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Scuba Lodge & Suites
Ranked #3 of 33 Hotels in Willemstad
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Edmonton, Canada
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Amazing Apartment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

We are staying in the new suites adjoining the lodge. Our suite (Green upper) is newly renovated. They have thought of almost everything you could need. It has a brilliant kitchen which is well equipped and very functional. The deck has a great view of the pool and ocean. The beds are comfortable and it is extremely clean and well maintained. I am traveling with two interior designers and both are impressed by how stylish the suite is. The location is perfect. It is a bit of an up and coming neighbourhood, but great restaurants are nearby. Try Gingers for dinner, and the coffee at Cafe Bizarro is great. We loved being able to walk to the Punda, but feel a bit removed from the cruise ship tacky tourist area. Daytime feels very safe to walk. At night they have a security guard outside. We felt fine walking as a group at night but would take a taxi if alone late at night. The staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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New Canaan, Connecticut
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132 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

The property is stunning at first glance. Infinity pool was much appreciated. Stylishly furnished rooms with a top-notch kitchen. Lack of a beach was a real drawback. Ceiling fans and A/C were very quirky & not always reliable. No amenities provided in the bathroom. Towels were never changed over a five night stay. And we had a major cockroach problem in the bathroom. (Biggest roaches we've ever seen! The exterminator had to be called twice.) The ex-pat Dutch staff in the pub/cafe were really fun & always willing to help with anything, except when it came to housekeeping issues, which were handled by a separate staff, all locals & very unfriendly.

If you plan to stay here, rent a car. (Adequate street parking.) Not much to see in the immediate area. Supermarket is a reasonable drive away. Really too hot outside after 10:00 AM for any serious walking about.

We'd return to the Scuba Lodge, if it were anywhere else but Curacao. Not worth the long flight from the northeast USA. No decent, sandy swimming beaches. Biggest thing in Willemstad is a gigantic oil refinery. And the island is dotted with oil tank farms on the coast. How scenic.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the ground floor. No elevators. We didn't envy guests staying on the third floo...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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139 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

My title says it all. Not flashy, but quaint, and unique. Great staff - SO friendly. I received my cerification with them and they put up with my terrible Dutch and even acted impressed! The rooms are adequate, clean, and simple. Wireless internet was a plus. The little cafe/bar in the lobby was a great place to hang out, and breakfast with strangers was a nice touch.

The price was right. And you could walk to Emmabrug and downtown area.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

We loved this hotel! While it's a great value and has a great location (good restaurants nearby), the staff definitely makes it.

This is not for the resort or cruise type of person. The atmosphere is low-key and relaxed.

They make the diving very easy there, you can just grab the gear and go on your own if you want. You can also get certified if you aren't already, you can shore dive right in front of the hotel or you can go to one of the sites around Curacao with or without a Scuba Lodge guide.

The owner is doing a lot of upgrades, many of the photos shown by travelers are obsolete already. We stayed in one of the regular rooms but we got a tour of the apartments - they are spectacular. We are already planning our trip there next year with some friends so we can stay in one of the apartments.

Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

I went to Curacao with a few friends and could not be more pleased! We stayed in one of the new apartments, which was spacious, had new appliances, nice bathrooms, etc. We had a last-minute addition to our group and Yvette and the rest of the staff went out of their way to figure out how to make things work out (while we were probably a pain). The entire trip the staff was unbelievably helpful and accommodating in making sure everyone felt at home and was great about offering suggestions as to what to do while in Curacao.

As for the scuba instruction, Tom and Daan were patient and fun while getting people started. They explained things clearly and eased people in, so even those who were nervous felt good the entire time. Everyone that I spoke to had a blast and it was great not having to worry about the logistics (but they would come up with suggestions and plans based on specific requests we had around what we’d like to see & do on dives). We were able to get certified in a few days and are excited to go again!

I travel a lot for business and considered using points to book a stay at a larger chain, but this was far and away the right choice. While it will not have the “glitz” factor of resorts (which I somewhat appreciate anyway), the personality and charm of the place more than makes up for it. I will recommend this place to friends with full confidence that they will have a great experience.

On a side note, on Thursdays they have a BBQ, which we decided to forgo to venture out on the island. In retrospect, I would advise staying (if the timing works out) as it’s a great chance to get to know the other guests and staff.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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3 Thank Melissa C
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

Scuba Lodge provided everything we could need -- affordable diving instruction, flexibility with last minute changes to our party size, and a relaxed, courteous staff.

Just a short walk from the Pontoon Bridge, the Scuba Lodge is a great place to escape big hotel chains without forgoing comfort or hospitality.

Room Tip: The individual rooms are probably good for two people given that there's a single king-size bed...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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3 Thank Kyle R
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Montevideo, Uruguay
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

The view, the staff and the hotel are simply fantastic. Felt in love with the place and the Island.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Scuba Lodge & Suites
Address: Pietermaai 104, Willemstad, Curacao
Region: Caribbean > Curacao > Willemstad
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Willemstad
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Willemstad
#3 Romantic Hotel in Willemstad
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Scuba Lodge & Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Scubalodge is the premier ocean front boutique hotel in Curacao. Made of in total 5 monumental buildings, every room and apartment are different! And so is the staff! With a very relaxed and personal atmosphere guests are like staying with friends! Relax in one of the two swimming pools, in the ocean in our house riff and enjoy a cocktail at the Ocean Bar. Scubalodge has a PADI Dive School and shop and the well known breakfast basket and weekly barbecue! Laid in the "quartier Latin" of Curacao, many restaurants and bars are walking distance, as is the city centre, the cruise terminal and all musea and shopping center. Explore the real Curacao in Otrabanda, the "pontjes brug" and the fruit and local market. Or take your rental car and explore the Island and all of its 70 beaches!!! Scubalodge, welcome! ... more   less 
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