Marriotts Aruba Surf Club Hotel

, Palm Beach, Aruba
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Marriotts Aruba Surf Club Hotel

, Palm Beach
103 L G Smith Blvd - Palm Beach - Aruba Hotel Website | 586-9000
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Best On the Isalnd!

from Coyoteusa
Just return from a week at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club. We stayed there largely based on reviews at tripadvisor.com. Great room and friendly staff!
Beautifyl beaches and plenty of elbow room! The current construction at the property was NOT a problem as reported in some reviews. We were at the end of the building closest to the construction and NEVER heard anything but an occassional backup beep from a truck! Food was good except the "Simply Fish" restaurant on the Marriott Hotel property. Our biggest surprise was the Aruba food. Tons of good restaurants and especially good for island food (most Carribean food is lousy). Aruba is a great isalnd for kicking back and relaxing! One note for golfers...Aruba only has two courses. The Divi Links is only 9 holes and a very tight course. The other is in an upscale housing development (LeTiera) and is 18 holes. Green fees were $98.00. This course is NOT up to US standards, especially for $98.00. There were no range balls available so we had to wait for someone to collect them by hand! Greens and fairways were only in average condition. Bottom line is DON'T expect Hawaii type courses in Aruba! I would not bother taking my clubs next trip! Marriott is simply the best on the island. Don't bother staying anywhere else!

Surf Club is great

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Surf Club May 8 - 15, 2005, my husband, myself, my 20 yr old daughter and two of her friends. We all had a great time. The 2 bedroom unit was beautiful. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We never had any problems reserving a hut on the beach of finding a chair at the pool. We are looking forward to going back next year

Nice place, but Aruba is a work in progress

from Dabwilldo
Stayed at the Surf Club from May 1-8th in the 2 br timeshare units. The accommodations were lovely & we were greated at check in with some cold punch -- the staff couldn't be nicer.

The Marriott property, rooms and staff were nice as can be. The apartment was huge, with lots of amenities and supplies already there. Remember, if you're there on the timeshare program, that they only clean once during the week unless you make other arrangements. The pool is half complete, so during the week while construction was going on, little bits of styrofoam floated in one end of the pool. Not a huge deal -- will be lots of fun once it's complete. The beach access is a little odd and requires some walking. Read another entry to understand the Palapa rental rules.

However, I have to say that Aruba still feels like it's an aspiring tourist destination. We arrived on a Sunday to find that all supermarkets are closed on Sundays. Monday was also a holiday, so no supermarket Monday either. This sent us to the on-premises convenience store (actually next door at the Ocean Club) where the selection was marginal -- most of the food items were in Dutch-labelled containers. Good luck figuring out what is whole vs skim milk! There was a run on the limited banana supply in the morning. The main supermarket (Ling's) is just fine & really reasonably priced when it's open.

Dining -- liked Amazonia. Didn't like Moomba, which was next door. Perhaps I'm biased because the music went pretty late our first night (after midnight) and because the waitress forgot our food order at lunch & we were sitting there for an hour with cranky kids...

Shopping downtown is pretty good for t-shirts and some high quality china. The casinos are fun, babysitting is reasonable & easy to get. Definitely drive around the island. There are some strange rock formations where you wouldn't expect them.

I think Aruba will work better in a few years. They haven't quite adapted to being a tourist destination in terms of amenities and consistency. But they are well on their way. I would definitely go back.

Like noise and crowds? Surf Club is the place!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Surf Club for 5 days in June. Overall, we liked it, but we did have some observations if you are considering going there. We had a 1 bedroom oceanfront villa. The property was nice, since it was newer. I would consider myself a somewhat picky traveler. The thing that I did not like about this facility is the size and how crowded it was. It seemed that everywhere I went, there was a line of people waiting for the same thing. AND the Surf Club is only half finished. I don't mind crowds, but in my opinion there is just too many people packed into this resort for the size of it's footprint. If you are going on vacation to avoid noise and crowds, don't stay here. The room we had was on the 9th floor. The room was very nice and we loved the space of the room along with the washer and dryer facility in the room. Another thing to be aware of is the walls are paper thin. We had some people next to us that were arguing with their teenage kids and we could hear every word. If you neighbor is quiet you would not have any problem, but sound travels very easily there...The other thing we did not like was the (party) noise from the adjoining property, Moomba Beach. Sometimes on the weekends the noise would be going all night long
and with the noise it was hard to enjoy the beach, because that is all you could hear. I am sure Marriott does not have any control over that, but it something to be aware of...We did have a problem with the A/C, but they came up and fixed it right away. The prices in the hotel, as expected, are very high. $2 for a can of coke. The service in the dining areas was very good. We did not have a bad meal or experience in the Marriott...We had no problem getting a palapa. The beach is not as nice as the Radisson. The sand quality at the Marriott was good, but not great. Also, there is another business on the beach side of the surf club that is not part of Marriott so, at time they were playing loud music also. We reserved a non-smoking room, but when we checked in we found multiple ashtrays..Also, because the building and complex is so big, it got tiring walking back and forth from the beach to our room. Overall my family liked the surf club, but it was just too crowded and oversized and generally noisy for my taste.

Great Time Marriott Aruba Surf Club 5/7/05 - 5/14/05

from A TripAdvisor Member
We are owners at the Surf Club. This was our first visit to the Surf Club but our second to Aruba. We had a geat time. We stayed in a two bedroom. We were a group of six adults. The accomodations handled our group very comfortably. We had no problem with the construction. Our room was on the 11th floor overlooking the pool but at the closest point to the beach.

The staff was great and very friendly and helpful. We had no problem getting chairs or Palapas on the beach. We never paid for the use of the Palapas. We used the pools at all three sites the Surf Club Ocean Club and at the Marriott Hotel. It was great to have the use and variety of all three sites.

We did a SCUBA trip with Native Divers it was a great experience. All six of us went tubing at the same time what a riot. Both activities were arranged with Vanessa at the tent right out in front of the Surf Club.

We also went snorkeling on our own. Baby Beach was especially nice.

We ate at Champions at the Ocean Club and enjoyed it very much. For dinner since we had a car we were able to venture out. Flying Fish Bones is a bit of a drive but the atmosphere is great. The tables and chairs are right in the sand on the beach and have a great view of the sunset. We also went to Madame Janettes. The seating here is also outdoors but not a beach setting. It was our first visit to both and the meals at both were very good.

Our favorite restaurant is Sole Mare. About 10 minute drive from the Surf Club. Italian and excellent. This was the only repeat restaurant from our previous visit.

Walking distance from the Surf Club we found Pizza Bobs at the Playa Linda. We were there the first few days this new location was opened. We found the pizza and the service to be excellent. It is highly recommended.

We also had lunch at Carlos and Charlies it was a fun experience.

Overall we are very pleased with our decision to buy at the Surf Club. We can't wait to go back. When the construction of the other buildings and the pool are complete the resort will be great.

Beautiful Hotel

from Nancy424
Spent 8 days at this wonderful resort using our Marriott timeshare. We purchased an extra day above our time share in a less expensive lockoff unit. The staff actually put us in the lockoff of the same unit we would be staying in so we wouldn't have to move our luggage.

All staff were friendly and helpful. The resort includes amenities at all connecting Marriott resorts (Ocean Club, Surf Club, Stellaris Casino) so it is like using all 3 hotels for your stay. You can chose the pool you want based on the atmosphere you would like.

There has been complaints of construction noise in past reviews and I was annoyed by a constant backup alarm beeping from a construction vehicle but I just moved to a different pool at the Ocean Club. The beeping did start at 8am however so if you like to sleep in, this might be annoying.

The docks in front of the beach absolutely need to be moved. You can sit on the beach at the Surf Club but you must walk about 50 feet to actually swim in the ocean at the Ocean Club. Hope to see the docks moved before my next visit.

I will definitely return to this wonderful resort but until they move the docks I would prefer to stay at the Ocean Club.

We loved the Surf Club So Much That We Bought a Timeshare There

from MLagnese
The Surf Club is great!!! When it is done, it will be awesome. Although there is construction taking place, we never seemed to notice....very little noise and there is a barrier that separates you from the construction.

Although other reviews have indicated that the pool is smallish (It will be huge with a lazy river when it is done), it seemed big enough for me. Also, if you stay at the Surf Club you can use the pools and other facilities at the two of the other Marriott properties right next door (Marriott Ocean Club and the Marriott Hotel). It is like staying at one giant resort since you can use all three. We never had a problem getting a free hut (grass umbella for those on the beach) or finding a place at the pool.

As the title indicates, we bought a 2-bedroom timeshare at the Surf Club. We were already very familiar with Marriott timeshares since we already own two in Palm Springs Calf. Our timeshares and the fact that you can trade your week for Marriott points have enabled us to travel to many parts of the world...Paris, London, Vienna, Rome, London, Cancun, Aruba, New York, Palm Springs, Florida, etc.

Excellent vacation!

from jridberg
My wife and I just returned from a week’s stay at the Marriott Surf Club on Aruba. We swapped one of our Marriott Waiohai (Kauai) weeks. In a word – great! The Marriott Surf is part of the large Marriott footprint on Palm Beach in Aruba. The Marriott Surf and the Marriott Ocean Club are the timeshare components. The Marriott Aruba Resort is conveniently located next door.
Note The Surf is undergoing major additional construction. However, the construction has no impact on the amenities or enjoyment of the property.
The Marriott Surf is located within easy walking distance to all the high-rise resorts and restaurants. The island is clean and safe and the water is delicious.
The Marriott Surf is a $20 (USD) cab ride from the airport. Because 90% of the tourists are from the USA, the dollar, along with the florin, is readily accepted in all establishments. There is no need to convert to Aruban currency.
Lastly, please allow yourself 2.5 to 3 hours (especially on Saturday) to clear Customs and Immigration when you depart Aruba. Part of the delay is the attributable to the fact that you go through U.S. Customs and Immigration in Aruba and the TSA has instituted stricter regulations. Just be patient.

Surf club needs to curb the annoying messages

from mcboo
Just back from the Marriott Surf Club stayed March 25-April 1.
The 2 bedroom units at this property are nicely furnished and spacious.
Beds were very comfortable. However the comforters on the beds are of a cheap quality. I would expect more from Marriott.
As other posters have said there is a lot on construction going on. I personally didn't find it to be too loud. The one problem the construction does cause is floating debris in the pool near the pool bar. They had someone there trying to get it cleaned up on numerous occassions but they finally gave up.

One of the most annoying things about this resort is the large number of intrusive calls to the unit to request you come to the time share presentations and the casino. This is telemarketing at it's worst. I am on vacation to get away from things like this.

The other problem that we had was a person in our party was hit in the head by falling debris from an unpruned palm tree and had to see the doctor at the resort. No one ever followed up to see how she was doing. Yet the calls from the presentation and casino people seemed to come with great frequency.

The property will be great when it is finished. As long as you know ahead of time and know what to expect you should be able to enjoy your stay.

Great Potential

from A TripAdvisor Member
When this resort is finished, it will be world-class. The rooms are huge, the finishes are top-quality (real stone counters, Italian tile floors, etc.). Full and efficency kitchens are great.

But, extras (shopping, eateries, etc.) at this resort are, today, sparse, compared to even the Holiday Inn next door. There is only one pool (the water feature will be done in 1-2 years). Also, the beach is 'under construction', awaiting the existing fishing pier to be dismantled.

Service at the on-site restaurants are spotty - getting a drink at the pool bar is tough. And then, there is the construction, which is, to be blunt, loud, even VERY early in the morning.

I can't wait to be back here in 2007; in the meantime, consider the Hyatt or the Radisson.

Top Local Tips for Palm Beach

Take the bus, it's really easy! It is really easy to take the bus anywhere along the north south corridor of the resort area. A round trip ticket on the bus from the Marriott Surf Club to the grocery and back was $3.00 US round trip, less for children.

Stay away stay away

Baby Beach If you rented a car, go to Baby Beach. the best beach I've ever been to. You can rent chairs there, and they have a lunch hut. You will not regret going to BB

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  • Address: 103 L G Smith Blvd - Palm Beach - Aruba
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