I was pointed at BijBlauw by their neighbours Scuba Lodge who were fully booked during my stay. BijBlauw opened mid-December 2013 and therefore is brand new. The rooms are located in the green building, the apartment, shop and children's restaurant are located in the yellow building. It is located in Pietermaaij which is an upcoming neighbourhood with so much good restaurants that you can easily fill one week with another restaurant every day without having to walk more than 3 minutes. I think that that is a big plus of the area. I felt like being in a real Curacao area instead of the standard hotel areas. I stayed at BijBlauw for 5 nights and didn't need a car. You're at walking distance of Punda and Otrabanda and there is a bus stop in front of the guest house where you can take the bus to Jan Thiel and many other places at the Island. I traveled alone but felt very safe even in the dark as the restaurants and hotels in the Pietermaaij area have arranged for their our security guys. I stayed in the Rendez vous room which has the best view of all rooms. It has a big balcony with a wonderful sea view. You can see the cruise ships come and leave and have a nice sunset view as well. Wifi was working good.
Because the guest house had recently opened after an extensive renovation my room was missing some details to make it meet its price (e.g. a large mirror, enough space to layout your suitcase, loungers on the terrace, a place to dry your swimsuit, amenities such as tissues and soap). Furthermore not all electricity holes in the wall were finished yet and the cleaning ladies obviously hadn't found here routine yet (bin not emptied one day, no toilet paper other day, no replacement of used cups). But the owners were around each day and confirmed me that they are working hard to finish all these details. They are so enthousiastic and nice and I'm sure they will make the house to a big success. I found breakfast overpriced so I only tried it once, but the restaurant is wonderful and has a nice ocean view.
If you're travelling to Curacao and want to be in a central location with a hip feeling and a nice view, I would definately recommend BijBlauw.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BijBlauw is a stylish boutique hotel located in Pietermaai, one of the liveliest districts of Willemstad where you walk within 10 minutes to downtown. Its perfect location overlooking the Caribbean Ocean, the unique hotel rooms, the fashion store for girls and women and the dining experience at the restaurant ensure maximum enjoyment on Curacao. Let us astound you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- BijBlauw Curacao/Willemstad