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Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in Willemstad
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Cayuga, ontario Canada
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“Better than anticipated”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

We had high expectations for this resort and it exceeded them! My only complaint is that we were not there long enough. This resort is exceptionally clean and the staff very friendly. The food was excellent and we wish we'd have takne more advantage of the meals at Infinity. Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone and we can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: upgrade to the ocean view balcony...and call ahead, it's cheaper to do it in advance. We loved...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

My wife and I recently spent 2 weeks at the Renaissance to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The staff during this time were amazing, from Indira, Tatiana and Mistica at breakfast and lunch to Silvio at dinner. We were always greeted like old friends rather than guests and made to feel really welcome. At the infinity pool, Miraiza, Bianca and Windel were always there with drinks and food.
The one problem we did have at the hotel was no hot water in our room, how-ever that was resolved ( not as quickly as it should have been).Overall this hotel is second to none, terrific staff, housekeepers, maintenance and managerial all contribute to make this hotel a jewel in Curacao

Room Tip: Go for the upper floors
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hamlin, New York
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

The hotel staff was very pleasant and helpful to us throughout our stay. We requested a top floor ocean view room and that is just what we received. It was perfect! The room was clean, very quiet, and comfortable. The bed was a dream to sleep in. The ocean view room is a must, you will not regret it. Enjoyed our coffee on the balcony watching the ships come and go, very entertaining.

Upon arrival we thought the beach was a bit cheesy than once we went on to the beach and into the water we changed our opinion. Whoever designed this did an excellent job. You actually fell like you are right in the ocean when you look across the pool. We rented a car and drove to the local beaches (Cas Abao is the best with facilities and restaurant). The hotel beach was nice to come back to for one last ray and swim. Can’t explain how nice this is, you have to see it for yourself. No matter what time we arrived getting a lounge in either sun or shade was never a problem. This facility is not crowded.

The hotel’s location to town is what sold us on staying here and what will bring us back again. Everything is within walking distance. At night you will find very few tourists out, mainly locals who are very nice and did not bother us one time. Walked all over town day and night and felt safe.
Right next door you have Riff Fort with many shops, restaurants and bars. Highly suggest walking across the bridge to Punda to dine at the Waterfront restaurants (10 minute walk) overlooking the ocean. We enjoyed Del Toro (Italian). Some restaurants/bars are a little pricier but overall we found Curacao inexpensive to moderately expensive. Dinner and drinks for 2 around $75 US. Soprano’s serves a strong inexpensive drink. Happy hour is the big thing in Curacao, not much nightlife.

The floating bridge to Punda is the only one of its kind and is fun and really cool to ride – a must do. Flags indicate how long the bridge will be open: orange 5-15 minutes, blue 30 or longer (for ships). Ride it, you will enjoy it. The ferry runs when the flag is blue and is also great, so try that out too.

While Christoffel was nice to drive through we liked Sheta Boka much better for the views and moderate hiking. We recommend going to the fort Beekenburg next to the Spanish Waters area. The fort is abandoned and fun to explore on your own. Read up about it first, there is rich history here. The fort was built in the early 1700’s and the canons still remain on standby, ready to fire.

There is plenty to do and see in Curacao and the Marriott Renaissance is the perfect hotel and location to do it from. Rent a car and explore this beautiful island. Enjoy your stay!

Room Tip: Must get an ocean view on 4th floor (top floor). Best veiw. Lower room has palm trees that may block...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

This is a wonderful and beautiful hotel if you're not looking for torquoise beaches. It's right in downtown and you can walk to the main attractions, and experience restaurants outside the hotel. You can do the whole tour in a day and we were looking for a real beach where you can snorkel, etc. The artificial beach is nice, but you feel very confined.

This is a fairly modern hotel and the rooms are pretty nice. The breakfast is excellent.

If you're choosing between this hotel and the other Marriott, I highly recommend the other one as there are more activities. I felt very confined at the Renaissance and after a day had to switch hotels. Luckly the front desk was very understanding.

Also, note that there is absolutely nothign to do on Sundays. Everything is closed.

Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Hotel is situated in a great location especially for families. Everything is in walking distance. The rift fort and mall were great. The staff at the hotel were friendly.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Cambridge, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2012

Stayed at the Renaissance March 18-25th, with my husband and 11 year old. We booked the all-inclusive option and upgraded our room to a 4th floor ocean front balcony for US $35/night extra (arranged in advance with the hotel). Definitely worth upgrading. If you don't you may get stuck with an interior room that looks into a ballroom.

The all-inclusive is a little different than the norm. You have to sign a bill for everything that you eat or drink. At first it's a little disconcerting but you get used to it after a few days and start living like a rock star, signing off without blinking an eye. The food is really good and you actually get served drinks on the beach in nice acrylic glasses. Not the tiny little plastic cups you get at most all-inclusives. Bianca is wonderful and always came around to see if we needed anything. Actually, all of the staff were extremely friendly despite what some of the earlier reviews stated.

It's true the lobby is smokey. I feel sorry for anyone who has to work on the main floor. They really should close off the casino or make it non-smoking. The location of the hotel is very convenient to the shopping area and the floating bridge. It was really cool to watch the ships go past the hotel. We even saw dolphins swim past on our last day.

The only drawback to this place was that there were no other kids around. My daughter contented herself with the wifi that was available at the beach, lobby and expresso bar.

Overall, a great holiday. My husband did get sick on the second last day and I on the last. Not sure what it was but the water in the CRU Steakhouse tasted musty on our last night and I was the only one that drank it. Also, if you are planning on renting a car, there usually was a lineup at the Budget desk. We walked over to the Howard Johnson hotel and they had Avis with no line up but also no compact cars left. However, the price of their mid-sized was the same as a compact at budget. We didn't end up renting but lots of others did.

Room Tip: Ask for a 4th floor, ocean front room. If you are on the second floor, that's the same level as...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

Gorgeous hotel just 300 m from "Pontjes brug" (wooden bridge). Excellent stay, Nice rooms and nice pool area with view onthe ocean.

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Additional Information about Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

Property: Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino
Address: Baden Powellweg 1, Willemstad 0000, Curacao
Region: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Casino Hotel in Willemstad
#2 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Luxury Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 237
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Curacao's capital city of Willemstad, in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean, the Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino offers experiences and activities for any traveler seeking the ambiance of authentic Caribbean charm combined with European sophistication. Featuring a private beach club, this Curacao resort is built around the historic setting of the Rif Fort. ... more   less 
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