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Scuba Lodge & Suites
Ranked #2 of 32 Hotels in Willemstad
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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“Excellent base for a terrific holiday”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

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..)

Room Tip: Rooms facing the road can get a bit noisy in the evening.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

We booked our trip only two weeks before leaving so we weren't able to get rooms at the Scuba Lodge, but we did use them as our dive shop and spent a fair amount of time just hanging out there. The dive instructors were great - very professional, very knowledgeable, and made us feel confident that they knew what they were doing. The rest of the team was equally fantastic, making us feel at home and inviting us to the Thursday night BBQ where we even got to sample some freshly caught Lionfish. Everyone who worked there seemed to enjoy their jobs and that enthusiasm carried over into our experience. I will definitely schedule my next trip to Curacao so that I can stay here (and I will definitely dive with them again!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

The staff at scuba lodge are amazing!!! Yvette and Annelise were so helpful getting several day trips and activities arranged for us. The entire staff was extremely kind and eager to help improve our stay in Curacao. I would recommend over and over again!!!! Thank you so much scuba lodge!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the corner unit directly above the bar. It had amazing views and a really nice patio ou...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oss, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Living on bonaire and needed a short break so a short email to the scuba lodge was enough to choose my hotel... always a quik response on my emails and when we checked in we felt like home started with a drink from the house with a breefing from Anton... he told us everything about the hotel and the island!

rest of the crew was also very very helpfull made phonecalls for us for a taxi, rental cars and the rest. what you really dont want to mis is the bbq from Daniell and Romy very good food and the best dessert ever!!!

already planning to come back for a short holiday at the scuba lodge.
thanks again to the crew of the scuba lodge we had a great week on Curacao

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

I stayed for a week in the middle floor of the Blue house, a two bedroom, two and one half bathroom unit with equal sized bedrooms/en suites, full kitchen and living room, and a spacious deck that overlooks the Caribbean. The deck has a walkway that joins the deck of the upper apartment in the Green house, also a two bedroom, so both of these together would be ideal for a larger group. The apartments are as beautiful and stylish as the pictures.
I was originally going to travel with friends, but wound up going alone. From the moment I walked in, I was made to feel right at home. Anton gave me a welcome drink and a few minutes to decompress and listen to the surf in the lounge, and Yuri made me a grilled ham and cheese sandwich--great comfort food at the end of a long day on planes and in terminals. The whole staff is welcoming, accomodating, and laid back, and I can't say enough good things about them. Yvette, Daniel, Anton, Joshua, Yuri, Tom, Bob, everyone else that I saw occasionally--you all are fantastic.
The location, in the historic Pietermaai district, is great for those that want to get a feel for life on the island outside of a self contained resort. The neighborhood is on the rise, with lots of buildings being restored. A few travelers may be put off by the state of disrepair of some of the houses--diamonds in the rough--but the area is quite safe and walkable, as long as one uses the common sense that anyone should use in unfamiliar surroundings. I enjoyed getting to know the area, walking to the Punda and Otrabanda areas every day. One would probably want to rent a car for at least a day or two, though, to explore more of Curacao, and to stock up the kitchen at Albert Heijn!
Thanks again, everyone at Scuba Lodge, for a great vacation. I look forward to returning!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Union City, California
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

I just came back from visiting Curacao and staying at Scuba Lodge. The staff were excellent. They made sure you had everything you needed and more. The view from the balconies of the ocean was beautiful. Everything about Scuba Lodge was 5 star.

Room Tip: Make sure you book earlie and get a room with a balcony facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We stayed in the Scuba Lodge with our family - meeting from the USA and Europe. We rented an apartment in the yellow house - downstairs. Which was perfect for our needs. We traveled with an infant and the hotel provided a baby bed a high chair and extra towels.
They also recommended this specific apartment because it had a bit of garden space in between the pool and the porch and no stairs where little toddlers could get hurt pretty bad.

We ate in the hotel a few times - i can recommend the BBQ! the lunch menu was a bit pricy for what they offered.

The hotel is conveniently located to walk to town and grab a bite to eat or just shop around and look at the cruise ships.

The staff was very nice and helpful at all times. They even gave us a free ride to the grocery store so we could stack up on food to cook in the apartment.

The premises are nice and clean but there is still some work going on to fix some original buildings and add them to the hotel complex.

We also did a dive which was well prepared by the dive master and handled very calm and professional. The price was good as well as the dive site.

The only drawback is the missing beach - if you are very adventurous you can go in the ocean via some slicky stairs and rocky reef but with a kid this is an absolute no go. Too bad but still.....

We would come back to this hotel for sure!
Hopefully soon

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Scuba Lodge & Suites
Address: Pietermaai 104, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Best Value Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Scuba Lodge & Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
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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