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“Good, Safe..Could be better” 4 of 5 stars
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E M City Hotel
Ranked #29 of 31 Hotels in Willemstad
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good, Safe..Could be better”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

To begin with the good points..This hotel is ideally suited in the heart of the city centre..close to shopping, dining and entertainment. Overall the hotel was safe enough, had electronic locks throughout. The reception was a bit offkeyed, a short walk from the hotel itself, at the entrance tot he hotel there were quite a number of young people hanging out which I was a bit skeptical about.
Reception was excellent, very helpful and always willing to offer whatever assistance they could provide. The hotel itself needs some renovations, there were minor work that needs to be done, such as replacing handles on the cupboards, fixing the closet doors etc, but housekeeping did a fair job in cleaning daily, replacing fresh clean linens daily.
Breakfast was good, however I found it was way too expensive..USD 25.00 per room.. and you were basically served breakfast a la carte..
We did request non smoking rooms however when we entered there was a very strong stench of cigarette smoke.
All in all it is a good cheap place to stay in the city.

Room Tip: Choose rooms with a view of the ocean..excellent to wake up each morning to
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank ramsam
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English first
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

If you want to be at the center of Willemstad and don't want a very expensive hotel, this is a good choice. I was a little nourvous when I arrived at the backside of the hotel, because it doesn't look nice. But when you see the hotel from the front it looks great, it is right acros from the floating bridge. I've only had breakfast there once, it was okay, but really nothing special. Because you are at the center of Willemstad you can easily have breakfast lunch and diner at any of the restaurants. They show a swimmingpool with the hotel but it is way to small, I didn't use it. You can take a bus to one of the beaches and swim in the ocean. The staff was friendly and helpful and the room was clean.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank IlonaIlona
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Trondheim, Norway
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98 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

If you just need a place to sleep, then this hotel will do. Apart from rather worn-down rooms and a central location right on the Plaza Brion, this hotel has NOTHING to write home about. Staying here will NOT be a good holiday choice. There are better alternatives in Curacao than this one, and the price difference is often marginal.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank oyvindei
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

When I made my reservation, I specifically asked about the internet, so when I arrived, I was surprised to be told that the internet wasn't working.

Arriving after 9 pm on Sunday, I was given little help finding anything to eat. (The one suggestion - the Pizza Hut - closed at 10 pm.)

Despite an ice bucket in the room, I failed to locate any ice to put in it - one machine disconnected, the other just did not work.

The view over the pontoon bridge into the old town was good.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

The location of the Howard Johnson was very good, right across the pontoon bridge in Otrabanda. The rooms were good sized. The view from our room across the water to Willemstad was gorgeous. But that's about all that can be said in its favor. The information sheet which we got from the hotel agent said that the rooms came with air conditioning, AM/FM clock, coffee maker, hairdryer, high speed Internet access, in room safe, and iron and ironing board. Well ours didn't. We were taken to our room and found that the lamps in the room were physically broken and did not work. These were changed by taking some from another room (wonder what those poor guests had to do for light). The airconditioning could not be regulated so we ended up turning it off completely. There was no clock, I don't remember if there was a coffee maker, there was no Internet access; there was a safe, but it had no lock and there was a big hole where the lock should have been; there was a broken ironing board, but no iron. But the most important thing for us was that there was no hairdryer. When we told the receptionist about this when we arrived she said that she noted it and that it would be dealt with in the morning. When this didn't happen, we enquired again at reception in the morning and were rudely told (by a different receptionist) that they were dealing with it and that the dryer would be placed in our room. When we returned and this had not happened, we asked again and were then told that no one had promised us a hair dryer at all. The only thing going for this hotel is its location. Nothing else. Couldn't recommend it at all.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank S K
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

This was our first visit to curacao and i must say we enjoyed it,from doing a little research on the internet the reviews were not so good about the hotel but seeing it for myself was the complete opposite,the staff was very friendly and accomadating our room 319 was large,great view of the floating bridge housekeeping vaccumed and cleaned everyday we got cleaned towels everyday and the food in the hotel's restaurant was delicious,it has a children's park outside i think it's a public park it does not belong to the hotel but our daughter had fun sliding and swinging,the people are very friendly and the shopping AMAZING,the next time we visit curacao we will be staying at this hotel it's very affordable but they really need to have their pool cleaned everyday though,it was smelly and dirty so we took a taxi to the nearest beach.

Room Tip: rooms on the third floor are great.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank bessdress
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Curacao
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

This hotel is good. Service encountered good. Got a room with a view to Punda. Hotel room was clean. Basic. Had to change room because showerhead got loose, but with no fuzz we changed to the room next door. Glad to say at this hotel and will probably return to this hotel, since the location is perfect. I recommend this hotel if you are on a low budget, but want to have a nice location.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Bryan_m36
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Property: E M City Hotel
Address: Brionplein z/n | Otrobanda, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Casino Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — E M City Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Curacao Plaza Hotel Willemstad
Howard Johnson Curacao Plaza Hotel And Casino
Howard Johnson Willemstad
Willemstad Howard Johnson
E M City Hotel Curacao/Willemstad

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