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“Good location but everithing else bad”
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E M City Hotel
Ranked #31 of 32 Hotels in Willemstad
Reviewed November 22, 2008

This hotel has a great location because if you cross the bridge you can get to punda where the stores are, There are no beaches near by, but the bus station is near and for 2$ yiu can get to them. The roooms are terrible, no hot water, smell very bad, everything is old and fungy, a lot of filtration on the walls. The good thing is that the view is pretty you see the vessels passing by. THE PERSONNEL TREATED US TERRIBLE AND THEY DON'T SOLVE THE PROBLEMS AND THEY DON´T CARE ABOUT ALMOST ANYTHING, No casino, no restaurant you have to go out of the hotel to buy whatever, IT IS EXPENSIVE BUT IS ONLY AN OPTION IF YOU DON´T FIND ANYTHING ELSE. I recomend the Otrabanda Hotel which is aside, but it is always full. DON´T BE AFRAID OF CHANGING TO ANOTHER HOTEL IF YOU FIND SOMETHING ELSE ONCE YOU GET TO CURACAO. GOOD LUCK PEOPLE AT CURACAO ARE in general NOT FRIENDLY.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

Rooms are very small and beds are not queen size as website states. Mattresses should have been replaced years ago. The pool was closed and green most of the stay. Elevator was not working the last few days of the stay. Key cards had to be re-programmed about every two days(quite an inconvenience). It is however conveniently located.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 15, 2008

Casino was closed, Bar & Restaurant was closed, Lobby moved to the parklot, no coffee maker at the room, was also not available, iron received after asking at the front desk. After checking in our hotelroom 402, we've ask for another room, they declined our request. See also the photo's

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank BasZwolle
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Reviewed June 13, 2008

Misleading website-
No Casino, Bar or Restuarant. Staff informed us hotel under rennovation. Rooms old, stuffy, A/C worked poorly and very noisy. Not worth the amount paid to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Aruba186
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Reviewed March 16, 2008

the only good thing about this hotel is its location, right in the centre of town.
THe hotel it self is not good: rooms are very basic, the fridge is missing, the bathroom is terrible (fungus !, smelly)
NEVER use the phone on your hotelroom the hotel charges astronomus prices for it. and never ask for a late check out. They charge you for it, and "forget" to tell you about this extra charge ( 4 hrs extra stay is half a day price)

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled solo
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Thank johan_holland
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Reviewed January 21, 2008

This hotel is right in the heart of Willemstad and convenient for those who are not renting a car. It is located in Otrobanda and directly in front of the Queen Emma Bridge which leads to Punda side where architecture, history, shopping, restaurants, and the markets are. It is a great location overlooking the Santa Anna Bay and Carribean Ocean. It is a great view of the colorful architectural buildings of Punda and has a European flare.

The hotel is two stars and good if you are on a budget. It isn't a resort but you are near the taxi stop and local bus service (US$1 a ride; right in back of the hotel in Otrobanda or in the Central Circle in Punda) that can take you to some of the beaches and sightseeing on the island. The hotel room we had was two full size beds. It was alittle old and stains on carpet. But the bed sheets were clean. The bathroom was decent size and shower power was great. Though the shower water isn't that warm during the days and alittle bit warmer during the nights. We had a window view of the Santa Anna Bay overlooking the Punda Side. The staff downstairs were friendly and helpful. But it isn't a resort, so service is to a minimum.

The hotel doesn't have a casino even though the hotel title has it. It might have closed down or in renovation. But there are other close by casinos in other hotels that you can access in Otrobanda and in Punda. The hotel is next to some shops, a local cafe, subway fast food, a fruit shake stand, haagen daaz ice cream and etc. You can sit right outside of the hotel and enjoy the view. It is safe outside and the environment are tourists, tourists from the cruise ships and locals. Otrobanda has a main street with local shops and an overpass. It is safe to walk around, but just be careful at nights like any other place. It gets quiet after 6pm when the shops close and when it gets dark.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Peekaboogal
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Reviewed November 1, 2007

I stayed here at the start of september,nice hotel,not much to the lobby area,however my room was clean and comfortable,bathroom could use a little TLC otherwise ok.
free parking at rear of hotel .
The location was excellent right opposite the floating bridge so easy acess to everything.
check in staff were friendly and helpful

  • Stayed: September 2007
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Thank kevshar
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Address: Brionplein z/n | Otrobanda, Curacao, 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: $72 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — E M City Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
EM City Hotel Stay at EM City Hotel and experience the rich history of Curacao all around you. Otrobanda and Willemstad is the home of many buildings that form part of unique historic districts. These are part of the the UN/UNESCO World Heritage list and are therefore being protected by law. Many buildings have been renovated, while keeping their original architecture form. There are various Museums in the area that will allow you to have a unique experience of the rich history of Curacao. By staying at EM City hotel you will be located in the center of it all by only seconds and minutes walk from your hotel. EM City Hotel is right in the center of it all: entertainment districts, shopping, financial district, health district, governmental district, culture and museums. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Howard Johnson Curacao Plaza Hotel And Casino
Howard Johnson Curacao Plaza Hotel Willemstad
Howard Johnson Willemstad
Willemstad Howard Johnson
E M City Hotel Curacao/Willemstad

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