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Which Marriott hotel?

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Which Marriott hotel?

I am looking to burn some Marriott reward points and was curious how the 3 Marriott Brand hotels compare. It will be my wife and self and we are looking to go late March. Was wondering which hotel (Aruba Surf Club, Aruba Ocean Club, or Stellaris Casino) would be out best choice. Obviously staying with Marriott point and being Plat. status the chances for the best upgrade would be a major point.

Anyone care to share their throughts on the 3 hotels? We are not needing a party hotel. More like to relax and lay on the beach with a drink in hand. We prefer to eat in town or around the area rather than stay the whole time at the hotel.

Also, we were planning on staying the first two nights of a 8 night vacation at the Ren. If we stay there the first two nights what is our best option to get from the Ren. to the other Marriott hotel.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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1. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

You'll need to take a taxi from the Ren to the Marriott.

Keep in mind that the only hotel is the Stellaris. Ocean Club and Surf Club are both timeshares so won't have all of the usual hotel amenities but they will have kitchens in the units.

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2. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

When there is just the two of use we stay at the Stellaris and no need for a kitchen . With family we stayt to the Ocean Club.

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3. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

We've only ever stayed at the Ren but did check out the other Marriott properties last time we were in Aruba. To us, the other properties felt really remote (need a car/taxi to go anywhere) and are geared towards families. Depending on your tolerance for kids, the "club" properties may or may not be for you -- we don't have kids so we shy away from all things crawling kid-friendly. lol

Ren is a bit stingy on elite upgrade but that also largely due to capacity and time of the year. We are going to Aruba for NYE and not expecting an upgrade at all. Can't speak for the other properties.

Didn't directly answer your questions but hopefully helped in some way.

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4. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

Having the kitchen is great, just for coffee and snacks, even if you don't plan to cook. Ocean Club is smaller then Surf Club. If you go in March, non School vacation, only little kids would be there.

Both Timeshares are very Marriott like. SC property is bigger.

there is a Timeshare with the Renaissance. You can stay there and not the hotel. It is across the street and behind the Mall. Units are fine not as fancy as the others.

We stayed 1 night in the Renaissance, after our plane part broke. After spending the week in our Timeshare, we felt the room was nice, sort of small, and we would not want to be here for the week. Thought the room had been renovated. This was 3 years ago.

If you do not rent a car, take a taxi.

Have fun

Safe travels

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5. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

The Stellaris has coffer makers and refrigerators in the room and an easy walk along the beach to the resturants and shops. Can't go wrong with any choice.

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6. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

Surf Club is definitely geared more toward families and pretty much only has the pool side restaurant and cafe, I think. Ocean Club is also time share, but not as many kids. It has Pool Bar / Pavilion (lunch), Cafe, and Champions Sports Bar. Hotel is furthest up the strip. It has 2 pools now (one is adults only) and casino. Several restaurants - Simply Fish, La Vista, Ruth Chris for dinner, along w/ pool bar, beach bar, cafe. As a couple, we stay at hotel every trip. We don't think it's far removed, but others disagree. Walk the beach for about 10 minutes (Holiday Inn or further) and then cut through to the street where tons of restaurants are.

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7. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

Hi. Can someone tell me if walking from Marriott Surf Club to restaurants via the beach is the sand firm/packed enough to push a stroller/wheelchair or too soft, strictly for walking? How is the walk via sidewalks from M. Surf Club to restaurants?

Thanks.

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8. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

I think pushing pushing a wheelchair would be difficult. Parts are compressed well but the first part is much softer and would be difficult for sure.

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9. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

Ok. Thanks. How is the walk via the sidewalk?

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10. Re: Which Marriott hotel?

There are no upgrades at the Surf Club or the Ocean Club timeshares no matter what your Rewards status. If you are looking for upgrades you stand a better chance at the Stellaris although it is classified as a "resort" property and as such is not required to grant upgrades. (however they usually do if available)