Our family stayed two weeks in an apartment at the Scuba Lodge. From the moment we walked into the place (easy to find driving ourselves from the airport) and experienced a real, genuine friendly welcome, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The accommodation we were given was the ground floor of what had originally been the island Governor's house, built towards the end of the nineteenth century. Beautifully restored, we had three double rooms, each with an en-suite bathroom, a large living area, and a fully- equipped and ultra-modern kitchen. All our eating and loafing around was done on the area in front of the house, which was separated from the Caribbean sea by the infinity pool. Idyllic.
Not absolutely everything worked, and housekeeping weren't too quick to fix things. But this was the only negative in a sea of positives. Did I mention how friendly the staff were? There are two pools available, both on the small side but perfectly acceptable unless you're intending to use a pool in lieu of a gym. The hub of the place is the bar / dive shop, but don't think that you'd be in any way excluded if you're not a scuba enthusiast. Far from it - the very friendly staff (did I already mention them?) worked hard to make everyone's stay great, whether or not they were divers. Four of our party of six did do a PADI diving course, which was fantastic - well organised, very professional, and good fun to boot. The very friendly staff (OK - get the point) doubled up as receptionists, bar stewards, diving instructors, waiters and waitresses, and did the job perfectly. Occasionally you'd have to wait a short while for service, but that was not a problem at all. Sitting outside the bar in the evening eating a meal that that more than adequate, drinking the local Polar beer (from nearby Venezuela), listening to the waves, and chatting with the very friendly staff (this is getting repetitive) was so relaxing and laid back.
The location is pretty good, especially if some of your party are not diving. It's close enough to walk (5-10 minutes) into Willemstad, along a road that's a bit scruffy due to building works, but not at all scary even at night. That allows you to choose easily between eating out at any of the many nice restaurants, eating in the bar at the Scuba Lodge, or self-catering in your apartment.
It was excellent value for money. On the subject of money - we learnt one trick that you might appreciate. Many days there are one or two of those huge cruise ships visiting Curacao. Often the passengers are on a schedule, so will expect to get rapid service in the restaurants, or pick up a rental car as quickly as they might at a US airport. If you're staying on the island, you'll quickly learn that the normal pace is very relaxed, and slow service is to be appreciated rather than worried about. So, ensure the restaurant, shop or wherever you are knows you're not off a ship, and you will enjoy far more friendly and authentic experiences. Ask what the prices are in Netherlands Antilles Guilders, and use that currency rather than the US Dollars that are widely accepted but will mark you out as a cruise tourist.
Take lost of anti-mozzie stuff and you'll love this place.
Note: there are also regular rooms at the Scuba Lodge, which won't have the sea views we enjoyed from the apartment. On the other hand, if you stay here you won't be spending much time in your room, as the bar area is so welcoming. Our kids, with a wide range of ages, were perfectly at home there (hmmm..)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Scubalodge is the premier ocean front boutique hotel in Curacao. Made of in total 5 monumental buildings, every room and apartment are different! And so is the staff! With a very relaxed and personal atmosphere guests are like staying with friends! Relax in one of the two swimming pools, in the ocean in our house riff and enjoy a cocktail at the Ocean Bar. Scubalodge has a PADI Dive School and shop and the well known breakfast basket and weekly barbecue! Laid in the "quartier Latin" of Curacao, many restaurants and bars are walking distance, as is the city centre, the cruise terminal and all musea and shopping center. Explore the real Curacao in Otrabanda, the "pontjes brug" and the fruit and local market. Or take your rental car and explore the Island and all of its 70 beaches!!! Scubalodge, welcome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Scuba Lodge And Suites
- The Scuba Hotel Willemstad
- Scuba Lodge & Suites Curacao/Willemstad