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Marriott resort and casino questions

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Marriott resort and casino questions

First time going to Curacao and I think we'll be staying at the Marriott. I have a couple of questions that I hope someone can answer.

We'll be renting a car and I see from the other posts that you can buy alcohol at the grocery store for reasonable prices. My question is can you drink the alcohol purchased from the store at the pool area of the resort with no issues?

Is there ice available anywhere that we could put in a collapsable cooler brought from home with our drinks in it to keep cold at the pool/beach?

What's the beach like at the Marriott, is it worth paying extra for beachfront or is another option better?

Lastly, what's the casino at this resort like is it worth going? I read the Renaissance casino was good, is it more worth going there instead? How far is that from the Marriott?

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1. Re: Marriott resort and casino questions

We had our own drinks at the pool and beach, ice is available in the machines. The beach is nice, we always have a courtyard view and you can see the beach. Can't help with the casino.

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Last time we were in the Marriott casino, it was very small with not a lot of the machines working. A couple of tables. I would save your money for either the Ren or the Sunscapes casino.

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Marriott casino is fairly small, nice, but not extravagant, and primarily caters to the hotel guests, not the "high roller types." Never very crowded and always something available to play. While our gambling experience was stopping in after dinner, buying a $2 roll of nickels or $10 roll of quarters, and playing the slots until we lost it all or got tired and saved the winnings for the next night, there are lots of slots and a handful of gaming tables...blackjack, poker and roulette. It's been a few years since we stayed at the Marriott but if I remember correctly, the tables were like $2 minimum early evening and then raised as the evening progresses. They give you a few match play coupons at check in. Never played at the Ren but walked through and it is much larger and more the glitzy Vegas style.

Edited: 31 July 2013, 22:36
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The casino at the Ren is much, much better. Can't tell you what tables were open during the day. We had an ocean view at the Marriott, but next time will spring for an ocean front if the added cost isn't too ridiculous.

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We had room 302 beachfront - great view, very nice beach. But ,,, we were rarely in our room since we drove to the western beaches everyday, and dined elsewhere at night. We got a great deal on Expedia for the beachfront room, so I didn't mind the cost, But if it is significantly more $$, I would skip it. Unless you plan to spend a lot of time in the room.

We did the collapsible cooler/ice/beer thing - no probs, worked great.

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Just wondering, if everyone that stays at Marriott goes off the resort every day to go to the west side for the great beaches, why not stay over on that side? are there hotels on that side??

The Ren casino sounds like a better choice to drop a few bucks gambling, how far from the Marriott is it?

Edited: 01 August 2013, 13:48
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A 10 minute drive

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We stayed at the Marriott because we also wanted to go to the Sea Aquarium, Rif Fort, Punda, etc. We also felt that the Marriott brand, as well as the reviews and pictures here, made staying there a low risk with regards to quality, etc. i would still do that for our first trip, but if we return, I would stay farther west if we could find a hotel with similar reassurances to quality. We also chose the Marriott because it has one of the better hotel beaches. But after our stay, we realized that we don't need a hotel beach at all since we preferred driving to the western beaches - we spent a total of 1 hr total at the Marriott beach on our arrival day. So not needing a hotel beach opens up many more choices for other hotels.

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We stayed at Sunscape and ventured daily off resort but always returned for our afternoon snorkel and cocktails on the floats. Depends on your hotel's beach.

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