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Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Willemstad
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Dallas
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“Wonderful Beach Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2009

We stayed at the wonderful Marrtiott Curacao for our 7 day honeymoon and loved it! The hotel is gorgeous - by far the best on the island. The food was fantastic! We left a few times to eat downtown and it was great too! The beach was wondeful - not very crowded! This hotel was great and I really can't say enough good things about it! We had the beachfront room and it was completely worth it when we woke up every morning to the beach! The weather was great! Even with hurricanes farther north. The casino was not what I expected and was very small, but we didn't spend much time there.

The island isn't very easy to get around, so we rented a car instead of taking a taxi everywhere and it was great to have that kind of freedom to explore the island on your own terms! We would definitely recommend Curacao and this hotel to others!

  • Liked — wonderful location, view, beach and food
  • Disliked — small casino
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2009

My husband and I had the most wonderful vacation January 2009 staying at the Marriott Curaçao. We are in our early 40’s from Canada and we have traveled enough to know what expectations are realistic. We can honestly say that Curaçao was magical!

MARRIOTT CURAÇAO

The hotel is truly the nicest hotel on the island. The hotel is spotless, the staff is very friendly and helpful and all speak English well enough to communicate; if not better. We had an Ocean Front room on the third floor. Not just ocaen view - but ocean front - which meant we were very close to the beach. Actually, our first couple of nights we were on the ground floor with a patio but we really didn’t feel that we had any privacy so we asked to be moved.

To understand this island, it is important to know that Curaçao is part of the Netherlands Antilles, and, as a result, the locals have many more opportunities and a better lifestyle than those from many other vacation hot spots. The citizens have a Dutch passport so they can travel and study abroad. Although their native language is Papiamentu, they are taught English, Spanish and Dutch in school. With these advantages, they seem to live a much better life and are not resentful or envious of the tourists. During our 10 day stay, we never had anyone try to sell us a time-share or badger us to purchase any of their wares. We only ever saw 2 beggars the entire time. We felt perfectly safe walking around town and speaking to locals who were fishing by the waterfront or sitting on a bench enjoying the view.

The Marriott is situated between the Hilton Hotel and the public beach. This hotel is about 10 minutes drive into town. It is too far to walk into town. We really enjoyed talking to the locals on the public beach. On New Years’ Day, many families were celebrating at the beach. One group brought their instruments (bongo drums, guitars, and nutmeg grater) and sang and danced together for hours. The hotel has security guards posted at the front entrance and on the beach and they take their position very seriously!

The beach is beautiful. It has boulders at the water’s edge to keep the sand on the beach. It is a beautiful sandy beach but once in the water, it is quite rocky and covered in broken coral & reefy bits. Water sandals are a big asset. Don’t let this turn you off…all the beaches in Curaçao are like this!! The best part is the amazing snorkeling, which is just off the beach!! Beautiful large Rainbow Parrotfish, Four Eye Butterfly Fish, Blue Angelfish, Trumpet Fish, Black Durgons, Trunkfish, and Fairy Basslets to name a few. The best snorkeling is on the side of the hotel by the Padi center.

The hotel pools are lovely and have a towel booth, showers, umbrellas, and many lounge chairs (which was never difficult in securing!). The pool has a ledge inside its perimeter, which is great to sit on and read a book or simply relax.

There is a swim up bar at the pool called the Seabreeze. There is a drink hut on the beach called the Board Room, which has swings to sit on too. Their main restaurant is called Portofino, which offers menu items as well as buffets for breakfast and dinner a few times a week. We loved their food. Actually, the buffet was all right, but the Seabreeze dinners were amazing!! The selection is limited but it met our needs really well. The service at all the locations is great. There is a restaurant called the Emerald Lounge for Seafood – but we never ate there.

Request a fridge!! They charge $4 to $5US for a 250ml bottle of beer on-site. We went to a local supermarket and stocked up on beers, pop and some small snacks. Water on the island is all distilled so you can drink it freely. The mini store/deli called Voila in the hotel sells a large bowl of fresh cut up fruit for $7US which we would buy every morning for our afternoon snack.

There is GREAT snorkeling right off the Marriott Beach!

Hooks Hut is a short and safe walk from the Marriot.
Be sure to enjoy the locals' Plaza Bieu - For a great, inexpensive and local meal. Local vendors cook and prepare meals of chicken, goat, and beef on wood burning stoves right in front of you. You must try the pumpkin pancakes (from the very last stall) – they are absolutely delicious!! You sit with all the locals on long picnic tables in front of the stall that you will be ordering from. Everyone is welcoming and friendly. The food is fresh and cooked well. (For the more adventurous, there is a Cactus soup, which the locals love, but I couldn’t get passed the slimy look.) This was a highlight of our visit.


*The hotel is about 15 minutes from the airport. The taxi is a set amount of $25US.

*The hotel is a 10-minute drive into Willemstad. It is a $12US taxi fare each way. The taxi drops you off just by the pedestrian bridge joining Otrabanda & Punda.

*The hotel is happy to make any restaurant reservations for you but will charge a $2 service fee to your room.

THINGS TO DO - http://www.curamap.com/index.html
There is an information booth in Willemstad just across the bridge as you enter Punda. They are really helpful!!
Ask for the: Architectural Walking Guide, A Curaçao Tourism DVD
and an Island Tours Brochure, which is really helpful for restaurant, snorkeling and other tourism info.

We visited the: Mikveh Israel Emanuel Jewish Synagogue and the Dolphin Academy. We would recommend the Restaurant Gouverneur de Rouville and Perla del Mar in town....and Rodeo House of Ribs which is not in the touristy part of town.

We rented a car and drove around the island visitng the Hato Caves and Westpunt for more beautiful beaches and snorkeling!! (there was a great restaurant called Daniel's Landhuis which serves authentic panecochen!!)

Driving in Curaçao was very easy! Rent a car!! The roads are quite good and well sign posted. There are traffic circles!! Taxis eventually add up and having the accessibility to our own vehicle allowed us to explore the island and other beautiful beaches and snorkeling sites. We were advised to double check that there was a good working spare tire and jack in the trunk. Be sure to have a road map with you. We paid just under $80 (automatic transmission) for a 24-hour period. We took it from noon to noon, which allowed us to revisit Daniel’s Landhuis for Pannekoeken (Dutch Pancakes) and have a morning snorkel the next morning. We did not do much research on the rental prices.

SNORKELING – Great snorkeling right off the hotel beach!! Incredible snorkeling beaches surround Curaçao!! We went to Playa Lagun and had the greatest day. We saw a sea horse, a trunkfish, a spotted drum and a sea turtle!! We also went to Playa Maria – but after Playa Lagun, we weren’t so excited. It was suggested that we go to Caracas Bay (just by the Dolphin Academy and Chogogo) where there is an amazing variety of underwater life to observe and a shipwreck snorkelers can easily see - but our timing had run out.

I tried really hard to be as detailed as possible as there really wasn't enough information out there for us. I have kept all my maps and booklets so I would be happy to answer any questions you may have or scan something for you.

  • Liked — GREAT snorkeling right off the beach!!!
  • Disliked — Must take a taxi or rent a car.
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Boston
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2009

I was looking to use Marriott points to book a week vacation to celebrate my 40th birthday. I choose this one because it is a relatively smaller hotel. The property was good with a nice large pool, small casino, good workout room, and a few restaurants (not an impressive spa facility so I didn't bother). We had a really relaxing time here and enjoyed the facilities more than I expected. Good buffet breakfast but dinner not that special. However, we rented a car and really explored the island and still felt their was more to find. Great snorkeling, decent food, and an interesting downtown with a caribbean/amsterdam feel. All and all, I liked Curacao and would go back.

  • Liked — location good and nice pool
  • Disliked — food pretty average
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Off-channel
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Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2009

My wife and I just returned from a week at the Marriott hotel in Curacao. We went on points that we had accumulated over time. The hotel gave us an ocean view room right on the beach. After two days we asked to move higher for a better view and were quickly accomdated. It was close to the public beach but that was not a problem although there were a lot of locals on the weekend. The snorkeling was terrific. You will want to buy some water shoes at the dive shop (about $12) because the first 10 feet are very rocky. We had a refrigerator in our room and the hotel sundry shop sold wine, juice, beer and soft drinks but they were expensive. We ate one night at Hooks Hut (it was very good...happy hour starts at 6), one night at the Gouvernour restaurant downtown (terrific view of Punda),another in Punda at the Rii Fort and the rest at the hotel. We thought the service was prompt, well trained and very friendly. We had the fixed price dinner one night at the seaside bar. It was $55 and included as much wine as we wanted to accompany the soup, salad, tenderloin, lobster and desert. We had one bottle left over about 1/2 full and they allowed us to take it back to the room. We had a great time on the catamaran sail to Klein Curacao. The snorkeling was the best but you need to bring your own towels. BBQ lunch was as good as advertised.

  • Liked — The view, the wether, the staff
  • Disliked — Price of breakfast
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank UCSBinjun
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Omaha Nebraska
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2009

My wife and I and another Couple went for our 25th Wedding anniversaries. We came in on the American flight @ about 8:30 PM. We emailed ahead that we would be arriving late (I highly recommend this!). We have stayed @ Marriotts in Grand Cayman, Cancun & St. Kitts. This property is as good as any of these. The pool is nice and right next to the beach. The beaches in Curacoa are a little bit rocky and according to some of the locals they actually had a hurricane brush the island 3-5 months ago (can't remember the time). They said that put a lot of the dead coral and rocks on the beaches.

We rented a car for 5 days (cost $240). I highly recommend this unless you just want to stay at the island. The one complaint I had (I was the driver) was the lack of street signs, but traffice wasn't bas and we eventually got there. The island is beautiful, albeit poor with some litter. We went down to Punda (downtown) twice and had a great time. Typical port shopping for cruise ship people. The pontoon bridge was interesting.

We went down to Jan Thiel beach which is similar to rum point on Grand Cayman (but not as good IMO).

We ate at the following restuarants:

Hooks Hut (the only bad meal we have ever got in the carribean)
The Hilton - Good value for the money
Fort Nassau - Neat place on one of the highest points on the island. A little expensive $120 per couple with tip
We ate at another place twice for lunch right next to the Govenor in Punta and it was good.

We also ate at the Bar right inside the lobby and that was pretty good as well.

We only ate breakfast once at the Portofino in the Marriott. It was a little expensive, but good.

Two of us (the guys) are scuba divers and they had great and cheap shore diving. DO NOT DIVE WITH THE PLACE AT THE MARRIOTT, IT IS $90 FOR A ONE TANK DIVE. I rent equipment (BC & Regulator) and went diving with Bahia Divers (Playa Lagun n the west side of the island) and we went diving right off their beach on a great reef/wall dive (also plenty of sea turtle swiminng right in the bay), then we went farther up the coast to Alice in Wonderland and had another great dive. Not a lot of current either. Two tanks, and equipment $29 dollars. We went back again and dove the Mushroom Forrest (best dive of them all). YOu have to take a water taxi there ($20 each), but it is worth it.

We also did some diving arounf the Jan Thiel area. We dove Director's Bay (good but not great), then right off Jan Thiel beach (long swim and poor visability, plus a lot of trash underwater) Saw more lawn chairs than fish.

My advise is to explore the island as I wish we had one or two more days to explore. If you dive, definitely go with Bahia Divers (we didn't use them as guides, but that is available as well).

We will be back, but may visit another island because that is what we like to do. I heard Aruba is more like going to Florida and Bonaire has great diving but limited night life.

Lastly on the 12% tax, this is not a tip, but basically their sales tax. If you go there you will understand that tourism $$ keep the island going. They do have a lot of industry there including an oil refinery.

Hope this helps.

  • Liked — Location and the property is relatively small
  • Disliked — Restuarants
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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buffalo
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58 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2009

We stayed at the Marriott Curaco for 8 days and it was the most amazing honeymoon you could ask for. The staff was more than helpful with anything we needed. The food at all restaurants was great as were the drinks. We did the all inclusive and i would only reccomend it if you plan on drinking alot (we did). Other than that the island is overal pretty nice and definitly safe to travel around. Dont waste your time going to the floating market its really nothing to see!!

  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank EA9
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Dallas, Texas
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2009

What could one say about the Marriott Curacao? Because our American Airlines flight didn’t arrive until nearly 8 pm local time on Jan. 1st, we knew there was a possibility we could receive a scrappy room. But as Elite Marriott members and with typically terrific past stays with Marriott (we stay nearly exclusively at Marriotts throughout the world), we felt that we would be spared from the scraps. Upon arriving, all seemed well enough and the property exuded that Caribbean vibe. The next morning when we looked out our $458/night room (room 192) to see the beachfront room, we were confronted with a dead-on view of the tall, brown (and so ugly!) fence separating the Marriott private beach from public beach. Also, there were scores of locals swimming in the public beach and drifting far into the private Marriott property. It was uncomfortable to even sit on our porch since there was a near constant presence of a security guard about 15 feet away. Nothing spells vacation like feeling like you are in jail. One morning at 7 am, we were even woken up by loud music blasting from the public beach parking lot.When we asked to change, we were told there was nothing until the next day, so we ended up staying in prison at $458 per night for two different nights. The management did not even apologize, but did waive the $100 upgrade fee for our final two nights.

There were countless snafus of the staff. The 12% service charge only prompted abysmal, slow service (though I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that there were a few great people). It begs the question if Marriott instills that 12% service charge because they KNOW the service is terrible and the staff would not be paid if not for the mandatory charge. Furthermore, we paid for 3 nights and used Marriott points for the final 2 nights. This hotel could not combine our reservation into one and it required us to check-out and check-in (other hotels we have stayed at were able to make this accommodation). The classic moment (of many) is that after paying a nearly $2,000 bill from our “first stay”, we were hounded down while we were enjoying time in the pool to pay our $15 appetizer bill (their systems hadn’t yet updated and we were made to feel like we were thieves).

Other notes: Hook’s Hut was TERRIFIC! The jerk chicken, crab cakes, salad, homemade cheesecake…we are so glad we ate there for two evenings. Also, Curacao in general is a pretty island – we just won’t be back. If you are looking for the consistent Marriott experience, you might want to rethink staying here. Not even the towels and bedding are Marriott quality…Fairfield has a better offering.

There’s a great quote from Charlie Brown that perfectly fits how we feel about our Marriott Curacao vacation: “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” We will absolutely reconsider staying at a Marriott hotel in the future for our getaways.

  • Liked — Pretty beach view, food was okay
  • Disliked — Unfriendly staff, 12% service charge for non-existent service, old rooms
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
Address: John F Kennedy Boulevard | Piscadera Bay, Willemstad, Curacao
Region: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Casino Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Willemstad
#4 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#5 Spa Hotel in Willemstad
#6 Luxury Hotel in Willemstad
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino 4*
Number of rooms: 247
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Bay Casino are located directly on a private beach in Willemstad, Curacao. Spend your days basking in the sun at our resort pool or beach, or experiencing all history and adventure Curacao has to offer through our on site Tour and Car Rental desk. Once the sunsets, you will experience amazing dining by sea at our beachfront restaurant Seabreeze. ... more   less 
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