it is really small. To reach all the nice beaches on the island and to visit the many historic sites, you will need a car anyways.
My main comments on the Renaissance:
1. If you expect a beach resort, then you will be disappointed. It really is more a city hotel, with a great man-made beach area (on the 2nd floor of the Rif Fort shopping center) and a very small pool. You really don't get the beach vibe when you are in the hotel.
2. Our room overlooked the street and had no balcony (!?!)
3. Our room in itself had a view minors: there was no bed lamp, there was no detachable shower head, only a fixed one - which is very annoying when bathing small children). As anywhere else, the internet was overpriced. I still do not understand why hotels do not offer free wireless in their main areas. On the other hand, the room had a good size - we were 3 adults and 1 child.
A note to Marriott: it was impossible to reach Marriott Reservations without paying the premium from the room telephone. I had to change a reservation we had at the Marriott on Curacao, and there was no way I could reach Marriott reservations. This I found absolutely ridiculous. I ended up calling a friend who then connected me to the toll-free number.
All in all, I would not stay at this hotel again. Is was not bad, but I prefer the beach resort feeling of the Marriott.
And I have to say that most the staff was great and provided excellent service.
Finally: they charge USD 10 per day for parking while there is free parking on the streets next door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Curacao's capital city of Willemstad, in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean, the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino offers experiences and activities for any traveler seeking the ambiance of authentic Caribbean charm combined with European sophistication. Featuring a private beach club, this Curacao resort is built around the historic setting of the Rif Fort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Curacao Hotel Willemstad
- Renaissance Curacao Resort And Casino
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