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Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino
Ranked #29 of 32 Hotels in Willemstad
Amherst, New York
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13 reviews
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“Veneto Casino was fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2010

We did not stay at the hotel but went to the Veneto Casino there everyday during our vacation in Curacao. We felt it was the best of all the casino's on the island. The slots were looser. The penny machines kept us entertained for hours and we usually broke out even or ahead. The smoke wasn't too bad as it seemed better ventilated than the other casino's. The air conditioning was nice and cold too. The beverage's such as soda were complimentary and in the evening the beer was too, and they were served on a frequent basis. The ease of putting dollars right into the slots was far better than having to put money on a card with a chip as was required at two of the other casino's. We signed up for a players card and earned a few points which we were able to convert to slot dollars.
One of the reasons we liked the Veneto so much was the hospitality of the staff. We felt that the casino hostess Shakoen was probably one of the nicest casino staff we've ever encountered in our travels. She made us feel like we were really welcomed there. Can't say that for the other casino's. We will be back there the next time we vacation in Curacao.

Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2010

This hotel really blows! Spent approximately 4 months at this crap hole, feed every mosquito on the island and put up with Very very bad service from the hotel staff. I think it killed my soul. Can't wait to go back :)

Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Salt Lake City
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52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2010

I have stayed at this hotel numerous times and it gets worse every time. The beds are old and lumpy along with the pillows. The sheets are worn and stained, the bathrooms are a joke! Dirty, old, low pressure, sometimes you get scalding hot water, sometimes freezing cold, there is mold and ants in almost every room. The staff, for the most part, is terrible. Sometimes you will run across a good one, sometimes. The "Tanga Bar" is a little restaurant bar, the staff there is great, service is slow and the food, meh. There is a Denny's attached to the hotel, and well, it's a Denny's. Not like the states though, one day you'll get what you ordered, next day you won't. And they don't care. The pool is disgusting, I wouldn't even go in it. The beach is okay, but the entire hotel is a local haven, so it's always very crowded. The gym is a joke, not a lot to begin with and most is broken. The casino is okay, but I would go to the Renaissance up the street. The location is pretty good though; about a 5 minute walk to town and the cruise port. There are lots of shops, restaurants, a casino and a movie theatre there that are pretty nice.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
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Gadsden, Alabama
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2009

I spent a month in Curacao this past July and stayed at the HBH/Veneto with my job. I wasn't that impressed with it. The pool looked an odd color and wasn't clear and the front of the hotel was kinda dirty at night (it does share it's lobby with a casino). Plus, THE CASINO ALWAYS SEEMED TO HAVE LOUD MUSIC COMING FROM IT AT NIGHT. Our room was on the interior of the hotel's U-shape, and we could hear EVERYTHING at night..

The beach area was alright. It had a breakwater and was sheltered a bit from the ocean waves, so it remained calm. However, inside this beach area, there's one area on the right that is a haven for sea urchins at night!!! WATCH OUT AT NIGHT!!!

There's a tiki bar that serves drinks, beer, and various meals out behind the HBH. The scenery there is pretty good. The food is average.

What can you do? Our job put us in these rooms. It's not like we can check out and go somewhere else.

Here are some GOOD points though. There is a Denny's that is kinda in the same building as the hotel/casino. That may not matter to a tourist, but to a man getting off of work at midnight (like myself), it's nice to know that you can grab a hot meal without having to venture out. There is also a PADI dive program next door where you can SCUBA (DiveVersity). Again, that may be something that appealed to me only because I was there for over a month without my family.

Honestly, if I was to book a room for my family in Curacao, I'd look elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2009

Dreadful! The staff (apart from one) are the rudest and surliest I have ever met. You can wait forever, and I mean forever, to get served in the beach front bar. Don't even bother.
Furthermore, the 'lagoon' next door to the hotel has a smell that can be best described as obnoxious...the worst smell I have ever had to put up with.

Simply put, Rude idle staff in a very tired hotel. Don't bother.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
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UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2009

The hotel is tired, mouldy and damp. A few of the staff are helpful and pleasant, but the majority are surly, rude, and take forever to provide service. They appear to have a special technique in avoiding eye-contact, thus circumventing the need to take your order. All the features you might expect, such as stationary, pens etc are beyond the capability of the staff to provide. Facilities such as phone cards, or phones, take days to arrive, and sell out immediately. The casino associated with the hotel is gaudy and loud with a bar/stage area that makes the windows rattle when in operation. The pool area has broken concrete or rubble lying around. Avoid like the plague!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
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COLUMBIA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2009

Stayed here for 2 nights because the Marriott overbooked us. The rooms were fair. The bed was hard as a rock and the bathroom looked very old. The worst part was they came and sprayed for bugs in my room and it stunk like insecticide the whole time I was there. I'm sure I lost a few brain cells there. The staff was not very friendly especially late night when I was trying to check out. The food at the restaurant was not very good and of poor quality. The so called fillet looked like a cheap cut of beef and it tasted like it too.
There is a horrible smell outside the front of the hotel that is nauseating, not sure where it is from.
The worst part about the hotel is the price. Staying at the Marriott or Hilton was cheaper than this dump.
I would recommend you not stay here.

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  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Property: Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino
Address: 31 Pater Euwensweg, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Casino Hotel in Willemstad
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino 3*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on a private beach, this Otrobanda resort is within a 15-minute walk of Curacao Museum, Renaissance Shopping Mall, and Rif Fort. Riffort Village and Queen Emma Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Resort Features Spend the day relaxing on Holiday Beach Resort and Casino's private sand beach or at a casino before returning for a meal at one of the resort's 2 restaurants. Room Amenities All 108 rooms offer WiFi, balconies or patios, and TVs with cable channels. Guests will also find refrigerators, hair dryers, and safes. ... more   less 
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