Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club Hotel, Palm Beach
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Went here for our honeymoon ... it was amazingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The only not perfect part of our trip was the last night. We had to stay at the Surf Club. It is no where near as nice as the Ocean Club, at least not now! Compared to the Ocean Club, we felt like second class citizens - the room smelled, there is no lobby and the beach palapas are the worst locations. We were either next to a restaurant and sitting in glass from the night before or in the shade next to construction. We ended up sitting in our bad location for half of the day and then moving over to a palapa at the Ocean Club for the rest of the day (they are up for grab if no one uses them after two hours).
We could highly recommed Aruba as well as the Ocean Club (NOT the Surf Club) - the island is amazing, the water the clearest we have ever seen, friendly peope, the best food -- overall a great honeymoon!!!
Thefts common in Aruba hotels (Marriott Resort)from avikas
Within 2 hours of checking in, someone had broken into our room from the rear window (between 7-9pm, which was still daylight), and stolen my laptop, video camera, and other items. The path behind the window was certainly not "lonely", so how could someone know which room to break into and walk out with the stuff raises serious doubts about the hotel staff.
When the front desk was alerted about this, it seemed like this was a common occurrence- they took their time calling security, very casual about the incident, and we never saw the hotel manager at all.
Later on, we learnt that several of my friends had their cars broken into in Aruba, and hotel staff said that thefts were common in Aruba.
I decided to write about my incident when I also read in the news about the missing American teenager in Aruba this week.
So, please be VERY careful about your belongings. It is safer to be on the higher floors of the hotel and not the ground floor to avoid people breaking into your room from the window or balcony (if they can break into Marriott hotels in broad daylight, what is to prevent them from coming in with a knife later in the night)?
A bit about the hotel (Marriott Ocean Club):
The hotel is nice, but the hotel staff needs a serious lesson in manners. They are rude beginning from the people at the entrance to the people at the front desk. Their attitude is one of arrogance, and I suspect they know that once a tourist comes there, they really have no option but to finish their stay there.
All/most rooms are "ocean view", and there is a big difference in "ocean view" and "ocean front". If you can lean out of your room and see the ocean, well, that is "ocean view". So it would be wise to drop your expectations of "facing the ocean" from an "ocean view" room.
ve reserved one!from A TripAdvisor Member
The unit itself was clean and spacious, and the furnishings were decent, but not anything luxurious. Be prepared to pay 30-45 dollars / day for maid service.
The staff was friendly enough, but unreliable. We ordered room service from the sports bar Champions one evening, and it took them three trips to our room to get the order right (and after three trips, we didn't even get dressing for our salads). We did reserve the huts in advance and found that one of us tended to get better service from the "hut guy", while another had better luck with the towel exchange lady, so we divided our roles.
We had one spa afternoon late in the week, and honestly went into it with pretty low expectations. The spa itself is small and pretty basic. We each had massages, which turned out to be excellent. My masseuse was Ingrid, who did an outstanding job.
Be prepared for a barrage of phone calls inviting you to buy into the Surf Club. We told them that when they moved us to the ocean-view suite we'd paid for, we'd come. It never happened.
If I were to visit Aruba again, I would probably stay at the Hyatt or the Radisson. Those seemed to have the best word-of-mouth on the island.
A Great week overall!!from A TripAdvisor Member
crowded but nicefrom houltongirl
Week in Aruba........from graymar6
STILL Under Constructionfrom selfant
1.) The hotel was still Under Construction, and as far as I know, will be under construction untill 2007.
2.) The whole scenery on the photo that shows the hotel, is actually a picture and describes what the hotel will look like in the future. All of the "lazy river", extra swimming pools and jacuzzis are not built yet.
3.) Half of the time the hot tub was not operational.
4.) Our room was tiny. Later it turned out that our room was actually part of a suite that they devided because they overbooked themselves.
1.) It is a new property, and everything looks new, smells new, and is new.
2.) The staff is super friendly and helped us to book all of our tours in an efficient manner.
3.) There is a small kitchen inside each room, so we did not have to go out every night. That saved us some money. We ate most lunches in our room. There was a refrigirator.
4.) The location is at the very end of the strip of the high rise hotels, and is near the beach. Great Beach. Nice weather! Its Aruba!
Great Hotel! Kid-Friendly!from A TripAdvisor Member
Flawless luxuryfrom Khonsu
The one bed suite we occupied was delightful, immaculate in all areas. Television in lounge and bedroom, two seater jacuzzi in the bedroom was strange to see but great fun. Dual balconies weren't sea facing although some are but the view was fine.
Maid service is only once a week which seemed a little short - you can pay $20 to have an additional service.
The Aruba Surf club was in construction next door but nothing at all was effected by this.
The restaurants are lovely, I recommend booking - usually within a couple of hours is fine though. Simply Fish is picture perfect for dining actually on the beach.
Champions Bar is good for typical bar type foods.
The beach wasn't too busy and we were able to get a beach hut everyday without reservation. Reservations can be done in advance for $15 - this is not necessary. We weren't bothered by hawkers of any description try to sell things.
The Stellaris Casino is good and if you are not used to Casinos you feel very comfortable in there.
If we are to return to Aruba, which we certainly hope to, then the Marriott is where we would stay. In comparison to our 2nd week - there is no comparison.
Hope this helps.
deteriorating all aroundfrom NJ2NC
Top Local Tips for Palm Beach
eating in aruba Madame Jenette, modiartly priced in a very romantic atmosphere.Best meal of tripSmokey Joe's for Ribs. $16 three slabs of ome of the best ribs I ever had. Romantic Beach eating Sunset Bistro(divi phonex) $30 prix-fix not to be missed. tables in sand by water or on a platform. food was above average, but very romantic. Similar is moomba next to marriott surf club. Not as romantic but very nice setting. stay late for bar scene.French Steakhouse. $30 5 course at manchebo Beach. best Fillet mingoin I've had. Rivals those in NY without the pricey atmospher. Skip the side orders and eat in the garden. Similar savings $22 early bird before 7pm.Gaspatio has a great outdoor garden. Moderate prices, Local style food. Breakfast at le Petit cafe $8 all you can eat. Not buffett, but table service. The first plate was all I can eat, but they offer you more. otherwise go to moomba for $10 buffett on beach.
The water/food and weater Aruba has the best drinking water, no need to purchase bottled water. The food there is very good you shouldn't worry about getting any stomach virus. The weather is perfect almost everyday. I can be a bit windy but nothing to write home about.
Take the Bus! Take the bus into Oranjestad instead of a cab. It is much cheaper, and easy to access.
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- Address: 99 Lg Smith Blvd - Palm Beach - Aruba
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