Historical Traveller Reviews of Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris Casino Hotel
Not as good as we hoped
from A TripAdvisor Member
Having stayed before at the Aruba Hyatt Regency Resort and the Aruba Renaissance Resort, the Marriott Resort ranks second after the Hyatt. Please see also my Reviews of the Hyatt and the Renaissance.Location: On Palm Beach, right on the beach, however, a bit removed (and thus quieter) from the main stretch of Resorts (but still within easy walking distance)Next to the Marriott Resort there are two properties of the Marriott`s time share operations: one is running for many years now(Ocean Club) the other one is under construction (Surf Club)Design: The hotel could be located anywhere. No authentic referral to the location. Atrium lobby was nice in the eighties but looks outdated nowadays. Same hold true for the colours and furniture used in the hotel. Hotel needs updating.Rooms: Huge with large bathrooms and large balconies. Furniture is standard Marriott fare.(Note: In contrast to the Hyatt Regency, one has to choose the room category wisely at the Marriott, due to the fact that you could end-up facing an ugly side street or at lower level rooms you might end up with no view at all. If view counts especially with those nice balconies offered by the Marriott - go for an Ocean or at least for an Island View room)Restaurants: The Sushi Bar is fine. The other locales like mentioned before no need to travel to Aruba to enjoy their exchangable food. Hotel is lacking atmoshpereGrounds: Pool area is nice but crowded. Beach is beautiful, save and clean. Acceptable beachside lunch offered.Beach huts: Lounges are plenty but getting a place in the shade (a hut) means you have to get up early,(Note: If you are not one of these ambitous get-in-line-to-get-a-hut vacationeers relax, even if you come late you can pull your lounge chair under a palm tree)Staff: Mixed quality. Overall not up to Marriott`s standards.Rate: Booked through hotels a deluxe ocean view room for about $ 160 (about a $120 saving over the Marriott web site). Reservation worked fine, room was ready when we arrived.
A Wonderful Vacation!
My husband and I went to Aruba for our one-year Anniversary and had a great time! The Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino definitely had a big positive impact on our vacation.
The hotel staff are very nice and helpful, starting with the refreshing tropical drinks you get upon arrival. The rooms are a good size, all have balconies, and the grounds are kept immaculate. The concierge staff was extremely helpful in choosing restaurants (there are many good ones on the island!) and making reservations for us.
The real highlights of the hotel are the beach and pool. The beach is beautiful - with nice water and sand, and no one bothers you trying to sell things, etc. - it is totally relaxing. While you do need to get up early to reserve a beach hut, I don't think there is a lot to be concerned about regarding this. If you don't get a hut, there are plenty of shady spots under palm trees and there are staff on the beach to help you get a good spot. Also, many of the "hut dwellers" vacate their huts starting in the late morning/early afternoon, so you may be able to occupy one of the huts at that time. The pool was also very nice - clean and lots of seating.
While we did not try all the restaurants in the hotel, they all looked good and there was a lot of variety. We did partake in the daily brunch at La Vista Cafe, which was very good. There are also places in the hotel where you can get a sandwich or snack to take near the pool or beach, so you don't have to go out for a "complete lunch" every day.
We definitely recommend the Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino, as well as Aruba in general!!
P.S. Rent a jeep, not a car, if you plan to go sightseeing.
t wait to go back!!
My husband and I went to Aruba for 1 week, the last week of September. We stayed at the Marriott Resort. We loved it and hope to go back next year around the same time. We have been to many carribbean islands and hawaii and this is our favorite by far. The snorkeling was unbelievable! Must book Roberto's for a private snorkel adventure. The people were so friendly and helpful. The food was delicious!! The resort was perfect. We like to travel in September because it is our anniversary month and my parents are in town to watch our children. You have to be very careful where you go in the carribbean...Aruba's weather was perfect!!! Looking forward to our next trip there!!!!
We just returned from a week in Aruba. We spent 4 nights at the Marriott Ocean Club and 3 nights at the Marriott Resort/Casino. Both locations were clean, comfortable, and had outstanding service. The views from both of our rooms were spectacular, and the rooms were very spacious. Everyone at the Marriott was friendly and helpful. Don't bother renting a car- the bus stops right outside the hotel and is only $2.00 round trip to downtown. We did rent an SUV for one day to explore the island: natural bridge, natural pool, and baby beach. Only go to the natural pool if you are an adventurous driver! Overall, we had a great time and hope to return soon. We will definitely stay loyal to Marriott for future vacations.
excellent vacation at the marriott
Our stay at the marriott was great we had a island view on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool with a walk in closet a very comfortable king bed and a large balcony. The hotel was great overall even though when we arrived our room was not ready for about an hour but that gave us a chance to grab lunch. The hut situation was the biggest disapointment as guests get in line around 6:30 for a hut but it does not open until 7:30 not much you can do if you want a hut but to get up early and wait in line. The staff and cleanliness was outstanding and would reccomend this hotel, we checked out the other hotels on palm beach and the marriott ranks right up there with the hyatt wyndom and raddison. also was impressed with the allegros grounds. The sports bar champions was very nice great place to watch the games the other restaurants were very good also in the hotel all in all cant go wrong with the marriott.
from A TripAdvisor Member
My new husband and I booked our trip to the Marriott on a discounted web site, so we were terrified of what the "garden view" room might look like. We had read reviews saying they overlooked parking lots, etc. Maybe we just got lucky, but we were very pleasantly surprised, and so glad that we had not paid up to $800 more to stay in an ocean view room. The garden view was lovely, with palm trees blowing in the wind. We actually spent quite a bit of time on the balcony. The king sized bed was very comfortable, and the room was impeccably clean. The hotel gave us honeymooner t-shirts and a bottle of champagne, and we got free bottles of wine at several restaurants because we were honeymooning. The Simply Fish restaurant at the hotel is good food with a great atmosphere. You can't beat a candlight dinner on the beach, complete with cute little crabs crawling around the beach under your table! I've been to many beach resorts all over the Caribbean, and this one has been the best overall in terms of food, room quality, and service. Our only complaint was that the hot tub was always crowded. We had a great time, and will definitely stay at the Marriott again on our next trip to Aruba!
Wonderful and Relaxing
My wife and I took our 2nd honeymoon to Aruba. We picked the Marriott because it was one of the best values on the Island. This hotel has the best service, most spacious rooms, the biggest beach, and A Beautiful pool. All in all the $140 a night price tag it is by far the best bang for your buck. I highly recommend it.
This hotel was a disappointment. It's architechtually unsightly, and is definitely not what I expected from a Marriott resort.
It's eight stories, and the balconies for each guest room hung out like those in cheap apartments. Our balcony was immediately above a green roof of some sort with various debris- from conditioner bottle to leaves. Everything from the entry door to the elevator appeared to have been constructed with cost cutting measures. The room was relatively large, but the quality of material used was barely hotel standard.
The one pool on the premises is much smaller than it appears on the virtual tour, and the water didn't seem clean.
Ryan at the La Vista restaurant was absolutely fantastic. Other than that, he service was average. I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I had stayed at a different hotel.
A week in Aruba
from Gone Fishing 111
Stayed at the Marriot Ocean Club the last week in June. Have not visited other islands so can't offer comparison. Family vacation, with three older teenagers. Hotel was excellent. It is located at the end of Palm Beach and offers two large roped off areas for swimming. All watersports you can imagine are steps away. Word to faint of heart, stay away from parasailing on windy days; adventurous types- go for it. Although the hotel beach was excellent we often ended up in the hotel pool at the end of the day. The swim-up bar was nice. No problem getting at cabana on the beach. Don't bother getting up early at this time of year to get one. Many available all day and the first line can be obtained anytime after 2pm. Snorkeling was excellent. De Palm Island, Baby Beach, and the German freighter were excellent spots. DePalm Island offered the best coral formations and the best variety of fish. Blue Parrot fish are magnificent. Spotted a two foot turtle at Baby Beach. Suggest you consider Roberto's for snorkeling. They offered a small private boat for 3, for $120 total, and took us to several out of the way "special" snorkeling locations not available on the big boats.ABC tours is my choice for the island tour. New Land Rovers, which you drive, will take you on an all day excursion to the north side of the island. What an experience! I wouldn't want to have to worry about damage to rental jeeps, which many people were driving. You can't believe how rought the rocky "roads" or should I say paths were. The jeeps were very comfortable and our guide, the driver of the lead jeep, Leroy, was very informative. Word to wise, make sure Leroy stands in front of you when you visit the Bat caves. The all day tour visited the Natural pool, Natural Bridge, and Baby Beach. Snorkeling equipment was provided.A walkway connects all the high rise hotels located on Palm beach. At night we strolled along the walkway stopping at a different outside restaurant. No problem with finding a table and the prices were not much different than what we pay in Boston or Providence, RI.DON'T rent a car. The buses and cabs are excellent. Everyone is helpful and you will have no trouble getting around the island. Lastly, get to know the locals. We spent hours playing volleyball on the beach with them. Once they get to know you they coming looking for you to play.The wind on Aruba never stops. It is hot but the wind makes it comfortable, at least at this time of year.
Fun and Relaxation Supreme
from A TripAdvisor Member
This was our 3rd visit in 3 years. The Marriott experience is first class; not inexpensive however but not over priced for what you get.
All the people we have met are very helpful and friendly. Any restaurant on the island is excellent. Liked it so much, we purchased another timeshare to be able to spend more time in Aruba. Can't wait to return.
Top Local Tips for Palm Beach
Take the bus to town, stock up on munchies at the supermarket.
I would not rent from Budget again. I do recommend getting a Jeep is you like to go offroad. The northern side of the is very rugged and a Jeep is necessary to get to some locations.
Bring lots of Money to eat in Aruba
Nice restaurants, but super expensive everywhere. Even Wendy's was 40% higher than the US prices.