When I visit Curacao, I usually rent a car and stay in the countryside at a small inexpensive hotel. I like the drive, fresh air and open road. That small hotel feels like my home away from home, quiet, breezy and serene. Normally on the last day of my visit in order to satisfy everyone's needs, I will stay at one of the resorts, like Breezes, Marriott, Hilton etc. This time I decided to choose the Renaissance Curacao Resort and Casino. It was not there on my last visit to Curacao in 2007, so being fairly new I really was excited about trying it. On this trip I just wanted to relax in the room and go to the casino, but by having my teenage daughter with me, that was not going to be possible. She wanted adventure. I gave her the adventure the first few days on the island by staying at another hotel in the countryside, then the last days, we checked into the Renaissance.
Upon arrival I found it was a bit confusing to find the entrance because of all the shop and boutiquie set up there, but once I asked around I was directed to the entrance of the hotel. Parking surprisingly was free.... that made me happy and the check in process was smooth. Vanessa the front desk agent speaks very good English and was always smiling and cheerful. It was a spectacular example of customer service. She wanted to make sure that she was fullfilling our every desire and that made me feel special. We checked in really early at 11:00AM (normal check in is at 4:00PM) and our requested room was available. We requested one of the rooms with an ocean view based on the reviews of travelers in tripadvisor and yes it was very beautiful. The room, view of the infinity pool, ships in the port and the garden were all breathtaking. I enjoyed standing on the balcony and getting lost in the total beauty of it all. While my mind was on going to the casino, my daughter's mind was on shopping in the multitude of shops there and swimming in the pool. So needless to say we went our seperate ways. I headed for the casino and did not see her again till they kicked me out at 3:30AM at closing. During my stay there I can only comment about the bed, the balcony, the view, the ambiance and the casino. My daughter on the other hand can comment about every shop, restaurant, movie theater, pool and amenity in that place, she roamed the entire place and spent all our money while I made it back in the casino. Her word to describe it all was "awesome." I hope that review will help someone... LOL. She loved the bed. It was soft and plush. For me it felt like I was sleeping in a padded hole, because I am accustomed to firm beds, but in her words she was sleeping on a cloud. She woke up in the morning and showed me her body imprint left on the plush bed. Nervertheless, we both had a peaceful and complete sleep.
The Casino: Most of the slot machines are designed to take your money more than they give. That is the first casino I've been to that you lose continuosly from machine to machine without any hits. I could not believe that what was happening, but I never gave up and jump from machine to machine for hours losing my money. Somehow I was hopeful that there was one machine that will finally function as a good machine and pay well and !!!wow!!! I found it at 11:00PM. I stayed on that machine until 3:30AM when they were closing and I was still on free play at that time. I won all my money back and a profit. Next morning I tested my theory about the machines... and of course I lost my money at all the other machines then I went right back to that machine and again won my money back and some. I doubt there was another machine that did that because no one else seemed to sit at a machine for any period of time.
I don't know what each person will get from this review, but I was totally satisfied even though I did not explore all that the hotel had to offer, and I did not use any of the amenities. I had a one track mind and that was making money which I did and it topped my visit there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Curacao's capital city of Willemstad, in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean, 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
- Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino Willemstad